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Re: A whole new world - fb3's uni journal
« Reply #30 on: March 21, 2018, 10:41:09 pm »
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Hello!!!

It feels like it's been a while since my last update, but I think it's because I don't have a lot to say. Reading everyone else's uni journals has been great though, keep it up guys!

Today was pretty good. On Wednesdays, I'm in from 1-6, and I only have a lecture and tutorial for German, which is easily the best subject on my timetable. It's even better because I'm with my primary school friend who I haven't seen in 6 years (at least until uni started), so every lecture is like a catch up. Besides that, German is getting super confusing lol like the conjugations and grammatical genders and there's things that sound like English but it's not so I always get mixed up. I really don't want to fall behind in the subject, but it's proving really hard when a language is something that needs to be practiced daily, and I have 3 other subjects which require time and effort too.

Also, I submitted my first assignment today for one of my media subjects. I don't think I did a very good job on it, and I just want to pass lol. The subject it's for is really dry and I still have to do a reading before the tutorial tomorrow at 9am, whoops. That's okay, I'll skim read it and hope everyone else in the class can answer questions for me hahaha. I have another two assignments due next Thursday: one for German, and one for my other media course. I think I've got the German one down pat - I think I know what I'm doing, but the media one... that's another story. At least I've got another week, then it's mid semester break woooooo.

I think I'm settling into uni alright, like I've made a few friends, and I always see people from high school, so it's good to know I've got people around to hang out with. I just need to get my priorities straight, particularly with time management. I struggled a lot with that during year 12, and it wasn't until the HSC I could actually manage my time properly, but since mid-sem break is coming up, I've got time to sort everything out even though everything is slowly hitting me in the face.

Hope you're all going well! :-)
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Re: A whole new world - fb3's uni journal
« Reply #31 on: March 22, 2018, 08:06:55 am »
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« Reply #32 on: March 22, 2018, 08:51:01 am »
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Ich bin der gleiche sofort arggh!
( sorry if that's the wrong grammar, all I have is my year 8 knowledge and a small German dictionary)

Ahahaha mein Deutsch ist schlecht 😅it's all good, I had to copy paste that into Google translate because I only knew what "ich bin" was oops. Hope uni is going well for you!
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Re: A whole new world - fb3's uni journal
« Reply #33 on: March 29, 2018, 03:58:41 pm »
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29/03/18

Now that I've finished both my assignments due today, it seems appropriate that I end the week with an update. :-) Usually I go to uni on Fridays (with a 9am start...) but since it's Good Friday tomorrow, I don't have to go woooooo.

The assignments went alright - just glad they're over, because mid-sem break is here yay! I have to catch up on the readings I missed because of the assignments, and complete a 2000 word essay assignment over the break, but it's okay because at least I waking up early to go to uni. I think I'm going to make some flashcards for German too, because I'm always forgetting words and their articles.

I don't really have much to say now, except for I'm really excited for the weekend and this break - it will be pretty chill except for doing work.

Hope you all have an awesome long weekend!
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Re: A whole new world - fb3's uni journal
« Reply #34 on: April 09, 2018, 11:53:33 am »
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Currently: smashing out the last 200 words of my essay due 4pm today which I still need to edit (i.e. changing an entire paragraph ahfashflsdf) and change the formatting of some of the references from citethisforme, and disappointed in what I got for my MDIA1002 assessment.

My self-confidence with academic-related things, for lack of a better word, has always been shit. I'm always that person who thinks they're going to do bad, and then either smashes it or does decent. But, my definition of decent always means getting at least 80% in something (except for maths last year lol what a joke). I got my MDIA1002 assessment grade today, and I was disappointed. Sure, I've been told many times that you can do a lot worse in the first semester of uni when compared to high school, and it's something to be expected, but I'm just disappointed in myself. It's not an awful mark, but I'm sitting in disbelief and I don't know how to feel about this INST1005 essay I'm writing right now because I'm just hoping I pass lol like any confidence I had which was non-existent anyway is just out the window. And INST1005 is the worst at marking - the tute prep tasks don't have a lot of feedback... like okay darl

Rip to my WAM. Bye, it was nice never knowing you xoxo

Anyway, hope you're all having a great day :-) mid-sem break is over and so is any chance of doing well at the moment ha ha ha

Also I just realised I posted twice lol my laptop was being a weird before and I ended up posting just the date before ahaha
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Re: A whole new world - fb3's uni journal
« Reply #35 on: April 19, 2018, 06:16:56 pm »
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19/04/18 (warning: this will be very long)

Hi friends! Currently super relieved, having finished three assessments over two days!

