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Resource booklet for mentees - Unilife - Curtin University

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STUDENT TRANSITION

AND RETENTION TEAM

MENTOR PROGRAM

RESOURCE BOOKLET

Some useful information to assist with your transition


UTILISE YOUR MENTOR!

Mentors aim to help YOU succeed in your first semester as a new student,

so you can have the best possible start at Uni. As a current student your

Mentor is easily able to communicate what life as a student is like.

Your Mentor is there to assist – for the whole semester!


Opportunities for Meeting People

• Your classes

• Through people you already know

Curtin Mentoring Program

• Go to social gatherings and events

• Take up classes in something you always

wanted to try

• Part-time jobs

• Student clubs and Guild activities

• Religious associations – Multi Faith

Service

• Social networking web sites

A Basic Conversation Starter

1. Say “Hi” or “Hey, how’s it going?”

2. Ask them how their day has been. Has it

been busy? Slow? Interesting?

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3. Take it to the next level – ask them openended

questions. Get them to talk more.

Everyone’s favourite topic is themselves!

FINALLY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO

REMEMBER - ask your Mentor FIRST!!!

They can assist you or point you in the right

direction with who may be able to assist you.

Welcome to Curtin

This booklet has some helpful information on:

• Things to do

• Things to know

• Budgeting Info

• Being Healthy / Eating Healthy

• Social Activities / getting to know others


Ask your Mentor about these opportunities!

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Guild Club or Society

It’s not just about study...

http://www.guild.curtin.edu.au

Join Curtin Volunteers!

Become an Orientation Volunteer!

http://www.cv.curtin.edu.au

Campus Sport and Recreation

Get involved in Campus sports and recreation. Find out more at:

http://www.unisport.com.au/CurtinStadium/Sports_Clubs/Pages/Home.aspx

International Students Committee (ISC)

For more information contact ISC:

Tel: +61 8 9266 2910

Email: isc@guild.curtin.edu.au

Web: http:// www.international.curtin.edu.au/international-student-associations.htm

TABLE OF

CONTENTS

Join Curtin Facebook

Join the growing numbers on the New to Curtin Facebook page!!

http://www.facebook.com/NewToCurtin


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SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

/GETTING TO

KNOW OTHERS

Things to do................................................................................................................ 2

Checklist................................................................................................................................2

StartUp Pack.........................................................................................................................3

Student ID.............................................................................................................................4

OASIS.....................................................................................................................................4

Blackboard............................................................................................................................4

Do a library tour...................................................................................................................5

Get a Smart Rider card........................................................................................................5

Save the Curtin Security numbers.....................................................................................5

Save an ICE............................................................................................................................5

Find your buildings and rooms..........................................................................................5

Questions for your Mentor.................................................................................................5

Things to know........................................................................................................... 7

Student Wellbeing................................................................................................................8

Health direct: 1800 22 222................................................................................................8

“CABS”...................................................................................................................................8

Safety.....................................................................................................................................8

Local Police............................................................................................................................8

In an emergency on campus..............................................................................................8

Other important info to look at................................................................................ 9

Library info......................................................................................................................... 10

Council for International Students of Western Australia (CISWA)............................. 10

Budgeting Info.......................................................................................................... 12

Money Wasters.................................................................................................................. 12

Eating cheap at Uni.......................................................................................................... 12

Eating on a budget............................................................................................................ 12

Useful websites.................................................................................................................. 12

Being Healthy / Eating Healthy............................................................................. 14

Benefits of Healthy Eating & Living................................................................................ 14

2 minute noodles are not enough!................................................................................. 14

Chicken salad..................................................................................................................... 14

Other recipies..................................................................................................................... 14

Social Activities / getting to know others............................................................ 16

Clubs abd groups..................................................................................................... 16

Opportunities for Meeting People................................................................................... 17

A Basic Conversation Starter.......................................................................................... 17


Benefits of Healthy Eating & Living

• Will help you be a better student

• Makes you smarter!

Chicken salad

• Pre-prepared salad mix

• Cooked supermarket chicken

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• Decreases your risk of colds, flu’s and

viruses especially in times of high stress

(EXAMS!!)

• Long term decreases risk of obesity,

diabetes, heart disease and cancer

2 minute noodles are not enough!

• Not just two minutes noodles!

