A few weeks ago QUT was full of students running around in bright shirts, handing out equally brightly coloured flyers, that’s right, it was election week, where it had to be decided which party, Activate or Epic would run the Student Guild in 2011. In previous years I’ve dreaded this annual political frenzy, having to always avoid making eye contact with any of the campaigners. But for some reason (maybe I’m maturing) this year I decided to actually take an interest and find out what this is all about. In the process I met a very charming boy named Isaac who is the General Secretary of the QUT Student Guild who agreed to do an interview for the share house about the Student Guild and it’s relevance to QUT students.
I’ve been wanting to write this blog for a long while now, but I kept putting it off because it’s something that has had such a huge impact on my life, that I wanted to be able to explain it perfectly and get my point across exactly. But I will never be able to do that because it’s something that affects people in many different ways, so I’m just going to go ahead and tell you my story.
A few months ago I spent the day working at the TSXPO (tertiary studies expo – for those of you not in the know), and had such an awesome time. I work as a student ambassador for QUT which means I get to go around to schools and talk about what it’s like to be a student at QUT, and get to work at open day and O-week and other uni events. It is honestly the best job because it just never feels like you’re working.
As I was talking to students there, the same question kept coming up and that was, “what if I make the wrong decision, how hard is it to change courses?”. Everyone seemed so petrified that what they put as their first preference on their QTAC application was the be all and end all, that their career was then set in stone. But believe me it’s nothing like that at all.
Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Phil Hancock, who is not only a very dear friend of mine but is also a talented musician studying music production at QUT. Read more
Hi housemates! Sorry it’s been so long! I feel like i have been living an absolutely crazy life for the past 3 weeks. I’ve been playing in the band for a production of Jesus Christ Superstar put on by Harvest Rain Theatre company at QPAC. We had shows every night for two weeks including twice a day on weekends. I had an awesome time doing it and got to hang out with some amazing people, but I’m so glad it’s over now! I didn’t get home until about 11 every night, had no time to study and then straight after the season I went right into mid-semester exams….It was not pretty.
What makes it worse is that I’m one of those weird people that are mildly obsessed with getting 7s and so I tend to get quite stressed out about uni at times. And to my horror, I’m pretty sure that I failed my molecular biology exam last week. I really do feel terrible. Luckily though it was only worth 20% so hopefully I’ll be able to make up for it in the final. But what I realized from all of this is that I really bit of more than I could chew….I had already missed a few days of uni because of Splendour, had uni everyday, worked, played soccer and then did this musical, as well as still seeing my friends when I had the chance.
I think the problem is, I’ve always felt a lot of pressure to be able to do as many things as possible, and to succeed at them all. The weird thing is, I am the only one who puts this pressure on myself. My parents, while obviously they would like me to do well at anything I do, honestly just want me to be happy and have never forced me into anything I didn’t want to do. So I have to ask myself, where does this expectation come from??
I have a lot of very high achieving friends and I think this has a lot to do with it because I feel like, ‘well if they can do it, then I should be able to too’. But the thing is, as soon as you start comparing yourself with somebody else, you are doomed for failure, because while I firmly believe that all human beings are equal, I also believe that our talents and strengths vary immensely and what someone may lack in one area, they make up for in another. So I’m trying super hard not to beat myself up about failing, but to make sure that I use this experience to learn and remember my limits. Just because some of my friends can do a million extracurricular activities, have an awesome social life and still get straight 7’s (maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but you get my point), it doesn’t mean that I can do that too. And that’s ok, because I can do other things, although I haven’t totally figured out what they all are yet, I know that I can.
So for all of you feeling the pressure of assessment right now, I feel your pain, and the best piece of advice I can give you is to just try your hardest, do the best that you possibly can, and that’s all that anyone can ever ask of you. 🙂
My favourite splendour memories of 2010……
i have had an insane week! i’ve spent pretty much the past four days straight in my mum’s office writing a business plan for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (i have to go to my mum’s office because there are too many distractions at home! especially the fridge!). Anyway i finally handed in that mother of an assignment on wednesday but then had to face the fact that i had two assignments due on friday!!
I’m sooooooo excited!!! i don’t know if you guys have heard about it but there’s gonna be a concert on the Go Between Bridge on the 25th on June. The line-up is awesome!! very chilled out and incredibly cool:
Angus and Julia Stone, Robert Forster (from the go-betweens), Josh Pyke, Bob Evans, Yves Klein Blue and The John Steel Singers.
So i’m a new fan of Angus and Julia Stone ever since i stole my sisters ipod last week and listened to ‘Just a Boy’ at least a thousand times. But what i’m most excited for is my two greatest loves, Josh Pyke and Bob Evans, i’m so stoked they’re both playing at the same concert. I really can’t wait!! so that’s what i’m looking forward to, while i’m sitting here studying for my final exams…..25th of June please come soon!!
“A Ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for ” – William Shedd
Nervous? Excited? Nauseous? First day of Uni?…yep. I’m not going to lie to you – Uni can be hard. In fact, more often than not….very hard. BUT I can honestly say that I would not swap this opportunity that I have for anything. Yes, I have had my fair share of study-induced all-nighters, and exam freak-outs, but I truly am having the absolute time of my life.