Your Stories – Meet Yazmin

Name: Yazmin Degree: Bachelor of Laws Combined (Criminology) How did you come to enroll in this degree? I always wanted a career in law working with women and children who experienced domestic violence and substance abuse issues, especially women with substance abuse issues who have had their children removed. I want to work with them for restorative purposes and to get them reconnected. I fell … Continue reading Your Stories – Meet Yazmin

How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Life is competitive. People are competitive. University students, especially, are competitive. Competition is a social and biological tool we use to understand who we are and what we’re good at. And that’s healthy! However, when healthy competition becomes constant comparison, it can quickly become toxic.   So how can you ensure you’re using competition as a productive thing rather than letting constant comparison become damaging? We … Continue reading How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Eating Healthy as a Busy University Student

Are you struggling with preparing quick, easy and healthy meals? Fret not, your friendly dietetics student friend has got you covered. I’ve gathered some resources for you, to help navigate your healthy lifestyle to the next level!   The viral “Lettuce Vuitton” designer bag has become the symbol of the rising cost of living in Australia – and we, students, are one of the major groups … Continue reading Eating Healthy as a Busy University Student

Get the Most Out of Your University Placement

Semester two of university is back in full swing, bringing with it all kinds of responsibilities, due dates and competing demands. For some of the student community, it also signals the beginning of work placement and internship components of their courses.   This can be an intimidating prospect to many – especially when managing other life considerations like paying rent, finding accommodation, paid work commitments and … Continue reading Get the Most Out of Your University Placement

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Work-Life Balance as a Postgraduate Student

For postgraduate students, the struggle to create a work-life balance can be very real, and balancing study with other commitments like work and family can feel like a massive challenge. In this article, I share my personal top 3 tips for establishing and maintaining a healthy balance, and provide some helpful resources from Student Wellbeing.  I’m a full time PhD (Classics) student, and throughout my … Continue reading Work-Life Balance as a Postgraduate Student

Partying safely at Autonomy Day

It’s that time of year again, when the weather is just about to get that little bit warmer, you’ve cruised past the halfway point of the year, and most importantly you’re about to celebrate the hell out of Autonomy. For those new students not in the know, or those more seasoned students who just didn’t really ask questions about why campus seems to have a … Continue reading Partying safely at Autonomy Day

The Purpose Behind the Party – How passionate students secured the University’s autonomy

It’s well known that University’s annual Autonomy Day is one of the largest events on the student calendar.

After some unfortunate pandemic-related cancellations, we are excited to announce the long awaited return of the party, with Autonomy Day celebrations kicking off once again on Friday, 5 August 2022!

The celebration marks the declaration of our University as an independent tertiary institution separated from UNSW is packed with various activities, exhibitions and performances all culminating in the legendary extravaganza of Autonomy Party.

Parallel to past international social and political movements, the University of Newcastle was not granted autonomy easily or without conflict.

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4 things you have to do before Census Date

The Census Date: It may sound like a terrifying day where every student is counted and tallied into a giant University branded sack of information. When in reality, Census Date is the last day to withdraw or drop a course without financial and/or academic penalty (depending on your program). Huh? International students: If you are an international student, you must contact your Program Advisor if … Continue reading 4 things you have to do before Census Date

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Building your best online self; a professional presence

This article covers some of the steps and suggestions you can take to dress up your online persona and make sure you put your best digital foot forward.  Picture this.   You’ve made it through a three-to-five-year degree.   You’ve received your degree in your sweaty little mitts.   You feel a momentary burst of relief as the pressure that hung over your head disintegrates!  And then…   You … Continue reading Building your best online self; a professional presence

Why Transferrable Skills are SO Important

While exams, placements and assessments are all important elements of a university degree, there are other things you can do to fill out your CV and make you a more skilled graduate.  When you start searching for graduate employment, you will likely come across the term “transferable skills” during your job search and wonder what it means. While the whole process can be overwhelming at … Continue reading Why Transferrable Skills are SO Important

What the Heck is Life Admin?

Maintaining small life things throughout Uni can be tough; priorities shift and sometimes small important things become backed up until your personal admin snowballs.  Have you updated your address since you moved? Did that tax return form ever get submitted? Was that assignment due tonight or next week? This is the crux of what we call ‘life admin’.  I too struggled for a long time … Continue reading What the Heck is Life Admin?