Cabin trip with the new master students
All newly admitted Bachelor students at UiO can join the buddy-program, which gives them an opportunity to get to know other students in their study program. Due to the lack of such a program for master students, together with the staff of the DESIGN research group, the INF5205/INF9205 students came up with an idea to organize a cabin trip for all new master students and employees in the group.
“This whole thing started after the five intensive weeks in the Tangible-course. We were twelve students who saw each other every day for about eight hours a day. There was a great atmosphere in the group, and we wanted to get to know all the other students who were taking other courses,” says Lone and Pernille, who are both new master’s students. They were appointed to be in charge of the cabin trip and did a great job organizing the trip.
The purpose of the cabin trip was to welcome all the new master’s students and get to know each other across disciplines, study plans, and roles within the research group. There was also a wish to have some educational activities, both for master’s students and as well as the PhD candidates.
During the hour-long hike from Sørkedalen school to the Studenterhytta (http://www.studenterhytta.no), everybody was divided into groups and did a treasure hunting. Group photos were only some of the creative outcomes of the activities. The cabin could room up to 60 people so we had plenty of room for educational and social activities. While the master students participated in a workshop on writing master’s theses, the PhD candidates learned how to peer-review academic publications.
After the more serious activities, it was time for the “Norwegian taco”-dinner party filled with videos from the hike, joke-performances, games, and late-night barbecue. We all agreed that this cabin trip was a great start to the new cabin trip tradition in the DESIGN research group.
We are all looking forward to next year!