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Title: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: s110820 on December 27, 2020, 01:13:17 pm
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Hey guys,

After some thorough reconsideration, I decided that it would be best to stay in my current state (Queensland) rather than travelling interstate for university. While the current state of COVID-19 in NSW was considered to be a factor in my decision, for the first time, I actually listened to what my gut feeling was telling me (which is scarce in itself). I'm not usually one to take risks - I'm usually the type of person who just follows the lead of others, but when I was reconsidering my decision to move interstate, I realised how passive my thought process and mindset was.

Instead of thinking about what would be best for me, I ultimately decided to pursue the thought process of "if my sister is able to move overseas for university, then I can too" which is entirely false by the way. Regardless of whether I like it or not, I'm still overly dependent and attached to my parents even as a nearly-adult, "coming of age" and maturing woman. My current feelings of transitioning into adulthood are extremely daunting to admit on a public internet forum, so please bear with me as I do have to confess that I'm scared of growing up.

Personally speaking, my desire to "never grow up" may have been due to some underlying fear or anxiety about who I am as a person or whether I'll ever be good enough to make my parents proud. For some reason, I often imagine my fear of growing up to be similar to the physical and metaphorical journey of all of the characters in J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan.   Regardless of their current mindsets, dreams or desires, each and every character in Peter Pan were shaped and influenced by some form of conflict, setting or even those around them - protagonist or antagonist. 

If you wanted, we could compare our lives and how we learn and grow from past mistakes to the structure of a bildungsroman - a genre that focuses on not only the psychological and moral growth of an individual from youth to adulthood but also focuses on how the individual has changed or adapted over time. But my point is, before I ramble on for too much longer, is that similar to the characters in J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, I was also shaped and influenced by not only my gut feeling but also, the advice of those around me. Without their advice, I would be stuck in a continuous loop of self-doubt, insecurity and anxiety, so I would like to thank them greatly for their help.

So without further ado, below is my edited and more-thought out version of my previous start to my University Journey Journal, which I hope enables me to consider my future choices wisely and live my life the best that I can:


If you don't know me already, I'm Darcy Dillon (also known as s110820 on the forums) and I'm officially a graduate of the QCE Class of 2020! As a QCE student, I studied Biology, General Mathematics, English, Modern History, Literature and Digital Solutions (which was the subject I dropped in Year 11 because of reasons). I did also try to start a QCE Journal a little while ago but it never really went anywhere so I was hoping that maybe this university journal could motivate me just a teeny tiny bit more.

As the title suggests, I am currently dwelling in the limbo-like feeling of anticipation and uncertainty as I await my final results, my ATAR and my university acceptances. I have also rethought what I would like to do with my life and how I should live my life by changing my preferences to what feels best for me, and not any other external pressure. As of now, my current QTAC preferences are:

1.  Bachelor of Education (Primary) - QUT
2. Bachelor of Education (Primary and Special Education) - ACU
3. Bachelor of Educational Studies - ACU
4. Bachelor of Education (Primary) - ACU
5. Bachelor of Education (Primary and Secondary) - ACU
6. Diploma of Social and Psychological Science/Bachelor of Social Work - Griffith.

I have also received an offer for what was my first preference, the Bachelor of Educational Studies (ACU), during the first offer round which I have conditionally accepted just in case. However, I'm hoping that I can receive an offer for the Bachelor of Education (Primary) - QUT, during the January 14th offer round (which also happens to be my birthday which is kinda daunting when I think about it).

Similarly, to K.Smithy's amazing University Journey Journal (please check it out if you haven't), my University Journey Journal may also be a very long journal as I'm planning to do two undergraduate degrees (yes, you heard me right). Do I know anyone who has studied two undergraduate degrees other than Waleed Aly? Nope. Am I totally crazy for planning to study two undergraduate degrees? Probably. But as I said before, I would like to live my life to the fullest and for me, learning and growing as an individual (especially through education), is what matters most to me.

So, you may be wondering, what would this look like?

Bachelor of Education (Primary): 4 years.
Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Social Work: 5 years.
Master of Education (Inclusive Education Specialisation): 1-1.5 years (Full Time) or 2-3 years (Part-Time)
Doctor of Education (QUT): 3 years (Full Time) or 6 years (Part-Time).

It may sound like a lot, but I'm willing to put in stamina, effort, grit and determination to be where I want to be and be who I want to be in the future. Similarly, when I was younger, I always dreamed of studying abroad somewhere in Europe, maybe even for a Doctoral degree to broaden my horizons. The two places I had in mind were Finland, which is notably one of the best countries in the world in terms of education or England, where I fell in love with the idea of going to Cambridge or Oxford University.

