Get ready for Semester Two!

Hey everyone,

I hope all you had a wonderful break and are feeling relaxed and pumped for the next semester. For those who follow this awesome blog regularly, you may remember stumbling across one of my earliest posts, where I interviewed three lovely ladies about starting University. Well, I was able to catch up with two of the lovely ladies once again to sit down and have a chat about their first semester experiences, and how they are feeling going into semester two!

Lucy

How do you feel going into your second semester compared to when you started back in March?

I personally feel a lot better about going into my second semester, because in semester one I was struggling with the workload that I was given, and in semester two, I decided to cut down my classes, so I would have longer to study in each of them.

What ideas about uni life did you have when you first started and have they changed?

I thought that the change from high school to university would be hard and stressful, and that was true for me, but I was able to find things to de-stress, like reading and listening to music.

You mentioned the first time we spoke about being unsure of how you’d fit into the university lifestyle. How do you feel about that now?

It isn’t a worry anymore, because when you join your classes, you start to interact with people and it is very easy to make friends, since you are all going through the same thing.

If you could go back to March, what advice would you give yourself?

I would have told myself to withdraw from one of my classes, because then I may have had a chance to do better in class, which would have then allowed me to do better on my exams.

A lot of new students worry about the stresses of balancing study, work and “me-time”, with your experiences so far, what is your best advice to those worrying about this?

I would tell all the people worrying about this, is to just always allow for some “me-time”, because if I didn’t have the time to just relax, I would have been so sick of studying, which would have lead to me procrastinating.

Taking a few minutes to listen to some music, or even reading a book, allowed me to have a break, which made me more productive.

You initially said that the idea of travelling every single day for uni was a little bit daunting. After doing it for a whole semester, have your feelings changed?

Once you get used to the idea of travelling every day, it really becomes no big deal. Since I travelled on the train, I could just relax and read a book and listen to some music, and it made the time fly.

What are three things you’re excited for this semester?

I am excited to start my new subjects and to have more time on each of the classes, so I can get a better score than last semester.

I am also excited to see if I improve in my classes, since I dropped a few classes, which will help me determine if I will continue next year.

Lucky last: now that you’ve had some experience as a university student, give one line of advice for new students and explain La Trobe Bendigo in three words!

If you are struggling with the work load, I definitely recommend talking to the career councillor ladies!

In three words, I would say that La Trobe is a “very amazing experience”.

Jayne

How do you feel going into your second semester compared to when you started back in March?

I feel as if I am more prepared and know a lot more about how uni works which is very reassuring.

What ideas about uni life did you have when you first started and have they changed?

When I first started uni, I expected that there would be a lot of work involved and that it would be much different to high school, and it certainly was.

If you could go back to March, what advice would you give yourself?

I would tell myself to not stress out over the little things and make sure I balance uni, work and social/ free time more effectively so I don’t get stressed.

You initially said that the idea of travelling every single day for uni was a little bit daunting. After doing it for a whole semester, have your feelings changed?

Some days when you have had a big day of classes it’s nice to have the trip home as a break but at the same time you just want to get straight home and relax.

 

So there you go guys, these girls are loving their time at La Trobe Bendigo, as am I. I couldn’t think of anything better to be doing with my life! If you are considering life after high school and you aren’t sure if University is right for you, comment below and I will do my best to help you guys with your decisions!

For those of you already living the uni life, I hope this semester is a great one.

Bianca.

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

A Reminder to be Grateful

I thought my first post should be an attempt to inspire you.

Last week, I was told my friend had lost a long, hard battle to cancer.

Not only was I devastated, but in absolute shock that someone my age had had their life taken away from them so quickly and so easily. This news was beyond hard to deal with and is still a struggle for me to comprehend; but I have been inspired.

Be grateful for what you have. Not only the materialistic things, but the things you may also take for granted. This includes your health, your family, your friends, the opportunity to even be at university, the ability to read and the chance of a future.

I had just arrived at uni when I was told the news of my friend.  A stranger stopped, helped me and walked with me. She hugged me and reassured me it would be okay.

She said, “death isn’t a reality for people your age.”

Her words really struck me and I thought I would share them. I am an average, healthy, 18 year old girl, just starting university. The thought of death is as unreal for me as I’m sure it is as well to many of you.

So, please be grateful for what you have. Tell people you love them and do what you love. Live and spread happiness because you never know what’s around the corner.

RIP angel ❤

By Ashley Saliba

 

 

Learning Your Way Around

Hi newbie friends!

Last week I gave you the run down on what you can expect out of O-Week and what things you should make the most of.  Now orientation is slowly coming upon us, first the international students this week followed by all students next week.  Right after that we launch straight into semester, so there’s no time like the present to start getting acquainted with our wonderful campuses. This particular blog is pretty specific to Melbourne Bundoora (because it’s HUGE!), but any of our regional readers can take a leaf and prepare themselves in similar ways. Continue reading

Hello, Goodbye

Hey there,

After what was hopefully a relaxing and enjoyable Easter break, I hope you all are doing well, are settled into your course and feel relatively sound with what you’re doing at La Trobe.

As you are probably aware, Census date passed on the 4th of April, the deadline for finalising your course and subject details, before incurring a HECS debt for anything that you did not wish to be enrolled in.
For me, census date was a big deal. It was a date that loomed over my head, and pressured me to make a decision about what I was going to do with myself for the rest of the year.

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