The Good Person Recipe

In 2015, I met Antonia Yip Siew Pin during Orientation Week. We were both international students with a great interest in performing arts, and it was only natural that we became friends.

Three years later, I met Antonia again, but this time I am the audience, while she’s the performer. At this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival, Antonia, alongside her colleague Nores Cerfeda, will perform their original two-person play The Good Person Recipe at Club Voltaire. The show is also scripted by Antonia herself.

42607406_105834057007553_5535951061992341504_nI went to watch the performance last Sunday, and the show was just so, so, so good that I would highly recommend you include it in your weekend plan. The show is filled with simple but philosophical details. As indicated through its name, the show revolves around a mysterious and peculiar recipe that could ‘cook out’ the colour of humanity merely with food receipts. While the show is set in a café, the heart of the story is filled with eastern wisdom, and oh gosh, I just damn love all the food humour it’s embedded with.

Beyond the show, what impressed me most is undoubtedly Antonia herself. A Malaysian international student, how did she get involved with the Melbourne performing arts community? How has her university experience led her to Melbourne Fringe, a paradise for local young artists? Does she have any tips for those who’re also interested in theatre performance? With these questions in mind, I caught up with her at Des Connor Room in Union House when she had just finished a rehearsal.

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Wing: Antonia, I’ve known a lot about you, but can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers?

Antonia: My name is Antonia Yip Siew Pin. I’m an international student from Malaysia. I’m here to pursue my tertiary studies. I major in creative writing and media and comms. I’m also graduating this semester!

Wing: Woohoo! How did you get involved with performing arts?

Antonia: I have been performing since I was 13 back in Malaysia. Back in high school, I had been performing annually.

As performing arts has always been my passion, after I came into Melbourne, the first thing I did was going to Union House’s Information Desk and asked how do I be part of [the unimelb] performing community. They asked me to subscribe to a monthly newsletter with information on various theatre performances, and I just rocked up to auditions.

This experience of door knocking is actually scary, as I do have lots of concerns and worry before joining the community. Many people in the community already know each other very well. They probably are friends from high school to uni, and I was definitely a fresh face in uni and this community. Also as I am a woman of colour from overseas, I feel conscious of that as well, especially when all my friends in theatres are mostly locals. However, I would say it is still worth just turning up and doing it, chance will come to you in a way.

Wing: That’s impressive! Now tell us something about your show – how did you come up with the idea?

Antonia: My show, The Good Person Recipe, is my first Fringe show. It’s basically about a waitress struggling to preserve her goodness. She has a particular habit of collecting food receipts, and she uses food receipts as the means to measure the goodness in people. For more details, you can hop on our Facebook or Instagram page, and we also have our trailer there.

The entire show is basically playing with the tension between good and bad – the idea of what it means to be a good or bad person, and what it means as there is no such good and bad. There is only grey area everywhere, and the show will discuss how people should do with that.

The script I wrote for the show was originally a short fiction I wrote in class last year. I adapted it into a performative piece, and my friend Nores helped me edit it and fill in some blanks for my script.

Wing: How do you find it so far? What are the benefits?

Antonia: I had only done student theatres till last year when I got an opportunity to perform in La Mama Theatre, and this year doing Fringe has been particularly stressful for me, I have been losing lots of hair this entire process! It requires me to learn a lot of stuff – not just performing but also administration stuff, such as booking venues. Also, my partner who I would perform within this piece, he has way more experience ahead from me, and I’m always conscious of that. I’m trying to match my power level up to his, and this entire performance has let me try to match up or even in my own way to flourish and shine as bright as him on stage as well.

This is a very important show for me, not just because it’s my first time at Fringe but also like I don’t know where I will perform next year after I graduate. And the show has been particularly important because all my friends know I’ve been doing [performances] for ages. And it just feels so nice to know that I build up a little small circle of people that trust in me and push me to be better. It feels really good to have the whole theatre community supporting you from your back as well. And having people willing to donate money, to lend you a hand whether it is editing your script, giving you a few bonuses, stuff like that.

Wing: Final question! What are your main goals for performing arts?

Antonia: Friendship, hard work, dedication and persistence. These are definitely my four main goals of performing arts.


The Good Person Recipe will be performed on September 28, 29 and 30 at Club Voltaire. For more information, please click here.

All-nighters: why you might actually be torturing yourself

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Every time you don’t get enough sleep, you put your body through a decline in health and wellbeing.

“I didn’t really think sleep was necessary,” my friend Sophie told me before our Biology exam, “if I could do better in this subject by studying more.” And although she did smash her exams with flying colours, (and I’m very proud of her for that), sleeping so little evidently took a toll on her.

A week later she was still recovering.

Sophie was struggling to get back into her usual sleeping habits, resorting to bingeing on cappuccinos with 2 sugars to stay remotely awake, and wandering around the campus in a dazed state.

Sleep is so important. It’s obviously an enormous part of staying healthy, but people never really tell you specifically why.

Remember, only a single day of insufficient sleep made her the epitome of a babbling zombie.

Generally, sleep is thought of being an activity of rest, so that when we wake up we’d feel less groggy and be able to go about our daily routine—it seems so pointless otherwise.

However, being in a death-like state for a few hours doesn’t just help rejuvenate you from being painstakingly tired, it also does a variety of things like repairing the body and releasing cytokines.

Cytokines are tiny cells that fight against any yucky diseases that attempt to invade your precious body. Sleeping strengthens your cytokine army against hordes of evil bacteria and viruses which always plan to take you down. (You can never trust them viruses. Don’t be fooled.)

Imagine what would’ve happened to Sophie’s body if she was left sleep-deprived for 2 days, or even 3.

Well good thing you don’t have to imagine, because science has found that out for you!

Sleeping less than 7 hours a day not only makes you drowsy, but also impairs your decision-making skills, drastically reduces reaction times and is just straight up terrible for your health.

Does that sound remotely familiar?

Yes, sleep deprivation can make you act similarly to being drunk, a study shows.

Basically, being sleep deprived is like chugging a couple of beers every morning and then going straight to uni or work. Are you really expecting yourself to function normally in that state?

And if the majority of us know not to drink and drive, why are we sleep-deprived and driving? Why are we sleep-deprived while doing anything?

It sounds pretty silly doesn’t it?

