Starting a new semester: a clean slate

It’s the start of a new season; trees are sprouting greenery, flowers are blossoming, birds are chirping, the air is filled with something that smells vaguely familiar… ssh, close your eyes, take a good whiff. What’s that smell?… Ah, that’s it. It’s the smell of a clean slate. With a dash of hope, a hint of change and a sprinkling of deluded optimism. 

It’s that time of the year, boys and girls and undecideds. Now, I’m not talking about that “join a gym”, “go paleo” clean slate codswallop (cause we all know come day three of said new lifestyle you’ll be back stuffing your face with paleo-prohibited dairy products and avoiding the gym like the plague). No, I’m talking about the start of a new semester. 

Whether you’re an uncorrupted, optimistic freshman or a fourth-year about to tackle their final semester while trying to get in the QUT spirit and ready themselves for the real world (thanks, QUT), there’s nothing quite like the start of a zesty fresh semester. 

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Graduation ?

Today I am talking about Graduation. Not the revolutionary Kanye West album ‘Graduation’…

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Kanye’s Graduation Bear

I mean the end of your uni degree kind of thing, the ‘go start your career’ thing, the ‘be free now and prosper’ kind of thing. Following the end of Semester 1, suddenly I was inundated by a wave of emails and social media messages alerting me to ‘hire academic wear’ and ‘make sure that I am allocated to a ceremony’. Now I’m sure this would have been very helpful for those at the end of their degree, but given I am only 1 1/2 years in to a 5 1/2 year course (CURSE YE LAW DOUBLE DEGREES !) I didn’t pay much attention. Read more

QUT Open Day = Stress-free!

I avoided TSXPO and Open Days for years, trying to calm my nerves by ignoring my impending graduation (makes sense, I know).

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Me dodging responsibility circa 2011

Finally in my senior year, I cracked and headed to the QUT Open Day. I wish I’d done it sooner! My visit to QUT gave me the opportunity to chat with important people from the faculties I was interested in, and gather information at my own pace while still enjoying the day with friends. 110% Stress Free!

Here are my top three reasons QUT’s Open Day will be stress-free for you:

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Minimalism: My ‘New Semester Resolution’

“Out of sight, out of mind.” Right? Just put those clothes away, put your pens and paper back in the drawer and hey presto! Functional student workspace, right? Until your clothes actually prevent you from closing your wardrobe, or you can’t shut your desk drawers due to an ungodly paper jam.

Perhaps you haven’t experienced these exact situations, but we all know what a drag it is to clean up – especially if you’re cleaning up in order to work. I stumbled upon some minimalist living blogs earlier this year, and they’ve changed my outlook in a great way.

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Choosing The Right Course

When I was first considering coming to university, I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy it. There was always the possibility that I’d start my life at university only to end up hating it. Luckily for me, I’ve loved almost every second of what I’m studying and have absolutely no regrets about being at QUT. But if you’re concerned about whether or not you’re going to enjoy what you end up studying at university, I have three tips that really helped to shape my own decisions about coming to QUT and I wanted to share them with all of you.

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Open Day Changed My Life

Literally. I’m not exaggerating. If you asked Grade-Twelve-Sara what she wanted to do with her future, prior to Open Day, you’d get an answer that sounded a bit like;

“Uhh. Uni… journalism…law maybe…teaching…business…stuff… I DON’T KNOW LEAVE ME ALONE.”

She would then run away from you and all decisions regarding planning the rest of her life.

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Not So Sunshine State After All

If you’re like me, then you probably would have heard a lot of stories about university, both good and bad. But there’s one thing that you might not have heard about. It’s the horror story to end all other horror stories. You wake up in the morning and it’s perfectly sunny outside. It’s going to be a great day, right? Wrong! You go to uni, get to your class, walk outside afterwards and BAM. It’s pouring rain. There’s not even a hint of sunlight left in the world. Worse yet, you don’t have an umbrella. So what should you do in tragic moments like this?

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