18 things to do in 45 days - Preparing for student life!
Queen's University was founded in 1845. Our challenge sets out a number of activities you can engage in to help familiarise and re-familiarise yourself with Queen's.
Get ready for Semester 1 in a fun and easy way!
Engage any time from 6 August onwards. The challenge is flexible, so you can begin, pause, and go back whenever suits you!
1. Queen’s Online
Get off to a good start
If you haven't received your student number and log-in credentials just yet, you can get a head start on familiarising yourself with Queen's-based platforms and systems.
Download the Queen’s App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, browse through the Queen’s website, and specifically MyQueen’s, which contains lots of useful information on life and studying at Queen’s!
Once you have received your login information, you can familiarise yourself with Queen’s online platforms and QSIS, learn to navigate and tour the online platforms and resources.
2. University Expectations and Useful Advice
Preparation is key!
Check out your School’s Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.
You will be able to access your School Handbook via Queen’s Online, or by getting in contact with your School Office.
We are hoping that this year’s University experience will look closer to near normal, so make sure you familiarise yourself with on-campus life!
6. Study Spaces
Find a comfortable study space which works for you
Make sure you know how to use the facilities to get the most out of your time in-between classes and studying. At the McClay Library, these include quiet spaces, access to journals, special collections, and the famous C.S. Lewis Reading Room.
Check out this video tour on how to make the best use of your Library!
If you are a Postgraduate Student, the Graduate School has beautiful space for you to study. Set in the stunning former Lynn Library, this is the perfect setting for you to expand your ideas!
Planning for Your Health & Wellbeing is an Important Step
Are you registered with a GP (General Pracitioner) in Belfast? When you arrive or return to Belfast, having a GP in the local area is going to be important.
Check out our guide on registering with a local GP here.
Did you know that you can also book a FREE COVID-19 Test at Queen’s?
It’s possible to be positive with COVID-19 but not be aware of it. By taking a test when you don’t have symptoms, you will help to stop the spread of the virus, protect other people and save lives.
Join a dance class, get involved in online classes, and try something new!
Being active is one of the “Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing”. Even a single bout of exercise or physical activity of less than ten minutes can improve your mood, and is a great way to stay healthy.
We are challenging you to try a new way to be active today!
Not sure where to start? Check out some great online workouts that can be found on the Queen’s Sport YouTube channel, including workouts such as Pilates, Yoga, and HIIT (High Interval Intensity Training) videos.
10. Love Learning
“Keep Learning” is one of the Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing!
Discover your full learning potential and study smarter by accessing all that our Learning Development Service has to offer for Undergraduate students, and the Graduate School’s Academic Essentials course for Postgraduate students
We challenge you to check out the events, skills workshops, or one-to-one study skills consultations with LDS or the Graduate School!
The campus can seem overwhelming at first.
Use the maps located at key points on campus and the Queen’s website to learn how to navigate between your teaching venues and facilities you will be using frequently.
We will also have Campus Guides on-site for the first few weeks to help you with wayfinding, and any other queries you may have!
Do you know how to get to the McClay Library and your own School office?
Take a campus tour, and use the online maps and resources to explore the campus.
Small acts of kindness are always appreciated!
Even the smallest acts of kindness could mean the world to someone and help your own sense of wellbeing.
Look out for others – see someone on their own, and looking a bit unsure or anxious? Say hello!
Moving into accommodation? Introduce yourself to your neighbours and see if they need a hand in getting settled.
Know your way to the next lecture while someone else clearly doesn’t? Offer to direct them or let them accompany you!
17. Offers & Options
Is there anything more satisfying than securing a bargain on that treat you've been wishing for?!
One thing you won’t be spoilt for at Queen’s is options – whether study-related or the fun variety.
A massive range of supports and services are at your fingertips and only a click away.
Whether its Careers Advice, making the most of your university experience through Student Plus, Global Opportunities & study abroad, or even placement options, make the most of the services available at Queen’s to customise your experience!
Keep an eye out for student discounts when shopping, eating out and going for drinks! Many places in Belfast offer discounts to students.
Shopping online? Apps such as UniDays are also great for bargain-hunting and buying technology.
18. Uni here I come!
Make it happen!
Set yourself some goals to get the best start to university that you can.
You may want to meet new friends, attend all lectures, join a club – whatever the goal or goals, write them down and break them down into small achieve steps
“A goal without a plan is just a wish” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery