Vice Chancellor of the University of Newcastle, Alex Zelinsky, smiling at the camera with big bright yellow, blue, pink and white blob patterns behind him.

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

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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5 tips for sprucing up your study space

Although studying at uni is the preferred style for a lot of students, sometimes you just want to be in the comfort of your own home when you spend hours hitting the books. You may stay home due to the flu, maybe your car breaks down, or maybe you just don’t want to change out of your classic uggs, regardless you find yourself swapping the University funded desks for the op-shop dining table that Mum picked up last Christmas and it is looking a little bare.

Do you know what that means? It’s time to spend an afternoon of your study period getting your makeshift home office looking like it stepped straight out of Queer Eye!

But because we don’t all have Netflix money, we’ll be doing this on a student budget. Here are a few (affordable) tips for you to get your home study spaces looking absolutely fly.

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Goal setting during times of uncertainty

As much as we’d hoped for otherwise, it looks like 2022 might also have some uncertainties around COVID. Those New Year’s resolutions which you set might have well and truly gone out the window. But that doesn’t mean the rest of 2022 is a throwaway. While no doubt different to what you planned, the goals which you set for the remainder of the year can still keep you on track and guide you through 2022 as it continues to unfold. Maybe if you have never set goals before, this extended time at home is your cue to start building your goal-setting capabilities.

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How to bounce back after losing your job due to COVID-19

One of the big COVID-19 impacts for many of us is the effect it’s had on work – how we do our jobs, where we do them, how much we get paid (hello JobKeeper) and whether we even have a job at all.

Firstly, financial help is available through Centrelink (JobSeeker, JobKeeper, ABSTUDY etc), and the University of Newcastle’s Student Hardship Fund, scholarships, loans and emergency food or accommodation support are also available. You can find more details here

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Finding a job in a tough market

There’s no denying that the job market right now is tough and a lot of students are feeling the anxiety of the situation. At our university we are lucky enough to have a dedicated careers team that assists students in increasing their employability and give them the best chance at landing a job. I got some advice from Renèe Smith, a Careers Consultant from the Careers Service, about job seeking in a time like this and how we can better our employment prospects.

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Study support without leaving your bed

Who doesn’t love a lazy Sunday… and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday…?

Okay, so maybe we’re all guilty of chilling at home rather than venturing into uni and there have certainly been a few days where we swapped our study notes for pyjamas and pillows.

This doesn’t mean we have to make studying at home hard for ourselves! There’s a lot of things that can be done from the very comfort of our home. So if you’re struggling with your next assignment, you don’t have to run to your local library and bury yourself in books.

Just sit back, get yourself a cuppa, and check out some of these study supports you can access without even having to leave your bed.

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Maintaining your balance in isolation

I’ve been feeling a bit off lately, and I think it’s because of the whole isolation thing. It’s like staying home all day and doing nothing is bringing me down. A quick survey reveals that a lot of my friends and fellow students feel the same way, that all of this downtime has lost its initial shine and what we’re left with now is an unsatisfying fug. And once you’re in a fug, well, it’s fug as far as the eye can see. It’s hard to understate the difficulty of getting yourself out of a fug like this, they can be comfortable in a way, and being surrounded by fug makes anti-fug efforts that much more difficult. So how do you restore your balance when you find yourself in one?  Continue reading “Maintaining your balance in isolation”

How to stay connected with your friends and family throughout isolation

COVID-19 has made the world shift in a way that we’ve never seen before. Amongst quarantine, social distancing, isolation, business closures and job losses it’s no surprise many are finding it challenging to adjust and remain connected with others in the process.

I always knew I was an extrovert but spending the past couple of weeks inside with minimal exposure to the world outside my small unit and my housemate has made me realise how reliant I am on face-to-face contact with others. With all my University courses now online, the ability to work from home and social distancing guidelines in place, I am one of the lucky ones who have the ability to isolate themselves during this time. Trust me, during my first few days of isolation I didn’t feel lucky at all. As a fairly social and active person, staying indoors all day made me feel more disconnected to the world around me than I ever have despite access full to social media and the news.

Above all, my first couple of weeks practising social distancing has made me realise the importance of staying close to those you care about and taking the time to work on relationships despite the barrier of physical isolation.

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