MANY might describe their first time as “scary” and even “downright terrifying”. Or at least, these are some of the feelings of students described in blogs and forums during their first experience at university.
However, one tradition that can also be enjoyed by newbies and seniors is a college’s Freshies Night.
According to UOW Malaysia KDU Student Council President Melissa Anne Chai, the student council successfully concluded its recent Freshies night in early August after a long hiatus.
“It’s like a welcome party. We reunite. There are all kinds of shows. The juniors make friends with the seniors,” she said, describing the event as a joy to organize.
The festivities are said to get even better during Campus Breakout. These take place three times a year—around the start of the semester—when clubs and societies set up booths and encourage freshmen to join.
There are dozens of clubs and societies in the UOW Malaysia KDU that revolve around sports, hobbies and other interests that freshmen can choose according to their passions or find new ones .
“We recruit seniors who really want to be involved in orientation support and to play an active role in the adaptation of first-year students to university life.
“Those in the ‘smolkids’ group – a nickname for new students – are on standby to help freshmen learn how to register for subjects, use the library or anything else on campus they don’t. don’t know.
“I’ve seen many student council members who were quiet and shy at first and are now outspoken, assertive and very involved in our student community,” said Chai, a second-year law student at UOW Malaysia KDU. in Selangor.
Sharifah Azura, deputy director of the student and alumni center at UOW Malaysia KDU, said helping new students adapt effectively to university life is serious business.
“For their orientation, we organize numerous information sessions and campus tours. They learn all about college social services, shuttles, accommodation, medical services, and even how to borrow books.
“It is vital for them to fully familiarize themselves with our campus before beginning their university life,” she said.
Campus Student and Alumni Center Senior Director Mitchell Liong emphasized that academic achievement is not the only denominator of a high-quality college life.
“The value of a university as an alma mater lies in how the campus shapes character – our emotional, mental, and even spiritual facets. We pay close attention to these facets through our Youth Empowerment Plan “, he said, adding that the five-fold plan has been called fitpiration – a portmanteau of fit and inspiration.
He shared that nutrition talks and even weight loss challenges are held regularly, the latest being a sports psychology conference in June, given by the Selangor Football Association.
The newest campus in Batu Kawan, Penang is equipped with two gymnasiums, an Olympic-size swimming pool as well as tennis, badminton and squash courts with a sports court to boot. Similar facilities are found at all UOW Malaysia KDU campuses nationwide.
The other four focus areas of the university’s youth empowerment plan – career exploration, culture (embracing a myriad of cultural ideologies to promote diversity and inclusion), Hatch Up (promoting creativity and entrepreneurship) and sustainability.
For more information, call 03-5565 0538 (Selangor campus) or 04-238 6368 (Penang campus).