Welcome to 2020!

Welcome! It’s the beginning of a bright new year here at Flinders University and there is a lot going on! So, in this short blog, I’m going to share some links to help you get your head around everything that’s happening.


Firstly, I want to share this ABC News article with you all, ‘University Tips From Indigenous Students’. Author Carol Rääbus sat down with two Indigenous students just like you to find out what they did to get by and what advice they have for new starters.

The Orientation Program is packed and I suggest you check it out (even if you’re not new here) to find out what’s going on and how you can set yourself up for the new year. There’s support stalls, club info, games and comedy, campus tours, academic preparation lectures and MEG MAC!! It’s huge. But no stress if you can’t make it to campus, because there’s lots of stuff online, just like …

If you want some excellent information about getting started at Flinders, check out the new Finding Your Way at Flinders FLO page. It takes you through a TONNE of important information for getting started and set up here at Flinders like:

  • What is a university?
  • How do you get around Flinders?
  • What services can you access?
  • Finding your purpose while studying
  • Understanding your program
  • The keys to success
  • Preparing for week one

You can go through each of the modules at your own pace and get not only some important information about starting your study, but practice using some of the FLO and online skills you’ll need here at Flinders.


We also had our Yunggorendi Orientation Program here last week but again, no stress if you missed it. You can access all of the workshops, lectures and materials on our Yunggorendi Student Hub FLO page. There you’ll find the incredible Associate Professor Simone Ulalka Tur’s ‘Indigenous Identity’ lecture, as well as some academic preparation lectures by yours truly, such as Transition to Uni, Note-Taking and Assignments How-To.

I also highly recommend checking out Dr Gareth Furber’s Health and Wellbeing blog. Gareth is amazing and publishes about a whole range of useful topics like:

  • Mindfulness for academic success
  • Tips for managing your stress and anxiety
  • How to deal with procrastination
  • Developing good habits
  • And so much more!

Basically any question you might have about how to look after yourself and manage your wellbeing while studying, Gareth has answered!


If you haven’t already, check out some of the Flinders action on Facebook to keep updated about what’s going on. There’s Overheard at Flinders for general gossip and updates (and occasional public meltdowns), then there’s the Flinders Textbook Buy and Sell page (very important if you want to save some moolah on your textbooks!) and there’s also Overparked at Flinders, which is for keeping tabs on the car-parking situation (which is out of control here at Flinders!) While you’re there, be sure to join FISA, the Flinders Indigenous Student Association. It’s a student run support and advocacy group who run all kinds of social and support events.


Finally, be sure to check out some of my earlier blogs and videos designed to help get you started at Flinders. There’:


Don’t forget, everyone here at Yunggorendi is here to help you! Drop in and see us, give us a call or shoot us an email. We can help get you enrolled in classes, apply for funding, scholarships or accomodation, advocate for you, provide academic support, one-on-one tutoring and counselling. We also have weekly lunches and regular workshops and events, so don’t be afraid to reach out!


That’s all from me for now. Enjoy your new semester at Flinders!

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