For a new student starting university for the first time, Orientation can be exciting, daunting and overwhelming all at the same time. The opportunity to sort out uni admin, see what your degree is all about, meet fellow students and sign up for extra curriculars can be stressful, even with the abundance of free food and drinks thrown your way. When I attended orientation as … Continue reading Do Less, Get More: Curating the Orientation Experience
At the end of my second year of university, I was asked by a friend if I had any advice for students going to uni for the first time. My answer was simple – apply for scholarships! I couldn’t stress enough how much receiving a scholarship helped me both personally and financially, giving me the ability to complete my studies without so many added stresses. … Continue reading Why you should give scholarship applications a crack; Courtney’s story
Accessibility and inclusion have become huge buzzwords recently, but for people living with disabilities they are so much more than words. They represent the difference between being able to exist safely and securely in a space or being left feeling uncomfortable or unable to access it. Accessibility is what makes the University of Newcastle a safe place for people to study or work. This means … Continue reading What is the uni doing about accessibility?
The current state of our planet is a cause of concern for most of us and we’re all trying to do our part to help it improve. But as money and time-poor students, it can be hard to find ways to contribute towards sustainability that actually feel impactful. Luckily for us, the University of Newcastle has a heap of cool initiatives which students can get … Continue reading 4 cheap and easy ways to be sustainable on campus
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