If I knew then, what I know now – 3 lessons from 4 years of Uni

For some readers of the QUT Student Blog, I’m probably an old and familiar face. So old, my first blog post in 2014 was carved onto a stone tablet and placed on the pantheon for all to read. But like fine wine I have aged well and have accumulated a wealth of experience and wisdom to pass on to my fellow Hermione Granger haired youths on their first foray into the wild adventure of tertiary education. In honour of my many years of study, here are three things I wish I could tell first year Laura at the start of uni.

2014 student blogger Laura next to 2017 student blogger Laura

Fresh faced student blogger Laura in 2014 vs. worldly, tough short hair and leather jacket 2017 Laura.

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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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Indoors, outdoors, it’s all good these holidays!

The winter holidays are a good time to spend indoors as it can be a little bit chilly outside – certainly not weather to be tanning at the beach. But sometimes it’s worth going outside, especially if you live in a wonderful city called Brisbane!

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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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Friends – the family we choose for ourselves.

Friends make life a little sweeter.

And today is  ‘Make a Friend Day’ – the day to stop, take stock of your friends, and make some new ones too!

Life as a student can be tough but is an extremely rewarding journey and even better one spent with friends. Your first year of uni is a great time to invest a little extra effort and time into speaking, smiling, and talking to your fellow students.

A wise proverb states, “In order to have friends, you must first be one”.

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The final countdown…

…you’ve got the song stuck in your head now, haven’t you? Oops. Sorry! It’s been stuck in my head all week, and for a good reason.

I’m about to submit my last assignment for my BFA.

Oh, what a glorious yet bittersweet feeling!

It’s been almost four years since my high school graduation and the more I think about it, the more I realise that what I’m feeling now is exactly what I was feeling back then. There’s a sense of joy mixed with a tingling of uncertainty. An air of trepidation with a dash of elated screaming thrown in. Read more

First Time Nerves Again

When I returned to Uni for my second degree, I hadn’t counted on feeling like such a proverbial duck out of water. There is a particular kind of self-consciousness that accompanies entering a tutorial room full of fresh faced teens when you are almost a decade their senior.  On the feeling-like-an-off-trend-misfit scale, where (1) is giving a presentation to executive management dressed for casual Hawaiian Friday with your golden locks carefully calibrated into ‘beachy’ waves and (10) is tripping on stage at Mercedes Benz Fashion week and launching yourself onto the laps of unsuspecting first row VIPs, being a mature aged newbie in a room full of cool, hip young things is a solid 8.5. On a good day. Read more

How to make friends at uni

Happy Friendship Day! Our student bloggers share their tips for making new friends at uni, and how they met their best bud while studying at QUT!


AnaAna

Student blogger Ana says her first day at uni and her first Instagram post from QUT were exclusively about her eagerness to make friends with anyone after coming from a very lonesome life all the way in the outback. Ana asks, “Are you making friends at uni?” By the way, she has never seen this particular friend again. #lostafriend #helpmefindhimplz #qutrealworld #qutlife

Ana's Friend


MaddieMaddie

Ever find yourself sitting alone in the library, studying away, and wondering where you can find a friend? Student blogger Maddie knows how you feel, but she found many of her friends through her BFA – Drama classes and QUT Clubs. So never fear! You can always find a study buddy if you look hard enough… and stop taking selfies in the library… #qutrealworld #qutstudent #studentlife #nationalfriendshipday

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RacquelRacquel

QUT Student Blogger Racquel would like you to meet one of her best buds, Holly. Holly and Racquel met in their Design and Creative Thinking class back in Semester One of 2014 and Holly was Racquel’s first friend she made at university. Since then the duo have torn up the netball court together, planned a holiday together and conquered New Zealand together. Embrace all the people you meet at university, Racquel did and she made a life friend by doing so! Happy Friendship Day!

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KelvinKelvin

The default topic when meeting someone at uni is generally, well, uni. But you already both have that in common, why not find out if your new friend has seen the latest Marvel movie or plays the same sport as you? I forged a bond with my uni buds over our shared love for house music and eating burgers. Skip the assessment talk and to get  to know your fellow students! #unibuds #youcanalwaystalkaboutassessmentlater

Kelvin


ImogenImogen

If you’re thinking of moving out of home to study at uni, shared accommodation around campus can be a great way to meet other students. Who knows, you might meet your very best pal, just like student blogger Imogen did! #HappyFriendshipDay #firstyearatuni

Imogen