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Study in Australia: Amy Sumin Wong

Written by Your Story

Have you ever heard the word “Ubuntu”?

According to Amy Sumin Wong, it is an ancient African word that means “I am, because you are” and highlights the interconnectedness of everyone and everything. As an only child, Amy can be quite independent and used to be doing things by myself. But this word reminds her that she is a part of a bigger picture and that no matter what country, background, status, job or anything.

We are all in this together and have profound effects on one another whether it is indirect or not. Amy also relates this to charity work. “As sometimes we can care so much about Australia and forget the issues of the rest of the world. But we are ultimately one humanity! It is not us versus them, but us AND them!”, Amy said.

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“Hi, I am Amy Sumin Wong, a World Vision Youth Ambassador and Committee Member of MASSA (Malaysian and Singaporean Society Association) at UTS. I am from New Zealand, but both of my parents are Malaysians. Hence, I did not need to learn a new language and the culture is more similar than moving to, for instance, China! I am recently on a gap year and thinking of continuing Engineering combined with Creative Intelligence and Innovation at UTS next year”.

In 2012, I came to Australia to complete my high school and it definitely was a massive change for me and a pivotal moment in my life. I was incredibly homesick for 2 years as everyone who knows me well knows that I am an extremely patriotic kiwi! Apart from that, I love how Australian universities rank so highly in the world and especially how UTS have access to such great resources and facilities! It is such a blessing that this is one of the first countries have them and we often take for granted.

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This first time really widened my experiences and view of the world. It made me a lot more aware of different issues, cultures, worldviews and lifestyles! I love how diverse and multicultural it is in Australia, since it was less so back in Auckland. Although starting high school was definitely a challenge as I felt as the whole environment was quite different. I came from a high school where most people were quite nerdy in the fact that we all cared about doing well in our studies. However, my high-school in Australia was much more casual about it. Also, it was interesting trying to feel like I “belonged” in a place that was so different and foreign in culture to me.

Besides studying, I have part-time worked at Boost Juice and Nadia’s Café. These taught me efficiency, team-work and customer service skills that can be applied to all areas of life! I am currently a World Vision Youth Ambassador which is absolutely amazing. This is where I learnt public speaking skills, social media awareness skills, fundraising skills, networking skills and much more! All of these skills will be absolutely valuable in the workplace.

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What is the best experience have you had in university?

I am a Committee Member on the MASSA group which is for Malaysian and Singaporean students! We host events such as parties, eating social gatherings and Malaysian-movie-nights and so on! It is super fun and I am so glad to be a part of such a great community within UTS. I highly suggest you all, newies or odies in a university, to join a group such as MASSA and get connected and involved in student societies and voluntary programs! This will be one of the best times of your life! And I have no regrets since I started university life.

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What do you do to reduce stress or enjoy studying?

I need a clean room and space for studying! Also, I make sure I go out with friends and live a balanced life because that helps me to focus more when it comes to actual “study time”.

If you could give an advice for international students what would it be?

Right now, you might feel like you don’t belong or that Australia is not home. But Sydney is actually incredibly multi-cultural and welcoming of different cultures! Find a community of friends or society that you can plug into. There are so many amazing opportunities here, so get involved and the sky is the limit! I am from New Zealand and never thought I could be an ambassador for Sydney.

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What would you say to inspire international students to get better in the future?
I would say: “Find something that makes you passionate and run with it! Keep a positive can-do attitude and don’t be afraid of failure! Be the best you that you can be!”

If I can do it, so can you!”

– Amy Wong

Photo credit: Amy Sumin Wong

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Tone Down Distractions and Turn Up Your Music

Written by Student Life, Tips & Tricks

It is that time of the year again. Exams are looming. Late nights. Junk food binge. There are times when you do not even feel inspired to study for your exams, and everything is just static in your head when you think about your tests. Listening to music, however, may help you buckle down and focus on exam prep. Studies have shown that listening to music before studying or doing a task can be beneficial, as it improves attention, memory, and also your ability to perform mental math.giphy (20)

Here are a few ways to tone down your distractions and turn up your concentration.

