I am so sorry for not updating since forever! I have been flat-out busy and forgot about the blog.
So to catch you up, I am going to cheat and copy+paste my activity reports that I submitted to the board for each of the missing months. In my next entry (in the next week or so) I will offer a more personalised entry again. Let’s do this:
Month of March
March was a great month! Through the USASA Women’s Committee we were able to commemorate International Women’s Day and start building the Women’s Collective. I met with staff in order to roll out initiatives to raise awareness around sexual assault. In particular we discussed the roll out of the Respect Now Always campaign that aims to highlight the issues around sexual assault and domestic violence. We also discussed the screening of the Hunting Ground, an American documentary based around sexual assault on residential campus’; in which the company has paired with Universities Australia and the National Union of Students to bring it to an Australian context and audience. Along with fellow representative Christopher Ghan, I am connecting with experts to establish a domestic violence workshop to be run at UniSA. Currently we are organising meetings and hoping to discuss logistics and content.
Here we are! Some of us are finishing up SP1 and about to start SP3 while others are not too far off the SP2 study break and half way point. So, how are we all tracking?
By this point in the year you will have a fair idea of how you are coping with your study load and external commitments such as work, sport and family. You’re probably all crushing it but if you are unsure, fear not!
After having a big first quarter myself I have decided to dedicate this blog to the support services which are here to help.
This month is a beginning for many new students in all campus. Students want to learn and know more about school facilities and courses issue. USASA also need to promote ourselves to students to understand how we are existing and what we are doing for students. During ClubsFest, it is a good opportunity for students to know there are a lot of different kinds of club in UniSA under USASA and it also helps many clubs to promote themselves and attract new students to join their clubs.
I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter break and are feeling somewhat refreshed after a busy month. If not, you’ll find solace in the fact we only have a week to go until the 2 week break. But in the meantime I hope you’ve all been smashing your studies!
I’m still in denial March has been and gone but I know I’m not alone when I say this. The first few weeks of class are usually a bit clumsy and disorganised (for me anyway) despite the best of intentions to get off to a good start and I’m fairly sure I’m not the only one. Somehow between all the commotion of falling back into routine, the time just slips away and all those once distant due dates begin to loom. Lucky for us, UniSA has plenty of free workshops still running to provide strategies for improving concentration, motivation, time management & wellbeing. I plan on taking advantage of a few upcoming workshops to help get my time management back on track, if there’s still hope for me.
This marks the first of my monthly reports since getting tapped on the shoulder to fill the position of City East USASA Representative, so here goes! March was quite a short month for me as I only really joined the committee halfway through the month at my first meeting, so the remaining few weeks saw me try to figure out how everything works and to try to hit the ground running in my new role!
What a long month; I had to juggle between my classes, meetings, assignments and my personal life. For two day, I had to attend consecutive meetings, one after each other, without any break. The good thing was that food was provided. These meetings were about my projects as USASA international student rep. I met with the accommodation and career services. The outcomes were not what I expected, as the changes are very hard to do as they regard the government policies or the different school programs. Many students are unware about their services, and that is the reason for which they struggle a lot with finding cheaper accommodation or working placement. After the meetings, I decided that the best ways would be to bring the information to the international students. This would be done with the help of the different clubs, to share the information with their members.
Another terrific month of activities for Whyalla Students including;
- Body Combat 1 at YMCA
- Meet the Tenants BBQ at the Student Village and,
- Pt Lowly Getaway over the weekend
USASA BOARD MEETINGS
To date, I have attended every USASA board meeting in person and represented Whyalla Students. I have submitted the following agenda items;
- Trees to be planted between the University and Student Accommodation at Whyalla Campus – Funding APPROVED by USASA Board.
- Whyalla to be included for UniTopia Events, Wall Planner and Diary – APPROVED.
- Memorial seating to be installed at Whyalla and funded by USASA – DEFEATED.
Time flies and a month has nearly passed since university started. It doesn’t affect me that much because as a PhD student I work like a full time staff in the office and the lab, which also means…… I am a cheap labour with no life (sigh!). All the joke aside, it was personally a busy month for me as I got a lot to catch up after coming back from my annual leave, and I attended two conferences in Queensland this month, with my first oral presentation in a national conference!
However, there are more responsibilities than just my role as a PhD student, but as representative for fellow UniSA postgraduate students.