Librarians, Pirates and your first week of term

Hi there – I’m Sarah, and it’s been nearly a decade since I started my undergraduate degree.

*Hi Sarah!*

Education Anonymous aside, in that decade there are a few things that have changed, and a few things that have stayed the same. As a (relatively) old hand at university, I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve and you are more than welcome to all of them!

Here’s my advice: – reading isn’t just for librarians and maps aren’t just for pirates.

#1: Read Everything

Not sure what I mean? I’ll explain:

Recently I sat with a family member as they went through the CQUni enrolment process. Being on the other side of the computer screen, I know how much work has gone into making the enrolment journey as easy as possible – so can you imagine my frustration when this family member just started clicking on everything that looked like it would take them to the next step, without reading and/or understanding what they were actually doing?

I know we live in a fast-paced world (and I feel incredibly old even saying this!), but now that you’re a Uni student you are going to have to slow down, stop clicking, and READ the instructions.


Whether you’re trying to enrol in units, or you’re navigating your way through Countdown to CQUni, just take an extra few seconds to read the text before you click next, delete, submit, or cancel.

Accidentally cancelling your Commonwealth Assistance (which I may have witnessed the other night with my family member), or deleting an important email (like the Student Broadcast) isn’t the end of the world – but it will make your Uni journey that much more difficult.

#2: Avoid getting (or feeling!) lost

As for using maps – if you will be studying on-campus, make yourself familiar with the CQUni Maps website.


The difference between looking like a first-year student and looking like you own the place will be your ability to be prepared, look at a map and find where you’re supposed to be going.

So let’s recap: read through things, stop clicking, and work out your campus map ASAP.

Don’t stress if you get lost or confused – there are plenty of helpful resources around to make your student journey easier.

Just call the Student Advice Team (13 27 86) or explore the information on the Student Portal.

Librarian, pirate or first-term student – you’ve got this!


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A past student of CQUniversity and current Student Communications team member, Sarah-Joy fully sympathises with caffeine-driven assignment deadlines and the inevitable feeling of overwhelm…

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