Macquarie University orientation buddies welcomed new international students by showing them around Sydney Harbour.
Every semester, Macquarie orientation buddies welcome new international students with a week long social orientation event program. This semester, buddies and students went on a walking tour around the city, visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Sydney Opera House and walking across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Students sailed on a harbour cruise under the stars and visited Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour for spectacular views. They visited Manly beach and spent the day at the world-famous Taronga Zoo to see kangaroos and koalas up close.
Further afield, the students went wine tasting in the Hunter Valley, saw dolphins at Jervis Bay and bush walked in the spectacular Blue Mountains to experience scenery surrounding Sydney.
Back on Macquarie campus, the Macquarie orientation buddies had more fun planned. Students made friends fast via the ice breaking speed friendship night and at the ‘bush tucker’ barbeque.
“The aim of the events was simply to have fun,” says organiser Satoshi Nagouchi, from Macquarie University Campus Life. “Before the session starts, some find it hard to make friends as you only see others during orientation. But by organising social events with the buddies, you get to meet many future friends. I myself was helped out a lot by these social events and made friends who are still very important to me today.
“I’d like to thank the buddies who have put a lot of time and effort to make these events work. The buddies are a group of students who are outgoing and friendly, making them ideal for welcoming new international students. If it wasn’t for them and their amazing qualities, none of the events would have worked.”