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Nintendo finally brings Animal Crossing fans everything they’ve been asking for

Nintendo finally brings Animal Crossing fans everything they’ve been asking for W’SUP editor Katelyn Brunner celebrates the end of semester by bin...

Nintendo finally brings Animal Crossing fans everything they’ve been asking for

W’SUP editor Katelyn Brunner celebrates the end of semester by binge-playing the Animal Crossing update.

 

Image courtesy of Nintendo.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the fifth instalment in the series. The Nintendo Switch game is loved by first time players and old school fans alike. It came out in March 2020 and quickly became everybody’s lockdown comfort game. I know that it kept me sane in lockdown (as did my dogs and the Australia Post van).

However, the lack of content within the game meant a lot of players stopped enjoying the game. This prompted Nintendo decided to release an update that gave the fans everything they wanted. Sadly, this will be the last free update but, there’s plenty to keep players busy.

Here is a no-spoilers update on everything that is in the latest update.

Familiar faces

 

Brewster and Kapp’n make a comeback in the latest update. If you don’t remember, Brewster was the coffee-loving owl and Kapp’n was the driver of boats and buses in previous series.

 

Brewster now has an unlockable coffee shop within the museum and Kapp’n takes you on a boat adventure to exclusive mystery islands.

 

If you paid for the new DLC, you’ll also see some familiar faces from Happy Home Designer series.

New features and old ones re-imagined

Your house is even more customisable than ever before. You can change exteriors even more than before and if you pay for the DLC, you can unlock special features for the interior too, such as dividing walls. You are also allowed to add special items to your ceilings. Majestic Chandelier anyone?

 

If you felt like you needed more bridges and inclines on your island, then you’re in luck. The maximum number has increased. Design your island to your heart’s extent. The maximum storage has increased

Harv’s island

You may remember Harv’s Island as the place where you can take cool photos with your villagers. But now, he’s opened up his island as a permanent place for travelling merchants. You have to pay Bells to unlock them though! Harriet, the hair-loving poodle, makes a surprise appearance too (and may even unlock new hairstyles).

 

Diy galore and other cool items

Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley fans will be pleased to know that you can now farm and cook in the latest Animal Crossing update. You need a few supplies before you start but once you get going, you won’t be able to stop. There are also more DIY recipes to account for the cooking function.

 

New DIY recipes don’t stop at cooking. Expect more furniture DIYs and more furniture and clothing sets in the future. No longer will we have to use the race-car bed to make a drive-in theatre because you can now get actual cars.

 

Villager interactions

Sadly, there is no hide and seek option like previous games, but there are more villager interactions in this game. They can arrive at your home unexpectedly and can hang out with you. There are also a bunch of brand-new villagers you can get to move into your island.

Have you ever wanted to have coffee with your favourite villager? Well now you can! You can sometimes find them in Brewster’s Café. Or if you have an Amiibo card, you can invite them to your island for a coffee.

Paid DLC

Photo courtesy of Nintendo

Happy Home Paradise is a spinoff game based on Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. In this DLC, you can get a job as a vacation home designer and practice interior design to your hearts content. It will even unlock exclusive features for the base game too. The base game costs $69.00 and the DLC is $37.50 or free with a Nintendo Switch Online Membership Expansion Pack.

 

Most importantly: the froggy chair

The Almighty Froggy Chair

Courtesy of ‘Know Your Meme’

If you’ve been on the internet for a while, you’ll know the fan-fuelled uproar that occurred when the froggy chair was removed. Why? I’m not quite sure. Fear no more, internet, for the froggy chair is back to fulfill all your meme-filled needs.

 

There is so much more to see and discover in this new update for the players to explore. Now that the final update has been released, many fans have now begun theorising on the next instalment of the game. Till then, enjoy this jam-packed update will do.

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A guide to surviving WSU: Covid edition

Clare Da Silva imparts her knowledge on journeying through university, with all the support and resources you need!...