1. A playlist of songs you are familiar with and could never get tired of listening.

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Personally, I find that listening to music does help me concentrate. It is usually songs that always listen to, or I have memorised over a period. Therefore, the songs have become natural to me, and it becomes nothing more than just rhythm and beat. By focusing on the rhythm and beat, I can mesh together what I am studying/reading with the beat of the song. When I get into the groove of studying, the songs just become soft tunes in the background.

2. Repeat a song over and over.

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Compared to the previous method, this ensures a steady rhythm and tune for you to memorise and study. I’ve been listening to “Bring Me To Life” by Evanescence on repeat to prepare for my exams, and I find that the rock beat keeps me awake and focused. Personally, slow songs make me feel relaxed as supposed to upbeat songs. I felt much more lively and driven to get stuff down when I listen to “Bring Me To Life” or any other rock song because it is fast-paced and exciting.

3. Listen to acoustic or instrumental songs.

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When you are trying to memorise things in a particular order or are processing a lot of written word, songs with vocals might not help. Your brain might be thrown off and confused by various words in the song. Music that is too upbeat or loud can be distracting so find something that helps you relax but also with enough beat or rhythm to ensure you do not zone out while studying. Choose classical music or more acoustic music with minimal words to distract you. Try turning into scores from some of your favourite movies while you study.

4. Join a music streaming service and try out one of their automatic playlists or create your own!

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Spotify is great if you are out of new music or if you have not any acoustic or classical music to listen. Sign up with your Facebook or Google+ account and you’ll have access to a multitude of songs from various artists. There’s a range of playlists you could choose from to suit your whims but don’t spend too much time browsing that you end up wasting your time! Apple Music also has the same features as Spotify too if you are more comfortable with that service.

Try these Spotify playlists:

The bottom line is, the final decision about studying while listening to music is up to you. You decide how you study and concentrate best – with a little T. Swift in the background or a little Ed Sheeran or some All Time Low. Alternatively, better yet, no music at all. Music’s effects on study habits will vary from person to person and also depends on the genre, how loud it is, etc. However, to be most productive when you study, you need to find out how music will affect your studying ability then curate a playlist based on that to best suit your needs.

Good luck!

 

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How to deal with a bad score?

Written by Student Life, Tips & Tricks

huge TOEFL envelope arrives in your mailbox. You rip open the seal, hands shaking and heart racing. There’s your score but you stop breathing:

I got a bad score?!

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From a college entrance exam to a high school test, we’ve all received frustratingly bad marks. It’s easy to let the mark prompt rash actions or lower self-esteem. So as the master of bad marks, I have discovered the best three solutions and the worst three solutions to deal with a bad mark.

Top 3 Solutions

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RUSH HOUR, Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, 1998, (c)New Line Cinema/courtesy Everett Collection

Socialize

Reach out to a friend and confide in them. Chances are you will feel better letting out your emotions than withholding it. Once, I received a terrible mark and almost went to accuse the teacher on a personal level. Thanks to the words of wisdom from my friends though, it snapped me out of my anger and motivated me to work harder to prove I am better that mark.

With friends as your best support network, your thoughts on that bad mark will drift away. Perhaps you need a new swimsuit for summer or your gals want to try out fine dining. Whether it be arcade or movies, engaging with your pals is a reassurance that you have a whole group supporting you and chances are definitely that friends can relate. You might even find friends sharing funny stories on their stupid test mistakes.

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Exercise

Stop sulking in bed and grab a punching bag to let out that steam. If you aren’t a gymmie, play your favourite sport or do something fun like trampolining at Sky Zone Alexandria. Exercise can be as intense as rock climbing or simple like walking your dog. If you feel restless in bed from the thought of that bad mark, what exercise does is that the endorphins—chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers—improve sleep, which in turn relieves stress. Hence, if construction kept you up all night before the day of the exam, throw a good punch and get a good nights sleep after.

