Drinking OJ, Talking Business (Sophie)
The last two days have been WONDERFUL. Stressful, tiring, worrying, amazing, exciting.
I’m feeling the best I’ve felt all semester. I’m finding my path again through this maze of university life.
So…I asked a question in my last post pertaining as to how others had found this semester compared to last. I said I would answer this question in my next post – and so I am. To be honest, I found the start of this semester very difficult. Suddenly I found myself questioning everything I once thought university was about….and for a few weeks I felt like Melbourne University was a very cold, distant and lonely place.
What I have now realised (or remembered?) is that University is truly what you make of it; how you see it….
A positive attitude, one that tries best to erode all feeling of fear related to social contact, is the best way to find yourself enjoying classes again. Ultimately…it is what you involve yourself in, and who you befriend, that decides the outcome of your university life.
Some of the people I befriended last semester, I have grown apart from; not through any fault of their own, but merely through my own realisation that it is important for me to spread my wings as far as I can possibly fly.
And somehow, people that I discounted ‘back then’ have ended up becoming the new friends of tomorrow…and in turn have led me to meet some other wonderful new faces within my course.
My involvement with the Political Interest Society is deepening as the days go by; Wednesday night was a fantastic success, with the delightful, intelligent and inspiring Leslie Cannold speaking to us at our “Politics in the Pub” night. Her feminist attitude, resonated strongly within me….and her discussion of “Multiculturalism and Feminsim – Can they mix?” provoked intense intellectually challenging and stimulating discussion….which went from talk of practicalities, to thoughts of philosophy. It was simply engaging and wonderful. I must again assert my sincere thanks to Dr Cannold’s presence on the night.
As that finished, I soon ducked off, squeezed into a car full of friends and went for icecream on Lygon Street. We spent a few glorious hours listening to the escapades of our Dutch exchange student friend, and his dear girlfriend – both of whom had just come back from travelling all around Australia by campervan. By 11pm, my body clock refused to maintain open my eyelids, and with goodbyes, I wished them luck as they were leaving back for Europe the next day. I hope I manage to stay in contact as they are such interesting and genuine people. One day…a trip to Europe will call me. [Hopefully sooner, rather than later!]
Last night was the defining night of my week as I ventured out to a Women in Investment Banking Cocktail Evening…held at Zinc at Federation Square. It was more than I could have ever hoped for; inspiring, motivating and exciting. I felt my heart beat with eagerness as think of the challenges that lay ahead of me – I can’t wait.
While there I also made a new friend…well at least someone I hope may become a friend. A lovely girl in third year at Melbourne doing Commerce/Science who shares some very similar interests to me! We were determined to talk to as many people there as possible, so with a glass of orange juice in my hand, and a glass of red wine in hers, we somehow ended up alone in an impassioned discussion which attracted two charming representatives from UBS to our sides!
After a very very long chat with both of them…they wanted to stay in contact, giving me a hope that maybe if they liked me, someone doing the hiring in the future may also! One of them was an ex-Melbourne Uni student who has done exactly what I hope to do…i.e Straight Commerce, no honours = graduate position in IB!!
I know it’s a big challenge for me to attempt to get a job with a single commerce degree….but I thrive on challenges, and if he did it, I know it is possible.
So that leaves me where I am now- determined and passionate about my life…as well as desperate to hit the books so my average is as high as I can make it [within the realms of sanity!],
But most of all – I am so damn thankful….that some of the most amazing people in the world, label me….as one of THEIR friends.