Living your best life in the uni break

We all have the right to feel safe and secure, and with the university break coming up, our daily activities might look a bit different. With that in mind, we’ve spoken to Jayne McCartney, the Respectful Communities Coordinator at the University of Newcastle, to see how students can feel safe while enjoying their time off.  What are some safety services that the University offers? The … Continue reading Living your best life in the uni break

Managing End of Year Burnout

Late mid-semester breaks aren’t always easy. You push yourself for ten weeks, maybe get two weeks off (more likely use those two weeks to study and prepare for the month of assessments and exams when you get back) and then go straight into a month or so of intensive end-of-semester assignments and exams before launching straight into the festive season.  When I signed up to … Continue reading Managing End of Year Burnout

Creative Tips for Self Care

With the end of the study term fast approaching, it’s natural for stress and anxiety to come creeping in. If you’re feeling in a bit of a slump or looking for fun ways to re-energise and get your spark back, why not give Creative Self Care a go!     Whether you’ve carved out a solid self-care ritual or you’re totally new to the self-care … Continue reading Creative Tips for Self Care

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

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?

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? 

Feeling overwhelmed? Dw, Nav has your back

Every university student can relate to feeling overwhelmed at some time during their studies. Whether it’s the end of semester rush, balancing life and uni responsibilities, or that one group project (we’ve all been there!). It’s important to know you’re never alone in dealing with these feelings. There are many helpful methods that can organise your time and headspace, as well as resources you can … Continue reading Feeling overwhelmed? Dw, Nav has your back

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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How to get help when you feel like you’re in too deep

It may be tempting to dismiss your hardship as another problem that isn’t important, but it’s vital that you speak up because people can only help you if they actually know what’s going on. Luckily, the University has a bunch of services targeted at helping you overcome your challenges and find success. Speak with a Program Advisor Program Advisors provide support and enrolment advice throughout … Continue reading How to get help when you feel like you’re in too deep

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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