As it’s my final year at university this year, I’m beginning to think about all the experiences I’ve had and things I regret not doing. One of my regrets is not getting more involved in a club or group. There are so many at QUT and it can be a bit overwhelming during Welcome Week with all the tents and groups vying for more members, offering pub crawls and shirts and other freebies.
To make things easier for you, I’ve made a small list outlining just some of the clubs at QUT. It will be easier to join a club during Welcome Week if you actually know a bit about them!
Ok here comes another confession.
It happens every year. And it is slightly embarrassing yet I think a prevalent issue amongst Uni students. The first day of school. When we were in high school it was ok – we had a set uniform, a school bag, and appearance regulations. But Uni? We actually have to make our own decisions. Day one of Uni and the decision that freaks us out the most, or at least me, is WHAT DO I WEAR?
Ok, makes me sound vain. But first impressions are undeniably powerful and I don’t even know what impression I want to make. Do I wear shorts and a casual shirt? Or is that too casual? Perhaps a dress? Or is that too fancy and what if it’s windy? Wind also rules out a skirt… singlets make me feel exposed and jeans would be too hot at this time of year. You see the predicament? And shoes? I promised myself on the first day of Uni that I would never wear thongs…. That promise died after a few weeks. They’re comfy – but what if it rains? And then every girl gets a bit tied about makeup – proper makeup? Or just casual? I’m unfortunate having white skin – any blemish looks like a little LED light winking at everyone, you can see them twinkle in the distance – you’ll always see us coming so to prevent the people from being distracted by said blinking lights, makeup is a must.
Across many social media sites I have seen a ton of posts about people receiving university offers into a wide range of courses. If you are one of these people, congratulations, and welcome to QUT! Whether you’re fresh out of high school, someone who’s taken a gap year, or a mature aged student – the biggest piece of advice I can give my new fellow students is to get ready to get in early. Read more
It was rough, but I made it.
Last year, starting out as a newly-graduated school girl I managed to enroll myself in a fourth-year subject without knowing. And I would have attended the classes with the twenty-something-year-old’s not realising I had made a mistake were it not for my brother. This year however I managed to enrol correctly without his help. I may still have had to call the faculty help desk and get them to walk me through the process which involved majors and minors and un-submitted forms and slow internet…. but I still consider this a win.
Pit of Despair: 0
It’s after graduation, schoolies and general end of high school antics, and you’re awaiting that one or two digit number set to determine your near future. Thanks to your high school’s preachings, many of you still consider your OP to be the holy grail to success.
While it’s true that the right OP may perhaps get you into your desired area of study quicker and easier, it mustn’t be forgotten that countless other pathways exist in regards to getting to where you want to be – a topic that I’ve previously written about.
We all know that Public Transport can start your day off in an unpleasant way. The train or bus ride into uni can either help you have a great day, or can put you in a foul mood for hours. But to avoid said foul mood, I tend to find a good ol’ tune to be the best method. Read more
University is great. We can all generally agree that we enjoy the fewer contact hours compared to school and we love having Burritos and Boost at our doorstep. But do you feel like you have done everything there is to do whilst at uni? If you were going to graduate tomorrow, would you feel satisfied with your university experience?
Initially, I started university with the sole intention to study. I planned to do my three years, get my degree, and head off to the real world. Throughout this though, I knew I would need a job to support myself. Thankfully, QUT came to the rescue.
On my first day of Uni, at the Caboolture campus, something caught my eye. It was a little pamphlet with a simple title; “do you want to earn some extra cash?”. I thought yes, yes I do – and picked it up. It said I should apply to become a Student Ambassador. My eyebrows raised. Then it told me the hourly rate of QUT’s casual workers (check out ‘HEW2′). My eyebrows raised higher. At that moment, a current ambassador caught me looking at the pamphlet. He said “dude, it’s the best job, and there’s heaps of work up for grabs”. I knew what I had to do.
So I applied, and in all honesty, the best thing about starting university, was getting the job. Becoming a Student Ambassador has opened up a ridiculous amount of doors throughout my degree, and has been perfect in complementing my studies. I could rant on and on about how good it is, but all you need to know is that any student can apply, at any campus, and it’s great fun.
But that’s not all. Through my position as an Ambassador, I managed to get a job filming around campus, which was perfect seeing as I study film! I then met the QUT ‘Explore Uni‘ team, and ended up working for them also. When I made the move to Brisbane the following year, I was able to continue working as an Ambassador, and picked up ANOTHER job at the QUT Library as a Peer Adviser. As if there wasn’t enough on my plate already, I then applied to become a Digital Marketing Ambassador, and so here I am writing this blog post!
This is just an example of the sort of work you can get at university whilst studying. There’s heaps on offer, and it’s hands down better than washing dishes (or any other job I’ve had for that matter). For me, QUT has become more than just my place of study, and frankly, with all that’s on offer, I’m in no rush to finish my degree.
QUT, I’m here to stay!
Editor’s note: If you’re interested in becoming a QUT Student Ambassador, email email@example.com
A mix for final year, graduation, good times and finally getting that pesky piece of paper.