The Other Co-op

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You are drinking a flat white. You are always drinking a flat white. You squeeze your keep cup tightly. It is almost empty. You wander the halls of Union House, searching for another flat white. You don’t remember the last time you weren’t drinking a flat white.

Someone from the Socialist Alternative hands you a flyer. You have never been sure as to whether the Socialist Alternative is a socialist club that is alternative to the current administration or an alternative to socialism. You are too afraid to ask, or maybe too afraid to know.

Someone else hands you a flyer. So many hands reach out to you, with so many different coloured flyers,  invading your space and your mind.

The line to the Tuesday BBQ winds and bends around North Court. It winds and bends around Union House. It winds and bends around the circumference of the University. Flesh sizzles on the BBQ. You drop your head and stare at the pavement. You scream.

The ABBA tribute band performs ‘Dancing Queen’ and the cheers from the crowd drown out your shrieks. You run.

You find yourself on level one of Union House. You are alone. You walk down the hall and turn to the left. You have found what you were looking for; a place to get a flat white. They call themselves the Food Co-Op. You join them over the overpriced hipster cafes to save a dollar on your flat white. And possibly because you feel bad. Should you feel bad? Only after they fill your cup do you realise it is made with soy.

Now you do not feel bad.

You cross the hall. A neon pink OPEN sign beckons you into a small room, or maybe it is a storage closet. You do not know what you are looking for now, but you know you are looking for something.

There is An Unseemly Man in the Book Co-Op. He has been there for years, sitting on a shelf. Is An Unseemly Man a book or a man? You aren’t sure, because it has been so long since you’ve seen anything that is not a textbook. He, or it, continues to sit there judging you; taunting you.

Your lecturer told you that course readers would be available in the Co-Op, but you do not see any readers around you. The volunteer on duty informs you that this is not that Co-Op. This Co-Op and that Co-Op do not co-operate. No one has ever been able to find both this Co-op and that Co-op within one day.

You look for your textbook. Your lecturer told you to get the fourth edition. You see the third edition and then the fifth. You look on StudentVIP. There is no fourth edition. There has never been a fourth edition.

You buy the fifth edition for $15. Your friend buys the third edition for $150. You chastise her for not visiting this Co-Op. She tells you it does not exist.

The volunteer recommends some fiction. You do not read fiction. You are fiction.

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About the author:

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Daisy is a student in the Masters of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing program and a volunteer at the Book Co-op. She enjoys studying, working out, and screaming into the void.

A Guide to Starting Uni

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Starting uni is definitely an exciting adventure, but it can be confusing at first! Here are some tips to help you get started.

 

Attend orientation camps and events – and it doesn’t matter if you go alone!

The best time to make friends at uni is right at the start. I went to an orientation camp in my first year, and it was there that I made close friends that I still have now, going into my fourth year. You don’t have to have a group of friends to go with – these camps and events are all about making friends, and everyone is so nice. It is super reassuring to see a familiar face on campus on your first day when you might be really nervous! I have made most of my friends at uni through orientation, clubs and volunteering, rather than in classes.

 

Find out where your classes are before the first day

You will probably stop by uni to collect your student card anyway, so make the most of your time on campus and do a ‘trial run’ of finding your classes. As an example – my first ever uni class was on the biology floor of the psychology building – and the class was French! The app ‘Lost on Campus’ is a lifesaver when it comes to finding your way around.

 

Financial Aid

Uni comes with a lot of expenses, so make sure to visit the Financial Aid website, which has many resources and opportunities for financial assistance.

 

Read ahead

One thing I noticed when I started uni was that there was a heavy workload and so many ideas were new to me. It is best to start the year feeling somewhat familiar with what you will be learning, as there will be other things you have to sort out when you first start such as transport, accommodation, social events and finding where things are, so you don’t want to fall behind. Gradually you will see classes on the LMS become ‘available’ on the LMS, which means that you can browse through and take note of when assessments are, as well as have a read through any readings that are available. On this point too…

 

Get organised early

If you have to buy textbooks, it is good to do so before O-Week / Week 1, because there are really long lines at these times. You could go when you go to collect your student card and find your way to your tutorial rooms and lectures. It is also good to check out the university subject handbook and plan your timetable before class registration (hint: there are a lot of uni parties on Thursday nights, so you might not want to schedule too many classes for Friday if possible!). You can find out when registration opens for your subjects here. Make sure to be set up early to get the classes you want – the tutorials either side of lectures fill up SUPER quickly, so make sure you have a Plan B. You can schedule lectures back to back, because they start 5 minutes after the time on the timetable, and finish 5 minutes earlier (so, a 9:00am – 10:00am lecture is really 9:05am – 9:55am). Tutorials (tutes) usually go for the full hour.

 

Set up your laptop and get free Microsoft Office!

More details here.

 

Get ready for those sweet STUDENT DISCOUNTS!

Make sure you sign up for UNiDAYS and Student Edge.

 

Make a Student Connect appointment

I found my Student Connect appointment super helpful when starting uni, as they advised me how to plan my time (I had two jobs) and I felt more confident about starting my university journey afterwards. You can learn more here.

 

Familiarise yourself with at least one library

In my first year, I was so intimidated by the library that I didn’t go in there for about the first eight weeks of semester… and I feel like my life would have been a LOT easier if I had known my way around the library from Week 1. You can have a look around yourself before uni starts, or go on a library tour. I also recommend familiarising yourself with ‘Discovery search’ which will be very helpful for assessments. Basically, you use this search to find academic journal articles, which you will use to support arguments in essays, and for research. You should also sign into your university account with Google Scholar (instructions here, just click on ‘Google Scholar preferences’) so that you can access articles you find on Google Scholar. This is important because you want to be able to access complete texts, which you wouldn’t be able to do otherwise unless you paid for them.

 

Join at least one club

This is a great way to meet people. I joined a whole bunch in first year and then I could choose my favourites to continue attending (I wish I could have attended everything, but there are only so many hours in a day unfortunately!). Here is a list of clubs you could join.

If you have Facebook, make sure to ‘like’ the Facebook pages of clubs and societies to be updated on events and ticket sales. Remember with extremely popular events, people start lining up for tickets earlier than the advertised time.

 

Join a mentoring program

When I was in first year I participated in a mentoring program run by the Faculty of Arts and also one run by the Student Union (UMSU). I found these programs great for making connections and learning tips from older students. I even joined as a volunteer in the UMSU program in my second year.

 

Buy a planner

Another thing you will need for uni is a planner! Now is a good time to buy them as many are on sale. You will have a lot to plan, from work, to club meetings, to events, and most importantly, assessment due dates (which come up sooner than you expect)! Typo have some super cool ones, and there is a Typo store at Melbourne Central station.

 

Plan your transport route

It is good to know exactly what train / bus / tram you will need to catch, and how long it will take, to avoid any unnecessary stress or lateness on your first day of uni. Here are some helpful transport tips:

  • Pretty much every tram going along Swanston St takes you to uni. You can get on at both Flinders Street and Melbourne Central if you need to get the train first
  • There is a ‘Melbourne University’ tram stop, but you can also alight one stop earlier, at Lincoln Square – which might be quicker, depending on where your class is
  • If your train passes through North Melbourne, you’re in luck! Read about the 401 bus that goes from North Melbourne to uni (and vice versa)

 

Wishing you the best of luck for university! :) You’ve got this!

