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Info Day is a great opportunity to talk to someone before you finalise your course preferences. It's also a great opportunity to have fun. And who doesn't love fun?

The end of school is typically a time of traditions and rites of passages. When I think of my end of high school, I remember a blur of graduations, formals, muck-up days, exams, schoolies and seemingly endless holidays. All these are fun, but without a doubt the most exciting and important summer event on anyone’s calendar should be the University of Sydney Info Day.

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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?

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Normally university education and fortune-telling don’t go together, but if you’re interested in finding out what studying at Sydney Uni will be like, then you should definitely be coming to Open Day!

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Insects, super conductors, latex bouncy balls, Quidditch, food DNA and Game of Thrones... these are just some of the fun hands-on activities that will open your mind at Open Day this Saturday.

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It’s not everyday you’re given the opportunity to present your findings in an international conference – especially as an undergrad student – but I’ve just returned from presenting at one in New Zealand about improving the experience of first-year uni students.

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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.)

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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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It has been a while since I was in Year 10, but something I'll never forget was how stressful it was deciding what subjects I'd pick for the impending HSC. Not only was it time to actually start thinking about what I wanted to do with myself*, but it seemed like there was a new language to become fluent in too. Words like “ATAR” and “scaling” were casually tossed around, yet seemed key to being able to do what I wanted. All of a sudden I had to start making some big steps, but was scared to step anywhere for fear of jeopardising it all. So what should you do?

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Journalist. Politician. Lawyer. As professions go, these are some of the least trusted and most hated of all in society – and I happen to study all three! So why pick these subjects, and why study a combined degree?

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Week 13 just rolled past and suddenly STUVAC (the study vacation) has come knocking. If it's your first semester at Uni, you might find yourself facing final exams with scarily high percentage values, a few less-battered-than-they-should-be textbooks, and the classic "how did this happen?" moment. If you're a seasoned second or third year (or even fifth, like me), chances are you've just been hit by that horrible "how did I let this happen again?" crisis.

But by using the STUVAC burst of adrenalin, one week of intensive study can actually be incredibly productive. As Leonard Bernstein said: “To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.” so here's my tip for surviving STUVAC:

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Yes, it's student election season again. Here are my tips for not being harassed by people in bright t-shirts...

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I’m Megan. I’m a third-year Commerce (Liberal Studies) student and intern at IBM and I enjoy living life at an unsustainable pace. I micromanage to do lists, I’m a coffee aficionado and I’m strongly opposed to grammatical incorrectness.

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So it’s that time of semester when you really start to dislike 'past you' – who took so long to open up those textbooks, didn't take enough notes in lectures and misspent the entire mid-semester break indulging in chocolate and TV. Fortunately, all hope is not lost when it comes to preparing for mid-semester exams and assignments: Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are available in the Business and Law Schools.

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One of the few places on campus to receive a facelift this year is the Tech Lounge, offspring of Microsoft and our university. Gone is the obtrusive wall divider, which frees the space considerably. Populating the lounge are brand new gizmos for all to use. My thoughts below:

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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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As a new semester begins, all seems like it does every year. On the first day we arrive, confident of being perfect students with neatly ruled pages and sharpened pencils. We catch up with friends we only see during class time and sit in lecture theatres that are more full then they'll be for the rest of semester. However, the atmosphere is odd and slightly twinges at the skin. Something is different for me, even though most seems so familiar. This year I am a postgraduate student, working towards a Masters in Physiotherapy. What will it feel like to be a postgrad student?

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You can be forgiven for mistaking the new Learning Hubs for café lounges, what with the bean bags, zigzag sofas, boutique tabletops and whiteboards sharing floor space with the conventional computer desks.

That’s not to say you won’t find any computers around; they’re still readily available for all things research and beating assignment deadlines. But you ought to visit these hubs for the customs emerging outside the computer. Whether it’s the club executives making bulletins of the whiteboards, or the engineers casually dining and playing cards, or the weary first-years enjoying Sydney’s skyline from Carslaw’s windows, there’s a livelihood in these hubs that was sorely missing from the old access labs they replaced. Less than a year after launch, students have made these hubs a wonderfully unique space.

It’s clear these hubs were destined to become that 'third place'. That place you could frequent to get work done, hang with friends or just unwind. The choice is yours. See what these new hubs can do for you.

