A New Environment
It can be overwhelming walking onto the campus of a large institution for the first time and seeing so many students navigating their way around the numerous buildings.
What to expect once you are at Uni
You will be introduced to a lot of new ways of learning that may be unfamiliar, like lectures, tutorials, seminars and online learning formats. University also requires a higher level of independent learning than secondary school. So, at times, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the vastness and pressure of it all. You are certainly not alone in this feeling and it doesn't take long to settle into your new routine.
Being an Indigenous student, you may find that attending university raises issues for you that are different to those of other students. The stories on this website may give you a better idea of some of the experiences you may encounter as both an Indigenous person and a student, and how you can achieve your goals successfully.
There are lots of places to go for support. Along with orientation days and start-up programs for new students, most universities provide mentor support in the form of other students and tutors to encourage you and to help you get to know the university processes.
Most universities, through their Indigenous Higher education Units, provide a range of services and programs specially designed for Indigenous students. The staff there can help you find your way around and demystify the university so you can feel more comfortable and independent.
Everyone will be going through a learning process, and that process in turn will enhance your ability to negotiate other environments outside university.
Professor Steve Larkin