I just came back from hosting Destination Melbourne, and where oh where do I even begin with it!
The transition from high school to university can be quite a daunting experience, especially if you are new to the area and have not met anyone from uni yet! This is where Destination Melbourne comes in. DM falls under the initiative of the Transition and Orientation team at the university and is a 2 day residential program for first year students.
Just to give you all some context with my DM experience…I participated in DM back in 2012 as a student, and I loved it so much that I decided to become a 2013 host! Through DM, I met so many amazing people, people that I am still friends with to this very day. DM provides first year students with the opportunity to make new friends before uni even begins, and gives students a better understanding of the support that is available to them. Overall, I must say that attending DM definitely enhanced my uni experience.
And the best thing is to walk around campus with the DM shirt, and having people come up to you screaming – “I WENT TO DM TOO!” And there you go, instant BBFLS. True story!
So this year DM was held back at St Hilda’s College, between 30 and 31st of January. Some of the activities included:
- Eggtacular: Students were divided into faculty groups and had to complete egg-based activities related to each faculty. Example – The Biomed station involved students operating on their eggs to remove the tumour (egg yolk) without inflicting too much damage to their egg.
- Japanese game show themed activities: A bunch of crazy games involving watermelons, bananas, quidditch etc
- Formal dinner and Trivia Night: Dinning at Queen’s college, followed by trivia
- Boot camp: Healthy bodies = healthy minds!
- Rush Hour Amazing Race: Probably the highlight of the program! Racing around the city and completing tasks for team points.
What you may not know is that the program used to run for 3 days, but has now been condensed into 2 days due to budget cuts/funding etc. It is a shame that the program has been cut down to 2 days. We had a limited number of spaces for students to stay at St Hilda’s, so we introduced a non-residential part to this program to squeeze in as many people as we could due to the overwhelming number of applicants!
I hope that you all rally behind this awesome program so that it will continue to run over the next couple of years. But nevertheless – it was an awesome experience and I hope everyone that went on it this year enjoyed it as much as I did.
So if you’re reading this and missed out on DM, no need to fear! There are still plenty of first year camps out there for you! Just make sure you attend O-Week to sign up before spaces run out!