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Reflect

A must to do after receiving that bad mark is to reflect and improve. Why did you receive this low mark? Was procrastination at its finest or was your study approach inefficient? If possible, find out the correct answer sheet, even better with explanations, and pinpoint where the mistakes were. This way on the next time round, your new study methods and exam habits can improve you chances of a high distinction.

Worst 3 Solutions

giphy (10)Long hours in front of the screen

As much as we would love to binge watch the Harry Potter series or Orange is the New Black, excessively watching movies, playing video games or surfing the Internet are temporary fixes with risk factors in the long run, such as Internet addiction disorder (IAD).

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Take drugs, pills or alcohol

Sure we could all do a chill night at the bar during Happy Hour with friends but it’s easy to lose sight of how many shots you’ve taken. As if a bad mark is not good enough, you might find yourself dealing with drugs or pills to ease the pain away. The more you look to drugs, pills or alcohol as your solution to deal with a bad score, the more attached you will get and end up causing more harm to you.

giphy (17)Lash your anger out on others

When something bad happens, it can become responsive to lash out on other people. While your roommate might have played the music too loudly during your study hours, the test was still taken by you after all. Do not let the anger bubbling inside translate into irrational actions such as writing a hate letter to the board or engaging in physical violence on others. Keep calm and carry on.

At the end of the day, a bad score is not the end of the world.

Mistakes are there for us to learn from on wrongdoings and work on our improvements. Don’t seclude yourself because of that one bad mark; there are plenty of chances in the future to improve. Move forward with a clear idea of what you need to do next.

Photo: Thuy Le

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10 apps to help secure your HD (high distinction)

Written by Editor’s Picks, Student Life, Tech

Let’s get these apps while we’re feeling amazingly motivated (offer ends third week of semester when everyone can’t be bothered attending lectures anymore).

1/ Any.do –

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Who doesn’t love a minimalist to-do list with a touch-based interface? Any.do can be organised into Work, Personal and Grocery List tasks, which can further be divided into Today, Tomorrow, Upcoming and Someday tasks, which can then be sub-divided into smaller tasks. And if you’re feeling really fancy, you can even use your voice to check tasks off the list.

2/ Scribd

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Every student has experienced the need to find all their books on their mile-long reading list. But Scribd has a growing archive of 500 000 books from over 900 different publishers allowing you to keep a library on your tablet, smartphone and web browser.

3/ EasyBib –

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For all your referencing needs (at 11:55 pm). Just enter in the title and the citation is automatically generated in any format you require. You can even scan the book’s barcode, as well as save and share references to help other students out

4/ Studious – 

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Organise your classes and schedules using this timetable app. You can even sync up your timetable with your friends’ (or see who you can avoid)

5/ CamScanner –

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Your phone instantly turns into a portable scanner, allowing the digitization of documents for easy storage and access. It also has multiple export options as well as other features such as automatic cropping and lighting functions

6/ Itunes U – 

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Browse through hundreds of courses relevant to your field or other interests all from leading universities around the world

7/ Alarmy: Sleep if you can ($2) – 

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Now we don’t need to set alarms for 7:00 AM, 7:10 AM, 7:15 AM… With Alarmy you need to either shake the device a certain number of times or take a photo of a specific object to shut it off.

8/ Mint – 

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Keep track of all your costs and spend within your budget. Best of all, it can organise your expenses for you

9/ GoConqr – 

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Take notes, make mindmaps, flashcards or quizzes to help you study

10/ Evernote – 

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What list of necessary apps is complete without Evernote? This is an all-in-one workspace where you can write articles, organise documents and photos as well as upload and share them.

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Start New with Week Two!

Written by Student Life, Tips & Tricks

“Couldn’t find a lecture hall and came in half an hour late with students all staring at me? Check. Stuttered when the tutor asked me to introduce myself? Check. Made zero friends? Check. OMG I checked off the entire list of what could possibly go wrong during my first week of uni. My life is over.”

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Okay, slow down there partner. Before you bawl your eyes out and live life as a hermit crab, it’s not too late to turn things around and start over. There are plenty of ways to get you back on track again

University is not high school.

