Campus activities & Me

Hi all!

It might seem strange to be reflecting on uni life at this point of the semester, but I can’t deny, that’s what I’ve been doing. In the thick of semester two, I’ve come to realise what sorts of things have made an impact on the kind of uni student I am becoming. In particular, joining UMSU collectives and submitting creative pieces to various Melbourne Uni student publications have been central to my uni experience and adjustment.

Being an active participant in events run by UMSU departments has boosted my confidence in communicating with new people and has allowed me to make friends with students of all ages and disciplines! Lunches, trivia nights and film screenings, amongst other types of activities, have all contributed to showing me that university is more than just another stage of education. Although lectures and tutorials do take up a large amount of my time on campus, I guess until now I haven’t realised that I’ve also spent so much time outside the classroom socialising and having fun UMSU collectives have also provided me with safe spaces to meet and interact with students life myself, and have given me the opportunity to learn about the experiences of others and even learn more about myself in turn!

As for getting involved with uni publications, I’ve been able to foster my love of writing through these student-run magazines. From reviewing films to creating quirky flash fiction pieces, each of my submissions has contributed to me honing my skills, finding my writing style, and trying new genres and topics. Participating in these publications has also allowed me to gain insight into the editing and publishing processes, and has led to me becoming a more active contributor to uni life.

So that’s my weirdly-timed reflection on my experiences with campus activities! I guess the point is, make the most of extra-curricular activities!

– Tharidi 🙂


New Semester, New Opportunities (Jess)

Welcome back everyone!
I’ve been meaning to write a new post for a while, but as things do, they got super busy (We all know the drill).

Like I’m sure most of you did, I took full advantage of my break to relax, to refresh and to ultimately prepare for another jam-packed semester ahead. I slept more than I thought was humanly possible (are there competitions in sleeping? I want in), I read a ton, and I binged more TV than is probably healthy!
HOWEVER, I also spent a lot of time thinking about how I wanted to approach my second semester here at Uni.
I love that we have this great opportunity to reflect on exactly what has gone right or perhaps wrong throughout our first semester as Uni students. I found personally that as the semester went on, I got more tense, more stressed and I guess I ended up channeling a lot of that energy into being slightly angry. Not aggressively angry or anything, just the internal kind that builds inside and you wonder if you’re actually gonna turn green and need a new pair of clothes.

One of the things I came to particularly love at Uni was taking the language, Japanese. I’m absolutely obsessed with the language, the culture and the country of Japan, and so I was doing some research out of personal interest, and I came across something that Japanese people commonly say. It’s the phrase, ‘shouganai’, which essentially means ‘it can’t be helped’ which you may think of in a slightly negative aspect at first, but it’s actually not, and I find the phrase quite freeing! Instead of being caught up by the dumb things people do on trams in the morning before I get to Uni, I’m just saying ‘shouganai’ in my head, and it makes me feel that much better. Say what you may about it, but it works!

Another thing that I love about the start of a second semester, is it means turning over a new leaf that doesn’t feel so intimidating. New Years Resolutions are always so stressful because it’s a whole year you have to keep a promise to yourself, and that’s really hard! A semester is still hard but it’s much easier to work with, and it’s the tiny successes one after another that really make a difference.
My marks from the previous semester weren’t bad, but I love that there’s always room for improvement. To become a better person, better at studying, better at time management…all the like. Don’t you find it so refreshing?!
I’m sure some of you are sitting here rolling your eyes, but in my new leaf, I’m trying to be a more positive person. In all honesty, I didn’t have the best day today – I didn’t perform the best in one of my classes, I was late for a class switching between campuses, my bag broke and I got absolutely poured on (and that’s making it look good). Not the worst problems I could have or even have had though, so I’m taking it for the small speck it is and instead I’m just going to keep on keeping on. I’ve got a lot of things to do (we all do!) so I may as well not spend all that time mulling over – in actuality – such small things!

I’m ready to start this new semester afresh, and I hope that I can encourage you to do that also! Let’s make the most of the next semester together and see what it brings.
All the best with your studying,
Jess


“BETTER LATE THAN NEVER” doesn’t work at the end of the semester!!! (MICHAELA)

Hey fellas! Whatsupp! How’s your SWOTVAC week so far? Has it been nice? Well, I hope so! Cause a new week’s greeting us in a few days – It’s EXAM WEEK! *drumrolls*

This is the time where everyone just gets more tense and “worse” (in terms of looks – oily hair, lifeless eyes, and breaking out skin – well at least, that happens to me all the time!

