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Time and time again...

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Time and time again...

Here are a few facts:

9 years of our life is spent on TV and social media.

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3 years are spent in education.

28.3 years of our life is spent sleeping...

We have 86,400 seconds every single day.

How do you spend it?

I ask you how you spend it,  because you can’t save it. It is the one commodity that is the same for everyone. You can earn more money, but can you earn more time?

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Hours upon hours we can spend glued to a TV, seeing the words, “are you still watching?” more than we see those that are important to us.

I get it. It’s not as easy as flipping a switch. We can’t suddenly become go getters, wake up at 6.am, study hard, hit the gym, read a book, play music, engage and connect with people, power through the night and kick goals in all aspects of our lives… but really, who’s choice is it to make?

If the choice is in our hands then we can choose to do more of the things that are meaningful.

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If someone deposited $86,400 in your bank every single day, but at the end of each day it was all gone, how and what and who will you spend it on?

 

“Our greatest mistake is thinking we have time.”

 

Written by Himal

 

 

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Facing Failure

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Facing Failure

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You lay in your bed as despair sets in, you feel as if there's nothing left for you to do - what are you worth anyway? You think to yourself - what's the point of doing anything if everything I do fails?

Whether it be a failed test, a job interview, rejection from the one you like, or you didn't do as well in something you thought you were good at; we all have something that we wish we didn't fail at.

Fail hard, fail fast

Those successful people you see everyday. The ones that look like it was effortless to be as good as them. They were not always like that.

They used to be like you too - everyone starts somewhere. Behind every successful job, there have been many failed interviews - people show you their highlight reel, not their outtakes.

Learning to fail is probably the best thing to develop. At first, each failure was crippling and it set me back - but for each and every failure, it felt a little less crippling. While a set back, there was always something for me to learn, something I wouldn't have known otherwise.

This probably is hardest for those who never had to try being smart, or those who were naturally good looking, charismatic, smart, etc.

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Failure sets you apart

I'm gonna say it outright. The people who fail the most are the ones more likely to be successful. It seems like an oxymoron doesn't it?

But think about it - those who face failure are doing something they don't know, doing something they may not be comfortable in.

The ones who are risk-averse never try to go for that dream girl, get that unattainable job or start that business. They just stick to where they are, scared of doing anything due to fear of failure.

Where do I go from here?

One thing that I always think to myself whenever I fail is that, life goes on.

“This too shall pass”

What are you going to do now? Where does this lead you to?

Mark c:

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How to wake up at 6am!

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How to wake up at 6am!

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For the past few months, I've been waking up at 6am every single day (well, most days anyway) and the free time I get in the early morning is probably the most valuable time in my day.

To get to where I am now, however, took a few long weeks of what seemed to stretch out forever. The alarm blaring was like a knife through my heart every morning (metaphorically), and indeed it still feels like a challenge every morning.

Apart from the obvious (like sleeping early and for 8 hours) here's 4 tips for waking up early every day.

1. You won't wake up if there's no reason to

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Ask yourself a question: Why am I waking up at this ungodly hour?

If the answer is because you thought it would be a good idea, or you saw an inspirational video the night before, then I hate to break it to you: You probably won't be able to get up tomorrow morning.

When you woke up early to go to a test, go to your exciting trip or go to that job interview - did it feel like it was easy to get up? Almost as if you could have woken up without an alarm?

If there's no reason to do something, then why do it? Find a reason, make it concrete and make sure it motivates you to wake up every morning.

2. Prepare the night before

This is simple, if you make it easy and convenient to get up - it makes the entire process so simple.

The night before, prepare what you're going to wear, put your textbooks/notebooks/pens in your bag, and have your lunch already set up. 

This makes the morning so much less of a chore and gets you out as soon as possible fighting that sleep inertia.

3. Set only 1 alarm

If you only have one alarm and you have a reason to get up (like getting to work/school on time) then the fear of missing that alarm will force you to wake up. Having multiple alarms gives you a safety net for when you might miss one alarm, but with each alarm you set will get further and further away from waking up at the time you originally planned to!

It might be a hard lesson - but it keeps you being honest to your motivation.

4. Take a shower in the morning

This one might be a bit divisive but, from my point of view, getting into that hot shower feels as good as hitting the snooze button and gets you refreshed for the day.


Tackle the world with your best self - not your snoozy, bed-headed, want-to-go-to-sleep self.

Mark c:

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Two Month No Buy

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Two Month No Buy

I have a problem; I have next to no restraint when it comes to spending money on things that I know I don’t need.

Salesperson: You look amazing, honey!

Salesperson: You look amazing, honey!

I’ll fall for any marketing strategy, any advertisement or sponsored social media post. I’m basically an advertiser’s dream consumer. I live for the emails of those numerous online shopping sites I’ve signed up for to tell me what all the latest sales are. I click on those FB and Instagram ads knowing full well they were tailored to me by those sneaky activity trackers. It becomes a vicious cycle of seeing an ad or social media post *cough*Trendmood*cough*, wanting to buy whatever is advertised, contemplating for about a day before taking the plunge and then seeing another ad.

I am also easily swayed in person to purchase things in the shops. When the sales assistant tells me I look good in a top or some jeans I am basically sold, even though I know it was probably part of their job to tell me I look good. Even without the extra encouragement from the sales people, I’m rather good at convincing myself that I really need another stripy shirt, even though I have six others at home.

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Another major driver of my non-restraint is FOMO. FOMO stands for Fear Of Missing Out, and by Google definition it is ‘anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media’.

Essentially, it’s the perception that if you don’t get something now, you will never be able to get it again. It happens when I come across a good sale, whether it be an ad I scroll across on Facebook or a sign propped outside a store in the shopping centre. Don’t even get me started on anything labelled as Limited Edition; it is a marketing strategy literally telling you to snatch up whatever item as fast as you can before it’s all gone. Makeup companies especially love to slap ‘Limited Edition’ onto their products to drive hype and sales (and it works!).

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Now don’t get me wrong. I am not completely irresponsible – I do have savings that I am trying to build upon, and, if I try hard, I can resist the pull of that beautiful Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette or those ankle sock boots that I’ve been wanting for ages. But alas, as my mid-year trip to Japan approaches, saving is more important than ever.

That is why I am going to challenge myself to a two-month no-buy. I know that, realistically, I don’t need a 7th stripy t-shirt or another eye shadow palette. My earring collection has also literally quadrupled over the last two months, and I can live for another two without purchasing any more.

