Mental Health Day

University is busy with assignments, deadlines and trying to fit in socialising. That’s why looking after yourself and your mental health is not always a priority.

Today is World Mental Health Day aka WMHD, a day for global health education, awareness and advocacy. This year in Australia, WMHD has three objectives:

  1. Encourage help seeking behaviour
  2. Reduce the stigma associated with mental illness
  3. Foster connectivity throughout communities



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You can be a part of WMHD by encouraging people to take personal ownership of their mental health and wellbeing, this could mean exercising, going out for a coffee and having a conversation about mental health.

Remember, mental health and illnesses can be talked about, and equally should be talked about. So, if you know someone who needs help or wants to talk about it there is help out there, you don’t have to suffer in silence.

For more information about Mental Health Day and how to get help or get involved visit the mental health web site (it’s not all so serious, I promise).

Happy Mental Health Day from the FY Blog team 🙂

Photo: Mental Health Aust Twitter page

Finances are stresses

Finances, we all hate them but we also know how important they are. How many of you out there don’t want to look at your account statement because you’re just too scared to know? I’m willing to wager about 99 per cent of you are nodding right now.

I’m nodding as well. Money matters stress me out, more than it should. My bottom draw is filled with receipts that I don’t even want to think about. Stored there for another day. Getting that account statement in the mail makes me want to cry.

But what is it about money that stresses uni students out so much?

Obviously majority of the time it is because university is so crazily expensive. Looking at my student account and how much I owe the government is not the best experience I’ve ever had. But those funds are necessary for where we want to go in life. It’s all the other spending that’s the biggest problem.

Clothes here, eat out there. Things that we somehow convince ourselves we definitely need – but the last time I checked, I’ve already got a whole wardrobe of clothes and most of which I don’t even wear!

My names Morgan and I’m a shopaholic.

I know now that taking advice from a self-proclaimed shopaholic is pretty ironic, however I guess I do have the experience. So listen up, and hopefully I say something that resonates with you or could help.

Here are my trusty tips (that I am even starting to use)

  1. Make a finance spreadsheet

I know – borrrring! But it actually works. I’ve got my expenses all on one easily accessible Exel spreadsheet. So I can see how much I’m spending and discover what is not necessary to buy.

  1. Prioritise

Decide on a monthy or weekly basis how much you want to spend in general, then categorise them into a social budget, food, bills etc. That way, you know how much you’re allowed to spend and being strict with yourself is actually a good thing. You’ll feel guilty if you do overspend!

  1. Leave the card at home

When you go to the shopping centre, try to have a clear idea of exactly what you want, price it and get out that physical money so you know how much your are actually spending. So you can forget about carrying that plastic card around, leave your card at home. Less temptation!

    4. Budgeting app

But if all fails, there’s probably an app for budgeting you can rely on.




Bendigo Campus Open Day


A reminder that La Trobe University Bendigo will host it’s open day this coming Sunday on the 17th of August.

Bendigo is a rural Victorian town with a population of just over 100,000, but the La Trobe campus provides an impressive range of courses and academic facilities.

This is a great opportunity to visit the Bendigo campus, find out everything you need to know and get any questions you may have answered. 

You’ll be able to get information on Fee and HECS Help, Scholarship Information, Mature Age Student Information, Living at La Trobe, Accommodation options, SEAS applications, Early Admission Programs, Student Exchange and more!

There will also be a range of faculty and course specific information sessions and tours.

You can plan your day using La Trobe’s Open Day planner by clicking here.

What you need to know:

Time: 10am – 3pm

Where: La Trobe University Bendigo

On the day:

Don’t be afraid to ask questions! 

Before you go:

No one likes getting lost – so why not download the Lost on Campus App to ensure you have a great open day!

Public Transport Tips:

If you are catching public transport from the Bendigo Station, there are two bus lines will get you to La Trobe University.  

The University ’11’ runs hourly on the Sunday.

The Strathdale ’14’ bus also runs hourly and will take you to the University.

For more information visit Christians Bus Co here





You are who you want to be

University is all about the unexpected, embracing the new, defining your identity and establishing your purpose in life.

Just by looking around the library you see the different people, and just how unique everyone truly is and it’s entirely acceptable.

Straight in front of me are a group of guys who seem absolutely careless and carefree sporting around a –what seems to be- constructed Daffy Duck balloon toy. I see girls who seem to be studying, however, stop constantly to socialise with one another and check their phones constantly.

Then, there’s a girl dressed in a banana costume, marching to the beat of her own drum and that’s completely acceptable.

That’s the beautiful thing about university! You can be whoever you want to be.

This isn’t the time to know who you are and who you want; it’s the time to try things, things that seem completely bizarre and unreasonable because you can.

Try new things, experience new people and situations and in this process grow from not knowing who you are into forming your identity. An identity you are happy with, that isn’t formed from what others have always dictated you to be.

Be yourself. Be unique.

So today do something different, learn Spanish, take a boxing class, write a short story or eat escargot.   

– Adriana

Holiday musings

Over the Mid Semester break I found a new internet obsession, one that I really don’t feel so bad looking at when I know I’m meant to be doing work. Photographer Brandon Stanton starting taking photographs of people in New York in the summer of 2010, since then the ‘Humans of New York’ project has flourished and now includes quotes and short stories from the people he has photographed. If you haven’t checked his website out then I strongly suggest you do!

