Best of both worlds: part-time study and Hannah Montana

For my fellow millennials reading this post, you may be aware of the early work of Miley Cyrus in the Disney Channel show ‘Hannah Montana’. If you’re unfamiliar with the Hannah Montana narrative (shame on you) I’ll give you the run down; Miley is a regular teenage girl by day who leads a secret double life as international pop star ‘Hannah Montana’ by night. It’s a performance, it is a balancing act that I believe is almost analogous to my experience juggling work and part-time study (except without the wigs and musical numbers…mostly). Read more

Reflecting on my journey at QUT so far

I want to take you through my journey from Year 12 to my second year at university. I hope by sharing my experience I will help others realise university isn’t as scary as it may seem.

In Year 12, I found it frustrating being constantly asked about my future and what I wanted to become. Unlike now, I didn’t even know which direction to take when choosing a degree (I knew I wanted to go to uni, though).

I did not know what I could possibly do with my life when finishing Year 12

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Experience is Everything

On my very first law tutorial, back when I was a bright eyed, bushy tailed and super eager first year, my fellow students and I straight away badgered our tutor with questions about the Law program and our future employment prospects in a overly saturated industry. One student asked what kind of GPA they would need to be considered for a graduate position in a large law firm. Even if it was our very first tutorial for a 4-6 year degree, we’re law students, we don’t believe there is such a thing as being over prepared. Our tutor told us that ‘yes, to be considered by a reputable law firm you need good grades – that will get you an interview. But it is being able to demonstrate practical experience and legal skills that will get you the job.’ 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! 🙂

Work, Work, Work, Work, Work – Balancing Uni and Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work!

I’m not sick of that Rhianna and Drake song yet. It’s a problem, but it’s so damn catchy. ‘Work, work, work, work, work.. duh duh duh duh nananan nah nah nah nah nah nah….’ That’s what it sounds like right ? IDK anymore. I am too tired, I have just finished a 28 hour working week whilst juggling second semester prep and student theatre cahoofs and I am burnt out. Sometimes working and doing fulltime uni/ full time student life is hard. Read more

Relax, it’s Stress Down Day!

Our students bloggers share how they stress down during the busy times of semester for #StressDownDay. Do you have any tips for keeping calm?


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Student blogger Ana nails her #StressDownDay like a pro. All the LDI and College of Excellence workshops that she has attended during the semester taught her to harness stress. She says “Take a deep breath, identify your level of tension and think of the things you are in control of. Exactly! You are in control of your own emotions. Now, take a break from the stress and enjoy life for a second, it will calm you down.”

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SeanSean

Student blogger Sean says, “Gettin’ down with stressin’ down doesn’t come any better in winter than a fluffy pair of socks and your favourite slippers … nobody can see them under your study desk too.” #slippersandsocksrocks #justbreathe

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RacquelRacquel

Student blogger Racquel has given us her top two #StressDownDay tips for staying cool, calm and collected.

Student Blogger Racquel captured this shot of our Gardens Point campus after completing her last exam for the semester. It’s a reminder of all the hard work she put in during the semester, and how she made it through the busy times. There’s nothing better than being able to say “Goodbye assessment, hello holidays”!

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What’s the perfect cure for a stressed uni student who loves to travel? Mini road trips! Student blogger Racquel decided to bundle up her worries about exams, pack her camera in her car, top up the fuel tank and bring her Mum along for a mini road trip through Kilcoy, Mount Mee, Dayboro and surrounding areas.

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Student Blogger Sara finds that getting crafty is a fun way to de-stress. Your projects don’t have to be perfect, just as long as you’re having fun doing them! #stressless #hobby #craft

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AmandaAmanda

Student blogger Amanda dials down stress by getting active & heading outside. Exercise is good not just for physical health, but also for mental health. #reducestress #stress

Study stress running around your head ? Get out of bed and go for a run instead.

It’s reaching the pointy end of semester. Its now an elaborate Cirque du Soleil routine to juggle work commitments, Uni assessment, a social life and having good health. Last week was probably my most stressful and time pressed week of the year. With two (50-60%) assignments due within two days of each other, three night time social commitments, a full week of uni and working a 30 hour week… needless to say I was surviving on very little sleep and a large amount of caffeine However next to horrible instant coffee, getting some sunlight, fresh air and exercise was overwhelmingly helpful to keeping my sanity, maintaining discipline and inspiring creativity during this stressful period. Read more