Now, I know that two months isn’t a particularly long period of time and there are probably some of you out there thinking ‘is that even a challenge?’. Well, it is for me, and I have to start somewhere I think is achievable. Who knows, maybe after these two months I’ll have learnt some more restraint. Maybe in time I could go for a six-month ban, possibly even a year. But, baby steps…

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Although I say my reason for doing this is to save for Japan, I also hope to gain more from this challenge. I want to be more critical with my purchases and smart with my money - I don’t want to open a wardrobe or look over at my makeup vanity to see them full with regretful purchases made over split-second decisions.  I want to be more resourceful rather than constantly try to expand my resources. I want to learn to use and love what I already have. Because that’s the thing – when you have so many new things inundating your collection at such a fast pace, it’s hard to take the time to really fall in love with any of it.

So I’m taking matters into my own hands and making my own intervention.

Two Month No Buy challenge  

The rules:

-       No new clothes

-       No new makeup or skincare

-       No new jewellery or other accessories

Exceptions:

-       Refills of items I already use regularly

-       Glasses, because I am due for a new prescription and will most likely be getting a new pair soon

Effective:

-       As soon as this article posts. 7pm 12-03-2018.

Wish me luck!

Written by Anna :>

 

P.S. Stay tuned for an update article in two months to see how I did!

 

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Our New Year of Uni Resolutions

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Our New Year of Uni Resolutions

With a new year comes the opportunity to reflect on the year that has passed. While new year resolutions are notorious for only lasting the first few weeks of the year, we thought it was worthwhile to make some study/university specific goals that we could carry throughout the semester. 

Himal resolves to...

1. Increase my WAM this sem - I've made it a resolution each sem to try and increase my weighted average mark (WAM). Ultimately, this will ensure that I'm always trying to beat my personal best and attempting to reach new heights. Basically, I'm trying to find ways to not let myself get distracted while I'm studying so I can be effective in achieving results.

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2. Stay healthy - This encompasses physical and mental health. In the past I have become ill or stressed out quite frequently and only recently after taking care of both my mental and physical health, my energy levels, overall health and fitness have been quite good.

Obviously, I'm going to have to check in with myself and see how I am actually going and try and ensure I remain level-headed throughout the semester by purposefully spending time by myself. Other than that, I'll keep hitting the gym, spending time with good company and eating healthy!

Anna resolves to...

1. Watch lectures that I've missed by the end of the week in which they were recorded.

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Very badly drawn by Anna herself

If you were to sketch my lecture attendance throughout a typical semester of uni, it would probably resemble a wide U shape; pretty good at the beginning of the semester and then a spike at the very end of the semester when all the revision lectures are held - the middle, major portion of the graph would be sadly almost flat-lining along the x axis.

The reason for my absence from lectures are a combination of the exhausting 3 hour roundtrip commute to campus that I really can't be bothered with sometimes, work, laziness, and the all-too-convenient lecture recordings that I can access and listen to at home. Now, that's all well and good until I procrastinate and find myself with a semester's worth of lectures to listen to during SWOTVAC.  So to save myself from that unneeded stress, I will endeavour to listen to lecture recordings that I've missed in a timely manner - and to help me with this, I'll try to attend more lectures face-to-face throughout the semester too.

2. Eat breakfast

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I love to sleep. And to get an extra few minutes of sleep in the mornings where I have 9am lectures mean that I have to cut some corners in my morning routine. Oftentimes, breakfast is the first to go because at 6am when my alarm goes off I'm not so much thinking about food than I am groggily contemplating 'do I really reaalllyyy need to go to uni today??'. Alas, I then find myself in a tutorial at 9:30am with my stomach rumbling and I can't focus on what the tutor is saying because all I can think about is food and sleep.

So in order to energise and help me concentrate in early morning classes (and to save me from wasting money on buying food in the university café/Melbourne Central food court), I will try to eat breakfast every morning. Be it an Up&Go, a small tub of yoghurt or a slice of toast, I will try to get something in my stomach before I set out to uni for the day.

Amanda resolves to...

1. Stop getting so distracted with social media. There is something inherently addictive about it!

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Thing is, I enjoy the process of taking miniaturised vlog equivalents in snappy boomerangs, superzooms. I love documenting the transient moments of a coffee date , an overpriced french toast or that classic messy desk 'I'm drowning in stress' situation. The creative freedom we glean from creating another extension of ourselves is nothing but gratifying and fun. Now this all sounds far too rosy, let’s take a step back. Too often, my distracted self finds itself indulging in a downward spiral of carefully curated pictures in digestible forms. Essentially, I start lusting over things I don’t need- lipsticks, makeup, more clothes. The innocuous ‘bell’ sound with “OooH! What’s new on twitter/messenger/gmail?”

In a nutshell, I need to exercise a lot more discipline and focus.

I think I want to do a social media challenge in the very near future where I’ll delete my fave app cough insta for a month.

2. Spend more time on fitness!
For far too long, I have neglected the benefits of consistent exercise. Last December, at a YLP camp, I had to do three pushups in front a WHOLE ROOM OF STUDENTS and I could barely do two. Naturally, I was mortified at my lack of arm and core strength. So, I want to learn how to do push-ups properly and build up my stamina! Let’s try and do 5 pushups everyday.

Mark resolves to...

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1. Stress Less - dealing with a course that has a heavy work load and working at the same time really put a toll on me last year. I saw my grades slip as well as me always frantically moving around like a headless chicken.

I don't intend for that to happen to me this semester. I will prioritise what actually matters and cut out things that don't matter - because the secret to doing more is to do less!

2. Intense Focus - I have a problem with procrastination. Once I actually start doing the work it's no problem - but starting is often the hardest part for me. So this semester I plan to actually work intensely and with focus.

Monday to Friday from 8:30am til 4:30pm (when I'm not at work) I will work only on uni tasks, e.g. assignments, lectures, pre-readings, quizzes, etc. This way I will get more work done while giving me more time to do the things that I want.

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What are your new year resolutions for school?

 

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Getting in 'the zone'

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Getting in 'the zone'

It's a Sunday night. I'm typing away on my keyboard, slaving away. I'm caught in a trance, a dream like state where everything melts away and I'm only focused on one thing. The only thing. My assignment. 

That was due in about three hours.

My entire mind is focused, I somehow manage to do over half my assignment in that one sitting. At the end of it all, I was amazed, in awe of the amount of work I managed to do in such little time.

