Get the best out of your time at university

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While my time at QUT has all but ended, I know that there are many people out there who are so close to beginning their lives at university. And I’m sure that there are many others who, like me, would love to study Creative and Professional Writing or other Creative Industries courses. But let’s be honest though. The thought of studying at university is daunting. It’s a big change from high school, and it’s likely that you don’t know what to expect. Although every course is different, I’ve compiled a list that will help you get the best out of your time studying Creative Industries at QUT.

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Let The Games Begin

It’s that time of the year again. The time, I’m sure, that many students have been dreading. If you don’t know what this is, you soon will. When our future rests on good quality internet and, admittedly, on the hope that everybody else has forgotten what’s yet to come. Soon we will all be sitting in front of our computer screens, chewing our fingernails nervously, while we’re faced with the horror of the below screen for what will be the final time for many of us:

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Finding Work

It’s a little bit scary to think about it, but this year is my final year of university. I don’t know how I feel about this because while a part of me kind of wants to graduate, the other part of me kind of wants to stay for a while longer. One thing I do know is that with university getting closer and closer to the end, I’ve really needed to find casual work so that I can finish the year with some sense of support behind me. To be honest, I’ve been trying to find a job since I left high school in 2012, and it was no easy task. But now, I’ve finally been successful in this adventure and because these things helped me out a lot when it came to getting the position, I thought that I would share the advice with all of you. Read more

Part III: The Final Weeks

I can’t speak for everyone here at QUT, but for a lot of us, the holidays are finally here. Congratulations to the people who’ve finally made it through to the end of semester, especially to those who’ve finished their last university exams and assignments ever! Many of you might be wondering, with the final weeks coming to a close, what are the best ways to spend the holidays for the next coming months? Well, part three of my blog just so happens to be dedicated to helping you plan your holidays so that by the time it gets to January, we’re not stuck thinking about what to do next.

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Part II: The Final Weeks

Now that we’ve managed to get through last week, we’re one step closer to the holidays. I’m not going to lie, I may or may not have panicked a bit (a lot) when I realised that my exams are creeping closer and closer. It’s getting kind of hard to stay calm and enjoy the rest of semester with all of this stressing. Luckily, I’ve come up with a few tips on how to make the most out of the remainder of this semester before we can finally kick back, relax, and enjoy upcoming holidays. Read more

Part I: The Final Weeks

So, we’re nearly finished week twelve of the semester. Isn’t that awesome? We’ve all made it through the majority of uni for the year and now there’s only another week, plus exams, left to go. The holidays are literally just around the corner, and we’ll finally be getting the break that we deserve. The only problem is, we have to get through the final few weeks before we can catch up on the sleep we’ve missed throughout semester. And sometimes, the last few weeks really do feel like they’re going to last forever. How exactly does one make it through these weeks without exploding from exhaustion?

Trying to stay awake for the rest of semester

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A Guide To Staying Awake In Class

There are two things I’ve been dreaming of in life. One is that sleeping should be introduced as a subject, because I think that I would ace it. The second is that university should consider introducing nap rooms where everyone can go to sleep between classes, although I guess that the library and computer labs do tend to be used as such. The latter in particular would be useful if you find yourself getting sleepy less than halfway through a class. While I’ll be honest and say that I’ve never actually fallen asleep at university, every now and then, I do get extraordinarily sleepy during class. Luckily, I’ve discovered a few little tricks that help me to keep my focus and fingers crossed they help my fellow sleepyheads out there, too.

At the beginning of the lecture

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Choosing The Right Course

When I was first considering coming to university, I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy it. There was always the possibility that I’d start my life at university only to end up hating it. Luckily for me, I’ve loved almost every second of what I’m studying and have absolutely no regrets about being at QUT. But if you’re concerned about whether or not you’re going to enjoy what you end up studying at university, I have three tips that really helped to shape my own decisions about coming to QUT and I wanted to share them with all of you.

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Not So Sunshine State After All

If you’re like me, then you probably would have heard a lot of stories about university, both good and bad. But there’s one thing that you might not have heard about. It’s the horror story to end all other horror stories. You wake up in the morning and it’s perfectly sunny outside. It’s going to be a great day, right? Wrong! You go to uni, get to your class, walk outside afterwards and BAM. It’s pouring rain. There’s not even a hint of sunlight left in the world. Worse yet, you don’t have an umbrella. So what should you do in tragic moments like this?

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Why Do You Do This To Me, Uni?

Ah, exam block. A time of stress, freaking out, too much studying, the burning desire to procrastinate and even more stress. But it’ll all be over and done with before you know it. After your last exam, you’ll be on holidays and everything will be good again. That is, until you have the startling moment of realisation. You won’t be free as soon as you thought. You have an assignment due the day after your exam.

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