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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5 things NOT to do before starting uni

Everyone knows the classic things you should do to get ready for a semester of university; buy your books, register for classes and pretend like everything is ok. I’m going to let you in on a few secrets I’ve picked up over the last few years at QUT about what not to do to prepare for uni. Read more

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

A Letter to Year 12 Racquel

It has been approximately one month since I finished my third year as a QUT business school student, and during this month I’ve had so much time to reflect on these past three years. I feel like attending university has made me a stronger person mentally, because I’ve had so many big decisions to make regarding my study along the way. Looking back, I am a completely different person to the one I was when I graduated high-school, and QUT in particular has forced me into making life-altering decisions that has positively changed my future for the better.

I have so many things that I’d like to mention to a hypothetical younger Racquel to help her cope with the changes that will inevitably take place within the next three years of her life after high-school; so, here we go. Read more

Let’s reflect on OPs!

On Saturday the 17th of December 2016, my little sister who just graduated high school this year rushed into my room at 5:00am and excitedly showed me the OP she had received on her iPhone. Myself, in my sleep deprived and half-awake state, was vaguely aware of what was going on and congratulated her on getting the OP she was aiming for. 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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In over my head or just highly ambitious?

1We all have those moments of doubt. You sit there and wonder, “Did I overestimate myself?” or “Will I fall to pieces and crumble under pressure?” or “Will it all be worth it in the end”. If you haven’t already guessed, that’s the position I am in at this very point in time.

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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?


AnaAna

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

Sean Slippers and Socks


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”!

Racquel

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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SaraSara

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

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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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