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World Press Photo 2016

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World Press Photo 2016 is a global exhibition showcasing the best visual journalism of the past year. Compelling photos are displayed in the State Library of New South Wales until the 19th of June. I urge you to visit the impressive library and the exhibition. But a fair warning, some photos are graphic so viewer discretion is advised.

The atmosphere at the exhibition was silent and reflective. The photos felt emotional and raw, bringing to life the phrase “a picture is worth a 1000 words”. The photos brought to life some of the remotest parts of the world, such as the Larung Gar Buddhist Academy in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Tibetan Buddhists would travel to this place for the week-long Bliss Dharma Assembly. Photos of the earthquake that hit Nepal were also featured. These were some of the most emotional photos I had ever seen, apart from photos of the refugee crisis.

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The Larung Gar Buddhist Academy at Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture celebrating the week-long Bliss Dharma Assembly

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Some of the devastating shots after the massive earthquake that hit Nepal

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Some of the devastating shots after the massive earthquake that hit Nepal

Beautiful shots of nature, as well as some of the bloody truths of the world, are on display. They remind us to acknowledge that even though some of these issues don’t affect us directly, it will surely affect us in the long-run both personally and as a species. News of devastating events such as the earthquake in Nepal, the refugee crisis, or police brutality becomes much more real because you can’t simply change the channel and pretend things like that aren’t happening.

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Shots of the current state of some of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas as a result of police shootings

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Some of the less gory photos of the refugee crisis, including the famous one where Syrian refugees designate a chair for each member of the family that they’ve lost

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But, not all photos that were displayed were of devastation. There were shots of sports such as basketball, ski-jump, and synchronized swimming.

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Photos of cultural traditions such as the feast of Las Mayas were included as well.

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Life at the Antarctic was also captured, truly reminding us that there is life just about anywhere.

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It is important to remember that though these shots are beautiful, they are more than art. They are real people, real photographers, who sometimes risk their lives to showcase the truth. These are real issues and each shot tells a story. This exhibition connects us with each other because empathy is universal.

“World Press Photo’s prestigious Photo of the Year was awarded to this evocative image of a Syrian man handing his baby through barbed wire as he crossed the border from Serbia into Hungary It was captured in August 2015 by Warren Richardson, the first Australian to win World Press Photo’s top honours!” (taken from The State Library of NSW Facebook page)

So please, visit the exhibition and see for yourself these compelling images because the photos featured in this article do not do them any justice. The library opens at 9am Monday – Friday and 10am Saturday – Sunday.

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Calligraphy is Not Dead!

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Calligraphy comes from the Greek word kalligraphía, whose root words are kallos (meaning “beauty”) and graphein (meaning “write”). Back in the olden times, it was a tool for communication, but it was also an art practiced in many languages in various cultures. Some examples of languages that practice calligraphy as the art of beautiful writing are Arabic, Persian, Indian, Mongolian, Chinese, and Japanese

Sometimes calligraphy is used as a substitute for “regular” art. In Islam, it is forbidden to paint portraits, hence, why Arabic calligraphy boosted in importance and sophistication. Islamic calligraphy has been used from architecture to coin design, with beautiful writings of passages from the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam.

In Chinese history, calligraphy is seen as one of the highest forms of Chinese art. What you wrote is as important as the way you write it. The history of Chinese calligraphy is as long as that of China. It’s more than just a showcase of the abstract beauty of lines, but a way of self-expression and preservation of culture.

An artist by the name of Haji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiang has fused Islamic calligraphy with that of Chinese. He works to write Arabic using traditional Chinese calligraphic brushes and techniques. Born in 1963 in the Shandong Province of China, he is a renowned master of this art form. He’s the first Chinese Muslim to be awarded the Egyptian Certificate of Arabic Calligraphy. Haji Noor’s work has created a new world of calligraphy, much like J. K. Rowling has created a new world for witches and wizards. His art falls under the subcategory called “Sini”, which is a Chinese Islamic form for Arabic script

His work has been displayed in galleries and museums around the world, often known as the first Chinese/Arabic artist. Visit him on his website for more details.

As an added bonus, here are some modern calligraphy art to soothe your senses.

Be right back, I am going to find myself a brush, pen, and some ink.

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Notre Dame gets creative for Art Week

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Having low moments and experiencing negative feelings is not uncommon. But it’s the expression of those thoughts that will always help. This is what the University of Notre Dame aims to do this week.

