Cooking classes during Orientation (Issue 1, 2013)

Cooking class

Cooking classEating instant noodles day after day no longer has to be an option for a group of new international students at La Trobe University’s Melbourne campus.

The small group of students from Vietnam, China, India and Switzerland learned how to cook, perhaps for the first time, during a cooking class as part of University Orientation activities held just before the start of Semester 1 this year.

Chicken and vegetable noodle soup, avocado and chicken salad, tuna pasta and apple crumble were on the menu, and students diligently took notes and photos while chef Leanne Cook made each meal step-by-step.

The class was held at Glenn College, where students can otherwise live and have meals provided. But these students, including Dang from Vietnam, will have to cook for themselves now they no longer live at home.

Dang said his mother showed him how to cook some basic recipes before he left home, so the class was an opportunity to learn some more.

He said he had already discovered Preston Market, which is only 4.5 km from the Melbourne campus. Orientation activities also included a bus tour to the market that features Asian grocers and stalls.

It is highly recommended that international students attend University Orientation activities at their campus, as it has been proven that new students who attend such programs are more likely to succeed in their studies.

International Enrolment and Orientation for Semester 2 will be held from 15 to 26 July at the Melbourne and Bendigo campuses, on 25 and 26 July at the Albury-Wodonga and Mildura campuses, and on 25 July at Shepparton.