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How to Make The Most of Your Final Semester on Campus

Hollie Hughes explores how you can make the most of your final semester on campus.

Due to COVID-19, for those finishing their degrees at the end of 2020, a lot remains uncertain including end of year celebrations and graduation ceremonies.

Thankfully, UON campuses have re-opened and students graduating at the end of this year are able to experience life outside online learning once again. Despite restrictions, there are still plenty of things to get involved with this year, so here is a list of how to ensure you enjoy your last semester on campus.

Keep an eye on UON socials

First of all – if you haven’t already, make sure to give the Student Central Facebook page a like so you don’t miss out on any information regarding what’s happening on campus. If you click on the ‘Events’ tab down the side bar, it will show all the upcoming events in the near future at UON. Better still, it provides links to each individual event so you can RSVP and find out more information. If Facebook just isn’t your thing, Student Central is also on Instagram (@uonstudentcentral).

Additionally, The University of Newcastle Students’ Association (UNSA) regularly host events on campus which make your uni life a little bit easier and a lot more fun. UNSA offers free breakfast, BBQs, sporting equipment, sexual health and hygiene supplies, and games and activities. On top of that, there’s often discounted First Aid, RSA, and RCG courses. If you want to learn more about UNSA, check out their Facebook page here.

Ditch the library for a new study space

A great way to make the most of your last semester on campus is to check out a new area of campus to study, meet with friends or just have some alone time. Check out our article on the hidden gems on campus for our top picks.

Try volunteering

UON Volunteers brings together students from across the University to work together and help out at on campus events and activities. Volunteering is also a good way to give back to the University community before you graduate and will be a valuable addition to your resume! For more information on how to get involved see the UON Volunteers website.

Check out a different campus

UON is much more than Callaghan campus, so if your based there why not grab the free shuttle to NUspace after class and check out the city campus, or vice versa – you might find that a change of scenery is just what you needed to get through your last few assessments. Also, don’t forget about Ourimbah campus – if you’ve got some time to kill why not get the train and explore the campus with a friend?

Slow down

With stress, deadlines approaching faster than ever, and important decisions to be made, it is easy to get caught up in the rush of everything towards the end of the year. But remember that if you don’t choose to study at UON again these could be your last few weeks on campus, so appreciate them and the simple things of studying at UON – get a coffee and sit outside, go for a walk or just meet with a friend and sit in the sunshine!


Feature Image: Mohammad Shahhosseini via Unsplash, no changes made.

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