Yes, despite my slightly-average ATAR results, attending Cambridge or Oxford university may have been a bit out of reach for me in terms of an undergraduate degree and coincidentally, the pandemic. But I'm hopeful that one day, maybe someday, I could pursue my dream of attending either of those universities. It's definitely an ambitious dream of mine, but I'm sure that if I prioritise my health, try my best and work as hard as I can, then my ambitions can be achieved.

Overall, I'm pretty excited to start the next chapter in my life but at the same time I'm also still pretty anxious about growing up and learning to be more independent from my parents (whom I love dearly, but I also don't want to seem like a parasite to them). It may be a bit of a long journey, but as I said, I'm sure I'll get there.

But of course, if you do have any questions, queries or concerns, please let me know!

See you guys next time :)

Darcy Dillon.
Title: Re: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: Sine on December 27, 2020, 02:45:20 pm
Great to see that you have a plan! Keen to see any new updates :)
Title: Re: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: s110820 on January 29, 2021, 06:16:20 pm
Hey guys,

I'm so sorry for my prolonged absence - I've been dealing with a lot lately, both online and in real life, so sometimes updating this journal has been hard for me in the long run. But a lot of exciting stuff has happened to me in the past thirty days (yes, it's been that long lmao) or so that I would like to talk about:

- I received my unexpected ATAR result. Throughout my last year of high school, my predicted ATAR was always in the late fifties to the mid-sixties, which did kinda deflate me to be honest because I struggled a lot this past year and tried as much as I could to receive the best results that I could and guess what? Instead of receiving a 58 or a 65, my ATAR result was 70.20 which was honestly so unexpected and surreal for me.

- I received an offer for my original first preference at ACU. During the first offer round (the 23rd of December I think??) I received an offer for the Bachelor of Educational Studies at ACU which I conditionally accepted as I eagerly and anxiously awaited the next (main) offer round.

- I received an offer for my first preference at QUT. After I received my ATAR, there was a long and anticipated wait until my main offer round, January 14th, which just happened to be my birthday and to my surprise, I got an offer for my dream course, the Bachelor of Education (Primary) at QUT! *squeals*

- Unfortunately, I didn't get a job at ATAR Notes as I hoped but I'm going to use this as a learning experience. I applied for two jobs at ATAR Notes - a tutor at TuteSmart and a writer for the ATAR Notes book collections but I didn't get the job. But while I was a little bit heartbroken at first, I realised that this is just a life experience for me. In reality, I'm not going to get an offer for every job that I apply for, and that's okay. As long as I get back up again and try again, that's all that matters the most to me.

- I'm now officially a QLD Moderator for ATAR Notes! *screams in Swedish* I'm honestly so grateful and fortunate to have this opportunity and I can't wait to get started as soon as I can and update the QCE English and QCE History forums with some new ideas!

- I've also been applying to some jobs as I don't really enjoy my current job, to be honest, so I would really love to share my passion for learning and teaching. I applied to a tuition place called Cluey Learning, but unfortunately, I didn't get a job offer so I applied elsewhere at Alchemy Tuition, where they have reviewed my application and would like me to join them for a ten-minute online interview soon! I'm really excited about this opportunity and I really do hope it goes well :)

I think I covered everything (slightly significant) that has happened in my life in the past thirty days or so, but if I do happen to remember something else, I'll definitely update this post as well. I also think it's worth mentioning that after I watched the heartbreaking Netflix series The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez, I kinda had a eureka moment. While I am definitely passionate about providing education to others, especially those who are experiencing hardships, at the same time, I'm also really passionate about helping others through their tough times.

I was originally planning to do a Bachelor of Education (Primary) at QUT and then do a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology/Bachelor of Social Work at QUT but now, I'm not too sure anymore. Does anyone have any advice about what I should do in this situation? Should I do both degrees or should I transfer from one degree to the other? If you do have any advice, please let me know :)

So technically, I am kinda in a pickle right now as I have enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) at QUT and I'm about to register for my classes on the 2nd of February which should be interesting but I'll definitely update you then!

I've also registered for a lot of QUT events such as the kickSTART program, the campus tour and the QUT orientation for Primary Ed students and also, my online interview for Alchemy Tuition is the third of February so please wish me luck as I'm extremely anxious and slightly terrified, to be honest.

See you guys next time and have a great weekend!

Darcy Dillon.
Title: Re: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: s110820 on January 29, 2021, 06:33:58 pm
Great to see that you have a plan! Keen to see any new updates :)

Thanks! I just posted my latest (but also very prolonged) update lmao :)
Title: Re: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: s110820 on February 04, 2021, 05:12:35 pm
Hey guys,

Iím back with a slightly sad update: I had the interview for Alchemy Tuition today and I didnít get the job. Iím slightly disappointed in myself, especially this is my third time (un)lucky. While Iím trying not to beat myself up over this too much, I still have the desire to move forward - yes itís disappointing, but thereíll always be an opportunity waiting for me and maybe, this wasnít the right one for me.