• Add frozen vegetables (less than $1 per

serve)

• Your favourite sauce….

• Add Tuna (approx. $0.99 on special)

• Quick, good value, nutritious meal, less

than $3.00

• Quicker & cheaper than fast food

restaurants

• And much healthier!

• Dry noodles

• Your favourite sauce

• Ready in less than 5 minutes

• Feeds 4 people (or one or two

people with leftovers!)

Other recipes:

Coles

Look at the Coles website. Coles is a

supermarket where you can buy your food.

http://www.coles.com.au/Recipes-Cooking.

aspx

Food Cents

You can download shopping resources and

healthy eating guides on how to feed 2 people

from $9 per person per day or a family of four

for around $8 per person per day.

http://www.foodcentsprogram.com.au/aboutfoodcents/


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THINGS TO

DO

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Checklist

Your mentor can assist you with all of these

things so ask them!!

Here is a list of some of the things that you

should do when you start at Curtin University

• Get your StartUp pack

• Get your Student ID

• Login to Oasis and also access Blackboard

• Do a library tour

• Get a Smart Rider card

BEING HEALTHY

/EATING HEALTHY

• Save the 2 Curtin Security numbers -

1300 00 4444 or 9266 4444 into your

mobile phone

• Save an ICE (In Case of Emergency)

number in your mobile phone – friend or

relative in Perth

• Find some of the buildings and rooms that

you will need to visit

• Visit the StartUp week website –

http://orientation.curtin.edu.au

• Contact your family to let them know that

you have arrived safely

• Most importantly – Think about some

questions that you have to ask your

Mentor!!


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Here are some quick tips on saving money and

some useful websites.

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StartUp pack

You can collect a StartUp Pack from the START building 102/Hayman Hall.

The StartUp Pack includes:

• your Orientation program outlining all the activities and events during

International Enrolment & Information Week and StartUp Week (also available

at: http://www.orientation.curtin.edu.au)

• an A-Z Guide that contains all the information you’ll need to know during

your time at Uni. Hold on to this booklet as it is a useful resource! (also

available at: http://www.orientation.curtin.edu.au)

• various goodies and information

Make sure you receive this pack!

Money Wasters

• Avoid vending machines.

• Buying one coffee each day costs $100’s

per year ($3.50 average).

• Be careful with your mobile phone topups,

you can use MSN/Yahoo/Face-book

cheaper.

• Do I really need to print that? Share/or

buy a printer with your flatmates and

share the cost of ink/cartridges.

• Drink reasonably - For one week, don’t

change your habits but keep a ledger of

how much you’ve spent at the student

bar and liquor store, and be honest with

yourself. Then draw up a list of the things

you really want and calculate how much

time it would take you to save up for

those.

• Textbooks – be supremely organised in

deciding which courses/units you are

enrolling in and check out 2nd hand

textbooks on eBay, Amazon, Gumtree etc.

or the notice boards on campus.

Eating cheap at Uni

• Bring your own meals and snacks

• Fruit – comes in its own wrapper,

environmentally friendly!

• Student common rooms at Curtin have

fridges and microwaves

• Join the student guild

• Discounts on food around campus

• Walk over to the supermarket between

classes

Eating on a budget

• Plan meals and snacks

−−

Take a shopping list

−−

Find out what is cheap from

supermarket catalogues in your letter

box

−−

Supermarkets have bargains on

perishables, often Thursday night or

Saturday afternoon

• Make your own meals and snacks

• Buy in bulk – This means a large quantity

at a time

• Buy and cook with a friend/s

• Limit fast food and takeaways – this can

be more expensive

• Tap water is clean and healthy

Useful websites

http://www.understandingmoney.gov.au

http://www.discountshoppingguide.com.au/

perth


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Student ID

pick up your ID if you have not got it at Student Central – Building 101

- ask you Mentor TO SHOW YOU THIS!!

BUDGETING

INFO

Oasis

Click on the Curtin Home page (http://www.curtin.edu.au) and find

OASIS login - ask you Mentor TO SHOW YOU THIS!!

Blackboard

You can access Blackboard once you have logged in to OASIS

- ask you Mentor TO SHOW YOU THIS!!


