From TAFE to university

Some of the cool places you can do placement at in podiatry.

Some of the cool places you can do placement at in podiatry.

A question I get asked often when I tell someone I’ve been studying for over six years is, “Why go through all that effort, all the stress and all that time?”. I’ll be the first to admit I’ve asked myself that question over the years. You could say my original plan went slightly off the rails, and by slightly, I mean over five extra years of study off the rails. When I finished high school in 2008, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I loved sports and thought something in that industry would be great. I started work at Amart Sports at the end of 2008 which filled my gap year. I didn’t know at the time that this would have a big influence on my future study choice.

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What is it like to be a podiatry student in a public health facility?

IMG_0476To start off, I decided to write this blog post to share some of my experiences of what it’s like to be a podiatry student on hospital placement. In the fourth year of the podiatry course, there are a required number of days of public (hospitals and community centres) and private (podiatry businesses) placements which must be completed before the end of the year.

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How to Survive the First Year of a Science Degree – 3 Easy(ish) Steps to Becoming a Scientist.

Considering taking on a science degree, and changing the world?

After finishing my first year of a science degree, that was in equal parts what I expected, and nothing like it, here are three key steps to getting off to the right start and finding your place in science.

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The Final Push

quoteThis is it. The final push. Those last few weeks of the school year when you just want to stop work and be on holidays. For the grade twelves out there, this is the last few weeks of school you’ll ever have. Then you might be off on a gap year, or to university or something else exciting! But just before I leave school, I want to reflect on the time at high school, and what the future might hold. Read more

What can you study in podiatry?

FriendAfter many hours of pondering what you want to study at university, have you considered studying podiatry? As I’m a third year podiatry student, I’m here to give you a quick insight into the course!

Now you’re probably wondering how is it possible to study feet for four years. Feet look simple, but the foot itself is a very complex mechanical system that requires bones, ligaments and tendons to all work together. For that to happen, the leg has to function correctly. For the foot and the leg to function correctly, both the hip and spine have to function correctly. This means there is a lot to learn.

Before I talk about what you study in podiatry, here are some facts about feet:

  • Each foot has 26 bones – both feet contain nearly one quarter of all the bones (206) of the body.
  • Each foot is made up of a complex network of over 100 tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
  • Every step places 1.5 times your body weight of pressure on your foot.

Just a quick note, at university “subjects” are called “units”. I must admit I still use the term subjects at times (once a school student always a school student!).

Now for the good stuff, what are some of these cool subjects/units you study in podiatry?

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I’m starting university next year, how can I make it easier?

FiguresNow seems like a fantastic time to write to those of you in year 12 who are going to start university next year. I say “are” instead of “might” because the glass is always half full. You know you’re going to do well on the QCS test and you’re going to put the effort into your subjects to do the best you can. Why? Because you want to be successful in life. You have goals and dreams and only hard work and dedication are going to get you there.

Getting to university is only a small step in your bigger plan, however to set yourself up well for your first year and beyond, I have some tips to make life easier!

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Is university for me?

Untitled-1You’re in year 12 or even year 11 and almost half way through the year and you’re thinking, “Is university going to be for me?” Don’t worry because you’re not alone! The same thoughts went through my head in year 12 and during my Diploma of Fitness. Will I be able to do the work? How hard will it be? Will I find it enjoyable? These are normal questions to ask and are the right ones to ask.

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