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Broc Ní Roll Ė kauacís uni journal
« on: January 04, 2020, 11:29:37 am »
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Update on me:

So I have definitely been MIA on the forums for most of 2019, so I thought Iíd share a few reflections from the year.
This year I did a gap year program called ďYear 13Ē, which involved studying a Diploma of Christian Studies whilst also serving at my church in programs such as Youth Group and SRE in schools. I also had the opportunity to go to Fiji for a month in June to meet locals and delve into their culture.

At the start of the year I was super nervous and even a bit skeptical as to how everything would pan out, but looking back, it was a terrific decision to do the program. It has challenged me to think deeper about my faith, taught me a lot about myself and also how best to help others. Very, very glad for this year.

Some other random highlights from the year:
- I started drinking tea (current fav: T2ís Singapore breakfast)
- I got a job at Subway in August
- I did a half-marathon in early November
- I joined the gym on the Black Friday Sale


Whatís next?

Well, as I kinda spoiled in the title of my journal, this year I am heading to uni! Iíll be studying a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Nutrition & Dietetics at USYD! Wow, itís a bit of a mouthful to say!

Itís a five year degree, where the first three years are the B Sci, and guaranteed entry into the two year masters, as long as I maintain a credit average or above.

For the B Sci, I will be majoring in nutrition science (which was mandatory to allow entry into the masters), and then minoring in Speech and Hearing sciences. Iím a pretty indecisive person, so it took a while to settle on a minor (already changed it once Ė was gonna be psychology). But Iím pretty content with this minor as it means, for some reason, if I decide I donít want to be a dietitian by the end of the B Sci, I have technically done the correct units to qualify for a M of Speech Pathology OR Audiology (as far as I can tell).

I was also invited to join the Daylell Scholars program, but at this stage, Iíve declined the offer, because I didnít want to have the added pressure of maintaining the distinction average to remain in the program.


Semester 1 Subjects:

CHEM111 Ė Chemistry 1A
BIOL1008 Ė Human Biology
BIOS1163 Ė Speech Science
CSCD1034 Ė Linguistics and Phonetics



Pre-Uni Thoughts and Feelings?

At the moment I am feeling excited and hesitant at the exact same time, if that is even possible?! I am keen for my first semester subjects, keen for o-week and the experience of uni.

Yet I am slightly worried about getting burnt out by all the travel to-from uni. Itís a 1.5hr commute each way by train, and so if Iím down there 3-4 days a week, that will easily rack up a lot of time. And to do that for 5 years, man thatís a big commitment. But I often remind myself that many people where I live commute to the city for the full-time jobs, so if they can do the trip for 5 days a week, surely I can survive the travel then. And if I feeling studious, I could use the trip down to uni for study (no hope of doing that on the way back Ė standing room only for most of the trip).

On another note, Iím not looking forward to the lack of spare time Iím bound to have once uni starts, but thatís just life, I guess. Iíll definitely have to cut back on my work hours, but thatís okay.

In terms of subjects, because of when the hearing and speech science core units are offered, I have to do 2 units this semester, whilst none next semester. Itíll be nice not having to do 4 pure science units this semester (mainly because sci units have so many face-face hours!) So next semester I have all of my mandatory junior maths units instead, fun! My nutrition subjects donít actually start until second year, which is a bit of a bummer (And donít get me started on the fact that we donít have placements until 5th year!).

But overall, Iím keen to begin! Uni is new territory for me and Iím keen to explore it!

2018: HSC

2020-2024: B Science / M Nutrition & Dietetics @ USYD

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Re: Broc Ní Roll Ė kauacís uni journal
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2020, 01:05:54 am »
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Great to see you back on AN!  :)

Hoping to hear about your course through the year. I'm sure many students will benefit from reading about your experiences at Usyd.

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Re: Broc Ní Roll Ė kauacís uni journal
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2020, 12:24:11 am »
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Popping in for a quick update:

Timetable preferences have opened, so I've had a decent look at what my timetable is going to be like. Definitely will have to go in for 4 days (but not all will be full days). Trying desperately hard to avoid having uni on Fridays as I have already have previous commitments, but it's not looking good. There are clashes between one of my chem lectures and speech lectures if I don't go in on a Friday. Uni definitely won't let me select something that's gonna clash when there is another option available. Might just have to suck it up and do Fridays for this semester.

