Congratulations, you have officially made it! All those late nights studying and revising have ultimately led you to your new home here at Deakin University. Now, as a third-year student, it is my duty to give you some extremely important info about how to get through those first few nail-biting weeks, so listen up…
First Things First
You’re not alone. I know what you’re thinking because I know you’ve heard this from anyone who’s ever tried to give you a pep talk about Uni. But when I say you’re not alone, you’re genuinely not – you’re swimming in a sea of over 53,000 fish. Consider yourself as Nemo… eager, adventurous, positive and curious. These traits will not only help you smash your goals one by one, but will also help you create lifelong friendships and relationships before that first-due-date-stress sets in!
Stuff Will Happen
Take a page (or 100) out of my book and try to avoid ending up on the Deakin University Stalker Space FB page for being “that person”. I was “that person”. I was the one who ended up lost on campus and then walked in halfway during my full lecture to a practically silent room. Trust me, it will probably happen, but if you download the Deakin Scout app and be early, you might just avoid that embarrassing moment.
I was the one who thought your tutors constantly remind you about when assignments are due – hot hint: it’s not like high school, they don’t. I was the one who freaked out when I saw a D on my assignment without knowing how uni marking works (if you got a D, you did good!). I’m currently in my third year of university and I’m still “that person”, but it’s totally okay because every day on campus or online is a new learning experience, and if you end up being “that person”, you will be joining a long list of others before you.
Have you heard about DUSA? I hope so, because it is the student association at Deakin University that will completely and utterly change your uni life forever! If you do one thing in your first year at uni, make a commitment to yourself to join DUSA and get involved in their clubs, trips, events and courses. You’ll become a part of their exclusive, yet very inclusive, community and have some pretty sophisticated merch to prove it. DUSA is for students; run by students to enhance your time at uni. Take advantage of them and I swear you won’t have any regrets.
Finally, work hard! Grasp every opportunity that comes your way because the next three years will be gone in a blink. Before you know it, you’ll be sitting in a job interview beginning the next chapter of your life and saying goodbye to your uni days. Good luck. You’ll smash it.
From a third-year student.