In November I finally graduated (still feels good saying that) and decided to make the big move from QUT all the way to . . . QUT. Yep, I’m postponing the real world for just a little longer with postgraduate study. My new course? The Graduate Diploma in Education. It qualifies me to teach my undergraduate degree knowledge in Film, TV & New Media.
I hear from a range of different people, friends and family members about how much they love the idea that I have lived a solid life before studying to become a primary school teacher. Apparently, my gender will give me edge and fill a gap in a feminised industry. Apparently, it is better to bring life experience to the role as opposed to have gone from school to university and back into a school again.
Truth: I love congratulating myself for sitting higher on the experience food chain than most of my classmates.
Reality: I didn’t really think it through.
University IS life experience. In high school, we (generally) stay in one location from 9ish till 3ish, and study a standardised curriculum to make sure we have a foundation of knowledge to set us on our chosen path.
Not so at university. It comes with specialised subject areas, adult conversation, and more importantly, opportunities to explore who we are and how we want to live our lives. There’s no reprimand for missing classes because we only disadvantage ourselves. There’s no yes or no answers, just a chance to have a fully developed understanding of a plethora of ideas so that we take our best selves forward into our lives.
Gap years are great, but they’re not essential. I would love to spend a year in France working on a ski slope and getting to know red wine and camembert on a deeper level. But, I’ve come to realise that university life is just as much of an enriching experience as any other option.
Take it from an old guy who’s had more experiences than should be publicly disclosed. Uni life is amazing, if you grab it with both hands. Do away with your preconceived ideas about ‘getting out there’, and just get involved. Some of the most challenging, enjoyable, outrageous and studious moments that have filled my longish life have been had at Uni. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I love riding the bus. I feel like I’m achieving a wonderful goal while staring out the window in quiet thought. Ride the Uni bus, and stare out the window of your life in deep reflection and deeper dreaming.
It’s the summer holidays! Three months of total relaxation! It’s time to put down my legal textbooks and psychology articles and instead “slip on a shirt, smack on sunscreen and slap on a hat” (that’s all that you’re meant to do in summer right?) Around this time many moons ago (three years’ worth of moons in fact) I was a recent high school graduate, super eager to start my life at university, but also really having no clue what to expect. I’m now about halfway through the Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and as such have learnt a few tricks of the trade. Here are some helpful hints to help new law students survive and thrive during their first year of law. Read more
While my time at QUT has all but ended, I know that there are many people out there who are so close to beginning their lives at university. And I’m sure that there are many others who, like me, would love to study Creative and Professional Writing or other Creative Industries courses. But let’s be honest though. The thought of studying at university is daunting. It’s a big change from high school, and it’s likely that you don’t know what to expect. Although every course is different, I’ve compiled a list that will help you get the best out of your time studying Creative Industries at QUT.
High school is a distant memory. Cos = a Jason over hippopotamus, osmosis has something to do with the washing machine, and a tort is a delicious variation of pie. Rest assured though, entering university at a mature age means you already have the skills to be a great student. Read more
When most people think of ‘film’, they think of Hollywood. But studying film can take you down many more roads than just Hollywood Boulevard. If you haven’t noticed already, video is everywhere. Videos communicate messages powerfully, and tell stories like no other medium. You’ll rarely see a company, a project, an event or any sort of online campaign without a video to accompany it. And this is where you and I come in.
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 😛
It’s a little bit scary to think about it, but this year is my final year of university. I don’t know how I feel about this because while a part of me kind of wants to graduate, the other part of me kind of wants to stay for a while longer. One thing I do know is that with university getting closer and closer to the end, I’ve really needed to find casual work so that I can finish the year with some sense of support behind me. To be honest, I’ve been trying to find a job since I left high school in 2012, and it was no easy task. But now, I’ve finally been successful in this adventure and because these things helped me out a lot when it came to getting the position, I thought that I would share the advice with all of you. Read more
I’m doing an elective this semester called AMB310 Internship, and we’re required to write a journal throughout the semester detailing our experiences with sourcing and working in an internship of our choosing. Last week’s topic was all about “Am I Ready” – essentially dissecting ourselves and our readiness for the big bad world out there.
There are two things I’ve been dreaming of in life. One is that sleeping should be introduced as a subject, because I think that I would ace it. The second is that university should consider introducing nap rooms where everyone can go to sleep between classes, although I guess that the library and computer labs do tend to be used as such. The latter in particular would be useful if you find yourself getting sleepy less than halfway through a class. While I’ll be honest and say that I’ve never actually fallen asleep at university, every now and then, I do get extraordinarily sleepy during class. Luckily, I’ve discovered a few little tricks that help me to keep my focus and fingers crossed they help my fellow sleepyheads out there, too.