 

 

 

 

My experience studying Arts at Unimelb

Hi readers!

If you haven’t read one of my posts yet, my name is Bella and I have nearly finished the third year of my Arts degree – just one exam to go!

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I remember in high school, there was so much course information out there, it could get quite overwhelming. It is hard to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life while managing all your VCE subjects! I remember that hearing about other students’ experiences in different courses was helpful to me in making my decision, because it’s informative to know what it is like being a student studying what is written in the course guide. So, I’m hoping that this post will be helpful to those who are beginning university studies for the first time, or considering changing courses. Remember that everyone’s university experience is unique – but this is mine.

 

Why this course?

In high school I was a Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholar  – through this program I had visited The University of Melbourne several times. I could feel so much positive energy on campus – it was so welcoming – and stunningly beautiful (as a Harry Potter fan, I loved the Old Quad’s similarity to Hogwarts).

 

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The Old Quad – not a still from a Harry Potter movie!
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Now, this will sound a bit cliché but bear with me: I feel like many prospective students visit multiple universities, and have a moment when they can really see themselves at one. That’s what happened to me at Melbourne – I could really envision myself as a student there. It wasn’t really a single moment for me, but a cumulative effect of me visiting the campus and researching the study options.
Speaking of the study options, that was another part of what made me decide to put the Bachelor of Arts at The University of Melbourne as my first preference. At the end of high school, I had a few career options in mind, but nothing set in stone. I felt like I hadn’t really experienced what the world had to offer yet, and wanted to explore areas I was interested in. I ended up doing well in high school – not only because of the wonderful teachers I had – but also because I followed my interests all the way through. If you’re passionate about something, that motivates you to work hard, and you get results. Even if these results aren’t always exactly what you had been hoping for, you enjoy the process.
I knew that I wanted to major in Psychology because it was my passion. In terms of the practical side, a major in Psychology also has wide applicability in terms of career options: of course there is the career option of being a psychologist, but you can also be an academic, work with businesses as an organisational psychologist, work in public relations, work as a teacher – the list goes on. I also wanted to continue my French studies to become fluent, and knew that I could take subjects in other cool learning areas in the BA, such as Communications. A Bachelor of Arts allowed me to do all of these things.
This was what drew me to the Melbourne Model, where you can explore your interests in broad undergraduate studies and specialise in postgraduate studies. This definitely took a huge weight off my shoulders while completing the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) because I didn’t have to worry about planning my career straight after high school, but I also had a firm goal to work towards and inspire me to study.

 

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First year

You don’t have to make any firm decisions about your major in first year, but in my opinion, it is beneficial to have an idea in mind. Have a look at what the requirements are for your major in the handbook, and try to make sure that you set yourself up in first year to pursue whatever major you would like to. Some of the majors, like Psychology, have specific subject requirements for Level 1 (first year).

Everyone has to do an ‘Arts Foundation’ subject – a full list is available here. I chose Reason, because I had always been interested in Philosophy. I didn’t really mind what foundation subject I did, because I was just keen to learn as much as possible – Reason was fantastic because not only did you learn how to think critically in an Arts degree, you learn about many great philosophers and their ideas, and a bit about history. There are some foundation subjects that help with majors – for example, I believe that Language would be helpful for those studying Linguistics or English. You can change your classes in the first few weeks of uni, so if the one you pick isn’t the right choice for you after all, you can always do another one instead.

 

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For Psychology, we have to complete two subjects in first year. I also studied French each semester, leaving me with one Arts elective and two breadth subjects to choose. Breadth is another awesome thing about Unimelb – you can enhance your employability by complementing your course with subjects from other faculties (I studied Principles of Business Law in first semester, because I knew that the knowledge would be helpful for whatever career I chose) and also pursue other interests (in first year I also studied a subject called Spontaneous Drama: Improv and Communities, because I had enjoyed drama in high school and as an extra-curricular activity in Year 11 and 12).

 

 

Second year

In second year there were four psychology subjects that I had to take, and four other subjects I could choose. I completed my final level of French and a Creative Writing elective in first semester, and in second semester I ended up underloading (I did three subjects instead of four) – to be able to complete an internship in Public Relations. Safe to say that the internship went well, as I am still working for the company today – an amazing culture and team. I recommend doing an internship or getting some kind of work experience if you are interested in taking Media and Communications subjects – from my own experience and conversations with other students, this is really helpful when completing assignments.

 

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One of my favourite uni memories – when baby animals came to visit campus at the end of my second year!

 

Third year

This year I continued my Psychology and French studies, as well as studying Media and Communications subjects. I haven’t completed any breadth subjects this year because as a Psychology student in the BA, some of our breadth subjects are subjects in the Psychology major. I also decided to cross-credit my French subjects and apply for the Diploma in Languages. So, I will be completing this Diploma and my BA in four years (instead of the standard three years for a Bachelor’s degree) – meaning that next year will be my final year. Doing French in the Diploma means that I can take more French subjects as well as pursuing all my interests in the BA. The last four subjects of the Diploma are also HECS-free (yay!). There are also concurrent diplomas in other areas, such as Music! I’ve seen on the Diploma in Languages web page that you can also undertake it as a Graduate Student – it’s never too late!

 

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The super cool staircase in my favourite building on campus – Arts West! I was so excited to take classes in this building when it was completed in my second year, replacing a former Arts West which was a building at the uni before I started.

 

Overall, my time at Unimelb so far has been nothing short of incredible. There are such inspiring lecturers and tutors, so many subjects available, a wonderful campus environment, excellent facilities and so many volunteering opportunities!

If you have any questions about my experience studying the BA, leave them in the comments below!

– Bella 😊

The best places to chill out at uni

It’s important to take a break during the business of SWOTVAC and exams, so the team have prepared a list of our favourite places to chill out at Unimelb!

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The lawn next to the Sidney Myer Asia Centre

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The water here is so calming, and there are two cafes close by (Cafe Resource attached to the ERC and Shanti Bagwan Cafe in the Alice Hoy building).

 

Queen of Hearts Cafe (Located in the HUB, Southbank Campus)

It has couches, a student lounge area, nice seating, table tennis and a foosball table! To get the equipment you’ll have to ask the baristas to lend you table tennis equipment and the foosball ball! They also have great playlists playing in the background (i.e. 90s hits <3 ).

Women’s Room

There are couches, blankets, bean bags, heat packs, you name it! All the necessities that keep you going. It feels homey pretty much!

Levels 2 and 3 of Arts West

Level 2 has beanbags. Enough said.

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On Level 3, there’s a comfy corner that looks like a bed, and feels like a bed.

Concrete Lawns

OK, maybe not on the actual concrete, but there’s a nice stretch of grass nearby, as well as some benches along the edge  –  making Concrete Lawns a great place to chill out on a studt break (and if you’re studying again next semester, when you have a break between your classes!).

An old favourite – South Lawn!

The perfect place to relax on a warm day, with a good view of the clock tower / Old Arts.

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Rowden White Library

The classic, the one and only, the Rowden White Library. What else can you say about this magical place, other than it has tons of free stuff to borrow, as well as the legendary beanbag room where you’ll find couples hogging up space, Game of Thrones Screening and snores?

