Meet the new team!

With Daphane leaving us for Deakin today, we’ve been working hard recruiting a new team to continue her amazing work. We’re very excited to announce that this semester we have two brand-spanking new editors and six new sub-editors straight out of the box! Without further ado, meet our new team!

Editors

Reanna Clark

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What are you studying?
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology & Criminology). I am in my final semester, and currently trying to work out my life for next year, hopefully honours!

Where are you from?
Some small country town you have probably never heard of! I grew up in regional Victoria – South Gippsland if you are familiar with it, Leongatha? I took a gap year after finishing my VCE and worked, before moving up to Melbourne at the end of the year to start university.

What do you do with your free time?
When I am not crying over study, I love volunteering. Besides this here blog, I have volunteered with UMSU and the uni. I also volunteer within other organisations in the community, particularly in areas of criminal justice and gender equality. Living out of home also requires me to work, and when I have a spare moment I love to read Sherlock Holmes and pretend I am Australia’s next Masterchef.

What’s the best subject you’ve done (and why)?
Not a subject per se, but last year I spent a semester on exchange at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. I would 100% recommend going on exchange during your degree. Whilst the university experience might not be fantastic, you learn an amazing amount from living in a different culture, meet people from all over the world, and see some amazing places.

If you were reincarnated as a condiment, what would you be?
Sauerkraut, love me some fermented vegetables. Also because I couldn’t think of any decent condiment puns.

 

Travis Lines

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What are you studying?
Bachelor of Biomedicine (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

Where are you from?
A tiny country town near Geelong called Little River. We’ve recently moved into Geelong proper, which means I spend 90% of my time composing angry letters to VLine in my head.

What do you do with my free time? 
If the photo above is any guide, it’s certainly not sleep! Jokes aside, on the serious side of things I head up the Biology team for MUHI’s SWOT programme, which sees volunteers working with students from a disadvantaged background to try to give them some of the opportunities in VCE that high-SES students enjoy. I also work as a public speaking coach and was lucky enough to do some work with VCAA this year adjudicating the Plain English Speaking Award. During downtime, nothing beats a good meal with friends or chilling out with a book, which is why I spend all of it on Facebook…

What’s the best subject you’ve done (and why)?
Intensive Intermediate Spanish (SPAN20020). Five weeks of non-stop Spanish over the summer. It was crazy intense but an incredible experience. Getting through a year’s worth of content in five weeks really helps you see just how much you’d normally achieve in a year and that’s pretty damn cool. I guess it was just a bonus that I got to do the class with a really amazing group of people, many of whom are now close friends!

If you were reincarnated as a condiment, what would you be?
Ice cream. And for anyone who doesn’t think that ice cream qualifies as a legitimate condiment, I only have this message.

Sub-editors

Aisling Acton

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What are you studying?
I’m doing a BA majoring in Psych and Gender Studies. I’m in my second year which means I’ll be (hopefully) graduating at the end of next year and then I’m hoping to go on to do a Master of Social Policy!

Where are you from?
I’ve lived in Melbourne my whole life.

What do you do with your free time?
When I’m not busy with uni (I’m an Arts student so that’s 90% of the time) I like catching up with friends and going on food adventures, which basically involves seeing how much delicious food you can consume in one day on a very limited uni student budget. I also like reading, binge watching TV shows and complaining too much to my disinterested twitter followers.

What’s the best subject you’ve done (and why)?
Sexual Politics, which unfortunately is no longer running! It was incredibly challenging, both intellectually and emotionally, and although I didn’t agree with all of the content covered it definitely got me thinking and asking myself some major questions, which I think is the best thing you can hope for from any subject. Also I got to write on things like BDSM and porn and swear A LOT in my essays which I don’t think is an opportunity you get in many other subjects.

If you were reincarnated as a condiment, what would you be?
I had to google what counts as a condiment and then had to google “is cheese a condiment” and apparently it’s not so I’m kind of stuck on this one. I asked a friend and he said I’m caramelised onion relish because “not everyone is 100% sold on trying you, but once they do, 100% of of them will love you and silently worship you in the palace of their fridge” which I guess is a complement?

 

Bella Barker

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What are you studying?
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and will start a Diploma of Languages in French next year.

Where are you from?
Melbourne – about an hour away from uni on the train.

What do you do with your free time?
I love dance and drama! I also love getting involved at uni events – you will often see me collecting tickets at M-ASS parties, or read something I’ve posted as a Farrago Campus Reporter and a First Year @ Unimelb blogger— I love to write. I also work in retail and as a dance teacher when I’m not at uni!

