Aidan is an Italian Honours student at the University of Melbourne and one of our sub-editors here at Unimelb Adventures. When he’s not studying (i.e. struggling to write his thesis) in the Baillieu library, you’ll find him taking photographs around Melbourne or learning another foreign language.
Every student has his or her pet peeves about the things that happen around campus. Whilst we usually bite our tongues and ignore the aggravating habits of a few, given the opportunity, the Unimelb Adventures community has spoken out and listed the things they wished were illegal (or just found incredibly annoying) around campus at the University of Melbourne.
Here are the top 21 things that the Unimelb Adventures community came up with, accompanied by what is probably your GIF limit for the week.
1. Walking up the left side of the stairs in the Baillieu library when there’s clearly marked sign that says ‘Stick to the right’!
2. Leaving your stuff on desks to ‘reserve’ it in the library during SWOTVAC (for more that 10 minutes)
3. Library renovations during semester #Baillieulibrary
4. Eating any kind of loud or strong-smelling food in libraries and study spaces
5. Unrecorded lectures
6. Two exams on the same day, or four in same number of days
7. Being harassed by hundreds of student politicians during student elections
8. Not being able to gain access to the Baillieu library without fighting your way through a group of activists daily
9. Or Union House as people at Boost have no idea how to form an orderly line.
10. Tutors who never respond to emails
11. The cost of textbooks, even with the Co-op discount #Ididntneedmyotherkidneyanyway
12. Taking the lift to the second (i.e. first) level in Redmond Barry
13. Being forced to take the stairs to level 10 to make it to your tutorial on time as the aforementioned ‘people’ unnecessarily use the lift in Redmond Barry
14. 9am classes. Or even worse, 8am classes
15. When people book study rooms just to hang out with their friends
16. Tourists blocking your path around old quad
17. Anyone walking at 0.01km/h and blocking your path when you’re running late for a tutorial
18. Car parking costs (and the lack of free parking available)
19. Group assignments
20. Students from the next lecture barging in before the previous group has a chance to leave
21. Being denied a free end-of-exam crêpe at Carte Crêpes because you only chose subjects with take-home exams
Have we missed something? Let us know about some of the things that annoy you most on campus by commenting below!
Aidan is an Italian Honours student at the University of Melbourne and one of our sub-editors at Unimelb Adventures. When he’s not studying (ie. struggling to write his thesis) in the Bailieu library, you’ll find him taking photographs around Melbourne or attempting to learn another foreign language.
“So….. What are your plans for after university?”.
Whilst it’s tempting to try and avoid answering the question and joke about “staying at university for the rest of your life”, at some point you’re going to have to start thinking about the future and start applying for those jobs and internships.
The next problem that you have to face is how to turn those 3+ years of essay writing, group assignment nightmares, and mid-semester breakdowns into some kind of professional-sounding experience. This is particularly difficult as satisfying the selection criteria for job applications when graduation day finally rolls around, or even during university when you’re applying for internships, does not usually involve “pulling all-nighters before assignments before nights are due” and “pub crawls”.
Satisfying all the criteria for jobs is particularly difficult as the demands of university, including its social aspects, don’t really leave you with the best opportunity to go out and get the experience required for your dream position.
Even if you have worked throughout your university degree, sometimes your extensive experience as a barista and your exceptional latte art skills aren’t going to be the best opening line of your application. The solution? Getting involved around campus.
Not only is getting involved a great way to pad your resume; it’s a great opportunity to make friends, learn new skills and follow your passions. As someone who is currently applying for a series of graduate programs and jobs, I’ve found myself drawing on some of these university experiences and extracurricular activities in order to satisfy some of the essential criteria for certain applications. Even with limited time after my study and part-time work (have to pay rent somehow), I’ve managed to find a few key extracurricular activities to help prepare me for life in the big world.
Some of these include: being a committee member for the Italian Social Club, a sub-editor/writer for Unimelb Adventures, and a Model UN delegate with the Melbourne International Relations Society. Whilst these are my personal examples, there are a myriad of groups you can get involved in a wide-range of roles and responsibilities you can undertake in order to prepare you for the professional world.
Some of the things prospective employers are looking for
Strong oral and written communication
Working under pressure
Above are some of the most common criteria that employers look for. Now you may think that you can use just your university studies for the majority of these skills, and this may be true for some of them. However, it is also great to have some experience outside of just your university studies to draw upon when you’re applying for jobs and internships, and extracurricular activities are perfect! For example, my experience as a Model UN delegate involved debating other students – ie. ‘strong’ oral communication skills – and experience analysing and researching international issues. I also spoke about my experience as a committee member for the Italian Social Club and how that helped develop skills relating to time management, organisation and teamwork as I worked with other committee members to organise and run events for the club, whilst balancing other commitments. Even my short time with Unimelb Adventures has come in handy as I speak about ‘meeting strict deadlines’ related to coordinating with writers to edit articles in preparation for publishing.
Whilst it’s important to try and put your best foot forward, it’s also a good idea not to over-exaggerate your role and experience when applying for your jobs. Whilst it may be tempting to say you pioneered a project that stopped climate change, or that you speak 7 languages, if you are lucky enough to progress to the interview round, you are likely to be further questioned on this experience. So be honest, you’d be surprised what kind of skills you develop through these experiences and how you can use them to your advantage.
As there are so many extracurricular activities you can be involved in around campus, it’s also important to make sure that they are the ones you are going to enjoy the most. Whilst it may be tempting to choose only the ones that will stand out your resume, or to employ a cutthroat Frank Underwood-esque approach in your rise to become President (of that society), my advice it to also follow your passions, and it may even help your studies!
For example, my role as a committee member of the Italian Social Club is driven by my love of the Italian language, culture, food, a passion that I wish to share with others. It also ties back to my studies and family history, and it gives me even more opportunities to speak Italian!
Interested in getting involved? Check out this list of all the official clubs and societies on campus or read Alain Nguyen’s blogpost about more opportunities.
For more tips on applying for jobs and internships, check out the Unimelb Careers page for more advice from seasoned professionals