Vicky | Second Year Stories

Why UTS:Law?

Before I transferred into UTS:Law, I was studying a degree at another university that I wasn’t super passionate about, so going to uni everyday felt like a drag. One of my friends, who was studying at UTS, would constantly tell me how much he loved it there! He told me that the social and academic environments at UTS were incredibly welcoming and supportive, which is exactly what I was looking for. So, having always had an interest in law, I decided to give it a go! I applied for a transfer through UAC, and I received an offer in an early January round. Now I’m going into my second year with a great group of friends, excited for my studies- a huge difference to how I felt before coming to UTS.

What does an average day at uni look like for you?

I’m definitely not a morning person, so you won’t find me at uni before 10am. I’ll admit, I’m not the best at lecture attendance, but this year I’m going to do my best to go to them all (don’t quote me). In between classes, my favourite spots for lunch are Fishbowl and Marrickville Pork Roll in Steam Mill Lane, or Sushi Hub up near Central. I usually stay at uni to do some work after class, either in the library or the UTS LSS office, but sometimes I need to rush off to make it to a shift at work. While this is my ‘average day’ at uni, there’s usually always some LSS event happening on campus, so I always try and make it to those to keep my uni days interesting…and also to cash in on free food.

What was one (positive) unexpected experience you had in your first year?

The best and most significant experience I had in my first year was being elected as First Year Representative at First Year Law Camp. This meant that I was on the 2018 LSS Council, which gave me a first-hand, insider look into society life at university. I attended all the social events, skills competition grand finals, and careers seminars, which not only boosted my involvement at uni, but also helped me form unforgettable friendships. Another unexpected yet amazing experience I had in my first year was winning the Junior Client Interview Competition! My partner and I were in awe at the beautiful Allens Sydney office, where the grand final was held. Definitely a highlight.

What was one challenge you faced in your first year? How did you overcome it?

I’ve never been the loudest or most outspoken person, so it can sometimes be difficult for me to throw myself out there and give things a go. But having had a negative experience at university before from not putting myself out there, I knew that I had to push myself out of my comfort zone a little this time around. Luckily, I found that once I started to put my hand up for things (e.g. running for First Year Rep at camp!), the easier it got. It’s all about realising that everyone else is in the same boat as you, so why let it hold you back? It definitely helped that the people I met at uni were all super welcoming and encouraging!

Finally, what advice would you give to someone just starting their first year?

Rarely in life are you given a fresh start, free to be who you want to be and do what you want to do. University is one of these opportunities, so make the most of it! Get involved with uni life outside of academics, put in effort to make new friendships, and really take the time to think about whether you’re doing things that make you truly happy. If you’re starting university a little nervous or overwhelmed- don’t worry! Everyone else is too. But if you put yourself out there and make the most out of every opportunity that comes your way, I promise you won’t regret anything. Instead, you’ll have the best few years of your life! Another piece of advice is to show your student ID at Sushi Hub Central- they don’t advertise it, but they’ll give you a 10% student discount if they see your ID. You’re welcome.