The Top 3 Myths About Life as a Mature Age Student

I entered a science degree after nearly 10 years of life in the workforce. Whether heading to university means changing career, or just building your skill set, it’s a daunting idea for most adults. Here are the top 3 myths – busted – about life as a mature age student.

Student blogger Brendan’s words of wisdom as a mature age student to the youngins

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2 Things I found in QUT’s studywell this Summer

The holidays are almost over, but before the real world learning takes over my schedule, I decided to dedicate some of my holiday time to sharpening up my study skills to get ready for the new semester. I recently discovered QUT’s studywell portal and it proved to be a treasure trove of resources. 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

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 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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New Uni, New You – Starting In Semester 2

Are you starting uni at QUT in semester 2? Is this your first foray into tertiary education?

GREAT!!! Welcome aboard, friends! Your time at QUT is going to be wonderful/challenging/fabulous/stressful/rewarding/confusing/worthwhile!

Going to uni for the first time might make you a little nervous, but don’t worry, because your friendly neighbourhood student blogger is here to encourage you as you prepare to enter the real world – QUT. Couldn’t resist making that joke. Sorry. Read more