The more I learnt about Hayao Miyazaki’s process, the less I feared creative collaboration. Following my idol’s approach, I was able to be assured that sharing my ideas with other creatives could be an enriching experience and help bring my projects to fruition.
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.
When I came to the realisation that both the career I had spent years studying towards, and the job I had worked so hard at were not for me, I went into crisis mode. I spent the better part of a year agonising over all the possibilities. I had so many interests, and strengths, that I could potentially turn into a career. With my career search, inevitably came the soul-searching. I had to consider facets of myself that I never had before, and I was confronted with the age-old questions: “Who am I?”
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.
Content Warning: This article mentions sexual assault and harassment. For a lot of people who haven’t done it before, pole dance sounds terrifying. Even to those who have been doing it for a while, some tricks look more intimidating than a medieval torture device. When I first started, I couldn’t figure out how to spin…
In a few ways, finishing my degree felt like a non-event. I celebrated after I submitted my last assignment, of course I did, but nothing really happened. There was no graduation ceremony, just me waiting for three weeks for an email to say I had been successfully awarded my master’s degree. That was it. It…
Just like how a recipe has an estimated preparation and cooking time, societal values have decided that we must follow a certain timeline as to when we hit milestones: finish high school at 18/19, go straight to university and finish at 22, get a career level job and start climbing the ranks from there. But just as cooking from a recipe can take us longer than the prescribed time, so can life.
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.
I first read Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist in 2017. I read it again in 2019. And then again in 2021. Every time I have returned to the pages of The Alchemist, I have found something new to learn, a new perspective to take on or another reason to return to it again a few years…
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.