Outdoor study area

Located in between the Sidney Myer Asia Centre and the Eastern Resource Centre, this study space is so tranquil! Perfect for enjoying nice weather with a change of study environment.

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University Oval

Combine some fresh air with sunshine and exercise (exercise optional). There’s usually a few people kicking a footy around, or simply enjoy one of the most open spaces this close to the city.

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Buy a beer or a coffee (or don’t). You’re mostly just there for chats under the tree.

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System Garden – Tucked in behind Babel and Botany Buildings

Great spot to enjoy some sunshine and sit on the grass surrounded by some beautiful garden beds. Like South Lawn, an ‘oldy but a goody’! It’s a relaxing spot to sit down and enjoy your lunch, or to read.

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The big steps outside the MSD (opposite Castro’s Kiosk)

An awesome spot for some sun and a lunch break, before heading back into the MSD for some study.

 

Our last favourite place to chill out isn’t on campus, but it’s only a short walk away…

 

The REB

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Just kidding.

 

All the best for SWOTVAC, everyone!

The Unimelb Adventures team

Three Ways to Save Money on Coffee in Week 12

Coffee is our fuel for Week 12 survival. I always feel a bit guilty spending the $4 on coffee when I could be spending it on flashcards to memorise definitions for upcoming exams. The caffeine usually washes away that guilt, though.

However, if one spends $3.50 a day for the five days of Week 12, it’s the same as, like, two months of Netflix. And that’s if you can somehow survive on one coffee a day (I can’t).

A bite-sized post to read on a quick study break, here are three ways to reduce your spending on coffee.

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1. There’s a boiling water tap in the MSD

Up on level 2, there is a small kitchenette with a boiling water tap, which means you can bring tea or instant coffee in a keepcup and just fill it up with water when you arrive! Apparently I’ve been living under a rock the size of the MSD, because I’m in third year and had no idea that this existed until recently. This is a game-changer. Nescafe also make nice coffee sachets (I know this because I once got a free sample at Flinders Street Station… while waiting to buy a coffee). If you just feel like a warm drink but not caffeine, you can also buy chai tea from the supermarket (Coles at Melbourne Central has chai tea).

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2. Get off the tram one stop earlier

Not only will the short burst of exercise help wake you up in the morning, but in between the Lincoln Square and Melbourne University tram stops is 7-Eleven, where coffee is only $1. I was also stoked to discover this because that’s like 3 and a half for the price of one. They also sell snacks, breakfast food and lunch in case you forget to bring it with you for a big study day. As the weather is getting warmer, the $2 iced coffees are really refreshing too. I also made sure I tried and tested it – I also recommend the cappuccino.

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3. Sleep

Sleep is great (as we all know) but especially because it works to reduce spending on coffee in two ways: 1) if you get enough sleep, you most likely won’t be craving as much caffeine, and 2) if you wake up feeling refreshed and don’t hit the snooze button ten times (guilty) you will have time to make a coffee at home before you leave, and not have to buy one every day.

But, as I’m sure you’re screaming in your head as you’re reading this, we can’t all sleep as much as we would like to in Week 12. That is where this helpful app I’ve found comes in – it’s called Sleep Cycle. Basically, you schedule an alarm for an interval of a wake-up time (which you can set yourself: I believe 30 minutes is recommended, but I usually set mine for 15 minutes). So, if you wanted to wake up by 7am, you would choose this time and then set the interval for, say, 30 minutes, and then you would be woken up between 6:30 and 7am. Supposedly it works by waking you up in your lightest phase of sleep by monitoring activity with your smartphone’s microphone, so that you wake up feeling refreshed. I’m not questioning it, because I feel like it totally works. Another thing I love about this app is that if you haven’t plugged in your phone properly or forgotten to, when your phone is on 5% battery it wakes you up with an alarm, reminding you to charge your phone so you don’t oversleep.

Wishing you all the best for Week 12 :)

Bella

 

Please note that ‘Unimelb Adventures’ is an independent blog and does not publish sponsored posts. So, any opinions given in relation to products, applications and the like are those of the author.

What to do during a long break at uni (when you don’t feel like studying)

 

 

When faced with countless midsems and assignments, sometimes we look a bit like this:

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We all need a break from time to time, and in the middle of mid-sem and assignment season, in-between classes can be the perfect time to refresh and recharge so you can perform at your best in your subjects. Have a productive break from study with these ideas:

Firstly, do you have a break in the middle of the day on Tuesday?

A lot of students do! This means that there are a lot of events on at this time, including:

  • Wellbeing: There are a variety of workshops offered to help with procrastination, anxiety, and more. Just follow this link and scroll to the ‘Wellbeing’ section.
  • And, as you will see on that page, there are plenty of other events on offer in several categories, including: ‘achieve your academic goals’, ‘careers and employability skills’, ‘English for Academic Purposes Workshops’ and ‘Study overseas’.
  • Many clubs have their events on Tuesdays. A good plan for finding out when and where events take place is by checking the notices on the portal and around campus, as well as searching for the club’s Facebook page. On the Facebook pages, there often be events you can RSVP to – so there will be a reminder in your phone.
  • Tuesday at 1pm is also when a new band arrives in North Court each week, organised by the student union! If you want to be one of the first people in line for the free BBQ food, arrive at around 12pm.

 

Get active

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After sitting in class for a few hours, most of us are ready to get moving when we have some free time. MU Sport allows you to hire courts and various equipment, so why not get some friends together and enjoy a game? There is also the gym and pool, and group fitness classes.

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There are even some free classes – see them (shaded orange) on the timetable. 

 

Explore your surroundings

The Parkville campus is so close to the vibrant Lygon Street! Some must-visit places on Lygon include:

  • Universal (meals at low prices – perfect for students!) (Number 139-141)
  • Pidapipo for ice cream (make sure you go in the twenty minutes of Melbourne sunshine before the next season of the day arrives. The ice cream is so good that it doesn’t even matter if it’s cold outside, though) (Number 299)
  • Readings – reading a book for leisure can seem like an unbelievable idea when you have so many course readings – but even if you don’t have time to read now, you can stock up on some great reads for summer! (Number 309)

 

Galleries

We have the Ian Potter Museum of Art right on campus, with free admission!
There are also plenty of other galleries near uni – check out the Top 5 recommended by Art History student Jen here .

 

Cafés

Because we all need to update our Insta with a brunch pic now and then, right?

There are so many cafes with delicious food and drinks near campus, including the popular Seven Seeds, Humble Rays and The Vertue of The Coffee Drink!

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An example of the brunch picture YOU might be taking on your next study break for the ‘gram (taken by me during a study break at Humble Rays)

You could even get a matcha latte – I’ve seen it advertised in a few cafes that they boost concentration (like I ever need an excuse to buy a matcha latte).

 

Well there you have it, a few ways to productively spend your well-deserved break!

 

What is your favourite way to spend a break? Let us know in the comments below!

 

– Bella

Coffee on Campus

Cassie is a third-year Commerce student, majoring in Economics and Finance. She is addicted to podcasts and long distance running.

If it’s your first semester at Unimelb, or you’re sick of getting lost trying to find House of Cards (we’ve all been there), you’ve come to the right place! Here are some student coffee recommendations, with random life tips thrown in for fun!

