Meet the Team!

It’s a new uni year, our old editors Travis and Reanna have moved on to bigger and better things (read: hectic post-grad timetables), and we’ve put together a brand new team for 2016. This year we have a wonderful team made up of two editors, four sub-editors and a whole group of writers! We’re super excited to show you what we have in store for this year, but before we get started on all of that it’s time for some introductions…


Aisling Acton


What are you studying?

I’m in my third year of my BA, majoring in Psychology and Gender Studies. Psych has involved a lot more maths than I’d anticipated which has resulted in many grumpy exam periods, but I’m looking forward to being able to choose my own electives this year!

Where is your favourite place on campus?

The Wom*n’s Room – I didn’t start regularly going until my second year but now I practically live in there (even during the holidays). Last week I lay down on one of the beanbags and woke up 3 hours later.

What is your favourite thing about Melbourne Uni?

I love all of the opportunities I’ve been given to get more involved and meet new people. Even though the academic side of uni is very important, I definitely enjoy going along to committee meetings and helping out with department events far more.

If you could invent a new subject, what would it be?

I read an article last week about a woman who is focusing on One Direction for her Honours thesis and even though liking 1D at the age of 20 is totally not cool, I’m pretty sure I’d safely pass a Harry Styles & Co. related subject with a clean H1 average.

Jacky Oulton


What are you studying?

I finished by BA in Creative Writing and Criminology in 2013. I’m now in my third year of the JD. I’m 1000% excited to be finally finished with uni this year!

Where is your favourite place on campus?

My favourite place on campus is probably University Square. Grassy spots to sit, shady spots for avoiding sunburn, about an 80% chance of seeing a dog on any given day.

What is your favourite thing about Melbourne Uni?

I’ve met some pretty amazing people in my time at uni. They would be my favourite thing about uni.

If you could invent a new subject, what would it be?

Harry. Potter. Subject. In my first year of the JD I wrote an essay titled “Harry Potter and the Order of the Sovereign.” I will never achieve anything as good as that essay title again unless there’s a subject for it.


Bella Barker



What are you studying?

Arts, majoring in Psychology! I’m also taking a Diploma of Languages in French, with a touch of creative writing and political science thus far.

Where is your favourite place on campus?

Anywhere there’s coffee! I like studying in the ERC, and chilling out on South Lawn too.

What is your favourite thing about Melbourne Uni?

My favourite thing is student involvement! Everyone is so friendly and there are so many incredible opportunities here.

If you could invent a new subject, what would it be?

Principles of Burger Building (with regular field trips to restaurants with burgers… for inspiration, obviously).

Danielle Croci


What are you studying?

This semester I’m starting a Master of Social Policy, after finishing my BA in Politics and History last year. I’m really looking forward to taking Gender, Globalisation and Development because, despite my huge interest in women’s rights, I’ve never taken a strictly gender-based subject.

Where is your favourite place on campus?

I love sitting in the Wom*n’s Room to study and relax and North Court on a sunny Tuesday afternoon.

What is your favourite thing about Melbourne Uni?

I think my favourite thing is the ability it has given me to meet all sorts of people, particularly people who share my interests and values as well as those who have taught me various things. OK, maybe Carte Crepes as well.

If you could invent a new subject, what would it be?

The ‘Danielle’ subject – the curriculum would be anything that I’m interested in absorbing information about. Weeks could potentially cover football clubs, the lyrics of Fleetwood Mac and analysis of British political dramas.

Shannon Hubert


What are you studying?

I’m completing my last few subjects of my BA (Criminology/International Politics) and my Diploma in Languages (French). So this year, I’m technically a fourth year haha! I particularly love Criminology and can’t wait to get back into the swing of it!

Where is your favourite place on campus?

This is a hard one… Unimelb has great library facilities, so any of them really. I spend a lot of time in the Rowden White library actually because it’s close to everything and easy. In terms of coffee though, Castro’s Kiosk every time!

What is your favourite thing about Melbourne Uni?

Really, I’m just happy to be here! Getting the opportunity to study in such an amazing institution is in itself super exciting. I love the number of events that are put on for students and there’s always so much food!

If you could invent a new subject, what would it be?

Interesting question. Maybe something hands on with lots of different animals, like ‘The Fundamentals of Animal Play’… I would be straight in there. I’m from the Northern Territory, so we would have to have a croc in there too.

Sam van der Plank


What are you studying?

I’m about to start a Master of Publishing and Communications and am slightly terrified of the prospect! And yet it’s Editorial English, the most daunting prospect, that I’m looking forward to the most.

Where is your favourite place on campus?

I love so many places at uni! But the imposing pillars of Old Quad and unexpected quiet of the Botany Garden definitely rank highly.

What is your favourite thing about Melbourne Uni?

My favourite thing about Melbourne Uni is probably the enthusiasm and keenness to learn that you can see all over campus.

If you could invent a new subject, what would it be?

A subject that is sorely lacking from the uni breadth list is Advanced Knitting, covering cable knitting, Fair Isle knitting and fancy socks among other things.


12782560_1040174026005342_1295814625_nReanna Clark

Reanna is currently doing her Honours year in Psychology, after completing a BA in Psychology and Criminology. Her research will examine what causes people to take conflict personally, and the consequences of this. When she isn’t hyperventilating over study, she enjoys cooking, eating and other food related activities.