That assignment had been the bane of my existence when I first started working on it, a little over a week ago. I sat down every single day, from morning until night - trying to understand, to grok all the content.

Endless hours of scrolling through my lecture notes, the PowerPoint slides and countless tabs on my browser - all in the elusive search on how to start this assignment, how to just take that first step.

After that first step however, the second step comes closely after. Then the third step, then the fourth, and before you know it you're basically running through to the finish line.

That's what being in the zone feels like for me, a race, a marathon from start to finish.  Getting to that first step in a marathon is probably the hardest part. That first step was the result of all your training, all of your practice and all of the hard work you've done.

So to be in the zone, you need the preparation, that training and all the hard work. That first step in your assignment often means looking up concepts, Googling the formula, and fully understanding what you are being asked to do.

In reality, that assignment isn't at all about the work you're being told to produce. It's about how you produced that work - and the understanding that went into it.

How to get in the zone

Prepare, prepare, prepare. You need to actually understand what they are asking you. The stuff you really need to know. If you don't have a general clue as to what your assignment is talking about - then that's your first task. To actually fully understand every single word of what they are asking you to do.

Start. No really, just start.

That is literally the hardest part in my experience. Do the smallest, easiest part. The one that you can blast past. After that, the next steps come faster and faster. 

Before you know it, you've done half and you really wanna finish the other half. You have the compulsion, the need to be able to finish it. All the 'tips' we give you to study take a backseat, because when you're in the zone it all just goes over your head.

You're not checking Facebook every 30 seconds, or talking with your friends next to you. Your focus narrows, to that end goal. That final stretch until you're free. 

Get into that zone, you'll be amazed at how much you can achieve ;)

    - Mark
 

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The Assignment Onslaught

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The Assignment Onslaught

It's a Wednesday night, you just got back home from Uni/high school and you know that you really should get started on those assignments, those labs and those quizzes. Ever since those introductory classes the work just keeps piling up.

You feel like, as soon as you frantically finish one assignment, two have taken its place. It's like Hydra, it's a never ending stream of work that leaves you curled up in the foetal position on the floor wondering where your life went wrong.

Believe me, I know this feeling (if slightly exaggerated). The feeling that even though it's only been 3 weeks you feel like you're 5 weeks behind. One thing I realised once I entered university is that it is not as easy as everyone makes it out to be. In fact, in my experience, it requires much more from me than high school ever did.

But you have to realise that, it's okay to feel like this.

That's because everyone around is probably feeling the same way; you are not a hopeless cause. For every person that looks like they're acing everything in the unit, there are many more who are still trying to get to grips with what's happening. You are not the only one struggling.

The assignment onslaught never stops once it's begun. There are, however, a few ways to manage this:

  1. As Douglas Adams famously said, "Don't Panic". If you panic, you literally will feel paralysed and helpless. You feel as if there is no way out of this but, believe me, there is.
  2. Hard work is what gets you there 90% of the time. As long as you focus and keep concentrated, all those assignments will get done, as long as you put it in the effort - there's no need to be a genius.
  3. The hardest part is getting started. Once you force yourself to start the rest will come to you - and sometimes you might even feel the urge to complete it.
  4. Keep organised and prioritise; there's nothing worse than when you realise you've been working on the assignment that's due in two weeks and you haven't started on the one that's due in two days.

KNOW WHEN EVERYTHING IS DUE

Just keep trucking along and, when you've finally gotten through it, you'll be proud that you survived the assignment onslaught :)

Mark

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Low Battery

Ever wanted to wake up early and perhaps get a few things done and also not have to rush in the morning to go to school?

 

The problem isn’t with you not being able to get up early at say, 6am. You can get up at that time, but only with sufficient sleep. In other words, you’d have to be in bed earlier than usual. 10pm would be a decent time to go to sleep for a 6am wake up.

 

But does that happen?

 

More often than not, NO.

 

Why? Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, your SO, your special friend that you talk to all the time that everyone thinks your dating but you’re not, are all too intriguing and too great of a temptation and so you indulge in them.

 

Once your alarm goes off at 6am, you won’t even lift your head from the pillow, and you’ll move your hand from under your pillow, hover it over your alarm and hit the snooze button. You need to charge.

 

Of course, a lot of people do this but the worst thing is when this routine of sleeping late and going to school feeling drowsy and lethargic becomes routine. You might not have done much but you’ve indirectly tortured your body through poor sleeping patterns.

 

 

 

You can sleep early because you can wait to see how many likes you got on that new insta pic you posted at 9pm in the morning just before you head off to school.

 

Otherwise, you’d be like any other smart phone with low battery; slowly your data; the ability to connect to your knowledge will be switched off to preserve battery along with the brightness of your beaming smiley face. At 5% you’ll then be turned on to airplane mode and try to autopilot your way back to bed so you can scroll through your newsfeed waiting to repeat this all over again.

 

- Himal

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You should stop studying

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You should stop studying

Wait, wait, wait, what? I thought your entire website was all about studying. Now you're telling me to stop?

Yup, exactly that. I want you to stop studying. Well, you should still study, but stop studying so much. I really do mean that. But there are a few things you need to know.

Alright, tell me.

First, I want to make this clear: I don't actually want you to stop studying. What I want you to do is to study in moderation. Just like any activity, too much of one thing is probably bad for you. And there are actually good reasons to do this.

Soooo……they are?

Probably the most obvious, you'll actually have a social life for once. I knew too many people during Year 12 that gave up their hobbies, gave up going out with friends and gave up everything to focus on Year 12. While they did indeed get spectacular scores that would make any parent proud, some had regretted it. They regret quitting that sport, they regret not going to their friend's birthdays; they regret studying so much.

And you know what, 20 years from now, what will you remember? Will you remember going out and having fun with your friends during your youth? Or will you remember slaving away day by day on your desk - with nothing to remember but a score that doesn't really matter after it all. Your ATAR is not the be-all end-all that it's hyped up to be.

But wouldn't going out with friends too much lead to me failing, dropping out and living under a bridge??

The key to anything is moderation. And that's with your social life. You need to learn how to balance everything. You need to study enough so that you will be happy with the next steps you take after you graduate.

I thought that once I finished high school, received my ATAR, everything would be easy from then on. That all my hard work was realised, and that it would be easy cruising from now on. Boy, was I wrong. University is as much work as year 12, and work is not any better at all.

I was naïve, and that's what lead me to realise. Balance. You need to balance everything - school, work, social life. Everything. The work doesn't stop, it didn't stop for me after Year 12, it’s not stopping at uni, and chances are - it's not going to stop when you start working either.