Well, it has happened to me ever since SWOTVAC :”( , not even gonna lie about it!

Well, during week 12 I’ve been sort of distracted, but I found the perfect way to study by SWOTVAC week, and am thinking to share this with you guys!

Just a few tips to treat the gaps during your exam week right:

  • Be early for your favorite library seats (and books :”))

Make sure to check the unimelb info page for the opening hours of the university’s libraries

My favorite ones are Law Library and Giblin Eunson Library as these are where most people are studying more seriously.

Other libraries are too noisy sometimes, moreover Ballieu -_- (no offense!)

If you’re an on-budget student, like me, who never buy textbooks, make sure to check the online library system for availability and exact location of your designated books!

  • Go with some friends

Do you wonder why people study at the library? Psychological effect plays its part!

If you see some people studying harder than you, then it’s very humane to feel the panic rushing through your mind and we’ll feel more obliged to leave those youtube vids or Netflix latest episodes on hold!

Furthermore, you can study together with some friends to discuss some stuff that you haven’t mastered yet! Pssstttt! Just be quiet, okay! Cause some people are just too polite to tell you off sometimes 😉

  • Don’t be too leisure

Make sure to set your targets right and don’t leave the library way too early just because you have to claim this maccas free Big Mac coupon! The few bucks burger will not compensate the tuition fee you’ve paid!

  • Arrange your favorite Spotify playlist

“Music eases mind…”

Ever wonder why pregnant women are heavily encouraged to spend more time listening to some music? Cause apparently, music can relieve that stress built up due to cramming up of a lot of information! This works for me, especially when doing some calculations.

But back again, it depends on your style of studying! Some people just prefer their surrounding to be quite….super…..quite…..

  • Bring all your chargers, pencil leads, pen and correction tape refills, and even your “guilty treats”

It’s gonna be very funny when you’ve woken up earlier to secure a spot in the war-like library, but you forgot to bring your pencil, HAHAHAHAHHA….HAHAHAHA…..HAHAHA….HAHA…HAAAAA….

CAUSE IT HAPPENED TO ME :”)

and I don’t live near uni, so I had to chat up everyone in my contacts to ask whether they were in uni and if they brought any correction pen that I could borrow!

Not to mention, some snacks! One friend told me that her stuff got removed at Giblin just because she was out buying Momo Sushi! (commerce student feels :”))

  • Start befriending energy drinks and coffees

Not a fan of both, but you need that caffeine yow! Find out which works for you – but I don’t suggest a continued intake as your body will become immune to it, and it will not work the next semester :”)

  • Sleep right

It’s very normal to study very late, OOPS!!! I mean late as in early in the morning of following day…

But just make sure that you have enough sleep, not only for your brain health, but also for your organs to work well and skin to regenerate

FINALLY, my favorite quote of all times – “When you’ve done your best, let God do the rest!”

Best of Luck peeps!

 


Are you a slave to procrastination??? (Tharidi)

Hey guys!

After talking with my fellow first year peers (…and occasionally eavesdropping on conversations…) it seems like most of us have sold our souls to the influential force that is: PROCRASTINATION!!!

So is this post going to give you helpful tips to study effectively? Will it outline alternative ways of studying that will keep you focused?

Answer: no.

I’m actually procrastinating right now by writing this post! Maybe someday I’ll write a guide to fighting procrastination, but until then, here are some observations, from my own and others’ experiences, on what it means to be a first year, labouring away during SWOTVAC:

  • Overload your desk with sweet snacks. Tell yourself you need to keep up your energy levels for effective studying, but really you’re doing it because at this point eating chocolate is the only thing that adds meaning to your life.
  • You have an assignment on the environment. You tell yourself this is the perfect opportunity to watch a documentary brought to you by yours truly, David Attenborough. You swear it will be educational. It’s not an attempt to stave off looking for more “academic” sources. Really, it’s not!
  • Similarly, you’ll find a way to incorporate watching films, documentaries and interviews into studying for all your subjects. Will they be relevant? No. Will you be wasting your time considering literary journals are the only “real” resources for your essay? Yes. Will you do it anyway? Absolutely.
  • You’ve been browsing the internet for four hours now. You should stop. Your assignment’s due in eight hours and all you’ve written is a laughably bland intro and one passable body paragraph. You don’t stop. Instead, you tell yourself that eight hours if a preposterously long time to spend on an essay. You don’t need that much time for 1500 words! Now it’s four hours till the assignment’s due. You’re going to write that essay, aren’t you? But you’re weak to the will of procrastination. It’s almost a talent. What’s one more refreshing of your dash, right?

