The ‘That’s what SHE said’ blog is written by SHE College student Mel. As an intern for the college of SHE and a Peer Learning Advisor, Mel is passionate about sharing ideas and highlighting the services available to you in order to make Uni life just a little easier.
We are so close the start of Semester 1, and I have been reminded once again that one of the biggest stressors for the first few days is knowing where to go!
I totally get it! I have been studying here since 2015, just finished my degree and have started post-grad studies this year. This week, during a foundation course, I walked confidently into a building and climbed the four flights of stairs to get to the room for my workshop, only to realise I was in HS2, not HS1. Yep, totally wrong building! That stair workout was for nothing – and the story gets better, I took a new La Trobe student with me for the exercise thinking I knew where I was going.
We are all going to get lost at some stage but here is here! So please, read on and walk with confidence in your first few weeks of uni!
1. Download the MyLaTrobe App
Download the MyLaTrobe App for your phone. This app allows you to access your current timetable through allocate plus, the LMS, your Uni emails, news and updates and it has a campus map. You can search this map for specific buildings and get yourself moving in the right direction. Download the app from the Apple App store or Google Play. Such a great tool to find out where to go or the closest car park to your building!
Do you have the app yet? Great! Click on ‘My Tools’ down the bottom, and then select, ‘Campus Map’
At the top you can select campus, and then you will find a search bar at the top. Type in the name of your building, for example, ‘Health Sciences’and select it from the drop down menu. You will see a drop pin on the map. Click on this!
Down the bottom of the screen you will see a list of rooms you can select, and an option to ‘Navigate Here’. If you click on this, it will open google maps to give you directions on how to get there from your current location. You can even listen to music on the way!
Now all you need to do is walk with confidence – you know where to go!
2. Ask someone for help!
If you still can’t find your room, or you have run out of phone charge, there will be plenty of staff around (they were tags on lanyards) or volunteer students in La Trobe shirts around for you to ask where to go. If you are really stuck, head to ASK La Trobe on your campus, and let them help you!
Well, good luck in your first weeks here and if you find yourself walking into the middle of the wrong lecture in the wrong place – you are not alone! I’ve already done that too (slaps forehead).