You can check out the PNR Learning Hub on weekdays between 8AM and 6PM, and Carslaw Learning Hub is now open 24/7.
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Learn more about student IT services.

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Starting University is a pretty damn exciting time in one’s life. For me it was such a mix of emotions. I cried at enrolment and nearly exploded with excitement at 0-Week. At the time, I had spent a year off from study, travelling and working so I was very ready to learn.

If I could go back and tell 19-year-old me a few things, what would I say?

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Walking through uni the other day I saw people setting up a multitude of stalls along Eastern Avenue. A giddy sense of excitement welled up inside of me as I braced myself for the fun ball of happiness that’s about to explode on campus: O-Week!

Speed dating in Manning Bar isn't the only way to meet new people during O-Week; you can also get an Access card and join a million clubs and societies. But what exactly are clubs and societies?

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(Left: Victoria Baldwin and Christopher Hay mid-performance, Right: Esther Rolfe, student volunteer at the gallery Photos: Esther Rolfe)

As a student at Sydney University, I’ve had a lot of wonderful opportunities thrown at me. Whether it is space and money to rehearse and put on a comedy show, or exhibit some photographs, there just seems to be endless opportunities for students to express themselves.

Over the summer, classes take a break and Uni students kick back, relax, travel or get creative. I’ve been working fulltime over the summer and working on some challenging creative projects to make sure I don’t go insane.

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Working in the Uni's Learning Hubs, I still find students playing around with the whiteboards. The blank, uncomplicated canvases beckoning to be scribed on. You’d be surprised at what people get off their chest every time they walk by one. Perhaps it’s the anonymity or the guaranteed eyeballs on any given day. So how did all this whiteboard creativity start?

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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.

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I can distinctly remember the first 20 minutes or so of my very first official day of University. I can't remember the date, but the month was March, and the Year 2001. Phowa. Yep - absolutely ages ago. ipods didn't exist and Noika phones were still way cool.

As is the case now, back then I was quite partial to parental moral support (I was only 17. I'm 20 Holy-Cow 9 now, but feel nearly exactly as I did when I was 17, which may not be a good thing), so I organised for my mum (who is a legend) to walk up from Central Station with me and to drop me off outside the little Gate-House thing next to Parramatta Road. You know the one. We always try and cross the road there against the red-light and risk getting squashed by west-bound cars turning left off Broadway. It's currently the home of the Compass Outreach Programme. Anyway...

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I’m coming to the end of my first year of a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications). The course goes for four years, which is longer than most media and journalism courses. There’s good reason for that though!

I’m still quite undecided as to what my ‘end goal’ is, and I’m certainly not alone in that respect within my cohort. But the course caters for indecisiveness – I’ve tried my hand at print journalism, radio, online media and the production side of things, and will do an internship in fourth-year! On top of all these Media units I’ve also decided to undertake a marketing major, which will give me a breadth of knowledge that other degrees wouldn’t have provided me. And my Media lecturers have all had real-world journalism experience, which has been a bonus in terms of learning how to mix lofty theory and practical application.

The range of subjects (media, arts and marketing units) offered by my degree are especially important given the volatile environment the media now finds itself in. Having a broader scope of understanding and learning will hopefully put me in good stead when I’m looking for full-time jobs after graduation.

Another advantage has been the access to experience. I’ve done quite a lot of writing this year for The BULL, where I’ve been able to focus on pop culture and feature writing, but there are other Uni titles for writers more interested in current affairs or international issues.

The malleability of the course means I’ve been able to mould it to fit my own career aspirations and interests. I’d say that’s the best thing about it!

See more information about my course.

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I’m writing this blog post from London, where I'm training for the next three weeks. I’m a first-year student at Sydney and I’m also an elite athlete in canoe/kayak slalom. And I've just been selected to compete at the 2012 Olympics.

Here's a quick video of my training. For those of you who don’t know what canoe slalom is (most people don't!), it might give you a better idea.

So my trip didn’t start all that smoothly. I’m only at uni two days a week, and the past few weeks before uni break were really busy, so I can’t say I was 100% focussed on uni. This became obvious when, on the last day before uni break, I actually realised the break was that week and not the next! Living under a rock, I thought I had plenty of time to let my tutors know and email some letters about my absence. But no. I had a huge panic, but thankfully all my tutors and coordinators were really helpful and we were able to find solutions for my missing a few weeks of uni and some assessments.

