ATAR Fear of Missing Out - how to avoid it
17 December 2013
As school leavers all over Australia anxiously open their ATAR results, students from the University of Sydney are planning next year's band nights, theatre performances, Quidditch matches, sporting competitions and high teas.
Rather than looking at their peers' ATAR results and succumbing to the gen-Y crunch of FOMO (fear of missing out), current University of Sydney students advise school leavers to follow their passions on campus to find true happiness at university and beyond.
A new video produced by the University of Sydney Union (USU) encourages future students to 'say hello to uni life' by getting involved in on-campus events and joining some of its more than 200 clubs and societies.
For Patrick Morrow, a third-year Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) student and 2014 president of the Sydney University Dramatic Society (SUDS), the USU's clubs and societies program has been a key part of his university experience.
"The best way to meet like-minded, interesting people and make wonderful friends is to follow what you enjoy," Patrick says.
As Australia's oldest continual theatre company, generations of students have had their lives and careers changed by embracing the student experience at SUDS. Alumni including John Bell, Andrew Upton, Gough Whitlam, David Marr, Germaine Greer and the Chaser Team all discovered their dramatic side at SUDS.
"Being involved in SUDS has taught me to take chances creatively, which is an infinitely valuable skill in the arts scene and in any career in which you may find yourself.
"My one piece of advice to my past self and to anyone getting their ATARs today would be to take chances, because nine times out of 10 they'll pay off."
Along with consistently ranking among the best universities in the world for its academic performance, the University of Sydney is also consistently ranked the number one university in Australia for student experience.
"The University of Sydney attracts the best and brightest students, and we're very proud of our intellectually stimulating and academically rigorous culture," says Kaveh Ghezel, Head of Undergraduate Student Recruitment at the University of Sydney.
"However, university is about much more than textbooks and study, and we want to make sure students take full advantage of all the opportunities for fun, adventure and personal development that university life has to offer."
Harry Smith, president of the Sydney University Engineering Undergraduate Association (SUEUA) and a fourth-year Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science student, also encourages new students to get involved in clubs and societies.
"Clubs and societies have been a very big part of everything I've done at uni. Campus life was one of the main reasons I chose the University of Sydney," Harry said.
"I don't just go to uni to sit in class or in the library - SUEUA means I always have things to look forward to. There's always a party or a barbecue on.
"The first event SUEUA runs each year is a first-year camp, where we take about 50 or 60 first-years away. All of the closest friends I've made at uni I made on that camp."
More than enhancing his enjoyment of university, Harry's involvement in clubs and societies is also enhancing his career prospects. His role as club president earned him a graduate job at an international financial company.
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