WIC has been running guided campus tours for future students throughout the spring semester mid-session break. On an hour-long stroll around the main campus led by WIC staff and student ambassadors, over seventy local and out-of-area students and guests got a look at some of the facilities the university has to offer, as well as the ducks.
Tours began with a walk through the Woolyungah Indigenous Centre. Students met some of the staff, walked through the study spaces, and discovered the services that will be available to them, such as ITAP tutoring, alternative entryways into study at UOW like early admission and IAP, and scholarship opportunities.
Tour members were then treated to a drink from the Ugly Duckling Café courtesy of Woolyungah, where we got to know what field of study everyone was either entering or considering choosing. The students were interested in a broad range of courses covering all faculties.
Future students got their first look inside a university lecture theatre where they sat down for a Q&A session. Students found out about university basics such as the difference between lectures and tutorials, the importance of accessing course content online, and what a day of study might look like.
After a brief stop outside the library, students learnt more about the non-academic side of UOW. Starting with a walk past UniBar, through the food court in Building 11 and up to the hang out space upstairs, students learnt about Clubs Day, O Week, UniLife membership benefits and everything else UniLife provides.
Speaking to students along the way, everyone was a bit in awe of this new place, and were looking forward to this big step in both their education and lives. The out-of-area students in particular seemed keen to immerse themselves not just in the university, but Wollongong in general. The prospect of relocating to either student accommodation or renting nearby was something that came up frequently, and those students now know that Woolyungah is here to be a part of their support system and guide them should they want or need it.
Future Medical student Rory from Port Macquarie stated, “The campus is great. I am so keen to study here” Rory’s mum was relieved to know that her son would be welcomed into a supportive environment by sharing “I am so happy meeting you all and it makes it easier knowing he will be a part of your little community here on campus”
You can check out some of the highlights from the tours on WIC's Instagram page.