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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STEM is not for me but it might be for you!

In September, I had the chance to go behind the scenes for QUT and check out the cool and exciting projects at the Vice Chancellor’s STEM Camp. The camp invites high-achieving Year 11 students from all over Queensland to participate in practical activities run by QUT staff and student ambassadors.

QUT GP represent

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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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From then to now

I remember the first time that I ever set foot into uni as a nervous peppy student.

The first class I had was a marketing subject at the Caboolture campus, three years ago now. How time flies! I was fortunate that two of my friends from high school were doing the same subject. So I made sure that I was in the same lectures as them.

However, I was unaware of the timetabling system as I was a new student. Read more

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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International Cawfee Day

Happy International Coffee (or caw-fee as that girl from one of the older QUT ads says) Day!

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Cawfee anyone?

Where would we be without our morning cups of goodness? You will be sure to find someone in the 9am lecture clutching on to one for dear life, whether it be a flat white, white choc mocha, skinny cappuccino or soy decaf extra-hot chai latté. Read more

Money isn’t funny in a Student’s World: Laura’s top 5 tips for a Affordable Uni Experience

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Just your regular uni student trying to keep my eyes out for ways to save my dollar dollar coins.

I never knew I was poor before going to Uni. Everything was so cheap, so easy in high school. $4 would get me a delicious, wholesome lunch from the tuck shop (ravioli/carbonara/spag bol all made by the vat, jack potatoes, fried rice, curries, homemade pies and sausage rolls, fresh sandwiches, pumpkin soup and crusty rolls). For $4, I was spoiled for choice. Though my school uniform was as daggy as crocs and socks, everyone had to wear it, makeup wasn’t allowed, and I got away with wearing the same pair of leather shoes for the entire 5 years. The amount of money I now spend on food and clothes/makeup is horrific and quite franky shameful. Do I blame my terrible self-discipline and need to fill the empty hole inside me with caffeine and things? Read more

Sun’s out, fun’s out! Why you should go to QUT Caboolture orientation.

The sun was out. The car park was full. Cars were parked all the way up the street. I was starting to think that it would have been quicker to walk from home. The Caboolture campus is usually pretty quiet during the semester. So why all the commotion? Two words: O-Week! Read more

University Tips and Tricks: Don’t be one of those high heel wearing, blister getting girls.

May is here already. Sorry, what? I know, right. So that means that year-twelvers are starting to look at/apply for university or TAFE courses and some adults may be looking at mid-year university entry. This was me three years ago- oh lord, I am getting old- and all that hard work, late nights and binge-stress eating paid off because I was accepted into my (at the time) dream degree!

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As my first blog post on the Student Sharehouse I thought I would entertain you guys with tips and typically awkward scenarios I experienced in my first year of uni. My first year of uni was a struggle for me, unlike high-school. University is a completely different experience. Let’s get the ball rolling!

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