Armed with enthusiasm, ambition and the brightest of hopes, they mean business. But the influx of fresh faces that will descend on Griffith University campuses this week to study the many strands of business will need more than a little guidance through their first days at uni.

Orientation Week offers everything a new student at Griffith University requires, and Griffith Business School will pull out all the stops to ensure its new arrivals are right on track from day one.

A comprehensive set of events and activities have been lined up by the GBS team to ensure the class of 2013 feels at home immediately, with Tuesday on the Gold Coast and Wednesday at Nathan the main dates for diaries.

These can be viewed here.

A team of GBS student leaders, decked out in black t-shirts, will be on hand to offer words of wisdom, while others will try to catch the eyes of new arrivals from the mix of stalls and booths set up on both campuses.

“Being a part of student clubs is a great way to meet people, make newfriends, improve your employability and find out about heaps ofopportunitiesavailable to you as a student,” says Jessica Booth, president of Griffith Employment Relations and Human Resource Management Society (GERMS), a personal and professional development club open for all business students.

“There are free giveaways for the first 50 students to visit our Gold Coast stall on Tuesday. Becoming a member will be free for a limited time between 11.40am and 1.15pm.”

More than 700 new undergraduate business students start on the Gold Coast this semester, with more than 1000 starting at Nathan. The Logan campus cohort of 109 new students started last week.

Dr Millicent Kennelly, first year advisor at the Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management, says that understanding how university works makes student life easier for new arrivals.

“It’s a complex time. Sometimes they’re overwhelmed by university. First year students can be dealing with anything from leaving home and all that brings, paying rent for the first time, to holding down a part-time job while also being a full-time student.”