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.
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.
May is here already. Sorry, what? I know, right. So that means that year-twelvers are starting to look at/apply for university or TAFE courses and some adults may be looking at mid-year university entry. This was me three years ago- oh lord, I am getting old- and all that hard work, late nights and binge-stress eating paid off because I was accepted into my (at the time) dream degree!
As my first blog post on the Student Sharehouse I thought I would entertain you guys with tips and typically awkward scenarios I experienced in my first year of uni. My first year of uni was a struggle for me, unlike high-school. University is a completely different experience. Let’s get the ball rolling!
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…
People tell me that I’m a lot like my mum, and that is literally the greatest compliment ever. While it is true that I have inherited some similar traits, I can only hope that one day I will be as great as she is. Here are some things I have inherited from her, and some qualities of hers that I strive to achieve. Read more
QUTSemester 1SURVIVAL OF THE STUDENT
If you’re a current QUT undergraduate student looking for a unique opportunity to share your university journey and the story of how you ended up at QUT, now is the time to apply to become a Digital Ambassador!
We’re looking for a few students from all study areas who enjoy photography, writing, drawing, interviewing, graphic design, filmmaking or blogging. You’ll be paid to create content that will be published on QUT’s social media accounts (such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube), as well as on our blogs — Student Sharehouse and Student Life in Brisbane.
This isn’t your typical casual job – ultimately you decide when you want to work, and how you fit it in with your other commitments. The Digital Ambassador role is a paid position, with pay based on the style and format of content you create. We expect that you will contribute content a couple of times a month.
We encourage creativity and are looking for photos, videos, drawings, infographics, blog posts, short clips, interviews, (or a combination of these) to show prospective students what uni life is like at QUT.
How to apply
To apply for this position, you will need to submit a written application, outlining why you would like to become a Digital Ambassador, and express why you’d be suitable for the role. Please let us know if you are domestic or international student, what course you are studying, and what year of study you are in.
You’ll also need to submit an example of creative work that describes how you transitioned into uni life at QUT (whether you went in straight after high school, took a gap year, worked before studying at QUT etc.). Your creative work can be one of the following:
- a blog post (200-300 words in length) with one original image included
- a series of four Instagram posts (images and/or videos) with captions
- a short video, no longer than 30 seconds
If you already have or contribute to public social media accounts (e.g. a blog, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube channel, etc), please provide links to your presences. The content does not need to be relevant to your role as a Digital Ambassador, but should be appropriate to share with a prospective employer.
If this sounds like something you’re interested in being a part of, submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business (5pm) on Friday, March 18.
Need some help getting started?
Check out our Instagram channel for visual content inspiration, or view our other blog posts for ideas. We’ve also included some of our most popular content from last year below:
A few more of our student bloggers tell us what they consider to be the biggest difference between high school and uni. We’ve noticed there’s a theme of independence in these posts! Read more
While my time at QUT has all but ended, I know that there are many people out there who are so close to beginning their lives at university. And I’m sure that there are many others who, like me, would love to study Creative and Professional Writing or other Creative Industries courses. But let’s be honest though. The thought of studying at university is daunting. It’s a big change from high school, and it’s likely that you don’t know what to expect. Although every course is different, I’ve compiled a list that will help you get the best out of your time studying Creative Industries at QUT.