We as Olympus, strive to create a home away from home for the students within our community, to serve as a foundation upon which everlasting connections and friendships can be built.
Olympus' vision and mission
Olympus aligns itself with the University’s goal to produce well-rounded students, to enable our members to be their optimal selves. We use our values as our guide to ensure members learn to be independent and well versed in the cultural diversity in our country, as well as on campus.
Critically engaged and aware
Individuality within the Community
The history of Olympus
Established in 2012, Olympus has now become a prominent figure within the larger Stellenbosch community- growing to be one of the largest PSOs on campus.
Activities and offerings
Olympus is multifaceted and we strive towards developing our Olympians holistically. Below are our various portfolios and activities on offer:Welcoming
With the Welcoming Programme, we have focused on inclusivity and having a wide variety of activities for any and all types of people. The idea behind the Welcoming Programme is to ensure that newcomers know what is happening on campus and feel comfortable to join in. We based this programme on the well-being and acclimation of all newcomers. You can refer to the Welcoming Booklet for more information.Culture
Olympus offers a wide variety of cultural activities throughout the year, where you as an Olympian, can truly show what you're made of. The cultural activities are things such as the Palesa drama festival, Debating, SU Acappella, as well as other activities throughout the year where we can showcase our Olympus culture and spirit.Sport
We have PSO Barbarians rugby in which our students take part and play against residences on campus. We also have netball, cricket, hockey and soccer teams for men and women. A newly added sport to the Olympus sporting code is ultimate Frisbee, and we are always excited to enter new sports teams wherever there may be interest!Leadership Development
The emerging leaders' programme seeks to develop the leadership potential of our newcomers through critical discussions and educational interaction. The programme consists of a variety of collaborations with other stakeholders, this culminates in community interactions and social impact initiatives, further, the programme allows for newcomers to develop their skills and leadership capacity through a variety of interactive development workshops.Critical engagements
One of our values is centred around creating an environment that helps inspire members of our community to be critically aware and engaged. Several workshops, discussions and lecture series are hosted throughout the year; these engagements help foster a spirit of transformation and interaction with people from different walks of life to learn and grow.Social impact
As students, we have the opportunity to help others and improve the communities around us. Olympus will be involved with various social impact projects throughout the year, that is open to any volunteers in our community. Unplanned social impact outreaches might pop up as well, such as Puppies and Pancakes, a market for homeless people in need of a care package initiative and so forth.Alumni
Considering that we are still a relatively young PSO, we aim to keep in contact with Olympus alumni, including our past leadership, by informing them of Olympus-related news and the daily growth of the Olympus community. We also host an annual Alumni event that allows for everyone to get an opportunity to network with one another, furthermore, building stronger bonds within Olympus and Stellenbosch University. Seniors
The value of a PSO extends well beyond welcoming newcomers. This portfolio is dedicated to serving our seniors and giving them the opportunity to be involved with the planning and management of the various activities Olympus offers.
Mentorship offered by Olympus
Our mentor programme provides an ecosystem of support to our newcomers in order to help with their transition from high school to university. The newcomers are afforded an opportunity to select their own mentors, this ensures that they receive a mentorship experience based on genuine relatability between the mentor and mentee.
The mentors further provide the newcomers with information on various events throughout the year, thus, keeping them informed of anything that is important. Our mentors meet up several times throughout the year with their mentees to check up on their well-being; how they are coping academically or even just a coffee break if they are feeling overwhelmed.
The Olympus mentorship programme strives enhance the university experience of our newcomers, through assisting them on their journey of developing into better individuals.
Heather Mae Lawson
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