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Students enjoy fun and informative information fair during first week of college

14 September 2017

Thousands of students started college in Suffolk for the first time this week. 

They included hundreds of new faces who have commenced courses at Easton and Otley College near Ipswich.

As part of the induction process at one of the largest land-based colleges in the UK (Easton and Otley), students got to talk to a selection of external companies who formed part of a freshers’ fair.

Organisations were made up of charities, local businesses and the community. Attendees included the East of England Co-op, The Samaritans and Suffolk Roadsafe.

18 year old Megan Rushton is from Ipswich. She has just started on a level one horticultural course. She said, “Today was my first day and it’s been going really well. I was told I was good at horticulture and it really interested me. It’s also an industry that has great potential for careers. The college is really helpful and the fair was very informative.”

Vi Currie is from The Samaritans. She works as a listening volunteer. She said, “We came along to let students know that there is someone out there for them if they have any problems. We work with a spread of ages and our text service is used mainly by young people. In terms of the college, it’s nice meeting new people and having a chat. It’s been lovely.”

Student president, Becky Chenery, added, “This week is an important one for all of our students. For those who have just started with us, it’s essential that they get settled quickly and feel at home and that is our aim during induction week. In addition to induction, I’ll be working on lots of fun activities for students throughout the year and our first student conference is just a few weeks away.”

One of the organisers, Ryan Crisp, a student advisor at the college, added, “It’s important we put this event on. It gives our students a chance to meet organisations that come into the college throughout the year and also makes them aware of external services that are available to them when they are not at college. There was a nice buzz and atmosphere walking around and we would like to thank everyone who supported our induction week.”

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