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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?

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Building Your Social Network as an International Student 

In search of knowledge and education, students travel all over the world for a quality study experience while earning a degree and building a desirable future for themselves.   My dream after finishing my undergraduate studies in Nigeria was to pursue my postgraduate studies abroad. My country of choice was Australia where I chose to study a Master’s degree in Public Health at the University of … Continue reading Building Your Social Network as an International Student 

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There are SEVEN types of rest? 

We all need more rest, but the good news is there are seven types of rest! You read that right – seven types.  When we hear “get some rest,” we think it means “get some sleep”, right?   Well, wrong.  Sleep actually falls under the category of Physical Rest. Other types of physical rest include napping, yoga, stretching and massage.  When I first read that there … Continue reading There are SEVEN types of rest? 

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Library

With the end of semester exams fast approaching, now is a great time to look into some of the things the library has to offer. Whether you’re looking to hit the books or de-stress and enjoy some chill time, the library has you covered!  You’ve probably walked past the library many times, maybe even popped in for a study session or some late-night exam cramming, … Continue reading 5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Library

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Innovation has a new home: The University of Newcastle

Got a great idea and not sure what to do with it? The University of Newcastle are nurturing people just like you. Check out what these clever cookies from the University of Newcastle have been designing and developing.  Entrepreneurship is a rapidly growing career path and not just for those studying a Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Solutions to present and future problems are being … Continue reading Innovation has a new home: The University of Newcastle

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5 interesting electives you didn’t know you could study in Winter Term

Whether you’re nearing the end of your degree and have a few elective spaces to fill or you’re just starting out at university and want to kick off your year with an interesting course – the University of Newcastle offers a range of unique electives beyond HUBS, LEGL or NURS courses already in your program plan. There are so many hidden gems just waiting to … Continue reading 5 interesting electives you didn’t know you could study in Winter Term

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A Chat with the VC

We’re back in class, heading into flu season, and coming closer to the exam period. Ooft. That’s a lot to think about. The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle, Professor Alex Zelinsky AO, wants students to keep a few things in mind as we brave the rest of Semester 1: Key points: Face-to-face learning and activities are thriving on campus. Flu season is upon us, … Continue reading A Chat with the VC

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University Support Services for Squeaky-Wheels

Although your wheels have not come off, perhaps they are noticeably squeaky and need an oil; you don’t need to be struggling to access support services.  As rhythmically as the change in seasons the year used to have, by now most of us are finding ourselves in something of a uni/life groove. There are some of us (the exceptions of the time management poor cliche of … Continue reading University Support Services for Squeaky-Wheels

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Time management at the end of the semester

Just like that, we can see the end of the semester on the horizon. As we race full steam ahead into the final weeks of classes, you may be feeling slightly (or very) overwhelmed 🙋‍♀️.

The end of each term comes flush with a bunch of assessments and exams, and to make matters worse, they’re all due at once. But don’t throw in the towel just yet, there is still time to smash out those final assessments and if the stress is getting to you remember that you have come this far. You’ve done weeks of study and work already, and that truly is half the battle.

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How to focus on study when it feels impossible

Life throws major obstacles in your way, often at highly inconvenient and challenging times. During these times study can be the last thing on your mind. Personal and internal battles such as mental health, relationship breakdowns, natural disasters, or grief might interfere with your study at different stages of your degree. In what is undoubtedly a troubling time, it can seem impossible to stay focused on study. Thankfully, there are ways to keep yourself on track, stay resilient, and come out the other end proud of what you have accomplished and overcome.

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Meet the 2022 Academic Excellence Scholarship Recipients

Have you ever thought that while working hard and achieving the academic goals you set out for yourself is great, but sometimes you wish that there was a result more tangible than a D (Distinction) on your transcript? Since 2019, the University of Newcastle has awarded Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Scholarships. Sponsored by our Vice-Chancellor and reflecting our commitment to excellence, the main focus of these … Continue reading Meet the 2022 Academic Excellence Scholarship Recipients