Welcome Week reignites life on campus

Welcome Week reignites life on campus

RMIT’s Melbourne campuses were once again reignited this week, with thousands of HE students celebrating a return to campus.

Held across three days in Brunswick, Bundoora and the City, students remained undeterred by the rain and heat as they explored their campuses, indulged in free food and enjoyed the tunes from various DJs.

Moving Welcome to Country ceremonies started each day before students took the opportunity to immerse themselves in conversation and activity, participating and exploring the dozens of student run clubs and societies.

Brunswick students mingled with RMIT Vice-Chancellor, Alec Cameron, who spent time touring the Brunswick campus and enjoying the festivities of the day.

In Bundoora, Student Osteopathic Medicine Association (SOMA) president Layne Holden said it was exciting to be back on campus among all the activity.

“It’s so exciting to be back in person, to meet the first years and being able to introduce ourselves has been incredible.”

Layne said that this year presents a great opportunity for students to engage in hands-on activities.

“The last two years haven’t been very hands on, so this year we will be pushing for a lot more in person seminars, engaging speakers and giving students the opportunity to be more hands-on which is what we’re about.”

In the city, thousands of eager students transcended onto Bowen Street in what resembled pre-COVID levels of numbers.

Those in attendance enjoyed free doughnuts handed out by Adobe, making their own hanging plants thanks to RMIT Kirrip and tried their hand at their favourite sport at A’Beckett Urban Square.

Students who had an interest in creating content had the chance to meet with SYN Media, a youth-run organisation that provides training and broadcast opportunities for young students.

Bec Grech, Community Engagement Coordinator at SYN said being back on campus is a huge boost to broadcasting.

“It's great to have the option to broadcast and work remotely,” she said.

“but after being mostly online for the last two years, having the chance to be in shared, collaborative spaces and use the studio's technology is thrilling.”

Bec said that SYN is a great space to connect with new people, learn new skills, explore and share your passions and build confidence and portfolios.

“It's an amazing place to boost professional skills or just connect with people on the hobby or community level.”

Microphone and neon 'on air' sign SYN Media at HE Welcome Day

The opportunity to not only socialise, but take part in activities and shared interests, drives much of the culture of RMIT clubs, something RMIT SFGA club member Senura, who is back to playing in-person board games with classmates, can attest.

“I’ve met most of my good friends through this club, which I’m really grateful for. It’s so nice coming back,” Senura said.

“There is something different about the social aspect of being there at the place, talking to your mates in person, rather than online. There’s more engagement to it.”

Three people smiling at camera Science Fiction and Gaming Association at Bundoora campus
04 March 2022


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