Category Archives: Campus Ambassadors

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Movin’ On Up! (The transition from high school to uni)

To start, a massive congrats to the high school class of 2012, and for some of you 2011! You’ve now made two of three transitions, from primary to high school, and from high school to uni. The last, as you’ve probably guessed, is from uni to the ‘real world’.

Going to university is a uniquely terrifying experience, but you’ve already endured enrollment day, so relax, the worst is over. Believe me, I’m not joking – enrollment day sucks with the queues, trekking to approximately four different buildings, etc. This is the worst day you’ll have at uni, so welcome to the fun side!

Firstly, uni is so much better than high school.

You’ll probably have a lot more free time, and if you’re an Arts student, chances are you’ll be on-campus for about 3 days a week, which means four-day weekends! Even better, you don’t have to start at 8.30am every day – if you want, you can rig your timetable to start at midday (helloooo sleeping in!).

So, what to expect in your first few weeks:

  • You are going to get lost at least once; come to terms with that fact and you’ll feel much better (if you’re really panicking, ask someone if they know where your building is!)
  • If you sit at the end of an empty row in a lecture theatre, you’re probably going to get an awkward lap dance from someone trying to get into that row. Your best chance of avoiding this is to sit closer to the middle of the row. See my YouTube clip below on how to further avoid these awkward situations.
  • Don’t be afraid to talk in tutorials, it’s actually encouraged and is a great way to meet people
  • Be prepared to start working right away – your lecturers might go easy on you in week one, but that’s all the leeway you’ll get

If you’re going to college and living away from home for the first time, guess what? You’re going to have so much fun, because A) you get to live on campus, which means you get more sleeping time than the rest of us, B) you’re going to get a whole new set of friends who are always nearby, and C) there are the uni events, which are always epic!

All you really need to know is that uni isn’t anywhere near as scary as it seems. You might have just finished high school, but you won’t have the little fish/big pond syndrome that happened when you got to year 8. Pretty much everyone on campus is crazy nice, and no one cares if you’re a first year or fifth year student, so welcome to uni, and good luck!

 

As promised earlier, here’s my YouTube clip on how to tackle tricky lecture etiquette… I like to call it Letiquette

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Oprah…? Dr. Phil…? Anybody…?

Frasier Crane always opened his fictional show with the classic line “I’m listening”, but if you’re dealing with depression or anxiety, who can you call on for help? Sadly, Oprah, Dr. Phil, and Frasier aren’t around when you need them.

What many people may not realise is that whatever you need help with, whether it be depression, anxiety, or even legal aid, you can find assistance pretty easily. There are a multitude of people on campus who can help with a variety of issues, as well as many independent organizations, some of which you’ve undoubtedly heard of.

Who to talk to on campus

…To argue your case

If you need legal aid and/or advice, but can’t afford expensive attorneys’ fees, take advantage of the services offered by your SRC (Student Representative Council), as most will have a solicitor on campus who can provide you with free legal advice regarding anything from criminal law to university disputes.

…If you’re feeling blue, feeling low, and don’t know where to go

Most unis have a free counselling and psychological services departments (usyd’s is CAPS) that can provide face-to-face service, as well as online support for those who don’t have the time or are too embarrassed to visit in person. This is the place to go if you’re feeling anxious about exams or assessments, having trouble at home, or facing any other issue you can think of. Dealing with depression or anxiety can be difficult for anyone, and whether you want individual counselling, group counselling, or just some meditation exercises to help you manage your stress, checking out your uni website for more info is a good place to start!

Off-Campus Help

There are so many organizations tackling depression and anxiety, but here are two that deal with youth issues in particular:

  • Beyond Blue: a national initiative to combat depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder
  • Kids Helpline: For young people (aged up to 25), Kids Helpline provides a free over-the-phone counselling service that is completely confidential

 

On a lighter note, find out which celebrities Sydney Uni students would book a counselling appointment with (assuming they were qualified, of course)!

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What’s the plan, Stan?

Ok so you’re at uni for three to four years usually (let’s say six, max) before you can move onto the next stage of your life with that expensive piece of paper under your arm.

Getting through your first year is usually a breeze and it isn’t quite until your second year that you realize you might be here a while. “Sure” you say to yourself, “it’s only this year and next, then I’m done”. But in reality, time slows down to a nano-moment and what was just a review quiz has turned into a task larger than building the Great Wall of China.

With time playing tricks on you it’s best to get a hold of your time management strategies before you’re in the thick of it. Here are my top three planning tips:

Get a calendar or diary

To help keep track of time, I recommend having a diary or calendar you can use to plan ahead. Pop into your local Co-op store and have a gander at the variety of options, and if you come soon there might still be some free calendars out the front.  By using foresight you’ll have less hindsight of how awesome you could have been.

Re-read the unit outline

This might seem trivial for some of you, but it’s the same as signing an important document. Know what you’re agreeing to and when things are going to be due, read it and then read it again. Even have your friend read it to you if they are committed enough. When building a study plan the foundations of due dates are incredibly important.

Prioritize

This is always a difficult part of building a time management plan.  Some people prefer to get the easy stuff out of the way first and give more time for the difficult tasks, others attempt the task they will enjoy the most first. This is of course fine, end everyone is different but usually leave the enjoyable stuff till last to help motivate you through the boring bits. Of course if you find it all boring there’s not much you can do about that except knock it over ASAP! My tip would be to manage your energy, and once you can do that, manage your time and you’ll have an effective study plan!

And another couple of tips for good luck… 

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Do You Have the Best Job on Campus?

130000-BestJob_640x290Probably not, unless you’re one of our sparkling new Co-op Campus Ambassadors! The CCAs, as we have affectionately dubbed them, rolled up their sleeves and put in the hard yards to battle it out in the Co-op’s ‘Best Job on Campus’ promotion last year. With a 250-word entry and a creative YouTube clip, five superstars won our hearts to become the successful candidates who will represent the Co-op at a uni campus near you.

So what makes this the best job, I hear you ask? Basically, the role requires the CCAs to have their fingers on the uni pulse, and to be the eyes and ears on campus. They actually get paid to blog (read: watch this space), post status updates, take photos, attend social events, create fun video clips, and spread good Co-op cheer around campus.

So, without further ado and in no particular order, we present your CCAs for Semester One, 2013! (Insert 90’s game show music here):

Inez at University of Sydney. Inez loves sleeping in and eating cookies (not necessarily in that order).

Mervin at University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Mervin loves the colour green and his unique quirky personality (we concur!).

Sebastian at University of Canberra. Seb enjoys krumping in his study and juggling kiwifruit (at the same time, dare we ask?).

Joshua at University of Melbourne. Josh loves making dad jokes and lives for puns (connection there, perhaps).

Iori at University of the Sunshine Coast. Iori used to be a Japanese reality TV star and doesn’t consider herself a ‘girly girl’ (can we have your autograph?).

So there you have it folks, your line up for this semester’s CCAs. Keep an eye out for them at their campus (if that happens to be yours too) and be sure to say ‘hi’ if you see them around.