New SCU students meet ?the family

IT'S O-WEEK (Orientation Week) and Emma Tudor is one of many new students arriving in Coffs Harbour this week to begin their tertiary education.

For the 17-year-old from Merriwa there will be a lot of milestones in the week ahead.

Not least, living on-campus away from home for the first time.

"It's very exciting and also nerve-wracking," Emma said.

"Everyone so far has been awesome and already it feels like we are a small family."

Emma said she chose Coffs Harbour because she likes being near the coast and the campus is 'gorgeous'.

Carina College accommodation assistant, Brod Ashmole, said students had been arriving over the weekend from as far away as Bowral and Yeppoon.

"It's good to see new faces," Brod said.

"The new students bring a whole new energy. They are a diverse crowd, from both city and country backgrounds."

He said the atmosphere at the college was 'jolly', as people were getting to know each other.

As well as the main Student Association O-Week activities, the college has its own program of fun planned to encourage bonding between the students.

Southern Cross University is expecting to welcome about 1500 new and continuing students to the Coffs Harbour Campus.

Head of Campus and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Zbys Klich, said there had been a 60 per cent increase in student numbers over the last two years with the demand for Bachelor of (Primary) Education, Psychology and Nursing particularly strong.

"This year we will have more Australian and international students on campus than ever before," Professor Zbys said.

"It is an exciting time and Coffs Harbour will reap the benefits of this influx of students."

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