ARE YOU HEADED TO UNIVERSITY IN 2021?
It’s fun to get caught up in the hype of ‘O Week’ but have you thought about how you want to spend your year? If you have, great – if not, here are our best tips for making the most of it. And don’t just take our word for it, we have included wise words from some of our past CEF grant recipients as well.
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EXPLORE YOUR NEW HOME
Coming from a rural or regional area, chances are you new home town is going to be pretty different to what you are used to.
Embrace where you’ll be calling home for at least the next three years. Find the best beaches, restaurants, hang-outs and insta-worthy spots – there will be so much to see and to explore.
Max, Boorowa – Charles Sturt University.
SIGN UP FOR EVERYTHING
Colour runs, sports, mentoring or that club you find that finally has other people who like the same weird thing you do. Try news things and embrace the freedom to find out who YOU are.
Bernadette, Moree – University of Newcastle.
FIND YOUR NEW COFFEE PLACE
Coffee, tea, whatever your poison, go on the hunt for your favourite beverage and new chill out sanctuary.
Soon enough they will know your order… and your name.
Ben, Orange – Australian National University
Don’t be afraid to ask questions you don’t know the answers to, there are people around to help, and you won’t be the only one figuring out this new life.
Christie, Kapunda – University of South Australia.
FIND YOUR HAPPY PLACE
Find your new campus hangout. Is it outside or inside? Do you like it busy or quiet? Whatever spot or time of day that makes you happy and productive – claim it. Oh, and remember you can have a few favourites.
Danielle, Great Lakes – Charles Sturt University
CHOOSE SUBJECTS YOU ENJOY
There’s no point continuing on with something you hate or just don’t get.
There is no set road ahead, you can change your mind if the course you THOUGHT you would love just isn’t you after all.
This is your time, and while the advice of others is always helpful, make sure you spend it doing the thing you want to do
Kelsey, Broken Hill – Monash University.
DO THE THINGS YOU LOVE
It can be anything – painting, running, computer games, photography – but take some time to do find and do the things you really love doing. Study is important, but following your hobbies and interests are just as important.
Rebekah, West Wyalong – University of Canberra
BE PREPPED – AND MAKE ROOM FOR DOWNTIME
Make sure you sleep, study and hand things in on time. But remember, your world won’t end if you decide to have a laugh and chill out. In fact, it’s also pretty important.
Liam, Braidwood – University of Canberra.
Finally, don’t forget to check out these great CEF resources for a little extra help!
CEF grants are available to ALL students aged 16 – 25 from a CEF area undertaking post school education, See if you have a local foundation HERE.
The CEF Scholarships Guide lists 100’s of available scholarships from various universities and organisations. Check it out HERE.
CEF Extra is a national program providing scholarships and other opportunities from partners and supporters. A full list can be found HERE.
‘Make it Possible’ is the CEF rural and regional inspiration hub with advice, resources and tips on undertaking education after school. Read more HERE.