Starting at Griffith University
Welcome to Griffith University! This is an exciting time in your life. Starting at university can be quite daunting and overwhelming to say the least. It’s a completely new experience with new faces everywhere. Here are some things I wish I had known before starting at university which will hopefully guide you through your first trimester.
Getting your finances in order
It’s a good idea to look at your finances and start budgeting for the trimester. Set yourself a weekly allowance for groceries, uni supplies, social expenses, etc. There are numerous apps that can keep track of your spending and allowances. Student services also offers budgeting workshops throughout the trimesters.
Services around Campus
There are a lot of services available to students around campus from faith and spirituality to medical. Don’t hesitate to check out these services. Also be sure to check out: How to Access Griffith Uni’s Great Student Support Services.
If your looking for your textbooks make sure to check out second hand resellers such as Student VIP or Griffith’s own textbook exchange for a cheaper option or try finding an online version of your book- it’s generally much cheaper than buying it brand new.
Learning to Cook on a Budget
Eating out every day can become costly quite fast. Being able to have a few meals already batched up for the week will save you money and time in the long run. Also be sure to check out: Three easy recipes for students.
Getting Organised with Classes and Assignments
Being able to spread your time between university classes, assignments, work, extra-curricular activities and social activities is a massive juggling act. Using a journal or calendar, whether it be digital or a physical book, to map out your responsibilities will be beneficial in managing your time efficiently. Before you know it, it’s going to be the middle of the trimester so getting ahead in your readings and assignments is key.
Getting Involved at Uni
With the job market being very competitive, employers these days are looking for more than just a degree. They are also looking for students who have demonstrated skills such as teamwork, leadership and mentoring. There are an array of clubs, societies and programs to join at Griffith that could demonstrate your skills.
By Zehra Rabbani