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KatherineGale

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Re: Never Give Up - a university journey journal
« Reply #45 on: January 14, 2021, 05:21:24 pm »
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Just a brief update today.

My placement is back on! I start this Monday and it goes for two weeks. I'm nervous and excited. Really interested to see how a telehealth placement works. But the agency is all about rural healthcare for children, so it's right up my alley. A bit nervous in regards to how I'm going to cope health wise, but it is what it is.

I don't know if I'm going to have much time to update for the next two weeks, but I'll see how I go.

I did get another result back:

HPS202 Child & Adolescent Development:
AT1 Annotated Bibliography [30%]: 71/100=21.30/30.00=71%
This brought my average for this unit to 70.79

So, I scraped through with a distinction. I'm both disappointed and relieved. Disappointed because I really wanted to do much better, and relieved because I thought I had done much worse. I knew where I had gone wrong when writing it, but I wasn't well at the time and didn't have time to fix it, so that's really frustrating.

I'm more disappointed that I wasn't able to improve my unit average for HPS202 by much. +0.79 isn't much lol, but it didn't go down, so that's something! It's just going to take a lot more to bring it up to a HD average.  As long as I don't drop below a D (which I am dangerously close to doing), I think I will be okay with it.

HPS202 is the first unit that will count towards my 3yr GPA for med, so I was really wanting to get HD to take a bit of the pressure off going forward. In the long run, I can make up for it - but it would've been great to not have to.  Either way, it'll work out (fingers crossed  ;D).

As I said, I might not be able to post for a little bit, but I'll talk to you guys next time!


[oops! guess this wasn't too brief  ;D]

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Re: Never Give Up - a university journey journal
« Reply #46 on: January 31, 2021, 02:28:20 pm »
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Placement:

So... I survived my first placement! Just, lol

I think I was very lucky with this placement. As it was with a smaller business, I got to have videoconferences with most of the staff. They were all amazing and lovely. I attended a number of client meetings, which was awesome. I also completed a number of tasks centered around creating resources, including a number of joint brainstorming sessions. It was an unbelievable experience. It's actually making me seriously consider working in telehealth in the future. I really enjoyed it and felt as though that suited my lifestyle.

My supervisor in particular was amazing. She was really interested in helping me develop my skills further. I didn't really expect that. I mean, I know they are meant to help us do that, but I feel like she went out of her way a lot of the time, which I appreciated.

I'm a little concerned that because this placement experience was so great, that I might be a little disappointed in future placements, but fingers crossed they are also awesome too.

That being said, I certainly felt the drain of it on my health. I did everything I could to keep up with it, but I struggled a lot. There were times that I didn't think I'd even make it through it. It sounds silly - it wasn't as though I had to factor in travel or even just walking around like I would have if my placement hadn't been through telehealth. It's certainly reiterated for me that I'm just not at the stage with my health to be doing anything full time right now. I think it's going to take a bit to recover from this placement, but I'll get there.

In saying that though, I also surprised myself with how well I coped with it considering. I mean, I got through it. A full-time two week placement! A year and a half ago that would have been simply impossible for me. Hopefully in another years time, full time uni is something that will be possible. That would be amazing, a complete game changer for me.

Anyway, because one of my placement days fell on a public holiday, I get to do another day in a couple of weeks. So that's exciting.


Moving:

So, it is looking as though I will be moving back to campus in a couple of weeks. I have been humming and har-ing for a little bit now of whether it's worth it. At the end of the day, I don't really see that I have much choice.

From what I can tell, all classes are remaining online. Most seminars are also remaining online. And some practicals will be on campus. I do have practicals for one unit, so that is something I'll need to go in for. Just based off that, I'd just stay living where I am - it's cheaper and travelling to deakin a couple of times should be alright. Deakin have also said that for people who don't have classes, you can opt out without issue.

However, there is no guarantee for trimester 2 if I choose not to take accommodation in trimester 1. If I opt out, and trimester 2 is back on campus, I'll have to defer because I won't be able to travel that much - and I definitely want to avoid that.

It's a bit of a tricky one. I'll probably just end up on campus to be honest.


Conclusion:

Still lots of assessments to do. Exam is coming up soon. Need to pack to move. busy, busy haha. Until next time...



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Re: Never Give Up - a university journey journal
« Reply #47 on: February 23, 2021, 03:49:54 pm »
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Hello again! It's been a little while. A lots been happening.

