Why I never took a gap year

It’s tempting to take a gap year after finishing your Year 12 studies forever. But then again, the three months from November to the end of February is a lot of time to relax, recharge and watch copious amounts of Netflix in between working the Christmas retail period. For me, I was certain that jumping straight into uni the following year was a must. The ambition and desire to succeed in life drove me to take on this challenge that graduates refer to wholeheartedly as just “uni”. Working Christmas in the newsagency and walking around the calendar stalls a million times in a busy shopping centre gave me lots of time to reflect on my life. Read more

The Top 5 Myths About a Degree in Physics

On the cusp of graduating a science degree, and with an extensive history of advising prospective students on study options, I have heard every question imaginable about studying physics. Here, I break down the top 5 myths about a degree in physics.

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Be career competent: do your research

Around this time 5 years ago my friends and I spent our lunchtimes excitedly chattering about what we were doing next year at uni and what we would do in the big wide world in the years that would follow. Our dream courses and careers were wide and varied. From acting to medicine, to law and interior design, we couldn’t wait to ‘get on with it’ and follow the smooth path from uni to living a working adult life. 5 years and many degree changes later and we are still having that conversation. Read more

The Top 3 Myths About Life as a Mature Age Student

I entered a science degree after nearly 10 years of life in the workforce. Whether heading to university means changing career, or just building your skill set, it’s a daunting idea for most adults. Here are the top 3 myths – busted – about life as a mature age student.

Student blogger Brendan’s words of wisdom as a mature age student to the youngins

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QUT Open Day

Each year, QUT Open Day is so much fun. I still remember my first Open Day – I was a young Grade 12 student seeking out what to do with my life, wondering what I would like to do after high school.

Lucky for me and a group of other students, my visit to QUT’s Open Day was also combined with luncheon – a special invitation from the university. I was congratulated and encouraged with an award for being a great student at high school and that QUT had recognised the potential in me. It was a great Open Day and first experience at QUT.

Receiving an award from QUT for my acknowledged potential at QUT Open Day with my parents!

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Yes you can!

If you’re in high school then chances are you might have seen some of QUTies at one of our awesome Explore Uni Days! If you decide that uni is the pathway for you then we look forward to seeing you around campus sometime soon.

If you didn’t get a chance to talk with our ambassadors (or you were a little bit shy) then I’m here to answer any of your questions in the comments below. Read more

Let’s reflect on OPs!

On Saturday the 17th of December 2016, my little sister who just graduated high school this year rushed into my room at 5:00am and excitedly showed me the OP she had received on her iPhone. Myself, in my sleep deprived and half-awake state, was vaguely aware of what was going on and congratulated her on getting the OP she was aiming for. Read more

So Many Options!

As I come closer to finishing my Bachelor’s degree, I’m starting to think about my options post-graduation. Though catching up on missed sleep seems like a solid plan (to make up for all of those questionable all-nighters), I’ve come to realise that I need to think ahead. Read more

From TAFE to university

Some of the cool places you can do placement at in podiatry.

Some of the cool places you can do placement at in podiatry.

A question I get asked often when I tell someone I’ve been studying for over six years is, “Why go through all that effort, all the stress and all that time?”. I’ll be the first to admit I’ve asked myself that question over the years. You could say my original plan went slightly off the rails, and by slightly, I mean over five extra years of study off the rails. When I finished high school in 2008, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I loved sports and thought something in that industry would be great. I started work at Amart Sports at the end of 2008 which filled my gap year. I didn’t know at the time that this would have a big influence on my future study choice.

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