I feel like the older I get, the prouder I am of calling myself Australian, and this thing called Harmony Day is one of those days. Harmony Day is celebrated on March 21st in Australia every year, coinciding with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Continue reading
Around September every year, I spend the month pulling my hair out over what should be an easy decision- where to travel to over the summer (Australian summer, which is from December to February). I have been privileged enough to be able to travel overseas for an extended amount of time every summer for the past 3 years, so that over that three-month period, I have only really stayed at home for no more than 3 weeks! Yes, my routine for September has continued, but I’ve decided on something different this time. I’m actually going to stay at home! While I know I’m going to have many regrets about Continue reading
I don’t know where you’re reading this, but at least here in Australia, psychology’s an extremely popular subject choice. At my university, 2000 people enrol in first-year psychology. There are about 500 in second-year, and in third-year the numbers drop off again. Having studied at university for three years now, psychology still takes me by surprise. If you’ve ever considered studying psychology at university, read on: Continue reading
It was my birthday the other day, and I don’t know about you, but I always think back to what I was doing on this exact day a few years ago. Sure, I might not be able to remember all of these monumental days, but I can at least compare the one this year to the ones in recent years.
I realised that ever since I started uni three years ago, I’ve opted for birthdays spent with my family more than these monumental days spent with friends. And actually, I’ve realised that often I have opted to turn down social events and various freelance jobs throughout the year just to hang out with my family.
People, and sometimes myself too, don’t understand why. I mean, I still live at home. I can see my family every day. Right? But… Continue reading
I After three years of being at uni, I’m slowly realising that everything I was told in high school about this magical phase of my life hasn’t really happened. Every time I mention something that I love, or complain about something that I hate, someone will always go on to say that I’m crazy. But hey, that’s ok! I’m finally starting to embrace these abnormalities! Here’s a list of my confessions: Continue reading
Uni teaches you a lot of things. To start off, yes, it’s supposed to teach you what the course outlines teach you (Focus on the ‘supposed to teach you’ part). It teaches you to think, write and speak. It teaches you to be an independent learner. All of that’s stuff that has been said. All of that’s stuff that I knew before going into uni. Continue reading
I always get told: “Wow you have so much money. How do you afford to travel so much?” Truth is, I don’t. I’m just a cheap full-time uni student like most, but I sacrifice a lot in order to save, and I strategically spend money. Here’s my list of effective ways to save money at home: Continue reading
I love airports! Whenever someone in my family has to go to the airport for whatever reason, I always accompany them no matter how many errands I had to run. I secretly take pride in telling my friends the sentence: “Oh, sorry I’m unavailable for this event ‘coz I have to go to the airport.” My friends don’t understand my love for simply going to the airport, even if I’m not the one who’s leaving. Here’s why I love it so much: Continue reading
I’m struggling to put my emotions into words after what I’ve just experienced, but I feel like this is an issue that needs to be raised, so I’ll give it a go. Today Mission Australia hosted a movie premiere event of I, Daniel Blake – a British-French film that has one many awards and is hands down one of the most effective films I’ve watched. This movie’s about a 59-year-old carpenter who lives in the UK and continuously struggles against the government red tape when he tries to apply for various government benefits, such as health benefits, workers benefits and jobseekers benefits. Continue reading
Being 20 hasn’t been all that easy so far. In fact, it’s probably been the rockiest start to a birthday year yet. I’ve been trying hard to veil my unanswerable questions, through the birthday presents, running and whatever it is that I do. Yes, life is interesting that way. You get moments where you feel elated, on top of the world and feel like you can achieve anything. Yet, you also get moments of uncertainty, where you just question everything around you. The first month or so has been a roller coaster for me, but for some reason it feels like there’s been more rapid downhills than the slow ascents. I guess these are just experiences that we all experience as adults… Continue reading