Leslie Knope's Guide to Uni

1. You’re not in high-school anymore.

Just kidding. But it’s worth noting that your next 3 - 5 years at UTS are very different. New friends, new classes, and a new location. Don’t try and repeat high-school, embrace the fact that this is a completely new, unique opportunity.

Just kidding. But it’s worth noting that your next 3 - 5 years at UTS are very different. New friends, new classes, and a new location. Don’t try and repeat high-school, embrace the fact that this is a completely new, unique opportunity.

2. It’s cool to be enthusiastic.

Seriously. No matter how dreary the task, or how lame the party is, get stuck into it! Enthusiasm is infectious, and UTS is one of the few places in the world that rewards you for it. Get stuck into different events, internships, and societies. UTSoC, Backstage, Food Society, or a sports team are all great places to start.

Seriously. No matter how dreary the task, or how lame the party is, get stuck into it! Enthusiasm is infectious, and UTS is one of the few places in the world that rewards you for it. Get stuck into different events, internships, and societies. UTSoC, Backstage, Food Society, or a sports team are all great places to start.

3. Talk to EVERYONE.

There are unlimited opportunities surrounding you at UTS. All you have to do is ask! Open your mouth and talk to people. You might find a study buddy, or hear about free food being given away on the Alumni Green (it happens a LOT). You could even land an invite to the next big party.

There are unlimited opportunities surrounding you at UTS. All you have to do is ask! Open your mouth and talk to people. You might find a study buddy, or hear about free food being given away on the Alumni Green (it happens a LOT). You could even land an invite to the next big party.

4. Everywhere is a bed if you try hard enough. 

You’re gonna get sleepy. It happens, when your schedule is working, partying, studying, eating, and, yep, more partying. This is normal. There’s even a Facebook page named People Sleeping at UTS. It happens and it’s okay. Your life at UTS will basically be the less catchy version of “eat, sleep, rave, repeat.”

You’re gonna get sleepy. It happens, when your schedule is working, partying, studying, eating, and, yep, more partying. This is normal. There’s even a Facebook page named People Sleeping at UTS. It happens and it’s okay. Your life at UTS will basically be the less catchy version of “eat, sleep, rave, repeat.”

5. You will probably fall in love.

Let me clarify. You’re gonna find love at UTS. It might be with a classmate, or someone you’ve met through a club or at a party. It might not even be a person. For instance, I fell in love with the food at the Underground. But if you meet that special someone, and are too shy to say anything, UTS offers an alternative approach. UTS Love Letters is your go-to. Use it and share the love!

Let me clarify. You’re gonna find love at UTS. It might be with a classmate, or someone you’ve met through a club or at a party. It might not even be a person. For instance, I fell in love with the food at the Underground. But if you meet that special someone, and are too shy to say anything, UTS offers an alternative approach. UTS Love Letters is your go-to. Use it and share the love!

6. You will probably get dumped.

Yep. It sucks. But you’ve gotta jump back on the bandwagon. It’s so hard to meet people though! Gee, it sucks that you’re not in a place where there are heaps of young, single, ready-to-mingle people. Oh wait...

Yep. It sucks. But you’ve gotta jump back on the bandwagon. It’s so hard to meet people though! Gee, it sucks that you’re not in a place where there are heaps of young, single, ready-to-mingle people. Oh wait...

7. Expect to go through some phases.

You’re gonna go vegan for a bit. Or make some (subtext: a lot) of dating mistakes. Or go on a week long holiday to Hong Kong and suddenly try and swap your degree to Traditional Chinese Medicine. You’ll join Young Labour. Then join Young Liberals. Then join the Young Greens. It’s all a slippery slope. Some of these phases will stick, and some will pass after about a week. But UTS will not only be here for you throughout it all, but will accommodate you. So let your hair down and make some bad choices. It’s part of the experience.

You’re gonna go vegan for a bit. Or make some (subtext: a lot) of dating mistakes. Or go on a week long holiday to Hong Kong and suddenly try and swap your degree to Traditional Chinese Medicine. You’ll join Young Labour. Then join Young Liberals. Then join the Young Greens. It’s all a slippery slope. Some of these phases will stick, and some will pass after about a week. But UTS will not only be here for you throughout it all, but will accommodate you. So let your hair down and make some bad choices. It’s part of the experience.

8. You will cry - and that’s okay!

Assessments, social drama, and just general lethargy awaits you. Not to mention a hangover per week! It's completely normal for this to all get to be too much. But if you find that a night in with Netflix and ice cream isn't enough to cure the blues, UTS also offers a range of counselling services. So don't despair. We've got you, fam. 

Assessments, social drama, and just general lethargy awaits you. Not to mention a hangover per week! It's completely normal for this to all get to be too much. But if you find that a night in with Netflix and ice cream isn't enough to cure the blues, UTS also offers a range of counselling services. So don't despair. We've got you, fam. 

9. Seriously, you’re not in high-school anymore!

You. Are. Not. In. High. School. Please, say that sentence out loud. There will be no grown ups to mediate your disputes, you are the adult. You have to take responsibility for your actions. Start to make adult choices, like what to eat that's healthy, planning a study timetable, and for the love of God, please don't get your parents to write a letter to your professors if you miss an assignment.

You. Are. Not. In. High. School. Please, say that sentence out loud. There will be no grown ups to mediate your disputes, you are the adult. You have to take responsibility for your actions. Start to make adult choices, like what to eat that's healthy, planning a study timetable, and for the love of God, please don't get your parents to write a letter to your professors if you miss an assignment.

10. You’re not just here for a degree.

Seriously. You don't actually have that many classes at uni. But this is going to become 90% of your life. And not just for the education. What you learn, and gain, will go so much further than classes. You will have experiences, try brand new things, and connect with your best friends as you both endeavour your way through your degrees. Enjoy it. Your university experience is so much more than just going to classes.

Seriously. You don't actually have that many classes at uni. But this is going to become 90% of your life. And not just for the education. What you learn, and gain, will go so much further than classes. You will have experiences, try brand new things, and connect with your best friends as you both endeavour your way through your degrees. Enjoy it. Your university experience is so much more than just going to classes.

So be excited. The next few years of your life will be scary and daunting and terrifying and you will cry. But they will also be amazing, something you will remember forever. So take a deep breath, look straight ahead, and take the plunge.


Author: Finn Parker

Finn Parker is a second year Journalism/Law student at UTS, and the UTSoC Publications Director. His notable achievements include finishing an entire McDonalds Family Dinner Box, creating a recipe for awesome waffles, and being the 2006 Time Magazine 'Person of the Year'.