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Beyond the books
Newsflash: going to Uni is not just about studying and passing exams. Sure, that’s a really important aspect not to be underestimated, but there’s also so much more to the whole student experience than simply a number at the end.
Thinking about classes and juggling assignment deadlines can be so absorbing that it’s easy to keep your eyes down and focus purely on the books.
But remember, University has the potential to provide some of the best memories of your life. So, take the time to put the books away, look up and get yourself involved.
As a student accommodation provider, we are here to help. Check out our tips for five ways to get the most out of Uni. You won’t regret it!
1. Join the club
O-Week can be a daunting affair. You sign up for a whole bunch of activities – all with good intention – but barely make it along to any. By the time Semester 2 arrives, it’s like a bad memory. Time for a rethink. Clubs are a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and hone some useful tools like public speaking, communication and leadership. It also sets you apart from other students and shows a willingness to muck in, take part and contribute to Uni life. If there’s nothing that actually takes your fancy, challenge yourself and simply start up your own!
Volunteering is a great way to give back to Uni life, to get involved and meet a whole bunch of people along the way. It’s the perfect opportunity to indulge a personal passion, to take on a project and help it come to fruition, or to create a new venture. Whether you are keen to champion sustainability, support a charity or help with workshops, there is always a volunteer role that needs filling. It’s a great way to find out more about the local community and as an added perk, volunteering will also improve your employment factor demonstrating your can-do positive attitude and generosity of spirit.
3. Go along to everything!
Throwing yourself straight in to Uni life is one of the quickest and best ways to just jump in and get involved. Embracing campus events as well as the social circuit is a well-tested way to achieve a sense of belonging that is so important when it comes to feeling settled. Whether it’s on Uni campus, or back home at Iglu there is always something interesting going on, and an opportunity to make those memories that you will carry forever.
4. Get some work experience
Use the opportunity to meet a new crowd, boost your budget and develop some relevant skills at the same time. Not only is it a great antidote to studying, it also means you regularly interact with the outside world at the same time and meet a group of entirely different individuals you might not have ordinarily come across. The trick is to keep your hours low so as not to impact your learning. It can also be really useful when looking for placements or applying for jobs.
5. Explore and discover
Don’t forget to keep your eyes up and explore where you are living! Australia is a beautiful place with so much to see and discover. Now is the perfect time where you have the freedom and flexibility to do just that. It doesn’t have to be exotic or expensive. A simple walking tour of the local area will engage you physically and mentally with your new community.
Remember, you will also find lots of cool opportunities to engage with your fellow residents at Iglu. Beyond just being your student accommodation, we are here to help you find the right balance between your books and beyond.
By Jael Livingstone