Orientation – a month of fun!

1 March 2016

Where else but at MRS would you see the following –

  • Over 500 events organised over the month of February to welcome 1500 new students
  • 16,000 delicious meals prepared and served by Food Service during this period, including more than 1,300 on two nights
  • An amazing array of activities including trips to the country races and Philip Island, flash mobs at Federation Square, celebrations for Chinese New Year, Zombies on the Loose, parties in residence, and of course, the MRS Carnival
  • Student led sessions for ResStart (to assist residents as they transition onto living on campus), Alcocups (information about safe and responsible consumption of alcohol) and Sexpectations (adult conversations about adult relationships)
  • Merchandise of all shapes and sizes – including the ever growing colour and array of Halls t-shirts

This is but a small selection of the spectacle that is the MRS Orientation and Transition Program for new residents. This year saw one of the largest Orientation programs in MRS’ history, in no small part due to the four new Halls of Residence that are now a part of the Clayton Residential Community.

Emma Fletcher – Manager of Residential Support states that, ‘Orientation is undoubtedly the most important time of a resident’s journey living on campus as it is about understanding community values, making friends, and of course having a lot of fun with others.’ She mentions  the importance of having a program of very diverse activities that caters to a wide range of interests, needs and cultures. ‘At MRS, we have a popular saying – it’s not about where you come from, but where you belong.’