I definitely have my head screwed on for the next few weeks – it’s time to get down to business and stay on top of uni by correspondence (this could be tricky...), train twice a day, gym and recovery and maybe, just maybe, if I get time, I’ll get some sightseeing into the program as well!

Training here is so exciting, especially with the "100 days to go" celebrations yesterday. The whitewater is big and bouncy - really powerful and I know I’ll need to build up my strength before the Olympics roll around. I’ll be based here for three weeks in Lee Valley - Waltham Cross about 30 mins from central London.

London has put on the best of UK weather - a lot of rain, wind, cloud, bit of hail and sometimes you might even spot the sun. Here’s hoping it clears up as it is absolutely freezing on the water! On the plus side, the cold and rain means more time indoors, and more uni work completed... in theory.

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I’m back at uni for the beginning of another semester.

For the past week, I have to be honest, I was dreading it. The memories of study stress and exams have haunted me, but the holidays have worked their magic and I arrived today fresh and surprisingly happy.

Another thing about returning, throughout the day, I saw about a million people I knew. It was like a line of people waiting for me at the gates, just to smile and say hi, and give really good hugs. Even when it was people I don’t talk to and only see, I saw them smiling and walking past with friends. It just made me really happy.

When I think back to this time last year, of course it felt good coming back then too, but there was definitely more walking around alone. I’ve just met so many wonderful people recently, and I’m so glad that we’ve grown closer. Last year they were “these people I know from uni” and now they’re friends.

This has been really cheesy I know, but happy blog posts will hopefully pass on some of my immediate happiness. Talk to me in about five weeks and see how I’m doing. I might be a little more stressed, but I’m pretty sure this remnant joy will buffer it.

Oh yeah, and there’s that resuming learning thing about uni, of course… expanding knowledge, etc. I am very excited about that too. Really.

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I did not go and get that cupcake today. I did not eat it in less than two minutes and lick each finger afterward. I did not revel in its chocolaty goodness and salivate over the thought of another, and another. Why? Because, I’m trying to be healthy. JOY!

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At university, there are generally two main learning styles – lectures and tutorials (others include labs, workshops, demonstrations, field trips)

Definitions!
Lectures = big room up to 500 people; the lecturer talks at you for an hour. or two.
Tutorials = small classroom, about 20 people, discuss questions, do examples, solve specific problems – similar to high school.
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As I am now in final year, I applied and was successful in getting employed as a tutor for a first year engineering subject. While I am teaching I occasionally like to release abit of my inner punny comedic personality.

Here is an example to prove my tutoring-awesomeness.

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We are now post mid semester break, and I’ve noticed that the ‘Yay! I can feel my mind working, I love learning new things!’ has turned into: ‘This is giving me a headache.’ This may be brought on by the realisation that I have to actually do work to pass. The next few weeks are chock full for assignments. As I’m writing this, I’m actually sitting in the Sci-Tech Library. It’s loud. I came here to write an essay and am beginning to realise that I may be one of the very few people actually trying to do work here.

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Sydney Uni in the Dust - September 2009


Apart from being one of the more photogenic universities in Australia, I thought that I would list a few reasons as to why I love Sydney Uni. This isn't a glossy puff-piece, and one of the good things about this blog is that I know that I can talk about when I'm having a tough time with Uni - this is just a list of why I love Sydney Uni; these are reasons that reaffirm why I've chosen to study here, and these are qualities of the university that I also believe are important to protect.

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When one attends University in a building strongly resembling a castle replete with dungeon rooms on every floor (more than any other Conservatorium in Australia, I am informed), one expects weird and wonderful things to happen with alarming frequency. Perhaps it is this perpetuated expectation that leads all the weird and not-so wonderful things that occur to go by either completely unnoticed or else linked to fiercely outrageous conspiracy theories.

