New Students Ready for University Life

"Tough but fun!" That's how some new students summarise the expectations they have of their future years of study. On Monday, they were welcomed to Dalarna University at the traditional Welcome Ceremony.
Students in orange shirts on the stage introducing themselves to the audience.
The Student Union gave a presentation at the ceremony and described the activities that await new students in their upcoming Introduction Week.

About 450 new students have commenced studies at Dalarna University. There to welcome them at Lugnetkyrkan, where the Welcome Ceremony was taking place, were representatives from both the Student Union and the University.

In his address to the audience, Vice-Chancellor Martin Norsell encouraged students to get involved in the student union and to find out what Dalarna as a county has to offer, describing the wealth of opportunities for outdoor and sporting activities and cultural experiences. He stated his belief that "self-discipline, stamina and hard work" are the ingredients to success when it comes to studies, combined with the importance of having fun.


New Students: On Monday,their Preschool Teacher Programme commenced.

"I'm looking forward to lots of learning," stated Elin Öhman from Avesta, who is registered in the Preschool Teacher Programme. "I'm a bit nervous, but it's going to be fun."

Beside her in the classroom will be Gabrielle Levin from Ockelbo, who has worked as a substitute teacher for many years and who now hopes to secure a permanent position upon completion of her programme, while Rebecca Thidé from Borlänge is changing her career focus after being on maternity leave.

Student Union Chairperson Anton Petersson talked about the Student Union, while two students came to talk to the audience about their own personal experiences of being new students. They also talked about their new roles as "Lekledare" - Game Leaders, which explained their orange shirts.

Over the coming week, new students can expect to take part in winter games, quizzes, game evenings and a formal dinner. Directly after the welcome ceremony, they were given a tour of Falun and Borlänge so that they could get to know the two new towns they will now be calling home.

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