Archive for May, 2012

“ROFLMAO!” Text Message Slang and Internet Etiquette

“ROFLMAO!” Text Message Slang and Internet Etiquette

In recent months, the Oxford English Dictionary has added several new ‘words’ to its listing; some of these have included OMG, LOL, TMI, FYI, BFF, ‘muffin top’, ‘couch surfing’ and the heart symbol (see also: I Y you).  This announcement was followed by the unanimous sound of a million Baby-Boomers’ brains exploding.\ However, it is [...]

Backpacking Essentials – from the Female Perspective

Backpacking Essentials – from the Female Perspective

Backpacking Essentials – what you really need to take overseas, from a female perspective: Having backpacked so far for a solid six months, I have pared down my bag to the bare essentials. I’ll admit, I started with a lot of crap – like post-it notes. What exactly was I going to stick them to? [...]

Cheap Eats – How to Avoid Starving at University

Cheap Eats – How to Avoid Starving at University

Food: It will get stuck in your teeth, spill in your bag and steal money from your pocket, but no matter how hard you try, you cannot survive on bulk-buy Mee Goreng for long. Just because you are a student struggling to live off Centrelink doesn’t mean you have to starve or eat things that [...]

Why Being Naked at the Uni Library is Not Cool

Why Being Naked at the Uni Library is Not Cool

If you are reading this, then congratulations! You care about your fellow man enough to learn (and hopefully master) some basic rules of university etiquette. A university is an institution for higher learning, however one has to only spend a short time in a university library or computer lab to realise that everyone’s notion of [...]

How to make the most of University Information and Open Days

How to make the most of University Information and Open Days

Ever considered attending a university information or open day? Brendan Wong shares a few tips on how you can make the most of these days

Why Audio Lectures are (in theory) a Great Idea

Why Audio Lectures are (in theory) a Great Idea

I can still remember the shock of discovering that Facebook wasn’t blocked from the computers at uni. Then I remembered: this isn’t high school any more. No more teachers hovering, making sure you’re doing your work. Responsible uni students would understand the computers are there for assignments, not for Facebook. I don’t know any one [...]

Plan B – What to do if you’re failing Uni or Hate your Course.

Plan B – What to do if you’re failing Uni or Hate your Course.

There are myriad reasons why students hate uni and struggle to pass their subjects. Many begin courses straight out of school and have trouble adjusting to the new style of learning – not surprising when you’re also juggling jobs, relationships, social lives, family problems and a healthy dose of soul searching. If this sounds like [...]

Uni Student Stereotypes

Uni Student Stereotypes

The Arts Student The arts student is usually seen walking around campus in vintage clothing, carrying a ‘Penguin Classics’ novel or a paperback. Occasionally involved in heated discussions with friends, perhaps about their differing interpretations of the films of David Lynch, the arts student is usually very opinionated, talkative and sociable. The lack of tutorial [...]

University: a means to get a career or to study your passion?

University: a means to get a career or to study your passion?

Imagine this, you’re at a party and someone has just asked you what you’re studying at university. You tell them, slightly grimacing as their face goes blank. You brace yourself, as this happens often, for their scoffing response: “Right, so… What kind of job will you get at the end of THAT degree? It is [...]