Young people are often warned when they start preparing for university: ‘It’s not like school, you know, you have to take care of yourself, no-one’s going to chase you for assignments and make sure you eat every day.’
Mostly, that’s true. There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Except at UOW, which is such an inclusive and wholistic institution that there are now, actually, free lunches…
‘UOW Wellbeing is a new initiative to help students like you maintain a balanced, positive life and enhance your experience at UOW. Live like it matters!’
So says the Facebook page, and sure enough, last week a small team of student volunteers camped on the McKinnon lawn, serving a tasty balanced lunch to anyone who wanted to ‘Dine with the Ducks’.
But, warned Cameron Faricy of the Centre for Student Engagement, there was a catch: lunch was prepared and served, but the diner was required to sit down at the tables and chairs provided and talk to someone they didn’t know.
That’s nutrition, balance, mental refreshment and social interaction all covered.
It was so popular that the food was gone with half an hour to go,