It’s the start of the new semester – welcome back everyone, and to those of you who are here for the first time, welcome to Flinders!
The new semester can come with a bunch of mixed feeling. The break is over, which is a bummer, but there are lots of new and exciting things on the horizon.
It might be good to spend some time this week thinking about your schedule and doing some planning. Make sure you check out your FLO pages, your Topic Handbooks (if they’re out yet!), make sure you can access your readings, and do a bit of time management. I have lots of blog posts about how to get prepared in all those areas just in case you’re feeling a bit nervous about any of it!
If it’s your first time here, welcome! If I didn’t meet you at the orientation program, my name’s Lauren and I’m the study skills advisor. You can pop in to see me next door to the Tjilbruke Student Lounge for all kinds of academic help – essay writing, referencing, research help, structure, time management – whatever! I also run this blog, and if you have any ideas for content, or want to me involved in any way, shoot me an email!
You might also want to check out some of my Transition to Uni posts, because there’s a lot of stuff you’re going to go through and feel in these first few weeks, so knowing what to look out for can help you adjust. Plus, you can hopefully learn some strategies to help you transition and what to expect in the crazy academic world!
Remember that you can sign up for YTP (the Yunggorendi Tutorial Program) if you want someone to help you do your best in your subjects. Your tutor is there to support you, help keep you accountable, and be someone you can bounce your ideas and knowledge off of in a safe and relaxed space. They’re not there to hassle you! They’re a resource to help you be your best, so use them! Also, they’re totally free!! That’s amazing – private tutoring is like $50 an hour minimum, so I can’t recommend taking advantage of this service highly enough – even if you don’t think you need it! Just jump on over to the website to sign up.
It’s also O-Week this week, which means there’s a bunch of activities you can go to. FUSA has the deets, including the schedule and links to events.
Monday there’s clubs and stalls. If you’re not already a member of a club, why not join? They can be a great way to meet other students and feel part of the community. (May I recommend joining FISA, the Flinders Indigenous Student Association, perhaps?) Plus, there’s a FREE LUNCH at 12! There’ll also be live music, free popcorn, face painting and caricatures.
Tuesday the clubs and stalls are back in central, plus they’ll be in Sturt. So if you’re stationed down there most of the time, get along and check it out! There’ll also be another FREE LUNCH at 12!
Wednesday is market day, which means there’ll be a range of stores selling lots of cool bespoke stuff (I love the succulent stand – I hope they’re back!) There’s also a quiz night at The Tav from 5:30 – 7.
Thursday there’ll be a bunch of food trucks around (yaaasss!)
FUSA also has a handy guide to getting started if you’re new to Flinders!
There is also a Welcome Back Lunch next Thursday the 8th August. Come along and say hi, share what you got up to over the break and eat some fine free food! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for catering if you want to come along!
We hope to see you there!
That’s all for now. If you have any ideas for blog content, or anything you’d like to see on the blog, please let me know! I’m also on the look out for some student contributors, so if you want to test out your blog chops, send me an email at email@example.com!
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