Oh, I wish I’d known that some subjects were compulsory … because right now I’m learning … some stuff I don’t know if I’ll ever have to use it in my career … and what engineering actually was (laughing). I really didn’t do a whole heap of research into the course that I was doing … I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I just thought “Oh I like maths”. There’s maths, there’s high school maths and then there’s like engineering …
Ahmad, 19, on-campus
Possibly a little bit more about the units. What was involved and having a little bit more to read about the particular units, a little bit more time to do some of the trials in there instead of sort of just like “Okay” and that’s it … I had to do a crash course on this and this to be able to get this, you know what I’m saying?
Bethany, 59, online
I wish I’d known what uni had to offer me. I’m disappointed with my degree. I think that I would’ve had such an interest in another degree or a different subject. So I wish I’d taken the time to look at that a little bit more thoroughly and thought about if I needed to do a degree which is specific to the industry I’m working in right now or do I have an interest in something else
David, 34, online
Okay. Probably a little bit more on the structuring of it all to the sense of I think to a degree there is help but I’ve found, like in particular with statistics, it’s all numbers. Just a heads up on, just a reminder I think because … it really reminded me that I’ve been out of school now for like 17 years and just been a working person and everything you deal with in your working life is not really academic …
Donna 36, online
I think I was just daunted by the whole thing. I’ve never been that bright unless I really, really apply myself but what I didn’t expect was so much science involved in nursing. Yes, I had no idea there was so much science involved.
Emma, 32, on-campus
(Laughing). I wish I’d been a bit more clued up on the mechanics of enrolment, I wish I’d been a little bit clearer on what happens, you know, that enrolling in the unit didn’t mean I was enrolled in the degree. That might have saved me a little bit of grief on down the track.
Evelyn, 52, online
… when I enrolled for this unit, the lady I spoke to was fantastic, she was really, really good. It’s just really important to have the right person to talk to before you start enrolling in units. I think they need to be aware of how much work’s involved sometimes and yes, be able to advise appropriately I think and replace with
Hailey, 41, online
I don’t think there was anything that has caught me by surprise in terms of the whole studying online however, with regards to like individual units, there have been programs that you’ve had to download and things like that … there’s a couple of programs that you need to download before certain units but that could just be me not reading the unit outline properly or something like that …
Mandy, 25, online
… I can’t really say the workload because I was warned about the workload. Maybe … the clinical placement in second year … and maybe I kind of wish I knew that before because … that has me just a little nervous because I don’t know what that’s going to be like … what your actual workload is while you’re on clinical and everything like that. I wish that someone could tell me how they’ve done it or anything like that …
Marlee, 19, on-campus
… I found it very daunting looking at a number of units and trying to work out how they fitted into a degree and what the undergraduate degree meant versus postgraduate and what I was actually able to do. I couldn’t actually work it out for myself; I found it extremely confusing not having that prior experience. I actually called up … and had a long chat with a girl on the phone about what I wanted to do, what I wanted to achieve and she talked me through the units and … fully explained them.
Misti, 30, online
I also wish I’d known … when I started my psychology degree I didn’t know anything about doing post-grad studies so I wasn’t really aware that it’s important to keep your marks up and that kind of thing. I didn’t realise until quite late into my second year and so did a lot of my friends actually and they kind of wished they’d known earlier so they could have done better ...
Natalia, 27, on-campus
[I wish I’d known] what I want to do! (both laugh). I don’t know, probably just the amount of possibilities that there were. Cos I knew I’d just do a Bachelor of Arts but I never actually knew you majored or minored in anything in a Bachelor of Arts. I thought it was just one degree. There’s a Bachelor of Arts, there’s a Bachelor of Science. I didn’t realise there was so many various avenues within them.
Seth, 21, on-campus
I wish I’d known whether I was going to enjoy it or not and by that I mean I wish I’d known that I would have much preferred to do law than medical science so I could have probably done that first.
Lachlan, 24, on-campus