What is the best subject you’ve done?
Spontaneous Drama: improv and communities – I’m currently taking this and I love it.

If you were reincarnated as a condiment, what would you be?
Salsa – because I love dancing!

 

Danielle Croci

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What are you studying?
I’m in my final semester of a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Politics and History.

Where are you from?
I live in the outer suburbs of Melbourne, meaning that I spend approximately 65% of my life on public transport.

What do you do with your free time?
I like going for brunch with friends, watching films from any era, keeping up with social justice issues and watching/yelling at the AFL. I also volunteer for the university, having been a mentor and helped out at various events.

What’s the best subject you’ve done (and why)?
Way back in my first semester, I chose Making Movies as a breadth subject. It was my dream subject, because we got to watch clips from some of my favourite obscure movies and get creative as part of our assessment. Also, this semester I’m taking an education subject called Youth and Popular Culture, which I’m already loving! The material is engaging and there’s a great communal vibe in my tutorial.

If you were reincarnated as a condiment, what would you be?
Mustard, because it goes well with pretty much all of my favourite savoury foods and that’s what I’d wanna be close to.

 

Tara Grayson

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What are you studying?
I am currently in my last year of Biomedicine majoring in Immunology. I’m a little unsure as to what to do next year – whether to don the stethoscope and start an MD or to pick up the walking boots and take the year off to travel. Fate, and my wallet, will decide.

Where are you from?
I’m from Melbourne and have lived here almost all of my life. I tried being Swiss for 6 months but it never really caught on…

What do you do with your free time?
I rotate rather unevenly between eating (50%), sleeping (30%) and reading Game of Thrones (10%). The rest of the time I study but spend a lot of it multi-tasking in order to eat and study simultaneously, yusss.

When I’m not eating ice cream on my couch in pyjamas, I am also involved with the Melbourne University Debating Society organising schools training as well as the SWOT team and university mentoring.

What’s the best subject you’ve done (and why)?
I absolutely loved Australian Wildlife Biology. Going to the zoo and Botanical Gardens to draw animals for assessment and learning about cuddly wombats? Um, yes please!

If you were reincarnated as a condiment, what would you be?
Controversial but: I live for Vegemite and think it’s ten times better than Nutella.

 

Shannon Hubert

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What are you studying?
I’m currently in my last year of my Bachelor of Arts (Criminology/International Politics) and my Diploma in Languages (French). I’ll graduate mid-year 2016 with the hope of working somewhere related to my field for a while until I work out exactly what my plan for future study entails!

Where are you from?
I was born in England but I have spent the majority of my life in Darwin in the Northern Territory. I went to school at a little rural high school about 40 minutes out of the city centre.

What do you do with your free time?
When I’m not busy with study and work, I love volunteering and getting involved with things going on within our university community but also with initiatives outside. Aside from that, I love to pretend I’m not a broke uni kid and plan my next trips away and also… who doesn’t appreciate a good documentary courtesy of Netflix.

What’s the best subject you’ve done (and why)?
I’ve done a couple of stand-out university subjects; Young People, Crime & Justice is one of those. The teaching staff were so passionate and it really gave you a real-life insight into young people and the criminal justice system. However, the best experience with studying at university for me was when I went on exchange to McGill University in Quebec, Canada! Anyone will tell you it’s the best thing they have EVER done and they wish they could extend their time there, and honestly, its all true. I came back months ago and I still haven’t really found the right words to explain my time over there!

If you were reincarnated as a condiment, what would you be?
I did just have to google what exactly comes under the condiment umbrella… but I would have to say chilli flakes because they go with everything or guacamole… because, well, what more do I have to say? It’s guac.

 

Jacky Oulton

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What are you studying?
2nd year JD, previously BA (Criminology & Creative Writing)

Where are you from?
Ballarat. There’s really not much to say about Ballarat…it’s cold?

What do you do with your free time?
You must have misread that, I said “JD”
More seriously, I help run Stepping Stones – a mentoring program at the Law School. I also enjoy partaking in wine and Netflix.

What’s the best subject you’ve done (and why)?
CRIM30006: Crime and Culture. It’s about how film & television influence cultural perceptions of crime and policing. I watched an entire season of Dexter in three days for research purposes. But a close second would be ENGL30007 – Genre Fiction. I wrote an essay on The Hobbit.

If you were reincarnated as a condiment, what would you be?
I can’t be sure, but I do feel a particular affinity with mustards.

 

If you’d like to contribute to UniMelb Adventures, we’re always open to new ideas. Pitch yours at unimelbadventures@gmail.com

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