Every semester the Academic Celebration is held to recognize, reward and congratulate University Hall’s (UniHall) high achieving residents. This semester saw a total of 120 UniHallers attend as well as six guest academics and our Residential Life Coordinators (ResLife). Residents currently completing their doctorate degrees along with those who achieved a distinction or high distinction across all their units from Semester 1, 2015 were invited to this prestigious event.
This year’s guest academic speaker was Dr Avinash Bharadwaj from The University of Western Australia’s (UWA) School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology. He presented an engaging and comedic speech that clearly portrayed his enthusiasm for teaching and education in general. His charismatic presentation left residents inspired as he discussed the love he has for his job and the fulfillment gained from watching students learn and grow into professionals. This was summarized by a UniHall postgraduate resident, Pradeep Ruba, who said it inspired students to do their best and achieve success in their chosen fields of study.
The Academic Celebration provides motivation for residents to continue studying hard by endorsing the social benefits of academia and providing an interim reward to strive for. This was captured by UniHaller Lye Ying Yan, who described it as a great experience to celebrate achievements and served as a reminder of what residents could accomplish while boosting them to keep going for the rest of the year!
Dr Lee-Von Kim, ResLife Coordinator, organised the event and said the greatest aspect of the Academic Celebration as not only the celebration of residents’ hard work but also provides an opportunity for undergraduates to socialize and connect with senior residents and postgraduates. Residents are able to interact informally to share experiences and ask any questions regarding the journey through their studies.
Lead Academic Residential Advisor, Ilyas Ridhuan, described the event as a nice opportunity to see academics and residents coming together in an informal gathering which is something many high achievers may not see as a priority during their time at university. It also provides the opportunity for like-minded residents to connect with one another and socialize beyond their faculty, broadening their connections and experience at UniHall.
UniHall resident and academic tutor, Danica Lamb, appreciates the spotlight the Academic Celebration shines on residents willing to put their hands up and be academic leaders in the college community. She said, “The Academic Celebration presents the embracing culture present at UniHall where residents come together and share throughout every aspect of university life. Not only does it provide encouragement and support but also assistance to guide individuals and ensure they achieve to their highest potential.”
Written by UniHaller Melinda Jasper