Blitz met up with O-Week Coordinator, and Arc legend David Vu to chat about what he loves most at the week long fun fest, and his advice for freshers for their first few weeks at uni.
How many Yellow Shirts are in your team?
Altogether, the program is made up of 190 volunteers. We have 10 Organising Team Members (including me), 20 Squad Leaders, and 160 Yellow Shirts!
What is your favourite thing about O-Week?
My favourite thing about O-Week is the vibe. It’s absolutely infectious!
“The campus is just overrun with this huge buzz of positivity, the air is thick with anticipation, the stalls are packed with people and the campus is crawling with people who just want to have fun and share in that UNSW spirit.”
Why did you want to get involved?
Before I was even enrolled at UNSW, I was warmly welcomed to the campus by the Yellow Shirts at prior events. Their warm hospitality showed me that UNSW is a university with students that care, that want to help others – I instantly knew that this was where I wanted to be, and being a Yellow Shirt was something I wanted to get involved with. I wanted to give back that same energy to students!
What is your first O-Week memory?
My first memory of O-Week is from the Monday morning of O-Week. Arriving on campus at 9AM I was so nervous about starting university and the unfamiliarities. The day was just about to begin and everything was being set up. A group of Yellow Shirts were walking past me with Giant Jenga equipment. While waiting around for their other squad members, they unravelled the safety rope and turned it into a giant skipping rope. They encouraged everyone to join in! Eventually, they roped me into it and I reluctantly joined. I was really nervous at first, but that turned into excitement. This was a place that wanted to involve me from the outset, regardless of who I was.
“It was in that moment I knew that this place was one I could call home.”
What advice do you have for first-years?
Try everything, do everything. If you walk past something on campus and it catches your eye, find out what it is, learn more about it. Whether it’s a Yellow Shirts event during O-Week, or an interesting club activity, give everything a go. University is the place to explore your interests, and experience new and wonderful things. The more you give, the more you get. Make 2017 your time and make the most of it!
What is the quickest way to get from upper to lower campus?
As boring as this may seem, the Main Walkway or the Basser Steps. While both are an arduous task, they’re the most direct and quickest way from Upper to Lower and vice versa! Sorry I couldn’t provide a super-secret passageway between the two.
Although I’ve heard there are secret passageways underneath our campus…
Favourite pizza topping?
1-2-3 SAY CHEEEEESSSEEEEEEE
Last book you read?
Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto. Bought the book simply because the author’s name was ‘Banana’. No regrets.
Bacon or Nutella?
BACON. How is this a question?
What’s your favourite emoji?
Hit up: www.arc.unsw.edu.au/o-week for more O-Week info