The most recent of these occurred last week, when, much like the poor puppet pals in that infamous YouTube video , my leisurely practice-room patrol was disturbed by a mysterious and relentless noise. Not a ticking per se, but a beeping. Was this some kind of ‘tell-tale heart’ reference for the electronic generation? A carelessly abandoned metronome? Just like any Hogwarts-schooled super-sleuth would do, I followed the sound, keeping an ear to the wall…

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Last year, the real question on everybody's lips was whether to embrace the turtleback or go for an off the shoulder bag / tote. The ultimate showdown of 2009 looks instead at merits of taking paper or a laptop to class.

PAPER v. LAPTOP

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It’s been there, done that fourth time now for me, but for many, it’s their first time, and the first time is always the most special. What am I talking about? None other than…first week (back) at uni.

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The sun is out, the birds are singing, the jacaranda tree is in bloom... all of which can mean but one thing: Semester 2 is winding down, exams are on the horizon and another year of uni is drawing to a close.

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The Quad, in all its summery glory!

It seems strange that uni is about to finish up for another year in a few weeks time. The end of next week will be the end of class, and then three weeks after that exams will be over. Another academic year, done and dusted. It feels a little strange. This Semester has, for me, not been the best. But you know what? That's actually not a bad thing.

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This is my last semester of undergraduate coursework. I thought this wouldn't affect anything but boy was I wrong. I feel like a kid trying to sit through maths class before icecream after school. I haven't been able to get in to the swing of the semester and I can tell you why as an example of obstacles you might encounter.

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It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that a harried University student must be in want of a decent cup of coffee. The idea that caffeine not only improves the university experience but is integral to it is undeniable. You need to look no further than the queues that snake down Manning Road or outside Footbridge for some concrete evidence. But coffee is more than just the cornerstone of the student experience; it is a metaphor for it. So, permit me to wax poetical about the metaphoricity of coffee (and yes, I am an English major…). If you think about it, it is easy to see how life at Sydney Uni can be summed up by appealing to the figure of the humble cup of coffee. Today, students are super busy. They are running about trying to fulfil loads of commitments such as holding down a part time job, trying to get their uni assignments in while attempting to have something resembling a social life. So, it is easy for the ‘University Experience’ to be put on the backburner. University can easily become something you ‘do’ as opposed to something that you absorb so that it becomes a part of you. Thinking about University life in these terms, you have to ask yourself, do you sip it slowly to make it last? Or is education consumable, disposable or expendable? Does it leave you with an acrid taste in your mouth? Or is it sweet and satisfying?

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As morbid as the title sounds, my experiences show it.is.actually.true. But then, if you truly care about how well you're doing, you wouldn't let such a little setback put your moral and determination down, but then the question is - what have you done to allow this to happen?

Well you see, I have an excuse...

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Comprising the most hours of all my subjects (6 hours a week), adjectives such as “serious”, “hefty”, or “very very time-consuming” may spring to mind. Orchestral Studies teaches one extremely valuable skills that will be useful throughout one's musical career. Social, business, economic, and time-management skills all stand to be gained by the penultimate eight semesters of Orchestral Studies required of a Conservatorium student.*

* Disclaimer: this blog isn't anywhere near as serious as the opening paragraph makes it sound...

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My first semester at Uni is done. And, somewhat surprisingly, I am still alive, with a full set of limbs and vital organs still intact. Even more surprisingly, I’m going back for another one in August. The time seems ripe for a good old heart-to-heart, blogger to blogee. And so, despite running the risk of being typecast as some kind of “philosophical list-maker”, I felt it would be appropriate to pass on some of my hard-earned first year wisdom.

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Letting go…

16 May

One of the great things about growing up, at least in my understanding, is that it leads to moderation. Who can forget those heady days of believing in the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, and the Easter Bunny (or maybe some less denominational non-existent sprite)? It is, perhaps the mark of leaving childhood, I believe, that you decide to get rid of these ideas. Sure, Christmas loses some of the magic, maybe loosing a tooth doesn’t become such a big deal anymore (or maybe it becomes an incredibly expensive deal), but it’s a mark of maturity.

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Exchanging Manning for the dusty corridors of Fisher, I've sublimated all urges into some long overdue research for an Art History essay. My old habit of leaving things to the last minute seems to have followed through from high school, but this time round, I'm not so sure I can pull it off like in the good ol' days.

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To do...

25 Apr

I make lists. Everyday. To do… To call… To finish. It gives me a sense of accomplishment before I even set about doing anything…Bad idea. I am constantly in a state of denial accomplishing all the ‘post letter’ type tasks while happily ignoring more crucial ‘finish essay’ reminders until the due date is staring me right in the face. Sound like you?

