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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Yet Another Deadline

Because we don’t already have enough; a new deadline has been set – Tertiary Transport Concession Cards will be required for all students as of the 1st of July and if you don’t have one – you will be fined. Obviously as abundantly wealthy students a fine shouldn’t be a problem; we have plenty of time to work to get the money back… *cough…cough*…

But if by any chance you wish to not pay a fine I’d have a look at the TTCC application forms and send yours in ASAP.

Why Do You Do This To Me, Uni?

Ah, exam block. A time of stress, freaking out, too much studying, the burning desire to procrastinate and even more stress. But it’ll all be over and done with before you know it. After your last exam, you’ll be on holidays and everything will be good again. That is, until you have the startling moment of realisation. You won’t be free as soon as you thought. You have an assignment due the day after your exam.

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Study Tour

A lot of us develop a certain level of curiosity when we leave school. We get our first taste of that promised freedom and we want more. It’s an addiction. We want to learn, experience, and see what the world has to offer. The first thing we think of when it comes to university travel is the exchange program The idea is wild and exotic, but maybe we’re not ready for that commitment just yet. Maybe we’re scared to leave Australia for so long, and maybe we don’t trust ourselves to be self sufficient for 6 months to a year. Most of us have never lived out of home before, let alone in another country. That’s why study tours are the perfect opportunity for students who want a taste of travel without the commitment of an exchange (and maybe score some credit points along the way).

In November last year, I went on a study tour across Europe with a bunch of architecture students. I’m not an “archi” student, but that didn’t stop me from crashing their party. Don’t be afraid of taking advantage of opportunities that different faculties have to offer. That’s when you meet the most interesting people.

We traveled for one month, across Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium and The Netherlands. 5 countries, 12 cities.

We landed in Copenhagen at 6am, extremely tired and extremely hungry. Like a beacon in the barely-morning darkness, there they were, in a café window; real Danish Danishes. The smell was overwhelmingly good. It was like the smell of a newborn baby, in pastry form. I mean that in the least cannibalistic way possible. They were soft, and sweet, and I just wanted to take it home and love it forever.

IMG_3988Beautiful… *sheds tear*

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Campus Culture Fix #1 – Theatre!

Sometimes it’s all too easy to get caught up in the business side of uni – reading, writing, drafting, submitting…if you need a quick escape from the routine on-campus, try a hit of theatre!

QUT’s Kelvin Grove and Gardens Point campuses always has something to offer theatrically. Mnemonic is currently playing at The Loft in Z Block, and I had a quick chat to Sound & Vision Assistant Rose Carbon about it.

Mnemonic

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An evening with Michio

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The night before my exam I’m staring at the microwave. Into the microwave. Into the gently revolving milk of my ninety-percent-milk coffee nightcap. I start thinking there must be a way to know the time before the milk boils and spills over. I would just need the temperature beforehand, the mug diameter, and the rate of heat transfer. The latter I could find if I measured the level the milk decreases by for the first couple seconds of microwave time – because there’s always less milk even if I get there before it boils over. But no, I sigh mournfully, there are no saturated milk-temperature tables available in the appendices of thermodynamics textbooks. That’s ok. I can just wait to react when bubbles start appearing.

I’m sure other people stare and wonder at things too; at the microwave, at the shower wall, at the ceiling right before your brain switches off to sleep. Seeing Michio Kaku speak the evening before my exam was watching a man wonder. Because surely, in his much longer student lifetime, after wondering at textbook question after question, he can wonder more easily at bigger questions. The biggest questions really. Read more

A Public Relations Student in China

Being at uni isn’t just about slaving away partying procrastinating broadening your knowledge in the classroom.  There are so many opportunities to gain new skills, meet new friends and create some fantastic memories, if you know where to find them!  One such opportunity the Business School offers is going on a short-term exchange.

Last year in July I was fortunate enough to go on a 2 week short exchange to the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) Summer Camp in Chengdu, China.  The university hosted around 60 uni students from countries all around the world – Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Africa and the UK to name a few – to broaden our knowledge of Chinese culture, language and business practices.

'Melissa' in Chinese

‘Melissa’ in Chinese

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