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THE AGE • MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010
THE best thing about going to university is
being able to concentrate on the subjects that
you are passionate about, says Jodie Martin-
Blick, manager, Onshore Student Recruitment
Office at Monash University.
"You get to really focus and discover and
explore something you're really passionate
about, hopefully with other people that feel
the same way."
In fact you may even find that you fit in
better at university than you did at school,
she says, especially if your passion is a niche
subject. "While it may have been something
that you might have been known at school as
being a bit strange for, here you join a club,"
she says, laughing.
Martin-Blick is keen to debunk some
of the fears and misconceptions first-year
students may have about going to university.
"I think they need to remember there are
still lots of services and plenty of people on
campus to assist them," she says. "Orientation
is now part of the official start of the uni
year. Centrelink even pays benefits from
Orientation (week), recognising that there
are a lot of resources put in to make that
transition as smooth as possible."
The difference is at university you are
considered an adult, so need to seek
out these things yourself.
up and not
We can't call
and dad and
say 'Hey, can
you help us out
here?' But help is
One of the
best resources for
finding out about
university is their
University's site www.
edu.au is an excellent
resource and there is even
an anonymous blog by
students talking about the realities of starting
out.The government website www.goingtouni.
gov.au is also a wealth of information.
But starting university can still be
daunting, as Starr Brenton, now in her
second year of law at Deakin
"I found first year very
overwhelming and isolating," she says.
"I felt like I had gone from a CEO at high
school to an intern who barely knew how to
use the car-parking ticket machine, let alone
have a lecturer know your name."
It was easier to shy away from university
events, Starr says, which she now regrets. "I
think it really helps if you try to
get involved as much as you
can. It's one of those mantras
that you will hear in excess of
1000 times in O-week but it
is so true."
changed for Starr.
"Deakin has a real focus
on committees, social
events and parties,
which really helped
me to want to attend
university as I could
get involved and
have so much fun
with my friends
She is now part
of the Deakin
students to make a
Your transition will also be affected by
the university you choose, Starr says. Picking
one close to home is a good first step as it will
influence travelling time. "This has prevented
so many of my friends making it to lectures,
which is half the battle when you are out of
the confines of high school and it becomes
your responsibility to attend or not."
The online facilities are also important,
she says. "The reality is that when you are
Excitement, fear and
relief are a few of the
emotions you may feel
when thinking about
going to university.
But what's it really like?
Jane Cafarella talks to
those who have been
there and done that.
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