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Tips to Survive First Year in Electrical Engineering from a Dean Merit List Student

Rin Gomura (4th Year electrical engineering student, Dean’s Merit List)  

I won’t lie, electrical engineering is tough, but you will gain the knowledge and skills to become a highly sought-after professional in a rapidly electrified world. Our planet needs more electrical engineers as we accelerate the energy transition away from fossil fuels to prevent catastrophic climate change.  

Yes, you can have a direct impact in saving the world: It’s a great time to be in your shoes!  

Here are my top three tips to get the most out of your degree: 

  1. Get Organised Lectures, tutorials, labs, assignments, group meetings, quizzes and exams. The electrical engineering student’s timetable is notoriously full. Whether you choose a digital calendar (like Google Calendar) or a traditional planner, note down all your classes and due dates. Go one step further and write a to-do list every day. It’s extremely satisfying to cross off the tasks as you complete them.  

  1. Seek Help Early You’ve re-read the lectures notes and it still doesn’t make sense, then it’s time to ask for help. Make the most of your lecturer’s consultation hours—they are there to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask. From my experience, academics are thrilled for the opportunity to teach curious students. Some of the highest achieving students I know in difficult subjects went to consultation hours. Every. Single. Week. Remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question.  

  1. Don’t Forget to Have Fun!

The workload can get overwhelming; we have all been there! As you plan out your classes in your calendar, don’t forget to block out time for fun activities. Whether it’s catching up with friends, pilates or team sports, regularly scheduling time to be away from your desk will give you the energy you need to learn. Making some time for physical activities and social connection helps to reduce stress and will benefit your overall productivity.  

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