Hello everyone, and welcome to the University of New South Wales. The ﬁrst thing I’d like to do at today’s Orientation Session gets you all oriented! That means to tell you the location of some useful facilities and services.
So, first of all, take out the maps we gave you all as you came in the door. The map is the big yellow sheet of paper.
As you can see on the map, North is at the top, South at the bottom, et cetera. Which way is North? Well, look through that window on my left, your right. See the rising sun? That would have to be East. So North must be directly behind me.
Now, we are at the campus’s Main Gate. The Recreational Facilities are on my right hand and its opposite is the Student Centre. No questions? Good. Pretty easy, right?
OK, did everyone eat breakfast at the Student Food Service this morning? Was the food good? Yes, yes. I am joking. I’ve eaten there, too.
So after a meal like that, you must be eager to go to a doctor. Right? Well, I have good news for you: the Student Health Centre is located about half a kilometre straight north of here.
Look on your maps. You see the street on the east side of this building? Ned Kelly Avenue?
Just follow that about 500 metres, and the Health Centre will be on your left at the third cross street.
Now, I know you all just got here. So you must be wondering how to tell your folks you’ve arrived safely, how much you miss the dog, and how you already need more money. If you don’t have an iPhone, you probably are wondering where to ﬁnd a computer.
Well, I have good news. If you go straight out of its door and walk down the Garden Street, you'll see the Internet Unit on your left side, just next to the Gym.
The hours are posted on the door, and the computers are free, but you must bring your student ID card with you. Like I tell everyone, if you need help with anything, you can probably find it right here in the Student Centre.
Do you see the four buildings there between the Student Centre and the library? Those are the dormitories. The men’s dorms are the two on the south; the women’s the two on the north.
OK, I’m sorry to have to tell you, but the university has been doing a lot of repairs and remodelling, and it’s not all done yet. So there may be some small problems with your dorm rooms.
Maybe the window doesn’t open. Maybe an air conditioner is missing or does not work. If there are any problems, you can go to the Complaint Oﬃce, which is right beside the Teaching Building between the Parker Street and the Crammer Street.
Just tell them your problem and they should have it ﬁxed by the time you graduate in four years. I’m joking, but please be patient. There are a lot of little things they need to take care of.
Tired of the school food? No? Give it a week. Or maybe you just need a place to get coﬀee in the wee hours of the night during one of those marathon study sessions.
Either way, you deﬁnitely have to check out the little Cafe just past the women's dormitories. They’ve got free Wi-Fi, so a lot of students saddle up with coffee and a bagel for hours on end to get work done.
As for the dorm rooms, I have some bad news and some good news.The bad news is the rooms are small and you’ll probably be sharing space with at least three other students.
The good news is that each room has its own bathroom. What’s good about sharing a bathroom with three strangers? Hmmm... good question. OK, call it bad news and worse news.
Hey, maybe try this for good news: each dorm has a kitchen. If you want to make snacks or meals, you can do it there. You can buy food containers at any campus convenience store, so you can store your food in the kitchen.
But a word of warning: you should deﬁnitely write your name on your food containers. Sad to say, there are food thieves among your fellow students.
Speaking of thieves, a word about security. I mean this is Australia and we do get drunken bushrangers wandering onto campus. Each of you will be given a key for your dorm room. Don’t lose it.
You have to pay for any replacement and ﬁll out a bunch of papers, too. Red tape, huh? Your key does not work for the front door of your dorm, however.
To the right of each door, there is a keypad with numbers. When you move in, they will tell you the code you use to enter the door. Please do not tell the code to people who do not live in the dorm.
Let’s see. Have I forgotten anything? Oh, yes. Most of you are not rich, correct? So when your clothes get dirty, you can’t just throw them away and buy new ones.
That means you have to learn to do laundry. Or, men, that means you have to hurry up and get married. If you decide to wash those clothes and not get married, there are laundries in each dorm.
Where? Oh, I almost forgot to tell you. The laundry for each dorm is in the basement. Some real good news this time: if you are a student, it is free. You do have to buy your own soap, however. The laundry closes, by the by, at 11:30.
And, now that I've mentioned 11:30, please remember the dorm doors are locked at 11:30 p.m. Your code will not work. If you want to get in, you’ll have to call the night watchman.
Don’t worry, you can get that number at the Dorm Oﬃce. Yes, the Dorm Oﬃce and the Complaint Oﬃce are the same oﬃce. All right, then. Before we continue, are there any questions?