I'll start with stuff I got back this week.
- ARTS1090 (media subject) // probably the worst subject on my timetable... but whatever lol. Did pretty good in this one, especially considering I thought I did an awful job on the assignment - felt like I handed in the worst thing ever. Yay for a distinction!
- ARTS1510 (German) // quite surprised with this one! This one was a five page portfolio. I knew I made a ton of mistakes, but I did put in a little more effort. One mark off a HD, but it's okay, there's two more portfolios I can improve on :-)

Assessments I did this week:
- INST1005 // this was done last week, but I felt like I submitted total trash. Apparently we're getting them back by the end of next week which is scary because I know I didn't do very well in this one.
- ARTS1510 (Wednesday) // listening test for German, which didn't go very well. I wasn't expecting spelling which was pretty much the lecturer reading out letters in German and then writing down the letters of a word. There's literally four different letters that sound like "ooh" so that was difficult. Fun fact: kangaroo = kšnguru
- MDIA1002 (today) // multiple choice quiz worth 20%. You know those questions where each question has answers that all sound right, and you have to pick the one that's the most correct? That was every single question in this test. Really not confident about this one.
- ARTS1090 (today) // this was an annotated bibliography for some journal articles (the journal articles are going to be in a literature review which is the next assessment). Once again, I felt like I submitted trash. I don't think I interpreted the articles correctly, and the whole bibliography wasn't written very well so like... I'll be glad to pass.

This week:
- Enrolment for next semester is coming up, so my friends and I were on bojangles for an hour (procrastination... what can I say) comparing timetables and trying to get in the same classes. Don't think we're going to be in a lot of the same classes next semester which is kinda sad but here's to meeting new people...?
- Exchange is also coming up in a year and a half (whaaaat) and I have to get everything together by the beginning of next year, so there's been a bit of researching for that.
- I've also been looking at the minor streams for International Studies (we start that next year), and I'm very split between Politics and International Relations or International Business. I like learning about politics, but I think it's going to be a very popular minor stream and I don't know if I like the idea of having a ton of people doing the same thing? As for International Business, I don't want to get let down studying business especially after I thought I was interested in business, which I did in year 11 and 12, but found it really dry and boring. I would like to do International Business, but there's just that voice in the back of my mind saying it's going to let me down again. But, I think it'll tie in nicely with Media :-) Also, the International Business minor is 30 credits, compared to 24 credits for the other minors so I don't know?? I've got about half a year to decide, but yeaaaaa very conflicted

Today: new notification for the last MDIA1002 assessment. It's another writing task, and we can choose whether we want to write a press release or news article. We have to base this off something related to UNSW, and I have no idea what I'm going to do because we actually have to interview people. As I'm already very socially awkward, I really don't know how this interviewing is going to go - I'm probably going to embarrass myself really badly lol. If anyone has suggestions for this task, please leave them below :-)

If you made it here, congrats!!!! You've gotten through a very long ramble.

Hope you have an awesome Friday and weekend,
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Re: A whole new world - fb3's uni journal
« Reply #36 on: April 24, 2018, 10:09:15 pm »
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24/04/18

Hi friends! This should be a short(er) update. :-)

Today: super fun today! I have a four hour break on Tuesdays (ugh) but it's sometimes it's good to have a weekly group project because there's people to hang out with. The topic today was Fair Trade chocolate, which was quite interesting.
Tomorrow: Thank goodness for a public holiday. I have so much to catch up on... regrets. I binge watched the last 1 and a half seasons of How I Met Your Mother on the weekend instead of doing the readings and notes I was supposed to do, but what's done is done hahaha. HIMYM was great though!! Loved the ending. The plan is:
- German notes and flashcards
- Finish readings for tutorials on Thursday (crying inside thinking about this)
- INST lecture notes from today

I think the main reason I wanted to update (so quickly as well) is because I've realised two things about myself.
1. I'm much more confident speaking in front of a class!!!! I remember in Mock Trial I was like an earthquake, because I was shaking so much. Now, even though I'm still quite nervous talking in front of people, I feel a lot better doing it. Cheers to INST1005 and their group presentations every week - it's now a lot easier for me to express my opinion for topics discussed in class, instead of keeping it cooped in. :-)
2. I've realised I want to get into PR more than advertising (although advertising would still be pretty cool) and I actually don't mind writing? We have a writing task for MDIA1002 to do every week, and I thought it was enjoyable to write the media releases. I also decided on an International Business major for the International Studies degree, which should tie in pretty nicely with my media degree. Yay for realising stuff about the future!

