Dear Grade 12 Me

Dear Grade 12 Me,

Hey girl, how’s it going? How’s that side pony tail? Still poppin’? Ah, who am I kidding? You still do your hair like that.

I’m writing to you from THE FUTURE. Specifically, 2016, as you’re just about to graduate from uni. That’s right! You did it! In a week’s time you’ll be all robed up and receiving two bachelor degrees!

I know you’re waiting for your OP right now, and stressing out about it every day. If I have one piece of advice for you, it’s to CHILL. Oh, and check that you know your login details to get your OP. You may or may not forget your password due to stress on the day and then freak out because you can’t get in for hours because the “I forgot my password” emails aren’t sending, but they are, they’re just in your junk mail box. So check your junk mail. Or just write your password down and put it somewhere safe now. Other than that little (completely avoidable) meltdown, you will be fine. You know how hard you worked, so just trust that it will pay off. Because it does.

But it won’t always work out. And you know what? That’s okay. You’re going to find yourself being faced with difficult decisions in uni, receiving some disappointing grades, receiving some awesome grades, sending out millions of applications, not hearing back from most of them, getting rejected by a bunch. And yeah, you’ll be sad about it. But you will also have some great successes. You will get internships, you will get uni jobs, you’ll gain mentorships, work experience, and you’ll find colleagues and teaching staff that whole heartedly believe in you and what you want to achieve. Oh yeah, and you’ll discover your passion blah blah blah (but seriously, you will finally figure out what it is you want to do, even if it is in the last semester of your degree. I won’t tell you what it is because I want you to experience the journey).

Finally, if you’ll allow me to quote Mufasa (and yes, you’re still into that Lion King Broadway soundtrack):

Never forget who you are.

Don’t neglect your culture, don’t try to be someone you’re not, and don’t listen to people who make you think that who you are is in any way wrong or less desirable. You, your culture, and your family will help you develop and discover the skills you need to achieve your dream, and will be the seed of your ambition.

Congratulations on graduating high school, me. You’re going to be just fine.

Love from,
You (me?)

 

P.s. Try to avoid parking at uni, it’s not fun.

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Petspiration (World Animal Day)

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I think we’re all inspired by our pets, and by animals in general. Their wisdom reaches far beyond their years. They are our knowledgeable, intelligent advisors. They are our mentors. That is why I have compiled a list of ways my pets have helped me through all the trials and tribulations of day-to-day life. Read more

Five things I’ve inherited (or hope to inherit) from my mum

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People tell me that I’m a lot like my mum, and that is literally the greatest compliment ever. While it is true that I have inherited some similar traits, I can only hope that one day I will be as great as she is. Here are some things I have inherited from her, and some qualities of hers that I strive to achieve. Read more

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Business Degree at QUT- Make the Most of it

It’s a cliché to say that you only get out what you put in, but when it comes to a business degree at QUT, nothing could be more true. A lot of students’ main focus is the job they hope to get when they graduate, and why wouldn’t it be? Most people go to uni to get a particular desired job at the end, right? Having a future goal is a great source of motivation, but sometimes thinking about the future too much can distract from the present. QUT business is all about making the most of the resources you have at uni, while you’re at uni, to make sure you are competitive when you graduate. Here’s how you make the most of a business degree. Read more

rECONsider ECONomics

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WAIT DON’T CLICK AWAY. I know what you’re thinking. Economics looks something like this…

BREAKING NEWS: Boring economist points at boring graph

BREAKING NEWS: Boring economist points at boring graph

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Handling Group Assignments

Group assignments are, let’s face it, unavoidable. We all need to learn to work together, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. When it comes to cooperation, I’ve learnt the most valuable lessons from my best friends. That’s right. My cats. And I’m about to pass those puuurrls of wisdom along to you. So here’s how to (and how not to) handle group assignments, demonstrated by Sneaky Wiggums and Monkey. Read more

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].