Why I regret not going on exchange

I am in my final semester of the Bachelor of Business degree, and throughout my studies, I’ve ticked many things off my uni ‘bucket list’.

  • Did I have a great time at uni? Yes.
  • Did I find my passion and make a lot of friends? Yes.
  • Do I regret not going on exchange? YES, I do!

Today I want to share with you why I regret not going on exchange and why you should start planning to go the day you start your first semester at uni.

Ana is surrounded by her new friends from around the world whom she met at the conference in South Korea

I attended a conference in South Korea and there I realized I had made a huge mistake by not going on the exchange when I had a chance.

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Orientation Week through the student/staff lens

A week ago I went to a KickSTART opening session and saw at least 200 new students in one lecture room. Some of them were more nervous than others, but all of them were proud to be starting their journey at university.

Monday was the first day of Orientation (O Week), and there were so many new students going around. I had the privilege of meeting many of them at the Welcome Tent at Gardens Point campus, and could not be more excited to share what happened!

I spent all day welcoming new students to QUT, thousands of them! And I LOVED IT!

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Reflecting on my journey at QUT so far

I want to take you through my journey from Year 12 to my second year at university. I hope by sharing my experience I will help others realise university isn’t as scary as it may seem.

In Year 12, I found it frustrating being constantly asked about my future and what I wanted to become. Unlike now, I didn’t even know which direction to take when choosing a degree (I knew I wanted to go to uni, though).

I did not know what I could possibly do with my life when finishing Year 12

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Wish upon a visual board

Does a visual board of wishes really work? Well, to answer this question I would like to share my board from last Christmas:

My partner and I created this board of wishes before the 2015 Christmas while we barely could even believe these dreams could come true in the nearest future

Now let me give you three reasons to make one of those boards yourself.

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How to choose your degree

If you are finishing grade 12 you are probably thinking about what you are going to do next.

Working hard on my writing skills at the GP Library.

Working hard on my writing skills at the GP Library.

My choice to study Public Relations (PR) has a quite nonchalant, and at the same time, very serious story behind it. Just a few days before QTAC, I wrote down degree options on four pieces of paper and pulled one up.

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IT IS OK NOT TO BE READY FOR UNI!

We all know what the final year of school does – we are absolutely over assignments, and so was I! I took a gap year because I was not ready to live out of the home with no real experience. The school was a big struggle for me when I came to Australia in the middle of grade 11 and was trying to figure out the new school system and, of course, the Australian accent.

My coffee-making skills went up during the gap year

My coffee-making skills went up during the gap year

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