And finally, the one that takes the cake:

  • You’ve been working for a solid half hour. You’ve written a grand total of 200 words. You deserve a break.

Well I’m off to go study now! Or rather, I’m off to go TRY and study now!

– Tharidi 🙂


SWOTVAC and Procrastination (Fine Arts)

Again. Not representing entire faculty :L just me. #responsibleblogger #misleading titiles

FIRST COMES THE CAUSE:

This is a post. On procrastination *says I as I proceed to close le Netflix tab with The Paradise episode 5 playing* mmm *coughs forever*
So…Recently, depending what you consider recent…I was subtly (depending what you consider subtle) grilled about alllll the work I presented…by a few *coughs* the whole group crit. They basically agreed I was unsuccessful and shallow and confusing. *many adjectives* *is chagrined* *is grillled* is *chargrilled* :L

This had a flow on affect.

It put a halt to my practise. I just stopped. It made me even more uncomfortable to be in the studio because everyone around me was being appraised and I was not. Every time I had tried to re-invent up to that point, it was not good enough. I was so determined to devalue myself (bad habit); to open up my pores with the heat of the moment, and adsorb the adjectives of the day. I moped. Then I procrastinated. And have been doing so for a while. I believe the moping period is necessary, a couple of days BUT….

Procrastination is a form of self-sabotage.

SECOND COMES IDENTIFYING UNHELPFUL MINDSETS

Here is a list of things I shouldn’t have ignored:

  1. Up until the moment of the group crit. I liked and had, had fun creating what I presented.
  2. My discordance with the sort of people who all happened to be in my group crit. This included being worlds away in things like politics, recreational activities, views and values and ideologies. Very BIG things that would deem them an as inconsequential audience to the sort of work I want to make (and vice versa).
  3. didn’t like their work either. And though it’s contradictory, I still think I can give unbiased evaluation because I know what it tries to do AND because my mind can work in similar ways except I just don’t take myself so seriously when it does. I should have IDENTIFIED moment where people have not done the same.
  4. NO ONE ELSE had let such things affect them. Partially because I’m a black sheep and their work is favoured by different tutors. Partially because confidence and charisma keeps people from devaluing their work. But also partially due to their mindsets of NOT GIVING A *&^#

I didn’t observe myself or the environment I was in. I didn’t assess the people being productive. How and Why.

BACK YOURSELF HARD. When the sun shines the next day, you don’t want to wake up changed for people you don’t intend to please for the rest of your life. You want to wake up as you. Oftentimes we feel sad because we are not the best we can be or that we cannot embrace what we are. We do not really want to be other people even though they get praises we would like and who are productive the way we’d like to be,  it is more likely we want to know what it feels like to be in ourselves with qualities we see in them. And just as they will get praised by people who resonate with them; one should be patient for their own people to come along.

And if they aren’t your people. WHY are they affecting your productiveness and worth. Even if your clever brain can think of reasons. Convince yourself they’re excuses, BACK YOURSELF HARD (not up against a wall though). Like get muscles. Do pushups. Work on that back.

