Ballarat O-Week fun at Federation University

FRESH-faced and enthusiastic first year Federation University Australia students gathered at the Mt Helen campus on Monday for the university's annual market day, marking the beginning of O-week. 

FedUni director of student connect Jeannie King said o-week was about people getting to know campus, meet each other and be ready for the year ahead. 

"On Market Day, we have lots of student clubs and societies setting up stalls and meeting with students," Ms King said.

"It also is a day for the community to come in and let the students know about any deals that they may have." 

19-year-old Erik Kvietelaitis will start at FedUni this year.

He will commute from Geelong to study psychological science. 

"I've got to have a good look around campus and attend some lectures to make sure I've done everything.

He didn't attend the day looking to sign up for lots of clubs and activities, but found himself putting his name down in a few places including underwater hockey, water polo and blood donation. 

"It makes you excited about the year event," he said.

Although, Mr Kvietelaitis won't be celebrating o-week the same way others will.

"I've got to drive back to Geelong, so not partying for me." 

Mel Gettings is another first year student, who finished at Loreto College in 2012.

Ms Gittings had signed a petition for a new women's American football team to start at the uni.