Snacking your way through the Semester.

We all know it’s true. There’s no point denying it. Don’t be coy, don’t be shy. I’m right there with you. So is she, and he and your teacher and your sibling – it’s just a fact of life.  Read more

QCS tips from our bloggers!

We’ve compiled the advice of our bloggers to help you on QCS day. Good luck Year 12s!


AmeliaAmelia
“Fuel your brain before QCS with a nice big breakfast – you’ll stay focused longer and your tummy won’t be roaring all morning. #foodforthought”
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SaraSara2
“If you’ve read about it, write about it! Impress the markers with references to books you’v read. But, as always, keep it relevant!”
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XavierXavier
“Don’t stress, you won’t get questions like this at QCS.”
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Imogen
“Don’t be afraid to apply for special provision before taking the test to suit you. Get a bigger paper if your eyes aren’t perfect… even if the paper is bigger than you! #stressless”

Imogen had to apply early for this, due to extenuating circumstances. There are specific cut-off dates, but you may still be able to apply. You won’t know unless you ask.
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KelvinKelvin
“Being dehydrated by as little as 2% can negatively affect your brain’s performance. Be smarter by remembering to drink water during the QCS test. Just remember, no labels!”
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LauraLaura
“Stressing that QCS is going to be a nightmare? Dreaming of a day when writing stimulus is a thing of the past? Treat yourself to a night in with your favourite pyjamas with your comfiest pillows. Even my teddy knows that getting enough sleep is crucial to a fresh and focused mind, especially the night before a big exam or test.  It is far better mental preparation in those remaining 24 hours to get enough rest than it is to stay up late hour cramming. And he doesn’t have a brain nearly as big as yours Good luck.”
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SeanSean
“We believe that you can be stubborn about your goals, and flexible about your methods … but ALWAYS have a plan! Show the QCS what you’re made of.”
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MaddieMaddie
“You can’t concentrate if you’re not relaxed and well-fed!!!”

Student blogger Maddie recommends taking the time to have a good feed in prep for QCS. A full stomach makes all the difference – and it’s a good excuse to take a break and eat some glorious pizza, too!
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MelMelissa Cameron
“It’s a tradition that has been handed down from generation to generation and now, I’m passing it on to all of you. After QCS it is important—no, in fact, it is necessary—that you reward yourself with a Mars Bar. After all those months of stressing, it’s the ultimate sugar boost that everyone deserves for finally making it through QCS. But in all honesty, it really is important to set yourself rewards for completing QCS. It gives you something else to work hard for and look forward to, beyond a simple pat on the back for overcoming the inevitable QCS stress. Good luck, and may the Mars Bar get you through these times.”
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JasonJason
Keep calm and stress less before the QCS test (rhyme intended).”Jason - keep calm


Read more QCS tips from our past bloggers.

Ten things you learn about yourself when you start uni:

1.       What kind of a study-er you are: school is one thing, but uni tests your motivation, procrastination and dedication. I, for example, found out I am NOT a study-er. I can’t sit down and study. If I don’t actively learn throughout the semester it means a whooole lot of OMG when it comes time for exams. So I chose a course that doesn’t have a lot of exams 😛

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bean around campus?

Coffee is good. Tea is good too. But coffee is the warm sunglow that oozes through my nostrils.

As such, I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the cafés located at QUT’s Gardens Point campus, and their associated location, cost, bean and opening hour information to assist you in your coffee choosing. I’ve also included is Brendan’s on the Bridge because a fan insisted, and because a barista may just make your day.

From said fan source:

“Well, this is the story that he told me. He saw one of his regulars come in during exam time. And he said, ‘Hey, aren’t you going to be late for your exam?’ And this guy thought his exam was later in the day, but it WASN’T. And this – this means that not only does Brendan know what his customers study, but when their exams are.”

Very astute, oh fan of Brendan’s. A barista that knows your needs may just save you from failing an exam. Or smile amiably in your direction which is also very nice.

 

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The opening hours for our earliest and latest studious students on campus.

QUT Gardens Point coffee opening hours

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And a coffee map, mainly for those out of the way locations in the Botanic Gardens.

