Unpacking backpacktivism: Facing fair-trade fashion

Today marks one month before I embark on my first trip to Bangladesh.

In December 2016, I graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Fashion) and Bachelor of Business (Marketing). My degree took me in many unexpected directions, beginning with a dream to become a wedding dress designer but instead, finding a passion for ethical supply chain management. In my final year of study, I focused my graduate collection on educating consumers about some of the issues in fashion production and consumption, such as cotton production, dye waste and workers’ rights.

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A Summer Semester in Aarhus, Denmark

Oh Denmark. Where do I even begin…

As I sit on the plane making my (long) journey home to Australia, I can’t help but think how incredible the last five weeks have been. Over July and into August 2017, I was lucky enough to go on exchange to the beautiful city of Aarhus (pronounced or-hus), attending the Aarhus University Summer University, to study Sports Marketing and Sponsorship.

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Diving into Business Ownership: Real World Learning

Business persons, industry voices and entrepreneurs constantly echo the daunting truth: 90% of startups will fail. Is it strange that those words resonate a sense of excitement within me? Recently, I’ve co-founded an independent clothing label alongside my younger brother.

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QUT Business takes the University Scholars Leadership Symposium 2016

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending the 2016 University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) in Hanoi, Vietnam. Attended by over 700 delegates from 69 countries, USLS aimed to ‘provide the next generation of leaders with a vision of how to distinguish themselves as future leaders of the 21st century.’  The symposium truly did achieve everything it set out to do and much more. Read more

Island Adventures: Beaches and Hikes in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Island skyline

Along with industry visits and workshops, our two week Hong Kong advertising and public relations study tour had time to explore Hong Kong. And I still find myself amazed by the extraordinary diversity that Hong Kong has to offer. Within minutes you can go from wandering along the cluttered, neon-clad alleyways of central Hong Kong, to sitting on the coarse sand of an undeveloped island beach. We endeavored to discover as many of these hidden gems as we possibly could, with the following three standing out as “must do” experiences when you’re in Hong Kong.

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Culture And Casinos In Macau

The final Saturday of our study tour to Hong Kong, we set out as a group for a day trip to Macau. Like Hong Kong, Macau is a special administrative region of China, and until 1999 it was under Portuguese rule. The region is renowned for two things: culture and casinos.

While the short taxi ride to the Tsim Sha Tsui ferry terminal in the morning could not have been simpler, the same cannot be said for purchasing a ticket. Read more

QUT Goes Global: Catching Up With The Hong Kong Alumni Chapter

James, William, Anna and Fiona enjoying dinner with the team.

James, William, Anna and Fiona enjoying dinner with the team.

Picture this: frantic waiters race a variety drink orders across the room while a group of assorted QUT alumni introduce themselves, and one of my study tour colleagues Angus (“Aussie Angus”) bellows a G’day greeting to them at the top of his voice. If you’ve ever wondered what happens when you mix a bunch of excited Australian students with a group of eager mentors whose brains they can pick, the answer is best summarised with one word – noise.

 

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Dude, Where’s My Wallet?

There is nothing quite like reaching into your bag for your wallet in the middle of Hong Kong’s Times Square and coming away with nothing. Trust me, I know, because it happened to me on the second night of QUT Business School’s advertising and public relations study tour.  We had just departed the Bauhinia Harbour Cruise boat where we’d been treated to a buffet dinner and a stunning view of Hong Kong’s “Symphony of Lights” laser show. Somewhere in between playing the odds game over some fishy—literally—buffet dinner options and dancing the Macarena, my wallet had fallen out of my bag. The boat was hours behind us, and it was 10pm. Business hours were well and truly closed, and I had no idea who to call.

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Happy Feet – Advice From Feet For Travelling Humans

Heading on a study tour and your human isn’t sure what shoes to pack? Don’t let your human make the same mistake my human did!

Hi, my name is Sally Sore Feet – and my human hands-down does not like me. We’re touring Hong Kong mostly by foot and my human has chosen inappropriate footwear. I’ve made my protests clear with unpredictable cramps, unbearable odours and seven painful blisters but it’s not working and I want a divorce!Comfortable Footwear
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