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Do a library tour

Free Library Tours - DURING STARTUP WEEK

12th July - Tuesday 11am, 12pm and 4pm

13th July - Wednesday: 11:30am and 2:30pm

14th July - Thursday 12pm and 2pm

15th July - Friday 10am and 2:30pm

ASK YOUR MENTOR TO ASSIST WITH BOOKING YOU IN TO A LIBRARY TOUR

Library info

• Look at the library website: http://www.library.curtin.edu.au

• Click on ABOUT THE LIBRARY

• Do a Library Virtual Tour: http://library.curtin.edu.au/local/media/Virtual-tour-2011.swf

Get a Smart Rider card

Get your Smart rider card so you can travel on public transport. You can find more information

on the Transperth website: http://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/Home.aspx – ask you Mentor

about this!!

Save the Curtin Security numbers

Save the 2 numbers - 1300 00 4444 or 9266 4444 into your mobile phone.

Please note, in the event of an emergency you can also dial 5 from any internal phone to contact

security.

Save an ICE

Save an ICE (In Case of Emergency) number in your mobile phone – this is the number of a friend

or relative in Perth.

Find your buildings and rooms

Ask your mentor how to find some of the buildings and rooms that you will need to visit whilst

you are here at Curtin University!! – E.g. where is 209.411?

Robertson Library

Location

The Robertson Library is situated on the

Bentley campus at Curtin, with collections and

facilities spread over five levels. Most of the

library staff are located in this library.

Building 105

Curtin University of Technology

Kent Street, Bentley 6102

Western Australia

Postal address:

GPO Box U 1987,

Perth, Western Australia 6845

Phone:

+61 8 9266 7164

(Recorded message of library opening hours)

+61 8 9266 7166

(Enquiries Desk)

Website:

http://library.curtin.edu.au/index.cfm

Opening hours

See Opening Hours on the library homepage at

http://library.curtin.edu.au/index.cfm for daily

updates.

During Semester

Monday - Thursday 7.00am - 9.30pm

Friday 7.00am - 8.00pm

Sat - Sun 10.00am - 5.45pm

During Semester Break

Monday - Friday 8.30am - 6.00pm

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Council for International

Students of Western Australia

(CISWA)

CISWA offers support to international students

in many areas including:

• Production of the booklet “Everyday

Living in W.A. – A Guide for international

Students”

• Advocacy and Liaison with Government

Departments

• Maintaining close links with student

organizations

• Networking with student support staff at

institutions including monthly meeting

• Confidential advice and information and

referral service

For more information about CISWA got to:

http://www.ciswa.com

To buy an “Everyday Living in WA - A guide for

International students” go to:

http://www.ciswa.com/?page=25#handbook

Questions for your Mentor

Think about some questions that you have to ask your Mentor. E.g what would you like to know?,

what would you like to do?


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OTHER

IMPORTANT INFO

TO LOOK AT


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Some important Health and Security information about Curtin

University that you need to know:

Student Wellbeing

Your Wellbeing

At Curtin we believe that you as a student are better prepared for learning when you feel healthy,

safe and happy. In fact, your wellbeing is a fundamental right that should not be separated from

the quality of your learning experience.

Wellbeing hotline and email

To support your welfare and learning, Curtin has established a student wellbeing hotline

(available during office hours) and email address.

We strongly encourage you to contact our experienced staff to discuss any issue. incident or

activity that might threaten or affect your sense of wellbeing. Our staff will work with you to

resolve the issue and in the event that we can’t resolve this immediately, an appropriate person

will contact you directly to help you further.

If you are unsure where to go or who to ask, you are also welcome to contact this service with

any query or concern.

Toll-Free: 1800 244 043

Email: studentwellbeing@curtin.edu.au

THINGS TO

KNOW

Health Direct: 1800 22 222

This is a free 24 hour hotline for health

enquiries.

Local police

Dial 000 for emergencies. For non-urgent

matters dial 131 444.

Safety

Check out this important website, the SAFER

campaign about personal safety at:

http://www.safety.curtin.edu.au

“CABS”

You can use the Free Hail & Ride Shuttle Bus

Service “CABS”.

Have a look at the timetable and map in

further details: http://about.curtin.edu.au/

files/Curtin_bus_timetable_2010.pdf

In an emergency on campus

You can call security by dialing 5 on an

internal phone (one in your house or in the

lecture theatres or labs).

If you do not have access to an internal phone

then you need to Dial 1300 00 4444 or

9266 4444 from mobile phone.

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