Your New Student Initiation

With all the confusion and excitement of new student life, we bet you haven’t even had the chance to figure out what you’re supposed to be doing, let alone how you go about achieving it. Don’t worry, we’ve got you!

Welcome to your new student initiation – your checklist for the must-dos and must-sees to make you the very best CQUni student you can be.

1. Attend Orientation

No doubt right now you’re trying to get your head around what textbooks to buy, when and where your classes will be or how to use the computer systems, and all while contemplating the next few years of study that wait ahead. This is the very reason we host Orientation – to make sense of it all for you! For Term 2 2020, we are hosting Orientation Our Way. 

Orientation Our Way is a personalised Orientation experience including compulsory and optional online activities such as the Orientation TV live webinar, Orientation Boost drop-in sessions, and the Orientation Online Moodle site. Remember, attending an Orientation event is compulsory for international students.

Orientation virtual events commence on Monday, 6 July. Find out more, and create your personalised Orientation schedule by visiting the MyCQU Student Portal.

2. Join a club or society

There are a number of clubs, groups and societies here at CQUniversity. From the Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS), Capricorn Tabletop, CQUni Nutrition Network  and so much more, you’re bound to find something you love, and meet like-minded people! Check them out on the Clubs and Societies GS Directory on the Student Portal.

Can’t find a club or society that interests you? Start one here!

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3. Follow us on social media

Never miss an opportunity to know more and do more for your studies, your career, and your student life. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Check out all our CQUni groups on Facebook.

Student News will connect you with important reminders and announcements, events and activities, employment and exchange opportunities, student support services, the latest student success stories, and much more.

4. Connect with a Student Mentor

Student Mentors have made it through their first year of study, acquiring a great deal of information along the way, making them the perfect guide to support new students. All new undergraduate and postgraduate students can join a Mentor group of their choice through our First-Year Hangout & Mentor Support Moodle page. Groups will become available one week prior to Orientation.

5. Download a map

Make sure you download a campus map for when you visit campus.

Also note that CQUni is a smoke-free university. All staff, students and visitors to our campuses are asked to comply with the smoke-free policy by not smoking anywhere on university grounds.

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6. Get the SafeZone app 

This is an important one. SafeZone is our free and easy-to-use mobile application which will communicate alerts during severe weather events, off-campus emergencies affecting CQUni staff and students and incidences which may trigger evacuation or lock-downs on campus. Along with this, the app will also allow you to request first aid, call for help or alert us to an unfolding emergency.

SafeZone is so important we even have a whole blog dedicated to telling you our top five reasons why you should download SafeZone today.

7. Bookmark the Essential Student Guide

We get it-you’re already feeling information overload and the term hasn’t even started yet! That’s exactly why we created the Essential Student Guide to break down all the important need-to-know information in a clear, concise format which you can easily find and refer to at any time.

From key contacts to terminology explanations, more student to-do checkpoints, fee and financial help and so much more – there’s a reason we call it ‘essential’.

Download the Essential Student Guide today!

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8. Join your Campus Life Committee

From juice bikes, pizza and live music, end of term parties, pancake days & breakfast week, online events, to Zumba and Yoga, each Campus Life Committee allows students to engage with their campus and experience the fun being a student offers. Join your Campus Life Committee. Find out how to by visiting the Student Portal.

9. Student Representative Council

The Student Representative Council (SRC) is a collective group of students, elected by their peers, and appointed to engage with and advocate for the CQUniversity student community. Our members are organised, enthusiastic, dedicated and committed to their roles and responsibilities and are available to you to offer advice and support throughout your studies.

Members are elected to represent all course-levels and all locations across Australia. The SRC aims to unite the student body with fairness, respect and constructive progress, and directly contribute to enhancing the student experience. View our vacancies here. Join our facebook group to stay up to date with the latest news and events.

Congrats! You’re now officially initiated as a new student to CQUniversity – how easy was that?

Keep in contact and let us know how you go with ticking off items on your new student checklist and be sure to read the Student Broadcast email every week!

Elle Mccosker (https://cqunilife.com)

Hi, I'm Elle! I am a proud CQUni Business and Prof Comm graduate and current member of the CQUni Student Communications team. After 3 years of coordinating major student milestones from orientation right through to graduation, I have a passion for creating memorable and valuable student experiences! I remember Uni life all too well - from the frequent procrastination, occasional meltdown and over-consumption of caffeine. I'm excited to show you not only how to survive the roller coaster we call University, but how to enjoy the ride!


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