Uni Life: You Asked, We’ve Answered – Getting involved and smart study


Want to ramp up those resume credentials? Resisting the urge to re-create a scene from High School Musical? In need of some health advice? Stephanie Luong answers your questions about ActivateUTS, the ultimate study playlist and where to go for health services on campus.

Welcome back to another instalment of Uni Life, and it’s about that time in the semester when we are all feeling the pressure of deadlines and possible examinations.

So, take a minute out of your study – or ongoing procrastination – get comfortable, and enjoy the fruits of my labour, where I answer your questions.

1.  “What is ActivateUTS and are they the same as the Students’ Association?”

ActivateUTS is a non-profit organisation which provides a range of support services and facilities for students at UTS including ActivateFit on Harris, The Loft and The Underground. ActivateUTS is also responsible for the awesome events on campus such as O’Day, Summerfest, Winterfest and the Amazing Race.

If you’re interested in volunteering, consider joining The Pack for ActivateUTS. There are a bunch of perks of being part of The Pack! You’ll be rewarded points for your time spent volunteering, which can be redeemed for coffees, drink vouchers for The Loft, movie vouchers, pizza vouchers and an RSA/RCG course!

The UTS Students’ Association is an independent organisation ‘run by students, for students’, governed by an elected SRC. They provide free services for UTS students, including the Bluebird Brekkie Bar, academic support, legal services and peer tutoring. Their most notable work is probably Vertigo, which publishes student work both in print and online.

2.  “What are some good playlists to listen to when studying? I want something to drown out outside noise, but a lot of music distracts me!”

My go-to study playlists all consist of classical music! Anything with lyrics or loud and electric instruments generally distracts me. There have been many scientific studies regarding the ‘Mozart effect’, and its ability ‘to raise performance levels and productivity by reducing stress and tension’. However, this may not work for all people, but I recommend Debussy and Bach.

If you’re a Spotify user, you can search for ‘classical music playlists’ or ‘study music playlists’ and I guarantee many will pop up.

3.  “Where can I go to for health services on campus?”

The Health Service is located on Level 6 in Building 1 (Tower Building), and is open from Monday to Thursday throughout the year from 8.30am till 6.00pm, and on Friday till 5.00pm. Bulk billing is available, but doctors at the Health Service are independent practitioners who can set their own rates, and there is a charge for all vaccines.

You can go here for many services, including consultations, treatments, pregnancy testing, travel advice and vaccinations, clinical placement vaccinations if you’re a nursing student and advice or assistance for students with examination difficulties due to disabilities or medical conditions.

You can make an appointment by contacting (02) 9514 1177. If this is your first time visiting, you’ll need to complete a Registration form prior to attending.


Every fortnight on The Comma, I will be making the stress of university life slightly better by answering any questions you have, so send them through to the Google Form!

Stephanie Luong is a second-year combined Law/Communications (Social and Political Sciences) student and is most likely asleep right now, or at any given moment really