For some readers of the QUT Student Blog, I’m probably an old and familiar face. So old, my first blog post in 2014 was carved onto a stone tablet and placed on the pantheon for all to read. But like fine wine I have aged well and have accumulated a wealth of experience and wisdom to pass on to my fellow Hermione Granger haired youths on their first foray into the wild adventure of tertiary education. In honour of my many years of study, here are three things I wish I could tell first year Laura at the start of uni.
For my fellow millennials reading this post, you may be aware of the early work of Miley Cyrus in the Disney Channel show ‘Hannah Montana’. If you’re unfamiliar with the Hannah Montana narrative (shame on you) I’ll give you the run down; Miley is a regular teenage girl by day who leads a secret double life as international pop star ‘Hannah Montana’ by night. It’s a performance, it is a balancing act that I believe is almost analogous to my experience juggling work and part-time study (except without the wigs and musical numbers…mostly). Read more
There is no way to get around it, the law degree is hard. The law degree is long. The law degree is competitive and the job market is slim. I can admit, there have been times during my law degree where I couldn’t see an end in sight. Then everything changed when I started volunteering at Women’s Legal Service.
Are you a fierce warrior of social justice with Viking braids and a sword of change sharp enough to cut through the tightest binds of inequality and oppression? Do you believe in peace, equality and harmonious co-existence for all? Do you have a great passion for a particular movement or cause, but are unsure of your place to make a difference? Then my friends, pencil February 20th into your calendar for World Day of Social Justice. February 20th is the day proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as a day of observance for social justice, to address plans to tackle economic and social disadvantage, poverty, gender and sexual discrimination and unemployment.
If you had a bout of violent gastro, would you still get up and go to work wearing your favourite white pencil skirt like bodily fluids weren’t trying to escape your body ? (If that’s not a grabbing opening line, I don’t know what is). Read more
October means a lot of important things to me. It means Brisbane will be covered in a regal purple carpet of jacaranda flowers, rolled out by nature to give a royal welcome to our warmer (deathly hot) months. It means walking through the botanic gardens will become a high stakes military operation of ducking, sprinting and crawling my way past attacking magpies and other swooping birds.It means Halloween plans, dusting off my flip flops and denim shorts, it means starting to think about Christmas and having an existential crisis over where the year has gone. But most importantly, it means the end of the academic year is upon us. The end of early morning classes, late night study sessions, assignment stress and lack of social life. For graduating high school students, the start of Term 4 means the end of something big, and the start of something even bigger. Read more
I never knew I was poor before going to Uni. Everything was so cheap, so easy in high school. $4 would get me a delicious, wholesome lunch from the tuck shop (ravioli/carbonara/spag bol all made by the vat, jack potatoes, fried rice, curries, homemade pies and sausage rolls, fresh sandwiches, pumpkin soup and crusty rolls). For $4, I was spoiled for choice. Though my school uniform was as daggy as crocs and socks, everyone had to wear it, makeup wasn’t allowed, and I got away with wearing the same pair of leather shoes for the entire 5 years. The amount of money I now spend on food and clothes/makeup is horrific and quite franky shameful. Do I blame my terrible self-discipline and need to fill the empty hole inside me with caffeine and things? Read more
On my very first law tutorial, back when I was a bright eyed, bushy tailed and super eager first year, my fellow students and I straight away badgered our tutor with questions about the Law program and our future employment prospects in a overly saturated industry. One student asked what kind of GPA they would need to be considered for a graduate position in a large law firm. Even if it was our very first tutorial for a 4-6 year degree, we’re law students, we don’t believe there is such a thing as being over prepared. Our tutor told us that ‘yes, to be considered by a reputable law firm you need good grades – that will get you an interview. But it is being able to demonstrate practical experience and legal skills that will get you the job.’ Read more
I’m not sick of that Rhianna and Drake song yet. It’s a problem, but it’s so damn catchy. ‘Work, work, work, work, work.. duh duh duh duh nananan nah nah nah nah nah nah….’ That’s what it sounds like right ? IDK anymore. I am too tired, I have just finished a 28 hour working week whilst juggling second semester prep and student theatre cahoofs and I am burnt out. Sometimes working and doing fulltime uni/ full time student life is hard. Read more
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