Archive for January, 2011
The room is all but silent, aside from the gentle whisper of charcoal across the pages. What is life drawing? Life drawing is just as it says; drawing from life. Stepping into the studio of the St Albans campus you can smell the charcoal, the paper and the paints of the studio. It is a [...]
The Disillusionment Spiral: A standardised formula for when tertiary pursuits aren’t what they cracked up to be.
My mother has always said that Abu Dhabi is the perfect place to have a mid-life crisis. Now, having seen the fervour with which the Emiratis embrace the spangle and flashy lights for Christmas and New Year, I can really see what she means.
I may be speculating here when I say for most Victorians New Years Eve revolves around water, parties and alcohol, lots and lots of alcohol. Melbourne can keep its high population parties and police checks. Come New Years Eve people should pack up and take their swags out to the country. Here is where the real party lies. My New Year seems to start off with fleeing the big smoke to return to the little town I grew up in.
Last year I welcomed in the new year watching Cool Runnings on TV with my Mum snoring on the couch next to me. This year was slightly different. I was on a beach in Koh Phagan, Thailand. Or is it Koh Phagnan?
For many students that finished year 12 last year, upon completing their exams, many ventured for a couple weeks on schoolies, working over summer and will wait for the long slog that is university to start. This well-worn path is the very one that I chose! I finished my studies, and packed up and went [...]
As the calendar clock ticks around to January 1st and you recover from a massive hangover with a cup of coffee, you should be sitting and trying to think. (You’re forgiven if you give up because it makes your headache worse) When you can, ask yourself these questions: What was last year like? What did [...]
Between attending lectures, participating in tutorials, researching for assignments, writing papers, and studying for exams, uni students barely have time to sleep, let alone socialize, party, have a job, or keep up any sort of non-academic life. So how do you deal with it all? How do you handle all that stress? It’s actually all [...]
Though you should be worried about your exams, graduation and job prospects, a budding social life at university is just as important and many institutions emphasize its significance in the college experience as it is usually seen as a precursor to academic success and personal fulfilment. So with the obvious lectures and tutorials excepted, what [...]
I’m a fan of the “year off,” the “GAP year”, a year in which one is entirely dedicated to eating snacks, working for award-wages and indulging on Oprah Winfrey re-runs. Deferring a university degree is not a necessity, but crucial for an individual to overcome the traumas that were year 12 and finally understand what [...]