What to expect?
Regardless of whether you’re going to university straight from high school, or you've been in the workforce for a number of years and now want to gain a qualification – starting university for the first time can be daunting.
Getting to know an unfamiliar campus, adjusting to lectures and tutorials, learning new things, making new friends, juggling life – all while trying to get a degree to advance your career – can get a little overwhelming.
But you’re not alone in feeling like this. And while it’s a lot to take in, most people do it wonderfully, learning from any challenges they are confronted with, and coming out the other side having had the experience of their lives.
Your network of new friends awaits
Everyone feels at least a little nervous, awkward, and overwhelmed at the beginning of their university journey – after all, it is a major life transition. Remember, everyone is there to learn and grow. Be ready to accept people and branch out of your comfort zone. A good place to start meeting people and making friends is Orientation.
At the University of Tasmania, we know that everyone has different experiences in education. We offer a range of programs you can access to ensure you achieve success in your chosen area of study, and there are heaps of support services you can call on for help.
Here's some advice on how to minimise your pre-university jitters:
- Check out our easy to follow guide to starting uni.
- Go to as many Orientation events as you can.
- Take advantage of volunteering and mentoring opportunities.
- Check out the UTASLife facebook pages
- Join any clubs, societies and sporting teams where you may share a common interest with a group of people
What if I change my mind about my course?
If you start a course and decide that it's not for you, you can always change your degree. You may even be able to get academic credit for subjects you've already completed.
Talk to staff in your faculty as soon as possible to avoid academic or financial penalties.
What if I don't get into the course I want?
There are options to help you get into the course you want to study. You could upgrade through a degree course or diploma, or apply for a special entry program.
For personal advice on what to do, talk to one of our friendly advisers over the phone by calling 13UTAS or request a face to face appointment on any of our campuses.
I'm not sure what I want to study
If you're unsure what to study, we can help. Talk to one of our friendly advisers over the phone by calling 13UTAS or request a face to face appointment on any of our campuses.