This is by no means an exhaustive list of places to go on campus, but if you’re in a coffee-rut, give one of these a try! Also, shout-out to off campus gems like Seven Seeds, but be prepared to wait if you head down there. Whilst the coffee is damn good, the line is mighty long.

Narelle – House of Cards

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Order: Small Soy Flat White
Cost: $3.60

Narelle’s rating: 4/5

Q: What are you studying?
A: Science.

Q: Why do you go to House of Cards?
A: I think it’s the only one that’s open at 7/7:30am which is the time I try to get in…because I’m insane.

Q: Have you ever bought food from here?
A: Yep, banana bread. It’s better toasted.

Q: What’s the deal with the card system?
A: So, they give you a card with your order and then it’s sort of like Grill’d, where there’s little slots to put them in. You can nominate a cause for them to donate to. I always donate to health.

Q: If you weren’t going to House of Cards, where would you go?
A: Castro’s. 100%.

Q: If you could give science first years one piece of advice, what would it be?
A: Write down literally everything the lecturer says.

Matt – Ho Ho’s Canteen

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Order: Regular Cappuccino
Cost: $3.50
Matt’s rating: 4/5

Q: Introduce yourself. Who are you, what are you studying and are you part of any student societies or co-curricular stuff?
A: My name’s Matt Lagamba. I’m studying a Bachelor of Arts, and I’m on the Student Union Student Council as well as part of ESSA (Economics Student Society of Australia).

Q: Why do you come to Ho Ho’s?
A: Other than it being the thoroughfare between MSD and Arts West, it also has surprisingly good coffee and, I think it’s a secret – well I don’t know, it’s on their Broadsheet page as well – they use some weird milk that’s meant to be better for coffee making.

Q: Have you ever bought food from here?
A: Yes. So, the story with Ho Ho’s is their previous owner was like a chef trained in London – a super legit dude – and then he left, and these new people bought it. So, the food dropped a little bit but it’s still decent. It’s got an Arab flair. Bit overpriced, as are most things in Union House, but they do $11 bowls of pasta that are huge and really good.

Q: If you could give first years one piece of general advice, what would it be?
A: Part of me wants to say attend all your classes, but you can do just fine without attending all your classes. So, I would say try and stay at university on campus as much as possible. By your third year you slowly realise that the campus is amazing, and life and the relaxing times of being a young twenty-something year old quickly fall away.

Geena – Castro’s Kiosk

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Order: Large Skim Chai Latte
Cost: $4.60
Geena’s rating: 4/5

Q: What are you studying?
A: Bachelor of Science. I’m a third year, physics major.

Q: Why don’t you drink coffee?
A: I used to drink it a bit. I don’t really like the taste, and I just used to drink it ‘cause it’s like a “social norm,” but then I discovered there are better beverages – like chai!

Q: What do you get involved with at uni?
A: Where do I start? Anything to do with the physics department. I’m on a departmental committee – the equity committee. I’m also on the Physics Student Society where I’m diversity officer. I’m part of the student-staff liaison committee as well. Oh, I’m a Science Student Ambassador now too.

Q: Why do you come to Castro’s?
A: ’Cause it’s attached to the Physics Building, and I literally live right around the corner. And it’s the best on campus as far as I’m aware.

Q: If you weren’t going to Castro’s, where would you go?
A: At the Farmer’s Market the guy there brews his own and it’s so good. It actually tastes like spices instead of flavouring. I had one on Wednesday. It’s so good!

Q: If you could give science first years one piece of advice, what would it be?
A: Don’t worry if you’re not the smartest person in the room – learn to collaborate with your peers and not compete with them.

Farah – Books & Bites

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Order: Regular Flat White
Cost: $3.60
Farah’s rating: 4/5

Q: What are you studying?
A: I’m studying commerce – accounting and probably finance. Third year.

Q: Why do you come here?
A: ’Cause it’s always on the way to The Spot.

Q: How many coffees do you have per day?
A: Just one.

Q: Do you ever have more than one?
A: Yeah, during SWOTVAC.

Q: Do you ever get food from here?
A: Yeah, um, it depends. They usually have sesame chicken with rice, and it’s cheap – it’s like $8.90. I come here for lunch like three times a week. It’s good.

Q: If you could give first years one piece of general advice, what would it be?
A: (Laughing) Um, don’t take group assignments lightly.

Hamish – Standing Room

Hamish
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Order: Cappuccino
Cost: $3.70
Hamish’s rating: 4.5/5

Q: What are you studying and what is your coffee order?
A: I study a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in accounting and finance and I switch it up between a cappuccino and a flat white.

Q: Are you part of any extra-curricular activities?
A: I’m the President of 180 Degrees Consulting and I actively participate in case competitions as well.

Q: How many coffees do you have a day?
A: Uh, depends on how intense my workload it. Normally it’s one but if I’m staying up a bit later at night I’ll have two or three a day.

Q: Have you ever bought food from here?
A: I have! I have gotten my favourite food to get from cafes which is a chocolate croissant. It’s quite good.

Q: If you could give first years one piece of general advice, what would it be?
A: Get involved in as much as you can at uni and get to know as many people as you can. It’ll help you in ways that you can’t quantify.

– Cassie

Five Galleries Near Campus That Aren’t the Ian Potter

Jen is a fourth year art history student, though this is her first year at Unimelb (she’s from NZ, don’t hold it against her). When she’s not at uni, Jen will be out getting to know Melbourne and all it has to offer.

 

The uni gallery has a lot to offer and it’s a great place to go and clear your head for a bit before getting back to that essay, but if you’ve already seen the current exhibition, you’re probably wanting somewhere else to go.

Luckily for you and your need for cultural stimulation (or simply a break from uni and its stresses) there are other places nearby that you can go and get your art fix.

These galleries are all small exhibition spaces and collections, meaning they are perfect for that quick study break before you have to go back to the real world – and they are definitely worth a look.

Rathdowne Galleries

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Situated in the gorgeous Rathdowne Village, this gallery gives you three for one and a little bit of everything between them. The first gallery houses a fine collection of early Australian and contemporary prints, meaning whatever you’re in to, they’ll have it. You can also see a grand display of Asian art dating anywhere from last year to a few centuries ago; these are pieces that the owners personally collected while living there.

If you keep going further into the space, you’ll end up in Australia’s oldest gallery, the Joshua McClelland Print Room, which was established over 90 years ago. 103-year-old Joan McClelland is still very much a part of its operation, and if you happen to go to the gallery when she’s around, I bet she would have some incredible stories to share. Her daughter and son-in-law, Phillipa and Bill, run the gallery day to day and are extremely happy to answer any questions students have about art and the history of their pieces.

Sutton Gallery

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If you’re anything like me, you’ll find any excuse to end up on Brunswick Street, so when you’re there next, make sure to check out Sutton Gallery. Do not be fooled by the industrial façade: the interior has the perfect feel of wide open spaces, bright lighting and lots of wall space that suits contemporary art so well. New exhibitions are put on every six weeks: the last one featured Matt Hinkley and was on until April 13th. Also, if you’re ever curious as to what sorts of prices contemporary Aussie artists are selling their work for, commercial galleries like Sutton are the perfect place to go. If you’ve got a spare $12,500, Hinkley’s work is up for grabs!

