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December 2006

Info Day is happening on Wednesday 3 January, 9:30 - 4:30pm at the University of Sydney Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

It could change your life. It did for me...

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On the blog, we spend an awful lot of time talking about alternative options for students who don’t quite make the UAI cut off for the course they want. You can do this, that, and the other, and still get in. However, there are probably some of you out there who had a different response. Rather than getting a UAI below your ideal, you’ve got one significantly ABOVE what you expected. And this is where it can get tricky, I know. I’ve been there.

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Last day for preference choosing is looming ever closer!!!!!!! QUICK!! PANIC!!

No, don’t.

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Live from New York....it's Lauren, the long-lost blogger!

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Decisions......

24 Dec

By now, the phone calls by curious acquaintances are diminishing as you are becoming more and more familiar with your UAI. Now you just have to decide if your first preference* is what you want.

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"I just got my UAI yesterday. Should I follow my heart or follow my parents' advice? Far out I'm so confused. [...] I was once so certain about where I'm going in life... now I'm clueless... Should our lives be dictated by UAI?" - Confused, via email

When I received this comment, I knew I had to answer it with a blog because it's probably a feeling on a lot of people's minds.

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Decisions, decisions, decisions. Now that results are out, it’s time to gather all the information you need to make those crucial last minute decisions.

The good news is an army of students, academic experts and course advisors are here to help. The even better news is that you can access them all at once via one useful number:

1300 362 006

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So, you’re probably either feeling elated, ambivalent, or disappointed. Perhaps you received the UAI you were after, and you’ve got a good chance of getting into the course of your choice. Maybe you’re so close to last year’s cut offs that you’re not quite sure whether your UAI will be enough. Or maybe you now have to step back, reassess and change your preferences because your results were less than you’d hoped.

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Hellooooooooooooooooo...?

Is anybody out there?

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You know it is the festive season when you finally have something to talk about with those acquaintances where the conversation often dithers into a spiral of polite nods and awkward silences. You can pick any topic from the most useless xmas present to the effects of climate change on our Sydney summer.

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This one goes out to the second-place getters. The ones who get a Band 6 for all their subjects bar one (an 89, I tell you, in English Advanced! Plagues me to this day!) The ones who never get the attention of the attractive boy/girl in the corner, but always have a trusty friend with whom to dance the night away. The ones who are on dial up and get their results at 9:05am. The ones whose UAI is one mark below the cut-off for their dream course...

I'm a notorious second-place getter, but believe me, I'm not bitter. Well, not that bitter. And here's why...

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So, it’s come to this, has it? Thirteen years of education (fourteen if you’re unlucky), one year of hell, and then a week where you’d be lucky to remember anything between raucous parties and bottles of “Stalin’s own” vodka. And it all boils down to a 6:00 start on the 19th of December when HSC results are released, and then a nervous 24 hours until UAI results come out. All the hype, all the terror, all the tears have been transmogrified (by the miracle workers at the Board of Studies) into a number. And then you ask yourself, “is that really all I am?”

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Yep, it's finally about to arrive.

Working since Term 4 2005 and it all comes down to four little digits on your computer screen.

Stressed any?

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Prefer to defer?

12 Dec

It was with a deep sense of sadness that I attended my last staff meeting at St Lukes Hospital the other day. I have worked there for many years as a personal care assistant and have met and bonded with some quirky, lovely, funny, demented and outrageous elderly clients. In fact, I have worked there for exactly 4 years as I started working there the week after I returned from my gap year. Oh my, it seems like yesterday!

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What do speed dating, the first African-American ambassador to the UN, and slam poetry have in common?

Me!

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In high school, the summer break is only around 6 weeks so going overseas can sometimes take up that entire time.

At uni, however, we get a whole three and a half months, so the holiday possibilities are (almost) endless.......

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As I write this, I am staring out at the Californian mountains. It's a balmy 81 degrees outside (fahrenheit, kids, fahrenheit) with plenty of that good ol' fashioned West Coast sunshine.

I'm proud to admit - I love L.A.

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When Cinderella lost her glass shoe at the ball, did anyone notice the size of her heels on the shoe? She danced so elegantly the whole night that she couldn't possibly have worn high heels. I should have learned from Cinderella. The charity ball that I attended on the weekend saw me wearing some new lovely high heels which may I say looked rather suave. But my feet would argue otherwise. There is no point in wearing high heels if you can't glide across the dance floor, and then later walk to hail a taxi.

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Everyone’s disliked a teacher at one stage or another, but in high school there’s usually not much you can do about it. At uni, however...

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I'm slightly hungover - mainly with glee and Christmas cheer - after hosting an awesome party at our sharehouse last night. I've been perfecting the art of the uni student party for four years, and last night went off like a dream.

Ingredients
1 crowd of diverse uni types
1 inclusive, raucous, topical theme – left open to interpretation
4 distinctly created party space areas
4 or 5 key talking points
2 culinary surprises
Choose-your-own-music stack of CDs near a CD player
200 fairy lights, give or take
4 hosts in creative costumes

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In the terrifying cold that is (apparently) Sydney winters, most people seem to forget that just around the corner waits a season even more terrible. Lulled into a false sense of security by icy blasts from the Antarctic, the assumption is that summer will somehow bring unending happiness to all who bask in its warm rays. Nothing, comrades, could be further from the truth.

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This has become my new response when people ask me what I’m studying at uni, since “awesome, can you read my mind???” is the #1 question I get after telling someone I do psych. And now I can totally trip people out before they’ve even asked...

So what’s the Bachelor of Psychology all about?

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The tale of bravery, heroics and spandex that is about to unfold is the next instalment in the epic story of team Deli-Sandwich. For those of you unfamiliar with Team Deli- Sandwich, the myth-like account of its creation may be found here on this very website. Essentially, it tells of a group of intrepid young exchange students callously denied the glory they so rightfully deserved by that cruel and flighty mistress called fate. However, it was with heads held high and rejuvenated spirits that Team Deli- Sandwich rallied their forces to make an assault on perhaps the most perilous competition ever devised by the masterminds of the UBC REC committee…Gladiators.

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What have I been doing with all my free time after exams? Writing blogs, lazing around, eating, and watching movies! Oh yes and checking online twice a day every day for exam results...

And I’ve discovered the three fundamental types of movies. There may be more, and if so, feel free to add and correct me...

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