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February 22, 2010 | by  | in Opinion |
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I distinctly remember the day I moved into Cumberland House in February 2006. I had a lot of stuff. There was a huge queue to get into the only two lifts in the building. I was allocated a room on the tenth floor. I recall I walked up a lot of stairs that day. When I didn’t think my calf muscles could take any more, the following day I was forced to walk up Mount Street. I know, the hill is a bitch. It doesn’t get any easier. Trust me. I’ve been walking up that hill for four years. If anything, I’ve found the hill to be an excellent gym substitute. Welcome to Vic. The university conveniently perched on top of a huge hill.

Some of you will be in the same position as I was four years ago. You’re straight outta high school, you’ve just left home. You’re sweating profusely after climbing up The Terrace. The city and university awaits, and with it a life of freedom, excess, and assignment deadlines. Some of you will be Wellington born and bred. Perhaps you’re still living at home on the cheap, or maybe you’ve moved into a flat which, by winter, will be cold and miserable. Some of you will be returning to study after overseas escapades, or maybe you’ve dabbled in paid employment. Maybe you’ve been affected by the recession and study seems like a good option when there are few jobs to apply for. Whoever you are, kia ora. It’s nice to meet you. We’re Salient, your friendly student magazine.

You can pick Salient up every single Monday morning during term time. Inside this issue you’ll find a whole bunch of useful information about the happenings on campus and in town during Orientation. From next week, Salient will be packed with news, features, appalling puns, and fun stuff to keep you occupied during lectures. Salient gets a large chunk of its funding from the Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association, or VUWSA for short. A mere $7 or so of the $131.90 you paid to VUWSA goes into the Salient budget. This means Salient is your magazine. We want you to contribute: write letters, stories or features; review an album, a film or a play; draw pictures, cartoons, rant, tell me what you think about stuff, tell me what we’re doing wrong. Be brave. Come up to the office. Say hi. Shake our hands. Stay for a chat. Leave. Come back.

Make the most of these first couple of weeks of fun and games, before the hard work really starts. Ticket prices at Orientation are some of the cheapest you’ll encounter all year, so head along to as much as you can. Try something different. Go to Deerhoof. Dance. Meet new people. Make new friends, enemies, and acquaintances—that’s what Orientation is all about. Enjoy living in New Zealand’s arts, culture and political capital. Go to BATS, Parliament, or the Colonial Cottage, if that’s what tickles your fancy. Go forth young first years and make the most of your time at Vic. It’s sure to be awesome.

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