Positive-wide selection of different courses and possible majors.
Negative- needed further (more specific) tertiary qualification
My advice to future students is: Take time to figure out what it is you would like to do
The university has good food and it is conveniently located near the inner city suburban area. Due to this, you can visit the city for extra curricular fun.
Down side is that tutors can be very arrogant and non-univeristy students steal spots in the libraries.
My advice to future students is: Make sure you know higher year students to inform you of things
Positives: The most positive aspects of the course it allows for a lot of freedom of what you want to study. I could study Sociolinguistics, sociology, psychology, history, anthropology all in one course, so it was just a lot of experience and a lot of knowledge that an otherwise more specialised course (e.g. pharmacy) would not allow you to do. As such I was able to see what I liked and what I didn't like and didn't pick a course that I had to commit to and then became disillusioned with. A bachelor of arts let me see what I liked and what I didn't like and helped pave my current future now.
Negatives: The most negative aspect of a Bachelor of Arts is that it gives you no real opportunities with a career. It's broad because it doesn't provide a career path. The reality of a bachelor of arts that it is a filler course and I think if you want to focus on a career and be in a workforce, choose something that forces you to specialise.
My advice to future students is: Definitely enjoy your uni life. Really research what courses you want to do, weigh the options and don't waste time and money on a Bachelor of Arts. You can use it for a semester to dabble in different subjects, but I recommend going to a degree that will actually be useful for the future.
Positives: Though I never went on exchange, I liked the fact that exchange was included in the degree. I liked the wide variety of majors available and the fact that you could do multiple. Courses were usually interesting.
Negatives: The required language courses (at least mine, French) didn't focus enough on conversation. I don't feel as though I could talk in French with any confidence. I also wasn't prepared for the fact that there were so few assignments in some courses so our whole marks depended on a couple or a few assignments.
My advice to future students is: Talk to students at your uni and in your course. Find out what assessments are like. Study your language on your own (though that's a piece of advice I don't follow myself!). Make sure you utilise help if you need it earlier on in the semester, not when you're starting to freak out.
Positives: Good course selection with flexibility
Negatives: Minimal interaction with other students
My advice to future students is: Get organized very early in the academic year
Positives: There are many positives aspects
The people there at Sydney really care for you and try to help in anyway possible
The students are open minded and very kind to people and accept people
And it’s very diverse
Negatives: Not everyone cares so much sometimes people don’t do the work and make the other groups do it;(
My advice to future students is: Find 5 people that would all do the work and help each other to get that pass !
Positives: The people are amazing and wonderful
Negatives: The tutors are incredibly disorganised and marking can be ambiguous
My advice to future students is: If you want to do Media, know that it is very journalism heavy, unlike courses at UTS and UNSW which offer specific streams
Positives: There are many majors to choose from in the Bachelor of Arts and I could incorporate psychology subjects into it. The study load for my arts subjects have been light (as opposed to my psychology ones). There is more flexibility in essay topics.
Negatives: A lot of the readings do not feel relevant to the course or the real world. Tutors struggle to engage students and select topics/content that really interest students and motivate them to work hard.
My advice to future students is: I wish I had selected my first year electives more carefully. They were random choices and let me to major in anthropology when I may have preferred to study something else for my 4 years at uni.
Positives: I loved the classes and the tutors - they’re always interesting and the tutors are always willing to help
Negatives: Nothing haha I’ve really enjoyed everything
My advice to future students is: Get as involved as possible with societies and activities
Positives: great cohort, like minded people, generally good teaching staff, good assignments
Negatives: Relevance of some courses, way some courses were taught
My advice to future students is: Be prepared to put in the work!
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