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Hundreds step into new life at uni

Students at Orientation on Casuarina campus. From left: Timika King and Remy Fowler Students at Orientation on Casuarina campus. From left: Timika King and Remy Fowler

Hundreds of students have experienced their first taste of university life during Orientation Week at Charles Darwin University's Casuarina campus.

Around 600 new and returning students prepared themselves for the start of Semester One by attending various workshops and information sessions at the event last week.

Students enrolled in CDU’s Alice Springs, Melbourne and Sydney campuses and centres also attended various Orientation activities that week.

Student Recruitment and Events Manager Marissa Briston said Orientation helped students to become familiar with the campus and their course requirements, meet other students and discover the services available.

“Orientation is a great introduction to university life for students,” Ms Briston said.

“The week has been filled with fun and engaging activities to help students settle into Semester One.”

Activities at Casuarina Orientation included a campus tour and a panel of past and present students who offered the newcomers tips about university life. Students also attended free group fitness classes at The Gym@CDU and were invited to play the CDU Explorer Game to be in the running for an Ultimate Study Pack prize.

More than 40 government and non-government organisations showcased their products and services to students, and potential career and volunteer opportunities, at an exhibition on campus.

Special activities, including traditional art, music and dance workshops and performances, were held at the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education building later that week.

Park rangers were at the activities displaying baby crocodiles, and students were taught how to play didgeridoo.