Whether you are starting your first year at university or returning back for your 5th, there is so much going on at the university that it can be hard to navigate it all. After being at this university for five years, I decided to create a university survival guide to help other students pave their pathway through university with all the support and resources you will need.

What you need to know:

vUWS –  This is where all of your online learning occurs. Any slides, learning guides, link to zoom classes, and more are located on vUWS.

 

Student Central –  This is your one-stop shop on campus to ask general enquiries, speak about enrolment and fees, graduation, applying for student ID and travel concession, lodging some forms and more. With Covid, they have moved their services online and over the phone. You can contact student central on 1300 668 370 or email them at studentcentral@westernsydney.edu.au.

Enrolment and Course progress  MyStudent Records
For enrolment, everything can be done using My Student Records at mysr.com. This is where you can use the codes in the student handbooks to enrol in classes, check your cards and change specialisations and more. Did you know you can keep track of your course progress and see what you need to complete and how far along you are in your course? Go to Check my course progress – click on your course – click course progress detail and then it breaks down what you need to do to complete your course and you can look at what you have done. This is especially useful when you get towards the end of your degree.
Allocate –  This is where you can put preferences in for your timetable and see your allocated timetable. Make sure you log into the 2021 timetable! To check if your class is online or on campus just go to your timetable and click on the class to see its location.

 

Academic support:
It can often feel like you are all alone in your studies at university, especially with online classes. There are many services you can access, apps you can download and strategies you can employ, to get you on track with your studies. Here are some of the few I have found to be extremely helpful over the years.

 

Textbooks and resources:

Textbooks:
Textbooks can be pretty expensive, and often learning guides can come out a little late. To find out what your textbooks will be, you can look at your learning guide or use the textbook finder on Booktopia to find your course’s allocated textbooks: https://www.booktopia.com.au/books-online/text-books/textbook-finder/cXC-p1.html.

Students also sell textbooks on Facebook groups such as UWS Textbooks (https://www.facebook.com/groups/uwstextbooks/), WSU Textbook Exchange – (NSW) (https://www.facebook.com/groups/UWSTextbookExchange) and Second Hand University Textbooks for buy, sell and swap Australia (https://www.facebook.com/groups/221249431288804/).

Also checkout websites such as Student VIP (https://studentvip.com.au/) for notes, used textbooks and tutors.


Library Resources: 

The library offers a range of resources and access to databases online that are extremely useful for your studies. You can also access your learning guide, old test papers and even speak to a librarian online. You can also book in study rooms at the library, borrow books and refresh your loans online.

E-resources allows you to see all of the databases available for research through the university. They are organised by subject and are good to utilise. I was even able to find textbooks online through these databases for a couple of units.
https://library.westernsydney.edu.au/main/resources/eResources

Icite is an amazing tool that I utilised throughout my degree to learn how to reference different styles, as well as see examples depending on the type of resource you were using.
https://library.westernsydney.edu.au/main/guides/referencing-citation/i%3ACite

Study Smart and MESH services
One of the best services I utilised as a first and second-year student is the Study Smart services. I find that having a service where you get to talk to an academic for free about classwork or assessments one on one really helped me develop my skills out of the classroom. The smart study consultations are now provided over Zoom and run for 30 minutes. They allow you to ask for assignment feedback and advice, referencing, and even maths and statistics.

To book a session: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/StudySmart1@westernsydneyedu.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/

 

Study smarty online  powered by Studiosity
This is a service which is available 24/7, employed by the university and run by Studiosity. It is an absolute lifesaver when you just need to talk to someone regarding your ideas, or need assistance with assessments. They have a connect live service where you can chat with different experts to hone your writing skills, referencing, study skills, maths, biology, chemistry and more. They also have a writing feedback service where you submit your document, and they get back to you usually within 24 hours with feedback and notes. These services do have usage allocation meaning that they are timed. You can log onto your vUWS and look under the heading ‘STUDY SMART Online’ on the homepage to access these services. It is also available on your subjects underneath the heading ‘Support Zone’.

