I find Uni.. I’m enjoying so far
Positives: Flexibility to choose the units that I’m interested
Negatives: Too expensive; too much workload
My advice to future students is: Work hard, study smart, play harder
Positives: There’s a balance of different disciplines of study, which is what I like because sometimes commerce and be too analytical and global can be very intense. I enjoy a balance
Negatives: Nothing really
My advice to future students is: If you are unsure of doing a double degree start out in one and if you don’t like one you can drop it
Positives: The law part of the degree makes you highly employable and most of my friends have finished with jobs. The law faculty is well respected, and there is good research capability within the university. The undergraduate degree also takes its time in teaching subjects, unlike the post-grad which is intensive. There are opportunities to study abroad and do practical internships for credit. The Arts degree is enormous, and covers many interest areas. Some lecturers are very passionate. Tutorials encourage the development of critical thinking skills, and can be quite social.
Negatives: The law faculty does not have great pastoral care, though it is trying to address the higher than average instances of anxiety and depression. The faculty is not very flexible in terms of making arrangements to study from home or to work with students. There is a higher focus on grades than real learning. The Arts faculty can be quite disorganised, and change things at the last minute.
My advice to future students is: Get involved early - in everything - as the best way to get to know people and make friends. Law especially lends itself to group learning and study and you will save yourself hours of time by having a study group. Also, consider the broader support of the university as well as the prestige of a name. Monash may help you get jobs because of the great name, but be aware it does operate like a big bureaucracy and is not always flexible and can be quite an old fashioned approach to learning and discipline.
Positives: Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) allows students like me a fun foray into the world of psychology, and, more importantly, a chance to walk directly into the field if hard work and persistence are shown. The looming 70% average needed in the third year is both safe enough to not warrant extreme worry, yet not too low where I could easily feel compelled to meander through my studies. Much of the first year content is similar to my year 11 and 12 VCE Psychology studies, which is a welcome reality. This way, university does not feel like an unknown beast, but rather an extension of high school.
Negatives: In first year, the Psychology aspects of the Bachelor of Psychology can be somewhat missing at times, with general Biology and even introductory Biomedical Science areas covered. Whilst this is understandable given the myriad of students integrating Psychology into their course, for us sole Psychology students studying photosynthesis can seem unnecessary.
My advice to future students is: Do not get discouraged by the high ATAR required for the course or the biological or biomedical aspects of the course, they can allow for intellectual growth and brain stimulation at a time when your mind is still forming. Embrace the university atmosphere and follow your dreams.
Positives: The course is a new course under Arts humanities faculty that is launched just this year February 2018. It is a very fun, uplifting course as the professors and tutors are helpful, humble and happy to guide us at anytime. They give honest and understandable feedbacks after any assignments to help us ace the course.
Negatives: I don't feel any negativity from the course, so far.
My advice to future students is: University life is mostly self-study, you need to be very diligent and organize yourself regularly as they would not spoon-feed you most of the time. At the beginning, this was the most shocking stage for me that needs to be practiced along the way but you'll be natural eventually.
Positives: Practical units, hands on interactions with organisations and exchange opportunities (compulsory)
Negatives: Can be broad
My advice to future students is: To choose a course you’re passionate about
Positives: Makes me think out of the box
Negatives: Future job scope is too wide
My advice to future students is: To do it out of love and don't expect B Arts to be easy cause it's not
Positives: There are lots of positives. First of all, the lecturers and tutors are extremely knowledgeable about the content and teach you in a way which covers all bases. Also, due to the high ATAR and transfer requirements, whenever you are required to complete group work, you will have hardworking and intelligent group members. Due to Arts/Law being such a broad area of study, there are many career and job opportunities that will present themselves throughout and towards the end of your degree. This degree rewards hard work and enables practical application of what you learn.
Negatives: It is a lot of work. Especially the law side of things, there is a lot of readings to do, and unlike other degrees, you must do these readings or you will not understand what is going on in lectures or tutorials. Some of the content can be tedious, but it is just necessary to push through the less interesting things. Also, it is relatively a long time to complete, as it takes around 5 and a half years.
My advice to future students is: You must have a positive mindset and be able to put in some extra hours of reading and work to ensure you understand everything. Although this degree is often romanticised, it requires a high degree of critical thinking and development of legal skills. Do not be concerned about the amount of work, because if you are interested in this field, you will be able to achieve everything.
Positives: It is extremely flexible, there are multiple online units, there is also the ability to pick units that run on the same day, so you may only have to attend 2 days a week. I have also found the assignments reasonable and may of the areas of study on the arts faculty don't have exams!
Negatives: Many - assignments are due at the same time across multiple units which can be stressful. Depending on your area of study within the bachelor you may not have the same classes with people again which makes it harder to make friends at uni.
My advice to future students is: My Advice would be to make sure youre organized so assignments don't pile up!
There were many positive aspects of the course. The degree has a vast range of subjects students can choose from and this really allows students to make this degree what they want it to be. You have the choice to study exactly what you want to study. In some subject majors, such as politics and Media and Communications do offer internships and work experience - although not all Majors do this which is a bit unfortunate.
The degree has some overseas units, in which students are able to study for a semester abroad while completing research subjects. Monash uni also has lots of sister universities around the world, allowing for students to study abroad for a period of time. I spent a semester studying in the Netherlands through this option and it was easily the best experience of my time at University. Being able to study abroad while exploring a different country was such a great and rewarding experience.
Monash Uni was also a really enjoyable place to study at; the facilities were great and campus life was good. For students with mental health issues, such as myself, they also offer lots of support which was a big positive for me personally.
Overall it's a interesting, fun but challenging degree for anyone interested in the social sciences/humanities. It's a lot of hard work and dedication but I found it to be very rewarding and enjoyable.
The only negatives I encountered were feeling unsure where I would go career wise after graduating. There is no work placement as some other degrees e.g. teaching, nursing, engineering etc, so you don't get that experience while completing the degree.
My advice to future students is: Really consider where you want to go career wise as you will not finish this degree with a job - as many other degrees do. I didn't know what type of career I wanted, so I decided on a BA of Arts because it was a very broad degree. After my first year I found my area of interest and was able to determine the type of career I wanted. But definitely consider where you want to go after graduating.
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