#HELP! – Orientation and Asking for Help

If you didn’t make it to last week’s Orientation events, or if you need a little refresher to get ready for the term ahead, don’t forget to check out Orientation Online on Moodle. We’re also hosting Orientation catch up sessions at our Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne campuses for late arriving International students.

But why is Orientation so important you ask? We asked our Student Mentors, and here’s what they said…

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If you can make it to orientation, I highly encourage you to do so…there is lots to absorb! You might meet people doing the same degree or units as you, and you can meet some of CQUni’s fabulous staff. You might also find an amazing student mentor to help you through.

– Marsha

Orientation allows you to familiarise yourself with all the services on offer at CQUni. I personally was quite nervous about attending Orientation, however I found that a number of students were just as nervous as me, and we bonded over that. Orientation is not only fun but it allows you to gain information about workshops being held by the ALC for writing and research tips.

– Railala

Orientation Online provides a good overview of the University and the facilities offered. It also provides a great introduction to how Moodle works and is readily available for future reference.

– Bel

And Yudhi really sums it up: If you miss Orientation then you will miss the most important thing in starting your university life.

Asking for help

We know University can be a daunting place to begin with – you’re not sure who to turn to and you might be scared you’ll be facing these next few years alone. But coming from someone who’s been there, done that –  our Student Mentors also have great advice on asking for help and making friends at Uni.

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Tip #1 Participate – Whether it be events or digital hangouts – just come say hi!

Tip #2 Be Proactive – Sometimes arriving slightly early for your class can give you a chance to meet other students you will be studying with. Go up to them, introduce yourself and swap contact details.

Tip #3 Be Courageous – Nobody can help you if they don’t know you’re struggling. Take a breath, smile and ask for help. Chances are they’ll be a great help, and if they don’t know the answer, well… you’ve made a new friend.

Tip #4 Baby Steps – Making friends at university might be just as easy as saying hello to someone you don’t know. It starts a conversation and you’ve created a contact.

And that’s it! As you progress through term, keep watching this space for more tips and tricks in our #AskAMentor blog series.

Want advice like this on a regular basis from students who’ve been in your shoes before? Connect with Student Mentors on UCROO, or check out our ‘How to find a Student Mentor’ article to find out more.

Ashleigh Truscott (https://cqunilife.com)

I am a CQUni alumnus, who graduated back in 2010. Straight after graduating, I took a job in media, and later returned to CQUni working full-time as Student Communications Assistant. I remember all too well the panic fuelled ‘all-nighters’, getting lost on campus, confusion over systems, and the general feeling of being unsure. I’m excited to share my experiences and provide some insights into university life.


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