But how can I balance everything when work is piling on around me? I can barely handle everything.

You can, I believe in you. You are capable of more than you think you are. The only thing holding you back is time management, a habit for procrastination and your mindset. If you manage your time properly, you'll find that there is more time in the day.

So if you take the time to stop and smell the roses,  and spend time with your family and friends. You'll realise that they are more important than your studies ever will be.

Written by Mark.

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The Slump

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The Slump

Sometime during VCE, there may come a time when you just want to…give up. Maybe it’s because of an unexpected bad score, some friendship problems or even just a random shift into a negative mentality. Whatever it is, it kick starts a chain of bad test results and being unmotivated to do anything at all.

You begin to question why you’re even doing this, why you’re doing the subjects you’re doing and where it will lead you. And you wonder if you even want to go to where it leads. And you ask yourself, what do I actually want to do? Why don’t I know yet? Everyone else seems to have a plan but you’re still so clueless.

And then you rationalise: But if I do these subjects and get a good ATAR then I’ll have more options open to me at the end of Year 12. And I’ll surely know what I want to do by then, right? But I’m doing so badly on all my SACs anyway. I’m going to get a terrible score. I’m never going to get anywhere. What is even the point anymore?

You can’t bring yourself to feel motivated or have a positive outlook on your studies. You get more and more disheartened after every disappointing test result and you begin to dread going to school. You live in your own negativity and bask in your feeling of helplessness. Even the thought of seeing your friends and hanging out with them at recess and lunch doesn’t excite you. Because you truly, truly think that you’ve dug yourself too large of a hole that you can’t get out; even if you get 100% on the rest of your SACs and your exam, you’re still going to end up nowhere.

But you’re wrong. During VCE bad things, the disappointments are inevitable. You may even fall into this slump where the bad things never seem to end. But you have to remember that even though these bad things happen, good things happen too. And if this slump seems to be lasting forever then that only means that the good things are waiting to come.

It may be an unexpected good score, a resolved friendship problem that’s been weighing you down or a shift back into a positive mentality. Whatever it is, your grades start to improve, you begin to feel hopeful again and excited to go to school. You realise that not all hope is lost; you can bring yourself back from the bad scores you received during your slump if you work hard enough. And you realise that it’s okay to not know what you want to do yet. There are probably so many other people who don’t know either. Your future isn’t decided by your ATAR or the university course you get into. You’re in full control of what you want to do and you can find your own path there when you find out what that is.

So don’t lose yourself in The Slump. Persist and know that whatever you’re going through, it's only temporary. As cliché as it sounds, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

-     Anna :>

 

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Your ATAR doesn't matter

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Your ATAR doesn't matter

Yes, you read that right. You ATAR doesn't matter. Zilch, zero, nada. Well, maybe a little. But not as much as everyone says it does. Your ATAR is not the be all, end all of your entire education. Neither does this number define your life. So don't let the thought of your ATAR consume you; just try to achieve the best you can. Here are 4 reasons why it doesn't matter.

Expectations

This is the big pressure. Pressure from your family, pressure from your teachers, pressure from your friends and, especially, pressure from yourself. Some of you (like myself) may have Asian parents, who have these extremely high standards of you. Other times it's the expectations placed upon you by friends, teachers and yourself.

So, why do you want your goal ATAR? Is it because everyone has put undue expectation on you, or do you really want to achieve the best that you can? If you don't want it for yourself, then why are you pursuing it?

What do you really need?

If the course you need does not require an amazing ATAR but instead has much more weighting on something extra, like a folio, then it's worth focusing on the folio rather than your ATAR. These extra items are probably worth more than the four-digits.

For example, an amazing folio will often outweigh a great ATAR with a mediocre folio. You need to know, what do you really need? Because if there're other items you need to focus on, there's no point concentrating only on your ATAR.

University is not for everyone

Let's face it, we run this blog to help you achieve the best that you possibly can, to help you achieve that high ATAR if you want it. But for some people, if they truly know what they want, and it's not university or does not require an ATAR - then why undertake this task?

Wouldn't it be better to instead to focus on your career path, to look for apprenticeships, or TAFEs or a lining up a job. If you truly, really know what you want to be, and if it does not need an ATAR, then your time is better spent achieving your goals to reach your desired path!

No one cares after you graduate

No really, this was one of the biggest things that stuck out to me.

After you went through hell and back, and achieved this number. After this, no one cares.

Not a single person has asked me ever since I went to university. This number is does not prove anything except for how well you did in your exams according to an examiner. So once you get one, look at it, celebrate/lament, move on.

Even so...

Now with all these reasons about why your ATAR doesn't matter, I would say to still try your best. After all, I'm betting many of you don't know what to do next with your life. An ATAR is one of those things in which the higher you get, the more doors you open. And for someone who may not know, more open doors= more pathways.

One thing is for sure, do it for yourself, not for anyone else. You have to make the decision yourself whether it's worth it. Because after all, if you do it for the sake of others and not yourself, you will hate it.

Do it for yourself and you will be able to achieve your very best.

- Mark c:

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Year 12, What you should be doing now!

Today is the 1st of August, 2016. Your life as a high school student is slowly coming to an end. You wait anxiously like a caterpillar ready to come out of it's cocoon and leave it's old life behind, but there is one thing between you and your freedom.

It's daunting presence is at every turn but every direction you look in, there is something that will continue reminding you of your exams, like this article right here. 

The parents: “Make sure you study hard!”

The teachers: “You should be preparing for your exams!”

The friends: “We should probably start studying ey”

 

Bottom line is, now is the time that you put your head down, your face in to a book rather than Facebook and hustle like you’ve never hustled before because whether you like it or not, that number that you receive at the end of the year will label you for the rest of your LIFE.

 

ALRIGHT it’s not that serious but it is confronting knowing most of high school has prepared you for your year 12 exams and how well you do in them will be part of the proof of what it’s worth.

 

 

I won’t go in to too much about your end result, but instead let you know what you should be doing right now to ensure you make the most of the year and achieve your best possible result. With little over 2 months to go, here’s what you should be doing to prepare for your exams:

 

1.     Eliminate Distractions

You’ve got less than 4 months until year 12 is over, you can afford to spend time off social networks and away from the partying. You’ve got to make a few sacrifices if you intend to achieve outstanding results.

