O what a week it will be
By WILL JACKSON
SWEDISH university student Lars Nordlander has been in Australia less than a week but he has already got the first rule of Aussie etiquette down pat.
The best way to make new friends is to have a beer with them.
So by the weekend Lars had already made a bunch of new mates ? but was paying the price.
And a nasty case of jetlag was not making moving into his new on-campus digs any easier.
But the chirpy Swede, who has enrolled to study sports science at Southern Cross University, still managed to raise a smile.
"I love the people here," he said.
"I didn't really expect to have so much in common with them."
Lars is one of 1400 new first year students at the Lismore campus undergoing their orientation this week.
O-Week, as it's called, will involved a range of educational and entertaining activities organised by the university and student groups.
They include a special breakfast at the Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples on Monday, a talk by actor and activist David Gulpilil on Tuesday, the Icebreaker Party on Thursday, a pool party on Friday and tours every day.
Recent figures show that the annual value of the Lismore campus to the region is $233.56 million, equivalent to 10 per cent of the total value of output of the Lismore region as a whole.
In addition, the campus is responsible for an estimated 2106 jobs, equivalent to 9 percent of all jobs within the Lismore region.