THIRD COMES TAKING PROGRESSIVE ACTIONS TO BE PRODUCTIVE AGAIN

Tl;DR. Avoiding procrastination that makes you sit at your laptop all day:
(1) watch that episode and while it’s inbetween changing to the next, QUICKLY flick to another tab. (no need to open a book or pull out a canvas…yet…because let’s be honest…no.) Minimal effort first. Contrary to tackling the hardest task first.
(2) think of little idle things you can do. like the smallest inconsequential task. checking e-mails or a phone call to RACV that you need to hit off your list. Get that thing up on your screen.
(3) If you can bring yourself to do that thing. do that thing. if you can’t. another episode for you. While watching the episode though, tell yourself honestly “I like this but it’s bad for me. I need to stop. Stop. Stop. This is not fulfilling me or helping me get the things I need to get done.”////something like that. No insulting yourself though, I prohibit it.
(4) After feeling a little pointless and dissatisfied in your procrastination. Do that thing you opened. Then scribble a list of little things to get done in order for you to get done what you want to get done. Include a slight indulgence, and some fresh air. Even if that’s just air on your way to the library.
> read the article
> take notes
> form arguments
> COFFEE
>section points off from notes
> TEA TIME
> Write intro etc etc.
>take bus to MC and go to State Library
Location can change things.

And repeat to yourself that you DON’T CARE ABOUT QUALITY. No matter how great a perfectionist you are. Even if that inability to achieve perfection is what makes you procrastinate. KEEP IT DOWN. Ignore it. Just type type type type. Just to get your body onto the train of momentum.

You’ll find you indulge yourself a little and have smaller breaks. But repeat, and it slowly builds up your momentum and drive. Breathe deeply and be exited for no reason.

And that’s all folks.

Was that helpful? Probably not. #I’mjustalittlegirlIknownothing

GOODLUCK STUDYING FINE ARTS DOESN’T HAVE EXAMS

I’m jokie. we hab folio. I’ll do another post after studio assessments :L Hopefully with cats.

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“SHUT-THE-YOU-KNOW-UP” on lectures! (MICHAELA)

 

Okay, so this is a kinda funny experience with some moral lesson on it…

You know, most lectures are super quiet as the topic can be either super hard which makes everybody dumbfounded or the lecturer’s voice is “extremely nice”, it aids people to sleep in broad daylight.

HOWEVER, the aforementioned conditions didn’t apply to this particular lecture I attended. The topic is one of the lightest material so far and a lot of people agree that this semester’s lecturer is so far the best of all. (Ps: he’s that good at teaching y’all!) So personally, I don’t understand why there are still some people who would want to gossip on his lectures, loudly if I may comment on it :”)

The lecturer was finally fed up with those guys and approached them as they were sitting on the right side of the theatre, “Please, if you guys are talking all the time, don’t even bother to come to lecture as people sitting around you are just too polite to tell you that they’re actually bothered by the noise you make!”

After that he wanted to resume his lecture, but he forgot where he stopped, “So, where was I? Oh yeah right, I was on the left and now I’m on the right!” LOL!

Around 20 minutes later, there were 2 guys who came late, and furthermore they chatted with each other continuously and disturbed others. In addition to that, they sat in the front row :”)! So, the lecturer couldn’t stand it again and asked them to leave, “You know, guys! You came late and broke my concentration, so if you still insist on talking please leave!” *door opens suddenly*

“Arghhh!!! Not my days, guys!” :”)

Sighing deeply, finally he tried to gather his thoughts and said, “You know, you might not realize that your tiny whispers are distracting enough for other people. So now, while I have the chance to say it SHUT-THE-YOU-KNOW-UP!!!”

Instead of being engulfed in a tense ambiance, everyone just cracked! :”) He’s a funny guy in general! But, even funny people get pissed at times.

In other words, be good to your lecturers guys. Imagine explaining the same phrases, concepts, and even jokes 3-4 times in a week! It surely needs effort.

*MICHAELA’S LOGGING OFF!*

PS: Have a nice week 12 :”)

 


Studying? I don’t know her… (Tharidi)

Hi all!

Semester’s nearly over and an influx of exams and assignments are approaching. Need an effective study spot? I was reflecting on the 11 weeks I’ve experienced on campus and these are the locations I would recommend:

SYSTEM GARDEN

The tranquillity of nature will lull you into thinking that everything is okay, which is useful when you have 5 assignments due the same day. It’s an isolated and generally uncrowded area and the scarcity of benches encourages you to become one with nature (i.e. sit on the grass). If peace and quiet is what you’re looking for then System Garden is your match! Bonus points for it being the location where on 2 occasions I saw an absolutely adorable dog. I may have been distracted but it was totally worth it!