The website has everything, images and quotes from the young and old that will make you laugh one minute and cry the next. Most of the time though, it puts a lot of things into perspective, reading about survivors of war, people who are struggling to fit into society and people who have come from nothing and worked hard to make their lives what it is now has made me realise how lucky I am to live the life I do. It makes you appreciate our country, freedom of speech, our access to education and basic necessities and if you’re like me, a supportive and loving family.

If you’re looking for something to cure your boredom then I urge you to check out his website, Facebook or Twitter page, it’s amazing what you can learn from strangers in everyday life and it has definitely made me more grateful for everything I have.

I hope you also take something away from it.

Below is the link to the website


Changes to La Trobe

La Trobe is undergoing a transformation which is going to affect its students in various ways. This means if you are currently enrolled you will still be able to complete your subjects and course that you are enrolled in – this applies to all students, irrespective of your campus.

You will also be able to use the same subject information in the online handbook for future semesters. Please note next year’s subjects will be available in the handbook from October.

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Some of your courses will be affected by this transformation because a small number of course are being withdrawn. If this is your course you’ll be contacted by your Faculty in late August – early September to advise of the change and reconfirm that you will be able to study your course to completion and to discuss your individual study plan if need be.

For full details on the changes head to the FAQ section of the Future Ready page. If you are concerned about the continuation of particular majors or any of your subjects (undergraduate, postgraduate and Higher Degree by Research), it’s a good idea to speak with your faculty to discuss your concerns and options.

Furthermore La Trobe is planning to improve the way services are provided to students by using a new student services model that will give us a wider choice of channels to access, including greater face-to-face, phone, email and online chat services.

The university promises to provide a new, comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) database that can be accessed online 24/7. Ensuring all your questions are answered, so that you are not being bounced from one point to another.

Another change that La Trobe is undergoing is its regional campus engagement. The main change is this area is that the university will be looking at how they operate in the regions. This means being more creative and tailoring subjects & courses for local delivery with online forms, and blending learning models to offer quality, flexible and immersive online experiences, in conjunction with imperative face-to-face teaching and student support.

Lastly, as students there is the opportunity to work with other local education institutions in the regions, to share facilities and plan courses – particularly with the local TAFEs we are co-located with.

To understand more about La Trobe’s transformation head to the university’s Future Ready page.

Open day today at Shepparton campus

Experience the wonderful  Shepparton campus for yourself, get useful advice on courses and subjects and find out everything you need to know about starting at La Trobe in 2015.

What you need to know:

Time: 4 -7pm

What to bring:  your brain and questions

On the day:

 Download the Lost on Campus app

Find out how to get to Open Day sustainably.
Get social online: Share your Open Day experience, get help or ask a question.

Get mobile on the day with free wi-fi.

New semester buzz

Does anyone else get excited about a new semester? I find myself anticipating the arrival of a new semester, especially after such a long period of time where I didn’t know what to do with myself.

A new semester always arrives with the promise of new beginnings, of new friendships and relationships, of learning something new and experiencing things I didn’t experience the semester before.

For a while everyone is excited. People smile a little brighter and talk a little more. Everyone tries new things and pushes their boundaries a little further than before. This period doesn’t last long, but it is a time I love.

It is a time brimming with promises and opportunities that can all become reality if we take the initiative to seize them.

The excited buzz around the campus shall slowly fall to hum as people close themselves off in their own world once again, becoming comfortable with their friends, new and old, and no longer take the initiative to reach out until the next year.

When I sense this happening it saddens me but because this happens for a short period of time is why I grow so excited. All good things must come to an end. However, we aren’t there yet.

So let’s embrace this time and enjoy it to its fullest. Let’s enjoy the buzz before it quietens to a hum.

Ashlee Bodger

Welcome Latrobians !

A warm welcome back to those students who are entering their second semester, and a big welcome to new La Trobe students!

If you’ve just joined us and you’re not sure how things work, don’t freak out! Settling into uni life is easy, there are loads of handy resources and information on the New Students section of the La Trobe site, so make sure you check it out!


Here’s a quick breakdown of a few essential tips which you’ll need to know to survive second semester:

  • If you’re new to uni it’s a good idea to get Ready4Uni at La Trobe’s online orientation. It basically helps you make that transition from ordinary boring life to exciting uni life!
  • It’s no secret that life as a student isn’t easy. It involves managing your time, generally living on a budget and making new friends (if you don’t want to be a loner, which, let’s be honest that’s pretty much everybody). Check out how to be not only an exemplary student but also maintain a decent social life at our Life as a student page.
  • Some top tips from experienced students – Don’t be afraid to ask for help, get involved with student clubs (after all isn’t that what uni’s all about?!), go to classes and manage your workload. Get inspired by reading more smart and practical tips from La Trobe’s experienced students here.  We promise you’ll be thanking us later.
  • Finally, the new student checklist is a must for confused or curious students, check it out and get excited!

We hope you have an enjoyable second semester and we look forward to hearing what you get up to! Feel free to share your La Trobe first year experiences with us by emailing

Have a happy and safe second semester (: