Get involved and use your time wisely advises third-year Industrial Design student Edric Verbeek-Martin, who has some pointers for students making the transition from high school to university. 

  1. Get involved. Find things that you love doing and commit to them. This is good for keeping you sane at university for when you eventually start looking for a job. It shows that you are committed and ready to go the extra mile. There are a whole range of clubs and societies to get involved in, and if you can’t find something you like, start a new one!
  2. Get organised early. Write up your timetable in your calendar, and put in assessment dates in the first week of semester. Buy some folders and stationary early. Clean and organise your room. By getting in early and having a method, you’ll make it easier for yourself.
  3. Introduce yourself. While at first it might be hard to relate to your teachers, they will become a valuable resource. Get in early and make some connections. Introduce yourself. Chances are the connections you make will make a difference at some point down the line.
  4. Be open to new experiences. There is a never-ending source of new experiences and people to meet at university. By being open to them and enjoying the company of others you can really increase your enjoyment at university – and maybe find a new passion while you’re at it.
  5. Use public transport or get a bike. Driving to uni can be expensive and time consuming. If you live close by, ride a bike.
  6. Take time off. Uni life can get hectic. Sometimes you need to take time off to remember what’s important and why you’re doing it.
  7. Make a friend in the year above. They can give you insights into what lies ahead, as well as help with assignments and areas you need to concentrate on to succeed.
  8. Use your time wisely. No one cares if you don’t go to class. But they are there for a reason. You can get tips from your tutors to let you know what is coming up and how you can best spend your time.
  9. Don’t be afraid to change degrees. If you find you’re studying something you don’t like, find another path that you are going to enjoy.
  10. Go on exchange. Pass/fail courses while you’re abroad, uni fees paid on HECS, and time in another country – what’s not to love? 

Visit the Future Students website for more information on getting started at UNSW. The University's Learning Centre also offers a range of resources to assist students with adjusting to university life. 

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