Students' hectic start to university life
By RENEE REDMOND
LYNDELLE PEARSON and her five new housemates summed up Orientation Week at Southern Cross University as 'hot, hectic and stressful'.
To take their minds off it all, the girls hit Spotlight in Lismore yesterday to find outfits for next Thursday's Toga party.
Tonight, the girls are off to the IceBreaker party at Campus Central.
This year the Lismore campus has attracted 1701 first-year students, not including externals.
Lyndelle, 18, from Wingham, NSW, is studying for a bachelor of nursing.
"Lismore is a lot bigger than my home town. I'm used to a population of 6000," she said.
Lyndelle said the girls met for the first time on Saturday when they moved into their shared house.
"I get along with everyone. We all have the same sense of humour," she said.
"O Week has been pretty hectic, hot and stressful, but we're fitting in."
Aimee Najdovski, 18, moved from Sydney and said this week had been a culture shock.
Lauren Hales, 19, of Coffs Harbour, said she was still getting used to her new independence.
"It means buying food, washing clothes and getting to lectures on time," she said.
The SCU Toga Party is on February 24 and is open to the public.
Tickets for stu- dents $5, non-students $10.
Doors open at 7.30pm at the SCU Campus Central Bar.