GSA Orientation 2020 (Semester 2)

August 4th–6th

Grad Orientation is back!

For most of GSA’s 26-year history, we’ve been running Orientation events specifically for graduate students, and 2020 is no different.

Well… it’s a little different. This three-day extravaganza will all be held online, between Zoom and Facebook Live (depending on the event). But some things haven’t changed: Grad Orientation is still packed full of fun social activities, important info about student representation, and tips and resources for making the most out of your university experience and future career. And, of course, giveaways.

-> Link to the FB Event

Day one: 10am–11.45am

Representation and youIt’s always good to know where you can go for help before you need it. That’s why we have put together the ultimate Representation starter pack – in the form of live presentations! Join us to discover how GSA represents grad student interests to the university and other stakeholders, where to go when you need advocacy through your studies, who to contact when you need legal, financial or tenancy advice, how to get workplace representation – and more! You can submit questions to events@gsa.unimelb.edu.au, or ask them on the day.

10:00am – GSA Overview and Introduction
10:15am – UMSU Legal
10:30am – Victorian Legal Aid
10:55am – NTEU
11:10am – Study Melbourne
11:25am – Tenants Victoria
11:40am – Job Watch

-> Register to this on Zoom

Day one: 12.00pm–12.45pm

Lunchtime performance: Seb SzaboTune in via Facebook Live for a live-stream gig with Seb Szabo, who’ll bring an indie twist to modern classics.

Day one: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Office Bearer mixersMeet your GSA Office Bearers in Zoom for informal Q&A and discussion. GSA is governed by an elected representative council of current graduate students. A number of these students hold positions for special interest groups including Families, Health and Welfare, Women, International Students, Education, LGBTIQ and activities. Now is the perfect time to discuss their experiences, discuss any concerns and – best of all – meet like minded individuals!

Day one: 3pm–4pm / 5pm–5.45pm

Speed Friending: We may be going back into lockdown, but that doesn’t mean you can’t meet new friends! Online Speed Friending is back with a twist: every attendee gets a prize at the end. You’ll receive one free coffee voucher valid for the coming week, so you can get a pick-me-up the next time you’re making a necessary trip out of the house. That ought to help you zoom after you Zoom. Online Speed Friending: It’s like having coffee with friends, but with a lot more social distancing.
(3pm session / 5pm session)

Day one: 5.30pm–6.30pm

Dolly Disco Bingo and Trivia: Join Dolly’s Disco Bingo for an hour of interactive guessing games, individual activities, and of course, a good round of bingo! The stakes are low, you get to meet other grad students and best of all – everyone wins a prize just for attending! Although hosted in Zoom, there is no pressure to have your camera on. Some activities will work better with your camera on, but we will also be making use of the chat function.

-> Register for Dolly Disco Bingo on Eventbrite! 

Day one: 6.00pm–6.45pm

Evening music performance – Sam (Mr Guitar)Tune in via Facebook Live for a live-stream gig with Sam (Mr Guitar), who will guide you to strum through your evening!

Day two: 10am–11.45am

Transitioning to work and career support: Get the most out of your studies, by complementing them with workshops, seminars and programs that will put you ahead to landing that next dream job! There’s tons of info here: about the workshops and seminars GSA offers to expand your work skillset; about our Volunteer Program; about the services offerred by Careers and Employability; and about the benefits of networking and participating in the University’s mentoring program. You can submit questions to events@gsa.unimelb.edu.au, or ask them on the day.

10:00am – GSA Overview and Introduction
10:10am – Careers and Employability
10:25am – Alumni Mentoring Program (Ask.Alumni)
10:35am – people2people

-> Register to this on Zoom

Day two: 12.00pm–12.45pm

Lunchtime performance – MillerFeel Good Friday favourite Miller is joining us for a performance on Facebook Live to play Indie and Pop classics!

Day two: 2.00pm–3.15pm

Academic excellence and study support: Whether you’re a coursework student, or starting your research, there is additional help to get you through. Join us to hear the ways GSA foster a community and assist with writing and motiviation; about the immense resources offered by Library and Scholarly Services; about where to get additional help with data; and about the many workshops being delivered to you. You can submit questions to events@gsa.unimelb.edu.au, or ask them on the day.