Either way, Iíve already applied at Studiosity as a ďFeedback WriterĒ and at Elevate Education/Coaching as a ďMentorĒ so hopefully, itíll go okay :)

On a brighter note, I also forgot to mention that I have my timetable for uni (yay!). Here are my classes for Semester 1 at QUT:

EUB101 Learning Forum: 5-7pm, Monday. (1 session) - on-campus
EUB101 Creative Inquiry: 11-2pm, Wednesday. (13 sessions) - on-campus

EUB102 Seminar: 11-12pm, Monday. (2 sessions) - online.
EUB102 Tutorial: 3-5pm, Wednesday. (11 sessions) - on campus.

EUB103 Tutorial - 1-3pm, Friday. (13 sessions) - on campus.

EUB104 Lecture - 2-3pm, Tuesday. (13 sessions) - online.
EUB104 Workshop - 12-2pm, Thursday. (13 sessions) - on campus.

P.S. I would attach a photo of my timetable but it wouldnít let me for some reason :(

Have a great week you guys and see you next time!

Darcy Dillon.

UPDATE: I just received a response back from Studiosity - ďThank you for your expression of interest in joining Studiosity, but unfortunately we are currently not hiring in your location. We will keep your details on file for future opportunitiesĒ - Iím a little bit disheartened by this but at least I tried right?
Title: Re: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: AngelWings on February 05, 2021, 01:43:59 pm
Iím back with a slightly sad update: I had the interview for Alchemy Tuition today and I didnít get the job. Iím slightly disappointed in myself, especially this is my third time (un)lucky. While Iím trying not to beat myself up over this too much, I still have the desire to move forward - yes itís disappointing, but thereíll always be an opportunity waiting for me and maybe, this wasnít the right one for me.

Either way, Iíve already applied at Studiosity as a ďFeedback WriterĒ and at Elevate Education/Coaching as a ďMentorĒ so hopefully, itíll go okay :)

-snip-

UPDATE: I just received a response back from Studiosity - ďThank you for your expression of interest in joining Studiosity, but unfortunately we are currently not hiring in your location. We will keep your details on file for future opportunitiesĒ - Iím a little bit disheartened by this but at least I tried right?
About the job, itís pretty natural to have a number of unsuccessful interviews. I had that happen for both part time and full time jobs. Keep going, and remember that if youíre getting interviews, youíre still doing something right. Itís usually the first job that is the most difficult to obtain.
Title: Re: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: tiredandstressed on February 05, 2021, 05:06:17 pm
Iím back with a slightly sad update: I had the interview for Alchemy Tuition today and I didnít get the job. Iím slightly disappointed in myself, especially this is my third time (un)lucky. While Iím trying not to beat myself up over this too much, I still have the desire to move forward - yes itís disappointing, but thereíll always be an opportunity waiting for me and maybe, this wasnít the right one for me.
-snip-
UPDATE: I just received a response back from Studiosity - ďThank you for your expression of interest in joining Studiosity, but unfortunately we are currently not hiring in your location. We will keep your details on file for future opportunitiesĒ - Iím a little bit disheartened by this but at least I tried right?
*Adding to what AW has said*
Hi there,
Let me just tell you it is okay to be disappointed when I first graduated I applied to multiple tutoring companies and got rejected, it broke me. But right before term 2 (it was actually ANZAC day), I got offered a job with better working conditions than the companies I previously applied for (close to home, better pay, more flexibility in hours)
And then at the start of the second year, I applied for three jobs in January, had three interviews in the span of two days and received job offers from all 3 (and was able to choose the best job for me)
I know it is a cliche, but everything happens for a reason and as you mentioned the interview experience will definitely be helpful for future applications.
You have a strong passion for teaching and any employer will be lucky to have you, you got this!
Have you also considered private tutoring, especially for primary students I am sure you might be able to sell yourself!
All the best for your future endeavours,
I look forward to hearing future updates
- T&S  :D
Title: Re: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: s110820 on February 13, 2021, 11:54:29 am
Hey guys,

This isnít really an ďupdateĒ per say, rather itís more of an outline of the goals that I would like to achieve before, during and after my first university degree:

Academics:

During my Bachelor of Education (Primary), I would like to achieve and pursue:

* In terms of grades, I would like to achieve at least a credit (65-74%) to a distinction (75-84%) but of course, it would be my absolute dream to achieve a high distinction (85-100%) at some point during my degree. If you have received distinctions or high distinctions throughout your university degrees, I would love to hear some advice from you guys :)

* The Executive Deanís Scholars Program (Education).
    - The program is designed for undergraduate students who have satisfied course requirements to the end of year 3 of full-time study in education.
    - What Iíll receive:
        - recognition in the form of a certificate,
        - $100 book voucher,
        - access to the Libraryís Researchersí Centre,
        - invitation to Faculty of Education Research seminars and events.
    - The benefits of the program:
        - expanded understanding of various disciplines,
        - develop and expand academic networks.
        - first hand experience in a research environment.
    - Eligibility:
        - Must be currently enrolled in Bachelor of Education (Primary)
        - Have completed three years equivalent study (288 credit points).
        - Have passed every semester of study from commencement.

