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

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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Holidays on a budget? Make the most of the city!

One of the best things about QUT is how close it is to the CBD. Just a 5 minute walk finds you in some of the city’s best cafes and restaurants. But as uni student, finding the money to splurge can be hard!

One of the most valuable places for a student to explore is the Asian supermarket! On a student budget, with very little skills needed, there are some gems to be found if you know what you are looking for! Read more

Take your passion and make it happen: Law Week and Volunteer Week 2017

There is no way to get around it, the law degree is hard. The law degree is long. The law degree is competitive and the job market is slim. I can admit, there have been times during my law degree where I couldn’t see an end in sight. Then everything changed when I started volunteering at Women’s Legal Service.

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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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QUT Made it Possible for me to Travel and Study

When I started university, I never had the immediate urge to travel to foreign lands. This was mainly because of my lack of savings and just general nervousness of starting this new phase of life; leaving the high-school routine I had gotten ever so used to and stepping into this large, scary pond filled with new knowledge and a whole bunch of expectations.  Read more

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

The Mid-Year Slump

As QUT student bloggers, it’s our job to document the highs and lows of university life. I try to keep it positive as much as I can, but I’ve got to admit – I’ve been in a slump lately. I’m in my last semester of my undergraduate degree in Drama… and I’ve only got two subjects to go! Why am I struggling to stay motivated?

Let’s be honest. It all started when I fell sick in June. Just an ear infection, no big deal – but man, did I feel gross.

So, I stayed in bed. I thought that if I took time off to rest and recuperate, I’d be back at it, better than ever. I recovered, and was so excited to jump back into all of my commitments. Then… I caught a cold.

EUGH.

In total, I was sick for about five and a half weeks, which put a serious halt in my momentum. We’re back at uni now, week four, and I’m still trying to put all the pieces together. I think I just feel so far behind that I’m struggling to believe I can catch up completely.

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…because when you don’t have any motivation, you’ve just got to take a selfie outside O Block at KG… right?

All I can say is, thank goodness for Blackboard. It’s super helpful to have an online learning portal with lecture recordings, and to be able to watch all of my lectures online, so every definition I’ve missed (or accidentally zoned out of), I can check up on them later. I’m also thankful that I’ve been taking my own advice, as seen in my last post (which you can read here) – know your due dates! Sometimes the best motivator is an impending deadline and a commitment to group assessment…

You might be wondering why I chose to blog about this slump of mine. The truth is, uni isn’t amazing 100% of the time. Studying can be hard, stressful, boring, and/or monotonous. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a great experience, too. You learn a lot about yourself.

QUT has a lot to offer, not just in course options but in learning experiences, too. The greatest lesson I’ve learned is that when motivation disappears, you’ve got to go and find it yourself. And the best way to do that?

Start. Writing.

I thought this blog post would be a nice place to start… and I think I might just get started on my next assessment. Is that my momentum returning? Motivation? Is that you?

I sure hope so! 🙂