Archive for September, 2011

HECS Explained: The Essentials You Need to Know

HECS Explained: The Essentials You Need to Know

What is HECS? HECS-HELP, or just HECS, is a loan available to eligible students enrolled in Commonwealth supported places. Not all courses at all universities offer this option, and the alternative (called full fee paying places) entail that the student pays full cost for their education. HECS is only an option for the first 7 [...]

Melbourne: Vintage Fashion on a Budget

Melbourne: Vintage Fashion on a Budget

A friend from overseas once made the observation that the people of Melbourne are unique in that after greeting a person one of the first conversations they’ll start will be about the clothes you’ve got on. While I’ve never seen this as being unusual, she pointed out that in no other city she’s visited or [...]

Lectures: Waste of Time or Rite of Passage?

Lectures: Waste of Time or Rite of Passage?

All throughout high school the prospect of attending university was always exciting; one thing that really appealed to me personally was attending lectures.  Thinking about sitting in those cool little chairs with the flip up tables with a notepad and a pen.  Lectures always seemed exciting to me as I’d seen lecture halls on television [...]

Student Funding: How to Go About It …

Student Funding: How to Go About It …

In many ways, university is much like any reality TV show – thousands of eager, young hopefuls stream into an institution, willing to overcome a series of increasingly difficult challenges to attain respect, recognition and rewards. Alas, the constant struggle for marks and manuscripts has more than just academic ramifications. Students need to eat, to [...]