Still, so many people neglect their sleep- heck, even I do it sometimes. Whether it’s to finish watching the latest Game of Thrones episode or cramming in those last few pages of lecture notes for the exam, we’re all guilty of doing this to ourselves. It’s no secret.

Some of us even pull the odd all-nighter from time to time. You can probably imagine that the consequences of this are just more exaggerated versions of the day-to-day effects of insufficient sleep, right?

However, pulling all-nighters over even a few days is more torturous than you realise.

Sleep deprivation is actually used as an interrogation technique on prisoners. Losing sleep leaves you mentally drained, which makes it harder to lie or even to realise what reality is. Interrogators exploit this, and usually question suspects when they get tired, when all they want to do is to desperately doze off to sleep.

Preventing someone from sleeping for 2 days causes them to be extremely disorientated. At 3 days, it crosses ethical lines because people start to go insane and have hallucinations of things that aren’t really there.

I’m not going to lie, it’s pretty scary stuff.

Although getting poor sleep can never be compared to getting none, you now know that sleep is no joking matter.

So the next time you think sleep can always be compromised for whatever activity you want to do, think again. Sleeping for less than 7 hours on a daily basis will not only have immediate effects, but long term effects on your mental and physical health.

So what can we do to improve our sleep and therefore our health?

  1. If you’re really having trouble going to bed at a reasonable time, try to achieve your goals in tiny steps.

    For example, if your desired bed time is 10pm and you’re currently awake till 2am (doing god knows what), don’t force yourself to make that 4-hour leap to victory. It’ll just make things harder for you!Start by sleeping 30 minutes earlier every 2-3 nights. You could even make it just 10 minutes if 30 is too much. The gradual change in sleep time is more achievable then just promising yourself: “Oh, I’ll just go to sleep at 10pm tomorrow”, trust me.
  2. Try to charge your phone and any other electronical devices away from your bed/outside your room

    Messaging yer S.O. at 2am is cute and all, until you’re required to wake up at 6am in the same day and you feel too exhausted to do so. Charging your phone away from your bed removes the temptation to continue convos AND prevents you from spending over 2 hours on your phone in the morning.
  3. Stop taking naps during the dayNapping is a good fix for when you don’t get enough rest, but can also mess up your sleeping patterns if you do it too often, making it harder for you to fall asleep at night time. Try to sleep in one whole chunk for better quality sleep.

Sleeping does nothing but good for your body! All of your organs will love you for resting your head on a pillow, so consider how drained they become from working overtime and start giving them enough rest.


About the author:

33613875_1993966790635958_3005181530315161600_nAccording to a Facebook post made on her timeline on February 24th, 2018, Nicole Nguyen is a potato. Critics are divided regarding the veracity of this claim, with some arguing instead that she is, in fact, a sweet potato, a fidget spinner, or simply “drunk.” She also loves Lady Gaga, like, a lot. In any case, her identity is a work in progress—when she’s not busy posing as any/all of the above, she is actually a second-year biomedicine student who wants to become a fierce doctor because she’s intelligent, charismatic, fierce, humble and fierce again. 

“And although her potato skills are great, she still has a lot to learn before she’s ready to save anyone. But I believe Nicole can save the world.” 

N.B. authors normally write their own bios, as is evidently not the case here.

Finding Value in Volunteering

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University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) volunteers prepare breakfast

Volunteering experience can play a key role in our personal and professional lives. We’ve each had opportunities that have helped us in various ways in our respective journeys, and volunteering can be a way to continue the cycle of support for others.

James Lynch is a leader in interview skill coaching and the recruitment industry, and Kumari Fernando is the general manager of DOXA’s developmental programs. Recently, I had a chat with both of them in order to unpack the value of the volunteering experience.

It turns out that the time that you invest in others can also be reinvested into yourself, through consolidating your resume and interview responses. I can personally say that I didn’t see my volunteering experience in this light. I’m guilty of just randomly listing my volunteering experience at the end of my resume, with little else but the date, the position and organisation without much thought of how to extend it and use it to my advantage.

“You can leverage whatever volunteering experience you have to be an indicator of your competence as a potential employee.”

When including your volunteering experience in your resume, it should be in an independent section. You can flesh it out by outlining in a few sentences the skills gained and or developed from the experience. Although this mightn’t be direct experience within the industry we want to be in, skills which are relevant to those industries can nevertheless be found through other experiences. You can leverage whatever volunteering experience you have to be an indicator of your competence as a potential employee.

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Volunteers visit the elderly and gift them terrariums with the Bedside Buds project

Lynch highlights that it is vital for applicants to demonstrate that they have the practical skills for the positions that they are going for. “Employers are looking for competency when we are hiring somebody. You score points for the volunteering, but you prove that you have skills and qualities that we are naturally looking for.” Double win!

The trend in employment history is that more and more employers consider an applicant’s volunteering history.  According to the Impact Survey of 2016 by Deloitte, a consulting and advisory company, over 80% of employers are more likely to hire an applicant based on their volunteering experience. If you would like to read more about this study, click here.

“These experiences, the people you’ve met through them, and the impact that this has had are all powerful stories you can share…”

Lynch believes that there is a significant reason as to why volunteering experience is highly valued. “It all comes down to the culture in all these companies of community work.”

Through his experience as a recruiter, an applicant’s volunteer experience can really make them stand out. “It proves you are willing to give and consider other people.” These qualities can make the recruiter more confident that the applicant is the best fit for the company’s vision and culture.

Furthermore, your volunteering experience can provide sincerity to your passions. When you care about an issue, you’re more likely to have done something about it over the years. In an interview, the employer may well ask you “what issues are you passionate about and what have you done about them?”

If you care about homelessness, for instance, you may have volunteered at a soup kitchen at some point, or you may have collected clothes to be donated, or helped with Urban Seed’s programs. These experiences, the people you’ve met through them, and the impact that this has had are all powerful stories you can share during an interview. On the other hand, if the only volunteering experience you have is within the months leading up to the interview, it calls into question whether you have volunteered out of sincerity or just to look good in the interview.

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Team leaders help out at the colour run with DOXA

Furthermore, volunteering is a proactive way for us to learn about ourselves. It can allow us to consider what is important to us and the direction of our future.  When you are engaged with many different programs and people, it can help shape your vision of where you see yourself in the future, the industries you want to work in and the impact you want to achieve.

