Aurora is a mixed Private Student Organisation on Stellenbosch University campus which was established in 1981. One of the main goals of Aurora is to provide a platform for our members that expands their university experience beyond academics, including creating a community within the larger Stellenbosch community. This is achieved by further providing opportunities that are offered by the university, including leadership opportunities and through creating a social platform for all our members. Aurora strives to be inclusive and encourages individuality to allow our members to fully thrive in their being.
Aurora forms part of the VicMeyr Cluster together with Dagbreek, Huis ten Bosch, Lydia, Majuba and Minerva. The cluster forms a bigger community out of the individual communities, which further creates a social platform for offerings and activities to take place.
Aurora's vision and mission
Aurora strives to be an inclusive community, creating a safe space whereby
our members are able to embrace their individuality. We long to provide a fun
experience to our members through activities and offerings in various
portfolios such as socials, sports, social impact, culture and many more. In
addition, we aim for our members to develop their personal growth, all while
creating new friendships and forming new bonds throughout their university
Our values are respect, integrity, unity, individuality, and gees.
The history of Aurora
Aurora was established in 1981 and is the oldest mixed PSO as well as one of the biggest PSO's on the Stellenbosch campus. Aurora was best known for partaking in cultural activities on campus. As the PSO has expanded, we participate in various other activities. The leadership opportunities within Aurora started with just a House Committee, Mentors, and a Seniors Committee, but since has identified and filled gaps in the leadership structure with necessary committees such as the Newcomers Committee and Vensters Committee. Over the years Aurora has grown into a diverse community that many can call their home.
Mentorship offered by Aurora
The mentor program allocates each newcomer student to a mentor group, where fellow students belong to the same faculty. A mentor from the same faculty – fully equipped with the training and resources necessary – is assigned to the group to assist in any way possible to ensure the smooth transition into tertiary education and university life.
Not only do the mentors play an integral part in welcoming the newcomers during the Orientation programme before classes start, but also provide assistance throughout the course of the academic year. The mentor programme is designed to be one of the many resources available to truly facilitate a sense of belonging not only to their own community but the greater Stellenbosch University community.
Activities and offerings
Aurora provides various opportunities for our members to develop their leadership skills, socialize and have fun!
Culture: Aurora participates in events such as KUKO's Palesa festival for acting and Molassessêr for a capella.
Leadership: We provide leadership opportunities in the form of mentorship and the Seniors Committee. Including, subcommittees for the House Committee such as the Sustainability Committee, the Social Impact Committee, the Womxn & Queer Empowerment Committee, the Vensters Committee, and the House Dance committee.
Sport: We offer rugby, netball, hockey, soccer, chess, e-sports, squash, and table tennis.
Critical engagements are offered that focus on important social issues in the form of open discussions, podcasts, and lessons. In addition, offerings with neighbouring communities are had for downtime and to socialize. Social Media giveaways are had whereby Aurora merchandise can be won!
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