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From Monday (2/5/16) to Friday (6/5/16), the university is holding Art Week to raise awareness of student mental well-being through creativity. Notre Dame students will showcase their talents in acts that they have worked to bring to you. They range from performance arts to stand-up comedy. During this colourful week you will also get a chance to:

  • Chat to counselors to learn more about mental health and other issues
  • Eat at the BBQ which will be running every day (all proceeds go to charities who are also involved in promoting mental health)
  • Watch student-produced films at Notre Dame’s cinema screening
  • Wander Artist’s Alley and examine student artworks, talk to the artists themselves and create your own masterpiece
  • Participate in short workshops that will introduce you to the basic concepts of art and other fields of creativity
  • Get up close and personal with Notre Dame’s animal farm on Thursday (5/5/16)
  • See what more the university has to offer by saying hello to other clubs and societies at various tents

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Each day will begin at 11:30 am and end at 2:00 pm (daily Mass will occur from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm). This is a great event if you are interested in different forms of creativity, want to perform and support others performing or just want to have an enjoyable time (or everything above!)

Every year most universities dedicate a week to bring together their students. What unites us is our passion, inspirations and hard work. So come down if you’re free and join the University of Notre Dame students in raising awareness of mental health concerns. See you there and have a great week!

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What is Sydney Malaysian Games 2016?

The Sydney Malaysian Games (indoor segment) this year which took place on Saturday 16th of April from 9 am to 3 pm. Many Malaysian societies from various universities were in attendance such as USYD, UTS, UNSW, Macquarie and Wollongong. I have never been to sports event before so, to be completely honest, I was nervous but excited to see what was in store.

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When I arrived at 7:30 am, participants were already registering and warming up for Badminton and Volleyball which started at 9:30 am until 12:30 pm. From 1:30 pm onward until 3 pm, the Basketball and Captain Ball games began. There was an intense competitiveness yet a strong sense of sportsmanship between the players. Apart from enjoying the event, I got a chance to talk to the presidents of the groups who told me all about how the event was organised and what they hoped to achieve through the efforts of their teams.

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In order to co-ordinate such events, the presidents collaborate with each other and their sponsor, the Malaysian Students’ Council of Australia (MSA CA). It is a group effort made by Malaysian students for Malaysian students. The annual event has already been conducted for approximately 7 years. In the past years, more and more students (from both Malaysian and other backgrounds) have joined leading to bigger teams and bigger groups. It evidently shows that the student community is strengthening through such events.

I also wanted to find out how the experience went for the participants and was able to interview Nurafiqah Yusof. She had participated in Badminton earlier in the day and this is what she had to say:

Have you played in events like these before?

“This was my first time attending such an event. Last year I hadn’t been involved in anything to do with Malaysian students. At the beginning of the event, i was sort of pumped up and nervous at the same time because I would be playing against or with people I had never met before. Basically playing with strangers. But as the event progressed, I felt much more comfortable with my teammates and it was refreshing to play with “strangers”.

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Nurafiqah Yusof (centre)

I had only ever played the sports in high school on the school teams but it was different this time around because I was representing a Malaysian student organisation. Everybody at the event were friendly off the court but on the court, they meant business. It was great to see such talent in the respective sports though it did make me nervous because I had to play against them.

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What did you think about the event made for Malaysians by Malaysians? 

I felt proud that they were Malaysians and they were representing our country so well in terms of their sporting abilities and their intelligence. It was a harmonious event with Malaysians from different schools competing against each other. It was the first time I had seen a large congregation of Malaysian students and it definitely made me feel like I was home. The best thing about the event was probably the fact that it brought together all these Malaysians from different unis and studying different things under one roof and “uniting” to represent their institutions.

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What was the best thing about the day? 

The best thing about the day was that I got to play badminton. Though it wasn’t my best performance, I still enjoyed every moment of it because I was with my friends and it helped me release some stress. Because this is an annual thing (I believe), I would most certainly attend if again next year if I have the time and I can participate. If not, I will just settle for spectating and/or volunteering.” 

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Clearly, I’m not the only one who enjoyed the event. Even though I was anxious at the start, I realized that I didn’t need to be. The environment was casual and comfortable, everyone was willing to get to know me and involve me in the fun. Cheering along with the audience and simply being part of the lively spirit made sport even more enjoyable than I had expected.

Thank you to the presidents of the group and everyone who had given me a warm welcome – audience and participants alike. If you are a fan of sport and would love to compete and be a part of a community, then do consider joining this event next year through your university group!