PASS Peer Assisted Study Sessions
PASS classes are informal study sessions run by students that have previously successfully studied that unit. They are free, run weekly and it is a good way of meeting other students that are in your degree. With Covid-19, these classes run online. For more information: https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/currentstudents/current_students/services_and_facilities/study_and_life_skills_workshops/pass_-_peer_assisted_study_sessions/_nocache

 

Career Hub
Finding work while you study can be tough but there are a plethora of free workshops and job opportunities that the university offers. Whether it is work at the university or external job offerings it is always good to keep an eye on the Career Hub. To see these resources and job offerings go to:  https://careerhub.westernsydney.edu.au/

 

Getting Social

While most of us are stuck indoors on our computers and listening to 3 hour-long lectures, it can get pretty lonesome. Clubs and activities are happening online, and even some in person!

Western Life
Whether you want to learn more about different cultures and religions, play sports, debate against other universities or just hang out and play games with other students, there are so many activities advertised on Western Life. Campus life offers many activities both online and face-to-face, depending on restrictions, allowing you opportunities to drink wine and paint, play trivia and games, listen to talks, compete in competitions and so much more. Clubs are also active on this platform and you can see what clubs suit you.
I personally did debating throughout my university degree which allowed me the opportunity to travel overseas, compete in tournaments with other universities, job prospects and so much more.
To have a look at all the opportunities go to:  https://life.westernsydney.edu.au/home_login

 

Western SRC
The Western Sydney University Student Council Representative is composed of 20 students who are elected by students to represent their needs. Whether it is social events, campaigning for student needs or addressing any issues students have, the SRC are there to provide you a platform to get change. They run council meetings once a month that you can attend to discuss any concerns you may have. You can reach out to the SRC via their email on secretary@westernsrc.org or facebook page https://www.facebook.com/westernsrc.org.

They also have vacancies so check out there website to find out more at http://westernsrc.org/

WSUP –  Student Newspaper
WSUP is an awesome student newspaper that is run independently from the university. They post articles about both on campus and off campus news, tips and tricks. They print both a physical paper located around all campuses and online at https://wsup.news/
You can also get involved with WSUP by pitching any ideas for articles, submitting artworks, stories or poems and so much more!

Out and About

This program allows students to participate in a range of activities and adventures at reduced rates. You can see what is on offer by searching on Western Life.

Student Discounts

It can be really expensive being a full time or even part-time student. And the university does have many discounts that you can use just for everyday things such as entertainment, real and online shopping, gym memberships and more.
To see the long list of discounts offered check out the student discounts page: https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/currentstudents/current_students/services_and_facilities/student_discounts.

Health and Wellbeing
There are services on campus to help you with your general health and wellbeing. The Uniclinic located on Campbelltown campus is run by students supervised by qualified clinicians that offer a range of therapeutic health practices at reduced rates to the general public. If you need information on sexual health, the website Play Safe has a range of resources to help you improve your sexual health. You can ask a nurse questions, get information on testing, treatments and contraceptives. Visit: https://playsafe.health.nsw.gov.au/

 

Student Legal and Tax Services

The student legal service is an information and referral service that is funded by SSAF. It is for all current domestic and international students at Western Sydney University and is operated by a qualified lawyer. They cover a wide range of legal issues such as employment, tenancy, consumer law, minor criminal matters, debt matters, motor vehicle accidents, on campus fines and traffic offences. They take roughly 3 business days to get back to you. You can contact them by calling 9685 4788 or via email studentlegalservices@westernsydney.edu.au along with the request for help form. For more information or to access the request help form visit: https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/currentstudents/current_students/services_and_facilities/student_legal_service

The tax clinic is offered by the university that provides assistance with lodging, debt matters, review and appeal rights and general tax law. In order to get assistance you must not have a tax agent and be an individual or small business entity. They also run many education activities, advocacy and assistance with dealing with the ATo for low income or vulnerable taxpayers. This service is provided for free via Zoom or teleconferencing. To book an appointment you call them on 9685 4649 or email them at thetaxclinic@westernsydney.edu.au.

