First-year students urged to make most of opportunity

Moving to a new city is never easy, but the things that make you most nervous about leaving home are also the ones that should excite you the most - that is one of the messages Otago University Students' Association president James Heath had for first-year students at a special ceremony yesterday night.

James Heath
James Heath

University of Otago vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne, Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull, chancellor Royden Somerville, and Office of Maori Development director Tuari Potiki also spoke at the fourth annual convocation ceremony where students are welcomed to the university and to the city.

Mr Heath told the 4000 students at the Forsyth Barr Stadium they would ``find your people, your place and among those strangers some of your dearest friends''.

 OUSA 2019 president James Heath speaks to a crowd of about 4000 at the convocation ceremony at...
OUSA 2019 president James Heath speaks to a crowd of about 4000 at the convocation ceremony at Forsyth Barr Stadium last night. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH

He urged students to look after themselves and their mental health, saying it was one of the focuses for OUSA this year - along with environmental action, preventing sexual violence, and having a greater emphasis on student issues in local body politics.

He encouraged students to turn to their association for help if they needed it, saying they would "never be a burden''.

Mr Cull told students he hoped they would stay in the city after they graduated, and Prof Hayne told the assembled students that she encouraged them to create great memories and to choose their friends wisely.

She also encouraged them to ``make the most of this unbelievable opportunity''.

 

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