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It’s a motley bunch that does Government 2225. For those of you who are uninitiated, that’s International Security in the 21st century. Certainly one of my favourite subjects, not only for the subject matter but also the rip-roaring debates happening in tutorials.

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In the dark and dense recesses of my memory, recollections of a darker time bubble below my consciousness. An image surfaces - a younger me, munching on peanut butter toast and drinking tea, staring vacantly at an enormous modern history textbook on the desk in front of me. It’s hard to tell from my physical appearance, but you can tell that I was thinking ‘Gee, I can’t wait for uni. It’ll be so different - way better than school. I’ll be doing awesome subjects, I'll play my violin all the time, and I’ll be surrounded by jazz guys and guitar boys who will be, like, sooo much better looking than high school guys.”

Zooming out of my subconscious, you'll find that I'm still eating peanut butter toast and drinking copious amounts of tea. But if you look closely at my expression, you might notice that my eyes betray the weariness that comes with the burden of wisdom, so far removed from the happy-go-lucky HSC student of the past... OK, so I'm full of rubbish. But as it's my job to inform and entertain, I've collected some of the most common misconceptions about 'Con life'... If I've missed any good ones, let me know!

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If you had told me in second year that there would be a time in my university life that I would make it through four weeks of semester having only visited Manning Bar twice, I would have laughed in the face of your naivety. Manning was my second home, for lazy lunches in the sunshine, afternoons that drift into evenings on the balcony, or concerts & club events that rock the stage. I knew the tech guys, the bar manager, the Access office crew, and the guy who booked the gigs. You could go alone and know there’d be someone there to talk to. We’d catch up and joke about our growing qualification… a Masters in Manning.

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Before I properly start this blog, I should probably put a disclaimer here. THIS BLOG HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SIZE OF MY BUTT. Nor is it a lengthy thesis deploring the conflicting messages young girls receive from mass media. It’s not about Jordan’s surgically enhanced chest, or ‘Super-Sized’ meals from McDonalds, or the physical differences between violins and violas. It’s about going to an itsy bitsy, teeny weeny (but not yellow or polka-dotted) University.

In two words, it’s fantastic! Now let me tell you why…

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Le français, they say that you can seduce any girl with a cleverly crafted smattering of this language of love. I have to admit, that's one reason why I'm studying it. But what's the use of studying Old English if there aren't any medieval women to whom I can profess 'thou hath ankles most shapely and pale'?! No, Old English isn't the best language to pick up with on campus. But as a fresher, I might as well be speaking it when I try to navigate the sandstone mazes of Sydney Uni.

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Yes, the library is scary. There are actually several libraries within Sydney Uni, and they could probably take over a blog of their own* so I’ve decided to just tackle Fisher for now.

Fisher is the main library at Sydney Uni, and is located near the Quad and front lawns. Things you need to know....

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Doh-Re-Mi

23 Mar

If I had a recurring nightmare, it would probably start kind of like this:
The scene: a tutorial room at the Conservatorium of Music. Twenty first years sit in a circle nervously looking at the ground.

“Alright,” the solfege teacher would say, “Who can sing us a major third above B. How about… Liisa. Liisa, would you please sing it for us?”

Unfortunately for me, that recurring nightmare does not exist merely in the realms of my imagination – rather, it exists as a fifty minute solfege tutorial every Monday morning. And despite the fact that my solfege tutor looks
something like this, singing in front of twenty people is still mighty scary.

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Now that I find myself an aging third year student at the University of Sydney (represses panic attack…my god where did the time go?!!??!) my first week of uni seems a bit like ancient history. Though there are a few memories that remain particularly vivid – the masses of people, the mind numbing boredom of sitting through a second year econometrics tutorial because I was too afraid to announce that I was in the wrong place and more than anything, the overwhelming sense of culture shock. While that was a few years ago now, my first week back at uni after 7 months away on exchange and traveling has been culture shock all over again – to the extent that I feel so much empathy with the poor map-carrying first years that I’ve actually been giving the right directions when they ask.

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If you’re reading this, you need to get a life.

JUST KIDDING.

