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

The End is Nigh ! Let the End of Semester Countdown Begin.

October means a lot of important things to me. It means Brisbane will be covered in a regal purple carpet of jacaranda flowers, rolled out by nature to give a royal welcome to our warmer (deathly hot) months. It means walking through the botanic gardens will become a high stakes military operation of ducking, sprinting and crawling my way past attacking magpies and other swooping birds.It means Halloween plans, dusting off my flip flops and denim shorts, it means starting to think about Christmas and having an existential crisis over where the year has gone. But most importantly, it means the end of the academic year is upon us. The end of early morning classes, late night study sessions, assignment stress and lack of social life. For graduating high school students, the start of Term 4 means the end of something big, and the start of something even bigger. Read more

Petspiration (World Animal Day)

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I think we’re all inspired by our pets, and by animals in general. Their wisdom reaches far beyond their years. They are our knowledgeable, intelligent advisors. They are our mentors. That is why I have compiled a list of ways my pets have helped me through all the trials and tribulations of day-to-day life. Read more

Money isn’t funny in a Student’s World: Laura’s top 5 tips for a Affordable Uni Experience

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Just your regular uni student trying to keep my eyes out for ways to save my dollar dollar coins.

I never knew I was poor before going to Uni. Everything was so cheap, so easy in high school. $4 would get me a delicious, wholesome lunch from the tuck shop (ravioli/carbonara/spag bol all made by the vat, jack potatoes, fried rice, curries, homemade pies and sausage rolls, fresh sandwiches, pumpkin soup and crusty rolls). For $4, I was spoiled for choice. Though my school uniform was as daggy as crocs and socks, everyone had to wear it, makeup wasn’t allowed, and I got away with wearing the same pair of leather shoes for the entire 5 years. The amount of money I now spend on food and clothes/makeup is horrific and quite franky shameful. Do I blame my terrible self-discipline and need to fill the empty hole inside me with caffeine and things? Read more

Übercamp 2016

QUT’s Übercamp took place on 7 – 8 September at Twin Waters Resort on the Sunshine Coast and was attended by twenty-six of QUT’s brightest students and early-career researchers. Participants were guided on how to set and refine their entrepreneurial ideas and present a 90-second “elevator pitch” to a panel of expert judges and potential investors.

Here’s a glimpse of how it unfolded from our guest blogger Michael Trotter: Read more

Experience is Everything

On my very first law tutorial, back when I was a bright eyed, bushy tailed and super eager first year, my fellow students and I straight away badgered our tutor with questions about the Law program and our future employment prospects in a overly saturated industry. One student asked what kind of GPA they would need to be considered for a graduate position in a large law firm. Even if it was our very first tutorial for a 4-6 year degree, we’re law students, we don’t believe there is such a thing as being over prepared. Our tutor told us that ‘yes, to be considered by a reputable law firm you need good grades – that will get you an interview. But it is being able to demonstrate practical experience and legal skills that will get you the job.’ Read more