SETTLING IN: Tara Graovac, Rachel Hanrahan, Tim May and Leanne Watson on their first day at university.NEWLY enrolled students at the University of Wollongong Shoalhaven Campus had some first day jitters on Monday as the first semester started.

Head of Shoalhaven Campus Robbie Collins said there was significant growth in new enrolments from last year.

“We are definitely on local students’ radar this year,” she said.

Ms Collins said this year saw the biggest indigenous enrolment, with about 10 per cent of first year students from the Aboriginal community.

Ms Collins said the most popular

subjects were in the arts faculty, with a significant population of students studying to be teachers.

It was Cambewarra student Ben Mackie’s first official day at university but that didn’t stop him from being one of the volunteer student helpers.

“The student mentors are amazing people. They have a real sense of humour and joke around so much. Everyone is so supportive here,” he said.

First year arts student Rachel Hanrahan had other things on her mind when she prepared for her first day on Monday morning.

“It’s interesting having to decide what to wear each day,” she said.

Ms Hanrahan is officially enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts but is doing nursing subjects so she can transfer to nursing at the end of the year.

First year arts student Leanne Watson was positive that her encouraging first day at university would continue for the rest of the year.

Tim May, an arts student from Sussex Inlet, said studying at Shoalhaven Campus was the right fit for him.

“It’s local, close to home, I get to keep my job and it’s more economical because living away from home can be expensive and accommodation hard to get,” he said.

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