Throwback Thursday: First Year Edition

It’s 2013, and my first year of university has proven to be a challenge. I’ve met so many great people, but studying for uni is still so new to me.

In high school, I’d always found that if I put the minimum amount of effort in, I could usually get a pretty good grade. At university, I found that minimal effort just doesn’t cut it.


Super cute webcam selfie during one intense assignment writing session. See that face? Sleep was a foreign concept…

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We all know what the final year of school does – we are absolutely over assignments, and so was I! I took a gap year because I was not ready to live out of the home with no real experience. The school was a big struggle for me when I came to Australia in the middle of grade 11 and was trying to figure out the new school system and, of course, the Australian accent.

My coffee-making skills went up during the gap year

My coffee-making skills went up during the gap year

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What is it like to be a podiatry student in a public health facility?

IMG_0476To start off, I decided to write this blog post to share some of my experiences of what it’s like to be a podiatry student on hospital placement. In the fourth year of the podiatry course, there are a required number of days of public (hospitals and community centres) and private (podiatry businesses) placements which must be completed before the end of the year.

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University Tips and Tricks: Don’t be one of those high heel wearing, blister getting girls.

May is here already. Sorry, what? I know, right. So that means that year-twelvers are starting to look at/apply for university or TAFE courses and some adults may be looking at mid-year university entry. This was me three years ago- oh lord, I am getting old- and all that hard work, late nights and binge-stress eating paid off because I was accepted into my (at the time) dream degree!

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As my first blog post on the Student Sharehouse I thought I would entertain you guys with tips and typically awkward scenarios I experienced in my first year of uni. My first year of uni was a struggle for me, unlike high-school. University is a completely different experience. Let’s get the ball rolling!

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Study stress running around your head ? Get out of bed and go for a run instead.

It’s reaching the pointy end of semester. Its now an elaborate Cirque du Soleil routine to juggle work commitments, Uni assessment, a social life and having good health. Last week was probably my most stressful and time pressed week of the year. With two (50-60%) assignments due within two days of each other, three night time social commitments, a full week of uni and working a 30 hour week… needless to say I was surviving on very little sleep and a large amount of caffeine However next to horrible instant coffee, getting some sunlight, fresh air and exercise was overwhelmingly helpful to keeping my sanity, maintaining discipline and inspiring creativity during this stressful period. Read more

The ghost of Molly Woodward…

When you become a drama student at QUT, you’ll soon become acquainted with the ghost of Molly Woodward.


Molly Woodward, photo from QUT Woodward Theatre’s Facebook page.

A well-loved teacher and leader in drama, back in the day when QUT was a teacher’s college, Molly Woodward passed away in 1979 and left behind a rich legacy of creativity and inspiration. She was so loved that the theatre in L-Block was named in her honour – The Woodward Theatre.


Woodward Theatre plaque – Photo from QUT Woodward Theatre Facebook page.

Though the new creative industries building has just opened, any past drama student can recall their spooky moments where good old Molly was present.

If there was a random technical fault that plunged the theatre in darkness, it was Molly.

If you were sitting in the Woodward for a lecture and the mouse on the screen had a mind of its own, it was Molly.

If you were rehearsing late at night and you heard a door slam – even if it was closed to begin with, it was Molly.

Much like the theory of Brecht, the presence of Molly Woodward is an iconic drama student experience. But if you don’t believe me, then read the poem below that was definitely not written by me.


as you walk into lectures
and find yourself a seat
upon the red, narrow rows
with nary a spot for your feet

you will find yourself among
a sacred spirit, a ghost
the one they call ‘Molly’
is the presence you’ll feel most

in L-Block she roamed
from room 207 to 226
and as the lights flickered
you knew she was up to her old tricks

if you were rehearsing your assessment
you did so in daylight, and never alone
for in the nighttime, Molly critiqued your work
if it wasn’t right, she’d make it known

with every gust of wind
and every echo in the hall
you’d hope it was just a lecturer
and not Molly’s spooky, creepy call

be careful of the lighting rig;
watch out for certain death
if you want to appease the ghost
better not say the title of that Scottish play 😉

now, L-Block may have seen its end
but these stories are ours, not just mine
and if you’re wondering where Molly is now
you may find her in Z9…

So there you have it, folks! Is it a myth? We’ll never know. But take it from this drama student… you might want to watch your back. Embrace Molly’s spirit and you’re sure to find success. But if you don’t believe in it, well…

maybe you’ll be next…