New Beginnings: My First Week at La Trobe

The start of something new is always pretty daunting, even stressful sometimes. But it’s also filled with excitement and eagerness. It’s a new beginning, the next chapter of your life happening before your eyes! The sensation of butterflies at the pit of your stomach fluttering when you get off that tram or park your car and make your way. Sounding familiar? Like it just happened yesterday? Or maybe two weeks ago when your course began?

Just like the rest of you, this is how I felt on the first day of university.

Walking on to the campus felt as though I was stepping into another world! Uncharted territory waiting to be discovered! While walking around the vast and spacious campus, there were new things always happening around every corner.  People probably thought to themselves during the first week; Who knew there was a moat? And ducks! Wow, the Agora is awesome! Ooh, coffee! Or in my case, Where on Earth am I? I thought my class was this way!

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It seems that getting lost to classes is somewhat a rite-of-passage. At first I thought I was the only one asking every stranger ‘Where is HU2?’ or specifically, ‘Where is HU2 121’? During most times, I was like a headless chicken wandering around the campus trying to find my classes! You might have seen me around, running twenty minutes late to a tutorial completely lost! If there are fellow wanderers and ‘headless chickens’ still worried about getting to class on time (and skeptical where to find buildings), I highly recommend the Bundoora campus map. It has saved me so many times I have lovingly dubbed it my ‘treasure map’ because when I finally find the desired classroom I am looking for, it feels as if I have dug up a treasure chest filled with gold and jewels!


To download and print off the La Trobe Bundoora map, please click the link below:



Despite this, university so far already has been a great and rewarding experience. It’s fantastic to be around fellow peers who share the same passions as me while making new friends. Fellow first-year student Kayla who is studying a Law/Psychology degree agrees. While feeling “slightly overwhelmed at times” during her first week, Kayla found her new Uni life “an exciting and fun experience”. Over time, the conventions of La Trobe life such as lectures, tutorials and the scary ‘A’ word ‘assignments’ will become second nature!

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During the first year if the butterflies return to churn in your stomach and anxiety kicks in: imagine your journey at La Trobe like a staircase. At the moment, we have climbed to the first step. Although the top of the staircase from here may seem too distant and impossible to reach, over time you will achieve your potential and climb higher, one step at a time.


At the end of your course you will reach the top of the staircase.

When you do, the view will be magnificent and worthwhile!


By Hayley Anderson 


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

Welcome to La Trobe!

La Trobe Agora

La Trobe Bundoora – Agora. Photo credit: Olivia Larobina

Congratulations on becoming a student at one of La Trobe’s beautiful campuses! Whether you’re straight out of high school, returning to studies later in life, or just making a change, we hope you love La Trobe as much as we do.

Our aim is to develop the blog into one hat all La Trobe students, -past, future and present- with experiences and stories can relate to. We hope everyone enjoys reading our First Year Blog, and look forward to some of you potentially joining as bloggers for 2015.

There will be some changes to the blog this year, namely in the style of content. We want to allow bloggers to have much more creative freedom, giving them the power to write about topics that they are interested in. We want to shift the blog’s focus from being purely about advice and uni updates, to including personal anecdotes about positive experiences at La Trobe.

Share what you love!

Whether you’re interested in sports or fashion, entertainment or social justice, events or interviews, we want you to blog about it’s a part of your first year experience.

So if you study at Bendigo look out for Tom, and if you study at Bundoora look out for Olivia. We’ll be around recruiting new bloggers to join us this year.

We’ll keep you updated once recruitment officially begins. For now, enjoy O-Week 🙂

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!

Textbooks! Subject Guides! Preparing for the Semester and your Classes

Well friends, there’s just a week to go before your first classes! Getting nervous? Excited? Worried? Looking forward to Orientation just so you can begin already?

If you haven’t already, scroll down to go over my Planning O Week and Learning Your Way Around recent blogs to make sure you’re absolutely ready to get everything you need out of Orientation. This week is for you. Not second or third years, but for you as the new students who need some extra guidance to help with your transition into this wondrous place called university. Hundreds of students are volunteering their time alongside staff to get you acquainted with all the things they love about La Trobe. So take the tour, attend all the information sessions, get your parking and myki concessions sorted, then kick back and relax over a sausage sizzle or a beer and aim to make a few friends among the fun. Among the social events happening in O-Week are:

Now aside from all that fun, you are probably starting to wonder about textbooks and when the study stuff will start to kick off. The good news is that if your enrolment is proceeding without hitches, then it should all be happening already, if not, very soon (this week in fact!). You want to look out for subject guides on the LMS, and spend a couple of hours this week or next planning out just what your semester will look like in terms of study load. Continue reading to get the low-down. 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