Printmaker Gallery

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The Printmaker Gallery boasts a collection of over one hundred artists, mostly Australian but with some international names in there too. Established in 1975, the gallery focuses on original prints: lithographs, wood cuts, any kind of print you can think of. Most of the time they will have their own collection on display, but five times a year they put on solo or group exhibitions. The exhibition I saw when I visited was by Melbourne’s own Paul Compton. His work can be seen here.

Steps Gallery

Despite its two entrances (one through 62 Lygon Street and the other through Artee Cafe), Steps Gallery is known to be a little hidden. Upon entering I was asked, “How did you find us?!” but I was incredibly welcome. Steps is perhaps one of Melbourne’s best smaller galleries because it gives visitors the opportunity to meet the artists. I spoke with three of the four artists exhibiting and was given wonderful insights into their processes and inspirations. The artists at Steps have so much to do with the organisation and curation of their exhibitions, meaning that you are given a much more intimate look at their art the way they intended it to be looked at.

RMIT Gallery

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I know there’s always a fear of having a “she doesn’t even go here” moment at another university’s gallery, but if you can put that aside for the sake of art then the RMIT Gallery is definitely worth a look. A recent exhibition showcased 130 years of photography at RMIT through over 100 examples of work by RMIT staff and alumni since 1887. This was on until the 13th of April (a lot of Melbourne’s galleries seem to be on the same cycle!) Go on, get over yourself and have a look. Their entire exhibition schedule for the year can be seen here.

– Jen

Your Guide to Arts West

Alain Nguyen is a first year student who spends too much time at uni and has called it home. When he’s not at uni he’s probably eating somewhere in some alleyway café or slowly working towards getting his P’s.

Over the past semester, you may have noticed a big metal structure being built next to the Baillieu Library. Older students will remember the “old” Arts West that was knocked down… But lo and behold we now have a “new” Arts West! The following is a guide for everyone who has classes there or wants a new place to study and chill at uni.

Classes have started but the official opening isn’t until September. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enter. The building has six floors plus a basement lecture theatre (Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre) that has been retained from the old Arts West. Let’s begin the guide from there.

The lecture theatre has been refurbished and now sports a nice orange glow to it. It is the largest lecture theatre in the uni with a whopping 506 seats. There are also toilets and vending machines located down there.

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The Atrium or Ground Floor is the main place where people will probably meet up. There are study areas, a student kitchen, the M-ASS (Melbourne Arts Student Society) office and rows of safe laptop/phone charging lockers that are free to access for now. There is also the Arts West gallery which hasn’t opened yet.

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The First Floor houses the Forum Theatre, some teaching rooms and study tables (one by the stairs and another next to the theatre).

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The Second Floor has more teaching rooms, some “object rooms”, the media laband more study areas. However, the most striking feature of this floor is that there are beanbags! A great place to do some readings (read: sleep!).

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The Third Floor has more study tables (again power-point friendly), an “interactive cinema space”, and more teaching rooms.

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The Fourth Floor is similar to the other floors but is also where the Faculty of Arts’ School of Historical and Philosophical Studies is located. There is a great study area that has a Be quick to grab that spot!

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The Fifth Floor has the research lounge and the West Terrace. At this point, it is unknown if these areas will be restricted but for now there are couches and a kitchenette for your needs. Outside, there is a great view of the uni and beyond. There is a small garden, some chairs and tables but it can get really cold out there.

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The Sixth Floor houses mainly academic staff offices.

All floors connect to the “North Wing” where there are offices and spaces used by the university. Another notable feature of the Arts West building is the way classrooms are laid out. Some are sleek and modern forms of the tutorial room with heating, natural lighting and swivel chairs. These are called Project Rooms or Collaborative Learning Rooms.

In addition, there are the “Lectorial” spaces which are like a hybrid of tutorial rooms and lecture theatres. On one final note, scattered throughout the building are, standing work spaces that all have power-points with them  if you are in a hurry or need it for your posture.

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Now that you’ve got a basic outline of the Arts West building, let us know what you think of the new building. Will you be visiting it?

-Alain

Six Months of Med School

Travis Lines is a past editor of UniMelb Adventures. He completed Biomedicine last year and now studies Medicine.

 

Hey everybody!

It has been quite a few months since I wrote anything here, so an update is long overdue! Let’s start with the good news.

 

I SURVIVED FIRST SEMESTER!!!

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Adapting to Med school is pretty tricky to start with. They really do mean it when they say that things are going to kick up a gear. Add to this the fact that you’re chucked in a cohort full of horrendously intelligent people, and what you end up with is a pretty big challenge.

Gladly, there’s a lot of support from the med school and, more importantly, from your peers to be able to face that challenge and I can gladly report that I’m getting into the swing of things. Naturally I can’t speak for everyone else, but I think that’s probably the case for them too!

 

MDSC

 

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One of the unique features of the Melbourne medical course is conference. Each year, med students from all year levels make the trek to the Convention Centre to partake in a week full of conference activities.

These activities are really varied, including plenary speeches each day and myriad sessions on everything from suturing 101 to salsa dancing. Perhaps the biggest stand-out of conference for me was a session on Researchers Behaving Badly, which explored a number of examples of when researchers had been very dodgy and some practical tips for how to spot that. To many that may seem a little dry, but anybody who has seen David Vaux (WEHI) speak before will know that it couldn’t be further from it.

Beyond the structured elements of MDSC, it was nice to spend some time with friends during the week. It was also really nice to learn things without the expectation that you needed to retain all of it.

 

Boat Cruise

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Throughout the year, each of the clinical schools hosts a Pleasant Friday Afternoon, more commonly referred to as “PFA”. Right after exams, it was St Vincent’s turn and they opted for a nautical-themed boat cruise.

Before this point, I had actually never been to a Uni event such as this. I don’t drink, so there’s usually very little to do after 9 o’clock once everyone has well and truly surrendered themselves to the grips of ole’ethanol. On this occasion, however, my PCP group was going along so I decided to tag along with them.

We went out to dinner (dumplings because we’re poor students) and then headed off to the boat in some of the worst weather Melbourne has to offer. Despite this, I really enjoyed myself. It was probably at this point when it really hit me that the people I’ve met at Med school are genuinely fantastic human beings and that I’m really lucky they’re now part of my life.

 

Semester 2

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The second semester started for us the last week of June. One of the less great things about med school is that semesters run for 18 weeks, which, as it happens, means less time on holidays.

We’ve started the semester off with our Neuroscience block, which is going surprisingly well. Neuroscience has a reputation for being one of the trickier blocks and has always been a bit of a weak area for me; however, largely because of how well structured the block has been and the relevance of the content to clinical practice, I’ve found it both interesting and pretty manageable.

Second semester also means changing tute groups. This may not sound like a big deal; however, we spend a lot of time in tutes together and in an environment that pretty much forces you to get along—I mean we have to examine each other after all! Both of my groups last semester were really fantastic and I made friendships there that will very likely last a lifetime; however, I’ve been quite lucky this semester to land two good groups once again. I do still miss my Sem1 tutes, but my new groups have made it that little bit easier.

 

What’s coming up?

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It’s been a long time between drinks, so assessments will start piling up once again shortly. These are stressful, and the thought of having to study 70+ lectures for a single MST is one that takes a while to get used to. However, there’s plenty to look forward to on the horizon.

