Attending Orientation is a rite of passage for first-year university students. Along with sorting out the essentials at Student Central (hello parking permit and ID card), the week is an exciting and valuable opportunity to gain insight into the degree you have chosen to study and meet some of the people you’ll be learning alongside.
Every exciting journey begins with a less-than-exciting packing list. I half-excitedly, half-anxiously recall packing my bags in preparation for the flight, uncertain of what lay ahead, and I cannot emphasise enough how much smoother the journey to Newcastle will be if you do some planning before you pack.
As a fellow international student, I know how difficult it can be sorting out your life admin in Australia. So, let’s get you prepared for your life ahead in the ‘land down under’!
I bet you’ve done a ton of research on your future home at the University of Newcastle, but do you know how to actually get here?
I’m going to say something controversial here (please forgive me). Summer holidays are really long. And I can only take so much of beaches on hot days, shopping centres on super-hot days, movie theatres (read: air-conditioning) on super, super hot days, as well as sleeping in and not uni-ing.
If you enjoy designing solutions to problems, love products and enjoy thinking of ways to improve them – this class is for you. If entrepreneurship excites you but having to run a company absolutely does not— this class is definitely for you.
Have you heard of the undergraduate scholarships offered by Hunter Water? I couldn’t really blame you if you hadn’t – with that many scholarships on offer at UON it’s easy to lose track. But with $22,500 up for grabs, I’d be paying attention.
Learning continues well after tossing the graduation cap, and with tons of degree-relevant jobs on campus at UON, more and more students are finding themselves a few steps forward on the path to their dream position before even having completed their degree.