 

2.     Practice Exams

If you haven’t already, commence the beginning of your pile of practice exams. Some subjects do not require too many practice exams such as Physics and Math subjects as you’ll find the more practice exams you do, the easier it gets because you’ll find similar questions reoccurring. For writing subject tips, refer to our previous article, ‘How to improve in English’.

 

3.     Seek Feedback

If you haven’t sought feedback, approach your teachers and devise improvement plans that will get you the extra marks in your exams. Every mark counts! It may determine whether or not you are accepted in to your desired course.

 

4.     Stay Healthy

It is critical that you maintain your health during these last few months as you don’t want to lose out on precious time. Eat your fruit and veggies; you can go on a McDonald’s binge after your last exam. In addition, make sure to get plenty of exercise to relieve yourself of stress and anxiety and don’t fall victim to Year 12 weight-gain.

 

In summary, the day you walk out of school, aim to leave without any regrets. If you haven’t had a good year so far, there is still time to change it and come out with commendable results. You’ve got the potential in you to put your head down and work! You’ll reap the benefits later.

Yours truly,

Himal

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Uni Lyf

Himal’s Uni Experience:

 

In our previous article, Anna mentioned how the university lecturers and tutors progressed through the content fairly easily during the first week. This was an unforgiving attack at our egos giving us a false expectation that we could easily ‘smash’ uni. The jump from the first week of uni to the second is like the jump from year 11 to year 12.

 

I’m currently at the University of Melbourne studying commerce. I find the course particularly difficult as I haven’t done any subjects in relation to it in VCE. It’s a whole new type of thinking and took some time and still is taking some time to get used to the theories and ideas within commerce. The only subject I would say that has helped me with commerce is Methods probability. It provided me with a foundation for one of my subjects, Quantitative methods (business statistics) but regardless of this the subject is still fairly difficult. It sounds dry which it completely is, but the rest of commerce isn’t too heavy. My other subjects have their variations in content and so they provide my studying time with a bit of diversity so it isn’t the same stuff over and over again.

 

It is very easy to fall behind in Uni and if you do, you’re most likely almost definitely not the only one. As far as I know, everyone I’ve spoken to are behind in all subjects or in just a few. However, if everyone is behind, no one is – you shouldn’t stress too much but you should make as much effort to catch up and ultimately, stay ahead.

 

Having an extroverted, outgoing personality, I didn’t find it very difficult to make friends. I figured everyone was in the same boat anyway and thus, decided to invest time and energy in to making friends. Surprisingly, I didn’t walk around uni feeling like I don’t belong to some sort of community. Also, there is the party scene where you can also make 'friends' if you're into that kind of stuff, which I'm not (Cross my heart). Assuming you're 18, there's a party going on almost every night you can think of and it's a good atmosphere to let loose; take a break from studying or even just to have fun. 

The first time I made friends was actually when I was lining up for commerce camp tickets. I stood in line for about 3 and a half hours to get tickets and in that time I was just talking to a few people behind me. We talked about our highschool, where we each one of us are from; very general sort of topics. It was a real shame I didn’t get any tickets to commerce camp after waiting in line for so long but at least I made about five friends. One of which I sometimes stay over with as he lives a 2min walk away from uni. Making friends in uni is not difficult in my perspective. You just have to put effort into meeting new people and continuously keep up conversation with them by talking about their interests and showing genuine care in what they have to say.

 

Overall, Uni lyf is a good lyf. I’m a lot more independent not only because I want to be but also because the environment forces me to. No one is constantly giving me reminders telling me when things are due, whether or not I should go to consultations and so on a so fourth. Personally, I enjoy the freedom of uni and ability to actually study what I’m interested in. I find that in uni compared to year 12, I now study because I want to not because I have to. By the way, really cool thing about uni, you don’t have to wear uniform. You could potentially rock up in a suit or pyjamas and no one really cares. 

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The importance of having fun

So, now you're in Year 12. The importance of this year has been drilled into you by your teachers, by your parents, by your peers and even by yourself. You have a fear, a fear of falling behind, a fear that you haven't studied hard enough, a fear that you will not achieve what you truly are capable of. All because you didn't take VCE too seriously.

Your school gets guest speakers to talk about the importance of VCE. They get past students who excelled in VCE and those who regret not taking VCE seriously to come and talk about their experiences during that time. All of this has a big impact to the psyche of a Year 12 student. Many feel like that there can be no fun during Year 12 as it is the year where everything matters, where your performance is put to a ranking; your ATAR.

However, I'm here to tell you that having fun during Year 12 is an important part of excelling in your studies, that, although studying is important during this year, it isn't everything. I'm here to tell you that you shouldn't just skip out on parties or all social events in Year 12.

Why?

The importance of VCE lies heavily on many students' shoulders; they feel that if they do not work themselves half to death that their efforts have not been enough. This pressure placed on many students will no doubt help some achieve what they could not have thought possible. However, this pressure, more often than not, will help students burn out if they do not have fun.

Grades will drop, as they have expended all of their effort to work as hard as they can. This leads to the disheartening of many students and will consequently result in poorer performances than what they actually could have achieved, if only they had taken a break from studying and relaxed once in a while.

Many study tips will tell you that breaks are important, that the 5 minute break in between intense study sessions are integral to increasing how much you will learn and retain information. The same goes for going to parties, having fun with friends and just goofing off in general.

Now I'm not saying that you should be partying and having fun more than studying, but I'm stressing the importance of letting loose and having fun once in a while. If you manage to set good study habits then you will have more time for fun. Seriously.

Regrets

Too often we have regrets. Regrets for not studying, regrets for not taking an opportunity, etc. The same goes with all the social events that you choose to not go to because 'you needed to study'. There have been countless times where students who did nothing but study have later admitted that they regretted skipping out on social events throughout the year. 

So with all that in mind, you have to remember that Year 12 is temporary, it's only one year. No matter how hard you study or how hard you didn’t study, this too shall pass. It is not the be all, end all of your life. 

So please, let loose, have fun and don't let the pressure of Year 12 stop you from doing what you want to do.

This post was written by Mark.

 

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HOW TO: deal with failure

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HOW TO: deal with failure

Throughout your VCE studies, failure or disappointment is inevitable. Whether it be a disappointing SAC mark, a stuff up in a solo music performance, or an unsatisfactory passing grade for a test, these misfires have the ability to eat away at you and leave you feeling despondent for days, or even weeks. Believe me, I had my share of disappointments throughout VCE. I was ill equipped to deal with them, letting them affect me like a poison up to the point where I broke down at the dinner table one day after my third consecutive bad SAC mark for one of my subjects, convinced that I was going to fail the entire year. Now hopefully none of you will let these, what I now realise were, small bumps in the road trip you over and leave you face down on the ground like I did.