After my Bachelor of Education (Primary), I would like to achieve and pursue:

* The QUT Rhodes Scholarship.
        - Requirements: have an indicative expectation of a GPA of at least 6.75/7, a weighted average mark of 80%, or equivalent in my degree.
        - Meet the entry requirements for your proposed course at Oxford University.
        - The selection panel also look for applicants who demonstrate:
            - academic achievement and excellence, ambition for impact, clarity of purpose and intrinsic motivation,
            - a commitment to make a difference in the world, contributing to the greater good,
            - the courage and skills required to lead with a wider desire for the public good.
        - As part of the application, I must submit:
            - a completed academic form
            - declaration addressing the eligibility criteria
            - birth certificate or passport
            - official documentation to prove your citizenship or residence status.
            - academic transcript.
            - CV (curriculum vitae) of not more than three A4 pages in length.
            - personal statement.
            - your proposed course of study at Oxford.
            - the nomination of five referees that address the scholarship criteria (three academic referees and two other referees).
        - The selection process:
            - successful candidates will be invited to attend an interview.
        -  If in doubt, refer to this link for more info: https://www.qut.edu.au/about/achievements-and-recognition/rhodes-scholarships-queensland-applications

If life doesnít go to plan, have a plan b:

- If my QUT Rhodes Scholarship application is unsuccessful, then look at other options such as...
   - Apply for my next undergraduate degree (social work and psychological science) at QUT or
   - Apply for a QUT exchange program either in England, Finland or Sweden (must research Unis there)
   - Apply for a postgraduate degree at Oxford or Cambridge university.

* Gain work experience nationally and internationally
   - In the second year of my course, I can receive credit when participating in a short-term international program by taking elective EUB011: Community Engagement in International, Rural and Remote.
    - Semester exchange program in either England, Finland or Sweden (not sure how these processes in QUT work so Iíll keep researching it and Iíll update this thread with the relevant information and stepping stones to achieve my goals).

Those are all of my academic goals for now, but Iíll definitely update this thread if anything changes. And I do understand that these goals are extremely ambitious, especially as itíll take a lot of hard work to achieve my dreams, but Iím willing to put in the effort and the energy. But of course, Iíll also definitely be prioritising my health as well, as I neglected to do so last year.

If you have any questions, queries, concerns, tips or tricks, please let me know as I would love to hear your thoughts and your words of wisdom!

Have a nice day you guys :)
Title: Re: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: The Cat In The Hat on February 13, 2021, 12:11:17 pm
Good job - you've got great goals!
All the best!
Title: Re: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: kauac on February 13, 2021, 08:26:58 pm
Hey Darcy, I love the intentionality, boldness and flexibility of your goals! It is great to reach goals, but equally as great when life ends up taking you down the unexpected route!  :)

    - Semester exchange program in either England, Finland or Sweden

I'm seeing a trend in England / European countries across your goals... what draws you to these places in particular?
Title: Re: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: K.Smithy on February 13, 2021, 10:45:49 pm
Hey! Idk if you are planning on doing postgrad or undergrad studies overseas, but if you are planning on doing postgrad here is a good scholarship: https://www.johnmonash.com/scholarships/applications
I was looking into completing my PhD at Oxford and this looked pretty good :)
Title: Re: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: s110820 on February 14, 2021, 09:56:47 am
Hey Darcy, I love the intentionality, boldness and flexibility of your goals! It is great to reach goals, but equally as great when life ends up taking you down the unexpected route!  :)

I'm seeing a trend in England / European countries across your goals... what draws you to these places in particular?


Hey kauac,

Thank you so much for believing in me and my goals - youíve honestly got no idea how much it means to me (hint: it means the world to me). And youíre right! Thereís definitely been a trend in England/European countries recently (and in my goals) but to answer your question, hereís what drew me to these places in particular and why they have a special place in my heart:

- England: Ever since I was younger I had my heart set on attending a prestigious university such as Cambridge or Oxford! I know itís a slightly weird ambition to have as a kid but I fell in love with London, the surrounding towns and the beautiful landscape of the Cotswalds, so Iím thinking it could be my ďforeverĒ home.

- Finland: Similarly, my passion for making education more accessible and helping others be the best they can be (both academically and personally) encouraged me to look elsewhere in terms of how they value education and what they do to ensure both personal and academic success from Day 1 (hint: itís Number 1 in the world for education!). Thatís why I love Finland so much - they value and enrich lives with education, not just doing it for the sake of doing it if that makes sense.

