Finally the time has come, the students have returned and the year of study finally begins. This week is the beginning of lectures for all University students but last week was the real adventure. Orientation week or ‘O Week’ as it is well known has just passed and I believe I can speak for most by saying it was a week to remember!

With students filling the streets, the University area is becoming a hub of activity. Throughout O Week the Otago Museum lawn was filled with tents known as ‘tent city’. Companies and groups from around Dunedin offered information, special offers on products and services and best of all freebies! Which in the life of a student are essential. Other orientation events were held as well including campus tours, electronic tutorials and course advice.

These events are all helpful and the University is beautiful to explore but the real excitement comes with the events organised by the Otago University Student Association. The OUSA organise concerts, markets and other events for students to enjoy during the week before they start University.

Tuesday saw the first year students ‘freshers’, hit the stadium in nothing but white sheets and flower crowns to celebrate every freshers right of attending the toga party. A night of avoiding eggs and adjusting sheets has never been so fun.

Wednesday brought together students of all ages to the stadium to party with the local legends Six60. Battling the claustrophobic, sweaty mosh pit to jam to these talented musicians was well worth it. Following the stadium performance Six60 then performed an intimate gig in town at Vault 21.

The week rolled on and while many were battling to stay awake, Thursday welcomed another stadium concert, ‘Down the Rabbit hole’. This event was a themed dress up with acts like Hermitude, Sachi and Strange rocking the stadium.

Friday was a big night as the zoo packed with animals.. I mean students, cheered on the Highlanders against the Chiefs. After two hours of non stop partying from the zoo and enthusiastically chanting “Waisake Naholo”, the mighty Highlanders were defeated. But the zoo spirits were still high as the students left the game to continue the party at their flats and into town.


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By now sleep deprivation is seriously setting in but the OUSA put on an international food market and of course Saturday night in town was guaranteed to be fun. No one ever said O Week would be easy.

All I can say is that as I battle my way through my first week of lectures with a serious fresher flu, O Week was one of the best experiences I have had and the perfect way to start the University year.

Though O Week is over there are always plenty of events happening with Tinie Tempah performing this Thursday and Marshmello next Thursday. Always something to do in Dunners!

(Feature photo credit: Otago Daily Times)