Lectures are larger and professors pay less attention to students as individuals, such as your attendance. This is not to say that arriving to a lecture late is okay since some courses take attendance of lectures more seriously than that of others. As a comforting note, while you might see all eyes on you when you enter that creaky door, students will forget about you in the blink of an eye and therefore will not label you as “the-one-who-was-late-thirty-minutes”. More likely than not, other students will arrive much later than you did.

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Tut-tut

Tutorials often seem intimidating because of the small class size or the sharp eye of the tutor or you might see yourself as he only dumbo who doesn’t know the answer. But you don’t have to feel that way. Tutorials are designed to challenge your critical thinking. Chances are, many other students in the tute are as intimidated as you. Doing tute-prep, participating in class, paying attention and taking notes are the best ways to sit through tutorials feeling confident.

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Hello, it’s me

Making friends is completely up to you. Just be friendly and be yourself. Sounds simple right? Then again there’s that fear of rejection or paralysis of approaching people. Having the butterflies in your stomach is a natural reaction when meeting new students but it’s important to go outside your comfort zone. Honestly, the girl sitting next to you is just as nervous as you are. Break the ice with a friendly greeting and keep a conversation flowing. Who knows? Maybe you two study the same major, share three classes and enjoy the taste of kebabs. Oh, and don’t forget to ask for their Facebook.tumblr_nzqechQVBB1uhps0bo2_400

The Socialite

One last important thing I cannot stress enough – get social! Make the most out of the clubs you signed up (and paid for) during Orientation Week by attending weekly meetings, keep in the loop by following their Facebook page for special events. Maybe you might have missed out on their meet-and-greet but better now than never. And don’t worry if you didn’t get to Orientation. There are faculty camps that are wonderful bonding experiences, on-campus social parties to meet new people and Facebook pages for each club or society. It will be the best decision you could ever make.

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So what are you waiting for? Your first week might have been bad, but learn from your mistakes. Start fresh. Start new. Guaranteed you’ll find university life one of the best times of your life.

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5 New Uni Resolutions for the Lazy

Written by Entertainment, Student Life, Tips & Tricks

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

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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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Don’t dwell on bad internships

Written by Student Life, Tips & Tricks

Australia’s competitive job market has made landing a job after graduation no piece of cake.  As students, we try so hard to have an edge in the job market that we would do anything to gain experience through internships, paid or unpaid. We hope it will result in reference letters and glowing resumes that set us apart from the others.

In recent years, however, there has been heated debate over internship practise, and it remains a controversial issue. Are they exploitative or beneficial?

In the Sydney Morning Herald, Natalie James said that unpaid internships “should not move beyond merely learning and observing”.

But, if that’s the case,  then would we learn anything by doing menial tasks like making coffee or running errands? While internships are still in the grey area, it is made even more confusing due to the lack of regulations. We often find ourselves in a situation where we do not know our rights and are often unsure of what we can reasonably expect or demand from prospective employers.

Then how do we decide if an internship is worth it or not?  Here are some signs to help you identify a ‘bad’ internship opportunity.

Your employer makes you work full-time hours

It is advisable that you are aware that you are an intern. Interns are not supposed to assist with business output and productivity, nor should the employer gain direct advantages from your duties. Collen Chen, co-founder of Interns Australia, said to Right Now that ‘intern’ work should not be integral to the business, and the business should not gain more benefits than the intern.

Your internship is more than three months long

The point is to remember that placement is always a short-term arrangement.

You have not learned a new skill

Remember that internships are meant to give you practical work experience that you can’t learn in classrooms.

You are labelled “the intern”

Interns are at the bottom rank of workplace hierarchy. However, it doesn’t mean that you should not be acknowledged. You have your duties and responsibilities as other employees, just in different ways. Remember, you  deserve to be treated as an equal.

Your internship has no clear goal

For you to develop your skills, your manager needs to discuss and establish clear goals at the beginning of your internship. These goals also need to be reviewed periodically and your performance needs to be reviewed at the end of your internship.