ALSO today was super reassuring because my INST1005 lecturer reassured us there are a ton of jobs out there for people with an International Studies degree, and that it's an apparently growing field. Yay! I don't feel that anxious about the future anymore.

Hope you all had an awesome day,
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Re: A whole new world - fb3's uni journal
« Reply #37 on: May 07, 2018, 09:20:46 pm »
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07/05/18

Hey friends!

Heading into winter now, although Sydney is strange and we're having half a week of 26 degrees like alright sure weather, no worries. The weather really needs to decide whether it's going to be warm or cold. Honestly.

Anyway, recapping my last two weeks:
- Assessments: currently drowning in work but after next Thursday is over I'll be free for a few days then back to more assessments! I have a 1.5k word literature review due next Thursday which I've literally just started and a German exam next Wednesday. As for assessments I've been getting back, that's been alright. :-)
- Semester 2: you guys. My timetable is AMAZING. I'm only at uni for 2.5 days which means I can work 4 days a week heck yeaaaaa bring in the money lol. I'm in Monday from 9-4, Wednesday from 10-4.30 and Friday from 9-12.30 (12.30 is only a lecture which I can skip so woo).
- Exams: well I didn't know Saturday exams were a thing until now. Who the flying heck decides an exam at 8.45am on a Saturday is appropriate?? Saturdays are for sleep ins, not uni exams. Gosh, uni. What the heck.

Hope you all have an awesome week,
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« Reply #38 on: May 08, 2018, 07:00:49 am »
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Your sem 2 timetable sounds brilliant!

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« Reply #39 on: May 08, 2018, 07:33:11 am »
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Your sem 2 timetable sounds brilliant!

Do you get swotvac?
Do you struggle to reach the word count or stay within it? 

Hi!

Yes it is, Iím so excited for next sem because the timetable is good... is that weird?

I had to google what swotvac was before answering the question lol. Yea we do, I just donít know when.

Not all the time!! Really depends on the assignment, but sometimes I write way more than the word count, but other times I struggle to reach it.
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« Reply #40 on: May 19, 2018, 06:48:54 pm »
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19/05/18

Hi friends, hope your week has been great!

Royal wedding is in a few hours (yay) - I've always been interested in the monarchy (don't ask why, I don't know myself) so I'm pretty pumped! I think I'm going to have it streaming on one side of my laptop screen, and have my OneNote opened to take notes for my readings hahaha. Multitasking is where it's at woo

Anyway, onto a quick rundown of assessments and my week:

Assessments:
- Wednesday: German written exam. I think this one was okay. I remember straight after finishing it I thought I did awful, but looking back on it now it was alright?? There were a few things I was a bit stumped on but I think I improvised well enough ahaha it is so hard to bs a language. The strangest part of the exam was a 30-mark extended response which was a response to an email that had to be 80-100 words in German. I was expecting an extended response, but I wasn't expecting it be worth that many marks.
- Thursday: ARTS1090 literature review. I feel like every time I submit an assignment for this subject, I submit trash lol. I don't have much to say about this except I hope I pass.
- Upcoming assessments: German speaking test and writing task for MDIA1002. I need to catch up on the stuff I abandoned because of my assessments this week, but I'll start preparing for those soon-ish.

This week I felt like I only did assessments, and after they were over, I've done nothing. I've been very unmotivated to do work lately so that has resulted in a lot of YouTube and Netflix.

I've recently started watching videos from the YouTube channel Jubilee, and they are so good. Highly recommend it - I quite like 'Middle Ground' and 'Both Sides'. I also watched 'Charitť' on Netflix, and it was awesome. It's a German medical drama set in the late 1880s, and it was quite interesting to see medicine being practiced so long ago. The show is based on real people with a few fictional ones thrown in. 6 episodes, 50 mins each, 1 season, pretty good to watch in one go.