Fernando shared that she had volunteered at an organisation, only to later find a full-time job in the very same place. She believes that her volunteering experience helped her navigate the direction she wanted to take her career.

“Volunteering is a real development opportunity,” she said, “it enables us to have a better understanding of what we want out of a career and our studies.”

With increasing competitiveness for internships, graduate positions and jobs, it is more important than ever to distinguish yourself. Many companies receive a staggering amount of applications for only a limited number of positions and roles.

“Volunteering is a proactive way for us to learn about ourselves. It can allow us to consider what is important to us and the direction of our future.”

From working with corporations that sponsor young people in their studies, Fernando has some insights about how corporations are looking for individuals who are flexible and have a diverse skill set. Recruiters are often not just looking at an applicant’s academic history and degree, but rather they are also looking at their development in areas external to their studies. If applicants can show that they have volunteering experience, it indicates that they are more likely to be willing to step outside of their traditional role, thus advantaging them in the recruitment process.

I hope this article provided some insight into the importance and value of volunteering experience. Remember that not every volunteering experience should have a corresponding reward that leads us to a scholarship or job. The simple act of extending a helping hand to others can be uniquely valuable in itself, and just the willingness to be immersed in things that matter is truly priceless.


38911342_1439016499576623_4176721924308598784_nAbout the author:

Liang is currently a first year BA student studying psychology and criminology. She can be often found doing Netflix marathon or spending too much time organising her diary and room in a mask of productivity. Share a bad pun and you have a friend in her!

 

Can’t Beat a Club Committee

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You hear about clubs from day one of uni, sometimes even before then at Open Days, O-Week, or through older students. But you never really hear about how they run, who organises these events, and what it’s like being on a committee.

At the end of the first semester of my second year, I managed to get a spot on the Arts Student Society committee. This led to two years in two different positions, working in a huge, wild and wonderful team of students from various majors.

Most Clubs have somewhere between 5-15 spots on their committee: A President, Secretary and Events Coordinators to name a few. At an Annual General Meeting (AGM), you’re able to present a speech, answer a few questions and nominate yourself for a position if you’d like to help organise the events that this club or society hold. The people in each position changes year to year, in order to ensure that new skills and faces were being brought to the club.

In 2016, I was the General Committee Representative for the Arts Student Society. I was basically a spokesperson for the general committee who got to tell members when events were happening and ask for their feedback. I always knew what was going on in the society and was able to connect with lots of people, often the odd confused jaffy as we created a community for our society.

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It was an opportunity where I got to know a lot of people and increase my social skills as I communicated with all kinds of people. I was also able to welcome newcomers to something where I’d had a lot of fun, especially in my first year.

In 2017, I went up again at the AGM for Education Coordinator. This was a position that required you to think about strengthening the educational and academic elements of a faculty society. I won the votes and had the opportunity to work in a partnership with another Education Coordinator. Developing a great partnership with him and communicating with faculty really felt worthwhile, not to mention the Writing Competition with all its entries and wonder. A lot of emails and reading were involved, but it was always worth it.

As education is always changing, this role also meant creating new things to keep up with students—for instance, a student-led Lecture Series on internships was one of our first new additions.

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Being on a clubs committee is one of those incredible experiences that I’m glad to have had the opportunity to take part in not once, but twice. It provides an opportunity to do some volunteer work (yes that’s another thing, none of the positions are paid) that contributes to the lives of other students around you with similar interests, and really helps you in making some great new friends, working together with others and creating exciting events for members.

As with everything however, there are always cons of being on a clubs committee.

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·      You have to put in the hard work alongside your degree, it’s purely voluntary, and how much you put in influences how members of your club feel, so you decide the experience.

·      You are expected to attend a lot of club events, which can sometimes interfere with other things you have going on in your life.

·      The AGM itself counts as a con because they often go for hours and sometimes you won’t even get the position that you’re interested in. Long speeches, questions and standing in front of an audience of people voting? Intimidating.

·      Sometimes there can be a lot of paperwork and emailing that goes around in circles until you finally work out what the answer is to the question you’re asking.

·      It’s something to put on your CV, volunteering looks great on the resume.

·      Depending on the society, sometimes you get to go on Orientation Camps – this is one of the greatest university experiences even I had as an introverted first year.

·      Free or discounted tickets to all of your events that you’re organising! Nothing better than a free party!

·      AGMs can be full of drama (if that’s what you’re into!)

·      Opportunities and connections: sometimes clubs might get approached by businesses for sponsorships, discounts, or even just free stuff (I got to attend the Melbourne premier of Ready Player One).

·      Skipping the BBQ line at your own BBQ.

·      Being part of one club often means you create connections with other clubs as well, which enriches your university experience!

·      You can try new things, create new events that you think students might be interested in.

·      You learn who knows what and where you can ask for help if you need it.

·      Great new friends and relationships can come out of club committees!

Joining a club and trying out for committee really is worth it. Without my time on the Arts Student Society, I think it would’ve taken a lot longer for me to feel comfortable at uni, confident and being more involved than I ever thought I would be.

If you’re interested in joining a club check out the Clubs and Societies Page to find the right one for you, and who knows, maybe one day you’ll be President of your favourite?


About the Author:

Sarah is a 5-ft-nothing bee enthusiast with a bob. Studying English and Creative Writing, she often posts bookish rants and poems on her Instagram @reading.rah

12 thoughts you have while applying for internships*

*as told through GIFs

  1. When your grades are still low, and you have no relevant experience, but you still have to be optimistic
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  2. When you need to make yourself look like a decent applicant
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  3.  When you stalk other people’s LinkedIn profiles for “inspiration” only to realise that they all have their lives together
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  4. When you realise you need to step up your game and get on their level, even though you have no idea how
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  5. When the deadline is at 11:59pm and it’s already 11:00
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  6. When you thought you aced the online section only to never make it through to interviews
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  7. When you thought you aced the interviews only to never make it through to the assessment centre
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  8. When you finally get an email, but it starts with “Dear applicant, thank you for your time, however…”
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  9. When you laughed at your friend for getting rejected, but then you get rejected hours later
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  10. When people keep talking about how many internships are out there even though you still don’t have an offer
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  11. When your friends all get rejected as well
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  12. If you finally get an internship though…
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Best of luck everyone!

