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February 25, 2019 | by  | in Editorial Homepage | [ssba]

Orientation Editorial

Whether this is your first time at university or your fifth, we want you to remember that Salient is here for you, regardless of where you come from. Living and breathing in a university is its own journey. You’ll walk alongside the local activists, the shy internet guys, the athletic Instagram models, and the, “I didn’t study, how did I get an A?” classmates.

You’ll meet people who challenge your core values, that mate who likes the same weird shit you do, that ex that stalks you for the next twenty years, and that lecturer who supports your passions well beyond the classroom (and yes, it’s too soon to add them on Facebook).  

Endless, exciting, and disorderly experiences are at your fingertips. Use ‘em before you lose ‘em.

Attending lectures, sleeping through tutorials, and doing weekly quizzes worth 5% of your grade can eat up most of your youth. At some point this year, you will burn out. You’ll have the feeling that you don’t have enough time to figure out how you feel and you’ve just gotta keep going.

You’ll experience a whirlwind of emotions as you attempt to grasp multiple frameworks and processes—running off of microwaved meals, overpriced coffee, and cheap beer that reminds you that you’re a student and this is supposed to be fun.

We understand that, because we were too, not so long ago. Know that we’ve got your back. Salient was founded in 1938 by a guy called “Bonk”. You can read the poem from which Salient acquired its name on page 36. Bonk wanted Salient to be “an organ of student opinion at Victoria”—and, goddam, do we plan to continue that legacy.

Where there are boring powerpoints and too much downtime, we are here with horoscopes and sexual innuendos. Where there is apathy and conformity, we are here with investigation and opposition.

Sure, Vic has its individual parts busting with compassion and academia. But at the end of the day, the university is a money-making entity. Don’t be afraid to question everything, especially why you’re at university in the first place. The more you understand that, the richer your time here will be.

We’ll close with this: Salient is a student magazine made for students, by students. Everyone is welcome to fill its pages. We’ll spend many an all-nighter sweating onto our keyboards, shaking from the instant coffee disposed to us by the ivory town that is VUWSA—all for you. Come rain or shine, our fires will continue to burn. Join the party if you like.


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