Close at Heart

It feels like the last year has just flown by. A year ago, I finally packed up my stuff and moved out of home to be closer to uni. Overall, this experience has been great and I would encourage people to consider their options if traveling for study is an issue.

My Mum was very supportive and gave me a care-package of stuff that I am still using today. She also gave me a cute little placard that said, “Close at Heart” even though I was just moving an hour down the highway for university.

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Moving on up

It’s been a few months since I packed up my car and moved out of home to the city (sorry Mum). And I’m loving it! No more hour-and-a-half train rides means that I can finally sleep in without having to feel guilty. And then there is the freedom of going out more often without having to catch the 1am train back. But it is not all as glamorous as it seems.

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How to make friends at uni

Happy Friendship Day! Our student bloggers share their tips for making new friends at uni, and how they met their best bud while studying at QUT!


AnaAna

Student blogger Ana says her first day at uni and her first Instagram post from QUT were exclusively about her eagerness to make friends with anyone after coming from a very lonesome life all the way in the outback. Ana asks, “Are you making friends at uni?” By the way, she has never seen this particular friend again. #lostafriend #helpmefindhimplz #qutrealworld #qutlife

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MaddieMaddie

Ever find yourself sitting alone in the library, studying away, and wondering where you can find a friend? Student blogger Maddie knows how you feel, but she found many of her friends through her BFA – Drama classes and QUT Clubs. So never fear! You can always find a study buddy if you look hard enough… and stop taking selfies in the library… #qutrealworld #qutstudent #studentlife #nationalfriendshipday

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RacquelRacquel

QUT Student Blogger Racquel would like you to meet one of her best buds, Holly. Holly and Racquel met in their Design and Creative Thinking class back in Semester One of 2014 and Holly was Racquel’s first friend she made at university. Since then the duo have torn up the netball court together, planned a holiday together and conquered New Zealand together. Embrace all the people you meet at university, Racquel did and she made a life friend by doing so! Happy Friendship Day!

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KelvinKelvin

The default topic when meeting someone at uni is generally, well, uni. But you already both have that in common, why not find out if your new friend has seen the latest Marvel movie or plays the same sport as you? I forged a bond with my uni buds over our shared love for house music and eating burgers. Skip the assessment talk and to get  to know your fellow students! #unibuds #youcanalwaystalkaboutassessmentlater

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ImogenImogen

If you’re thinking of moving out of home to study at uni, shared accommodation around campus can be a great way to meet other students. Who knows, you might meet your very best pal, just like student blogger Imogen did! #HappyFriendshipDay #firstyearatuni

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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!

How I Met Everyone Else

So kids, if you are an International student like me you would probably have a tongue twister of a unique name and a fruit salad of a mixed accent. Also you would probably have a choreographed story about how you moved to Australia for further studies and managing the life away from your family. After a while, it becomes a repetitive routine that you are obliged to follow. But it is a story worth preserving as it becomes the cornerstone for the stories to come.

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Uni Holidays, Thank God, Get me out of this house!

Okay, so what I’m about to say may scare some of you…….Uni holidays are just around the corner! Life just goes so quickly (I’m sure most of you would agree)!  And I couldn’t be happier, not only does it mean I’m one step closer to finishing my degree, but that I get to escape from the family friends I live with!

Moving from Bundaberg, I couldn’t afford my own unit or apartment straight away and all of my friends who also moved had somewhere to live, so I was left with choice to live with distant family who I barely know or live with close family friends. Thinking it would be a good idea, I chose to live with the family friends. But… what a bad decision that was.

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You’ll live forever if you keep writing

It is a very peculiar feeling being a QUT student blogger at the moment. November is quite possibly the end of the QUT student blog page. So I’m quite reluctant to write this post, it’s almost like I’m virtually dying. But in keeping with such themes, I would like to give a virtual eulogy of my year, the first year of my final year – if that make sense (if it doesn’t looks like you’ll have to read my earlier posts).

We are gathered here today on this saddening occasion; we are gathered here today to celebrate the life of Blogger Michael. Friends, family, strangers, Michael is glad you are here at what is his final party before his body (the blog website) disappears. Together we sit here (in front of our computers) ready to celebrate the life, and in doing so we must honour Michael’s wishes. We must not be down, we shall smile, and raise our virtual thumbs up (please find at the bottom of the page) to the life Michael has lived. Today is a party, and that is what we shall be here to do…”

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Thinking of Home

Reasons I Miss Home:

1.  I can say ‘thongs’ in public without people thinking I’m talking about my underwear.

2. I am legal adult with a car, job and house. Here I’m just a ratty dorm kid whose only responsibility is to wake up 10 minutes before midday  3 days a week in order to attend class. Which is actually a pretty fantastic way to live, now I think about it.

3.  Food is available that has not been coated in either oil or sugar. Or both.

4. I have my own room in which I can walk around wearing as many or as few clothes as I wish and listen to music at 3 am without disturbing my dorm roommate.

5. My family and friends, obviously. Skype, while awesome and free, just doesn’t cut it. And six months is a long time.

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An observational and anecdotal analysis of a QUT student

After three years of uni (so far), you really get accustomed to the lifestyle. You inherit certain behaviours; a lot of which you don’t even know you’re doing until you look around uni…

Through observation and anecdotal evidence, I’ve come up with a list of behaviours to share with the Sharehouse. Take a look:

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