In times of transformation, like shifting from the identity of ‘student’ to ‘graduate,’ it can be hard to allow ourselves a moment to pause. Add in the constant lens of social media, which shows us only the highlights of our peers and friends’ lives, we’ve been conditioned to feel like if we’re not working perfectly to plan, then we must be falling behind.
Getting a High Distinction on an assessment won’t pay for dinner, but at the same time, you still want to do well in your studies. So, where do you draw the line between studying and work? And how can you put uni first while trying to earn a living? If you’re set on studying and need to make a living, then neither of these things is something you can just ‘give up’ on. You need both to survive.
Keeping up with the trends in your creative industry and understanding them can be stressful. I know at times I’ve felt that the consumption of my creative mediums has felt more like a chore rather than fun. I asked myself: How can a writer balance the need to read and be influenced by the greats while keeping afloat in the constantly shifting landscape of ever-readily available content fed to us every day?
Job rejection is a large part of the job searching experience, and while you may feel alone in this, you definitely aren’t. Every person, including myself, has been in the position of searching for their first job. So, if you’re job-seeking for the first time or the 30th, read on for advice on how you can remain hopeful through this time.
Determined for me to experience the magic of reading, my Grandma applied her first Law of Knitting. Like a good ball of wool, she enlisted the help of Roald Dahl’s classic tale The Witches. Using her Laws of Knitting, My Grandma helped nurture my love of reading. You can’t expect to knit a scarf in one go. You’re going to be slow as your hands learn how to move and thread the wool. You’re going to have to backtrack if you drop a stitch.
Having held myself back for years with low expectations, I realised that my unwillingness to try new things was dragging me down. After barely making it through high school, I thought I would never make it through anything. Nevertheless, I decided to enroll in university to shake myself up and hopefully challenge my self-doubt. During the…
“Stop comparing yourself to others.” It’s easier said than done, right? I know I am guilty of this quality but as Franklin Roosevelt once said, “comparison is the thief of joy” and comparing your own talents to someone else’s will ultimately self-sabotage your own. When you begin to compete with yourself you essentially begin to drown out the success of others. Instead of focusing on what age so and so published their first novel, you shift the focus to, if I focus on this manuscript and set myself a deadline, I could look at publishing this soon. By doing this you ultimately develop an action plan to mapping out your success.
When I finished high school, I went straight to university. I was excited by the prospect of pursuing my dreams and stepping into adulthood. I felt I was more than prepared for this next chapter of my life. I find it funny to look back on now: the hopeful young woman who thought she was…
My Gap Year after leaving High School wasn’t an exciting travel filled year that is often sold to us. It was a year of hard work, soul searching, self discovery and resilience. I was explicitly advised not to study a Bachelor of Arts – that a Bachelor of Arts was too vague and instead of wasting my time in an airy fairy Arts Course, I would be better off focusing on one field instead of multiple.
There is no doubt technology is expanding and evolving at a rapid rate – with the likes of Samsung releasing ‘Gear VR’ in 2015, Netflix becoming one of the most popular TV streaming platforms since their inception in 2007, mobile apps redefining service industries including the retail sector and taxi service industry (Uber anyone?), and…