Get insight into student life at USC, straight from our students. Our student blogs have been written by current, past and future USC students, covering a broad range of topics. You'll find articles on internships, field work, university events, employment and also general student and study-related advice.
Smashing ideas at Woodford Folk Festival
9 January - What's it like to be a writer at one of the world’s most renowned folk arts festivals? USC creative writing student Bianca Millroy shares how four days of work experience can open your mind and plant a seed for the future.
Exam time is scram time!
21 October 2016 - With exams right around the corner it's important to relax and de-stress, here are some simple tips on how.
Designing an intern
4 October 2016 - You know the saying “everything happens for a reason,” well my internship experience was truly an example of that quote.
The Animal Ecology Experience
17 September 2016 - I have never been what you would call an “outdoorsy” type, so it probably came as a bit of a shock to my friends and family that I chose to study a Bachelor of Animal Ecology! I was told this degree involved a lot of hands-on fieldwork which wasn’t quite what I had in mind — but it sure has been an amazing and worthwhile journey...
The Ultimate Relaxation Guide
16 September 2016 - When life gets in the way: particularly during times of increased workloads, assessment due dates, and study breaks, we sometimes forget to take care of our own health and happiness. This short blog details a list of simple activities that can really help in maintaining physical and mental wellbeing, aptly titled ‘The Ultimate Relaxation Guide’.
Hitting the nail on the head
25 August 2016 - The journey to become an Engineer is long, difficult and often challenging. But it is one of the most worthwhile and satisfying things I've ever done.
Order in the court!
16 August 2016 - Wowee, 2016 has already been a massive year for me and it’s only half way done. I started my third year in a double degree of Laws/Commerce at USC in February and the ball started rolling from there.
Join the club!
12 August 2016 - Want to get more involved in your USC experience? Join the club! Here we delve deeper into all the clubs, associations, teams, groups, programs and societies USC has to offer.
FAQ's to prepare you for Semester 2
25 July 2016 - Your questions answered. The top FAQs most commonly asked by students in their first-year.
A food lover's guide to USC
19 July 2016 - There’s one thing that all uni students seem to be able to do successfully… eat! If it was a uni course, a lot of us would be getting HD’s. Here are the top 6 foodie recommendations for USC's various on campus eateries.
To switch or not to switch?
16 June 2016 - So, what exactly are your options when you aren’t sure about your degree? Generally, there are two choices: stay in your degree, or switch to another. Today I am listing the pros and cons of changing your degree program. Additionally, I will provide an alternative path that I, personally, have taken. I hope it can be of use to those of you in the same boat...
Catch and follow your dreams, then stop and admire them
7 June 2016 - Irene on exchange from Italy. "This story started one day, when I realised it is not about finding out who you are, it is about creating who you are."...
10 things to do on the Sunny Coast during the uni break
1 June 2016 - Here are the top 10 cheap activities to enjoy over your break, and I say cheap because the majority of us are poor and eat two-minute noodles for dinner.
Exams. Chill? Or no chill?
18 May 2016 - There's only a few singular loaded words that can strike fear in a student's heart. Today we’re going to talk about exams.
The Uni Accommodation Experience
12 May 2016 - If you have never lived at Uni Central or Varsity, then you’re missing out on what you think it’s like living out of home for the first time. While there are many interesting surprises to look forward to, there are also lots of opportunities to make amazing, life-long friends.
Transitioning Into Adulthood
3 May 2016 - I was just a timid 18-year-old, fresh out of high school trying to discover what career path I should take, list of subjects I should choose, and learning how to adjust to life as a uni student. It didn’t take long to realise that university was very different to Year 12.
The Facts and Myths of University Life
28 April 2016 - Exactly one year ago I waited in nervous anticipation for my first day on campus. With so many questions running through my mind, I had no idea what to expect. Today I am writing this as a quick guide for your welcoming year at USC. These are the myths debunked, reassurances, and pieces of advice I wish I had known prior to the commencement of university.
4.02 am Words
21 April 2016 - The average 4 am thought process of a uni student. 'Assessments, rubrics, extracurricular activities not just roll around in my head, they threaten to detonate....
Q&A with Arts Honours graduate, Jarna
8 April 2016 - We had the chance to catch up recently with Honours student Jarna Baudinette just before graduation. This is what she had to say about her most recent study experience.
Learning and Loving Life
7 April 2016 - While the lecturers and tutors at USC made my study enjoyable, it was the uni community that stands out in my memory.
