I feel like chatting over a "pragmatic" approach to survive Sydney uni student life. Once, I voluntarily assisted first year students at an "Easing The Transition" workshop (*Friends, uni gave certifications and we added it on CVs). Here's Sydney uni's important date in 2013. 1st semester will end on 29th June. Friends, you're in the middle of exam. Until 29th June, hang in there!!!
My most favorite graffito was, "Do you want to be silly for 5 minutes or forever? Raise a question!"
Choose a major well and wise. Find out what you want to do most at the present and in the future. Regarding social science, any subject overlaps in concepts at the depth. Double majors could be a demanding job (*I did linguistics and sociology at once), but in my experience, double majors are not hard, as long as you like subjects.
Use time wisely. Balance between study and play time. Uni's work load is very demanding. A huge amount of reading and a research essay is everyday task. Especially, self supporting students have difficulty in managing time (*I was one of them!). I always made breakfast and lunch (sometimes, even dinner!), had them and studied in train on the way to uni .... and often slept on a desk in Fisher library, zzzzz....
Essay writing is a hard task. Lecturers suggested me to grab other students(=my friends) for proof reading. Good idea. Yes, my dear friend, who is, now, the linguist, helped me. I realised, particularly, law students were so smart kids and very good at essay. Some law students have become Australian top politicians! You can imagine how "clever" they are!
A third year is as above and enjoy a graduation ceremony. You've survived and are a brave winner! Hero, hurrah!! Graduation ceremony is lovely. Friends, taste sweet fruits and celebrate your new starts! A new bright horizon awaits you. Don't forget to get professors' letters and organise a CV. Professors are happy to backup you. I've got a wonderful one from a linguist.
In addition, today, I'm a picture book illustrator and a fine artist (specific interest in figures). In fact, some lecturers encouraged me to be an artist. Friends, the "graffiti" of lecturers' faces discovered my future direction. Also, uni's continuing education course opened me a door for a life long career (Professors and librarians are very happy to know it! Special thanks and cheers for them). "Finish up a course" is not easy, but I'd say, "Don't throw a towel!" to any student all over the world. Uni is a lovely community, full of dreams, friends and love, which gives students hope and future. Enjoy uni life! So, I still love sketching uni.
Friends, Happy Painting!!