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Five steps to conquer time management this semester

Sarah Cupitt shows you practical ways you can improve time management this semester....

Our motivation has been dwindling for over a year since the pandemic started and zoom university became a thing. We might have gotten a chance to relax over summer break, but our time management skills need improving before returning to university, Sarah Cupitt writes.

Summer session is the primary break time for university students (minus the few that have to study at Sydney City Campus). However, hours of binge-watching the newest Netflix series like Bridgerton or hunting for trophies on the new PS5 can leave our bodies lacking time structure. If you work and study simultaneously, this may not affect you as much; however, time management hacks are forever evolving, and there’s always something new to learn.

With classes now open for registration, it’s a good time to reintroduce mindfulness into your daily routine to build some good habits to start the university year.

1. Record your energy-draining activities in a notebook or notes app.

Take note of your daily lifestyle patterns. It is useful in finding out more about yourself and is an excellent way to form behavioural strategies later in the semester, helping avoid burnout and fill up your motivation to study.

2. Schedule your extracurriculars, hobbies and self-care.

Reflect on how your day was; what worked and what didn’t? Set aside time the next day for your distractors such as Netflix and Ps5 in particular time slots, and plan your actual work between them instead of the other way around. This process helps to create a positive mindset and fuel your motivation needed for increased productivity.

3. Review how you feel after a full month of tracking.

Stay consistent. If you’re determined enough, you may be able to pull this off in a few weeks if you follow the 21 days to form a habit idea from a 1960 self-help book by Dr Maxwell Maltz, called Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life.

Research, however, summarily discredits the 21-day rule. Phillippa Lally, PhD, a senior researcher at University College London, published a study that found it takes an average of 66 days to form a habit, more than double the time of the 21-day challenge.

Since consistency is the key to success, I recommend adhering to daily tracking for at least a month. If you’re up for a challenge, continue monitoring your activities throughout the semester.

4. Blow up your schedule to the extent of your control.

Balance out the mundane and tiresome tasks that drain your motivation and productivity by integrating activities that fuel your energy into your study schedule, yearly planner or any other tool you may use to structure your day.

Read more: 10 Minutes on Friday That Will Make Your Monday 10 Times Easier.

5. Keep learning. Knowledge is power.

Look at your upcoming week of plans, grab a cup of coffee or your go-to beverage and start creating patterns of change. Begin improving your life by finding a better, smarter, and more efficient way to do something that saves time, makes life more comfortable and gets you closer to your goals.

Read more: How To Plan Your Days, Months, and Years.

 

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How to prepare for your online exams

It’s October, which means two things are fast approaching: exams and semester break. I’ll wager you’re only excited about one....
It’s October, which means two things are fast approaching: exams and semester break. I’ll wager you’re only excited about one of them. With Zoom classes creating a new virtual learning space for students amid COVID-19, Sarah Cupitt explains what you need to know to prepare for your online exams.

 

 

Photo by Burst on Unsplash

Planning, revision and preparation

Online exams are likely to be a new model of assessment for you here are some tips to help you to plan successfully, revise and prepare.

  1. Show up for your exam

  • Don’t accidentally be that person who overslept.
  • If you don’t sign-in on time, you could be locked out altogether.
  • Know what time your exams are (or alternately, how long you have to take them) and be at your laptop or computer, ready to pounce.
  1. Prepare your device

  • You can’t afford any interruptions to your power, internet connection, or device functionality.
  • Make sure you’ve tested the link and software you’ll need for the exam – and download all updates before the day of your test.
  • Anticipate technical problems – mainly WiFi – if you get cut off, you might not be able to finish your exam.
  • TIP: leave your device plugged into an outlet while you take the exam, so you don’t have to worry about the battery dying.
  1. Don’t be fooled – It’s not an open book exam