Photo credits: Sumaiyah Tasneem

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Chicken dumpling snack: Steamed Momos

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This dish I absolutely love. Why? Well because it looks great, it’s convenient to eat and tastes oh so good. This dish isn’t hard to make. Just a little bit of practice and we all can be professional cooks of Momos ! However, they do take some time to make, so ensure that you have a good couple of hours to complete this dish. These snacks are great for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They’re also a great picnic snack, party food and really convenient for people who work a lot and have only short breaks in their workplaces.

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A little history on Momos:
They originated from Nepal and Tibet but are a very common fast food in Nepal, North and Northeastern India, Sikkim and Darjeeling. You could say Momos are like dumplings with a Nepalese twist.

So without further ado, I shall tell you how you can make these little packages of delight.

For the skin of the Momos:

Ingredients:

4 cups flour

1 to 1 1/2 cup of water (approximate)

Method:wrapper

  1. Put the flour into a large bowl and make a pit in its center like a well.
  2. Add water slowly and gradually and mix it until the dough can hold itself together.
  3. Knead the dough until it is firm and supple (kneading it for a couple of minutes gives better results)
  4. Flatten the dough completely into a thin yet firm layer.
  5. Use a round cookie cutter to cut out equal shaped wrappers.

For the filling of the Momos:

Ingredients:

1 lb minced chicken

I chopped small onion

2 stalk spring onion

small pinch of cilantro

1 tablespoon oil

2 table spoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon oyster sauce

salt and pepper

Method:momo

  1. Mix all ingredients into a bowl using your hands and add teaspoons of water to keep the mixture wet.
  2. Lay the wrappers flat and moisten the edges with water.
  3. Place the filling onto the centre of the wrapper so that there is a 1 or 2 cm border
  4. Pinch the edges of the wrapper together to make a fringe
  5. Put the momos into steamer and wait until they seem dry. If they feel sticky, they need a little more steaming.

Keep practicing and trying and one day you’ll get the perfect plate of Momos.

Good luck!

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5 Songs To Make Overseas Students Homesick

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It’s mid-week so let’s enjoy some music. Being an overseas student is difficult in many ways, but one of the saddest moments is when we have to deal with the sudden feeling of homesickness. It might happen many times, especially when we are sitting on the train listening to some moody music. These are 5 songs that you should consider avoid listening to to if you are seriously homesick, or you may end up sobbing like a child.

1. Home- Michael Bublé

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The name says it all. This song is a classic. For many international students, the long summer break is the ideal time for homecoming, but for some, it’s an ideal time to stay back, to explore as well as to work more. Michael Bublé’s song expresses this quite exactly as he sings ‘Another summer day, has come and passed away […] I wanna go home’.

2. Million Years Ago- Adele

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Nicknamed the queen of heartbreak, Adele knows how to shatter our heart into pieces with her emotional voice. ‘Million Years Ago’ is about dealing with one’s self growing up, facing the fact that everyone has to change and someday we might have to go our own way. Listening to this song, you might end up thinking back about your whole life, the good, the bad, the joy and the tears when she sings ‘I feel like my life is flashing by but all I can do is watch and cry’. Then even worse, she goes right into the feels: ‘I miss the air, I miss my friends, I miss my mother…’. Good job, Adele, there must ninjas cutting onions everywhere.

3. I’ll Be There For You- The Rembrandts

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Seriously, who would have listened to this song without clapping near the beginning? We all love the all-time popular series ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S’ and we all love this cheery opening song. Friends are crucial for a happy life, and this song tells it clearly. Even though ‘your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life D.O.A’, having friends besides you still makes you feel better. We might make lots of friend in another country, but we all miss those friends back in our home country, ones that can only talk to us via Facebook or Skype. And let’s face it, when you think of your homecoming, you don’t just think about spending time with your family, you are also think about your friends.

4. Need You Now- Lady Antebellum

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This song might not be truly homesick for everyone, but for some, the context of the song itself is quite moody. The ‘You’ in ‘Need You Now’ might not necessarily be a lover (though for some it might be a distant love, who knows?) but a person you really need back there, oceans apart, whenever you feel lonely. ‘It’s a quarter after one, I’m all alone and I need you now’ Who wouldn’t feel a little bit lonely as an overseas student at that time?