Making friends at uni is harder than at high school, because there are so many people bustling around doing their own little thing. Then again, the fact that there is a bar on campus can, on occasion, lubricate the situation.

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Talk to someone. That’s the best solution. Let’s face it guys, uni can be a tough time. It’s not always going to be easy. Sometimes things will get the better of you – whether it’s paid work, academic work, friends, family, or just not being able to do what you want at times. Unless you have an abnormally sunny disposition, almost all of us go through these kinds of moments, but we don’t have to dwell on them all by ourselves. Problems can be fixed, and there are people to help. Welcome to the world of university counsellors.

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Get to know Newtown when you come to Sydney Uni. I’ve been living in and around Newtown for a few years now — here are some of the things which make it feel like home.

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It’s over. Or if it’s not, it’ll be over soon. For me, it’s over. That’s right comrades, we’ve climbed the hurdle. You’ve made it through the HSC, and I’ve made it through my first year of uni. It’s been one helluva ride. When I look back on what I wrote when I finished first semester, The Prodigal Returns, I don’t think there is much more advice I can give you. But maybe I can give you a few pointers or thoughts you can mull over or consider when you start uni.

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During the school holidays, my cousin who is currently in Year 9 decided to tag along to uni with me. I thought it would be a very good indicator of a first time uni experience, so here are the things that have become second nature to me, and I would otherwise forget to inform you about:

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First year is over!

I know, I know, Keren, Lauren and Cath have dibs on “aaaaahgrhagrhagrhg/%^&@($* uni is over!” but I am still quite shocked at how quickly that went by. So I’m making a little comparison of what I’m doing now, and what I was doing this time last year...

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They say if you haven't started studying for exams by the time the Quadrangle’s Jacaranda bursts into its eerily stunning purple-blue flower, then, to put it bluntly, you're screwed. As I write this entry I can see a Jacaranda, one of many that dot the campus, from my college window, simultaneously luring in its beauty and repulsive in the guilt it evokes: for I, in true collegiate fashion, have not started studying for my exams - a situation compounded by the very real possibility of me failing my first unit of study... ever!

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What do you do when a Nobel Peace Prize winner reminds you how messed up the world is?

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Gentle readers, I understand you have been upset by my absence. Indeed, it has been some time since I have written to you. But lo, there is a reason. For I have suffered from the most ravenous of plagues. It is true – my normally cast-iron constitution has let me down, and I have been beset and ravaged by a host of diseases, and disgustingly enormous nosebleeds. Worst of all, I was bereft of any parental help – a babe alone in the wilderness, as the cruel world closed upon me. Let me set the scene…

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Every night before I go to sleep I make a list of stuff that I have to do for the next day. Now, I’ve never been one for lists before this year (they are admittedly a bit anal), but I’m finding more and more that not only do they help me get my proverbial sh*t together, I actually need them. I only realised how bad this dependency was when I lost the one I made for today… still in my towel, I was already late for my all-day design tutorial and I was on the verge of a serious phone-chucking, Melibu-dumping and dare I say architectural model-crushing meltdown; all because I couldn’t find my ‘to do’ list. I was saved by my diary, thank god, and was sitting in my studio within ten minutes (aaah the joys of living on-campus). So while I got to my studio relatively on-time, with my design concept model still intact, it did get me thinking: people our age really do have a lot on our plates. And it’s not always how much we have to do but how we do it that is the deciding factor in how things turn out…

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I think the one month break I had was the perfect length: I was able to go away for a bit with my family without feeling like I had missed out on too much in Sydney; there was enough time to cool off and forget about exams before results came out; and also to watch two seasons of Scrubs - enough to be (almost) sick of it.

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Right now, I am sitting at my computer, staring blankly at the screen. Waiting for inspiration. The first chapter of my thesis is due on Friday, and at the moment, it resembles a skeleton. The bones (the ideas, if you’ll indulge my metaphor) are there, but the meat (the actual work) is AWOL.

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There’s a lady that catches my bus everyday and she’s always late. It’s become a community bus joke: every morning, the bus pulls up and there she is hurriedly running towards it again. Everyone on the bus is so used to it, that the driver and passengers just grin to themselves. Interestingly, she is always running late on time. She never misses the bus!