  • A real person supervises your exams during and after the test.
  • “Proctoring” is another word for exam supervision.
  • Western Sydney University is working with ProctorU to provide this service to students for 2020 exams.
  • There are two ways your exam may take place:  Live+ means a real person will supervise your exam in real-time via your webcam and  Review+  means you and your screen will be recorded and reviewed by Proctor U after the exam session.
  1. Don’t try collaborative cheating

  • It’s academic misconduct, ethically wrong – and you’ll get caught.
  • Don’t sit an exam with your classmate next to you.
  • Don’t use post-it notes on your device, and don’t even think about the copy and paste function.
  1. The day of your exam

  • Carve out a quiet test-taking spot with minimal distractions.
  • Let your roommates or family know not to interrupt you during that time.
  • Make sure to turn off all notifications from your phone, email, and elsewhere (or set them to silent).
  • Be aware of any potential time limits – keep your eye on the clock.
  • Once logged in, take a moment to relax and get focused.
  1. Don’t forget to submit

  • Don’t forget to click the “Submit” button at the end.
  • Go back through your exam and review your work.
  • If something goes wrong, take screenshots and notify your instructor right away.
  1. Request feedback

  • Ask your academic or unit coordinator for feedback.
  • The process isn’t over just because you’ve received a letter grade.
  • Your goal should be to understand why you received the result that you did and to find out what you could have done better.

Visit the Library Study Smart Website for more exam study tips and guidance.

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Love in the time of Corona

Love finds a way even in the most hopeless of times....
COVID-19 has us cooped up in our homes and isolated from our loved ones. Restaurants are closed and the malls are deserted. It would seem we have lost to an unseen enemy. But love finds a way even in the most hopeless of times. Here are seven date ideas to explore with your boo, bae or significant other and keep the spark alive.

 

#1. Keep it classy with a candle-lit dinner on Zoom

Missing the fancy, dimly-lit, romantic ambience of a restaurant? We’ve got you covered. Utilise the time in isolation to brush up on your culinary skill. Find a recipe you both like and get cooking. Update your partner in real time so it feels like they are right there with you. Top off the dish with a good selection of drinks and have Spotify serenade you as you feast.

As a cherry on top, dress up in that black suit/gown that has been collecting dust awaiting a special occasion. Good food, fantastic music and top notch fashion – you have got yourself the five-star treatment.

But if all you can manage is the same old two minute ramenin your sweats, go for it. Your love alone will make this dish extra tasty.

 

#2. Re-create the cinema with Netflix party

Netflix party is a Google Chrome extension that lets you sync up your movie viewing experience. Netflix made it for friends to chill in a chatroom and watch movies but no reason it cannot be your post-dinner rom-com essential.

Install Netflix party from their official website and add it to Chrome as an extension. Select a movie from Netflix and click the “NP” button next to the address bar. You can send the link of the party to your partner and allow them access so that they too can pause/start and tweak the viewing at their discretion.

Recreate those unpredictable bathroom breaks and random snack cravings and let them know that you wish you were sharing the dip with them. Don’t let the ‘rona stop you cinephiles!

 

#3. Hop on a (virtual) tour around the world

Planning a trip takes ages. Saving for it takes even longer. Just when you have battled time and finances to book that trip to Europe, the pandemic makes travelling to the local grocery store a luxury.

But we have found the next best thing with virtual tours of the most alluring overseas destinations. If you’re feeling artsy then get to the Louvre or the British Museum.

Missing furry friends? Make sure you say hello to the dolphins at the National Aquarium at Baltimore.

If you are in the mood to relive your childhood magic, we have scored some tickets to Disney World at various American tourist hotspots too.

 

#4. Lets’ get physical and work out together

A healthy mind resides in a healthy body. As the isolation blues kick in, stretch those muscles and get the dopamine flowing.

