NEW ON CAMPUS: Paulus Mandibondibo, of West Papua, and Emily Roberts during Orientation Week, at Southern Cross University.
NEW ON CAMPUS: Paulus Mandibondibo, of West Papua, and Emily Roberts during Orientation Week, at Southern Cross University. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

O-Week marks a new life for students

O-WEEK is in full swing at Southern Cross University's Lismore campus this week. We speak with two first-year students about their new life.

Emily Roberts, 28, moved to the Northern Rivers from Sydney six months ago to embark on a new career.

Course? Bachelor of Nursing.

Why nursing? I see nursing as a career I can stick with for a bit longer, and it's diverse so there's room to grow throughout my life when I need new challenges and a different direction.

Is this your first time at university? I've done TAFE courses in the past but this is my first time at university.

What did you do before this? I've worked in retail, I worked in admin for a while, and in the aviation industry as a flight attendant.

How are you finding it so far? There's a really nice vibe here - it's relaxed and friendly. The hosts we had this morning were great.

What's O-Week about for you? I'm going to use it to get myself acquainted with the uni, look at my timetable and find out exactly where I have to be next week.

So no O-Week parties?

Probably not!

Paulus Mandibondibo, 29, hails from the Indonesian province of West Papua, and is one of 450 Indonesian students to receive an Australian Government scholarship to study in Australia.

When did you arrive in Oz? Two weeks ago.

Course? Masters in Forest Science and Management.

Is this your first time in Australia? Actually the first time I went to Melbourne, but a long time ago in 2008.

What do you think of Lismore? Lismore is a beautiful city for me; I feel like it's my hometown because it's semi-tropical, it's hilly, so it's a similar landscape and climate.

What will you do when you finish? I will return to my home country; I work with the department of forests and conservation in my local government.

Is that a way you can help preserve the forests? Absolutely. We have a problem with illegal logging in West Papua, so we need people with experience in managing forests sustainably.

 

At a glance

Popular courses at SCU Lismore campus in 2014:

Bachelor of Creative Arts

Bachelor of Civil Engineering

Science and environment courses


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