CQU’s Georgie McDonald, Ben Lumsden and Mirrin Rashleigh.
CQU’s Georgie McDonald, Ben Lumsden and Mirrin Rashleigh. Luka Kauzlaric

Older students to help first years settle in at CQUniversity

LATER-YEAR CQ University students gathered on Tuesday to workshop ways of helping newcomers settle in and do well in their studies, as the campus prepares for Orientation Week next week.

The students will "buddy up" with 2014 first years and help them learn the ropes.

Engineering students Georgie McDonald and Ben Lumsden and early childhood student Mirrin Rashleigh agreed the hardest task coming from high school to university was juggling time.

"At high school, everyone's really on to you about getting things done, whereas here you've got to be really motivated," Ben said.

National Union of Students president Deanna Taylor congratulated the CQU Gladstone upcoming mentors on their plan.

"What we find is students struggle with the transition from high school where you have a lot of supervision from your teachers, to university where you have to really resource yourself," she said.

"It's really great to see people in later years being so willing to help students when they're just starting out.

"That's what you need; to be able to look up to students for guidance."

Engineering is a logical choice for Gladstone school leavers, according to Ben.

He said quite a few of his friends were also studying engineering and planned to work for industry.

"It's an industry town so you've got a lot of opportunity compared to other places," he said.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

  • Eat well. Food is fuel.
  • Be fit and healthy.
  • Rest well.
  • Join a study group.
  • Turn your phone onto Airplane Mode during any uni work.
  • Stay in touch with your family and friends, your best support.


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