Hello there fellow bloggers!

My name is Bianca Anderson and I am delighted to join the team here at First Year Blog. I am starting my first year here at Bendigo La Trobe doing my Bachelor of Education.
During O-Week, I asked some fellow first years how they found their experiences. Lucy Gemmill and Emma McGregor share their stories below.

Lucy Gemmill:

What course are you studying and why did you choose it?
I am studying a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), and I chose to do it because in the future I want to work in finance or as an accountant.

How did you feel on your first day of O-Week?
I was quite nervous, just because I didn’t know what to expect. Everyone says that university is a lot different to high school and I didn’t know what they really meant.

Did the fact that Bendigo La Trobe is a regional campus help you decide that it was the campus for you? If so why?
Yes, mainly because it would allow me to still live at home, and travel to school everyday. I am a small-town country girl and the Bendigo campus allowed me to stay in the lifestyle I like, whilst also giving me a taste of the city.

What is your favourite thing about the Bendigo Campus?
I really love that I has a really huge library and that there are different areas depending on how you want to work – quiet areas for quiet study and areas specifically for group work.

How do you deal with stress?
During year 12, I had a really hard time dealing with stress, but I have learned that if I am really stressed out, I need to back away from what I am doing and read a book or listen to some music.

Do you have any advice for students looking to start at Bendigo Latrobe?
Definitely come to campus tours and the Experience La Trobe day, so that you get to have a look around the university before you come to study.

Emma McGregor:

What course are you studying and why?
I’m studying a Bachelor of Education (P-12), and I chose this course because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and because becoming a teacher will enable me to help shape the future generations into a better society.

What do you think of the Bendigo campus?
I really love this campus! The campus has the right amount of city life and country life mixed together. Also, the general inclusive quality of the students and staff make it feel like home.

Is there anything you are nervous about going into your first year of University life?
The most nerve wracking thing about starting my first year was moving out of home and being away from my family for the first time.

What is your favourite thing about the Bendigo Campus?
My favourite thing about the campus is how everyone is always making sure that everyone is getting involved and having a good time, especially during O-Week.

Any advice for students looking to start at Bendigo La Trobe next year?
Just make sure, especially over O-Week, that you join in and make the most of it.

So much like the lovely girls above, I had a blast at O-Week. I will admit, it was daunting walking around trying not to get lost, and the stairs killed me at first; but I am so excited now that I can’t wait to start studying!
Stay Cool =D
Bianca.

Our Blog – what we’re all about

The first year at La Trobe University – any university, for that matter – can be a daunting time. Students, whether they be young or old, can be apprehensive about the shift to uni, maybe moving away from home or taking that next big step in your career. And then there’s the campus – a vast, open area with so many lecture rooms you wonder whether the university even utilises them. And that’s before you consider the workload of your classes. Or your rent. Or if you can make the bus which leaves five minutes after your lecture finishes.

Of course, many of these fears that “first years” hold are unfounded. Once at university, you’ll find that the seemingly enormous ground is a warm, welcoming environment. All the facilities you need are on-campus or nearby; there are so many recreational activities to take part in; and there is a strong support network to assist you if you are struggling. You could make lifelong friends with your classmates, or you could love studying so much that you spend the rest of your life at university – we call these people “lecturers”.

Even so, not everybody is keen on life in the Big Smoke, which is why La Trobe also has campuses in regional Victoria. The courses on offer often mirror those found at La Trobe’s Melbourne campuses, only they are taught in towns such as Bendigo, Mildura, Shepparton and Wodonga. Some students will spend a year or two at a regional campus before moving onto Bundoora, while some students from Melbourne move into regional Victoria to escape their city lifestyles. And yes, they all offer the same welcoming atmosphere found in Melbourne.

What our First Year Blog aims to do is provide a snapshot of the many ways to be a La Trobe student – no matter your age, background, course or campus. We’ll show you the many opportunities of life and study in Melbourne and the subdued, but no less enjoyable, lifestyle of the country.

Our first-year bloggers have the opportunity to further enhance their writing talents, whilst also sharing their experiences with you and helping you make the most of your first year. We’ll keep you posted about the development of our star team!

We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Planning O-Week

Hi again friends!  Lovely to see more of you joining us every day!  Follow us to get reminders of when the blogs get published.

With second-round offers concluding enrolment this week, now is the ideal time to turn our thoughts to O-Week. Orientation is the traditional prelude to university, designed to give you an overview of the campus and the university, classes and life as a student – and that includes the social festivities too!

This week’s blog will cover the main things to do during La Trobe’s O-Week: meet new people, tour the campus, familiarise enough things to settle your anxieties, and get to know what services and facilities we have to offer – before you need them. Do try to attend all three days; not only is it fun and free, you can also learn a lot about being a university student, about life at LTU and what La Trobe expects from its students.  International students will benefit from additional orientation events next week, beginning the 18th, where they can enjoy activities and information tailored just for them.

Recall in my first blog, that not all universities do this… well – so get as much out of your O-Week as you can. Continue reading

Hi! Ehrm, Help?

Hi guys, how are you all??

I hope week two has been going well for you, or, I guess I’m checking in to see if you, like me, have maybe been freaking out just a little bit.

So! Week Two:  Uni life seems pretty cool, but, at the same time, seems able to scare the pants off you (or is that just me?).  “WHAT AM I DOING?” Could be something that is constantly going around in your head (trust me, it’s been going around mine), or maybe you’re totally cool and rocking it. Either way, some things are probably still new to you, and I don’t know, but I’m guessing we’ve all got different ways of dealing with it, but we’ll get back to this.

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The great treasure hunt – finding friends on campus

Hello again! Congratulations! You survived your first week of university! I think you’ll soon find it’s a wonderful place to be.

This week is a bit of a departure from my increasingly longer overloads of information. While all that stuff is important and it’s great to know what to expect, it’s also important to find a balance with the social side of university: by making friends. You may find that fellow La Trobians are great for talking to about assignments, classes, lecturers, how study time ends up being lots more time on facebook, how great that café is in the Ag… you know, the regular stuff. The truth is that finding your fit in university and succeeding here is a lot easier if you find like-minded individuals to meet up with, or have someone to chat with in class. Uni, like anything, is always more enjoyable if you know you will be catching up with a friend at the same time.  This blog is centred on how to do that. Continue reading

You got an Offer! Now What? Welcome to La Trobe.

Howdy peeps! Welcome to my blog. And to your blog. I am Bec. I am a seasoned La Trobian (aka La Trobe student) and a Connect Mentor Leader. I am here to ride with you through your first semester at La Trobe, to give you some pointers about university life – some specific to La Trobe and others not so much. By the end of week 13, with my help, you will feel confident with your studies, have a few friends to count on, and be happy in knowing uni isn’t really so hard, and you’ll be ready to do it all again in semester two! Continue reading