Experience Comes with Experiencing
5 April 2016 - I studied a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at USC. Don’t worry, I always get that blank look! Occupational therapists (OTs) promote independence in people who have limitations to their everyday activities which may be due to injury, illness, disability, mental illness or the effects of ageing.
Stay Healthy Sunshine Coast!
16 February 2016 - Aside from leaving me flat broke and with an empty tank, unhealthy eating, funnily enough, makes you feel unhealthy. But thankfully healthiness is determined by so many more things then just what you put in your gob or how many times you flex your biceps.
Settling into the Sunshine Coast
8 February 2016 - After graduating high school in 2013, I had a gap year working full time to prepare myself for all the expenses that come with relocating. But it wasn’t just the expenses I had to prepare for. It was the learning to cook (still haven’t mastered mash potato), doing my own washing (tip: if it touches you, even for a second, it’s dirty), making new friends and basically being an adult (ugh) in a new place away from home.
Evelyn Lands 'Perfect' Water Quality Job!
13 January 2016 - My Bachelor of Environmental Science Degree and minor in Coastal and Marine Systems helped to prepare for getting the job with Seqwater. Many of my university subjects have also helped me to get ready for the industry, particularly my work placements with the Sunshine Coast Council and Maroochy Waterwatch. These placements gave me the vital practical experience I needed in water quality testing .
We're the Kids in America!
16 December 2015 - From traumatising fairytale characters to walking through Fenway Park, to throwing a snowball at my teacher, this overseas experience is one that has had it all. Before the 21st of October 2015 I had never been overseas, I had never seen snow, never seen a squirrel and I also never could have imagined what this adventure would give me. It started off with 30 hours of travelling before finally arriving in Fredonia at 12:30am on a Thursday morning. From day one it has been an amazing experience with a brand new adventure every second.
Advertising Students on Tour - Take us to Shanghai!
15 December 2015 - After a long couple of flights filled with movie-watching and excitement, we arrived in Shanghai with a little bit of a culture shock. Ultimately, we were there to gain insight into the Chinese consumer market and how advertising principles and practices are applied in a different market to our own. This will continue to inspire our own work and help us to develop innovative ideas for future advertising campaigns at university and throughout our careers. It was just a coincidence that Shanghai boasted some of the best knock-off markets in the world, so we just had to squeeze some shopping time into our schedules, of course.
Unchartered Land: Career World! By Yr 11 intern Jasmin Graves
3 December 2015 - I’m finishing Year 11 at Matthew Flinders Anglican College and work experience week was strategically placed 5 days before the Christmas holidays, how taunting. When the seniors are celebrating their new found ‘freedom’ at schoolies, my grade has been dispatched to various law firms, marketing agencies, primary schools and even a few construction sites to partake in hands on experience of ‘the real world’.
I've Finished!! Now What?
24 November 2015 - To all the students starting their own university experience, and to the ones still plotting away, my best advice for you is to enjoy the ride. Don’t be in a rush to finish. While your degree is the ultimate goal, it’s the friendships and precious experiences you gain along the way that become almost more important in shaping you for life beyond USC.
Work, Social Life and Study: It's a Balancing Act!
17 November 2015 - Studying here at USC has given me this opportunity: to rise, and shine, take centre stage and put my Creative Writing ambitions into action. Two years ago, I would have never believed the feats I've achieved. They are by no means 'high flying', but becoming a Student Ambassador, being published now twice in USC's Creative Writing Anthology and performing for this year's Art Gallery Twilight Markets are just some of the experiences I've had, and a semester abroad in Italy will surely be the highlight of my degree! No matter what stage you're in, age or background you are in, there is something at USC for everyone.
Nursing Student Jess Takes Flight
11 November 2015 - Having the opportunity to work alongside a team of health professionals I have much admiration for is an experience I will never forget. Recently I got to take on a placement experience with The Royal Flying Doctors Service where I got to observe and handle real life emergency situations. Studying a Bachelor of Nursing Science at the University of the Sunshine Coast has opened my eyes to a world of nursing that I have never experienced before.
Fraser Dreamin - Dunes for Days!
21 October 2015 - While some of you spent your holidays partying, working, or being the A grade uni student punching assignments out, I spent my holidays doing all three. How is this possible? Well over the break a handful of students in the new course ENS 330 (Fraser island field studies) explored this incredible island for 4 days from variety of different perspectives.