Hi everyone! My name’s Caelan and I’m one of the new international student bloggers here at QUT. This is my first blog post and I’m super excited to share what I’ve been up to lately, apart from handing in my final assignments and studying for exams!
‘Get-Set‘ oh wait! It’s week 13 already 😮 & we are soon ‘Going’ to have final exams & assessments due. Well, chances are that you are stressing just like me. So, let’s explore some tips to get you through this hard time with flying colors.
I still remember what we were told during our Business Orientation session. “ It is hard to adapt to a new country, university and lifestyle all at once, but what you might not realise yet is that is even harder when you finish your studies”. Now I can relate to that feeling of leaving behind my student life. Whilst moving on is exciting it’s also scary at the same time. The future seems both challenging and uncertain.
Personally I like to study at library because I can concentrate more easily and hence absorb what I am learning efficiently. Other than QUT libraries, sometimes I like to go to the State Library of Queensland which is located at South Brisbane with convenient accessibility and conducive learning environment.
The State Library of Queensland is the main reference and research library provided to the people of the State of Queensland.
I really enjoy the ambience of the state library. If you want to change the environment to study or doing your assignments, the state library of Queensland will definitely satisfy you.
Hey! How has Week 1 been for you?
I get it, there’s so much to consider when transitioning from high school to university and the internet is stacked with various survival tips. Since you are here, I will try not to reiterate all the common advice but hopefully give you readers a more relatable and honest truth. No doubt it is an exciting time of self- development and acquisition of skills as well as knowledge. I’ll start off by saying that university life is more than just academic achievement, rather it is about the journey of a whole person.
Don’t panic if you are not the most organised person in the world, neither am I, but I would recommend to have at least a copy of the Academic Calendar and a personal planner. Look through each subject and note down the assessment dates. The best thing to do is to combine all those dates into one place. By doing this you will know when your busiest week will be and when you can have more of a chill out period. It is true what they say, do not leave assessments to the last minute! This is the minimum that you can do to make sure you meet deadlines. Previously, I wrote an article about how I use my planner and to-do list which you can read here to give you some ideas and prompt you to find your style. Take my advice with a grain of salt and you don’t have to follow everything I do as well. Find what works for you and stick to it!
So like every other student, I love to Youtube and Google time management skills or buy a fancy planner thinking that would motivate me to be a better human being somehow. The truth is, it is not hard to slot in studying sessions, breaks, more studying sessions and even more break times. EVERYONE can do that! I found that the real skill to develop is willpower to stay on tasks. Don’t sigh before you have not tried. I was horrible with time management but I am so much better now in concentrating and maintaining productivity. My point is, instead of focusing on how to manage your time per se, I think it is more worthwhile to train yourself to deal with the root of the problem first which is – a matter of endurance.
The best scenario is to attend every class but that is not always the case. From my experience, lectures are awesome because you get to be with your cohort and of course you will learn new materials. Tutorials are more intimate and deeper discussions can take place. Additionally, some information may not be available online or in the recordings. Hence, I recommend going to tutorials. Everyone has their own studying styles but if you are planning to skip a class, I have to stress that it is important to check if your classes are compulsory because your attendance may contribute to your final grades. Also, if you know that you are the type of person that has a tendency to be distracted then going to tutorials and lectures will keep you on track.
If I could turned back time I would definitely be more involved in clubs and societies and give more time to volunteering. Let’s not forsake our academic goal but let’s not abandon the benefits of extracurricular activities. Nowadays, employers don’t look at only qualifications but the personhood as well. The chances of being employed are higher when you have qualities such as people and communication skills. Grades only show that you can hold information in your head but it doesn’t say anything about your work ethic or assertiveness which are attractive characteristics to employers. The best place to learn who you want to be and who you do not want to turn into is when you interact and work with other people.
Humbleness and Confidence
I saved this for last because I want it to be memorable. If nothing else on this post seems helpful to you I hope this one will. Doubt and fear is the #1 killer to all potential and talent. Being humble is not placing yourself below anyone and thinking that you are replaceable, worthless or not good enough. Neither is being confident about placing yourself above everyone and blowing your own trumpet about your success. Rather, humbleness is about knowing that you have potential to advance your skills, therefore, you are ready to learn and ask for guidance. Confidence is knowing that you are unique in your own beautiful way and you can overcome whatever is in front of you. This will not only help you be a better team player or workmate but also a quality that would bring you far into every aspect of your life.
Good luck for Semester 1!
I do not always go to Garden Point Campus because my course is based at Kelvin Grove Campus. So I am actually not very familiar with Garden Point Campus. Today I walked around the campus before my evening jog along Brisbane river and found how beautiful and convenient the campus is.
