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A New Beginning - My University Journal
« on: February 02, 2020, 02:52:53 pm »
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Hello, many of you may know me from both my HSC Journal and My Gap Year Journal, now I am here. Almost ready to start university. Isn't that exciting?

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Caitlyn and I graduated high school in 2018 then took a gap year. I enjoy art, reading, writing and sleeping. I don't like the heat and I thrive in cold weather.

 In a few days I am going to be moving up to Newcastle to go to University and I will be studying a Bachelor of design (Architecture) at UoN. And no, I didn't have to worry about my marks (HSC) to get into the course. Early entry is great, don't forget to apply for it.

In first semester I have three subjects/courses:
- ARBE1201 - Communication in the Built Environment
- ARBE1102 - Construction Ecology
- ARBE1222 - Studio 1

Most people will have four subjects and courses but I only have three due to studio being a 'double' (thats what I call it). It has a 1hr lecture and two 3hr studio times a week. My classes are set out pretty good this semester as I only have Lectures, Tutorials and Studio from Monday - Wednesday.

I'm really looking forward to Uni, looking to get out of my small boring town and getting out into the real world. I only got a taste of it last year. Though, I think my parents will really miss me. My brother still lives at home too but I get the feeling he'll miss me too.

My packing has sort of paused. I have no idea what to pack. I've packed the essentials like linen, cooking utensils, stationary, my art supplies etc. My dad insists that I pack up my whole bedroom and put it in boxes in my cupboard but that's a lot of work.

The one thing I noticed I'm going to miss is air conditioning.  :'(

I'm going to stop writing now otherwise I won't get anything done. Bye for now!
2018 - HSC - My HSC Journal 2018
2019 - Gap Year - Cert 3 @ TAFE My Gap Year Journal
2020 - B of Design (Architecture) @ UoN My University Journal

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Re: A New Beginning - My University Journal
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2020, 07:19:33 pm »
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Hello again!

So I moved into university and I tell you I was a nervous wreck when we were having breakfast that morning. Move-in was quite smooth and I like where I was assigned. It's a pretty nice room. My blockmates are really nice too, everyone that I've talked to has been pretty open about where they're from and what they're studying so it's great.

I've only been here a week and the amount of community activities is massive and tiring. It starting to slow down now since O-Week is next week. The community aspect of my residence is amazing. I feel bad for people not living on campus, there are so many of us that will have the advantage during O-week since we had time to meet people already.

Also, it has pushed me out of my comfort zone a lot. Bring on more socialising!

I think I'm ready to establish a routine at uni now. Just to keep me busy. You know? It's actually been quite tiring so far. I'm missing home a lot more too now but luckily I've got my mum still ringing and texting me.

My first rent payment went out on Thursday too and at the moment I feel like I'm watching money go down the drain. Hopefully it levels out when we start classes..

Anyway, I hope everyone elses start of semester and O-week goes well!
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Re: A New Beginning - My University Journal
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2020, 10:29:47 am »
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Hello!

Long time no see. I must say it's been a roller coaster of a year so far. Class was going really well before this Coronavirus started impacting how we are learning. I must say it is slightly annoying... I know it's a serious thing but it's just really sad it happened in the first year of uni. Literally hoping they find a cure or a vaccine soon so everything can go back to normal.

I wanna go through what I've been up to so far:

Construction Ecology-
 - The worst one I'd say.
 - Did a quiz, got 9/10 worth 15%
 - Handed in another assessment two weeks ago still haven't gotten results.
 - There's a quiz this week so not looking forward to that.
 - First online lecture was pretty bad, in the sense that the lecturers are also trying to get used to online.

Visual Communications-
 - Walked in first day and lecturer says draw EVERYTHING. Like no words. At all.
 - Started trying to do modelling from home and it's going horribly.
 - Honestly have no idea whats going on now.

Studio-
 - Probably the best one only when it's in person.
 - Studios were long and tiring but they were fun and interesting.
 - I don't know how this is going to go online. This course was designed be just face-to-face.
 - We got 78/100 on our Group assignment which is actually really good. It's a distinction! The Crits went really well for us.
 - Our next design project now has to include social distancing rules.
 - Zoom is not working.
 - Love my tutorial group even if we were put together by luck.

Living On Campus-
 - The best thing about uni so far. I have had the time of my life and I am so sad to see it crumbling away.
 - Most people have left, but there are still about half left in our blocks. I have decided to stay mainly due to my grandma being at home and that I really don't want to go back. It's kind of weird actually. I feel like Newcastle has turned into my home. Lots of people have moved out to save money.
 - Sem 2 better be the best semester on the planet if the Virus slows down.
 - I was thinking of going home for easter then coming back but it's looking like lockdown is going to get worse... I don't really mind honestly.
 - The people I live with are like my family, even the other block we share an RM with. I feel like I live in two different blocks right now.


Overall-
Everything is going amazingly. I didn't realise how much I would change once I got here and I'm loving it! The course is great 10/10 would recommend if someone's thinking of a uni to go into architecture.

I think I'll stop writing here. I'm supposed to have a zoom tutorial but its not working sooo don't know what's gonna happen.

Byee!
2018 - HSC - My HSC Journal 2018
2019 - Gap Year - Cert 3 @ TAFE My Gap Year Journal
2020 - B of Design (Architecture) @ UoN My University Journal

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Re: A New Beginning - My University Journal
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2020, 05:32:10 pm »
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So nice to hear an update from you, Caitlyn! I'm glad that things are going well for you despite these challenging times.

Nice to hear about living on campus going well - I definitely felt a strong community bond between the people I lived with on campus, it was really nice to be a part of, and really nice to have a home when you can't live at home anymore.
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