 

4 things I learned about love, life and the cosmos in my first semester

39154896_292435964822579_1593822377400074240_nSolidarity between uni students is in the fact that none of us truly keep it together from beginning to end. If you’re managing, email me asap and be my life counsellor please and thank you—I can pay you in homemade dumplings that none of my friends would believe to be fit for consumption—but if you feel like you aren’t, read on.

After all, as we are are looking forward to bigger and better things in semester two, it is also important for us to have that time to ourselves to look back and reflect on the past 7 months that have whisked by. The wisdom and growth we have all gained in that time will hopefully make semester 2 less of a tragedy (“hopefully”).

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Today I thought I’d share the lessons I learned last semester, in the spirit of how we’re all slowly and at times awkwardly figuring out how adult.

Lesson 1- Focus and take care of yourself throughout the semester.

My low point last semester was when I had three assessments flying down at me in one week. One of these was my first research essay that I had left until the night before. During this period, in order to increase the time I had to do my work, I had to say farewell to washing my hair. The process of shampooing, conditioning and drying actually takes me more than an hour, and it honestly seemed like a good call at the time (because starting the assessment early was just not an option). I sincerely apologise to the tall people who hugged me during that period and had to face the lake of hair grease.

I will now admit how easy it is to fall into the trap of the uni bubble, and have everything centered around class. Yes, we do have a lot of work to do, deadlines to meet and striving to do our best academically. However, to feel the need to burn yourself out, and to not practice basic hygiene habits should not be the norm, right?

So rather than letting ourselves go to the point where we become unrecognisably gross, switch it up to watching your favourite tv show, unplugging from social media; go to bed earlier, or take a walk through your local park.  Take that pause to enjoy yourself and what is around you, and let yourself be refreshed and recharged.

Lesson 2- Accept that you may outgrow people you once loved.

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Wish the people in your past all the best, and hope that they find what they need in life. It is hard letting go and continuing on without the people whom you cared for wholeheartedly. However, we all can move on and appreciate the journey that was taken, despite the ending. Remember that you shall meet many great people in life in the times to come, but first you need to make space in your heart for them by letting others go.

Lesson 3 – Take up feedback and improve your skills when you fall below your expectations

When I got the mark back for one of my first Criminology essays that I thought I did well in, I pretty much almost failed that assignment that was worth 50%, leaving me upset for days. I contemplated dropping that subject, as I was feeling like that I did not have what it took to do well in it.

All in all, that experience put me into an extremely determined mindset to improve on my essay writing skills, because I really did enjoy that subject. Therefore my conclusion was that, in order for me to get better, it meant I had to go over that essay which I wanted erased from my memory. It was only later when I embraced failure, that I would actually propel myself forward.

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Since that experience, I took up a proactive approach towards my studies. I made appointments with Academic Skills, I read up on advice for essay writing, I spoke to my tutor, I re-read my essay and broke down the areas that I needed to focus on.

By the time it came to the final essay for that subject, I went ahead and applied all my new and improved skills. When results came out, I brought up the average for that subject to an H2A, and scored a WAM I thought would have been out of my reach. From this, it made me less stubborn to the fact that university is a place where we are meant to be challenged. Yet, do know that you do have support services and resources at university to assist you in building your skills.

Take your time to learn and enjoy that process, even if it means making mistakes. Even if they seem major at the time, they will soon lose that feeling of being some sort of defining moment, since you will have been able to learn and improve since then.

Lesson 4-  Believe in yourself

When you feel as if you have to be at a certain place in life and that the current you is not there yet, do not panic and hold it against yourself. You will reach there soon enough in due time.

Just like how you can still make it to that uni lecture if you want too  ;)

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All the best with semester 2.

Have a good laugh and wash your hair.


About the author:

Liang is currently a first year BA student studying psychology and criminology. She can be often found doing Netflix marathon or spending too much time organising her diary and room in a mask of productivity. Share a bad pun and you have a friend in her!

 

Get involved in Unimelb Adventures!

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Unimelb Adventures is once again on the hunt for people to join our family! Whether you can write, edit, do video stuff or just like what we do and want to get involved, we’d love to hear from you!

Click on the headings below to see more about the positions we have available. We’re accepting applications on a rolling basis, so you don’t have to do it RIGHT NOW (although we would love it if you did!). And if you have any questions, get in touch with us at unimelbadventures@gmail.com.

xx Sarah and Yan

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  • Tell us about yourself!
    • Your course and year of graduation
    • What you get up to when you’re not studying
    • What’s your favourite thing about uni?
    • Why do you want to get involved in Unimelb Adventures?
    • Do you have any writing experience? (No worries if you don’t, we’re looking for enthusiasm just as much as experience!)
  • In 100 words or less, tell us about the weirdest thing that’s happened to you at uni.
  • Pitch us an article idea!
  • If you have any samples of your writing, include one or two!

 

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Want to get involved in the Unimelb Adventures community but not quite ready to commit your soul to writing for us on a regular basis? (or just don’t know where to start?) Come be a casual writer! You get all the benefits of being involved in the Unimelb Adventures community without the pressure of a regular deadline.

Position Description
Casual writers are responsible for helping us come up with article prompts and ideas, writing articles as inspiration strikes and generally contributing to the Unimelb Adventures community.

How to apply
Shoot us an email at unimelbadventures@gmail.com with the subject line “2018 Unimelb Adventures Casual Writer Application” and respond to the following prompts:

  • Tell us about yourself!
    • Your course and year of graduation.
    • What you get up to when you’re not studying.
    • What’s your favourite thing about uni?
    • Why do you want to get involved in Unimelb Adventures?
    • Do you have any relevant experience? (No worries if you don’t, we’re looking for enthusiasm just as much as experience!)
  • In 100 words or less, tell us about the weirdest thing that’s happened to you at uni.
  • Pitch us an article idea!
  • If you have any samples of your writing, include one or two!

 

Video Team

We’ll be coming to your screens in high res video this year! But unfortunately neither of the Unimelb Adventures editors know how to work a camera (whoops!), so come help us out? Please?

Position Description
As part of the video team, you’ll help the editors bring to life a bunch of cool video content. You’ll have the opportunity to be part of every aspect of the video production process, from filming and directing to editing.

