How not to panic as the application deadline approaches.

So, lots of you are in the final stages of your application to study abroad in the next academic year, and I’m sure many of you are feeling the following emotions (amongst many others) as the 4th December approaches:

  • excitement
  • fear
  • angst
  • nerves
  • hope

I bet you’re reluctant to get your hopes up, so I thought I would write this to assure you all that you can get through the time where applications are processed and assessed. If you’ve followed all the advice that has been given to you, you have no reason to not believe that there’s a chance of you being allocated one of yours choices.

This includes: 1) making sure that your financial plan is accurate and realistic; 2) all your course options are in line with your degree back in Glasgow; 3) you’ve been open-minded about your university choices- i.e. you haven’t simply chosen super popular partners, you’ve considered perhaps less well-known options, and 4) that your personal statement gives an insight to why studying abroad will be such a good experience for you. Make yourself memorable and don’t overthink it all too much.


Views like this make the stress of applying worth it

The time between now and the release date of allocations will feel soooooooo long, but I promise that all the effort is worth it. I was in mild major breakdown mode this time last year and now I live in Sydney; if you’ve tried your hardest then keep the faith, because when you submit your application, you’re one step closer to achieving your dream. My final tip: once you’ve submitted your application, go and get a drink at the Beer Bar/have a cup of tea/nap, depending on the time of day you submit it. You’ll feel a huge weight off your shoulders, so just relax and try to enjoy the fact that you don’t have to be depressed by writing out your spending habits again (for the foreseeable future anyway).

I didn’t mean to turn into a clichéd life coach, but seriously if you have any questions, particularly about living in Australia, or about the geography of Sydney with regards to where the three unis are (this will help you suss out accommodation options), please feel free to message me on Facebook or email me at

And finally: GOOD LUCK!!!


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