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March 29, 2020, 01:41:03 am

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This isn't a unique thing to first year but it definitely might peak or feel really intense during this time. Everything you are feeling is valid, okay, and surprisingly common despite the overwhelming feeling inside that it isn't.

I transferred out of my first course, considered transferring two more times almost a year apart, changed majors about 3 times, changed career goals and visions more times than I can count (still doing it now tbh) - point is, this is common, don't get too caught up in it, you've only just entered uni. It is okay to not know.

Plenty of people here for a chat. My PMs are always open.
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hey guys

how does this work? see pic attached
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Unfortunately I don't have all the answers but just wanted to let you know it's very common to feel this way, especially in first year uni, and you're definitely not alone <3
We are our own harshest critics - please be gentle to yourself. No matter what marks you've received in high school or in uni you absolutely deserve to pursue any form of education - everyone deserves to.

Try not to stress too much about the interest vs career thing just now. The first thing you study at uni doesn't have to be what you do with the rest of your life. A massive amount of uni students change course at least once, if not more. And once people get out into the workforce they often change their career several times from there. What you do now at uni won't necessarily be what you end up doing with your life, and that's ok. Use it for now as a time to broaden your horizons, learn new academic skills and the like :)

Here for a chat if you need. First year uni was a really tough time for me mental health-wise and I know that's the case for a lot of people. You aren't alone.
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News and Politics / Re: General Australian Politics Discussion
« Last post by vox nihili on March 28, 2020, 11:51:49 pm »
Definitely not playing well for him though that he's made that decision about his own kids, but expects parents to keep theirs at school. Advice on schools is slowly changing though, with a shift to "if you can take your kids out of school, you should but they'll remain open for those who can't/don't want to". This advice is probably misguided. The evidence across multiple settings has consistently demonstrated that school closures are not beneficial (one caveat which I'll explain in a second), yet the ramifications are enormous: huge economic losses, kids lose vital education, essential workers have to be home to look after their kids rather than work etc etc.

School closures are generally seen as unhelpful; however, one Australian modelling study predicted that one side effect of school closures would be that people are forced to stay at home to look after their kids and therefore spend less time in the community spreading covid.



Overall, Covid will probably see a big bounce to the government polls wise. Superficially they look like they're dealing with the crisis. In reality though, they genuinely appear to be struggling. Morrison in particular just doesn't appear to grasp the details of what he's doing in most of his press conferences, has done a dreadful job of public health communication and really seems to be grappling with this idea that the primary issue is the economic fallout, rather than the virus.
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VCE Biology / Re: best biology videos to watch to help understand concepts
« Last post by whys on March 28, 2020, 10:38:12 pm »
I'd recommend crash course on youtube if you are just starting a concept and want a basic and fun overview of it. Their videos are informative, but aren't boring. They also have videos for many other subjects, which you can check out too! Specifically for biology, I definitely recommend checking out the amoeba sisters. They're funny and make very entertaining videos that I enjoy watching in my free time, and cover topics explicitly in the VCE biology course. In a similar line, I definitely recommend Douchy's biology podcasts by Andrew Douch, which if you search on google will come up. If you're bored on the bus or train to school (doesn't apply now) or even in the car, you can listen to his podcasts, which are tailored to the current VCE biology study design. He spends ample time on many different topics, and many students find him a huge help for biology 3/4. Lastly, the good old-fashioned Khan academy. Yes, the videos may sometimes go deeper than what you need to know, but we are here to learn, not blindly memorise facts just to reproduce on a SAC or exam (I mean, you can do this, but it's more fun to immerse yourself in the content!). Whenever I don't really understand a concept, and this isn't restricted to biology, I turn to Khan academy to see if they can help (which they usually can) or I'll just do a quick google search to read a few articles until I understand the concept. Often, going in-depth is necessary if you really want to understand the nuances of a topic that you simply cannot learn if you only adhere to the study design. It's really good to gain this knowledge, even though it isn't necessary to know, because it'll help understand the why or how behind the particular topic you are learning.

Hope this helped!
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Forum Games and Casual Chat / Re: Try to guess a fact about the person BELOW you
« Last post by Evolio on March 28, 2020, 10:33:35 pm »
Nope, but nearly did.

PBM watched a movie today.
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VCE Biology / best biology videos to watch to help understand concepts
« Last post by amanaazim on March 28, 2020, 10:22:35 pm »
Hey guys just wanted to ask if you know good biology videos to help understand content please mention them in the comment section below
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Forum Games and Casual Chat / Re: Try to guess a fact about the person BELOW you
« Last post by whys on March 28, 2020, 10:20:12 pm »
Yes omg

PBM ate ice cream today
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VCE Biology / Re: VCE Biology Question Thread
« Last post by J_Rho on March 28, 2020, 10:04:43 pm »
what is the easiest way to learn the cells part, and plasma membrane part of biology
IMO flashcards or drawing it
if you drew it you could make a big poster and also label parts and stick it on your wall so you're always looking at it
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Accountability and Motivation / Re: Chemistry HW Logbook
« Last post by Snow Leopard on March 28, 2020, 09:43:16 pm »
CHEM HW TO COMPLETE BY TOMMORROW:
- Complete ALL Notes for Chapter 1 5
- Correct Ch 1 Exercise Questions
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