Good evening, everyone! I hope you’re all having a good time at the party right now, and I hope the food and photo booth were fantastic! With that said, thank you for coming to the LTU Gurus @ Eagle event tonight! It wonderful to see the great amount of support you have given us for starting up our new student blog! I know there are some incoming first years in the crowd, can I get a raise of hands over here?
Good! It’s wonderful that you’ve come here tonight!
Now, for the older students, I think we all know that feeling we had during the first day of uni: really nervous, totally lost, and unsure of everything and anything that you were doing in and out of class? We’ve all been there before, and not just older students, I’m pretty sure some of the teachers and staff felt the same way, too, am I right?
Now, the reason why we have this party right now is because we’re launching up LTU Gurus for the start of the new school year next week. Next week, there are going to be a lot of new students coming in, finding themselves lost within this huge tract of land we call a campus, with butterflies in their stomach because they want to know how to make new friends, or where to find stores to buy some school supplies. They are gonna have no idea what to do, and they may not even know where to turn to when the services in the library or their teachers aren’t available to them.
Sometime last year, a bunch of us second years and third years were talking to each other after class one day, and our idle chitchat had all of a sudden gone to the topic of our first week experiences at La Trobe. There was a surprising common factor that each of us had with our stories: we all had no idea what the heck we were doing back then! One girl had to rush through three stories in the Martin building to get to her classroom, only to find out that it was in the David Myers building. Another one complained about how she spent almost 700 dollars to buy her textbooks for the whole year before finding out about the secondhand bookstore in the student lounge. I had the unfortunate experience of getting on the wrong buses every time I tried going home back then, and let me tell you, it was a totally scary thing to experience. And unless you have a thrill for adventure and getting lost, I would seriously not recommend doing that!
So, after we all laughed at our freshmen hiccups back then, we got to talking about those apps we got during O-Week before that. Don’t get me wrong, those things have been really helpful to all of us, but well… besides the Lost on Campus app and OneLa Trobe, there wasn’t anything else or anyone we knew to turn to for all of our questions. I mean sure, OneLa Trobe could show us some events and seminars happening during the week and tell us which computer slot is available in the library, but it never really does give out a reminder alarm for the ones we want to go to, does it? And there contact details provided, but there wasn’t an askbox or anything similar to that there that could connect us immediately to them.
And that’s where we come in. We, a bunch of senior students with a lot of embarrassing freshman experiences, had decided to band together and make a brand new school blog for this campus, so that all you new students will never have to experience all the crap we went through, ever. We got the okay from the staff here, and near the end of last year, we had already finished our main blog, yay! But, we still had to make ourselves viral so we could reach out to you, so we decided to participate with the ones in charge of guiding the enrolment process a few weeks ago. We gave out letters to new students, and we set up all these other sideblogs on other sides. You guys all know Facebook, right? We’ve got a Facebook page, too! We even have a Twitter and an Instagram for you guys, and I hope a lot of you are taking part in the contests there! We got some really great prizes for you later tonight!
So, to close this speech before we get to party some more tonight, we, the LTU Gurus blog runners, would like to thank you once again supporting us every step of the way. We care a great deal for all of you first year students, and we promise to help out in every way we can so you can have a stress-free time when you begin student life here in La Trobe!
Thank you for listening, now go have some fun!