Med Ball will take place in September and for the first time ever I will be there! My PCP group from last semester has got a table together, so it should make for a good night. Also coming up is SWOT. Hopefully you’ve heard of it from our lecture-bashing, but if you haven’t it’s basically a revision lecture programme that sees us work with VCE students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Teaching is really important to me and is probably where I would end up if I weren’t studying medicine, so I’m feeling particularly relieved that I will still be able to keep that up whilst studying Med.

 

Anyhow, lectures are calling me and I think that’s just about enough procrastination for now! Until next time :D

Campus Hacks to Catch ‘Em All!

Ruby is a third year student studying a Bachelor of Science (Biotech) and a Diploma of Languages (Japanese), but is currently considering a professional career as a Pokémon Master.

When I wake up, I hit the gym. Instinct takes over and off I go.

Yeah, I’m that kind of person.

You see, I wanna be the very best, like no-one ever was.

To catch them is my real test, to train them is my cause.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks, you would have heard about the world’s latest craze: Pokémon GO. It’s been estimated that the app has been downloaded over 75 million times since its release on July 9th.

If you’re tired of just catching Pidgeys and haven’t yet dropped out of uni to kickstart your new career as a Pokémon Master (believe me, I was tempted!), you probably want to know one important thing: Where are the best spots on campus to catch them all?

I’ve been playing during breaks, lunch, tutorials and lectures, so I think I have a pretty good idea.

Best campus catches

Uni is a great place for catching Pokémon. With PokéStops around every corner and Lures on many of them, finding that Ponyta you’ve been hunting down or that Scyther everyone seems to have shouldn’t been too difficult. Some of my best catches have been on campus. So far, I’ve managed to haul in a:

  • Slowbro (South Lawn)
  • Kabutops (Doug McDonell building)
  • Vaporeon (Monash Road)
  • Hitmonlee (outside Castro’s)
  • Bulbasaur (North Court)
  • Ponyta (Baillieu Library)
  • Gastly (Baillieu Library)

As well as some pretty strong Exeggcute, Eevee, Koffing and Jigglypuff.

 

Frequent Lures

The most consistent PokéStops with Lures seem to be:

  • on North Court,
  • at the Asia Centre/Swanston Street tram stop,
  • around the Brownless Biomedical library,
  • across at the Law/Medical buildings,
  • and outside the Baillieu Library/South Lawn.

If a rare Pokémon appears on your map, it’s probably best to head to one of these places.

 

Best coffee (Poké)stops

While the stop is recharging, you can too!

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Ten tips for catching Pokémon

  1. Look for people on their phones, especially groups or those with battery packs!
  2. If you have friends in your classes who play, get a group together and consider organising Lures during lectures/tutes where you can reach PokéStops.
  3. Strangely enough, Pokémon often appear where you have a weak GPS signal, or when your phone is confused as to where exactly you are. (I can attest to this, as the Doug McDonell building has very low GPS signal and this is where I caught my Kabutops!)
  4. Pay attention to rustling grass – a Pokémon is nearby!
  5. Notice the colour of the circle change as you change Poké Balls. If it’s red, you may need to upgrade to a higher Poké Ball type, such as a Great or Ultra Ball.
  6. Try out campus at different times of day to maximise the variety of Pokémon you catch.
  7. If you run out of Poké Balls and your bag is full, discard less useful items such as Revives, Potions or Razz Berries.
  8. Plan your route to class – obviously, take the one with the most PokéStops!
  9. Don’t risk running out of battery on a rare Pokémon, make sure you turn on battery saver mode and bring a battery pack (or three!).
  10. PokéVision: see what’s in the area, what’s likely to spawn, and how long it will be there. Note though that Pokémon you see when you’re using a Lure or Incense are not shown on PokéVision, because those Pokémon are unique to your map.

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OK now, this has been fun, guys, but I’ve been inside far too long. Time for me to head back out and clock up some kms!

 – Ruby

Five Reasons You Should Study Breadth at the VCA

Rosemary is currently in her second year of her Bachelor of Music and is hoping to graduate as a music therapist. She is currently building up her cat collection and spends time with her kid at the park when she’s not collecting cats.

Ah, the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) on Southbank campus, otherwise known as the campus that’s regularly forgotten about. Sure, it’s well recognised in comparison to the Dookie Campus, but not enough so other students know what it has to offer. I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Music and wanted a group outside the traditional Western music ensemble. However, I also play piano which is one of the largest co-horts. Sadly there’s not many opportunities, with only two ensembles that can accommodate us. When I had the tedious experience of applying for my elective at the VCA through the Student Centre, I realised that if it’s not on my study planner, how many other people are missing out, including other Bachelor of Music students? So here’s my list of reasons why you should study at a campus with $3 coffees (which is already a reason on its own!).

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VCA extends beyond the courtyard

1. SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES.

Whether you’ve had a soft spot for drama, screenwriting, film, visual arts, visual design or music, VCA is the place for you. After scrolling through the list on the handbook, I realised there’s over fifty breadth opportunities across all areas of creative arts at the Southbank campus.

2. Their quick response to administration issues.

If you’re thinking it’s too much of a hassle to deal with University administration outside of Parkville campus, I can assure you that Southbank campus administration is fantastic. After a week of dealing with the Student Centre, I sent an email and within a day, I was enrolled and registered before the semester commenced. They also offered to send resources if I wasn’t enrolled in time and genuinely wanted to help me out.

3. Walking to Southbank campus is enjoyable.

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If you’re like me, the word exercise does not exist in your vocabulary. However, why catch a tram when you can go through the Southbank exit at Flinders Street Station for a morning walk? Despite having to dodge traffic because it’s like a miniature version of Sydney, I have found so many cafes in places I would otherwise have never looked. You can also catch Tram 1 which takes an alternate route to the other side of the VCA. This is where I discovered that the VCA extends beyond the main VCA courtyard, onto a street near the Southbank Theatre (the VCA’s very own theatre).

4. Discover new events.

Every time I travel down to the VCA, I’m always finding new upcoming events happening both at the University and around entertainment venues in the CBD and Southbank. Their cafeteria tables are covered in pamphlets ranging from musical recitals to theatre productions across Melbourne. You will most likely leave with at least ten pamphlets, wondering if you can actually afford any of the events advertised or how many trees you just picked up.

5. THE LIBRARY.

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Lenton Parr Library

Behold the Lenton-Parr Library. It’s so quiet and there’s actually space! Other benefits include being able to browse a tonne of cheesy 80s movies, borrow music scores which aren’t at the Louise Hanson Dyer library and log on to a computer without someone booking it within the next ten minutes.

 

Whether you’re into laid-back teachers who encourage you to strive in every aspect of your degree, enjoy the company of those who enjoy striking up a conversation, want to join one of their HECS debt protests, or love seeing some of the hit and miss haircuts on university students, I can guarantee the VCA has something for everyone!

Need a new study spot? A guide to the Lenton Parr Music Library

Located on the first floor of the HUB Building at the VCA campus (Southbank), music students like myself enjoy using the Lenton Parr Library! I am super hyped to be telling you guys about this library, as this is the first time it’s being featured on the blog.

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You can enter the library via the first floor of the HUB Building (VCA Campus)

Here are ten reasons why Lenton Parr is one of my favourite libraries at the University of Melbourne, and why I recommend it as a study spot.

