Orientation gives students a head start

After the formal part of the orientation, the first years had a chance to be children again
After the formal part of the orientation, the first years had a chance to be children again

In an attempt to equip new students with the necessary foundation to enable them to adapt to life at residences and cope with the shock of having to share living spaces with other fellow students, the MUT’s Student Housing Unit hosted this year’s residence orientation on Saturday, 16 March 2019 for students residing at the on-campus residences.

Ndlelenhle Jiyane, a warden in one of the main campus residences, said the aim of the Orientation was to give the students a head start. “A number of divisions at the University descended upon our Seme Hall to give students information on security at residences; NSFAS informed the students about finance-related issues, while the Student Housing Unit explained the rules applicable at the University residences. The general idea for this orientation was to make sure that students were informed, so they would know, and then behave accordingly,” said Jiyane.

The lighter part of the event gave new students a chance to socialise and get to know one another better.. Fun and games were staged at Seme sports grounds. “We wanted to give our students a chance to be young again. This will contribute a long way in making MUT a home away from home and would be part of the students’ campus life. Also, any form of play and exercising contributes to living a long fulfilling life, as research says,” said Jiyane.

Students had a time of their lives as they played with big ‘toys’ that turned the MUT  sports ground into a giant playground. Nkanyiso Shozi, a first year Nature Conservation student, said he knew life at the university was different.  “What I saw at MUT went beyond my expectations.  Back at high school we did not have such a variety of sports and games; there were only soccer and netball. When a lot of sports like hockey, rugby and volley ball were introduced to us at the orientation, I was super excited and felt like joining every part of the sports. I am so glad that I am part of the University that cares about the students well-being. I love the fact that they reminded us of the fun we used to have when we were kids by having the fun games in our orientation. I really felt like a kid again,” said Nkanyiso.