Also, mandatory 8am lectures on mondays for speech?  :o I so don't want to get up at 5am every monday morning. Makes me want to change my minor again aha! Is it just me or does planning timetables actually make you less motivated for uni?

Onto bigger and better things, I'm hoping to head up the coast for a few days sometime in Febuary before o-week. I feel like if I don't go away before uni starts, probably won't get another chance for a holiday until between semesters. Like I have been pretty restful at home, but I can sometimes get into a weird cycle of: work --> existentially questioning the concept of rest & relaxation --> work. So a little venture seems delightful!
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Re: Broc Ní Roll Ė kauacís uni journal
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2020, 08:20:19 am »
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Hey Kauac! Great to see a new update! ;D

Popping in for a quick update:

Also, mandatory 8am lectures on mondays for speech?  :o I so don't want to get up at 5am every monday morning. Makes me want to change my minor again aha! Is it just me or does planning timetables actually make you less motivated for uni?

Waking up that early on a Monday morning is going to be terrible😭. Timetabling is like another challenge on its own, trying to get all your lectures crammed into a few days.

Have fun on your trip to the coast! That sounds like it will be awesome and hopefully, you are well rested before you go to uni ;D
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Re: Broc Ní Roll Ė kauacís uni journal
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2020, 01:52:25 pm »
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Hi again!

So I had a lovely time away up the coast last week! Despite the forecast being pretty raining, it actually didn't rain too much and my friend and I went to beach a lot! Also conveniently ate a lot of great Japanese food, including dessert gyoza! A refreshing get-away, and now I am looking forward to starting uni!

My timetable is now finalised, which is great! I'll be trekking in for 4 days - monday & tuesday are full days and thursday and friday are just mornings. I will have not only 1, but 2 days where I have to get up at 5am  :'( (the other two days will be a mild 6am). Just realised how sarcastic that sounds - but I'm actually not too annoyed, I'm just going to have train myself to be a morning person.  ;D I'm currently trying to reset my sleep cycle to work out the optimum amount I need. Then I can calculate when the best time to go to sleep for uni. That's my science brain for ya!

As I've begun preparing for uni, I've come to the universal realisation of all uni students about how expensive textbooks are! I've been quite savvy and been able to find all but one of my textbooks online. The other one I'm hoping to borrow from the uni library, except it's only available at the Health Sciences campus, not the main one. Guess that warrants a bit of an adventure to go and borrow it!

I've also been doing a bit of research about potential exchange opportunities through uni. Unfortunately, from what I've found, it'll be really hard to find a uni that offers units for both nutrition and speech/hearing science (since they are both so specific). But I will definitely go along to exchange info sessions and talk to someone at uni about my options. There's still a while to think about it anyway.

The reality of uni actually starting is hitting me, and I can't wait for it all to begin!

2018: HSC

2020-2024: B Science / M Nutrition & Dietetics @ USYD

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Re: Broc Ní Roll Ė kauacís uni journal
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2020, 09:16:43 pm »
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Great to hear that you had a fantastic holiday and are looking forward to uni :)

Sounds like it's a good thing you're doing your exchange research early; hopefully you can work it in!

Good luck with optimising your sleep & thanks for the update :)

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Re: Broc Ní Roll Ė kauacís uni journal
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2020, 03:38:57 pm »
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O-week was this week, and it was pretty cool!

I went on Wednesday for a science faculty welcome & mentoring welcome. Both of these weren't really that helpful, and I definitely would have been fine without going to them, but you only start uni once, so it was an experience! ;D I did get to meet other first-year science students, which was good. I also managed to walk around campus and find every building where I will be having classes this semester. Definitely helped me feel at ease, and will hopefully make next week less stressful navigating.

On Thursday I had lunch with some friends and then picked up my student ID card. I took a risk and tried insect icecream, which was interesting! Mine was raspberry flavoured and it actually had whole bugs in it, but they kinda just tasted like a weird wholegrain.

I ended up signing up to the EU and the nutrition society (which is called "SUNS", which I think is pretty cute :) ). I really wanted to join a sports team like ultimate frisbee, tennis or quidditch, but the days they have training don't fit with when I'm at campus. Currently lamenting why I live so far away from uni (and have to work when everything is on).

As for freebies, I made use of the free cans of kombucha, and scored a USYD drink bottle from attending my science welcome event. Overall I'm glad I went, and looking forward to getting into the routine of uni!
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