So you’ve enrolled at William Blue and been accepted, and now you’re about to take the first big step of your future career.
While this is super exciting, it can be a little daunting too!
It takes a bit of time to adjust to a new study schedule, new people, a new campus and a new life. But, you don’t have to do it alone. To ease your transition, we’ve approached two of our brilliant young students for some advice.
Meet students Sandro and Caitlin. Originally born overseas, they’re now studying at William Blue in Sydney – one of Australia’s bustling food capitals.
“I was born in Spain and I have been living in Australia for nine years. I am really passionate about getting to meet new people and having the chance to learn about their experiences, and I also really enjoy hands-on work.
I decided to enrol in this course in large part due to my hospitality teacher in high school. She helped me cultivate a passion for this industry, and supported me immensely through the application process into William Blue.”
– Sandro Garcia Murez (Bachelor of Business, Hospitality Management)
They’re from totally different backgrounds, but they both came to William Blue straight from high school in Australia, following their mutual passion for hospitality.
“I was born in South Africa and moved to Australia when I was three. I am really passionate about cooking, eating and sharing incredible food, and I love the environment a good meal can create. I also love exploring the different cultural influences of food and experimenting with interesting recipes.
I actually hadn’t heard of William Blue or even considered the possibility of studying culinary management, until I had a conversation with my careers advisor. I attended the open day and was so blown away by the incredible facilities, staff and students that I enrolled that day.
I really liked the hands-on aspect that the course offered, as well as the valuable, contemporary business skills. It was a very exciting day when I got my letter of offer!”
– Caitlin De Lorn (Bachelor of Culinary Management)
Sandro and Caitlin have just come out the other side of their first month of study.
It’s been challenging, surprising, strange and incredibly rewarding so far. They’ve found the independent learning and freedom of a university teaching structure to be both challenging and liberating.
As they’re discovering, the day-to-day experience of studying at William Blue is quite different from what they’re used to in high school.
“The strangest part was adjusting to the different ages that you would find in your classes and how much of your education was now your responsibility. It was pretty easy to adjust though, thanks to the teachers and the academic support staff.” – Sandro
“There is quite a big difference between high school, compared to university. At William Blue, there’s a lot of really great support in all aspects of your experience, which really helps the transition. I am lucky to be attending three times a week, giving me a lot of flexibility to work, study and relax, which is a nice change from high school. So far, I would say I’m adjusting really well.” – Caitlin
Top tips on how to handle your first four weeks at William Blue.
1. The first tip, don’t stress.
Everyone on campus is friendly and will be happy to help with any questions you may have. – Sandro
2. Go to class early, at least for the first couple of weeks.
This gives you the chance to find your classrooms, meet your lecturers and talk to your peers. – Caitlin
3. Go through your subjects on Blackboard to find out when assignments are due.
This will make planning your trimester easier and make everything feel less overwhelming. – Sandro
4. Ask for help if you need it.
If you’re feeling unsure or overwhelmed at any point, have a chat with one of your success coaches or lecturers. They’re great at giving advice, helping you make decisions and even just having a chat. – Caitlin
5. Have a quiet room in your house
You will need to find a place where you can study without distractions. What works for me is going through one learning resource in the module and giving myself a 10-15 minute break every so often, so I don’t burn myself out. – Sandro
6. Take the time to really explore all the resources provided to you
(like Blackboard), so once you start attending classes and doing assessments, you’re confident in what you’re doing. – Caitlin
7. Have a day every week where you focus only on yourself
No work and no study. Use this time to rest or hang out with friends. – Sandro
8. Go to the optional classes.
In the first few weeks, there are a lot of optional classes the school offers on things like ‘how to reference’. If one of the classes looks like it could benefit you, give it a go! – Caitlin
9. If you have a friend that works in the industry, discuss what you learn in class with them
So it becomes easier for you to recall the information later on. – Sandro
10. Don’t be too hard on yourself; it’s a big adjustment
It’s really easy to become overwhelmed by the new environment, people and routine. Take a step back and take time to do things that make you happy and relaxed. – Caitlin
Sandro and Caitlin are now well into their study rhythm and life at William Blue has become normal in just over a month.
When they graduated high school, they had a clear idea of where they wanted to go. They are both committed to developing the careers they love, and they intend to enjoy the process of learning while they do.
But, what if you’ve just graduated from high school and you’re not so sure of your future direction?
“Only choose this path if you have a genuine passion for the industry and get immense personal satisfaction from providing memorable experiences for customers.” – Sandro
“I would recommend getting a job in a kitchen if you are considering Culinary Management, so you understand a bit about the hospitality industry. At the same time, don’t be discouraged by a job that doesn’t work for you. There are good and bad jobs out there.
Really stop and think about what you love. What are your hobbies, what are you interested in, what do you like doing? My biggest piece of advice is to do something that really interests you, it makes every day awesome!” – Caitlin
With that kind of maturity, passion, and commitment, we’re sure they’ll achieve all of their dreams.