How to apply
Shoot us an email at unimelbadventures@gmail.com with the subject line “2018 Unimelb Adventures Video Team Application” and respond to the following prompts:

  • Tell us about yourself!
    • Your course and year of graduation.
    • What you get up to when you’re not studying.
    • What’s your favourite thing about uni?
    • Why do you want to get involved in Unimelb Adventures?
    • Do you have any relevant experience? (no worries if you don’t, we’re looking for enthusiasm just as much as experience)
  • Pitch us a video idea!
  • If you’ve made videos before, send us some examples of your work!

 

 

*coolness not guaranteed. See terms and conditions for more info.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Guide to Starting Uni

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Starting uni is definitely an exciting adventure, but it can be confusing at first! Here are some tips to help you get started.

 

Attend orientation camps and events – and it doesn’t matter if you go alone!

The best time to make friends at uni is right at the start. I went to an orientation camp in my first year, and it was there that I made close friends that I still have now, going into my fourth year. You don’t have to have a group of friends to go with – these camps and events are all about making friends, and everyone is so nice. It is super reassuring to see a familiar face on campus on your first day when you might be really nervous! I have made most of my friends at uni through orientation, clubs and volunteering, rather than in classes.

 

Find out where your classes are before the first day

You will probably stop by uni to collect your student card anyway, so make the most of your time on campus and do a ‘trial run’ of finding your classes. As an example – my first ever uni class was on the biology floor of the psychology building – and the class was French! The app ‘Lost on Campus’ is a lifesaver when it comes to finding your way around.

 

Financial Aid

Uni comes with a lot of expenses, so make sure to visit the Financial Aid website, which has many resources and opportunities for financial assistance.

 

Read ahead

One thing I noticed when I started uni was that there was a heavy workload and so many ideas were new to me. It is best to start the year feeling somewhat familiar with what you will be learning, as there will be other things you have to sort out when you first start such as transport, accommodation, social events and finding where things are, so you don’t want to fall behind. Gradually you will see classes on the LMS become ‘available’ on the LMS, which means that you can browse through and take note of when assessments are, as well as have a read through any readings that are available. On this point too…

 

Get organised early

If you have to buy textbooks, it is good to do so before O-Week / Week 1, because there are really long lines at these times. You could go when you go to collect your student card and find your way to your tutorial rooms and lectures. It is also good to check out the university subject handbook and plan your timetable before class registration (hint: there are a lot of uni parties on Thursday nights, so you might not want to schedule too many classes for Friday if possible!). You can find out when registration opens for your subjects here. Make sure to be set up early to get the classes you want – the tutorials either side of lectures fill up SUPER quickly, so make sure you have a Plan B. You can schedule lectures back to back, because they start 5 minutes after the time on the timetable, and finish 5 minutes earlier (so, a 9:00am – 10:00am lecture is really 9:05am – 9:55am). Tutorials (tutes) usually go for the full hour.

 

Set up your laptop and get free Microsoft Office!

More details here.

 

Get ready for those sweet STUDENT DISCOUNTS!

Make sure you sign up for UNiDAYS and Student Edge.

 

Make a Student Connect appointment

I found my Student Connect appointment super helpful when starting uni, as they advised me how to plan my time (I had two jobs) and I felt more confident about starting my university journey afterwards. You can learn more here.

 

Familiarise yourself with at least one library

In my first year, I was so intimidated by the library that I didn’t go in there for about the first eight weeks of semester… and I feel like my life would have been a LOT easier if I had known my way around the library from Week 1. You can have a look around yourself before uni starts, or go on a library tour. I also recommend familiarising yourself with ‘Discovery search’ which will be very helpful for assessments. Basically, you use this search to find academic journal articles, which you will use to support arguments in essays, and for research. You should also sign into your university account with Google Scholar (instructions here, just click on ‘Google Scholar preferences’) so that you can access articles you find on Google Scholar. This is important because you want to be able to access complete texts, which you wouldn’t be able to do otherwise unless you paid for them.

 

Join at least one club

This is a great way to meet people. I joined a whole bunch in first year and then I could choose my favourites to continue attending (I wish I could have attended everything, but there are only so many hours in a day unfortunately!). Here is a list of clubs you could join.

If you have Facebook, make sure to ‘like’ the Facebook pages of clubs and societies to be updated on events and ticket sales. Remember with extremely popular events, people start lining up for tickets earlier than the advertised time.

 

Join a mentoring program

When I was in first year I participated in a mentoring program run by the Faculty of Arts and also one run by the Student Union (UMSU). I found these programs great for making connections and learning tips from older students. I even joined as a volunteer in the UMSU program in my second year.

 

Buy a planner

Another thing you will need for uni is a planner! Now is a good time to buy them as many are on sale. You will have a lot to plan, from work, to club meetings, to events, and most importantly, assessment due dates (which come up sooner than you expect)! Typo have some super cool ones, and there is a Typo store at Melbourne Central station.

 

Plan your transport route

It is good to know exactly what train / bus / tram you will need to catch, and how long it will take, to avoid any unnecessary stress or lateness on your first day of uni. Here are some helpful transport tips:

  • Pretty much every tram going along Swanston St takes you to uni. You can get on at both Flinders Street and Melbourne Central if you need to get the train first
  • There is a ‘Melbourne University’ tram stop, but you can also alight one stop earlier, at Lincoln Square – which might be quicker, depending on where your class is
  • If your train passes through North Melbourne, you’re in luck! Read about the 401 bus that goes from North Melbourne to uni (and vice versa)

 

Wishing you the best of luck for university! :) You’ve got this!

 

 

 

 

Fun things to do during the uni holidays! (Part 2)

If you haven’t seen Part One, you can do so here.

Visit the Aquarium

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Umm, how cute are penguins!? And totally Found Dory.

The aquarium can make for a very fun morning or afternoon out, especially if it’s really hot outside! Make sure to bring along your student card for a concession ticket.

 

NGV

You have probably read Jen’s awesome posts about exhibitions at the NGV on the blog. Current and upcoming events include:

 

 

Brunch at Manchester Press

This is such a cool restaurant that serves amazing bagels! The address is 8 Rankins Lane.

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Mmmm… bagels and pretzels.