Your manager ignores your feedback

Interns deserve a productive learning environment. When your manager ignores your feedback, that means you are not valued as part of the team.

All you do is fetch coffee and make copies all day

Interns should have real responsibilities. You should not be assigned to only menial tasks that contribute nothing to your learning experience.

You don’t know who to report to

It is true that interns don’t replace regular employees, but you need to work under close supervision of existing staff. You need to know clearly who to report to. Interns need a manager or supervisor to work with closely, answer questions and give real world advice.

If you  see some of these signs in your current internship, please do evaluate the value of your experience. While having an internship is better than none, a bad internship is not worth your time.

If you feel like you’re being exploited as an intern, and you feel like you are facing a problem, you need to stand up for yourself. Talk to your manager, talk to your supervisor, make a conversation with the HR rep or the internship coordinator. If that doesn’t work out, or you feel uncomfortable talking to them, seek assistance from your university’s careers service.

The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, once said, “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them”.

Be it project management, be it barista skills, be it fixing that Xerox photocopy machine, we learn by experiencing them. However, it is our call to put an end to internships that don’t benefit us.

For internships that us unhappy and dread going to work everyday, don’t dwell, but move on.

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Celebrating the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

Written by Entertainment, News

The Mid-Autumn Festival has always been a huge holiday in China. In fact it is the second most important holiday behind Chinese New Year. On the 5th day of the 8th lunar month with the arrival of autumn and appearance of the full moon, this festival originally celebrates gratitude for good crops and harvest, explaining its importance to the large farmer population in China.

“Legend has it that Hou Yi, the powerful hero who shot down nine of ten suns, received an elixir that has the power to send him to heaven and transform him into a god. He secretly gave the elixir to his kind-hearted wife, Chang E, for safe keeping, unaware that Peng Meng saw it. Once Hou Yi went out hunting, Peng Meng rushed to Chang E and demand she hand it over. Refusing to hand it over yet knowing she wouldn’t win, she swallowed the elixir and immediately flew up into the sky. It was her love for her husband, however, that drew her towards the Moon, the nearest place to Earth. Devastated by what happened to his wife, he offered her favourite food on the altar as a sacrifice . After hearing that Chang E became a goddess, folk people have since offered sacrifices to Chang E to pray for peace and good luck”

The festive atmosphere starts as early as one-month prior  with lanterns decorating the streets, vendors in markets selling moon cakes and families beginning to prepare for gatherings.  However, decorations aren’t a common sight on the streets now; only certain areas hang lanterns or  red banners with yellow Chinese characters saying “庆祝中秋”(Celebrating Mid-Autumn).

In addition to lanterns on the street, occasional street performances can be seen featuring the vivacious dancing dragon, the rhythmic drumbeats and loud golden clash cymbals.

During the days leading up to the festival, moon cakes  are the most popular item in a supermarket (and often the most common gift my dad received from his colleagues).

Traditional moon cakes consist of a soft pastry with a chewy, flaky or tender crust,  chewy, flaky or tender, enveloping a type of filling inside.

  1. On the top: an imprint on the crust with Chinese characters meaning “longevity” or “reunion”, designed with additional fancy prints around the characters.
  2. Inside the moon cake:
  • various fillings, but lotus seed paste (with or without egg yolk)
  • red bean paste
  •  jujube (dates) paste
  • five kernels (walnuts, pumpkin seeds, watermelon seeds, peanuts, sesame seeds, or almonds) held by maltose syrup have remained as the four classics.

Today, a wide range of exotic options exist such as fruit, ice cream and even seafood fillings!

My fondest memories are of my dad coming home with boxes of moon cakes in which my family and I would indulge in (my favourite were, and still are, red bean, egg yolk and pork fillings).

Moon cakes have always been a staple of the Mid-Autumn Festival and eaten to experience this holiday in the traditional style. .

Of course, there are more to just moon cakes on this special occasion.

