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Curtin students are back on campus for semester two with social distancing the new norm and the first successful virtual Orientation Day in the university’s history.

Curtin Student Guild President Hana Arai said that hundreds of students commencing study in semester 2 jumped on a platform called Discord, widely used by gamers.

“It provided students the same opportunity to find out about our clubs, support services and activities as a traditional Orientation event,” she said.

“The virtual O Day was a less hectic experience than the physical event which was a positive for accessibility as it allowed students to explore their areas of interest at a leisurely pace.

“The platform easily accommodated entertainment and sought after student giveaways and competitions.”

Ms Arai said that while everyone was hoping that there would be a return to larger scale campus events in 2021, virtual events were here to stay as they were a great alternative for students who studied online or could not spend a lot of time on campus.

Other changes to the Orientation experience as a result of COVID-19 included virtual tours and online events including speed friending and a faculty quiz.

Hana Arai
Curtin Student Guild President
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About Curtin Student Guild
Curtin Student Guild is WA’s peak student union representing more than 30,000 students in Western Australia. Since its formation in 1969, the Guild has provided essential services to students. Our elected student representatives sit on all major university boards and committees ensuring Curtin University delivers the best outcomes for students. We coordinate social events and activities, support student clubs, operate food, beverage and retail outlets and assist students with academic, financial and personal issues.

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