1.It’s quiet, and peaceful

It is way more peaceful than the Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library in the Eastern Resource Centre (Level 2), and I just love this. There are windows to see the scenery, comfy seats, and power cords. It’s such a chilled area, small and quiet. I feel it’s a special little gem to me, as a music student. According to the gossip around VCA and at the Con (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music), Lennon Parr will be expanded in the near future, and combined with the Louise Hanson-Dyer section of the ERC!

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Scenery + comfy seats + nice tables = ooh!

2. Specialised music librarians…

… that are always there!

I know the ERC has music librarians, but often there are only general librarians working at the front desk. Whenever I go to the ERC to find a music resource, I’ve found that asking a general librarian may be a longer process, as they may have to email a music librarian for clarification.  Of course, they are more than happy to find any resource for you, regardless of what they specialise or are trained in. We, as music students, always have patience with them. But it is helpful to know that there are specialised music librarians at Lenton Parr when you need a resource, such as a score, quickly.

3.Somebody borrowed what you need at Louise Hanson-Dyer? You can go to Lenton Parr!

Even though it takes about half an hour by tram (just alight at ‘Arts Precinct’), the trip will be worth it when you find an extra copy of a resource. Heck, no one even goes there, so there’s always an extra copy… unless somebody borrowed it in desperate need at Lenton Parr. Booo!

4.Avaliable seats to study

Again, it’s VCA. If I was at Parkville and I couldn’t find a seat at any library or study space,  I would definitely go to Lenton Parr to study. Again, it takes half an hour to go there, but there’s always a free seat – a treasured rarity during SWOTVAC! There are also study rooms you can book! All of the rooms are media rooms, but two of them have a table and seats as well for studying.

5. Media rooms

When I was at VCA trying to find a working power cord last week, I discovered that two of the study/media rooms had bean bags, TV, DVD players and nice couches. I was AMAZED by this at Lenton Parr. You can book one of these media rooms using the booking system. Remember to book in advance to avoid missing out.

6. Additional resources

It can be a little annoying if a resource you need is at another campus. But when you get it, it’s so satisfying, and it’s a little special when you finally get your hands on it. One time, I had to go to VCA to check out a specific music theory book that my Aural Studies 1 tutor told me to borrow. When I borrowed and had a read of it, it was amazing and easy to read. Truly worth the trip from Parkville to Southbank!

7. Listening Rooms

There’s a room that is dedicated to listening to vinyl records, or CDs, and no one even goes there. I think it is pretty cool that they have these things, especially for Fine Arts students.

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The ‘Listening Rooms’ are really helpful for Fine Arts students.

8. Additional magazines, CDs, vinyl records, and fine arts resources

When I was looking out for extra resources for one of my music history subjects, there were fine arts resources at Lenton Parr that looked interesting to read. I wished I could have read them, but I had to focus on my research. There were also magazines, DVDs, loads of CDs and vinyl records that were cool to check out.

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Never short on resources.

9.Academic support

There are also iTute (individual tutorial) services catered towards music and fine arts students. These are also iTutes at the Parkville campus, which I’ve heard are superb – but just letting you know that they are also offered at the VCA!

I haven’t had an iTute service yet, mainly because I was hesitant to use it all at once (a maximum of four appointments per semester). Silly first year thinking! This year, I’m willing to use them when I write my research essay, which is worth most of my total mark in Music History 2: 19th Century Music and Ideas.

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So many cool things to check out, especially for music students.

10. Small library = super win when needing help

Compared to a huge library with multiple floors, you can easily get help at the front desk, since there aren’t usually many people around. The staff can help you in a tick, whether you need help finding a DVD, scores, or anything! Also, the coding system for finding scores could get a little complicated. So having their help that is reliable, easy to ask for and readily available, makes your life easier!

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A quiet and peaceful library!

I hope you enjoyed reading this, and I recommend checking out the Lenton Parr library as a study space the pre-exam period!

Nicole

 

 

5 Steps to Applying for Exchange

One of the wonderful perks that comes with being a University of Melbourne student is the life-changing opportunity to spend a semester (or two!) on exchange as a part of your degree.
“What’s so great about exchange?” You may be asking. Well, besides the fact that a majority of students who have gone on exchange describe it as the best experience of their lives thus far, you will be paying University of Melbourne tuition fees (rather than those of the university you are attending) and obtain credit towards your University of Melbourne degree.

However, many students are turned off by the tedious exchange application process. Well, this article will make it more digestible for you by breaking it down into several steps. You’ll soon be on your way to a school of your choice!

If you are planning to go on exchange in Semester 1 2017, do note that the exchange application deadline is 29 May 2016, so read on and get started now!

 

Step 1 – Check Your Eligibility

The first thing you need to do is ensure that you are actually eligible to go on exchange on the Eligibility Requirements page. Some key requirements for undergraduate students are as follows:

You must have…

Attended a compulsory myWorld First Step Session (see below) and have completed, or are about to complete, one year of study and 75 points at Unimelb by the application due date

Grades: You need a weighted average of at least 65% (H3) in your degree. If you are wanting to obtain credit for a concurrent diploma overseas, note that you have to have this average in your diploma subjects too.

You need to be able to… study the equivalent of a full-time load.

Eligibility requirements for graduate students and other types of students are available on the page as well.

 

Step 2 – Attend a myWorld First Step Session

This, as you’ve just read, is a compulsory component of the exchange application process. Simply put, it is a general information session for any students considering going on exchange or studying abroad. Please note that your application will not be accepted if you have not attended a myWorld First Step session.

Click here to see when the next session will be held, and make sure you book it ASAP because slots run out very quickly!

 

Step 3 – Choosing a Destination (Be Careful!)

You’ve attended the talk, now you can walk the walk – here comes the best part! Be prepared to spend hours looking through University of Melbourne’s partner institutions whilst daydreaming about all the potential adventures you’ll have. With approximately 180 exchange partners in 39 countries around the world, you’re bound to be spoilt for choice!

However, there are certain essential things to take note of when choosing institutions. For example, each institution has special conditions that specify the restrictions they have for exchange students. Shown below is University College of London’s (UCL) Special Conditions:

exchange 1These conditions may affect your ability to go to the institution. For example, I originally wanted to go to UCL on exchange. However, upon reading this section, I realised that I wouldn’t be allowed to take any Politics and International Studies subjects there, which is problematic considering that is one of my majors…

Besides the institution’s special considerations, do read through all the other program description tabs very carefully to obtain information on the academic year, subject handbook, living options and so on! It’s a holistic approach: make sure you’re considering your life in and out of uni!

 

Step 4 – Start the Application Process

Okay – here’s where things start to get serious. The exchange application form contains various sections, and will ask you for:

  • when you attended a myWorld First Step Session;
  • your second and third preference destinations if your first preference is not possible for some reason;
  • the languages you speak and how well;
  • any disabilities or chronic illnesses you may have;
  • an exchange essay
  • your study plan
  • your financial plan
  • details page of passports for all the citizenships you hold
  • permission to pass on your name and email address to other students interested in the exchange program
  • confirmation that the information you have entered is true and correct.

You can view more details on the application form here. However, I will focus on what I find to be the most time-consuming process of the application: The study plan.

