Leaving high school and beginning the next chapter of your adult life at uni feels like a giant leap of independence. Leaving your parents’ nest and moving out feels more like growing wings and being promptly shoved off a cliff, hoping to the best that some survival instinct will kick in before you become a feathery soup of smoosh on the sidewalk. Read more
It’s tempting to take a gap year after finishing your Year 12 studies forever. But then again, the three months from November to the end of February is a lot of time to relax, recharge and watch copious amounts of Netflix in between working the Christmas retail period. For me, I was certain that jumping straight into uni the following year was a must. The ambition and desire to succeed in life drove me to take on this challenge that graduates refer to wholeheartedly as just “uni”. Working Christmas in the newsagency and walking around the calendar stalls a million times in a busy shopping centre gave me lots of time to reflect on my life. Read more
Around this time 5 years ago my friends and I spent our lunchtimes excitedly chattering about what we were doing next year at uni and what we would do in the big wide world in the years that would follow. Our dream courses and careers were wide and varied. From acting to medicine, to law and interior design, we couldn’t wait to ‘get on with it’ and follow the smooth path from uni to living a working adult life. 5 years and many degree changes later and we are still having that conversation. Read more
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.
The winter holidays are a good time to spend indoors as it can be a little bit chilly outside – certainly not weather to be tanning at the beach. But sometimes it’s worth going outside, especially if you live in a wonderful city called Brisbane!
One of the best things about QUT is how close it is to the CBD. Just a 5 minute walk finds you in some of the city’s best cafes and restaurants. But as uni student, finding the money to splurge can be hard!
One of the most valuable places for a student to explore is the Asian supermarket! On a student budget, with very little skills needed, there are some gems to be found if you know what you are looking for! Read more
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
When I started university, I never had the immediate urge to travel to foreign lands. This was mainly because of my lack of savings and just general nervousness of starting this new phase of life; leaving the high-school routine I had gotten ever so used to and stepping into this large, scary pond filled with new knowledge and a whole bunch of expectations. Read more
Each semester, QUTopia is an event held over two market day weekends to provide real and practical experience to business students who are studying marketing. One of my business subjects (AMB240 Marketing Planning and Management) see students come together to create products and services which are then sold on market days.