A mixture of excitement and nerves ran through Hannah Plattel’s mind today as the first day of Orientation Week at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) marked the start of a new chapter in her life.



Rachel Dudman, Coen Hill and Hannah Plattel.

The Bachelor of Nursing student will be spending the next few years at USQ Toowoomba doing a nursing degree.

“I’m quite excited but also a little nervous,” she said.

“It’s going to be great to meet new people and make new friends as well as be a bit more independent, but I’m worried about how I’m going to handle the workload.

“It’s going to be an interesting couple of years.”

Miss Plattel is one of about 1500 students attending orientation sessions in Toowoomba this week as part of O-Week.

Commerce student Mark Richards said he had already learned a lot on his first day.

“We had a chance to meet and talk with our lecturers who discussed different pathways and post-graduate programs available,” Mr Richards said.

“I’m excited to start uni and meet new people.”

O-Week kicked off this morning with the University Welcome and information sessions and will continue until Thursday (February 27) with music, food and entertainment on offer each day.

The highlight of the week’s events will be the return of the USQ Phoenix Carnival on Thursday from noon until 4pm, which will feature carnival entertainment, live music, creative workshops, a gaming van and more.

It will be followed by live music in the USQ Hub from 5pm until late.

Professor Jan Thomas said it was a pleasure to see a mixture of new and old faces celebrate O-Week.

“This event brings together students, alumni, staff and the local community to celebrate the University and foster USQ pride,” Professor Thomas said.

via USQ