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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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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O week as an Introvert

qut introvertBeing an introvert is a tricky balance between wanting to be social but not wanting to go through all the logistics of social life. Uni is the best place to meet people with similar interests to you, and there’s potential to make friends for life. This is why its so worth it to make the effort to try and meet new people. I know that this is easier said than done, but here are a few tips you can use when you attend O week, and apply throughout your time at uni as well. Read more

Want to blog here? Become a QUT Digital Ambassador.

If you’re a current QUT undergraduate domestic student looking for a unique opportunity to share your university journey and the story of how you ended up at QUT, now is the time to apply to become part of the team!

DA Dream TeamWe’re looking for a team of students from all study areas who love using social media and enjoy photography, writing, drawing, interviewing, graphic design, filmmaking or blogging. You’ll be paid to create content that will be published on QUT’s Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, and YouTube accounts, as well as right here on the QUT Student Sharehouse Blog.

We encourage creativity and are looking for photos, videos, drawings, infographics, writing, Vine clips, interviews, (or a combination of these) to show high school students what it’s like to be a student at QUT.

Check out other posts on the QUT Student Sharehouse Blog for inspiration and ideas, or take a look below at some of our most popular posts from last year.

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To apply for this position, you will need to submit a written application, outlining why you would like to become a digital ambassador and express why you’d be suitable for the role.

You’ll also need to submit an example of creative work that describes how you settled into uni life. Your creative work should be in one of these forms, either:

  • a blog post (200-300 words in length). Please include an image in your post.
  • a series of four Instagram posts (image and/or video)

If you already have or contribute to public social media accounts, such as a blog, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube channel, etc, please provide links to your presences. The content does not need to be relevant to your role as a digital ambassador, but should be appropriate to share with a prospective employer.

If this sounds like something you’re interested in being a part of, submit your application to qut.socialmedia@qut.edu.au by March 20.