5. My Land- Secret Garden ft Espen Grjotheim

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Last but not least, feeling homesick may be equal to nationalism, as the more you miss your home country, the prouder you feel about it. Deep down in our heart, no matter how far we travel, our home country still wins that best place in our heart as the most beautiful nation ever, because it’s beautiful in many ways. This song sings it for you: ‘For you are my land and you always will be the voice ever calling me home to you’.

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Reasons for going to the Royal Easter Show 2016

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Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday? Four days in a row? That’s a very long weekend! The long weekend is the Easter break (the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus and his promise of eternal life). Apart from the excitement of eating chocolate eggs and decorating eggs, there one more thing you can look forward to – the Royal Easter show.

It was first held in 1823 and is one of the biggest annual events held in Australia. It is an event with various programs that are fun for the whole family and it celebrates Australian culture. The RAS (Royal Agricultural Society of NSW) invests around $7 million AUD each year to design and create activities for the show that promote the strengthening of communities. It’s a great way to enjoy your Easter break!

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But before drowning ourselves in this fun and exciting event, it’s a good idea to step back and make sure we know what to be aware of if we decide to attend this event of beauty and aesthetics.

Transportation Information

To the Easter show!

To the Easter show!

  • Time and venue- The royal Easter show is held in 1 Showground Rd, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127 from Thursday, 17 March to Wednesday, 30 March, 2016.
  • Accommodation- The show takes place in Sydney Showground which is within Sydney Olympic park. Trains and buses are provided for accommodation and there are many extra services in order to ensure fast transport. For everything you need to know about getting to and from the Show, visit www.transportnsw.info or call 131 500.
  • Parking for individual transport- Since attendance for the show is in high demand, it’s most likely that the capacity for parking would reach its limit, especially during weekends. It is recommended you pre-book your parking ticket online at www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au/prebook (please note that pre-book parking is available until 23:59 the night before your visit). The cost for single entry parking is $25, regardless of how long you decide to stay.

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This carnival is filled with thrilling, adrenaline inducing experiences for the adventurous ones! Some of the rides include:

  • 9D cinema
  • Alien Abduction
  • Cliff Hanger
  • Dodgem cars,
  • Extreme
  • Haunted hotel
  • Mayhem Manor

And many more!

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Snacks and meals

A great day is never complete without its share of happiness inducing food! There are many places in the venue that can cater to your taste buds! To name a few, they have World Bazaar, Beyond India, De Costi Oyster & Tyrrell’s Wine Bar, Yalla Yalla!, Canadian club bar, Arena View Bistro and bar and Charleys restaurant.

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Food equates happiness

Some of the snacks include Nutella shot donuts, strawberry jam and scone flavored gelato, cheese burger pie and red velvet deep fried Oreo. Just hearing them makes you want to rush there to give it a try.

Animal shows

Who doesn’t love animals? This part of the venue is just a little something to give you your daily dose of cute. There are many animal competitions held. Some of them are dogs, cats, puppies, bunnies and even alpaca competitions!

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If you wish to pet and cuddle these adorable creatures then come along to the farmyard nursery, where all the animals within the 800 yard area can be petted. The sheep and fleece pavilion allow you to play with sheep and adorable little lambs as well.522404_660349050642738_1765279044_n

There is much more than whats mentioned above to the Easter show. There is endless entertainment, a place filled with fun and laughter and an overall great experience. Be sure to attend the Easter show and celebrate with everyone as one harmonious community!

May your Easter be filled with lots and lots of chocolates, fun and fabulous moments. Enjoy your break!

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5 Common Contagious Diseases Students Face Everyday

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The synchronization of human emotions is the cause of “disease” is spreading rapidly in the community. Do not be too scared! The “contagious disease” here actually is just the behavior and emotional expression that we imitate each other unconsciously. Believe it or not? Check out the following article for your answer.

  1. Yawn

To operate effectively, especially when tired, we usually breathe deeply to pump air to the brain and “cool” it.

However, try to notice the view. Sometimes when you see someone is yawning, you yawn naturally too. Why is there such a phenomenon?

According to some studies, people imitating the yawns of others are empathetic or have the ability to emotionally connect with other people.

To demonstrate this relationship, a psychologist at the University of Leeds (UK) implemented an experiment with psychology students and students from other majors. They were then individually seated in an observation lounge and observed a yawning participant several times for several minutes.

The results? The psychology students yawned three times more in response than the other students. As psychology is a practice that requires a great amount of human observation, it suggests that people who are more inclined to be empathetic will respond the same way.