Late Lady is an unexplained phenomenon in our social world. How she manages to make it on time, late every morning, never ceases to amaze me. She could teach CityRail a few lessons…

Are you a Late Lady or a Temporally-Generous Gent? Here are some things you need to know if you’re going to be late @ uni:

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I signed my first contract this week: I put my name on a lease. You’d think as a law student, I would actually be able to read and understand a contract. Haha, don’t be silly! Thankfully, the SRC was there to help…

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You know when you have 38 new messages on your voicemail, a temperature of 39º C, and at least 40 “things to do” penned in your diary that things aren’t going exactly the way they should.

Yes, it’s that time of the year when first year architecture students crack. I thought it’d never come, and by the end of last week I was convinced I had survived it. Now, having spent a day in bed with A History of Western Architecture (I must be sick), going through more cups of Earl Grey than the poor Earl himself, I am willing to admit I’ve snapped – in a big way.

Now I know there’s nothing triter than hearing about other people’s sicknesses, but there’s a moral to this invalid’s story, so read on…

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We've all just got to go out there and give 110%!!

The first few weeks of uni seemed like a breeze. A few assignments, easy lecture concepts and exams were months away. Well, now that the mid-semester break is over skipping through fields of flowers time is over.
It's not as scary as it sounds but things have definitely been knocked up a notch.

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This is going to be one of those kvetching (Yiddish for whining but sounds much cooler) blogs where I am going to write about how unfair life is (all things being relative – I really do appreciate the fact that I don’t live in poverty in Africa where I would either be foraging for food or have AIDS, or both.) It is about my uni lifestyle….which is kind of non existent due to the full time practical component of the physio course.

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“So, it’s my third week, and my lecturer hasn’t turned up sober once!” – Not true, readers, but I couldn’t resist the temptation. I can, however, stress that lectures can be tough, and for the uninitiated (myself obviously) they take time to get used to. Welcome to the world that is Wallace Theatre.

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I've just returned home from a really bad date. That's the second date to add to my list of "Worst Dates Ever"...

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WOW!

7 Mar

Does anybody remeber people saying that uni is really really different from school?

They were right.

If anyone tries telling you different stop being their friend 'cause they're LIARS. There may be a few similarities, like people from school go to uni or the fact that you learn stuff, but it ends there.

But these aren't bad differences it just takes time to get used to them.

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As you stand under the Clocktower at Sydney Uni, you are privy to a wonderful view. Ahead of you is the city of Sydney - you can even see Centrepoint. Behind you is the magnificent Quadrangle. And to your right is one of the ugliest, but most useful, buildings on campus.

Welcome to Fisher Library.

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When I got to Uni, I got scared of everything and everyone in class as I didn’t know what the protocol was with talking to lecturers and tutors and the like. Well, I'll give you the 4-1-1!

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Laurens blog on her daily adventures has inspired me to copy her and write what I do all day. Just though that you might like another perspective, so here it goes….

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Here are some of the tricks of the trade for getting to uni itself during term time. Or at least what I do

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At Uni we have a big team of well-trained, tough looking security guards in case you get yourself into trouble (or park your car in the wrong place). Here is the 4-1-1 on the men and women who aim to secure!

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Just like school, all your subjects assessments at Uni have a wonderful habit of being due at the exact same time each semester, leading to some very long nights and one very tired student. So do what I do, make the system work for you! You can do it!

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One of the questions I get asked all the time is, "How many hours do uni students actually spend at uni?"

Contrary to popular belief, students do regularly appear on campus! Yep, it's true. Just how often you will appear on campus depends on your degree. To help you out, I asked some of my friends to tell me how many hours a week they spend here!

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Life in the big smoke has its ups and downs, but you will get used to it in no time!

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If uni and high school were suburbs of Sydney, right now they’d be Cronulla and Maroubra. They’ve got a bit in common, but once you look closely, they’re worlds apart….

Starting uni is like starting high school all over again.

Except your high school probably didn’t have its own postcode, and it probably didn’t have over 30 000 students.

So starting uni is a tad overwhelming: big deal, you knew that, right? Like a bad haircut, it’ll take a week to settle down, but once you get used to it…no worries.

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Idiot’s Guide to Sydney Uni.

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Augghh!!! I missed the Sass and Bide sale – how can I front up to my first lecture in this state? Relax fellas, uni doesn’t have to be so daunting!

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