Eventually, I was able to move past these ‘failures’ and learn how to better face them, and in that I was able to pinpoint three key things that I had failed to do the first time:

Don’t hide it

This is not to say that you should announce to the world that you received 2% on your Maths test (but by all means, if you would like to, no one is stopping you). Essentially, your results are your own and you should not feel obligated to share them with others if you do not wish to, especially your more non impressive ones. However, there is a difference between not sharing it and hiding it; trying to pretend that if you don’t acknowledge it fully, it didn’t really happen. I made the mistake of hiding my poor results, ashamed and embarrassed by them. In an attempt to mask my dejection, I acted as if nothing was wrong or passed it off as nothing serious when questioned by others (although I was actually crying inside). Eventually, when I broke down at the dinner table my family was surprised because they had no idea I was struggling at all.

In essence, you don’t have to fully disclose the extent of your struggle to others, just don’t keep your frustrations bottled up and building inside you. Let someone know that you’re having trouble because there’s no use trying to downplay how you’re feeling about a particular disappointing result; it’s better to acknowledge your poor performance and receive support, than to hide it along with your anxiety and concerns. They will only build up and negatively affect your performance in subsequent tasks. It was only when I finally expressed my concerns about the bad SAC scores, and began seeking help, that I was able to begin performing better.

 

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Don’t dwell on it

When you receive a bad mark, it may seem like the end of the world, and you begin to question what the point of working is anymore when you’re going to fail at the end of the year anyway. Especially if the disappointing result was from a test that you thought you had performed well in and studied hard for, the poor mark can catch you off guard and leave you feeling very discouraged and pessimistic (cue Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’).

However upsetting the result may be, it is important to not dwell on it for too long. Sure, you may not have performed as well as you’d hoped, but there is nothing you can do about it now; there is no use holding on to something you cannot change. Harbouring the negative feelings can be detrimental to not only your performance in following assessments, but to your mental and emotional health. So move past it; chances are that you’ll realise that the less than impressive results were not such a big deal after all.

Take it as a learning opportunity

Once you’ve been able to move past the bad SAC mark, or sub-par performance, you should reflect upon it. Not in a despairing, ‘I-did-so-badly-what-is-the-point’ way, but in a, ‘what-did-I-do wrong-and-how-can-I-fix-it?’ way. A bad result is a perfect way to identify the gaps in your knowledge, and lays a good foundation for improvement. For example, if you received an unsatisfactory score for a Methods SAC on the topic of ‘functions’, you can review your test paper and find out the key points that you need to revise before the end of year exam so that you do not make the same mistakes.

By taking your ‘failures’ throughout the year as a learning opportunity, there is a high chance you will come out successful at the end of the year. In my case, I was able to attain a good study score for the subject I was struggling in at the beginning of the year despite my poor performances in the first few SACs. Once I was able to get over the initial dejection, I reviewed the content in those SACs, even re-did some of the questions I had gotten wrong to show myself that I did have the capability to complete them correctly. By the time I walked through the doors to my end of year exam, I felt confident that I was going to be okay after all, something I didn’t think was possible after getting back that first SAC mark.

 

So yes, the journey through VCE is far from a smooth ride; the road is riddled with obstacles and you’re bound to encounter some disappointment or failure along the way. The impact of these failures can be crushing and may leave you feeling very incapable, but just remember to

Acknowledge it, don’t dwell on it and learn from it,

— and you might find that you’re capable of so much more than those scores tell you.

 

- Written by Anna :>

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How to get out of holiday mode

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How to get out of holiday mode

March is fast approaching and for many of you this means that you are already well into your first term of school. I also know that, despite this, some of you are still in that holiday state of mind and have not quite adjusted to the mental and physical demands of school life just yet. And it’s quite understandable; the summer holidays last for a good two months, wherein most of us sink into a sort of idle state and begin to display qualities similar to that of a sloth. By the time school starts, it’s as if your mind has clouded over and a small layer of dust has formed on the surface of your brain from lack of use, and it takes a while for those clouds to clear and a fair bit of work to get that brain back into action.

I write this article in the hope to help you get out of that holiday mode so by the time January ends, you are all ready for the school year ahead. I realise that school has already started for most of you so this article comes a little late, however, you can still implement the following strategies in order to shorten your adjustment period so you can achieve the correct state of mind for school sooner. Better late than never!

DO YOUR HOLIDAY HOMEWORK

Now let’s be real here, most of you probably didn’t begin your holiday homework until the week before the first day of school. I did it, my friends did it, you did it, your friends probably did it, everyone did it (except for you super organised and motivated students who finished all your homework before New Years, in which case I envy you, and you can probably skip to the next point). Whilst leaving all your homework so late is not recommended, I do believe completing it in the latter half of your holidays, and leading up to the beginning of the term, is more beneficial than getting it out of the way at the beginning of the holidays.

Holiday homework is set so that you can familiarise yourself with the content and types of assessments assigned in a given subject. This is so that you can come to the first classes of the coming school year feeling somewhat prepared. If you were to finish all your homework within the first week of holidays, two months will pass whereby all the content will get buried and forgotten (unless you revise them). By beginning your homework three or so weeks before the end of the holidays, not only will the content be fresh in your mind when you go back to school, but you will be able to adjust back into the habits of studying and doing work before school starts. It’ll also help you get that rusty penmanship back into shape!

USE A PLANNER

During the holidays, our perception of time becomes somewhat distorted; weekends blur into weekdays and day blurs into night. All of a sudden, knowing what time or what day of the week it is becomes unimportant because every day is spent wasting away at home in bed anyway. When school starts, suddenly there’s a timetable you have to follow, and remembering what time and what day it is becomes imperative to getting to the right classes on time and completing tasks before their due date.

 

Using a planner can help in gaining back a sense of time and dates, even before school begins. Start noting down your plans for the holidays into a planner, be it a party or lunch with some friends, so that you can follow a structured weekly plan. This is not to say you shouldn’t make any spontaneous trips to the beach, using a planner will just make it easier to ease back into a daily routine once school starts as you’ve gotten used to a schedule instead of succumbing to the holiday induced haze.

