Your New Student Initiation

With all the confusion and excitement of new student life, we bet you haven’t even had the chance to figure out what you’re supposed to be doing, let alone how you go about achieving it. Don’t worry, we’ve got you!

Welcome to your new student initiation – your checklist for the must-dos and must-sees to make you the very best CQUni student you can be.

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Wish I knew then, what I know now…

Once upon a time I was a lost, confused and completely overwhelmed University student. Sound familiar?

After four long years stumbling my way through the maze that is University life and now a few years into the working world, I feel somewhat equipped to impart my wisdom on the current generation of uni-goers with some advice I wish I took on board in my study journey…

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Feel like you’ve forgotten something? The next steps: enrol, get organised, find a bargain!

Stop. Do you hear that? It’s the eerie sound of a busy mind rummaging around for study reminders and finding none. Term is finished. Assessments have been submitted. Exams have been sat. Congratulations, you’ve survived your first term at university.

You might feel a little tired. In fact you probably need to nap for a week. And you definitely feel like you’ve forgotten something. But that’s only because these last few weeks have been a strictly choreographed routine of checking, rechecking, crossing t’s and dotting i’s, then checking again.

Now that you don’t need to revise and re-organise your life every hour like a paranoid conspiracy theorist, it’s time to unwind and prepare for the next steps (that’s right, there’s more).

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Keeping it together and facing Week 7

So you’ve survived past break week, and now as the second half of term begins, you’re probably starting to realise you have more than one assessment due date approaching.

If your start of term excitement has turned into an end of term panic, keep reading for my tips on keeping it together and facing Week 7!

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Assessment writing and little victories

This week I’m going to talk to you about an ongoing challenge that all students face. It’s a challenge that I personally find both frustrating and fulfilling. There’s something very satisfying about submitting a piece of work that you’re proud of. That pride often stems from simply making it across the finish line. Always celebrate the little victories.

Assessments are why we’re really here. Many will argue we’re here to learn, that goes without saying, but more than that we’re here at university to demonstrate learning. Believe me, you will need to demonstrate a lot of it before you finish your degree. So why not turn this challenge into an opportunity?

Read on for my How to Uni tips to tackling assessment writing.

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Understanding Key Dates and Scholarships

I should probably kick things off by introducing myself. My name is Ashleigh and I’m currently a member of the Student Communications team at CQUniversity. However, once upon a time I was a young university student, fumbling through the maze of systems, courses, buildings, and the all-important Key Dates.

Here’s my advice – make note of the key uni dates, and actually apply for a scholarship!

Let me take you back to the year 2008. This was the year I started my Professional Communication degree at CQUniversity.  As a 17 year old, fresh out of high school, I remember feeling excited, nervous, eager, and confused about university. I usually pride myself on being organised; however, if I said my first term was easy and I was totally on top of things, I think I’d be lying.

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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.

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Welcome to #How2Uni

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Welcome to the CQUniLife blog #How2Uni series!

If you’re reading this, it’s quite likely you’re new to university and wondering how this all works.

We know from experience that nervously navigating the maze of systems, requirements and ‘must-do’ tasks that come with your first steps into a course or program can be overwhelming.

Never fear – the #How2Uni series is here to answer your questions, solve your problems and have you well on your way to wearing your graduation cap and gown in a few years’ time. Continue reading Welcome to #How2Uni