20 Things You Should Do Before You Graduate

University is great. We can all generally agree that we enjoy the fewer contact hours compared to school and we love having Burritos and Boost at our doorstep. But do you feel like you have done everything there is to do whilst at uni? If you were going to graduate tomorrow, would you feel satisfied with your university experience?

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Working for QUT as a Student

Initially, I started university with the sole intention to study. I planned to do my three years, get my degree, and head off to the real world. Throughout this though, I knew I would need a job to support myself. Thankfully, QUT came to the rescue.

On my first day of Uni, at the Caboolture campus, something caught my eye. It was a little pamphlet with a simple title; “do you want to earn some extra cash?”. I thought yes, yes I do – and picked it up. It said I should apply to become a Student Ambassador. My eyebrows raised. Then it told me the hourly rate of QUT’s casual workers (check out ‘HEW2’). My eyebrows raised higher. At that moment, a current ambassador caught me looking at the pamphlet. He said “dude, it’s the best job, and there’s heaps of work up for grabs”. I knew what I had to do.

So I applied, and in all honesty, the best thing about starting university, was getting the job. Becoming a Student Ambassador has opened up a ridiculous amount of doors throughout my degree, and has been perfect in complementing my studies. I could rant on and on about how good it is, but all you need to know is that any student can apply, at any campus, and it’s great fun.

But that’s not all. Through my position as an Ambassador, I managed to get a job filming around campus, which was perfect seeing as I study film! I then met the QUT ‘Explore Uni‘ team, and ended up working for them also. When I made the move to Brisbane the following year, I was able to continue working as an Ambassador, and picked up ANOTHER job at the QUT Library as a Peer Adviser. As if there wasn’t enough on my plate already, I then applied to become a Digital Marketing Ambassador, and so here I am writing this blog post!

A happy looking bunch of Peer Advisers

This is just an example of the sort of work you can get at university whilst studying. There’s heaps on offer, and it’s hands down better than washing dishes (or any other job I’ve had for that matter). For me, QUT has become more than just my place of study, and frankly, with all that’s on offer, I’m in no rush to finish my degree.

QUT, I’m here to stay!

Editor’s note: If you’re interested in becoming a QUT Student Ambassador, email schoolinfo@qut.edu.au

For the Love of Wi-fi

So I’m one of those people who’s convinced I’d curl up and die without the internet, so you can imagine my horror when I ran out of internet last week and unfortunately don’t have the funding to buy more at the moment (damn that tumblr procrastination). It’s assessment time too, so having no internet is even an even more dire situation than usual.

But luckily for me QUT provides wi-fi for students, and since I live at the student village on the Kelvin Grove campus, I’ve decided to sit in the library for my study. I’m a business student, so Z Block at Gardens Point campus is my usual study building, but since the KG Library is closer I chose there instead.

I’d be lying if I said I’d set foot in the library for anything other than handing in assignment or on campus tours, but it’s actually a rather nice place to be (even if it is for study). I now have a regular spot to sit and study here everyday.

It just shows how sometimes doing something new can turn out better than you thought; crisis adverted and a new favourite place on campus discovered. ^_^