Library is the place that I am more familiar with at Gardens Point Campus. It is located in the centre of the campus.
Right outside of the library, there are dispensers and microwaves. It is so convenient when students are mugging for exams in the library.
During the exams period, the opening hours is extended until 2am. Another cool thing of the library is we are allowed to have our lunch or dinner inside the building. So students can stay in the library for the whole day to study efficiently.
Beside the library, there is a zone for you to chillax with friends whenever you want to have a short break from the study.
I got help for my assignments at the library helpdesk before. The staffs are helpful and approachable! Besides, there is also IT helpdesk which the place that you can seek some IT help!
Lockers are provided in the campus for students to use as well.
There are many emergency poles in the campus. You can easily seek assistance in the campus if you have any security concerns.
Copiers and Network Printers corner at Law library.
Computer zone at Law Library. Other than the computer zones in the library, there are also many computer labs in the campus. Some of them are accessible for 24 hours.
It is really good that kitchen facilities are provided in the library!
Applying to be the member of Healthstream then you can enjoy the swimming pool and gym facilities in the campus.
I enjoy walking around the bookshop. There are many interesting stuffs inside! I like the QUT merchandise too!
Near to the bookshop & café, there are botanic bar and food court.
Students can always approach the friendly staff in the student centre to seek for assistance.
Pharmacy, restaurant and the corner store in the campus.
Following photos are some amazing spaces in Gardens Point Campus.
Following photos are beautiful infrastructures in Gardens Point Campus.
After walking around some parts of Gardens Point Campus, I crossed Goodwill bridge to South Bank to start my evening run along Brisbane River.
Rest on the grass in the halfway of running.
Hope this post helps you to know more about our campus:) Other than that, there are still many other amazing facilities and spaces in QUT campus! Come to explore it yourself 🙂
Last week I submitted my last reports (hopefully)! It felt like a release but shortly after a strange feeling hit my heart… sadness!
I would have never thought this would happen, realizing the end of an amazing experience, the end of feeling part of a big family, QUT!
I am going to miss every bit of my two years at QUT Garden Point, from the location to the classrooms, for the lecturers to the students, from the excitement moments to the stressful tears, from the arguments to the amazing friendships.
I am even going to miss the long hours spent at the library (silent zone) overnights and weekends! The amount of knowledge I digest in two years and the experiences the university offered to me!
All the junk food ate over amazing conversations or procrastination as we call in the academic jargon!
Today I would love to fully enjoy my freedom so long waited, but the confusion in between excitement and sadness makes it hard!
Thank you QUT for all the supports and opportunities you enable me to use, If I had to do it again, I would.
QUT, I will be back and together we are going to ride a part of my life again!
During the exam period, QUT helps to make studying better with Puppies and Pancakes to help student combat the exam stress.
Pancakes were served during that day. Ice creams were given out as well which is perfect as it was scorching hot. Students could help themselves with some drinks and coffee too! These are perfect for students who are taking a break from studying. Tips on how to de-stress during exam period: Go outside for fresh air and desserts!
Ping pong table, balls pit and massage service were available as well on that day! Another tip to handle stress: Exercise and it will help to clear your mind. It would help in greater focus and concentration!
And this is the best part of the day!!! You could actually pat these animals!!! These are the most wonderful way to relieve stress. They help to take our minds of our studies for a while.
Here comes the purple spring bloom season in Brisbane again!
Jacarandas are the purple flowers dotting around Brisbane and its outskirts, however they are not native to Australia. Origin of Jacarandas is from Brazil.
I and my friend had a stroll around Kelvin Grove to enjoy the purple bloom around the suburb and fully use the immensely beautiful backdrop to take photos.
These purple flowers calm my mind at this intense approaching exam period. Head out of the house or library just for a short while to be surround by the purple blooms if you feel stressed! Trust me because it is really soothing!
As an international student, you have to be prepare to be away from your family, friends, home and so on! Everything that makes you won’t be here with you!
If you are planning to do your full degree, I won’t lie, it will be harder! You will meet people that study with you. You might get attached and when you do so they leave!!! It is difficult to mix up with the locals and international student are most of the time in exchange! It is hard but worst it, you are going to meet so many people from so many different backgrounds.
As a post graduate student, the load of work will get intense, especially if you are trying to build a strong resume as well. You will spend extended hours in front of screen while your friends are having a drink!
I thought I would share this feeling, as I experienced that loneliness feeling last week and then two others students came to me. They had this urge to converse with someone and expose to me this feeling they had: Loneliness.
Being aware that you are not the only one experiencing it did make me feel better; I realized that it was a normal reaction! Nothing to be worry about, it happens.
So I hope when you’ll experience it, you will remember this little article!
You are not the only one, it will all be good and soon it will all be over!!!!