12325384_1040174012672010_811315508_nTurlough Crowe 

Turlough is currently undertaking her second year of a Bachelor of Science. Currently she is interested in majoring in Bioengineering Systems. She is never one to turn down an adventure, and will cry watching almost any movie (basically a model for emotional stability right here)! When she is not studying she enjoys eating Italian food and participating in any and all sport.

12767268_1040174016005343_917348005_nCarla D’Alessandro. 

Carla grew up in Rome before making the move to country Victoria. Some of her talents include soccer, performance photography, and being able to reference Harry Potter in all situations. It’s a bit Lestrange and actually becoming a Sirius problem. When she was little she wanted to be a bird, however once she realised that life doesn’t exactly work out that way, she settled on being a pilot. She later decided to be an astronaut, and then flirted with the idea of becoming a pharmacist. However, now she is completing a Geology major and a Diploma in Spanish… Granger things have happened.

12769454_1040173972672014_5389549_nMiranda Fenton

Miranda is in her third year of her BA, majoring in Psychology and Linguistics. However, she is still uncertain about what she wants to do with her life. She hails from the thriving metropolis that is Tasmania – a town called Devonport to be more specific. She came to Melbourne in search of a new lifestyle and great adventures! In her free time she enjoys making and appreciating terrible puns, spending time with friends, going for walks in the park to pat other people’s dogs, searching for Melbourne’s best dumplings and walking in strange directions to explore and see where she ends up.

12781948_1040174022672009_586295697_nClaire Ferguson 

Claire’s the name. Singing, Dancing, Glitter and Op-shopping is her game. As a second year Arts/Media student, Claire’s surprised to still have the time to read for pleasure but in her down time she can be found curled up in a cosy little nook, book in one hand and cup of tea in the other. She’s so keen to be writing for Unimelb Adventures, and she hopes this blog helps all of you out and amuses you as much as it did her when she first started at Unimelb!

12781969_1040173962672015_1758904728_n Joel Graham

Joel has been at Melbourne Uni since 2010, and completed his BA in History and Political Science, Honours in History and is currently studying a Masters in Public Policy and Management. He has a keen interest in music and enjoys collecting hard to find vinyl records. He is also attempting to ween himself from an addiction to PS4, as well as watch as many Arsenal soccer games as possible.

12784740_1040173946005350_281423404_n Travis Lines 

Travis is a former editor of Unimelb Adventures and is studying his first year of a Doctor of Medicine. In his spare time, Travis enjoys lunch dates with friends and taking naps, but does not enjoy summing himself up in two sentences.

Caitlin McGregor 12769640_1040173999338678_111362921_n

Caitlin is a third year Arts student, majoring in both Creative Writing and English & Theatre Studies. She is a Creative Writing PASS Leader at Melbourne Uni and an intern at The Lifted Brow. She is always losing and looking for her keys. If you find them, please tweet her at @caitlinmcgregor.

12784696_1040174019338676_1648625979_nNicole Ng

Nicole is in second year, doing a Bachelor of Music (majoring in Piano, specialising in Music Performance)! She was born in Singapore, but she has spent the majority of her life in Melbourne. During her free time, she does a lot of things – some examples include swimming, cycling, chasing up free tickets, student rush tickets, or heavily discounted tickets for symphony orchestras and recitals. She is also related to Unimelb Adventures’ founder, Daphane! It’s very common to get them mixed up as they look similar.

12769605_1040173982672013_346050490_nSonia Ramza 

Sonia is a third year Bachelor of Arts student, majoring in Media and Communications and Psychology. Additionally, she is also studying a Diploma of Informatics (yes, it’s a bit of a mix!). In her spare time, she loves to go for walks, and one of her favourite shows to watch is Parks and Recreation.

Ruby Schofield12767533_1040189226003822_431896293_n

Ruby is a third year student, studying a Bachelor of Science (Biotech) with a Diploma of Languages (Japanese). If you catch her around campus she will probably either be curled up in the System Garden with her nose in a book, listening to a music score that she’s heard 1000 times already (but never gets tired of), watching some anime (for Japanese study, of course), flocking to the smell of free food on South Lawn, or doing a mixture of all four whilst annoying the nag of lectures she knows she’s probably missing.

12767924_1040173992672012_1723450543_o Josh Solomonsz 

Josh is currently in his fourth year of his Bachelor of Arts (Politics/Literature) with a Diploma of Languages in Spanish! He loves uni way too much and is in no real rush to leave the place so he might do an Honours year next year as well, if he doesn’t manage to get rich and travel the world. He’s pretty into reading (he’d be a bad lit student if he wasn’t), storytelling, having Instagram-worthy adventures, and playing The Sims. He’s also shamelessly obsessed with Taylor Swift, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, and most recently ‘How to Get Away with Murder’.

12773123_1040173976005347_693494519_o Brenda Tang

Brenda is a second year Arts student majoring in Sociology and Politics. She’s from Singapore, but she’s been studying in Melbourne since 2014. Some things she particularly likes are photography, libraries, deep meaningful conversations, mini cupcakes (she’d pay ridiculous amounts for them) and anything aesthetically pleasing. Fun fact: she detests oranges. She has never tried one, and she never intends to.

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