Experts said that this mirroring action dates back to evolution. Ancient humans lived in a closely-bound herd, so empathy in the community is very high. Moreover, because yawning is a way to “reboot” the brain, it is necessary to increase the vigilance of the collective group.

However, contagious yawning may not cause a physically harmful problem, as been said by Michael Decker, Associate Professor of Nursing: “The yawning becomes more of a social phenomenon than a physiological phenomenon.”

  1. Itchiness

Similar to yawning, itching is also contagious. Feeling “itchy” is not only simply based on whether looking at someone is scratching, but also by the perceived level of your emotions.

A study was conducted at the University in the city of Hull (UK) with 51 adults. After personality tests, they are asked to watch a video of people scratching, and then made a report if they feel like scratching or not and to what extent they experienced it.

The result is about 64% of participants had at least scratched once when viewing images of others scratching. According to the results of magnetic resonance imaging of the brain, to see someone scratching will activate the same brain areas when we scratch ourselves.

And the results of the personality tests showed that the type who are emotive or can easily get through negative feelings tend to feel itchy and scratch more than the other test participants.

  1. Laughter

Laughter is one of the most fundamental reactions of the human body. We laugh when we feel happy and comfortable. Moreover, laughing also very beneficial to health, while helping the body secrete substances such as neural peptides, dopamine or serotonin (the hormone that works to reduce stress, relax the body, reduce blood pressure and so on).

But the most amazing point of this action is the spread. It is because people often tend to follow what the crowd are doing, a phenomenon known as “herd mentality.”

Digging a little deeper, when they see other people laugh, our cortex is activated, which secrete chemicals like serotonin and dopamine making the body become more relaxed.

And when we get more comfortable, there is no better reward than laughter.

  1. Shudder

Even to feel the cold can also spread and affect one another. According to researchers at the University of Sussex, just observing someone shivering and shuddering is enough to feel cold. This phenomenon is called ‘temperature spread’.

They have done an experiment with 36 participants. These people are watched footage reels of actors with their hand in warm water or cold water. Meanwhile, the researchers will measure the temperature of the hands of the participants.

Results showed that although the body temperature does not change, the temperature of the participants hands became significantly colder when watching the videos with the cold-water actors.

This suggests that physiological changes occur unconsciously as a way for us to empathize with others and to better understand their feelings.

Psychiatrist Dr Neil Harrison: “Humans are creatures with profound social and human success comes from the ability to work together. In particular, the similarities reactions physiology can facilitate emotional connection, the ability to work to help become more efficient.”

  1. Stress

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute – Technical University of Dresden (Germany) led to the conclusion that, by just watching thrilling situations, in real life or on screen, is enough to do a slight stress.

They performed experiments on nearly 400 people, the group divided in pairs. One person of the pair will do a set math or undergo a mock job interview while the rest observed.

Results showed that 95% of the subjects experienced stress hormones. However, a 30% increase was found in the observing group as well. Stress levels also varied with the partners of the participants. 40% of the observers felt very nervous when watching their significant other tolerate stress, compared to the 10% increase if strangers were observing.

These results are actually not too surprising. For example, when there is someone restless, pacing back and forth, we will become stressed and anxious ourselves.

 

Source: WashingtonPost, HuffingtonPost, FoxNews

 

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5 New Uni Resolutions for the Lazy

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Welcome to those fresh out of high school (prepare yourselves) and to those who are returning to uni (you poor suckers). Here are a few study hacks as a new semester descends upon us.

1/ Take the time to be present

Sit at the front. Aall the way at the front

Sit at the front. Aaall the way at the front.

Seat yourself where the professor directs their attention and thus questions. We’re all students and therefore nerds, nothing wrong with that. Near the back has poor lighting and food crumbs…which are like the crumbs of knowledge you’re picking up (#Englishmetaphors). And not being there in the first place means you’re not picking up anything at all. Plus, you’ll be surprised by what actually filters through during daydreams and thoughts about lunch.

2/ Don’t leave just yet

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Ten minutes before the lecture ends there’s a rustling of papers, then a whistling of zippers, then a thunderstorm of seats snapping back into position as people leave. If your next class is almost a suburb away across uni campus that’s understandable. But if it’s within a 500 meter radius, surely you can spare a few minutes listening to the lecture slides that (most) professors have devoted time and energy to. Near exam or assignment time there are always a few pointers that will help and they’re usually tacked on at the end for the studious.