- Sweden: While I was born in Ireland, I went to FŲrskola (what they call kindergarten in Sweden) at Stockholm International School, which while I donít remember much of it, from looking at all of the pictures I had in my big scrapbook/binder thing, it honestly looked really fun. I guess the reason why I want to visit Sweden so much again, is that I would like to connect with my roots. While no one in my family is Swedish per say (except for my younger sister who was born in Sweden), growing up in Sweden was a big part of my life and I would really love to reconnect with my roots and explore Sweden once again.

But thanks again for your interesting question! I hoped that helped to answer your question :)

Hey! Idk if you are planning on doing postgrad or undergrad studies overseas, but if you are planning on doing postgrad here is a good scholarship: https://www.johnmonash.com/scholarships/applications
I was looking into completing my PhD at Oxford and this looked pretty good :)

Hey K.Smithy,

Thanks so much for your suggestion! Iíll definitely look into it. However, Iím actually planning to do two undergraduate degrees (Bachelor of Education (Primary) and Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Social Work at QUT) so depending on which road I eventually decide to travel on (e.g. such as whether I would like to do one or two undergraduate degrees), a postgraduate degree abroad can also be an option as well! Thank you again for finding this opportunity for me - I really appreciate it :)

Good job - you've got great goals!
All the best!

Thanks! I really appreciate it :)
Title: Re: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: s110820 on May 05, 2021, 02:46:37 pm
Hey guys,

Long time no see! I'm really sorry that I haven't been able to update this journal as much as I would have liked - I've been pretty busy with uni and my mental health has taken a toll on me and I'm still kinda struggling so updating my uni journal wasn't my number one priority during that time.

But to lighten the mood a bit, I got a few assessment results back and here's what I got:

EUB104 - Stepping In (which is basically like an introductory course to teaching & education): Grade 5 - Credit.

This was the first assessment result that I received and to say that I was disheartened would be a bit of an understatement. EUB104 is pretty much one of my favourite units and I worked my ass off with this assignment so I was a little bit disappointed in myself, especially as I was aiming for a Grade 6 - Distinction.

But after I talked to my parents about it, I realised that it is only my first semester of uni and I still have so much time to learn and grow as a student. So as of now, I'm actually pretty proud of my result - achieving distinctions isn't easy, especially as a first-year student so getting this grade and nearly being where I want to be has really encouraged me to push myself further.

EUB102 - Education & Society (which is basically like a course about how society and contextual factors affect education and impact student learning/development): Multiple Choice Quiz - 8/10.

I'm actually pretty proud of this result to be honest. I've never really been great with multiple choice as I prefer to do long responses so this result was actually a bit of a surprise to me. While I did study for this exam and completed all of the practice questions provided, I ended up panicking during the quiz because I had a mind blank and only ten or so minutes to complete the quiz so I honestly thought that I was going to fail this quiz but I guess not :)

I haven't received any other assessment results back yet, but I should get them all back by the end of this week. While I can't say too much about my assessment, here's a quick little overview of what I'm doing at the moment:

EUB101 - Supporting Innovative Pedagogy with Digital Technologies (which is basically a course about how we can use digital technologies in the classroom): group presentation with written reflection.

My group and I just had a group meeting where we were actually pretty productive and got a lot done. We've chosen our content descriptor from the Australian Curriculum, linked it to a general capability and a cross-curriculum priority and we're in the process of creating our digital learning pedagogy/prototype to present to our class.

EUB102 - Education & Society: Long-Response Exam.

Pretty self-explanatory but I'm currently studying for my upcoming long response exam using the practice questions provided, spaced repetition and active recall!

EUB103 (Culture Studies: Indigenous Education): Portfolio

This is actually a pretty big assessment as it is divided into three parts: the community snapshot, the practice plan and the engagement plan.

In the community snapshot, I need to:
- Research an Australian Indigenous community
- Trace their history using Anglo-Saxon and Indigenous perspectives
- Explain my cultural position
- Explain my relationship to this community (and its First Nation peoples)
- Analyse the reliability and usefulness of the sources that I used.

In the practice (lesson) plan, I need to:
- Choose a content description from the Australian curriculum
- Identify the First Nations content I would teach.
- Identify at least one resource that I would use to teach this First Nations content.
- Explain the culturally responsive teaching strategies I would use.
- Explain why these are appropriate teaching, curriculum and resource choices.
- Explain how my teaching, resource and curriculum choices will work.
- Support your choices with scholarly literature.

In the engagement plan, I need to:
- Identify a First Nations, or First Nations-affiliated, organisation, role or network.
- Identify why you would contact this entity and how you would approach this entity.
- Draft an introduction to this entity.

