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First student market on campus

by Christina Richardson

UniSA’s first ever Easter student market at City West campus.The beaming autumn sun provided the perfect weather for students to sell their goodies at UniSA’s first ever Easter student market at City West campus in early April.

Students displayed a wide range of goods at the market, held on City West campus along George St on April 3, from healthy energy drinks to second-hand books, from scrapbooking to Malaysian food and plenty more.

Many students queued up to get a free lunch, courtesy of the Business Mates program run by the Division of Business.

Second year business student Sarah Lee was on hand to help, serving a free hot lunch to many hungry students.

“In Business Mates, we aim to make students feel welcome and happy on campus, and what better way to do this than by giving away a free hot lunch,” she said.

Professor Gerry Griffin, Pro Vice Chancellor for the Division of Business, initiated the idea of the markets to provide students with the opportunity to showcase and sell their products, and it was run by Experience Plus, an initiative that brings together non-academic activities across the university to make it easier for students to enhance their experience at UniSA.

Experience Plus places equal emphasis on ensuring students have a positive social experience at university and on formal program activities.

Kaylee George, Project Officer: Student Experience, said the market gave the students an opportunity to develop business and life skills while selling products they may be creating and crafting while at university.

“This is the first time the student market has run at UniSA but it will continue to run biannually,” she said.

“We had 12 stall holders and we have estimated about 1000 students came through the space between 11am and 4pm on the day.

“The student market gives students the opportunity to display their wares in a real-life situation.

“Students get the chance to operate their own stall giving them valuable experience and development opportunities, helping them to build networks with the community, master time management and refine their communication skills.

“The market also gives students the opportunity to balance work with study, which is an important skill to harness.”

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