Why You Should Love La Trobe

Can I just say – it’s week 8!  That means you have made it through 2 whole months of university and the end of semester is now firmly in sight with just 5 weeks to go.  You’re over the hardest slog now, it’s all downhill from here! May not feel like it mind you. :s down hill

This week we celebrate procrastination with a moment to reflect on all the really cool things that La Trobe has. It is a place like no other.  Get out there and discover!  


THE DONUT MAN IS AWESOME

On Thursdays and sometimes Tuesdays under the Eastern Lecture Theatres you will find the man in the van selling an apparent Melbourne favourite, hot jam donuts. Perfect for those upcoming cold and blustery winter days! Nom nom!


WE ARE THE ONLY UNIVERSITY IN THE WORLD TO HAVE A MOAT

Somebody told me this during my orientation. It could be a myth, like drop bears. But google search has failed to find me another one anywhere in the world so therefore, it must be true. How cool would it be to also have a drawbridge? Do you think we could get La Trobe to fund one amongst all their latest renovations?

Also, have you ever walked past the ducks near the moat and gotten a death stare for invading their personal space? It quacks me up bahaha!


WE ARE THE LARGEST CAMPUS IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

I have lived all over the world in cityscapes and country-sides. You know what? Nothing beats walking back to the tram as the sun sets and the cockatoos come out squawking and rallying up their mates for some evening frolicking under the gum trees. Take a moment to appreciate this great country and the good people who planted La Trobe University so far out of the city that the cockies think we are in the bush.

By the way who is up for a game of hide-n-seek one day on campus? No boundaries? We could make it an all-day game because it would take all day to find anyone! Fun!


THERE ARE FREE OR CHEAP LUNCHES EVERY WEDNESDAY IN THE AG! 

Unfortunately, great and tasty as they are, the cafes on campus do us no favours by selling their food at normal (non-student) prices. This is why we have to love the never-ending supply of lunches so wonderfully provided to us by the Student Union and Clubs and Societies seeking to fundraise for their groups. On any given week you can sample pancakes, waffles, crepes, soups, sausage sizzles and hamburgers and occasionally even fried rice and other yummy Asian style delights. All available for a gold coin or two. It’s also a great way to suss out that club you’ve had your eye on and meet the gorgeous folk who run it

On the third Tuesday of every month, Life Skills café also provides free breakfasts to students and staff who ride to uni, from 7.30-10am (just bring your helmet as proof to Life Skills).


SPORTS CENTRE, CLUBS & SOCIETIES = FRIENDS, DRINKS NIGHTS & ZUMBA

What is not to love about hanging out with a group of people with similar interests, having a few drinks or taking in a museum trip? The clubs and societies on campus via the sports centre, union and uni websites are definitely wide ranging and full of interesting, friendly people. The people you meet will share your classes and may end up lifelong friends.

Meanwhile, our sports centre is fab because you can indulge in cheap massages, zumba classes, yoga, football, swimming, tennis… even do a trip up to the ski fields or Queensland for some scuba diving. No matter what your sporting interests there is an opportunity on campus to engage in it. So hop to it and get active!

YOU CAN BUY THE CHEAPEST MOVIES IN MELBOURNE AT THE POST OFFICE – $11 STUDENT / $12 ADULT

For the past few years I have dutifully been praising the efforts of Theo the Australia Post man just off the Ag for selling us discount movie tickets. It certainly beats the $15/$18 regular fares! We even have Cheap Tuesday beat!

WE HAVE A MARKET!

Did you know on Thursdays, along with the Donut Man you can also find our very own giant market? There are all sorts of things from clothes to plants, records and books, even a fair trade stall. It is more prominent in autumn and spring sunshine but even on the rainy days you can find a dedicated seller or two offering their wares to the good student folk.


NAB FREE STUFF LIKE VOUCHERS JUST BY HAVING YOUR SAY

There seems to be a bunch of ways around LTU to cash in on free stuff. I wish I could pinpoint it quite specifically, but it’s more about developing a keen eye for forums, surveys and other participatory opportunities. In first year I had no job and no money. Yet I always seemed to have free tickets to movies and plenty of Coles vouchers to pay for my groceries. I just traded my time for the free goodies. Keep your eyes peeled for table setups in the Ag, flyers around campus including on the back of toilet doors, and your student email. People are always seeking a group to make a forum or marketing group, while some students give rewards to those who help them with the post-grad research. Pay attention around campus and you could profit from your good service.


TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE AGAINST YOUR ACADEMICS IN TRIVIA

This one definitely deserves a mention, because trivia and quizzes are my favourite type of game. In fact I got excited at the multiple choice exams in first year because they were one giant quiz! Some of the clubs on campus, and some of the faculties, like history, are known to throw some really challenging trivia nights. Look out for signs around campus and in your favourite club to see what’s coming up next.

YOU CAN WRITE YOUR ASSIGNMENTS WITHOUT EVER BORROWING A BOOK

Did you know the amount of books we have access to online can reach all the way to the moon and back?

Something like that anyway. I love our library because our faithful librarians have spent years sitting at scanning machines diligently uploading page after page of all the library books onto computers for our easy access. It is so wonderful to live in this digital age where we can write our assignments from the comfort of our homes, accessing everything from journal articles to newspapers and book chapters right on our very own computers and piece our assignments together without ever needing to physically lay hands on let alone borrow a book.

Library and La Trobe, thank you for investing in such wonderful wizardry.

WE HAVE KANGAROOS!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The wildlife sanctuary rocks because how many university campuses can you go to and take a wander through some bushland to watch the kangaroos? In a big city no less? It is awesome for international and local students alike. So head on over. Skippy is waiting to say hello.

See you next week folks! – Bec.

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