Independent Student Review: Healthstream Gym, Kelvin Grove

So..this is the first in a new series of blogs where I’ll be reviewing various student services and activities around QUT.

Quick shout out to those who only read the first paragraph: I’m looking for someone to spot me! A workout partner. Someone to push me while working out, I’d push them back. 1 – 3 times a week. If you’re a member, epic. My schedule is flexible and I’m at uni every weekday. If you’re not a member, freakin sign up. Its only $15 a week for students ($12.50 a week if you’re a Student Ambassador/staff member!), and you get full access to all the boxing, bodypump, yogalates, bodystep, machines, group fitness classes, etc for free. Let me know if you’re up for it in the comments!

I’m thinking something like this:
Monday – some form of cardio
Tuesday – weights. Does anyone know how to use these?
Wednesday – cardio or group fitness class like Boxing/Bodypump
Thursday – weights. Again, how do I lift these? A benchpress? A deadlift? What is a dumb bell?
Friday – eh, you pick it
Saturday and Sunday: Yoga for the win

and eh, I’ll shout you a powerade or something for helping me get off my ass and actually enter the gym. I’ve been a member for three months and have worked out there a grand total of three times… O_o Read more

Adventures on camp: the highlights!

Just came off the back of a camp with QUT as my work as a Student Ambassador. We stayed from Friday through Sunday with the kids (in Year 10), and have another camp with grades 11-12s next weekend. I find these camps are one of the best weekends of the year. It is a lot of fun getting to know the kids, bonding with them, and showing them university isn’t a big and scary place. Its something real, something attainable, and an interesting prospect.

Not to mention just how fun it is hanging around these guys. I will admit, I have a passion for youth. I used to help out at a youth group frequently back in high school, and this job is just like an awesome extension of that. For a lot of these kids from regional areas (Gin Gin, Murgon, Childers, etc), its their first time ever in Brisbane. Sure, for the first day/night of the camp they were restless, rowdy, and wanted to go to sleep. You would be too if you were stuck on a bus for 4 hours.

But come the next day, they were settled and keen to learn. Being joyfully expressive, curious, and creative. They got involved in all the activities, laughed, shouted, chilled, jumped, and generally made the weekend a kickass time.

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Procrastination competition – do you have what it takes to win?

Right. I hate this mofo.

You know the feeling. You have an exam in 24 hours and you can’t bring yourself to look over your textbook.

You have an assignment you should really do a draft for, but you waste time watching The OC instead.

You really should go out and hang out with your friends, but instead you spend 30 minutes showering your hair. Oh, and you’re late. Again.

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You can’t do this alone.

You Can’t Do This Alone

Warning: This blog is different to what I usually write…raw honesty and vulnerability follows.

This semester has been bumpy for me. And thats putting it lightly. I’ve lost a fair bit of resilience. I’ve made some bad decisions. I’ve been irresponsible, not to mention selfish, with my approach to life, and all too often give up before I even begin.

I’ve had to adjust to a lot of things…moving out, taking responsibility for myself, and figuring out what the hell my place is in this world (I’ll still need to get back to you on that one >_>). I am now confident in my ability to look after myself, and know I can do this for the rest of my life. I can iron, clean, shop, cook, and make about 10-15 meals without the need for a recipe book. But my academics have taken a slide.

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The wonderful world of living arrangements

Thinking of moving out? Read this first!

One of the most daunting things about beginning university, whether you’ve just left high school or have been out for a few years, is considering where you’ll live when you begin your studies. Make no mistake, when done right, student life can be the greatest years of your life. However, it can also be a living hell if you fall behind on your classes, isolate yourself, stop going to class, and don’t take care of yourself in general. And a big part of that is where you’re staying.

You have to think about your living arrangements. Where are you going to stay? Are you going to keep living with your parents, or move out and give the living independent thing a shot? Read more

How to build a hot tub time machine…or Richard’s epic tips for starting university, one of the two

Hey guys, welcome to QUT!

If you’re a first year, by now, you’re almost done with your first semester and would have settled in somewhat to the ups and downs of uni life. This is the point in time where all your final assessments seem to be due and the monstrous end-of-semester exams are rearing their ugly head around the corner. Avoid tearing out your hair, and learn to love caffeine. It is a student’s best friend.

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