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How to live life (survive) on a student budget: Part 3

I was flabbergasted recently when a friend and I calculated how much money we each respectively spend on coffee (particularly during heavy assessment time- you know what I’m talking about). I won’t share the amount because, truthfully, it’s a little embarrassing… particularly when I scrimp so much on the necessities (see part 1 and 2- food and hygiene, and parts to come- the roof over my head and things to fill the roof over my head). Then again, it can be argued that when you’re a student, coffee is a necessity. 

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Regardless, it all adds up and on a student budget, coffee can start to dehydrate your wallet as well as your body. That’s why I turn to coffee loyalty cards, you know, those things you’ve collected but that sit unused in your wallet. Use them. Seriously. When you drink as much coffee as I do (and I know many of you do), these really do make a difference.

So here it is. My breakdown of the best budget bean offerings on campus.

  • Coco Cozy at Kelvin Grove does one free coffee- any size so go wild, kids!- for every nine purchased. They even offer a complimentary meal if you manage to fill 5×20 stamp cards- that’s one meal after 100 coffees (crazy if you think about it but technically still a free meal).
  • The gang at Pantry Gardens Point are incredibly generous and offer five free coffees for every 19 paid for. Props to you, Pantry.
  • Beadles at Kelvin Grove do the regular one free for every ten which sounds less awesome after Pantry’s impressive offer but hey, it’s conveniently close to the library so it still has that going for it.
  • Boys House of Coffee, Kelvin Grove serves up a quality coffee but don’t offer loyalty cards (yes, I asked). I sometimes deem the coffee that worth it and treat myself to one without a stamp though, so it’s up to you.

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Next week I transform into a magician and achieve the impossible, making furniture appear out of thin air for zero dollars. Yes, you heard it, folks. Stay tuned for part four.

Now for my disappearing act… Vamoose *disappears magically into thin air*. Cue applause.

How to live life (survive) on a student budget: Part 1

If you’re anything like me, you return to uni after the holidays with an exhausted body and an equally exhausted wallet. Yes, uni holidays may mean a break for our brains but they certainly don’t mean a break for our wallets. In fact they mean exactly the opposite.

To deal with a significantly dehydrated bank account, I implemented my own “age-of-entitlement-is-over”-style budget. And being the generous person that I am, I’ve decided to share my top budget tips/life hacks with you all.

So, without further ado, I present to you part ONE of how to live life (survive) on a student budget. 

1) Food: grocery shop strategically

You may think that simply hitting up the Fresh Food People when they are having their ‘down down’ sales (am I getting mixed up here?) is enough to lower the grocery bill. But when you’re on a student budget, relying on store-wide sales isn’t enough. You have to bid adieu to those $9-a-pop fancy yoghurts and that $11 bag of nuts. My grocery list for smart student staples is as follows:- 

1 x bulk bag of carrots: $1.99 at Coles, $1.88 at Woolworths (disclaimer: this post is not sponsored by one supermarket brand over another, you can make your own educated choice on the best option here) 

Mi Goreng: $3.17 for a packet of 5 sachets, 70c for a single serving. This student staple goes a long way. I have also heard from a reliable source that if you’re feeling a little fancy and want to jazz things up, garnish with parmesan for a 5 star meal… don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it. 

1kg bag of home brand pasta + 700g spaghetti sauce: $3.14. A humble old favourite at a surprisingly low price. 

A dozen eggs: $2.29. Breakfast, lunch and dinner sorted with one ingredient- what more could you want? 

185g of homebrand tuna: 89c. Winner winner, tuna dinner.

900g homebrand muesli ($3.29) + 1L homebrand skim milk ($1.08): $4.37. Roughly one week’s breakfast sorted. Plus a few cheeky pre/post-gym feeds. 

South Cape “entertaining selections” cheese platter: $14.99. Because we’re not plebians, guys. 

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Stay tuned for the next edition of How to live life (survive) on a student budget… 

Coming soon to an Internet near you: how to furnish your space at a cost of $0 (literally), how to slice $5 of your coffee expense bill every 2 weeks, secret extra ways to collect cash, and why it’ll save you big $$ to put a salad on your face.

Editor’s note: during Anti-Poverty Week at QUT from 13 – 15 October, we’ll have plenty of info and stalls for students seeking some money-realted guidance!

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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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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