ROWDEN WHITE LIBRARY

If you’re brave enough to ignore the Please Do Not Study signs, the Rowdy will become you’re best friend to get you through 25-page readings. Being immersed in a library setting complements the task of reading essays, articles and books. Additionally, all the little nooks, crannies and coves that this library has to offer are perfect for independent studying. The only downside is that being so close to Bands, Bevs and BBQ, and having the library frequently play its own music, means that you will feel the thumping of the bass in your veins and be reminded of pop songs you really wanted to forget!

LABYRINTH – CHEMISTRY BUILDING, LEVEL ONE 

This computer lab’s vicinity to other buildings (e.g. Elisabeth Murdock and Physics South) make it my frequent spot for shorter periods of study in between classes. There are a number of desktop computers for you to download and complete readings, catch up on workshop feedback forms and touch up on assignments. Completely irrelevant, but the entrance gives you a view to the practical lab that lies opposite this room, and as an Arts student whose planning on never doing chemistry again, I take great pleasure in watching students frantically shove on lab coats as they’re late to their workshops. So I guess bonus points for entertainment???

 

Hopefully this gives you an idea of where to frequent when you need to fight a losing battle against procrastination!     – Tharidi 🙂


It’s week 11, I know, but there’s nothing wrong with saying “He11o”! (MICHAELA)

Hi people! Here comes your “super-late-first-year-blogger-who-even-missed-the-induction” :”)

I know! I know! Not the best introduction yet first impression! But believe me, I got heaps of stories to tell, furthermore, in this hectic week of catching up with lecture captures you haven’t watched and tutorials you left stacking up since forever!

First of all, I’m an International student studying commerce with Accounting & Finance as my majors. I first moved to Melbourne since July 2017, but that doesn’t mean I’m completely blind about this beautiful city! My high school conducted an educational immersion on 2016 to visit RMIT, Monash Clayton University, and lastly University of Melbourne. Each university “boasted” about their qualities and tried to win us over.

As a result of that, here I am! I can proudly say that I’m a Unimelb Student now! Yeah!!!

Well, that’s a brief history of how I got into Unimelb.

LOOK FORWARD TO MY STORIES, TIPS & TRICKS, AND EXPERIENCES!

Cheers,

Michaela <3

via GIPHY

 


Wild READING appeared! (Tharidi)

You have 24 hours to find the reading for tomorrow’s tute. You never bought the course reader. You said it was a waste of money.

Every other reading was online. This one would be too. You got cocky.

The reading’s not online. You’re screwed. Or, maybe not.

You search the reading on Discovery. You’ll be fine. There’s no way Discovery doesn’t have it.

Discovery doesn’t have it. Discovery’s never seen that reading in its life.

Now you’re screwed. It’s not on LMS or in the library.

Give up? No. Knowing your luck, the tutor will ask you about the reading tomorrow.

There’s only one thing that can save you now.

You search the entire book/journal in the library catalogue. Score! There’s an online copy.

You download it. You read the required pages.

You’re safe for another week.


Please…I need SUSTENANCE! (Tharidi)

Hey guys! Recently I’ve been in a bit of a slump trying to figure out what to write creatively about. With all the critical/analytical thinking I’ve had to do for assignments, getting the imaginative part of my brain to work has been a bit of a struggle. Admittedly, I don’t have that much of an eventful life to inspire my writing, but after a lecture today I learnt that the mundane can be just what you need to get your creative juices flowing! With that in mind, I came up with some writing prompts to share with you!

  • Notice someone off in their own world? Write about them.
  • Pick 5 words from different store signs. Can you make a story out of them?
  • Write about your name. Does it mean anything? Do you like it? Is there someone you loathe who has the same name?
  • Pick the first/last word from someone else’s story/poem. See if you can go on from there.
  • Eavesdrop on a stranger’s conversation. There’s the start for your dialogue.
  • Make a story about a meme (cuz why not???)
  • What was the last thing you ate? Personify that food item.
  • Write in the perspective of your pet.
  • Are you a coffee addict? Write about the power coffee has over you.
  • Someone around you is wearing headphones? Write about what they could be listening to. Maybe something you’d never expect?
  • Wishing you weren’t in a tute/lecture/at uni? Make a story about what you’d rather be doing. The more fantastical the better!
  • Someone around you is speaking in a language you don’t understand? Write about what you think they might be saying.

And finally, if nothing else works:

  • Write about how you have nothing to write about.

Hope this helps!


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