Close at Heart

It feels like the last year has just flown by. A year ago, I finally packed up my stuff and moved out of home to be closer to uni. Overall, this experience has been great and I would encourage people to consider their options if traveling for study is an issue.

My Mum was very supportive and gave me a care-package of stuff that I am still using today. She also gave me a cute little placard that said, “Close at Heart” even though I was just moving an hour down the highway for university.

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

I'm always keeping my eyes out for ways to save my dollar dollar bills (coins)

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

Moving on up

It’s been a few months since I packed up my car and moved out of home to the city (sorry Mum). And I’m loving it! No more hour-and-a-half train rides means that I can finally sleep in without having to feel guilty. And then there is the freedom of going out more often without having to catch the 1am train back. But it is not all as glamorous as it seems.

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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

Snacking your way through the Semester.

We all know it’s true. There’s no point denying it. Don’t be coy, don’t be shy. I’m right there with you. So is she, and he and your teacher and your sibling – it’s just a fact of life.  Read more

QCS tips from our bloggers!

We’ve compiled the advice of our bloggers to help you on QCS day. Good luck Year 12s!


AmeliaAmelia
“Fuel your brain before QCS with a nice big breakfast – you’ll stay focused longer and your tummy won’t be roaring all morning. #foodforthought”
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SaraSara2
“If you’ve read about it, write about it! Impress the markers with references to books you’v read. But, as always, keep it relevant!”
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XavierXavier
“Don’t stress, you won’t get questions like this at QCS.”
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Imogen
“Don’t be afraid to apply for special provision before taking the test to suit you. Get a bigger paper if your eyes aren’t perfect… even if the paper is bigger than you! #stressless”

Imogen had to apply early for this, due to extenuating circumstances. There are specific cut-off dates, but you may still be able to apply. You won’t know unless you ask.
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KelvinKelvin
“Being dehydrated by as little as 2% can negatively affect your brain’s performance. Be smarter by remembering to drink water during the QCS test. Just remember, no labels!”
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LauraLaura
“Stressing that QCS is going to be a nightmare? Dreaming of a day when writing stimulus is a thing of the past? Treat yourself to a night in with your favourite pyjamas with your comfiest pillows. Even my teddy knows that getting enough sleep is crucial to a fresh and focused mind, especially the night before a big exam or test.  It is far better mental preparation in those remaining 24 hours to get enough rest than it is to stay up late hour cramming. And he doesn’t have a brain nearly as big as yours Good luck.”
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SeanSean
“We believe that you can be stubborn about your goals, and flexible about your methods … but ALWAYS have a plan! Show the QCS what you’re made of.”
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MaddieMaddie
“You can’t concentrate if you’re not relaxed and well-fed!!!”

Student blogger Maddie recommends taking the time to have a good feed in prep for QCS. A full stomach makes all the difference – and it’s a good excuse to take a break and eat some glorious pizza, too!
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MelMelissa Cameron
“It’s a tradition that has been handed down from generation to generation and now, I’m passing it on to all of you. After QCS it is important—no, in fact, it is necessary—that you reward yourself with a Mars Bar. After all those months of stressing, it’s the ultimate sugar boost that everyone deserves for finally making it through QCS. But in all honesty, it really is important to set yourself rewards for completing QCS. It gives you something else to work hard for and look forward to, beyond a simple pat on the back for overcoming the inevitable QCS stress. Good luck, and may the Mars Bar get you through these times.”
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JasonJason
Keep calm and stress less before the QCS test (rhyme intended).”Jason - keep calm


Read more QCS tips from our past bloggers.

Ten things you learn about yourself when you start uni:

1.       What kind of a study-er you are: school is one thing, but uni tests your motivation, procrastination and dedication. I, for example, found out I am NOT a study-er. I can’t sit down and study. If I don’t actively learn throughout the semester it means a whooole lot of OMG when it comes time for exams. So I chose a course that doesn’t have a lot of exams 😛

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