Things to do over the summer break

Summer break is here, and it is time to take advantage and explore all the warm Aussie coast can offer! Coming from someone currently on a semester exchange in the freezing depths of Canada (which it makes up for in its beauty), I am fully committed to taking advantage of the warm weather and beaches down under when I return. Don’t know where to start? … Continue reading Things to do over the summer break

Your Stories – Meet Nikhil

Name: Nikhil  Degree: Master of Business Administration and Master of Marketing  What influenced your decision to study at this uni?  As an international student, I considered the university’s global recognition so that anything I studied would be recognised here in Australia or overseas and if I moved back home or to another country. I worked as a talent agent in the entertainment industry in my … Continue reading Your Stories – Meet Nikhil

The Power of Study Buddies: Your Best Weapon Against Procrastination

It’s the end of the semester, one of the most demanding times for students. If you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, you’re not alone. As students, we often struggle to stay focused and productive, especially when life is swirling with job applications and shops are already selling Christmas decorations.  Fortunately, there’s a powerful tool to help with this: study groups or study buddies!   In this article, … Continue reading The Power of Study Buddies: Your Best Weapon Against Procrastination

Your Stories – Meet Isabella

Name: Isabella  Degree: PhD in laws (Forensic Anthropology) with the School of Law and Justice  What is Forensic Anthropology for those who don’t know?  It is the study of bones and human decomposition. A Forensic Anthropologists main duty is to detect, recover and assess human remains. Detect where an individual is located if they’ve been buried or involved in a natural disaster, recover those remains … Continue reading Your Stories – Meet Isabella

Breaking the procrastination cycle

We’ve all been there. Every single one of us. Don’t lie. Across all degrees in all universities, in all fields and colleges, there is one thing that unites the common student: our bittersweet love of procrastination. It’s the cornerstone of the uni student stereotype – 10pm, leaning forward on the couch, leftover Thai on the table and Netflix on the TV, rushing an assignment to … Continue reading Breaking the procrastination cycle

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Your Stories – Meet Eleanor

Name: Eleanor  Degree: Bachelor of Psychological Science  How long have you been studying at UON? This is my first year, first semester. So far I like it a lot more than high school. Students are more passionate, the teaching is better and I find the course work interesting. I decided to take a gap year after finishing high school because my last year of study was … Continue reading Your Stories – Meet Eleanor

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Your Stories – Meet ‘Z’

Name: Z, the “Love Letters Revived” current admin.  How did you come to be the admin of UON Love Letters Revived?  About nine months ago I messaged the Love Letters page and asked if they wanted a hand managing it or wanted to hand the page over. About three months later, Jackson (the original admin) replied back. He mentioned he was in his final year … Continue reading Your Stories – Meet ‘Z’

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Recognising and preventing burnout

We’re already halfway through the semester?! Gosh, time flies! Realising how much piled up work and commitments we have on our plate. BURNOUT ALERT INCOMING!! As a final-year student, I can feel the burnout coming from all directions! Juggling academic responsibilities, placements and internships, volunteering hours, social engagements with family and friends, and personal development of our own passion projects and hobbies as well as career … Continue reading Recognising and preventing burnout

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5 fun ways to unplug, relax and unwind! 

University can be stressful and how we use our down time can massively shape how we feel in the week ahead. If (like me) you often find yourself feeling glued to your phone or endlessly scrolling social media and then getting frustrated that you can’t seem to stop, you might want to try going on a Digital Detox.  The concept of Digital Detoxing has been … Continue reading 5 fun ways to unplug, relax and unwind! 

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Relaxing and recharging after a busy week

Around the middle of semester, it’s easy to get so caught up in study that we find it difficult to remind ourselves to take breaks and do things we enjoy. But to have the energy to tackle the rest of our classes, assignments and exams, it’s important to take time to reflect and relax when we can.   ‘Rest is not idle, not wasteful. Sometimes rest … Continue reading Relaxing and recharging after a busy week

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Your Stories – Meet Gemma

Name: Gemma  Degree: Bachelor of Communications majoring in Public Relations  What made you decide to do this degree?  I originally started in media production. In high school I wanted to be a librarian, I was really set on that but all of my teachers said go to uni, aim higher ad keep your options open. That’s when I found the Bachelor of Communication. In year … Continue reading Your Stories – Meet Gemma

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Your Stories – Meet Salwa

Name: Salwa  Degree: PhD Education  What degree are you currently studying and why?    I am doing a PhD in Education and this is my last year of study. I was very humbled that I received an Australian government scholarship through an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) to pursue my doctoral degree at the University of Newcastle. I am studying education as I come from a … Continue reading Your Stories – Meet Salwa