3/ Ask question after question

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Raise your hand like this Young Boy at School Raising His Hand to Answer in Class — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Only the mighty of us ask questions in class. Why? Because no one admires someone who seems to lengthen lecture time. But you know who does? The professor and every person who has the same question on their mind. You’re showing that you can think critically about the topic or present potentially new and interesting perspectives. It actually injects life into the lecture and allows the professor to showcase their knowledge. Uni is, after all, an opportunity. Make it a point to ask a question every time. Stand out and be remembered as that person instead of those people.

4/ Read the textbook before lectures

All the books you promised to read. But never did

All the books you promised to read. But never did

Yes, uni textbooks can cost almost two weeks rent. Yes, sometimes these are impulsively bought during the period of time when everyone’s super motivated to study. And yes, sometimes the recommended textbooks aren’t even used. But by going to the source of the professor’s material, you’ll know what the lecture will be about in advance. The absorption of the take-home message will be much faster, so you can get-home much more quickly too.

5/ Use lists

So many days. So many opportunities

So many days. So many opportunities

The phrase “get organised” sounds so overwhelming to procrastination lords everywhere. Like it’s so simple to download an app or buy a diary and write down tasks each day and just do it. So where do we start? Start by writing down lists. Write down absolutely everything you need to do and ignore deadlines. From there, prioritise those tasks. So many of us walk around with to-do lists in our heads that it creates unnecessary mental clutter (as uni students, we don’t need anymore). By writing them down, those goals become concrete and we’re more likely to remember them.

So go forth and conquer the first week of semester.

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V-Day: The Singles Way

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It’s the day all singles are dreading— drumroll please— it’s Valentine’s! On this day you notice more couples holding hands than usual and shout at couples to stop with PDA. Believe me, I have been there for 19 years. Although I might not be in the position to talk about celebrating Valentines the “singles way” now that my status is taken, 19 years of loneliness on February 14th has gained me enough experience to teach you how to take your mind off the lovey-dovey side of Valentine’s and embrace the benefits of living single.

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Pinterest: Émilie Asselin

1. Attend Sydney Events

You’d be surprised how many events or promotions Sydney has in store for Valentines as a single. For one, head to the Keg & Brew in Surry Hills for a once in a year Anti-Valentines feast that features BBQ ribs and sticky date pudding to ensure that while you might feel lonely, at least your stomach won’t.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/182185968811024/ for some more Sydney events.

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2. Movie Screening

Sick of staying in bed watching movies all the time? Get your lazy ass out of bed and head off to Event Cinemas on George Street to join other singles like you (around ages 25 to 45 as suggested) for the screening of Zoolander 2. Come simply for the company of other singles or in search of your Knight in Shining Armour or Damsel in Distress.

Try out https://www.rsvp.com.au/content/event/nsw/valentines+movie+date/66903.jsp

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Pinterest: Playbuzz

3. Netflix and Chill… by yourself

There is no shame in binge watching episodes of Empire. Sit back and watch some romcoms with some discount chocolates and scented candles but don’t torture yourself by watching The Notebook or creating a romantic atmosphere just to make you feel worse. Take it slow on the calorie intake too.

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4. Hold an Anti-Valentines Party

Credits to the idea in the movie Valentines Day, why not invite friends and acquaintances as well as their friends and acquaintances to a party celebrating the holy benefits as a single? Why not buy a huge piñata in the shape of a heart or play a collection of games (think UNO or even spin the bottle) plus a few drinks to get the atmosphere going. By the time the music is played and the pizza is delivered, your worries of dying alone forever will disappear.

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5. Reunite with family

Valentines is not restricted to couples, as it may seem to the world. It’s a day to celebrate the love that keeps people united and happy. Why not spend V-Day with the people who love you unconditionally: your family? Take a weekend off to see your mum and dad as well as your other relatives for a classy homemade dinner, sitting at the dinner table laughing and sharing good old memories.

Nicolette, Powerful Mothering

Nicolette, Powerful Mothering

But, whoever and however you spend your Valentines is not particularly important to be honest. There are billions of single men and women in the world and while you might feel especially alone on this particular day, you really aren’t.

Mr. or Mrs. Right probably took the wrong train or walked the wrong trail on his or her way to find you. February 14th is a day that recognises love, any type really, so there is no need to sulk. After all, you have love and support from friends and family that will always stand by you no matter what. Cherish the love you receive and never take it for granted.

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