FIX YOUR SLEEPING SCHEDULE

During the holidays, many of us take full advantage of our boundless free time and absence of a 9am class, resulting in staying up to horrifically late hours and not waking up until 3pm later that day. However, in the weeks leading up the start of school, try to begin to adjust that sleeping schedule back to fit school hours. This involves having the self discipline to say good bye to your friends on Messenger earlier, turning off social media notifications, and saying no to two consecutive late night outings that might ruin your adjustment progress. Changing your sleeping schedule is not a one-night process, it is slow and takes place over several weeks, so it’s best to start early so that getting up for the first day of school doesn’t sound like an Olympic marathon of a task.

Having enough sleep will also improve your performance in school, as you will be mentally sharper and physically stronger to undertake the tasks required of you to a high level and last the whole school day without feeling tired. You will also store the information learnt more effectively. So prioritise sleep!

BUY NEW STATIONERY (or anything that will motivate or excite you for the upcoming school year)

Now this one is a little subjective, but I feel like it is still worth putting on this list. A few days ago I went shopping for my university stationery. This included pens, folders, notebooks, even a new pencil case (finally letting go of the same one I have been using for nine years). I admit, before this shopping trip I wasn’t all that keen for university at all; I just wanted the holidays to last for all eternity. However, after getting my new stationery I suddenly became excited to begin filling in those folders and putting those new pens to use. I also had a similar feeling when I bought my planner for 2016; I couldn’t wait to start filling it in with important uni dates and all the events I would attend throughout the year. So whether it be buying a new school bag, a laptop, a pencil, anything, buying something that will excite you for the school year will definitely help towards getting you out of that holiday mode and into the school mode faster.

 

Finally, this last tip is not applicable to the summer holidays but to mid term holidays: try not to sink too deep into the holiday state of mind during these short two weeks between terms. Treat the two weeks as school weeks if you can, but if you are lazy like me, try to at least keep your sleeping schedule in check and also do a couple hours of study a few times a week. After all, at the end of the year you will have two months of freedom (three if you’re in year 12) where you are free to do whatever you want, so make use of those mid term breaks.

 

-       Written by Anna :>

 

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EXTRAordinary

I’ll be honest. I began writing this article at around 2am on a Saturday morning because I felt inspired, however knowing what this topic could entail, I could mention multiple things and discuss them forever but this will be it just it for now.

We all know or know of someone who inspires us and we admire. We see their success and chase it but often lack the unwavering determination and back out when our willpower is not enough.

We see the product, that distinguished and intelligent person with an unmatchable work ethic and we see it as special and EXTRAordinary. However, our ability to match or exceed their success seems to us sometimes impossible or too much of an effort.

If you try for it with no intention of actually reaching the end, why would you try in the first place?



We see and hear all these stories of famous and successful people, some may be our friends or family and we sometimes think the things they do is outrageous. Outrageous because it is not ordinary. Take Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson for example, we see someone who is ripped, tall and loving because of his Colgate smile. We essentially see the effect of all his hard work and effort. We know what’s on the surface of The Rock, but did you know that he wakes up at 4 sometimes 3am to go to the gym and work out? From there he heads off to work and sleeps late and on top of all this he has a daughter to take care of. We want to be like him, we want to live like him but do we want to do what he did so he got to where he is today? Often, we are too fixated on the flame rather than the foundation of the fire.


Some of us inspired and motivated individuals wish to live life with a lot of success in all areas like family and school and so on. We know and hear of people who are spitting images of what we want to be, but more often than not we would rather sleep. Perhaps chat to our friends on Facebook or Tweet about how amazing or terrible your day is. That can be considered to be ordinary. Standard protocol. If I were to write a book on how to be a normal and an ordinary human being I would include such things like, wake up at 8am, go to work/school, chill out, social media etc. That person may still think of being successful and having a lot of money, but they don’t get it because they continue to live an ‘ordinary life’. They have their 8 hours of sleep a night, they go to school or work 9-5 and they kill time on social media. ORDINARY. ORDINARY. ORDINARY. ORDINARY. It might be appealing to some but not others.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with a simple and relaxed lifestyle. If you do so wish to have one.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with a simple and relaxed lifestyle. If you do so wish to have one.

 

So how do we do, be, live EXTRAordinary? There are two things you should know. What you are going to be in the future do and how you are going to get there. You should also realise that whatever you do now, right now, in your schooling life, could determine how well-off you will be in the future. For instance, I know some teachers who continuously emphasise that the ATAR isn’t everything and consistently say, ‘There’s always other ways to get into that course.’. I believe this is completely true but in my opinion it’s BS. What’s not explained is how much or longer these other ways will cost or take respectively. Your current present is a product of your past experiences. You could argue that Bill Gates and others dropped out of their education, but I don’t think they chilled out though… Bill Gates might have and just founded Microsoft just like that. But who am I to tell you what he did? Know who you want to be in the future and how you are going to get there. You have to be so sure that you want that and that only. You also have to be absolutely prepared to do something when you don’t even want to do it. That’s will be the difference between you and the guy or girl sitting next to you in class.

Will you do today what the others won’t do tomorrow, so that you accomplish what the they can’t? If you think I liked waking up at 4am to study for exams, then you are wrong. I didn’t like that. I LOVED sleep, in fact I still love it but I needed some space. I was in a relationship with it but I wanted success more.

 

Are you going to be ordinary and mediocre? Or are you going to be Extraordinary? Make your choice.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
— Marianne Williamson

 

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YEAR 7: A starter pack

Ah. Year 7 is a time of naivety, wide-eyed innocence and growth.

 

To our year 7 friends who have just begun a 6-year journey, the team and I have a few words for you, you and you! 

1.   Say 'Hi' to the person sitting next to you!  

As someone who used to be afraid of putting her hand up in class, I am too familiar with nervousness, anxiousness and butterflies.

However, it is important to remember that the girl or boy sitting next to you are just as nervous as you are! 

Both of you guys would be thinking "How do I say Hi?" Tossing up between that understated 'Hey' or Hello. It’s okay, don’t overthink it!

If you are super outgoing, be the first one to spark up a conversation! Just because someone is shy does not mean they don't wish to talk to you! 

2.   If you see a classmate sitting alone during class, recess or lunchtime, invite them to join you! 

I remember how all it took was for me to say "Hey *her name*! Want to play cards with us?" (Funnily enough, we didn't play cards. We just hanged out.) 6 years later from that spur of the moment 'Hello', we are still great friends! 

3.   Be brave.

I know it can be hard sometimes, being in a completely foreign environment. (Everything is so different; snack time is now known as 'recess', the chairs and tables feel rather uncomfortable, the Year 12s look too big and rather scary.) I can assure you Year 12s are not scary, they are just tall. You should know that it takes time for you to get used to your new environment.