14:00pm: GSA Overview and Introduction
14:10pm: Library and Scholarly Services
14:25pm: Research Computing Services
14:40pm: Academic Skills
14:50pm: GSA Webinar and Workshop Series (Bootcamp and Shut Up and Write, Grad Researchers Network)

-> Register to this on Zoom

 

Day two: 3.00pm–3.45pm / 4.30pm–5.15pm

Speed Friending: We may be going back into lockdown, but that doesn’t mean you can’t meet new friends! Online Speed Friending is back with a twist: every attendee gets a prize at the end. You’ll receive one free coffee voucher valid for the coming week, so you can get a pick-me-up the next time you’re making a necessary trip out of the house. That ought to help you zoom after you Zoom. Online Speed Friending: It’s like having coffee with friends, but with a lot more social distancing.
(3pm session / 5pm session)

Day two: 5.30pm–6.30pm

Pub Trivia: Think you are a trivia buff? It’s time to put that theory to the test! Come meet other grad students, and battle it out for TRIVIA GLORY (and prizes) in a special session brought to you by pub trivia legends: Quiz Meisters. How it works: You can register as an individual, or with up to four friends through our registration link. Students will be allocated into teams of five and you will be emailed your team prior to the event. One person from each team will be nominated as team captain, and be responsible for submitting the answer sheet (we will send this to you). You sign into Zoom on the night and prepare for fun! Good luck and, more importantly, HAVE FUN!

-> Register for the Pub Trivia on Eventbrite!

Day two: 6.00pm–6.45pm

Evening music performance – Grace and RobbieJazz duo Grace & Robbie will be gracing our meals tonight with smooth melodies on Facebook live, so get in the zone

Day three: 10.00am–12.00pm

Health, wellbeing and community support: We know university sometimes brings challenges that aren’t academic in nature. Tune in to hear from the many support services available (free of charge) to University of Melbourne students. You can submit any questions you have to events@gsa.unimelb.edu.au, or save them for on the day!

10:00am: GSA Overview
10:10am: CAPS
10:25am: Campus Community (Financial Aid, Safer Communities, Housing, Student Support
10:40am: Sustainable Campus
10:55am: Parenting Services (City of Melbourne)
11:10am: NSP
11:20am: MU Sport
11:30am: Health Promotion and Health Services
11:40am: GSA Engagement Plans for Semester Two

-> Register to this on Zoom

Day three: 12.00pm–12.45pm

Lunchtime performance: STAV, an introspective and playful, bilingual singer-songwriter will be playing “soaring melodies and bursts of rhythmic fire” on Facebook live, we’re excited and hope you are too!

Day three: 2.00pm–4.00pm

Grad Group showcase: University is not only about what you learn, it’s also about who you meet! Meeting likeminded students in the community is a great way to stay connected and motivated, while also exploring a new passion or two! Did you know GSA has over 140 affiliated student clubs across different faculties and interests?

In this showcase you can meet

Melbourne Business School Student Association (MBSSA)
Forest Ecosystems Student Society (FESS)
Graduate Education Society (GES)
Melbourne Information Systems Graduate Association (MISGA)
Students of Landscape Architecture (SOLA)
BusinessOne UniMelb
Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA)
Ausroid Team
Data-Science Post Graduate Society (DSPS)
Paraguyan Student Association (PSA)
Student Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Association (SOMA)
Social Work Association of Graduate Students (SWAGS)
International Graduate Student Wellbeing Group (IGSWG)
Global Consulting Group (GCG)

Or, chat to our Grad Groups Coordinator about which ones to join based on what you are studying and what you are interested in! Don’t be shy, we’re here to get you connected.

-> Register to this on Zoom 

Day three: 4.30pm–5.15pm

Speed FriendingWe may be going back into lockdown, but that doesn’t mean you can’t meet new friends! Online Speed Friending is back with a twist: every attendee gets a prize at the end. You’ll receive one free coffee voucher valid for the coming week, so you can get a pick-me-up the next time you’re making a necessary trip out of the house. That ought to help you zoom after you Zoom. Online Speed Friending: It’s like having coffee with friends, but with a lot more social distancing.

-> Register to this on Zoom

Day three: 7.00pm–8.00pm

GSA Grad Orientation Dance Party: Time to shake off ther week and get on your dancing shoes – or socks, or slippers? We won’t judge! The one and only Silent Disco legend Guru Dudu is here for some non-stop entertainment! He’s here to take you though choreographed sequences, provide room for free style dancing and options for other playful games depending on what YOU want to do! It’s guaranteed to be a blast and best of all – if you’re feeling nervous there is no pressure to have you camera on. Everyone who attends will receive something special from GSA to help get you through these tough times.

-> Register for the Dance Party on Eventbrite!