I did mean to update earlier but things have been super busy. I tried about a week and a half ago to update, but after I'd written everything out, it had autologged out and I lost everything lol

Regardless, today is the first day since then that I've had a moment of spare time. I've decided to better incorporate headings into these to give it some tiny form of structure haha.

WARNING: LONG UPDATE AHEAD  :-[

T3 2020 is over
I finished up with T3! Finally, haha  ;D

I feel as though during T3 I finally found my bearings with uni - the pace, the workload, the intensity, what's expected of me in assessments. I'm actually really excited to head into my second year with these newfound skills in place. I'm also excited to build upon these more. Deakin has amazing resources and I'm definitely going to take the time to utilise these far more. I feel as though for me that is how I'm going to move from a D to HD average.

Overall, I felt as though I actually got to enjoy my units more this trimester than I had in T1 and T2. Even though I was stressed about my GPA unit (HPS202) results at times, at the end of the day this year was vital to building skills that will enable me to reach the better scores in the next few years.

Moving
I moved back into Deakin accommodation yesterday! I also feel as though having a quiet space to study is going to really help shift my scores up a level.

I love my new space. It's bigger than the last studio aparment and has more light, which is awesome. This is going to sound weird, but it's also oriented differently from the last one (same set up, just flipped so everything is on opposite side) and for some reason it feels better because of that?  ??? ;D

I'm in Geelong now instead of Waurn Ponds and it's so strange to hear traffic right outside lol. I've never lived close to a city, let alone in one. I think it will take some time to adjust to, but I don't mind it too much.

I've also never lived off the first floor haha, so that's a new experience for me too! I am so boring lmao

I'm still getting settled in. I found the moving in process a lot easier this time round.

1 - it was less busy as it was only returning students moving back in and we had set check in times due to covid restrictions

2 - I haven't brought everything with me in one trip (mum will be dropping off the rest of my stuff over the next few weeks)

I didn't end up getting movers. I got a few quotes and due to the distance they would need to travel it came to over a grand. I mean, I expected it to be high, but I didn't think I could justify $1000+.

Instead, I filled up my two suitcases and just brought those with me. I emptied them and my mum will go back and pack them with more stuff that she can then drop off for me to wheel in. The suitcases work because there's minimal strain on my back which equals less back pain thankfully. I had packed everything into boxes ready for the movers before I got the quotes, so it's fairly easy for my mum to empty the boxes into the suitcases. (Thanks mum lol)


T3 Unit Results
Results are due to be released in a little while. I've gotten back all my results other than my exam result, so I'll list these down below.

HPS202 Child & Adolescent Development

AT1 Annotated Bibliography (30%):
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Score:71.00/100.00
Percentage:71.00%
Weighting21.30/30.00

AT2 Policy Brief (50%):
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Score:85.00/100.00
Percentage:85.00%
Weighting: 42.50/50.00

AT3 Quiz 1 (4%):
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Score: 15.00/15.00
Percentage: 100.00%
Weighting: 04.00/04.00

AT3 Quiz 2 (4%):
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Score: 06.00/15.00
Percentage: 40.00%
Weighting: 01.60/04.00

AT3 Quiz 3 (4%):
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Score: 09.00/15.00
Percentage: 60.00%
Weighting: 02.40/04.00

AT3 Quiz 4(4%):
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Score: 10.00/15.00
Percentage: 66.67%
Weighting: 02.67/04.00

AT3 Quiz 5 (4%):
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Score: 09.00/15.00
Percentage: 60.00%
Weighting: 02.40/04.00

HPS202 Estimated Unit Average:
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76.87


HSE208 Integrated Human Physiology

AT1 Practical 1 (5%)
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Score: 19.50/20.00
Percentage:97.50%
Weighting: 04.88/05.00

AT1 Practical 2 (10%)
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Score: 23.00/28.00
Percentage: 82.14%
Weighting: 08.21/10.00

AT1 Practical 3 (10%)
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Score: 23.00/30.00
Percentage: 76.67%
Weighting: 07.67/10.00

AT1 Practical 4 (10%)
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Score: 48.00/60.00
Percentage: 80.00%
Weighting: 08.00/10.00

AT1 Practical 5 (15%)
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Score: 77.00/100.00
Percentage: 77.00%
Weighting: 11.55/15.00

AT2 Quiz 1 (4%)
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Score: 04.00/04.00
Percentage: 100.00%
Weighting: 04.00/04.00

AT2 Quiz 2 (6%)
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Score: 03.00/06.00
Percentage: 50.00%
Weighting: 03.00/06.00

AT3 Exam (40%)
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Score: Unknown
Percentage: Unknown
Weighting: Unknown

