Navigating First Year: Nursing

Welcome to your first year of university! Starting uni can be an exciting yet terrifying time, but remember: you’re not alone!

In this blog, three Bachelor of Nursing students speak about how they felt when they first started and share their top tips for you.

How did you feel when you were first starting university?

Stacey Rondan_HEA


Stacey, Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Nervous, absolutely nervous. But excited as well – I was embarking on a new journey!

Jessica, Bachelor of Nursing (Accelerated: Enrolled Nurse)

I was overwhelmed, anxious but excited. It was like going on a rollercoaster – like ‘oh my god, this is happening but this is great!

Jenivy, Bachelor of Nursing

I was super nervous and super excited. I remember I went to Clubs Day and just signed up to as many things as I could, so that I could make plenty of friends. I just wanted to put myself out there as much as possible, which I don’t regret at all.

Is there anything you learned in your first year? Is there something you regret not doing in your first year?

Stacey Rondan_HEA


I learned that you grow up so much from your placements! If there are any nursing opportunities outside of university, I would absolutely recommend that you take advantage of them!



In first year, your tutors and lecturers can seem scary – but don’t be intimidated by them! They’re there to help you. You might even end up working casually alongside them while you’re at uni!


Joining a UTS Sport is something I’ve always wanted to do but I’ve always felt nervous about it… But, it’s never too late! I’m going into my final year, so I still have time to do it.

What is one piece of advice you have for students starting this year?

Stacey Rondan_HEA


Be kind to yourself. Nursing is a completely new and exciting world. So give yourself time to find your feet and enjoy learning the wonderful world that is nursing.


Just enjoy yourself. Don’t get hung up on the marks – you don’t have to push yourself to get perfect marks in your assignments. Instead, enjoy the learning opportunities and go for it!


Think of university as a fresh slate, so you can grow into yourself, you can build up who you are. If you didn’t like who you were in high school, you can start new. Go to all the information sessions, learn how to study and learn to be a good university student – but remember, it’s okay if you don’t get it on the first go.

Find out more about studying Nursing at UTS

Related: 10 must-knows for new students

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