Chin-up Tuesday #2

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All the motivational posters in this series are my own!

Time for another bout of Tuesday motivation.

I found this quote in my journal from last year and it still resonates with me. I think it’s very useful to remember that everything you learn will help you later on, whether it’s academic or practical or even just something like figuring out how to deal with a certain type of person. You’re not wasting your time – no matter how boring or irrelevant or seemingly useless, it will all come together to help you build and refine your understanding of the world. (As far as I can recall, this was the article that got me on this train of thought sometime last year.)

 

Here’s my look-forward-to list for this week:

New laptop
My current one is very, very slow, so I’m treating myself to something flash when I go back to uni next week. I think I need some reward for working (almost) full time over the summer holidays when I could have been at the beach, or doing creative things, or at the very least working somewhere…else.

Blog with Pip
I’m starting a blogging e-course next week! It’s run by Pip from Meet Me at Mikes, who is lovely and runs one of the only blogs I’ve consistently followed and enjoyed ever since I first found out that blogging was a thing back in 2009. So that’s all a bit exciting.

O-Day
I’ve never been to an orientation day in my life before, but apparently it’s time to buck the trend because Ali Barter is going to be there and she is a GEM and a LEGEND. Give her song ‘Girlie Bits‘ a listen if you haven’t already, it’s a banger.

Vidcon
I know I put this on my last list, but now it’s official. It’s a Thing. A Thing that is really happening. My flights are booked and my ticket is bought. Ohmygod.

 

Reflections on university

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My graduation ceremony was last week. After five long years I’ve finally finished my (three year) bachelors degree and come out with a distinction (and several thousand dollars’ worth of debt). Even though I’ll be back in a couple of weeks to complete an honours year, I can’t help but reflect on my time at uni and some of the things I’ve learned and experiences I’ve had.

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I thought I’d write down some of the things I wish I’d known at the beginning, for anyone out there who is just beginning their journey into the wonderful world of higher education.

  1. There is no need to pay for coffee. If you get in with the right people, they’ll let you use their secret kitchen.
  2. Making friends with your faculty by getting involved in events and clubs will help you SO MUCH. Plus they will also let you use their kitchen (see above).
  3. It’s totally normal to switch majors, courses, or even unis. Hardly anyone gets it right the first time. How can you know what a course is going to be like until you try it?
  4. Never print something on the same day it’s due. Printers can smell fear.
  5. Going to a foreign country by yourself for a 6-month exchange will be tough and sad and amazing and it will make you grow in a way that nothing else really can.
  6. Volunteering will change your life.
  7. Allow at least half an hour before class for circling pointlessly around the eternally-full carpark, swearing in frustration, and creepily following people walking back to their cars in the hope of jagging their spots. Alternatively, park 5kms away on the other side of campus and spend the half hour speed-walking to your building (wear running shoes).
  8. If you’re willing to show up and put in the extra time and effort then people will start throwing opportunities at you. So many students adopt the ‘Ps get degrees’ mentality that a little enthusiasm can take you a long way.
  9. When you find yourself deluged with said opportunities, remember to say no sometimes. You can’t do everything.

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And finally:

10. Some days you’ll fly and some days you won’t be able to get out of bed. Those 3/5/7 years will be a crazy, fun, exciting, exhausting, overwhelming and amazing experience. Make the most of it.

Chin-up Tuesday

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Lyrics: Ben Howard, design (including type): myself

I don’t know about you, but I’ve well and truly got the back-to-work blues. Now that Hottest 100 Day is over and Christmas is but a fleeting memory, the months ahead look long and bleak.

I’ve found in the past that writing down the things I’m looking forward to is a good way to keep my spirits up, so I thought I’d try and do it every Tuesday and post it up here, along with a cheery/interesting quote or something. I am not as such a motivational quote kind of gal, but I  guess we all need a little help sometimes.

My look-forward-to list:

Pilates
Now that the season of spontanaeity is over and I can go back to having some semblance of a routine, I’m excited to get back into pilates and start doing it properly, a couple of times a week. I have a twelve-class pass for my favorite light, airy, slightly hippie pilates studio which also happens to be on my way home from work, so I have no excuses.

Op-shopping
I’m scheduling in some me time to go secondhand shopping on my day off this week. There’s nothing I enjoy more than an afternoon spent exploring new (to me) op shops in different parts of the city. With a stopover in the middle for tea and cake/ice cream, of course.

Vidcon
While this is definitely not 100% confirmed yet, I’m super keen on the idea of a trip to California to go to Vidcon in June. There are some Youtubers I’ve been watching for years that I’d really like to meet (or at least attend a show or panel of) before this whole thing blows over/I get too old to be a fangirl. Really hoping this will all work out.