Your Uni Survival Guide
Uni in a nutshell:
A place where casual clothed youthful looking people are in a state of bewilderment, confused as to what the damn hell is going on and where we strive for complacency, just enough to get by.
Someone older than their 20’s, usually ridiculously smart and are a constant reminder of your lack of motivation. They usually finish their assignments much, much earlier than the due date, read concepts ahead and take group assignments v very seriously. If you’re ever in a group assignment with these kinds of people, you really need to step up your game.
These are the people who teach you the content and blab on about some info ie. a teacher but we call them facilitators now because we are adults, therefore we shall use a more complicated sounding word.
This is a seminar - like in high school when a guest speaker came and you sat in a theatre and daydreamed listened to the speaker. Never turn up late to these because then you’ll have to attempt to find an empty seat with an array of onlookers staring into the depths of your soul. Or heck, maybe don’t even go? Watch it online like I did because they usually record the lectures and have them available online - some may call it laziness, I call it practical as you're spending less time getting to and from there and more time... um... studying?
These are set out like a classroom - with tables, chairs a whiteboard and whatnot. ie. it’s pretty much like school all over again except this time you wear casual clothes. Unlike high-school, you can leave a tutorial earlier without being death stared and placed under the teacher’s wrath.
A more hands on approach to learning. They can vary depending on your course but always involve some snazzy equipment. For me, practicals involved cooking with fancy utensils that made me feel like I was on Masterchef. Felt like a boss walking to my pracs, knowing I had two sharp and large as knives ready to attack if anyone was ever all up in mah grill…
The worst of them all (for me anyway). My knowledge of scientific equipment was nill when I started and to be frank, throughout these I was clueless. Be social in these - this allows you to complete lab tasks with others together so you can be confused together and hopefully complete the lab tasks in a civilised and perhaps the correct manner. Always rock up to these on time because they take an arm and a leg to complete.
The ridiculously specific bibliography technique that will be the death of you. Plagarism at uni is taken v seriously and every phrase that is not your opinion must be referenced - both in the essay/assignment (in-text reference) and in the reference list at the bottom of your essay/assignment in your reference list.
Popular uni phrases:
“I haven’t done it either”
“BUT WHAT DO I WEAR”
“It’s just a lecture”
“What is this APA?”
In all seriousness, do make the most of your time at uni - It’s a time where you can explore your interests and potential career choices, meet new people (some of which you may never have spoken to) and learn about an abundance of concepts. Bare in mind, it does involved a lot of hard work, but I guess it’s all worth it in the end if you’re studying something you really have an interest in!
Study smart and no one really cares about what you wear,
- Andrea x