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UNSW General Chat
« on: November 13, 2016, 04:02:58 pm »
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
G E N E R A L   C H A T   T H R E A D

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What is this thread for?
Welcome to the University of New South Wales general chat thread. ;D This thread is for anything UNSW-related. If you have general questions, ask them here. If you don't know where to ask something, ask it here. If you want to vent about your day at uni, do it here. If you want to chat about your subjects, do it here. Basically, whatever you want - this is the place for it. 👌

Who can post here?
Anybody! Most will be current students at the university, but even if you're considering studying here, you're absolutely more than welcome to post! Providing different perspectives is incredibly valuable.

Just note that to ask a question or make a post, you will first need an ATAR Notes account. You probably already have one, but if you don't, it takes about four seconds to sign up - and it's completely free!

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Thought I'd start this thread as a place for anyone heading into UNSW, at UNSW, or whatever, to ask questions or just have a bit of a rant (when the bus lines get long, we all want to yell at someone, somewhere) :)
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Re: UNSW General Chat
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2016, 08:52:12 pm »
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Hi, I've applied for UNSW Co-op commerce and I got accepted for an interview but I have no idea how I should prepare! Any suggestions? Also, is it better to do a normal commerce degree or a co-op degree?

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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2016, 09:00:49 pm »
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Hi, I've applied for UNSW Co-op commerce and I got accepted for an interview but I have no idea how I should prepare! Any suggestions? Also, is it better to do a normal commerce degree or a co-op degree?
Jamon talks about his experience with the co-op interview preparation process here.

Some people end up not liking co-op and drop out for their own individual reasons. But otherwise I don't see any reason for you not to take up your co-op offer if you receive one. Co-op gives you actual industry training and not only do you get some extra money but you get the experience which puts you ahead. It's much harder to get in than it is to get out and if you're offered the position you should definitely accept it first.

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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2016, 09:04:18 pm »
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Hi, I've applied for UNSW Co-op commerce and I got accepted for an interview but I have no idea how I should prepare! Any suggestions? Also, is it better to do a normal commerce degree or a co-op degree?

Do also keep in mind though that if you accept the Coop scholarship, then later want to drop it, you have to pay back money you've received. How much depends on when you drop; if you have queries about it PM me! But the Coop Program is awesome, a big commitment but it is worth it, highly recommend :)

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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2016, 10:20:14 pm »
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Jamon talks about his experience with the co-op interview preparation process here.

Some people end up not liking co-op and drop out for their own individual reasons. But otherwise I don't see any reason for you not to take up your co-op offer if you receive one. Co-op gives you actual industry training and not only do you get some extra money but you get the experience which puts you ahead. It's much harder to get in than it is to get out and if you're offered the position you should definitely accept it first.

This was really helpful, many thanks :)

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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2016, 07:55:07 pm »
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Looks like my WAM updated :P

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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2016, 08:06:32 pm »
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Looks like my WAM updated :P

Don't know my old one, so not even going to check mine ahaha! Knew it at the end of last year but don't anymore...

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« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2016, 08:10:29 pm »
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Don't know my old one, so not even going to check mine ahaha! Knew it at the end of last year but don't anymore...
Woahh not even last semester :P

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« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2016, 08:53:07 pm »
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Woahh not even last semester :P

I remembered mine from the end of last year because it was just shy of a HD WAM; seriously annoying ;) but don't think I checked at the end of last semester! Happy with yours?

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« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2016, 09:54:04 pm »
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I remembered mine from the end of last year because it was just shy of a HD WAM; seriously annoying ;) but don't think I checked at the end of last semester! Happy with yours?
Oh gees gotta hate that! Hahaha

Ehh yeah 'happy' :P I'll be happier after my math marks go in I reckon

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« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2016, 11:15:28 pm »
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Oh gees gotta hate that! Hahaha

Ehh yeah 'happy' :P I'll be happier after my math marks go in I reckon

Bet you will be! Don't worry, the curse continues, I just got provisional marks for Software Construction; 84. Like I'm really happy with that mark, but come on... EIGHTY FOUR? SO FRIGGIN CLOSE!  :o

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« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2016, 06:20:28 am »
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Bet you will be! Don't worry, the curse continues, I just got provisional marks for Software Construction; 84. Like I'm really happy with that mark, but come on... EIGHTY FOUR? SO FRIGGIN CLOSE!  :o
Omg that 84 from SCIF still torments me day by day! Still a really good mark but far out WHYYY!!

I just want my math mark because I'm shedding a bit of salt right now... with 2 courses not submitted my WAM is sitting on 89.833 right now (yep, 1 mark off 90 ahahaha)

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« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2016, 03:09:21 pm »
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my WAM is sitting on 89.833 right now (yep, 1 mark off 90 ahahaha)

For those of you not at uni yet, please note that this is basically an impossible WAM, and Rui is a genius. 
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« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2016, 02:22:59 am »
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For those of you not at uni yet, please note that this is basically an impossible WAM, and Rui is a genius.

What makes it so insanely difficult to get HD's? How are tasks typically marked compared to the hsc?

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« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2016, 10:10:25 am »
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What makes it so insanely difficult to get HD's? How are tasks typically marked compared to the hsc?
You usually get what you get raw. Scaling up marks is only a thing for a very few number of faculties, and usually its cause they were hard to begin with. There's also a number of subjects that get scaled down.

Jake over-glorifies me, but HDs are indeed that rare. For starters, you're doing 2 HSCs per year literally. Your study time is also cut down, and cause you have more commitments now cramming is generally necessary (as opposed to proper studying). And generally speaking you don't really get to cover every cornerstone of the course that well.

Getting HDs is also harder in some faculties than in others, again simply because of difficulty. Note that whilst scaling sometimes saves you with difficulty, this is not always the case.

Oh, and also extending on the 2 HSCs per year analogy, it also means that you get smacked with an endless stream of assignments. First three weeks are okay, and then you'd be lucky to have a week without assignments/exams. If you do, you probably have 2 or 3 tasks in another week. Basically, you're bombarded.
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