Being a fourth year student definitely has its advantages. I know which lecture theatres require you to wear a jumper in the middle of summer. I know the cheapest places to print assignments. Most importantly, I know what time to get to Subway so you’ll avoid the huge line. So, what shall I do with all of this useful information?
Sometimes you can get so caught up in studying, that you forget about all the other little things you’re learning without realising. This small piece of wisdom dawned on me as I was speaking with some first year design students during orientation week in February. I began to remember all the mistakes I made in my first year, in comparison to the ease at which I can move around campus now. So here’s a list of my little habits, which allowed me to gracefully recover from the embarrassing moments I endured during my first year.
- Don’t arrive late to a lecture in B117–the desks are strange, and you’ll cause a scene trying to squeeze through. This also applies to room C404 and C405, and most of the lecture rooms in O-Block which are all on the Gardens Point Campus.
- Don’t leave early in a lecture unless you’re 100% sure you can open the door – most big lecture rooms are fitted with these big fancy fire-rated doors and handles. Don’t let the first time you open one be when 300 people are staring at your back, glaring at you for leaving early anyway.
- Don’t wear a dress and/or white clothes to university on a day it’s going to rain – Brisbane is not a city designed to cope with the rain. I can be pretty clumsy, and I’m almost guaranteed to slip on the tiles on main drive, which feel like ice every single time in rains.
- Don’t listen to your iPod in the computer labs, without first checking they’re plugged in properly – I certainly didn’t plan on everyone in the silent computer room knowing that soft ballads help me study.
- Don’t leave it to the last minute to learn how to use the binding machine – I mean, who can seriously use that thing properly anyway. I hunted down a cute little printing shop in Spring Hill who will print and bind my assignment for me, and is also ridiculously cheap.
- Check you’ve put your report in the folder, before submitting to Assignment Minder – lack of sleep can do funny things to a person, and it’s a painful process having to resubmit for something so stupidly avoidable. In the long run, it will only make everyone very confused.
- Don’t pick group members based on their good looks – this rule also applies to people who ‘look smart’. Trust me, people only put effort in and wear nice clothes to uni until about week 7; it’s all downhill from there.
I wish I could assure you that I’m not as strange as I sound, but it would be a lie. I think this is just the type of thing that happens when you spend so long in one place. So, as this could potentially be my last year at QUT, I’ve got some exciting things lined up to make sure I make the most of it.
So stay tuned, 2011 is going to be a big one.