You should also know that you can make your opportunities.

Set yourself up with goals and aspirations!

Work towards them, slowly but surely, you will reach it. 

Find a smidgen of braveness and dash of boldness. It will grow eventually, just like you! Take advantage of each opportunity that comes your way. 

So, things like table-tennis, volleyball, footy, soccer team! If you want to give a go or you're a seasoned pro, sign up with your friends! 

Audition for the school production!

If you have a budding passion for helping others and creating change, talk to your Year level co-ordinator about available leadership positions! 

Learn a new instrument you've always envisioned yourself playing!

You want to sing like Beyonce? Speak to your music teacher. 

You can do it! 

 

4.   Be kind. 

Teasing or making fun of other classmates for one's entertainment is absolutely unacceptable. 

BEING MEAN IS  

So, if you do see a friend, a classmate being teased or treated in a manner you wouldn't want to be treated, stand up for him or her. Alternatively, you can speak to your teachers about it. 

 

Some wisdom from the Team:

Himal says "Don't take year 7 too seriously, make friends and mess around a bit." (within reason)

Anna would like you to know this: 

"Try out everything your school has to offer (like any clubs, production, music, academic competitions etc.), just make the most of it while you have the time."

Mark says "Don't be afraid, make friends, mess around and have fun - and try not to think about what everyone thinks is cool, just do what you want”.

Amanda would like to say this: 

5.   You're a brilliant ray of sunshine, with so much potential to learn and offer. So, show everyone how golden you are, ok? 

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VCE ADVICE: I wish I knew in 2015

Now that I have graduated from high school, I have a a truckload of free time. Since my legal exam ended, I watched an unhealthy amount of movies and youtube videos.  However, one thing that has occurred to me is that: 

Life goes on. 

I was under the seemingly ever-lasting impression that on the 14th December, I would experience something life-changing or something relatively melodramatic. 2 weeks before that fateful Monday morning, I would go around the house saying "On the 14th December, my fate is decided." or

"I am going to dieeeeeee."

It really is not. Neither is it portentous nor I am trying to trivalize the importance of atars.

It's just that throughout the year, I could not see past the days of my exams or the 14th December. All the things I wanted to do was envisioned POST exams. 

  1. Know this: You have just as much time and days as a student who will have attain a study score of 50 or 18. What I am trying to convey is that at this point, everyone has relatively the same amount of time to prepare. 
  2. VCE is not a dramatic, soul-destructing experience where every single sac is doomsday. 

False!! Pop these bubbles of thoughts- "It is going to be so hard, that I would cry my eyeballs out and  stress will leak out." 

{It's okay to have breakdowns, to cry, to feel a spectrum of emotions that didn't exist before. But you have to believe in yourself.} 

Rather, think "How can I make this easier, for myself in 2 weeks, in 6 months time?" 

 

3. Stress is caused by being here but wanting to be there. 

 Cut the excuses. 

4. Make time for doing things you truly enjoy. 

  • That cheesy Saturday Night movie. Go on
  • Netflix binge with some chill... chilled lemonade. Or whatever your favourite drink is. 
  • Cooking a cheese cake or microwave cake. 
  • Reading your favourite comic book
  • Tennis, soccer, footy, basketball, gym??

5. Do your best.

It is only up to you to decide where your limits lie and where you want to continue. Never have you been in a position to truly change your future. 

6. I have seen so many posts where people say VCAA is a monolithic tyrant with no regard for students' aptitude. 

Okay. Don't like the scaling system, or the system in its entirety? Play the system and show them what you've got. 

7. Practice exams. You can literally start in Feb after every week of lessons. 

8. No, your atar is not everything. 4 digits does not begin to cover what a great human being you are. 

9. Effort will never betray you. 

 

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Amanda ♡

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Do what you love & love what you do

Do what you love and love what you do.

Ask yourself this question,

 “If I could have any job in the world, what would it be?”

To accompany this self-interrogation, I have a fact, only 22% of Australians are happy with their careers. That means that 78% of Australians are unhappy or dissatisfied with their jobs.

I’m sure that most of you would love to be a part of that 22% of Australians that are in a job that they are happy with. However, it is easy enough to say in simple words, ‘Do what you love and love what you do.’ But honestly, what do you want to do? What career do you want to have? It’s really good to start thinking about this as soon as possible because the earlier the better. Why this is so important is because you’ve already lived a significant proportion of your life and not to be dark, but you only have so many years left to live. Your life is too precious and too short to be wasting it having a career that is dissatisfying. So you should figure out what it is that you want to do.

I recently watched a TED talk delivered by this life coach and she mentioned an interesting scientific study. Scientists predicted the chances of you, right now you, of being born. They considered the dinosaurs, natural disasters, wars, your genetics, who you were born to and so on and so forth.

"Did you know, that the odds of you existing as you with your unique genetic structure and all your qualities and talents and ideas, is 1:400,000,000,000?"

If you can’t read that number like I couldn’t the first time, it is one in four hundred trillion.

You have your interests and desires in things for a reason, so it is redundant having a job you are dissatisfied. Unless you are only doing it so you can end up in a job you are happy with then that’s justified.

So now you have a why. Why you should end up doing what you love and loving what you do. Just in case you missed it, you are UNIQUE. The other 399 and odd trillion that could have been born weren’t.

It is often difficult to end up finding out what you love and a lot of us do not know what it is yet. The best possible way to find out is to introspect. You have to essentially learn about yourself. You have to ask yourself all those questions about life you ask when you are DNMing with a BFFL. Yeah you are going to have to ask, what do I love? What am I good at? What am I interested in? It is cheesy but it’ll be of high benefit. You introspect by, taking a few minutes each day to reflect and mull over your thoughts. For some people, to figure out what career correlates with their interests; it may take days, weeks, months or even years so you shouldn’t be worried if you find it later than other people.

You move at your own pace and there is nothing wrong with that.

I know I am not entirely sure what I want to do, I’m about 80% there but I’m sure I will figure it out eventually. You also have to realise that a lot of people switch and change jobs so it’s natural if you find that your interests vary according to your experiences and current circumstances.

I hope this article has helped you in one way or another. Perhaps it has given you a way to find out what you love and end up chasing a career that correlates or perhaps it has encouraged you to find out who you are as a person or maybe even both. Regardless, I sincerely hope, whoever you are, that you find your passion and head straight for it.

Written by:

Himal

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