Your Stories – Meet Jackson

Name: Jackson, original creator of ‘UON Love Letters Revised’ Degree: Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Did you create the Love Letters platform? If so, why? Yes and no, but mostly no. I created the current Love Letters Revived page in October 2020, probably a day or two after the original page got deleted. I only got onto it so quickly because I was a huge fan … Continue reading Your Stories – Meet Jackson

Close up photo of Bridget sitting in a chair at NuSpace

Your Stories – Meet Bridget

Name: Bridget Degree: Bachelor of Communications (Majoring in Media Arts Production) Why did you decide to come to uni and what drew you to a communication degree? Honestly, it just seemed interesting. I wasn’t ready to commit to a full-time job yet and I thought studying would be a good idea. I love films. I’ve done a lot of acting and really wanted to get … Continue reading Your Stories – Meet Bridget

Close up of someone taking notes on a piece of paper with their laptop in the background

How to get your head around your required readings

When I sit down, highlighter and pen in hand, ready to attack something from my mandatory reading list, I feel like I’m prepping for a marathon (something you would never find me doing). I know it’s going to be hard, I know I’m probably going to want to give up mid-way, I know I’ll keep checking my watch and I know it’s probably going to … Continue reading How to get your head around your required readings

Photo of a man sitting at his laptop with a frustrated look on his face, holding his hands up to his head

Preparations for Placement

The preparations for placement can take bit of time and planning. But there’s a payoff – you get to experience the fun, dynamic, intense and often life-affirming joys of placement. This is a glimpse into a possible future and it’s something to be excited about! Connect to your supports It’s vital to line up your supports before you need them. Nurture your connections with friends, … Continue reading Preparations for Placement

A woman in a yellow jumper holding her hands out, with cartoon question marks surrounding her

AskUON commonly asked questions – answered!

问题, أسئلة, प्रशन, Fragen, Câu hỏi, คำถาม, 질문, Preguntas, Domande, 質問, ਸਵਾਲ, Вопросы, Pertanyaan, Mga tanong, sorular, Spørsmål, Des questions, Питання, Ερωτήσεις, pytania, Imibuzo, שאלות, got questions?  Hey everyone! My name is Gabe and I’m a current student at The University of Newcastle and I am in the Bachelor of IT and Bachelor of Business. Being a student who came into university not knowing a … Continue reading AskUON commonly asked questions – answered!

Graphic with a stethoscope and love hearts around the words 'Accessing Medical Care'

Medical care on campus; what’s available?

Picture this – you’ve woken up one day and you’re feeling off, “meh it’s not too bad I’ll probably be fine after a day or two, have some medicine and drink 2 litres of water”, but you’re still sick after 5 days. Heading to your GP for a session, the doctor gives you advice on how to treat this type of illness and writes you … Continue reading Medical care on campus; what’s available?

A woman with outstretched hands, with the words 'Myself' and 'Others'

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

Three coloured sticky notes with the words 'New Skills Loading' above

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

A group of students at Newcastle beach

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 

A man lying down on the grass, with coloured clouds drawn around him

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?