HSE208 Unit Average:
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78.85 (not including exam result)


HBS107 Understanding Health

AT1 Career Report (25%):
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Score: 25.00/25.00
Percentage: 100.00%
Weighting: 25.00/25.00

AT2 Health Plan Report (40%):
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Score: 74.00/100.00
Percentage: 74.00%
Weighting: 29.60/40.00

AT3 Group Presentation (35%):
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Score: 30.50/35.00
Percentage: 87.14%
Weighting: 30.50/35.00

HBS107 Estimated Unit Average:
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85.10


Result Reflection:
Overall, I'm really pleased with my results for this trimester. I didn't do as well as I wanted to, but to be honest, even when I got 100% on the Career Report for HBS107, I still wasn't completely happy with what I submitted. So I'm just trying to make myself acknowledge that given everything, I have done pretty well.

Some assessment I have to admit, I have no clue how I ended up with that mark. Of note, HPS202 AT2 - I was expected to barely get a pass and I ended up with a HD?  ??? I completed it at 4am and didn't proofread it whatsoever. It was due the following day and I wouldn't have a chance to fix what I knew needed to be fixed as I had placement the following day. I was genuinely really bummed out for a few days about not getting to put my all into the assessment. Don't know how on earth that ended up with a HD but hey, I'm not complaining!  ;D

HPS202 is my first unit to count towards my GPA for med, so I really needed a minimum of a D average to be on track (though a HD would be better). My quizzes were pretty crappy (they tested us on stuff they hadn't actually provided in the material, so it was hard to know what to learn to prepare for it) and I knew I needed a good AT2 score to get an overall score of D.

Fingers crossed my estimates are correct and I'll end up with a D for HPS202.


T1 2021 Units
My units for T1 this year are as follows:

HSO202 Impact of Health Conditions on Occupational Performance

HSO205 Occupations in Childhood Development

HSO207 Neurological Structure, Function & Plasticity

I will update you guys more on this next week when units open for O week and I get my timetable back.


END NOTE
The more I learn about my course, the more glad I am that I am using atarnotes to reflect upon my experiences. In OT, reflection is a incredibly useful tool and skill. This is helping me build upon that, so I'm really pleased I bit the bullet and made this (even though I was really unsure about doing so).

So thanks guys for reading my long winded babbling nonsense.

« Last Edit: February 23, 2021, 03:54:59 pm by KatherineGale »

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Re: Never Give Up - a university journey journal
« Reply #48 on: February 23, 2021, 08:38:15 pm »
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Hey KatherineGale! :)

Congratulations on these marks and this year's units look very interesting, like HSO207

Looking forward to the next update :)
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Re: Never Give Up - a university journey journal
« Reply #49 on: March 02, 2021, 11:55:27 am »
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Hey KatherineGale! :)

Congratulations on these marks and this year's units look very interesting, like HSO207

Looking forward to the next update :)
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Thanks for the reply, Coolmate!

Unit sites opened yesterday, so I'm currently combing through those. I'll update soon with some more information about the units  :) I'm just trying to collate all my unit information into a few tables that are easy reference points.

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Re: Never Give Up - a university journey journal
« Reply #50 on: March 03, 2021, 10:55:48 pm »
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Update time!

I'm hoping to keep this update fairly short, but we'll see lol (you guys know how I ramble endlessly).

I guess I'll just give a break down of my units this trimester. They are all OT specific units, so it will be really interesting to narrow my scope of study and bring everything back to OT, which I assume these units will begin to work us through.


HSO202 Impact of Health Conditions on Occupational Performance

Unit Link:
https://www.deakin.edu.au/current-students-courses/unit-search.php?year=2021&entunit=hso202&entkeyword=

Unit Summary:
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From my understanding, we are going to learn about a number of conditions and then use case studies to understand how these conditions can impact a persons ability to complete meaningful occupations. We have touched on the OT science topic of occupational performance in the past, so it's going to be great to apply what we've learned to actual scenarios. I believe this unit gives us a better foundation for clinical reasoning - basically how we justify every single thing we do as OT's
Unit Timetable:
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Class: Monday @11:00am-01:00pm (online, except for W3, 5, & 10 when it is on campus)
Unit Assessments:
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AT1 Case Study [35%]
AT2 Exam [35%]
AT3 Written Case Report Test [35%]
AT4 SPEF-R2
*AT3 & AT4 are in relation to a 1 week simulated placement at the end of the trimester.
My thoughts:
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From what I've seen, I'm going to really enjoy this unit. I have experimented with note taking all last year, but for this unit, I'm going to do things a bit differently. I plan on creating powerpoint presentations with all the main points that I've interpreted as though I need to give a presentation on the topics. It will take more time, but it will really push me to understand the content, rather than just repeating what is written. I don't know if I will be able to keep it up throughout the trimester, but I'm certainly going to try.