The most important aspect of the Mid-Autumn Festival is family, cousins, uncles and every family member unite at the same place, same time to celebrate in their own fashion. Families that are more into tradition might light incense to pray to the gods before heading outside to sit on wooden stools and chatter under the goddess Chang E  living on the round, silver moon. Families of the new generation like mine look forward to preparing a big celebratory feast at home or finding a nice restaurant to enjoy.

Fireworks and lanterns light up the skies while large light figurines of dragons or lotuses float on small bodies of water. Families go out together to appreciate the scenery, yet still others  choose to stay at home on the couch and watch the Mid-Autumn Festival Gala while eating sunflower seeds.  Some may find the gala  a bore, but it’s one of those traditions that complete the festival in a way.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of Chinese holidays, seeing the banana that I am, but the Mid-Autumn Festival has got to be one of my favourites. As I grew up, my celebratory traditions have changed, but one tradition remains the same: family gathering.

My family might not be in Sydney with me to celebrate, nor are my senses able to pick up any of the usual Mid-Autumn festiveness in China but I have my new family of friends to eat moon cakes and attend the Cabramatta Moon Festival to feel at home with.

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A new kid on the block

Written by Student Life, Tech

In my previous article I mentioned various job portals and websites to look for jobs along with some career related advice. Among them I mentioned about a new and amazing website www.comet.is

Comet is a social and professional networking site that acts as a platform for directly connecting students with employers and educators. At Comet students can create their profile which acts as an online CV and can also build up their online work portfolio.(Source: Comet Student Information Guide V2)

An insightful interview with Mr John Collins, Co-Founder and Product Director at CareerLounge, further elaborates about this amazing platform. John preferred to explore few business ideas than getting stuck University and came up with what CareerLounge is today.

About Comet

John describes Comet as, “A community for young and aspiring professionals to share projects, news and stories. Anyone can create a profile and join ‘Villages’ where people, companies and educators from a particular field of interest come together.”

He says that, “Before Comet, the only places you could get information to help you make your decision were government websites (which are usually out of date), careers counsellors (which to be fair can be very helpful but can’t possibly know everything about every industry), or personal contacts you may have.”

According to him, “Comet is a community which provides this kind of information along with giving you opportunity to ask the author further questions or ask an employer what makes their workplace so great to be in.”

John Collins: Co-Founder & Product Director

Practicality of Comet for students

In regards to Comet’s usefulness to students, John says that Comet helps students get a better idea of the kind of roles and Companies they are interested along with getting information about work culture.

He says this while stressing on the fact that getting a job one is not aware of and then leaving the same creates problem for everyone. There are huge sunk costs in terms of employer’s valuable training time, resource time and of course money. “The applicant ends up with perhaps a stressful situation and a weird few months on their resume they need to explain at their next job.” asserts John.

Distinctiveness from other platforms such as spot jobs, LinkedIn and Seek

John considers LinkedIn to be in a different category to Seek and SpotJobs. According to him, “LinkedIn is a traditional social network and was built for senior professionals; while Seek and SpotJobs are both first and foremost jobs boards meaning quite simply, a list of job ads that can be browsed a few different ways”. He considers problem with LinkedIn being young professionals don’t have much “professional contacts” during studies and for SpotJobs and seek one still needs to find what they are looking for.

He believes, “Comet is something different all together and we designed Comet with some of the problems I’ve pointed out in mind. You can create a Comet profile, contribute your stories, learn about different industries and engage with employers without having a single contact or coming up with a keyword that will determine your future”

“Comet is a place for inspiration and exploration to help you discover the next step on your professional journey.”

He further adds, “If you know what you’re looking for, go to Seek. If you have professional contacts, go to LinkedIn. If you have no idea, come to Comet.”

Benefit of Villages to students

John considers Villages to be awesome as they have feeds with all the latest stories and news from other Comet Members, Employers and Educators. He says, “There are over 40 of them to join from Commerce to Design, Building & Construction to Agriculture and in each you’ll find companies looking to hire young professionals”. One can join and leave any number of villages as and whenever they like.