Have a great weekend + awesome week,
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« Reply #41 on: May 30, 2018, 08:14:26 pm »
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30/05/18

Hi friends, hope your week has been awesome! It's finally the last week of uni and I'm so excited for the semester to be over - it's gone pretty quick, but I'm so tired most days so I'm looking forward to break.

Rundown of what's been going on:
- Went back to my old high school for a career's market thing they do every year and spoke to year 10-12 students about my uni course! Initially I didn't want to go because I would skip my last German lecture, but it was really rewarding and I'm so happy I went. It was also really nice to see my teachers again! Definitely going back next year. I don't think you realise how passionate you are about something until you talk about it either!
- Didn't do too well in one of my German assignments CYA
- German speaking test today: I think it went alright. The task was to have a conversation with a partner with a randomly allocated topic (1 of 4 topics which were discussed in one of the lectures) and my friend and I got the topic we wanted so yea!
- UNSW strike today lol the picket line people told me not to go to class (fair enough - they're striking for a good cause) and I told them I had an exam, and they were like skip the exam... right sure mate I'll definitely do that.
- Procrastinating writing my article for MDIA1002 which is due on Friday. I'm so low on motivation right now to finish this like I could probably submit this unfinished.
- Saw katie,rinos on the train today! Was nice catching up :-)

Alsooooo can any UNSW students help me out with the exam period? How do I get to Randwick Racecourse for my exam? Apparently the UNSW express will have an extra stop at the Racecourse during exam period but is that true? And will the buses run on Saturdays (I have an exam on a Saturday)? Send help pleaseeee thanks

Have an awesome rest of your week,
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« Reply #42 on: May 30, 2018, 08:28:57 pm »
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Alsooooo can any UNSW students help me out with the exam period? How do I get to Randwick Racecourse for my exam? Apparently the UNSW express will have an extra stop at the Racecourse during exam period but is that true? And will the buses run on Saturdays (I have an exam on a Saturday)? Send help pleaseeee thanks


Pretty sure you can grab any bus that starts with 37 or 39 from Central station to Randwick racecourse. Depends which part of the racecourse you want to go to though. The side nearest to UNSW (High Street) or the side near to Centennial park. For the entrance on High street, just grab any bus that starts with 39. For the entrance near centennial, get a bus that starts with 37 :)
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« Reply #43 on: May 30, 2018, 09:35:27 pm »
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Pretty sure you can grab any bus that starts with 37 or 39 from Central station to Randwick racecourse. Depends which part of the racecourse you want to go to though. The side nearest to UNSW (High Street) or the side near to Centennial park. For the entrance on High street, just grab any bus that starts with 39. For the entrance near centennial, get a bus that starts with 37 :)

Ooh danke! Let's hope I can figure out buses by exam period lol
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« Reply #44 on: June 08, 2018, 05:13:21 pm »
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08/06/18

Hey everyone!

So uni break has come and gone... and it's now time for exam prep.

What's happened during this break? Well...
- A few family issues popped up which meant I had to stop doing uni work for a bit
- I had an assignment due today 4pm for German so the personal issues impacted on the quality of my work (I had to do the assignment in a day and a half) which I'm kinda upset about because I could've gotten a HD in this course, but that's life and whatever comes, comes you know?

The assignment was a portfolio and there were two done before this one so I knew I needed a week to do it well. Instead, I did the whole thing in a huge rush and it didn't turn out as well as I wanted. Anyway, one of the tasks in this portfolio is to create 3 "language learning products" to demonstrate what you've learnt but these LLPs have to be done in a creative way. For one of them, I made an ad (for Strepsils lol) which is here:

I had a lot of fun making it ahahah. To any German speakers here, I apologise for my grammar and pronunciation - absolutely butchered it.

In the exam period, I only have 2 exams. One next Saturday, and one the week after on a Friday. I think I've got ample time to prepare for it so I should be fine. The only thing that doesn't make me that confident about the exams is the fact that there's NO PAST PAPERS. That's the weirdest change from uni to high school because in the HSC (heck, even years 7-11) there were always a ton of practice papers to get used to the exam format and how questions could be asked but now there's none?? Not a fan.

Hope you all have had a great week!

Love,
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