O, this is going to be a big week
THE new university year has begun and freshly recruited Southern Cross University students are spending their first days and nights away from the homes and schools they've left behind.
To make them feel valued and welcome to Lismore, staff and fellow students at the university have developed an orientation program to cover their residential, social, and academic needs.
Orientation, or "O Week", starts today. As well as offering course information sessions, there will be social and fun events to help the students meet new people and settle in to university life.
Students in SCU Village - the residential colleges where many are accommodated - was visited yesterday by residential assistants, including "Cupid" - second-year student Nick Sorrensen - who brought Valentine's Day chocolate hearts and some props for today's pool party, a madcap dress-up event.
Their role is to tell students about the rules of the residential colleges, assure them their safety and security is paramount; help them settle in to university life and introduce them to the sporting and social opportunities on offer.
On campus, volunteer student orientation leaders help students find their way around and ensure there is no "fear factor" for first-year students.
First-year music student Lachlan Healey, 18, came from Orange to study at Lismore because his older brother had taken his degree in the School of Contemporary Music and recommended it.
"I came because of an equal attraction to the course and to Lismore's location," he said.