To all the new students of 2019, on behalf of USASA I’d like to warmly welcome you to UniSA and to everyone returning from summer break – welcome back.
For those who are unaware, my name is Grace Dixon and I am the USASA President for 2019. If you aren’t too sure what USASA is all about, essentially we are the student union body made up of representatives elected by the students to provide a path of communication between students and the University. We are here to ensure everyone’s needs and concerns are being heard at both ends, and to support students through the good and the tough times.
If you prefer to focus on the good things in life then jump straight into the social aspect of university life and suss out the clubs that are available across all campuses. USASA throws heaps of great events throughout the year, including UniTopia, free BBQ’s, pub crawls, and more – and if you happen to join a club or already be involved then you might even attend one of the many formal balls hosted throughout the year. Clubs are a great way to meet new people and socialise, especially if just transitioning to life at uni. If you ever get stuck or don’t know where to go just reach out to your relevant campus representative or come find a smiling face to answer your questions at one of USASA’s campus counters where you can also pick up a handful of freebies – including this year’s new and improved 2019 diary.
All fun aside, there will be times when university life is a struggle or overwhelming – and as previously mentioned we are here for you in the tough times as well. USASA offers a free advocacy service with a team who can provide you with free and confidential advice on a whole range of academic issues and their support has helped hundreds of students over the years. It is also important that you utilise the free counselling services and academic support services offered across the University as they are there to make your uni experience easier, so go use them!
My aim as Student President is to work diligently with the rest of the 2019 board to ensure the relevancy of USASA to the needs of UniSA students. My key targets for this year include increasing engagement across all campuses, improving financial aid for students and continuing support for clubs that will enhance your overall student experiences.
Thank you for giving me a couple of minutes of your attention. I hope that you enjoy all that the University of South Australia has to offer and that every single one of you settles in as smoothly as possible. I look forward to meeting some of you hopefully throughout the year and all best for 2019!
Until next time,
2019 USASA President