#FavouriteFeature: Clare McKenzie from Sydney, Australia

Today’s favourite feature post comes from the ILN’s Director of Communications, Clare McKenzie:

I love the rush and buzz of O-Week at the university where I work.

February is the end of the long summer holidays for our students and they have been off campus now for nearly 4 months. When they first leave after exams in November I’m always really happy to have the peace and quiet, the short queues for coffee and food and a seat on the bus in the afternoon.

However, by mid January I’m usually missing the excitement that comes with having students around selling cakes outside the library to raise money for a good cause, protesting about the politics of higher education or building model cars in the courtyard as part of an engineering project.

O-Week is the week before semester starts and on a busy day we can have 30,000 people on campus as students pour in to enjoy the festivities before the hard work starts. It’s crowded and noisy, but they are having so much fun it’s contagious and I can’t help but enjoy it too. Even if the wait in the coffee queue is much longer now.



  1. […] you visit a university library during term time, you’re likely to find a busy place full of students using the library’s resources and spaces in a variety of ways. The library, as a student space, is often a meeting point for social activities, much to the […]

  2. I wish I would visit your library, Clare 🙂

  3. Claire, your Campus is good looking. I hope the Library is more than what I see.

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