EUB104 - Stepping In: Responses to Policy

Essentially, I need to respond to a stimulus provided in class for three case studies (learners, pedagogy & curriculum) using the 4R's framework (Report and Respond, Relating (connections between reflection and self), Reason (connection between the reflection and the theory) & Reconstruct (connection between the reflection and your future practice/views). Each week I need to write a 500 word response which I will then compile into one document for submission.

That's about it in terms of my assessment but in terms of my social life, I'm kinda struggling a bit to be honest. I mean it doesn't really help that I'm an introvert with social anxiety but I'm finding the whole social life aspect really hard so if anyone does have any advice on how I can work on this, I would really appreciate it :)

I've also applied to a few jobs as well! Ever since my avalanche of rejections, I've been keen to find a job so I applied to the OSHC at my local primary school and I've never heard back from them. I also asked a few local businesses if they were hiring to no avail so I'm back to square one so hopefully I can find something soon. Maybe I could apply for a position as a freelance editor or something in that area? I'm kinda stuck on ideas to be honest.

I also applied to the Faculty Academic Board at uni as an undergraduate representative so I'm really hoping that it'll work out. I'll also apply for a few volunteering opportunities too as I would really love to pay it forward.

I think that's about it from me but if you do have any questions, queries or concerns, feel free to let me know as I would be more than happy to answer any questions!
Title: Re: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: s110820 on May 08, 2021, 09:50:51 am
Hey again!

I just got another assessment result back and this time, it's for my EUB102 - Education & Society unit group presentation! For this assessment, I received a grade of 5 (Credit)! I'm actually pretty stoked with this grade to be honest. As someone who has a tendency to cry either before, during or after their presentation due to nervousness and anxiety, I think I did pretty well to be honest (surprise: I didn't end up breaking down - instead, I was pretty composed).

And I know that my group members probably won't see this but if they do, I would just like to thank them for being the best team ever! I'm really proud of all of you and good luck for your upcoming assessment too :)

I'm also pretty keen for next semester so much so that I bought myself a digital notebook bundle (five notebooks in total) and a digital planner as well (oops). As you can probably tell already, one of the goals that I'm working towards for next semester and beyond is to improve my time management/organisation and reduce my procrastination. While I did (kinda) have an organisation system in place, throughout the semester, I have come to realise that it isn't really working for me so I'm going to change that up a bit for next semester as well.

I think that's about it for now but feel free to ask me any questions (if you have any) as I would be more than happy to help :)

See you next time!

Title: Re: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: Bri MT on May 08, 2021, 09:56:43 am

Great work on your group presentation!
I'm glad you had a fantastic group :)
Title: Re: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: s110820 on May 08, 2021, 10:17:33 am
Great work on your group presentation!
I'm glad you had a fantastic group :)

Thanks Bri!
Title: Re: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: s110820 on May 12, 2021, 08:45:08 pm
Hey guys,

Sorry for the slightly late update but I've got some exciting news to share with you guys: I received my first distinction at uni! I am beyond happy with my result and I'm really glad that my hard work paid off. The assignment that I received the distinction for was for my EUB103 class (Culture Studies: Indigenous Education) which was mainly just critical reflections. After reading the feedback, I have come to realise that I mainly just need to work on polishing up the APA referencing (which does get marked at uni!) and to be more specific which I'll definitely work on for my future assignments!

As I'm having a lil trouble incorporating multimedia elements into uni journey journal, I created a Tumblr account (@productividee) which I might use as my uni journey journal as well. Don't get me wrong, I love ATAR Notes with all of my heart but the functionality of the forum space isn't really the right fit of what I had in mind for my uni journal. And of course, I'll still be present on the forums trying my best to answer general maths questions even though my brain is a lil bit foggy.

That's it for now! See you guys next time :)
Title: Re: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: The Cat In The Hat on May 13, 2021, 09:13:29 am
Good for you! :) :D
Title: Re: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: Bri MT on May 13, 2021, 10:15:25 am
Hey guys,

Sorry for the slightly late update but I've got some exciting news to share with you guys: I received my first distinction at uni! I am beyond happy with my result and I'm really glad that my hard work paid off. The assignment that I received the distinction for was for my EUB103 class (Culture Studies: Indigenous Education) which was mainly just critical reflections. After reading the feedback, I have come to realise that I mainly just need to work on polishing up the APA referencing (which does get marked at uni!) and to be more specific which I'll definitely work on for my future assignments!

As I'm having a lil trouble incorporating multimedia elements into uni journey journal, I created a Tumblr account (@productividee) which I might use as my uni journey journal as well. Don't get me wrong, I love ATAR Notes with all of my heart but the functionality of the forum space isn't really the right fit of what I had in mind for my uni journal. And of course, I'll still be present on the forums trying my best to answer general maths questions even though my brain is a lil bit foggy.

That's it for now! See you guys next time :)

Congrats on the distinction!

