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Postgraduate Speed-Friending

February 15, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Hey there, postgrad students! It’s great to make new friends while you’re studying, and O-Week is an awesome time to connect and meet new people. (And not just for eighteen-year-olds fresh out of high school!) To help you dive in, we’ve organised a night of speed friending where you can get to know each other, with good food, good company and – in the true spirit of HDR – absolute efficiency.

Speed friending is a bit like speed dating, but without the romance (and awful pick-up lines). You’re here to meet people – lots of them – through a series of timed one-on-one conversations. Each conversation lasts for fifteen minutes, giving you just enough time to introduce yourself, break the ice, and see if that person might be friendship material. If you’re not sure where to begin, each table will have some handy little question cards to help you: has your dining companion travelled to other countries, for example? Do they believe in ghosts? Who’s their favourite 17th century Hungarian composer? Just a few light topics to get things moving.

After fifteen minutes, one diner at each table will rotate to the next, and new conversations will begin! If you’re really hitting it off with someone, don’t forget to exchange contact details before you switch tables.

You’ll be speed friending at Local Connections, the fanciest dining experience on campus. We’ll have a very tasty selection of canapés and snacks brought to each table throughout the evening, and a drinks ticket as well. Eat, drink, laugh, conversate! This is how civilised people rave, surely.

Hosted in partnership between UNSA and Graduate Research. For catering purposes, please register if you wish to attend.

🗓 Wednesday, February 15th, 2023
📍 ‘Local Connections’, Shortland Building, Callaghan
⏰ 5:30PM – 8:00PM


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Callaghan Campus
Callaghan, New South Wales Australia


Graduate Research