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The First Month What to expect from your first month of uni
Posted by Olivia Windsor | April 18th 2012

Walk purposefully, like you know where you’re going. That’s right; don’t look at your map! Could you be any more obvious that you’re a newbie? I’m sure building 9 is around here somewhere…

Where has my memory gone since I finished Year 12? One thing’s for sure- it’s definitely going to be making a comeback, now that I’ve started my Bachelors in Professional Communication at RMIT.

People and names
After a month at uni, I think I’m settling in and actually really enjoying it. It’s very different to my Catholic, all-girls high school. 

·      It’s co-ed, which is a welcome change.
·      You use your lecturers’ first name- there’s no “Miss/Mrs/Sir” here.
·      There’s definitely more freedom.

If you don’t turn up to class, no-one calls home to see why you wagged and you’re not issued with a late slip. In fact, sometimes you’re lucky if your lecturer/tutor even knows your name let alone remembers what you look like. For a few weeks my cinema tutor could’ve sworn my name was ‘Amy’. But to his credit, this week we began a correct first-name basis!

Self-directed learning
Another key difference about uni is that it’s all self-directed learning. No-one really tells you what your homework is, what you should be studying, how often to study or even when the mid semester tests are coming up.

And if you ask about any of the above, in my experience, the tutors simply respond “Check the course guide/look it up/it’s not my problem you’ve been spoon fed for the last 13 years!!!”  

But once I worked out I’d have to start ‘helping myself’, things have been less confusing. Assessment tasks are coming up in the next few weeks, so the results of my ‘self-directed’ learning shall soon be discovered.

Extra-curricular stuff
What I have learned is that to make the most of being an RMIT Communications student you have to get involved in extra-curricular activities. That’s right- you actually need to do something more than just sit back comfortably in your course. Remember that annoying saying “you only get out what you put in”? Well, it’s pretty spot on.

I’ve joined the:

·      Student Union
·      Syn Community Radio station
·      RMITV station
·      The performing arts club.
·      Written my first article for RMIT’s student magazine, ‘The Catalyst’.
·       Started my own blog
·      Become one of “those” people on twitter

Doing these extra activities is especially important for a communications course because:

- You’re constantly confronted with anxiety about the changing face of journalism because of social media.  
- You gain valuable experience in the field you want to work in
- It’s fun
- You get to meet new people!

New people

I think meeting new people would have to be one of the best things about university life. They are diverse, interesting and talented. All have their own unique ‘story’ and similar interests to you because you do a similar course, so finding some ‘common ground’ is easy.

My first month of uni has been a time of excitement, a little anxiety, early morning starts and once a week late finishes, enlightenment and inspiration.

Let’s just say, if it wasn’t for my uni course, I most likely wouldn’t be writing this blog post right now!

For a few weeks my cinema tutor couldíve sworn my name was ĎAmyí. But to his credit, this week we began a correct first-name basis

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