12 tips to get you through Week 12

Eeep, how is it Week 12?

Uni has been full of assignments lately. I took last week off blogging to concentrate on my studies and to enjoy life in general (but it’s nice to be back!).

I finished a big group assignment last week (worth 40%), and it feels like a massive weight has been lifted off my shoulders (phew). Now, I just have to smash out the final few assignments before I can focus on exams.

But hey, the end of semester is near. We’re on the home stretch!

In light of that, here are 12 quick tips to get you through Week 12:

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Breathe, you will get through this

This blog post is to all of you finding it tough at the moment.

Stress is probably at an all-time high during this time of semester. And understandably so.

It’s a crazy time of semester. The stress of assignments, deadlines, exams and everything life has to throw at you can be very overwhelming.

And if you’re feeling like that at the moment…trust me, you are definitely not alone. I can think of a few other thousand students at uni who may be feeling the same way.

Sometimes, uni isn’t fun and games

I’ve had some of the best times of my life at uni, and also some of the darkest times here.

One of the biggest things that gets to me is the academic pressure at uni. I find it really hard to keep up with all the work and stay somewhat sane!

And you know, sometimes shit just happens.

Whether that be relationship break-ups, a death of a family member, or in my case – being bullied by a Masters student last semester…sometimes things beyond our control happens. And yes, it really really sucks.

Whatever your situation may be, remember that you don’t have to go through this alone. There are people who can help you.

Getting professional help

The University offers a range of free services on campus. I won’t go through all of them here, but you can check them out here: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/

I think 2 of the most relevant services that can help us at the moment are Academic Skill and Counselling and Psychological Services.

If you are facing academic-related problems such as how to write an essay, referencing, study tips etc., check out Academic Skills. They are a godsend, who have helped me on many occasions.

I highly recommend their iTutes, which are one-on-one appointments with an advisor who can help with almost everything. I always book an iTute to go over an assignment to see how I can improve on it etc.

If everything’s getting too much for you, and you want to talk to someone about it, there is a free counselling service on campus.

Do be aware that counselling sessions book out quickly, especially during this time of semester. Don’t be discourage if you can’t get an immediate appointment with them. There are emergency walk-in appointments available too.

My one tip with both of these services is that if an advisor or a staff member doesn’t suit you, keep changing advisors till you find one you like!

There’s absolutely no shame in asking for help.

Don’t feel like you’re burdening or worrying people by asking for their help. Because you’re not.

From experience, you’re doing more harm than good by keeping everything to yourself.

You are not weak because you are reaching out for help.

Look out for your friends

If your friends aren’t doing so well, it’s very worthwhile to check in and see how they’re doing. The littlest things will mean the world to those who are doing it tough.

Things like, a simple text message saying, “Hey you, just thought I’d check in to see how you’re doing. How’s your day?” could mean a lot!

Most importantly, look after yourself

Give yourself some love, you deserve it! Working yourself to the ground isn’t doing you any good.

Breathe. You’re doing great. You will get through this.

Daph

How do I book a room at a Library?

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Possibility one of THE most irritating things in a library, is when people leave their pens and books on tables as a way of reserving a table. Instead of doing that, why not book a study room online?

You can book study rooms in libraries through the ‘BookIt’ system. These rooms are perfect for study groups! Here’s a step by step tutorial on how to do it. It’s all online, and it’s super easy.

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Lecture recordings, y u no work

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Edit: Lecture recordings should be working now! Also, some lectures may not have been recorded between 11am Tues 9 September – 12pm today Wed 10 September. More info about that here: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/pe5n

FIX THE LECTURE RECORDINGS.

PLEASE.

SOMEBODY.

ANYBODY.

FIX IT.

FIX IT NOW.

PLEASEEEEEE.

I’m not sure if lectures have been recording since the system went down yesterday evening, because my lecturers haven’t been able to get the recording thing working today.

Keep an eye on 13 MELB’s facebook/twitter for updates about the situation.

In the meantime…

Applying for exchange

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If you’re thinking of applying for exchange, you’ll want to read this blog post! This post was written by 2nd year Arts student, Reanna Clark who is now off on exchange. She also runs her own awesome blog, You’ll Move Mountains. Check it out!

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Bored with life at Melbourne Uni? I can’t imagine you would be, but if you have an itch to explore the world during your time here, then Global Mobility is your answer!

The Global Mobility website offers all the information you need about getting the most out of your UniMelb experience with an international focus. While the site does offer information about single overseas subjects, today I will be focusing on the application process for exchange.

Trust me when I say it is a long, complicated process! However, it looks as if Global Mobility has changed and the process is now mostly online! You young whipper snappers don’t have to kill a million trees like I did back in my day.

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