 

Step 4a – Complete Your Study Plan

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The first step to completing this study plan is choosing your subjects. The fact that Global Mobility Melbourne has dedicated an entire page on choosing subjects goes to show that this process requires a fair bit diligence on your part. I will leave you to read the nitty-gritty details on that page, but the process can be summarised into 3 steps:

  • Read the ‘Credit Load’ tab in the brochure page for your desired partner institution very carefully to figure out how many subjects you must successfully complete overseas in order to get an equivalent load credited to your degree in Melbourne.
    • Important: It is compulsory that you are enrolled for full-time credit load whilst on exchange!
  • Scour the partner’s institution handbook / course schedule / subject list to find subjects that interest you and fit into your University study plan. Do note that the subject description, prerequisites, assessment information and other administration details are required as well.
  • Get these subjects approved by your faculty advisor

Also, this will probably be highlighted during your myWorld First Step Session but I shall mention it again: Get started on choosing subjects early, as it will probably take longer than you expect! For example, some partner institutions’ websites do not provide all the information you need on their subjects. This requires you to e-mail the institution personally to request for it, which may delay your process.

 

Step 5 – Submit Your Application Form on Time

So you’ve finally got your study plan approved by your faculty advisor, written your exchange essay, completed your financial plan and so on, all you need to do now is hit the submit button.

As you would have noticed, applying for exchange is a mostly independent process. However, support is available – Global Mobility Melbourne’s comprehensive website will guide you through it all. For any further questions, you can contact the lovely folks at Stop 1.

Health Services @ Unimelb

Are you having struggling to bounce back after a nasty break-up? Is that cold you caught during O-Week refusing to go away? Or perhaps you are worried about that night of unprotected sex?

There are many things that can go awry when it comes to our health, especially in our frantic University lives. That is why we have put together a comprehensive compilation of physical, mental and sexual health services available right here in the University of Melbourne – just for you!

Physical Health

University of Melbourne Health Service

Source: http://healthsciences.unimelb.edu.au
The University’s Health Service is located on Cardigan Street (across from Argyle Square) in an unassuming green building, but do not underestimate its importance – it is your number one go-to stop for daily health care issues. Be it obtaining a medical certificate, getting crutches for a fractured ankle or doing blood tests, this place will help you with (almost) anything you need!

Worried about the fees? Do not worry – students with Medicare or Overseas Student Healthcare Coverage (OSHC) will be bulk-billed to their insurance company. This essentially means that your treatment will be free! (Do take note that for immunisations, the appointment is bulk-billed, but you will have to cover the cost of the injection).

To make an appointment, you can either call 03 8344 6904 or make an online booking here. Also, remember to bring your student card and insurance card to your appointment!

P.S: If you require after hours services, arrangements can be made with the National Home Doctor Service (once again, free of charge for Medicare or OSHC card holders). Simply call 03 9429 5677 to make an appointment.

Address:

138-146 Cardigan Street

Carlton VIC 3053

(You can go from the Lincoln Square tram stop)

Opening Hours:

8.45am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday

Telephone:

03 8344 6904

 

Melbourne Dental Clinic

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Dental health issues are usually few and far between for us adults, but wisdom teeth and cavities are still annoying problems that we all need help with. When they strike, simply head over to Melbourne Dental Clinic. Fun fact: Your ‘dentists’ are actually final year students and their supervisors, but rest assured that you will still be given quality service!

Do note that unlike the University’s health service, treatment here is not free. However, all University of Melbourne staff, students and alumni receive a 5% discount!

Address:

723 Swanston Street

Carlton Vic 3010

Opening Hours:

8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday

Telephone:

03 9035 8402

 

Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy Clinic

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If there’s one thing that every UniMelb student has done, it has got to be checking out hunks and hotties in the gym through the big glass windows.

However, not many students know about the Melbourne University Sports Centre which is right next door. Even fewer students know that within its doors is a sports clinic that offers assistance on sports injuries and bodily pains. With many experienced physiotherapists at your service, you’ll be diagnosed and on the road to recovery in no time!

You can make an appointment in person at the clinic, online via this website or by calling 03 8344 4948.

 

Address:
Melbourne University Sports Centre, Building 103

Tin Alley (Gate 1 Entrance),The University of Melbourne

Parkville VIC 3010

Opening Hours:

Mon – Thurs – 7.00am – 10.30pm

Friday – 7.00am – 9.00pm

Sat & Sun – 9.00am – 5.30pm

Telephone:

03 8344 4948

 

University of Melbourne EyeCare

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Are you having difficulty reading what’s on the slides in your lectures, or did you recently break your glasses during a wild night out?

Well, you will be happy to know that the University also has an eye care clinic! Assessments are free of charge and glasses are sold at discounted prices. Just like the Dental Clinic, you will be treated by optometry students – this can mean a longer appointment time.

 

Address:

2/800 Swanston Street (Opposite Gate 3)

Carlton, VIC 3053

Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5.30pm (During Semester)

Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm (During Non-Teaching Periods)

Telephone:

03 9035 6666

 

Mental Health

Counselling and Psychological Services

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Too often, we are so caught up with our hectic lives that we fail to pay attention to what’s going on inside. If you have not been feeling in the best mental condition recently and it doesn’t seem to be getting better, perhaps consider seeking professional help at University of Melbourne CAPS (Counselling and Psychological Services).

 

You can make an appointment at the reception desk (they are located within the Health Service building) or by calling them at 03 8344 6927.

 

This is a highly popular service throughout the semester, and especially close to exam periods, so expect a waiting time! If you are seeking immediate help, there are two 30 minute consultation slots at 2pm and 2.30pm every day that do not require prior booking.

 

These appointments are also free for university students!

If you would like more information in regards to mental health and uni, read Aisling’s post here.

 

Address:

138-146 Cardigan Street

Carlton VIC 3053

(You can go from the Lincoln Square tram stop)

Opening Hours:

8.45am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday

Telephone:

03 8344 6927

 

Tip Sheets and Self-Help

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If you are struggling with emotional/mental issues but do not wish to visit a counsellor, fret not. Besides the millions of self-help articles on the interwebz, The University has its very own collection of self-help tip sheets and resources.

Simply click here or here to access them. Furthermore, if you know someone who is dealing with a problem listed in these sites, send them the link. A little gesture goes a long way!

 

Ask Counselling Blog

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Perhaps the most personal yet the most hidden service is the Ask Counselling blog, on which anonymously submitted questions are regularly answered by CAPS staff.

When I first discovered this blog, I spent way too much time reading through all the queries and responses. Even though I was supposed to be doing work, that hour of scrolling provided me with answers to problems I struggled with and problems that I will encounter in the future.

So have a read, and you may just find the answers that you are looking for!

 

Sexual Health

University of Melbourne Health Service

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Sexuality is a part of many university student’s lives, and it always pays off to be extra cautious with any intimate activities. Besides the plethora of other services available, the University’s Health Service offers advice on contraception and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), as well as treatment if necessary.

To make an appointment, you can either call 03 8344 6904 or make an online booking here. Also, remember to bring your student card and insurance card to your appointment!

 

Address:

138-146 Cardigan Street

Carlton VIC 3053

(You can go from the Lincoln Square tram stop)

Opening Hours:

8.45am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday

Telephone:

03 8344 6904