If I knew then, what I know now – 3 lessons from 4 years of Uni

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.

2014 student blogger Laura next to 2017 student blogger Laura

Fresh faced student blogger Laura in 2014 vs. worldly, tough short hair and leather jacket 2017 Laura.

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Holidays on a budget? Make the most of the city!

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

Take your passion and make it happen: Law Week and Volunteer Week 2017

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.

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Thanks James

It was three years ago this month, that I took my first steps into QUT Kelvin Grove to begin my journey towards becoming a primary school teacher.  I wasn’t nervous as such, but was very aware that this was a new experience, and was also INCREDIBLY aware of the age difference between the average uni student and myself.  It’s a strange feeling to walk into a world predominantly dominated by millennials, knowing that most of your classmates were going to have been born around the time you graduated high school. Read more

World Day of Social Justice Starts at Home

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.

Much like Winter, Social Justice is coming for this Warrior #kingofthenorthlaura

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Friends – the family we choose for ourselves.

Friends make life a little sweeter.

And today is  ‘Make a Friend Day’ – the day to stop, take stock of your friends, and make some new ones too!

Life as a student can be tough but is an extremely rewarding journey and even better one spent with friends. Your first year of uni is a great time to invest a little extra effort and time into speaking, smiling, and talking to your fellow students.

A wise proverb states, “In order to have friends, you must first be one”.

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Let’s reflect on OPs!

On Saturday the 17th of December 2016, my little sister who just graduated high school this year rushed into my room at 5:00am and excitedly showed me the OP she had received on her iPhone. Myself, in my sleep deprived and half-awake state, was vaguely aware of what was going on and congratulated her on getting the OP she was aiming for. Read more

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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I’m Not Saying Give up Coffee…… But

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You know you spend a lot of money on coffee right? Because its the best thing in the world and there’s no way you could function without it right? I agree entirely! But there are some things you should think about that could save you A LOT of money over your degree.

I’m not saying give up coffee…..

But if you decide to buy a french press (or my favourite – the Aeropress), a bag of ground beans every month, and make a coffee a day for the entirety of your 3 year degree instead of spending $4 at a cafe , you will save

$3955!

If you decide to break the habit and just buy 2 coffees a week from a cafe, instead of every day, you will save

$2816!

The best option – because you have to give up ZERO coffee, is to make coffee at home every day, AND treat yourself to two coffees a week. Believe it or not, this method, which renders you equally as caffeinated and still a social butterfly will save you

$2391! 

You know that holiday you have been thinking about? that new macbook? that new couch? I’m not saying give up coffee…. but