Are you a new student and wondering what life at Deakin is really like? Then what better way than to hear about it from other senior students? This blog is written by senior Deakin students who have been there, done that. Read all about what they have to say so when you come to Deakin, life is just that little bit easier.
Looking out from the fourth floor 24 hour computer lab window with ear phones in to help me focus (Beyoncé-Who rule the world - girls) I notice orientation is on again for first years.
Oh did you hear that? A tone of, "yes been there done that!"
There are endless lines of students following trustingly. I remember following and thinking; Oh Bleep how am I going to remember how to find the car again? As I was lacking in Hansel and Gretel breadcrumbs I tried remembering particular points to no avail. I felt like I was in a game of follow the leader but the only problem was at some point the leader would say bye and abandon and hide, laughing from behind the bushes.
Embarrassingly I did get lost! Even with the campus map. I kept looking for the letters on doorways and then found they were on the sides of the buildings. I did eventually find my bottle green Toyota corolla (Myrtle the turtle - Yes, I did name my first car, doesn't everyone!)
Later on I joined yet another line to have my photo taken for my student card. As they handed it to me I noticed I had a number and it was official, I had my license to learn. Reality kicked in...
Year 12 was over and now university had begun.
I heard the words lecture, tutorials, DSO, Unit guide, Faculty and something about a star. What did they say- we have to register to be a star? Apparently to my disappointment it was the online timetabling system to register for classes, not a Deakin’s' Got Talent Search.
I had information overload by the end of the week, I thought I listened and absorbed everything.
But apparently I had not.
I didn't know the difference between a lecture and a tutorial. I turned up with all my books to the lecture and tried in vain to write every word down, only to be told at the end of the lecture that the slides would be posted on DSO that evening. Then I turned up to the tutorial without any books expecting to sit and listen like in the lecture with 400 others. No, a big mistake, the tutorial was a class of about 20 and I was the only one without my books avoiding the tutor's glance as they asked for a response.
I was however impressed with myself that I managed the online timetable system (STAR) with ease. I even managed to fit all my classes into two days! Woo hoo three days free a week!
Soon my joy turned to disappointment as my timetable was not workable. Did I mention there is no recess or lunch bell at all? I needed to arrange my classes to allow time for breaks. I also realised I booked in for a tutorial on opposite sides of campus. Let’s just say for the physically challenged with the ten minutes between classes I learnt my lesson. The next trimester I learnt to balance my days to allow for breaks, study and yes tracking across campus.
First year was a challenge. I didn't know a single person on day one. I can't remember how many times I said, “Hi!" and "What are you studying?” as opposed to prison talk of "What are you in for?". Having friends on-campus helped.
I understand now it took time to adjust, learn new skills, make friends and most of all settle in.
I am so temped to say something to some first years trying to decipher a campus map. I stop myself, instead I say excuse me as I pass through to the vending machine to swipe my Deakin card and collect my Lychee Tea.
"I found it; we are here, so the library is building V which is that way!”