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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How to Balance Study with COVID-19 Anxiety

You wake up with a sore throat and assume the worst is coming. You check your inbox and see the bills you need to pay, even though you’ve lost your job. Maybe you’re not worried about yourself, but you are concerned for a family member.

Whatever the reason, there is no doubt the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our mental wellbeing. When everything feels out of balance, it can feel impossible to keep up with something so ordinary as uni.

I Zoomed in for a cup of tea with University Counsellor, Dr Emma Kerr, to talk about the ways the pandemic is affecting students’ mental health. Emma also shared her top 3 tips on how to manage those feelings while soldiering on with uni.

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5 ways to adjust to studying at home

With the University transitioning most teaching activities to a virtual delivery, many of you will now find that you’ll be required to study remotely.

Adjusting to studying away from campus can be challenging in different ways for different students, so here are 5 tips to help you have a smooth transition from the classroom to the loungeroom/bedroom/living room.

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Staying on track mentally at the end of term

Does the thought of the end of a study term frighten you? Or are you blissfully in denial of all your deadlines and waiting for that final kick of high-pressure adrenaline? Either way, looking after your mental health and staying motivated is so important for all students over the last few weeks. Read on to learn how you can stay on track mentally for the rest of the year.

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“I’m not ok”: What to do when a friend needs mental health support

Not long ago, I had a very close friend of mine experience a major loss. Given the circumstances, they seemed to be coping well. They were going to work, keeping up with their social and sporting commitments and had an extraordinarily well-rehearsed speech they would perform when asked how they were doing. A speech that was so reassuring, it managed to fool even me for months, and now I look back on it, probably over a year. Continue reading ““I’m not ok”: What to do when a friend needs mental health support”

It’s the end of the world as we know it (Except it probably isn’t)

His palms are sweaty, eyes weak, books are heavyThere’s coffee on his sweater already, last-minute studyHe’s nervous, but on the surface he (doesn’t) look calm and readyTo ace exams, but he keeps on forgettin’What he wrote down, the writing time has started nowHe opens the paper, but the words won’t come outHe’s chokin’, how, everybody’s jokin’ nowThe clocks run out, times up, over, blaow! At … Continue reading It’s the end of the world as we know it (Except it probably isn’t)

The ALLY Network: Your safe space at Uni of Newcastle

Students can experience numerous challenges while at university, but for those who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community, these can be especially unique. The University of Newcastle aspires to be an inclusive environment – which is why the ALLY Network is such an important support service. If you’re struggling with your sexual orientation or gender identity, this can be your safe space on campus. … Continue reading The ALLY Network: Your safe space at Uni of Newcastle

How to stop stress from spoiling your relationships

The assignments are piling up, the coffee jitters are starting to affect my handwriting and I can feel the hot breath of exams on the back of my neck. I’m not having fun, and by the look of the hollow eyes and slumped shoulders I see around campus, neither are you. It’s usually at this point that I withdraw from the people around me, become … Continue reading How to stop stress from spoiling your relationships

Why Semester 2 can feel like a struggle

There’s something about second semester that just doesn’t feel right. Regardless of how organised, prepared and motivated I am at the beginning, how much I nag and lecture myself, I just can’t seem to get my sh*t together. I usually begin the semester full of lofty ideals and ready for war. I leave cute little notes around reminding me to keep my chin up, and … Continue reading Why Semester 2 can feel like a struggle