I also feel as though it will be a great resource in the future - I'd like to create seperate powerpoint presentations on each of the conditions we cover. I want to really enjoy learning this year, as opposed to stressing because I haven't done notes that never helped me in the first place.


HSO205 Occupations in Childhood Development

Unit Link:
https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses-search/unit-search.php?hidCurrentYear=2021&hidYear=2021&hidType=&txtUnit=hso205&txtTitle=&txtKeyword=&selLevel=Select&selSemester=Select&selMode=Select&selLocation=Select&chkSortby=unit_cd&btnSubmit=

Unit Summary:
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This unit is also pretty self-explanatory. We will be looking at how occupations develop as the children do. There is still fairly limited information about this unit right now, but it will lend on the other HSO202 regarding occupational performance. To my understanding, the PEOP model will also be very important throughout this unit, as we will be looking at the person (child), their environment, and their occupations.
Unit Timetable:
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Class: Tuesday @10:00am-11:30am (online)
Seminar: Wednesday @11:00am-12:30pm (on-campus)
Unit Assessments:
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AT1 Audio-Visual Presentation [25%]
AT2 Observational Based Case Study Report [35%]
AT3 Exam [40%]
My thoughts:
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Again, I feel as though we're finally getting to apply some of the basic information we learned last year. I'm hoping that as I completed HPS202, I can better focus on the OT side of things rather than having to learn child development and then apply it.


HSO207 Neurological Structure, Function & Plasticity

Unit Link:
https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses-search/unit-search.php?hidCurrentYear=2021&hidYear=2021&hidType=&txtUnit=hso207&txtTitle=&txtKeyword=&selLevel=Select&selSemester=Select&selMode=Select&selLocation=Select&chkSortby=unit_cd&btnSubmit=

Unit Summary:
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Whilst HSO202 focusses on common conditions, and HSO205 focusses on childhood development, HSO207 focusses on the nervous system and how occupations can be disrupted when the nervous system is not optimally functioning. Occupational performance is, once again, an important topic in this unit, however we'll also be looking at the effects on behaviour (this should be really interesting).  In this unit, case studies will again be utilised and from what I've seen, the goal is to further develop our OT perspective (such as how we would approach these conditions and their impact on occupations from a clinical perspective).
Unit Timetable:
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Seminar: Wednesday @01:30pm-03:30pm (online, except for W3, 5 & 8 when it is on campus)
Unit Assessments:
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AT1 Team Presentation [20%]
AT2 Written Case Report [30%]
AT3a Quizzes [1% x10]
AT3b Exam [40%]
My thoughts:
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ooh, this is going to be a good unit. We've had a number of human physiology and anatomy units already, but now we get to focus in on nervous system conditions and link it with OT. Whilst I do always enjoy the OT aspects, the physiology and conditions are always something I particularly enjoy.


Overall Thoughts on Units:

I think I'm a bit spoiled this trimester. My units all look great. I'm so keen to get stuck into them.

I'm a bit disappointed that they all have exams, because with my health those are a type of assessment that I struggle with - sitting for a long period of time, neck bent forward, writing/typing for a long period of time, etc. (it just always ends up in a flare up). So, I never do particularly well in exams compared to my other results. Fingers crossed they are online again so I can have a heat pack during it. I'll just have to make sure my other marks are all up to par so I don't have to rely on my exam results.

Beyond that though, the assessments look fairly interesting. There seems to be a large focus on Case Studies, which I think is great. Case studies are incredibly easy to study with - throughout the trimester, I can write/find case studies and practice. It will be engaging and enjoyable, so studying that way will be better than just reading and having to remember something.

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On another note, I get my Trimester 3 results tomorrow. I'm interested to see how close my estimates were. I do expect the HSE208 to drop (I don't think I did very well on the exam), but I'm mainly keeping my fingers crossed for HPS202.

I'll probably update sometime tomorrow with my results. Talk to you then!

(and, as predicted, this was not a short update lmao)

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Re: Never Give Up - a university journey journal
« Reply #51 on: March 04, 2021, 12:56:13 pm »
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I think this might be my 100th post  ;D yay!

