Snacking your way through the Semester.

We all know it’s true. There’s no point denying it. Don’t be coy, don’t be shy. I’m right there with you. So is she, and he and your teacher and your sibling – it’s just a fact of life.  Read more

So you want to study Film and TV?

When most people think of ‘film’, they think of Hollywood. But studying film can take you down many more roads than just Hollywood Boulevard. If you haven’t noticed already, video is everywhere. Videos communicate messages powerfully, and tell stories like no other medium. You’ll rarely see a company, a project, an event or any sort of online campaign without a video to accompany it. And this is where you and I come in.

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How to live life (survive) on a student budget: Part 3

I was flabbergasted recently when a friend and I calculated how much money we each respectively spend on coffee (particularly during heavy assessment time- you know what I’m talking about). I won’t share the amount because, truthfully, it’s a little embarrassing… particularly when I scrimp so much on the necessities (see part 1 and 2- food and hygiene, and parts to come- the roof over my head and things to fill the roof over my head). Then again, it can be argued that when you’re a student, coffee is a necessity. 

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Regardless, it all adds up and on a student budget, coffee can start to dehydrate your wallet as well as your body. That’s why I turn to coffee loyalty cards, you know, those things you’ve collected but that sit unused in your wallet. Use them. Seriously. When you drink as much coffee as I do (and I know many of you do), these really do make a difference.

So here it is. My breakdown of the best budget bean offerings on campus.

  • Coco Cozy at Kelvin Grove does one free coffee- any size so go wild, kids!- for every nine purchased. They even offer a complimentary meal if you manage to fill 5×20 stamp cards- that’s one meal after 100 coffees (crazy if you think about it but technically still a free meal).
  • The gang at Pantry Gardens Point are incredibly generous and offer five free coffees for every 19 paid for. Props to you, Pantry.
  • Beadles at Kelvin Grove do the regular one free for every ten which sounds less awesome after Pantry’s impressive offer but hey, it’s conveniently close to the library so it still has that going for it.
  • Boys House of Coffee, Kelvin Grove serves up a quality coffee but don’t offer loyalty cards (yes, I asked). I sometimes deem the coffee that worth it and treat myself to one without a stamp though, so it’s up to you.

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Next week I transform into a magician and achieve the impossible, making furniture appear out of thin air for zero dollars. Yes, you heard it, folks. Stay tuned for part four.

Now for my disappearing act… Vamoose *disappears magically into thin air*. Cue applause.

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!

Yet Another Deadline

Because we don’t already have enough; a new deadline has been set – Tertiary Transport Concession Cards will be required for all students as of the 1st of July and if you don’t have one – you will be fined. Obviously as abundantly wealthy students a fine shouldn’t be a problem; we have plenty of time to work to get the money back… *cough…cough*…

But if by any chance you wish to not pay a fine I’d have a look at the TTCC application forms and send yours in ASAP.

A Public Relations Student in China

Being at uni isn’t just about slaving away partying procrastinating broadening your knowledge in the classroom.  There are so many opportunities to gain new skills, meet new friends and create some fantastic memories, if you know where to find them!  One such opportunity the Business School offers is going on a short-term exchange.

Last year in July I was fortunate enough to go on a 2 week short exchange to the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) Summer Camp in Chengdu, China.  The university hosted around 60 uni students from countries all around the world – Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Africa and the UK to name a few – to broaden our knowledge of Chinese culture, language and business practices.

'Melissa' in Chinese

‘Melissa’ in Chinese

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Do The Loop

Ok, so you’ve made it through your first few weeks, hopefully unscathed, and you’re well on your way to being a fully-fledged student. However, if you are like I was when I first started at QUT, there are a few things you probably haven’t been taught yet.  Read more