Go with the flow[chart]

This is me:

Photo on 30-03-2015 at 11.24 pmI’m sure I’m not the only one being swallowed by assignments right now. But it’s times like these we need to stay focused. We need to be disciplined. We need to be self-motivating. This is how I do that. With a flow chart.

Remember, you’re your number one cheerleader. Your number one motivator. The only one who can complete those assignments is you. You can do it. Stay focused. Don’t get distracted. Go with the flow[chart].

Sister talk

The list of culturally titanic young women who identified as feminists exponentially increases: Lorde, Beyoncé, Malala Yousafzai, Emma Watson, Taylor Swift etcetera etcetera. And my sister has been asking.

The list of culturally titanic young women who identify as feminists exponentially increases: Lorde, Beyoncé, Malala Yousafzai, Emma Watson, Taylor Swift etcetera etcetera. And my sister has been asking.

My sister is 17 and has officially entered uni in the shining summer of 2015. She has taken to asking me calculus questions, whether she can borrow my things after she has already taken them, and feminism.

She asks if people who hate men are really feminists. She asks if all people who believe in gender equality are feminists, when they specifically state otherwise. Well, I say … good question. I think this is a question of identity rather than labels.

I know that you are too smart to have asked these questions innocently – if you are asking about those who accept gender equality and not feminism, you know that the word feminist is irritating for a significant number of people. Or at least connotative of technical and severe rulebooks.

The terrible truth is that feminism is a belief in gender equality. Most of us will agree that, retrospectively, anger in the face of gender injustice made sense. But we’re generationally asked to see that anything more would be unreasonable. A lot of the tension that exists comes from trying to agree on what gender bias is, and what is harmful behaviour.

So to your question – is identifying as a feminist the same as being one? I think the most important thing you can do is respect how people identify. While labels may seem inherently limiting, they play an important role in many people’s lives. Knowing how you yourself identify culturally, ethnically and in your sexuality, gender and class speaks the idea of becoming a socially conscientious person.

I could go on sister, for I am adult, and very vague and wise. But however you identify, there are an increasing number of people and spaces out there for you to ask questions. Here are some local uni events I saw in the past year that focused on the empowerment of women, with positive people hoping to enact change within their communities.

Women in Technology’s (WIT) 2014 Miss Representation screening and panel discussion

Women in Technology’s (WIT) 2014 Miss Representation screening and panel discussion

Oxfam’s 2014 Gender Empowerment speaker’s evening, organised by QUT resident and Oxfam QLD Co-chairman Manisha

Oxfam’s 2014 Gender Empowerment speaker’s evening, organised by QUT resident and Oxfam QLD Co-chairman Manisha

Girls in Engineering Making Statements (GEMS) 2014 Girl Rising screening and 2014 Do It in a Dress initiative

Girls in Engineering Making Statements (GEMS) 2014 Girl Rising screening and 2014 Do It in a Dress initiative

bean around campus?

Coffee is good. Tea is good too. But coffee is the warm sunglow that oozes through my nostrils.

As such, I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the cafés located at QUT’s Gardens Point campus, and their associated location, cost, bean and opening hour information to assist you in your coffee choosing. I’ve also included is Brendan’s on the Bridge because a fan insisted, and because a barista may just make your day.

From said fan source:

“Well, this is the story that he told me. He saw one of his regulars come in during exam time. And he said, ‘Hey, aren’t you going to be late for your exam?’ And this guy thought his exam was later in the day, but it WASN’T. And this – this means that not only does Brendan know what his customers study, but when their exams are.”

Very astute, oh fan of Brendan’s. A barista that knows your needs may just save you from failing an exam. Or smile amiably in your direction which is also very nice.

 

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The opening hours for our earliest and latest studious students on campus.

QUT Gardens Point coffee opening hours

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And a coffee map, mainly for those out of the way locations in the Botanic Gardens.

GP coffee map

 

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Finding Work

It’s a little bit scary to think about it, but this year is my final year of university. I don’t know how I feel about this because while a part of me kind of wants to graduate, the other part of me kind of wants to stay for a while longer. One thing I do know is that with university getting closer and closer to the end, I’ve really needed to find casual work so that I can finish the year with some sense of support behind me. To be honest, I’ve been trying to find a job since I left high school in 2012, and it was no easy task. But now, I’ve finally been successful in this adventure and because these things helped me out a lot when it came to getting the position, I thought that I would share the advice with all of you. Read more

The Five Stages of Graduating

Progressing through university, the widely accepted and promoted mentality is “I can’t wait to finish”, “4/3/2/1 more years to go”, “Can’t wait until I’m done!” etc. There may be feelings of relief and pride that come with graduation, but there is also one slightly confusing feeling that no one warns you about: grief. I can vouch for that. Now, either I am a rare breed of nerd OR this is something others may be struggling with… the struggle is real in the real world (I’ll get my coat). Read more

Advice from a graduate

Well, here I am, I’ve finally graduated from a Bachelor of Business majoring in Public Relations (with a Marketing 2nd major). What a journey these past 4 years have been!  I managed to complete my personal goal of graduating with a GPA of 6 which felt so good to accomplish! I feel like I’ve really grown personally and professionally throughout my time here at QUT and I think I’m ready to take on the real world (even though I don’t have a job yet, but that will happen next year when I come back from a well-deserved holiday to Europe).

This will be my last ever blog *sniffle*, so I thought I’d give you some advice that I wish I had when I first started uni.

I’m so excited to become a real adult with a real job!

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