Make your partner your workout buddy. Wake each other up early and turn on the webcam. Put on the hottest tracks to get your blood flowing.

Just do light exercises and stretches so that injuries can be avoided. The goal is to get energised not fatigued.

If you feel like it, top it off with a meditation session because your mental health is just as important as your physical health.

 

#5. Let the games begin with online game night

If the government is telling us to stay at home then we have more of a reason than ever to indulge in our favourite video games, right?

For those with a Nintendo Switch, the game Animal Crossing provides the most wholesome couple experiences. Build up your island, trade with your partner and go on dates under the starry night.

You could go on an adventure on Minecraft or just get competitive on FIFA. But if you just want some good old board games online then there are plenty of options available.    

#6. Give in to the TikTok madness

You have probably seen the trends. You have definitely had an opinion. Whether you hate it or love it, you definitely cannot escape it. Yes, it is the increasingly popular social media platform TikTok.

TikTok is an excellent platform to collaborate and take part in the hundreds of couple trends that go on. You can #FlipTheSwitch to be silly or get fit with the #PlankChallenge.

Maybe this lockdown will make you the next big TikTok star – or just get creative and improvise scenarios to the adulation of new-found fans. Just download it from Google Play or your App Store and enter the vortex that is TikTok.

#7. Look back with a shared Instagram page 

This is the perfect time to open a joint Instagram account. As cheesy as it sounds, Instagram posts are an amazing way to journal your days in lockdown.

Post a screenshot of your zoom date. Put up your dishes in the stories. Link your TikTok shenanigans to IGTV. Upload covers of the books you are reading. Just journal your days and look back when this is over and we’re all breathing the fresh summer air.

If you’ve braved the isolation and the distance and come out stronger together, you’re prepared to weather any storm together.

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Simple tips for a safer workspace

As everything moves online, having a safe environment to study and work is now important than ever. ...

With the Covid-19 quarantine situation that we are currently facing, there is an increase in demand for working online. For students, this means our entire studying has been transferred online, which means more time spent in front of a computer and more time using technology. It is becoming more important to have a safe environment to study and work without straining yourself, physically and mentally.

There is much information online about how to achieve an ergonomical setup at your workplace, but it’s hard for some people to achieve, especially in times like these, where you may not already have the space or be able to purchase certain items in order to create the ideal setup.

Sreya Sreenath, student at WSU Campbelltown campus, said that she felt it was important to have a safe setup when working from home. She said, “Since my studies are so important to me, I want to be working in an environment where I can be safe so I can work to the best of my ability.” She also expressed the concern that many other students during this time may also be facing. “I’m very lucky that I have a proper setup at home, but I can imagine how mentally and physically exhausting it’ll be for those who don’t.”

The WSU campus libraries are currently still open for those who need a study space. However, for those who cannot travel there are a few basic ways to achieve a safer space to work.

For one, make sure you are working at a desk. Working at your bed or on the couch can be very bad for your posture as you will often be hunched over. Working at any sort of table or desk with a chair that will support your back will prevent muscle soreness, as well as maintaining your posture.

Also, ensure that you are working in well-lit room, as this will reduce eye strains from the light emitted from computer screens, which could also lead to headaches that might affect your studies. Most technologies these days have night modes, which reduce the blue light emitted by your technologies and can reduce eye strains. If your technology does not have this setting, there are many apps that provide the same service, as well as glasses that you can buy that have blue light filters.

Additionally, It is always good to take breaks. Sometimes you may be rushing to finish an assignment or quiz, however, if you feel uncomfortable, you should take a break. Stand up and stretch, even if it’s for thirty seconds, make sure you aren’t seated in the same position for too long.

It is a stressful time, but it’s never a good idea to push yourself. If you have more time, make sure you are taking breaks from work. Walk around the house and stretch, or grab a bite to eat. Reduce your stress from by even just maybe watching an episode of your Netflix show. Make sure you aren’t overstressing yourself. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health.