Have a picnic in the Royal Botanic Gardens

There is nothing better than enjoying a summer day with great food in a beautiful location, and then going for a stroll around the gardens afterwards!

 

Get involved in volunteering

Summer is one of the most popular times for volunteering, whether it be in your local community or through university! The UMSU website is a great place to start looking for some volunteering opportunities.

 

Puffing Billy

If you are up for an adventure, why not jump on the Puffing Billy train and see the beautiful Dandenong Ranges? More information can be found on the website here.

 

Drive-in movies

If you’re like me and are still on your Ls (I’m getting there okay… hahaha) find yourself a friend who isn’t on their Ls and watch a movie from the car! It works out a bit cheaper than movie theatres #studentbudget, and you can bring as many blankets and pillows as you like.

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Vegie Bar

Another food place to recommend – Vegie Bar! Their website: http://vegiebar.com.au/

On Brunswick Street (number 380) this restaurant offers delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes! It is super popular, so there may be a bit of a wait sometimes – but it’s so worth it.

 

Screen Worlds (ACMI)

I actually found out about Screen Worlds in my first year at uni, and have actually been a couple of times since – it’s awesome! The exhibition covers the history of television, gaming and the internet. It’s really interactive and another good indoor activity when it’s hot outside.

 

Free yoga

Located nearby in Federation Square. Starting in February, there will be free yoga classes at lunchtime. What a great way to help prepare your body and mind for another busy semester at uni. More info and exact dates here.

 

 

 

Fun things to do during the uni holidays! (Part 1)

 

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We’ve worked hard all year, and now it’s time to relax and enjoy the break before starting uni for another year or a graduate position. Here are some ideas for fun activities to do during your holidays:

 

Pidapipo

Where? 299 Lygon St

Why? It’s the best gelato ever. My favourite combination is one scoop of chocolate combined with a refreshing scoop of a fruity gelato! It is perfect for a hot day – you could even grab some after a pizza lunch or dinner on Lygon St. It is also a great meetup place, because of course, people travel in to the university from all over Melbourne, so you can meet up with your friends who might not live close to you, somewhere near uni!

Website: http://pidapipo.com.au/ 

 

White Night

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When? 17 February 2018

It is so much fun to see Melbourne so colourful and full of lights! This night only happens once a year, so it’s really special.

 

Zoo Twilights

Miss Bands, BBQs and Bevs?

One of the cool things about going to uni in Parkville is that it’s the same suburb as the zoo! All the proceeds go to the Fighting Extinction conservation program, so that’s the perfect reason to head to the zoo and enjoy some food, drinks and music.

More info can be found here: https://whatson.melbourne.vic.gov.au/Whatson/Music/gigs/Pages/d83aae20-6d48-4abb-91af-5ba071e5abf8.aspx

 

Christmas in Melbourne

 

The city is well and truly in the festive spirit this year, with so many fun Christmassy things to do!

You can take a break from the heat with ice skating (and at O’Brien Group Arena, Santa is visiting on the weekends) visit the Myer Christmas Windows, shop at a Christmas market, and more.

For more Christmas-themed activities, check out What’s On Melbourne, where our info was sourced from.

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Study hacks

We work hard all semester, but sometimes, we just want that final boost when it comes to the lead-up to exams. Here are some of my favourite ‘study hacks’ – tried and tested for those elusive H1s.

 

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Cues

If you studied VCE Psychology, you probably know about this. I like to give my brain prompts to associate what I learn while studying with recalling it in the exam hall. I like to handwrite my notes with the same type of pen / pencil I will be using in the exam, wearing the same perfume while studying and in the exam, etc.

 

Make arbitrary information memorable

Sometimes, you are just reading over your notes and thinking “there’s no way I’ll remember this!”

So how do you make that information memorable? Think of a link between the new information and something that you already know. Turn the information into a story or relate it to something that has happened to you.

If you are musically inclined and want to turn your study notes into a song, here’s some inspiration.

 

Change up your notes

Don’t just write down what was on the slides – engage with the content. Ask questions and answer them with information you’ve learnt, turn chunks of texts into diagrams, and colour-code. It is a richer process (and also more enjoyable than just copying things word-for-word!).

This tip was inspired by an article on The Conversation – definitely have a read if you are interested in transforming the way you take prepare your notes.

 

Flashcard apps

These are especially helpful because they are portable – when you have a quick break, you can go through flashcards instead of Facebook. I recommend the Cram phone / iPad app and also Anki for your laptop. These apps can prioritise what you don’t know so you can master it.

 

Get in a positive frame of mind – but don’t rely on motivation

If you visit our Twitter page, we have been posting some inspiring study quotes! You can also think about your end goals – e.g. ‘I want to ace this exam to be one step closer to getting into Honours / my dream postgrad degree / my dream job’. However, sometimes that motivation doesn’t come – and that’s when we need to just start anyway. Personally, I find it more mentally exhausting procrastinating than actually doing whatever I need to do. Even if it’s not the best study session you’ve ever had, you’ve still put time and effort in, which is what counts – we can’t be studying machines all the time!

 

Stayfocusd app

This is an extension for Google Chrome that has helped me immensely in the past week completing final essays and exam study – it’s amazing how much work I can get done when I limit social media to ten minutes per day! I’m working myself up to blocking online shopping too – but I’m not quite there yet…

 

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Happy studying and good luck – you’ve got this!

 

My experience studying Arts at Unimelb

Hi readers!

If you haven’t read one of my posts yet, my name is Bella and I have nearly finished the third year of my Arts degree – just one exam to go!

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I remember in high school, there was so much course information out there, it could get quite overwhelming. It is hard to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life while managing all your VCE subjects! I remember that hearing about other students’ experiences in different courses was helpful to me in making my decision, because it’s informative to know what it is like being a student studying what is written in the course guide. So, I’m hoping that this post will be helpful to those who are beginning university studies for the first time, or considering changing courses. Remember that everyone’s university experience is unique – but this is mine.

 

Why this course?

In high school I was a Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholar  – through this program I had visited The University of Melbourne several times. I could feel so much positive energy on campus – it was so welcoming – and stunningly beautiful (as a Harry Potter fan, I loved the Old Quad’s similarity to Hogwarts).

