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
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
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
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
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.
We 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.
Our students bloggers share how they stress down during the busy times of semester for #StressDownDay. Do you have any tips for keeping calm?
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.”
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
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”!
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.
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
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
To 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.
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
Over the course of last year, I got to experience a small little taste of what university was like, through the START Program, which had a bunch of pros and cons but was ultimately a really great time. Now that I’m just about to be at the half way point of my first full semester, I’d like to talk more about what it’s really like to be apart of university life and the first year experience (FYE).
Let’s start with O-week; something that came with promise of parties and celebrations, as well as important information on my degree. And it delivered! There was live entertainment, clubs to join and of course, the Toga Party!
There was also a few “compulsory” information sessions (personally I found these very general overviews of the faculty I’m part of) and chances to meet people involved in my degree. These information sessions were pretty uneventful, so I couldn’t wait to move on to the real deal!
The real deal did not disappoint. After my first week of lectures I was so happy that my course was actually exactly what I wanted to be doing, and I was stoked to be around people passionate about the same things I was. Although I did feel a bit out of my depth in one of my units…
… but I was excited about the challenge!
This week I had all my tutorials, workshops and studios on. The real game had begun. Even though this did include a lovely 8am tutorial (just… don’t do it) most of the content covered was really interesting and fresh for me. Of course some of the tutorials were a bit introductory and boring, but that would improve, right?
This week was a bit of a slump. My favourite lecturer quite suddenly left – half way through our lecture is when they broke the news to us. That lecture has never been quite the same. Other lectures’ content seemed straight forward, and one of which felt like it had no relevance at all to my degree, but it turns out that it has highly relevant to my 60% assessment. It’s important to pay attention!. The tutorials still managed to stay lively. There wasn’t any stress at this point, because I had ages do to stuff, and Easter break was in a week’s time!
Same thing different week, then BOOM holidays! Or… not? During that small holiday, it felt more like a “catch up on everything you’ve not done that’s due when you get back.” Suddenly things piled on top of each other.
Week 5 & 6
This is where it really hits folks. Mid-semester assessment. You don’t see it coming. It’s like a lion in the bush and you’re the prey. If you took it easy over the break, well done, you probably needed the break. Unfortunately, this does mean that you’re now behind the 8-ball with upcoming assessment, which can be a source of stress.
So that’s the run down of my first few weeks. It’s way more fun than high school; and the work is rewarding and the lifestyle is much more enjoyable, but there’s still a long way to go.
When you go into your first year, just keep enjoying the ride and the freedom that comes with it. Yes, you’ll stress. But yes, you’ll also reach the end of the semester and you’ll be able to travel or better yet, just relax! Until it all starts again next semester…