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CBE students Holly Li and Jakob Voo help you get ready for the start of semester!

CBE students Holly Li and Jakob Voo help you get ready for the start of semester!

Top 5 New Student Hacks for 2017

13 February 2017

So, here we are. Uni is starting and there are so many things to do; get settled into accommodation, work out where the best food is, what the MCC is, and where on campus can I do my banking, just to name a few.

ANU College of Business and Economic’s (CBE) students Jakob Voo and Holly Li have helped us put together a list of Top 5 New Student Hacks to get you ready for university life!

#1 Enrol online NOW

Your first week at ANU will be full of fun, exciting and necessary events to attend. Enrolling online BEFORE you come to campus means that you have more time to do more of the things you want to do.

The CBE Student Services team have created a simple step-by-step Enrolment Fast Track website and checklist that has everything you need to know about enrolment in one place.
Visit cbe.anu.edu.au/fasttrack for all the information! 

#2 Get Involved in O-Week

O-week is a chance for you to get to know all about your new campus and the people in it. Go on a guided tour, check-out the eateries, and chat to some other new faces.  

Make sure you attend the all-important NEW STUDENT INDUCTION SESSIONS for both undergraduate and postgraduate students on Thursday. Here, you’ll be given information specific to students studying at CBE.

JV: It's not just about PARTIES. O-week gives you the chance to get to know your new environment, like finding the perfect spot for you to relax and/or study, and the shortcut to MCC and any other lecture theatres. There will be a lot of great deals and discounts available as well. And the public lectures available for new students are awesome!

HL: Get familiar with the environment you're going to live in for the next three years! It’s worth taking an hour or two to just walk around the campus. I love food so top of my list is always finding the best places to eat in Canberra. 

#3 Join Student Clubs & Societies

Student clubs and societies are a great place to meet new friends with common interests, and can be a great way to connect with wider networks.

JV: Meet people with similar interests! If you like gaming, there is a gaming club at ANU, and they could tell you where you could get the cheapest games or consoles. If you’re an international student you can join one of the cultural societies, who can tell you where you could get some nice authentic food, or where to get the cheapest groceries. The idea is to meet others with similar interests to you, who can point you in the direction that you need to go.

HL: Come and join our CBE student societies (AFEC, ASOC, FINSOC, TIC). These clubs are great places to cultivate your business acumen and establish great connections between your studies and industry. Use all the information that ANU and CBE give to you and always be on the lookout for fun events that will make uni life so much easier and more interesting. 

#4 Talk to your lecturers and tutors

Never hesitate to ask your lecturers and tutors if you need to know something. They might seem intimidating at first, but remember they were once first year students themselves!  

JV: Let your lecturers know who you are, as it will make a huge difference to your learning and your degree progress. The more they know about you, the better the advice they are able to give you in the future.

HL: Always ask why and how. Never hesitate to ask if you need to know something or if you need something to be repeated.

Go to the career centre for an early plan of what you want to do in the future. ANU offers a free career planning service. Book an appointment to talk to them and find a better way to help you to obtain your dream job. 

#5 Take Time Out

Studying at Australia’s top-ranked university is a challenge that requires hard work and self-discipline. But don’t underestimate the power of some good old-fashioned time out. Structuring your study around a healthy balance of down time and social time will help to make all the challenges you face manageable.

JV: Be open-minded to learning. You might not be someone who could get HD in all courses in your first year, and that is okay because your strengths might be in other areas.

Try your best. Know that your future doesn't depend just ONLY on your grades, but also your connections and the soft skills that you learn through university.

HL: Take the time to develop good time management skills. University is not high school. Study is going to be more self-driven than ever before.

A good time management strategy can help you to save lots of time and effort. Find the best time schedule to balance between study, social life and a good rest.

Updated:   12 July 2017 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team