 

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The Old Quad – not a still from a Harry Potter movie!
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Now, this will sound a bit cliché but bear with me: I feel like many prospective students visit multiple universities, and have a moment when they can really see themselves at one. That’s what happened to me at Melbourne – I could really envision myself as a student there. It wasn’t really a single moment for me, but a cumulative effect of me visiting the campus and researching the study options.
Speaking of the study options, that was another part of what made me decide to put the Bachelor of Arts at The University of Melbourne as my first preference. At the end of high school, I had a few career options in mind, but nothing set in stone. I felt like I hadn’t really experienced what the world had to offer yet, and wanted to explore areas I was interested in. I ended up doing well in high school – not only because of the wonderful teachers I had – but also because I followed my interests all the way through. If you’re passionate about something, that motivates you to work hard, and you get results. Even if these results aren’t always exactly what you had been hoping for, you enjoy the process.
I knew that I wanted to major in Psychology because it was my passion. In terms of the practical side, a major in Psychology also has wide applicability in terms of career options: of course there is the career option of being a psychologist, but you can also be an academic, work with businesses as an organisational psychologist, work in public relations, work as a teacher – the list goes on. I also wanted to continue my French studies to become fluent, and knew that I could take subjects in other cool learning areas in the BA, such as Communications. A Bachelor of Arts allowed me to do all of these things.
This was what drew me to the Melbourne Model, where you can explore your interests in broad undergraduate studies and specialise in postgraduate studies. This definitely took a huge weight off my shoulders while completing the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) because I didn’t have to worry about planning my career straight after high school, but I also had a firm goal to work towards and inspire me to study.

 

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First year

You don’t have to make any firm decisions about your major in first year, but in my opinion, it is beneficial to have an idea in mind. Have a look at what the requirements are for your major in the handbook, and try to make sure that you set yourself up in first year to pursue whatever major you would like to. Some of the majors, like Psychology, have specific subject requirements for Level 1 (first year).

Everyone has to do an ‘Arts Foundation’ subject – a full list is available here. I chose Reason, because I had always been interested in Philosophy. I didn’t really mind what foundation subject I did, because I was just keen to learn as much as possible – Reason was fantastic because not only did you learn how to think critically in an Arts degree, you learn about many great philosophers and their ideas, and a bit about history. There are some foundation subjects that help with majors – for example, I believe that Language would be helpful for those studying Linguistics or English. You can change your classes in the first few weeks of uni, so if the one you pick isn’t the right choice for you after all, you can always do another one instead.

 

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For Psychology, we have to complete two subjects in first year. I also studied French each semester, leaving me with one Arts elective and two breadth subjects to choose. Breadth is another awesome thing about Unimelb – you can enhance your employability by complementing your course with subjects from other faculties (I studied Principles of Business Law in first semester, because I knew that the knowledge would be helpful for whatever career I chose) and also pursue other interests (in first year I also studied a subject called Spontaneous Drama: Improv and Communities, because I had enjoyed drama in high school and as an extra-curricular activity in Year 11 and 12).

 

 

Second year

In second year there were four psychology subjects that I had to take, and four other subjects I could choose. I completed my final level of French and a Creative Writing elective in first semester, and in second semester I ended up underloading (I did three subjects instead of four) – to be able to complete an internship in Public Relations. Safe to say that the internship went well, as I am still working for the company today – an amazing culture and team. I recommend doing an internship or getting some kind of work experience if you are interested in taking Media and Communications subjects – from my own experience and conversations with other students, this is really helpful when completing assignments.

 

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One of my favourite uni memories – when baby animals came to visit campus at the end of my second year!

 

Third year

This year I continued my Psychology and French studies, as well as studying Media and Communications subjects. I haven’t completed any breadth subjects this year because as a Psychology student in the BA, some of our breadth subjects are subjects in the Psychology major. I also decided to cross-credit my French subjects and apply for the Diploma in Languages. So, I will be completing this Diploma and my BA in four years (instead of the standard three years for a Bachelor’s degree) – meaning that next year will be my final year. Doing French in the Diploma means that I can take more French subjects as well as pursuing all my interests in the BA. The last four subjects of the Diploma are also HECS-free (yay!). There are also concurrent diplomas in other areas, such as Music! I’ve seen on the Diploma in Languages web page that you can also undertake it as a Graduate Student – it’s never too late!

 

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The super cool staircase in my favourite building on campus – Arts West! I was so excited to take classes in this building when it was completed in my second year, replacing a former Arts West which was a building at the uni before I started.

 

Overall, my time at Unimelb so far has been nothing short of incredible. There are such inspiring lecturers and tutors, so many subjects available, a wonderful campus environment, excellent facilities and so many volunteering opportunities!

If you have any questions about my experience studying the BA, leave them in the comments below!

– Bella 😊

A guide to getting organised for exams

It is easy to feel overwhelmed when exams and final assessments are looming! So, here are some organisation tips to keep in mind, to make sure you’re ready to perform at your best.

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Materials

Something that has helped me all 5 semesters that I have taken exams has been making sure my stationery is ready to go. I make sure that I have the correct calculator and then make a trip to Officeworks to stock up on any stationery that I have run out of. I put all my exam materials into a clear zip-lock bag and keep it in a safe place so that it’s all ready to go for exam day (or days) and I don’t have to think about it anymore. I also make sure I have a clear drink bottle without a label and a watch with a working battery to take with me.

For take-home exams, another strategy that has made me feel more organised is setting up my Word document with the correct formatting, spacing settings, required font, etc. This means that when the take-home exam question/s are released, you’ll be ready to just start brainstorming and then typing your amazing essay!

 

Bookings

Remember to use the Book It system if you need to use a computer at uni during SWOTVAC or the exam period. It can be very frustrating to arrive at uni only to find that there aren’t any computers available. You can make more than one booking, although there is a limit at three, so if you are planning to head into uni a few times in the week you can book your place at a computer in advance. The same goes for group study rooms!

 

Make your bed every day

This always helps me feel organised and feel like my day is off to a good start. I make my bed first thing every morning!

 

Let your friends know that your exams are coming up

This is important because towards the end of the year many social events start popping up. Make sure you let your friends know in advance that you will be taking exams and might not be able to go to everything, or reply to any messages immediately. Write down all your social events in your diary so you can leave enough time to complete study and assessments. If any of the social commitments are flexible, perhaps schedule them for after exams, or when you have a week-long break in between exams.