If you're struggling to embed pictures or videos I'm happy to help you learn how to do that on the forums :)
Title: Re: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: s110820 on May 15, 2021, 07:23:13 pm
Not exactly uni related but to reward myself for being the best student I can be during this semester, Iím going to see Tom & Jerry at the cinemas tomorrow!

Title: Re: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: s110820 on June 14, 2021, 02:41:20 pm
Hey guys,

Long time, no see! A lot has happened since my last update so I'll try to summarise everything that has happened in the past few weeks all into one post for you. I just submitted my last assignment for Semester 1 today as I eagerly await my final grades (and my GPA) which will be released sometime in July (July 9th I think) and in about two weeks time, I'll be registering for my Semester 2 classes which I'm super excited about. My Semester 2 classes are:

EUB105 - Introduction to Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (Primary)
EUB110 - Primary English Curriculum Studies 1
EUB111 - Primary Mathematics Curriculum Studies 1
EUB112 - Child & Adolescent Learning and Development

Next semester, it seems like I'll have the following assessment:

EUB105 - Reflective Journal (40%) and Professional Plans (60%)
EUB110 - Professional Plans (50%) and Written Examination (50%)
EUB111 - Weekly Online Quizzes and Recorded Creative Work.
EUB112 - Online Quiz and Essay.

The classes I'm most excited about are EUB110 (Primary English Curriculum Studies 1) and EUB112 (Child & Adolescent Learning Development) as I'm really passionate about and interested in English and Educational Psychology. I'm not really sure how I feel about EUB105 (Introduction to Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (Primary)) or EUB111 (Primary Mathematics Curriculum Studies 1) though, especially as I'm not really confident teaching mathematics but that might change throughout the semester.

I haven't received any other grades from this semester yet so I'll keep you guys updated if I do receive another one soon. I also had a job interview yesterday which I thought went great and guess what?? It did! I just received confirmation this morning that I got the job and that I'm apart of the Optimise Learning team which I'm honestly so happy about. After receiving a handful of rejections, I do have to admit that I wasn't get this job either but I'm so glad that I did. However, due to confidentiality and their supply agreement, I won't be able to go into excessive detail about any of my future students.

Also, I'm kinda worried that I'll have too much on my plate next semester. I currently have three jobs and study full-time so I'm not really sure what to do. My three jobs are as a waitress at a restaurant, tutoring at Optimise Learning and tutoring once a week for a local retired teacher. Does anyone have any advice on what I should do? I'm kinda stuck.

Here's what I'm hoping my weekly schedule will look like next semester (but it ultimately depends on the class allocations I get during class registration):

(https://i.imgur.com/ZHhR7vm.png)

Should I quit my job as a waitress or should I cut back my hours? If so, which job should I cut back hours on? If anyone has any advice, I would really appreciate it :)
Title: Re: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: tiredandstressed on June 14, 2021, 04:37:59 pm
Hi there,
Glad to see a positive update and hope you get the grades you desire.
Oh my, if I added up the hours correctly, you are planning to work 30 hours per week (that's almost full-time work!)
Not sure what your University recommends, but UoM tells us our degree should be treated like a full-time job and we should expect to spend 40 hours per week on uni (although for many of us, this time is more).
In my opinion (which ofc you are welcome to disagree) I think 30 hours might be too much, not sure what your financial situation may be, but I am currently working 20 hours per week as a tutor, and even I find that too much (I actually underloaded this semester, and did a subject)
Since I can't underload next semester (last semester b4 graduation  :P) I decided to reduce my hours (currently tutoring five days, planning to drop to 4). It is important to look after your mental and physical health and as well as keeping up with your uni load I think you may struggle with your current working hours (this is just me speaking from experience).
I would assume compared to tutoring, working as a waitress would be more physically demanding (I used to also work at a restaurant before tutoring full time) so I would try to see if you could potentially reduce your hour as a waitress (or possibly quit altogether) but maybe just ask to reduce your hours (to prevent having any double work days, i.e. don't work at the restaurant and tutor on the same days). This might be a good idea and may ensure you have a more manageable load (at least in my opinion).
Another possible option could be underloading if you need to work the number of hours that you work for financial reasons, however, if you can afford to reduce your hours I would recommend doing so.
Something else to consider, your current working schedule may reduce your opportunity to attend social activities in uni, as a first-year, it also important you that explore what uni has to offer socially, and ofc you could always attend an event after work.
But considering all most of your tutorials are on Wednesday, I guess you don't really have a reason to go to uni on other days of the week, but if you ever want to go out for dinner with uni mates, it hard to do so if you have to tutor every night (at least this happened to me and I had to cancel a lot of plans because I basically tutored every day, which makes socialising hard).
Just something to consider, first year is very important for both the uni content but also your interpersonal and intrapersonal development, so it is up to you, I know some people who did work similar hours and didn't burn out, but they had to sacrifice other opportunities (social events/ gatherings, university career events etc)
In the end of the day, it is totally up to you and your situation but I think 30 hours might be a bit much, but if you think you can handle then go for it, in the end every degree is different and I can only speak from my experience in biomedicine.

