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Sometimes life isn’t smooth sailing. You may encounter a Debilitating Nasal Fungus, a Disastrously Nasty Friendship/Family, Dire Never-ending Finances, or other Disadvantaged Non-foreseeable Factors that force you to reduce or withdraw from your semester study.

Then there's the ‘Discontinue Not Fail’ (DNF) deadline – but what is it, and what do you have to do about it?



As we approach the middle of semester, the sometimes torturous cycle of attending class, doing readings, starting assignments and preparing for mid-terms is starting to kick in.

If you’re finding that you have too much on your plate this semester, or will struggle with the workload when assessments start piling up, now is a good time to think about withdrawing from a unit of study.



So by now everyone has hopefully settled into uni with a relaxed week of introductory lectures. I feel somewhat bored … I want to get straight into the contents of my courses! But it’s all important stuff like semester exam dates and major assignments which we are being told about …good to know. But make sure you've enrolled in all the things you want to study before Friday, 9 August!



Dear Sydney University,

I would like to receive a scholarship because it has always been my dream to attend Hogwarts. After being terribly disappointed in not receiving my Hogwarts acceptance letter when I was 11 years old (I’m sure they made a mistake!), I have now decided that my next best option is to attend Sydney University. This is a why I deserve a scholarship.

I hope I can bring my owl to class.*

(* My sources inform me that this letter may or may not be an actual scholarship application received by the university.)


My sources inform me that the scholarship money may or may not be secretly guarded by dragons in a vault beneath the Bank Building.

What type of ships are worth a total of $65 million, don't not sail on water but will help you immensely to navigate through the high seas of higher education?



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Week Four: the time when you start to think perhaps this whole Uni thing isn’t for you. You have a weird tutor that trails off at the end of her sentences, you can never keep up in lectures and you don’t really understand this whole ‘eLearning’ thing people keep talking about.

It seems at this point – whether you’re completely behind on readings, struggling to understand the basic concepts of your subjects, or haven’t made a single friend – that a lot of students just jump ship entirely.

But that's not the only solution. The HECS Census date is this Sunday, 31 March – your last chance to withdraw from subjects you no longer wish to take without attracting fees or fail marks on your academic record.

Here’s some ways to make this deadline work for you…

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Enrolment for me was a painful experience when it needn’t have been. At the end of 2010 I was offered a place to study Arts at the University of Sydney. It was so exciting to me. After 6 months working as a receptionist after school and saving all my money, and 6 months touring Europe alone spending all my money, I was ready to study and ready to learn.

I opened the Arts Handbook to choose my subjects and the sheer number available overwhelmed me. I was meant to choose eight junior subjects, four for each semester and these junior subjects needed to lead to the major I wanted to do. I felt like then and there, in the summer after a very long holiday and time off studying I had to plan the entire course of my next three years. I was sufficiently whelmed.
I asked my friends for help choosing and they offered the following pearls of wisdom “do one about aliens, or gender stuff,” “do what you want” and my favourite, “follow your dreams.”

In the end I decided to just wing it, to rock up at enrolment, burst through the doors of MacLaurin Hall, and just choose then and there.

However when I got there, I was nowhere near as bold and confident as I had hoped to be. I received my forms, attempted to fill out a few boxes and then when it came time to choose subjects I froze. I couldn’t decide. Should I do Music? French? Biology? English? The possibilities buzzed around in my brain and I suddenly burst into tears. I looked around through tear-filed eyes. Other people had brought their parents. I should have brought my parents. Or my mum at least. Mum would have known what to do. I franticly scribbled that I would do Music, Biblical Studies, Australian Politics and Sociology and shoved it at the enrolment officer before I could change my mind.

I’ve now just finished my second year and see that my enrolment experience could have been entirely different. You can change your subjects very easily until the HECS census date, which is usually a few weeks into semester. And I only needed to nominate some subjects for the second semester, but could change them very easily too! Uni is much more flexible that school, there is greater choice and thanks to the online admin systems you can do a lot of it yourself at home. If you have any questions about enrolling to study at Sydney in 2013, jump on here and have a read.


At Sydney Uni you need to enroll to accept your offer, and when you enrol you need to pick your subjects. So here are some handy tips for picking subjects and how to structure your degree.

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Enrolment, Enrolment, Enrolment, Enrolment, It's coming!!!

In truth, the enrolment process can be a hard slog. Here are my tips for getting it done minus the angst.

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Sydney Uni has a fairly specific enrolment procedure, so it’s good to have some information about what you have to do if your away!


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