 

Organise your desktop

There usually are a lot of files that aren’t saved in the correct place by the end of semester. Sometimes, it happens! You have to leave a lecture quickly, and all of the sudden the file with your notes is saved as something you probably won’t remember in a folder for another subject. It can be very useful to go through all your files during SWOTVAC and sort them out. You don’t want to be looking for notes when you have limited time and getting stressed because you can’t find them. Some people also find colour-coding notes very helpful. This is also a nice extra revision technique!

 

Clean your living space

I’m sure there is a saying that is something along the lines of “tidy space, tidy mind”. It is so true! Make sure your living space, and particularly the area you will be working in, if you will be studying at home, are spick and span!

 

Wishing you all the best for exams and final assessments.

 

If you have any other tips for staying organised, share them in the comments below!

 

Bella

The best places to chill out at uni

It’s important to take a break during the business of SWOTVAC and exams, so the team have prepared a list of our favourite places to chill out at Unimelb!

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The lawn next to the Sidney Myer Asia Centre

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The water here is so calming, and there are two cafes close by (Cafe Resource attached to the ERC and Shanti Bagwan Cafe in the Alice Hoy building).

 

Queen of Hearts Cafe (Located in the HUB, Southbank Campus)

It has couches, a student lounge area, nice seating, table tennis and a foosball table! To get the equipment you’ll have to ask the baristas to lend you table tennis equipment and the foosball ball! They also have great playlists playing in the background (i.e. 90s hits <3 ).

Women’s Room

There are couches, blankets, bean bags, heat packs, you name it! All the necessities that keep you going. It feels homey pretty much!

Levels 2 and 3 of Arts West

Level 2 has beanbags. Enough said.

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On Level 3, there’s a comfy corner that looks like a bed, and feels like a bed.

Concrete Lawns

OK, maybe not on the actual concrete, but there’s a nice stretch of grass nearby, as well as some benches along the edge  –  making Concrete Lawns a great place to chill out on a studt break (and if you’re studying again next semester, when you have a break between your classes!).

An old favourite – South Lawn!

The perfect place to relax on a warm day, with a good view of the clock tower / Old Arts.

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Rowden White Library

The classic, the one and only, the Rowden White Library. What else can you say about this magical place, other than it has tons of free stuff to borrow, as well as the legendary beanbag room where you’ll find couples hogging up space, Game of Thrones Screening and snores?

Outdoor study area

Located in between the Sidney Myer Asia Centre and the Eastern Resource Centre, this study space is so tranquil! Perfect for enjoying nice weather with a change of study environment.

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University Oval

Combine some fresh air with sunshine and exercise (exercise optional). There’s usually a few people kicking a footy around, or simply enjoy one of the most open spaces this close to the city.

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Buy a beer or a coffee (or don’t). You’re mostly just there for chats under the tree.

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System Garden – Tucked in behind Babel and Botany Buildings

Great spot to enjoy some sunshine and sit on the grass surrounded by some beautiful garden beds. Like South Lawn, an ‘oldy but a goody’! It’s a relaxing spot to sit down and enjoy your lunch, or to read.

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The big steps outside the MSD (opposite Castro’s Kiosk)

An awesome spot for some sun and a lunch break, before heading back into the MSD for some study.

 

Our last favourite place to chill out isn’t on campus, but it’s only a short walk away…

 

The REB

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Just kidding.

 

All the best for SWOTVAC, everyone!

The Unimelb Adventures team

Three Ways to Save Money on Coffee in Week 12

Coffee is our fuel for Week 12 survival. I always feel a bit guilty spending the $4 on coffee when I could be spending it on flashcards to memorise definitions for upcoming exams. The caffeine usually washes away that guilt, though.

However, if one spends $3.50 a day for the five days of Week 12, it’s the same as, like, two months of Netflix. And that’s if you can somehow survive on one coffee a day (I can’t).

A bite-sized post to read on a quick study break, here are three ways to reduce your spending on coffee.

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1. There’s a boiling water tap in the MSD

Up on level 2, there is a small kitchenette with a boiling water tap, which means you can bring tea or instant coffee in a keepcup and just fill it up with water when you arrive! Apparently I’ve been living under a rock the size of the MSD, because I’m in third year and had no idea that this existed until recently. This is a game-changer. Nescafe also make nice coffee sachets (I know this because I once got a free sample at Flinders Street Station… while waiting to buy a coffee). If you just feel like a warm drink but not caffeine, you can also buy chai tea from the supermarket (Coles at Melbourne Central has chai tea).

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2. Get off the tram one stop earlier

Not only will the short burst of exercise help wake you up in the morning, but in between the Lincoln Square and Melbourne University tram stops is 7-Eleven, where coffee is only $1. I was also stoked to discover this because that’s like 3 and a half for the price of one. They also sell snacks, breakfast food and lunch in case you forget to bring it with you for a big study day. As the weather is getting warmer, the $2 iced coffees are really refreshing too. I also made sure I tried and tested it – I also recommend the cappuccino.

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3. Sleep

Sleep is great (as we all know) but especially because it works to reduce spending on coffee in two ways: 1) if you get enough sleep, you most likely won’t be craving as much caffeine, and 2) if you wake up feeling refreshed and don’t hit the snooze button ten times (guilty) you will have time to make a coffee at home before you leave, and not have to buy one every day.

But, as I’m sure you’re screaming in your head as you’re reading this, we can’t all sleep as much as we would like to in Week 12. That is where this helpful app I’ve found comes in – it’s called Sleep Cycle. Basically, you schedule an alarm for an interval of a wake-up time (which you can set yourself: I believe 30 minutes is recommended, but I usually set mine for 15 minutes). So, if you wanted to wake up by 7am, you would choose this time and then set the interval for, say, 30 minutes, and then you would be woken up between 6:30 and 7am. Supposedly it works by waking you up in your lightest phase of sleep by monitoring activity with your smartphone’s microphone, so that you wake up feeling refreshed. I’m not questioning it, because I feel like it totally works. Another thing I love about this app is that if you haven’t plugged in your phone properly or forgotten to, when your phone is on 5% battery it wakes you up with an alarm, reminding you to charge your phone so you don’t oversleep.

Wishing you all the best for Week 12 :)

Bella

 

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