Sorry for the frequent posts. Is this the third this week? :-[

So, I got my unit results for HSE208, HBS107 and HPS202. I'm pretty happy how close I got with my estimates (I can keep in mind for future that Deakin likely rounds the averages up or down).

As predicted, I really screwed up my HSE208 exam. It's disappointing, but it's given me motivation to develop better exam techniques. I'm even considering speaking with a Deakin advisor to talk more about how I can apply myself in exam conditions.

There seems to be a huge disconnect with how I perform in assessments and how I perform in exams, and I'm not sure exactly what that is. I don't get particularly stressed because its an "exam" and I understand the content.

I really wish I could see which questions I did well in and which I did not. I have a feeling that I do well in the first half of the exam, and then as I'm sitting and concentrating for longer, I begin to develop a flare up and then start to get things wrong. That's my current theory anyway.

I'm not quite sure how to solve this yet, particularly as I already have supports in place with Deakin for being able to take in a hot water bottle for my back and being able to stand up and stretch.

It's also difficult to practice for exams, because practice exams have the same impact on my back. I'm thinking that I could maybe spend time over this trimester developing a plan of attack/solid routine for in the exam. I want to figure out how often I need to stand up and move around in a, say, two hour period, that will reduce my chances of a flare up, and what other supports are the most helpful.

Anyway, onto my results!


HBS107 Understanding Health
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Result: 85 High Distinction (pretty thrilled with this to be honest)

HSE208 Integrated Human Physiology
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Result: 68 Credit (ouch, my first C)

HPS202 Child & Adolescent Development
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Result: 77 Distinction (I'm pretty happy with this. Wish it were a HD, but surprised I did well enough to get a D)


I'll just summarise my 2020 units so that I can keep better track of them. I also finally got my HSO104 results from T2, so those are below as well.
*HPS202 is technically a 2021 unit


2020 Y1
Trimester 1:
HBS109
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73D [1CP]
HDS101
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72D [1CP]
HSO102
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77D [1CP]
Trimester 2:
HSE102
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82HD [1CP]
HBS110
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78D [1CP]
HSO104
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74D [1CP]
Trimester 3:
HSE208
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68C [1CP]
HBS107
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85HD [1CP]

2020 GPA:
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6.1/7
2020 WAM:
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76.125

2021 Y2
HPS202
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77D [1CP]

2021 GPA (so far)
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6/7
2021 WAM:
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77

Key:
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C=Credit
D=Distinction
HD=High Distinction
Y=Year
CP=Credit Point


According to Deakin's website, their medicine degree intake had an average GPA of 6.71  :o so I've still got a long way to go, but I'm much closer than I thought I would be for my first year, so that's really exciting.

Okay, time to get back to work. The extra 0.71 seems like a small gap, but it's going to take a lot of effort to make that jump (particularly as units will only become more difficult from here on out). Let's go  :)

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Re: Never Give Up - a university journey journal
« Reply #52 on: March 05, 2021, 09:44:58 am »
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Congrats on the outstanding results! First year of uni is the hardest to adjust to and it can be hard adjusting from the results you got in HS to the results you now get in uni. I hope you're really proud of yourself, especially for doing your first year during a pandemic!
IMO I found I was more proud of my results in uni and felt like I had worked much harder for them, even though they were definitely lower than the grades I was getting in HS!

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Re: Never Give Up - a university journey journal
« Reply #53 on: March 05, 2021, 12:17:15 pm »
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Congrats on the outstanding results! First year of uni is the hardest to adjust to and it can be hard adjusting from the results you got in HS to the results you now get in uni. I hope you're really proud of yourself, especially for doing your first year during a pandemic!
IMO I found I was more proud of my results in uni and felt like I had worked much harder for them, even though they were definitely lower than the grades I was getting in HS!

Thanks K888!

It was certainly an adjustment from HS to uni! I agree; each point for assessments feels like it is worth more time and effort than marks from high school, so whilst it sucks to get lower scores it also feels so much more earned when you do well. Thank you for your kind words; I'm trying to get out of the perfectionist mindset and acknowledge when I've done well, so yes I am pretty proud of myself (ah it feels uncomfortable typing that  ;D)

That being said, I'm enjoying the content of uni units far more than I enjoyed HS units. I didn't not like HS units, I just find uni so much more interesting because it has been (for the most part) topics I actually want to learn more about. My scores were definitely much lower and it was difficult not to take it to heart. But I have really focussed on trying to build it up - I'm getting there! In general (not mentioning HSE208 lol), my scores have increased. Slowly, but surely!