Today is #uomopenday. The 1st sem I volunteered and followed a friend to checkout on the colleges, last year I accompanied my cousin to look around academic programmes and today is that time of the year again. The open day is to attract more undergrad and I am in no position to give my opinion on studies as I never do my undergrad here but I can share other things about the Uni, which to me, are important factors: undergrad is the transition of teenage life to adult life and the other aspects build you as a person. Although I am only talking about my experience, you are free to choose what you enjoy but the general idea applies. My view is from an international student which has never study in other country before except for my home country and now in Melbourne.
Food! (Learn to cook 😉, is a living skill)
Yes, how could that not be in the top of the list! There is pizza place but honestly, not a fan of pizza but that shop has my favourite spinach and cheese wrap in pastry and it is $2.80. During winter, when I walk to my lab, I ll grab one and they heat it up, walking while eating a hot food in winter at that price! The same building, the union house,you get medium size coffee at the chill out bar $3.50. I am a coffee lover, is really not bad. Other than sushi, I love the bento! I love Lot 6, coffee is consistent and the muffins with crumble. Student pricing at its best! Once a week, there is free breakfast of bacon, egg, bread, pancake, cereal, milk, fruits. During semester, occasionally, you can find free lunch. I think I should have place this 1st, the microwaves free to use in the union house!
Volunteering (give yourself the opportunity to be responsible for your surrounding and it seriously don’t have to be about academics or career!)
Yes, My first sem, I actually volunteered for open day 🤓. I volunteered to mentor girls in my 1st semester. Lots of activities line up, as volunteer training is provided too. I volunteered to clean the fridge, coffee machine and prepare for grad students tea time.
Wellbeing (this is just the beginning to take care of the inner you)
I love this but not sure if it applies to undergrad but I would think so there is similar activities. The GSA organised mindfulness workshop and although I was trying it out because before this meditation did not work for me and I am hooked! A meditation believer now! There is yoga too but is super crowded!
Workshops (learn new things, meet new people that is good at what they do)
Leadership and academics skills, both which I enjoy. I love interactive workshops and the Uni is good at that.
Rowden library (what ever knowledge you have, is yours)
What so big deal about a library? There have non academic books, movies, series!!! Yes 😎
Running team (move that body baby!)
Yes, if you enjoy running outside of Uni, there is running team for outside runs like Mother’s Day, melbourne marathon, etc. they provide place to keep your things, snacks. You can even meet students from other Uni because is under the Uni hub. The team can be further improved, such as training runs, meet up, etc
Counselling (sometimes you just want someone to listen)
I used the counselling service only once. It will be unfair for me to rate but there can be room for improvement such as following up.
Little things such as shaded areas, where I can sit and have lunch or read in a good sunny day in Melbourne!
One important point I want to share here is, think carefully what degree you want to do and where you do it. It is not end of the world but some how it pre-determines a lot of things about your future like friends for life, career choice, lifestyle, and to some extend, place to life or work later in life. Good luck and have fun!