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If you’re just starting university, you’re about to embark on one of the most exciting and interesting periods of you life. But making the transition from VCE to uni can seem quite daunting. It’s common for new students to worry about what university life is really like so we’re here to help ease your nerves by separating myth from reality.


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MYTH: First year doesn’t matter
Reality: While it’s understandable that you will still be finding your feet during your first year, it's still important to put in the effort. The skills you learn in the first year of your studies will lay the foundation for the remainder of your time at university. Also keep in mind that some of the units you do in your first year may be called upon in second year, so try to keep focused!

MYTH: I will be on my own
Reality: Independence is important to a successful life at uni, but this doesn’t mean you have to do everything alone. We have plenty of support services on offer, and if you ever find yourself stuck it a rut, the last thing you need to do is panic! We have full-time staff in Student Services who are always happy to assist, and remember there are plenty of students who may be in the same situation as you, so it’s worth asking around.

MYTH: I can’t seek help from lecturers
Reality: Contrary to popular belief, lecturers are very approachable and friendly people! The reason they teach the units they do is because the enjoy it and want their students to enjoy it as well. So if you have any concerns or questions in regards to course material, they are always more than happy to assist.

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MYTH: Attendance won’t help me pass
Reality: No one can force you to attend lectures. In saying that, though, attending as many lectures and tutorials will certainly give you an advantage, not only academically, but also socially. You’ll have the chance to interact with both teachers and peers, and ask questions that you wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to do. Many students also develop friendships during classes, so it is definitely worth the effort!

MYTH: My degree won’t help me find a job
Reality: While you don’t need a degree to land a job, the reality is that without one it may be very difficult to find a career that’s suited to you. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to sit down and cram in every single word of your reading material during your time at university and graduate top of your class. There are multiple ways that you can make your degree stand out from the rest when searching for your ideal job. Obviously high grades help, but practical learning is also a huge factor for many employers. So consider putting yourself out there – you can study abroad, seek an internship, or join clubs/societies to separate yourself from the rest.

MYTH: I can’t change my degree
Reality: If you start a degree before realising it’s not quite for you, there is no need to fret. In fact, it’s pretty common for students to change degrees midway through their course to something that is more suited to them, and course advisers are happy to assist with any questions you may have. You may even be eligible to bring units across as credit, which will shorten your degree time too!

MYTH: I can’t change my units
Reality: Just because you have selected units, it doesn’t mean you are locked in to them. After starting a unit, you may find that it isn’t quite right for you or that it’s a little too difficult, but that’s okay! This is why there are generous cut-off dates available. If you wish to discontinue a unit, you have up until the census date to do so. If you’re unsure of the dates, they are easily accessible online.

MYTH: I can wing my exams
Reality: Exams can be a stressful time for students, particularly when you can have up to four in the space of a week. To cope with the pressure, it is important for you to prepare as best as possible. Throughout each semester you will develop study techniques that work for you, and your teachers will always be on hand to guide you through what you can expect in your exam. Preparation is key, so try to prepare as much as possible to avoid panicking during your exams.

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