Work culture at comet

Team Comet:

Back row: John Collins, Product Director. Patrick Borgeest, Senior Engineer; Dominique Fisher, Managing Director.; Tom McKenzie, Head Engineer. Nicole Pogue, Operations Director. Georgia Rudin, PA.

Front Row: Zoe Willox, Content Curator; Jenna Murphy, Senior Account Manager; Luke Shillabeer, Web Engineer; Ciaran Nolan, Senior Account Manager.

“We’re very much a family here and everyone is really passionate about creating amazing products that truly make a difference. If I had to sum it up in one sentence; the work is really challenging but with such a great team, it’s all possible and we definitely have a lot of fun along the way. We have a few stress relievers in the office like our table tennis table, foosball table, Nintendo Wii and snack station with everything from fruit to chocolate. ”, John commented.

A word of advice for students

John advises students to not be afraid to take lots of little opportunities such as internships and volunteer roles while emphasizing on the importance of solid foundation of Hands on experience. In his words, “Showing that you’re proactive and hungry for experience indicates to employers that you have initiative and are willing to learn.”

He further adds, “Your Comet Profile can capture all manner of your experiences be it a free seminar you went to or a 2 month internship. It all counts.”

Student Ambassadors for Comet

John says, “ I’ve been working on a Student Partner Program that I’m looking to get underway from January 2016 but if Students are keen to support us or even just find out more about the startup world we’d love to hear from you today.” He says while quoting Immortal words of Bryan Adams, “Our mission is to inspire, empower and connect the world’s young professionals. Everything we do, we do just for you.”

Comet is working on a brand new product that will go a long way to helping students find great opportunities. “Keep an eye out as we’re launching it before the end of the year.”, says John.

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A Nurturing Journey named Univative Competition Part 1

Written by News, Student Life

Univative Competition is an annual competition organised jointly by Study NSW and six prestigious universities:

  • Macquarie University
  • University of Technology Sydney
  •  University of Sydney
  •  University of Wollongong
  • University of Western Sydney
  • University of New South Wales

Both local and international, to solve the real world business’s problem of different companies like Accor Hotels, Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) , Dentsu Aegis, Ernst & Young, Red Balloon, White Ribbon, Click View, Co-op and The Salvation Army.

The purpose of Univative is to connect students with corporate and community partners through industry-sponsorship and meaningful projects.

Here are the experiences of six students from Macquarie University about the Univative Competition 2015.

Krystal Ly, Accor Hotels Group Team

I am an international student from Vietnam studying Master of Commerce. I am also an International Student Leadership Ambassador (ISLA) of City of Sydney. My team’s task was to create a marketing campaign to increase the download of the hotel mobile app for Accor group.

Thanks to Univative and Accor, I discovered more about the hospitality industry and work culture in Australia. I learned that the possibility to implement a plan is more important than the innovation of the idea.

I strongly recommend students to join this competition as you can bring home real world business experience, better research, communication and teamwork skills. A  more confident and employable version of you will be created  as well as a  clearer vision for your career path.

Remathy Balakrishnan- Australian National Maritime Museum Team

I am an international student from Malaysia studying Bachelor of Commerce. My experience in Univative was fantastic because I was put in a team with peers from different disciplines and we managed to create a marketing campaign for ANMM.

This experience made me push my ability and come up with an innovative idea. My team won and it was a good feeling after long 4 weeks of hardwork. It was an eye-opening exposure to the real world and a good learning platform. It is an experience not to be regretted.

 

unnamedCecilia Palmero- Ernst and Young Team

I am a  marketing student in my final year studying a Bachelor of Commerce and working as a Marketing Assistant at Radiometer. Univative proved to be the perfect opportunity for me to put learned theory into practice and utilize my skills whilst gaining exposure to  real-life strategic business issues with experienced and expert project hosts.

My team worked  to develop a sales pitch aimed at a potential client of Ernst & Young looking to enter the Australian market. It is an opportunity to learn, to network and to collaborate actively alongside like-minded, dedicated and enthusiastic peers while receiving support through the professional and personal mentoring from MQ’s Career Service.

[To be continued]

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