I hope this was helpful, please take this as a grain of salt, but I hope my insights can help shape your final decision.
Looking forward to future updates,
T&S

Spoiler
P.S I have been following your journal but never realised you got a tutoring job, not sure if you ever mentioned it but congratulations! I know how hard you worked to get a tutoring job, and you did it! Wishing you all the best :)
Title: Re: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: s110820 on June 14, 2021, 04:58:26 pm
Hi there,
Glad to see a positive update and hope you get the grades you desire.
Oh my, if I added up the hours correctly, you are planning to work 30 hours per week (that's almost full-time work!)
Not sure what your University recommends, but UoM tells us our degree should be treated like a full-time job and we should expect to spend 40 hours per week on uni (although for many of us, this time is more).
In my opinion (which ofc you are welcome to disagree) I think 30 hours might be too much, not sure what your financial situation may be, but I am currently working 20 hours per week as a tutor, and even I find that too much (I actually underloaded this semester, and did a subject)
Since I can't underload next semester (last semester b4 graduation  :P) I decided to reduce my hours (currently tutoring five days, planning to drop to 4). It is important to look after your mental and physical health and as well as keeping up with your uni load I think you may struggle with your current working hours (this is just me speaking from experience).
I would assume compared to tutoring, working as a waitress would be more physically demanding (I used to also work at a restaurant before tutoring full time) so I would try to see if you could potentially reduce your hour as a waitress (or possibly quit altogether) but maybe just ask to reduce your hours (to prevent having any double work days, i.e. don't work at the restaurant and tutor on the same days). This might be a good idea and may ensure you have a more manageable load (at least in my opinion).
Another possible option could be underloading if you need to work the number of hours that you work for financial reasons, however, if you can afford to reduce your hours I would recommend doing so.
Something else to consider, your current working schedule may reduce your opportunity to attend social activities in uni, as a first-year, it also important you that explore what uni has to offer socially, and ofc you could always attend an event after work.
But considering all most of your tutorials are on Wednesday, I guess you don't really have a reason to go to uni on other days of the week, but if you ever want to go out for dinner with uni mates, it hard to do so if you have to tutor every night (at least this happened to me and I had to cancel a lot of plans because I basically tutored every day, which makes socialising hard).
Just something to consider, first year is very important for both the uni content but also your interpersonal and intrapersonal development, so it is up to you, I know some people who did work similar hours and didn't burn out, but they had to sacrifice other opportunities (social events/ gatherings, university career events etc)
In the end of the day, it is totally up to you and your situation but I think 30 hours might be a bit much, but if you think you can handle then go for it, in the end every degree is different and I can only speak from my experience in biomedicine.

I hope this was helpful, please take this as a grain of salt, but I hope my insights can help shape your final decision.
Looking forward to future updates,
T&S

Spoiler
P.S I have been following your journal but never realised you got a tutoring job, not sure if you ever mentioned it but congratulations! I know how hard you worked to get a tutoring job, and you did it! Wishing you all the best :)

Hey tiredandstressed,

Thank you so much for your suggestions! I really do appreciate it. I actually just realised that I actually put in the wrong hours for the tutoring (the one in light orange) as Iím a bit of a boomer when it comes to technology whoops. The ďtutoringĒ in the light orange is supposed to be 3:30-6:30pm. Iím planning to do the ďtutoringĒ (light orange job) three times a week and the other tutoring job one time a week (a two hour job) which should add up to 11 hours in total (if I did the maths right).

Iím planning to work at least fifteen to twenty hours a week so Iíll probably do one or two 3-hour shifts at the restaurant to get the rest of those hours. Hopefully that makes sense but I definitely do understand where youíre coming from. Last semester I got extremely burnt out from trying to juggle my full-time uni studies and part-time work so Iíll definitely keep your advice in mind. I think Iím going to experiment for the first week or two to see what works for me and then Iíll reduce/cut back my hours if necessary.

Also, as I would only need to work <9 hours a week for my restaurant job, Iím planning to take the Saturday shifts out of my schedule as well which will open up time for socialising/me time as both tutoring jobs have fixed schedules (especially as one in the after-school care ďOSHCĒ program).

Iíll also brainstorm the pros and cons of each scenario/option you came up with as well so thank you so much for your suggestions! I really do appreciate it <3
Title: Re: To Infinity And Beyond!
Post by: K.Smithy on June 14, 2021, 06:39:30 pm
So good to hear that you're excited for next semester!  ;D Wow, that's a lot of hours to work tho! I guess whether or not you cut back on hours depends on how demanding the uni workload is and also how much recovery time you'll need (you definitely don't want to work yourself to the ground).