Q&A: Student life

As you may know, I’m currently in my first year of university. Since I began sharing my blog with my followers on Tumblr, I have received quite a few questions in relation to my uni, my course and living in Melbourne. I’ve decided to post a few of my answers here for everyone to see and to help anyone who may have the same queries.

Q: If it isn’t to personal what uni do you go to and what is your course called? It sounds really interesting xxx
I attend La Trobe University and my course is called Strategic Communication :)

Q: I am thinking about doing a Communications/PR course after I finish school! Is it good? What subjects did you study in Year 12? Would do you have to be good at? Sorry about all the questions hahaha! Btw you have a beautiful blog xxxxxxx
I absolutely love studying communication! It’s so interesting, relevant and fun – it can lead you in so many different directions. My course allows me to learn about everything from PR through to journalism, marketing and event management. In Year 12 I studied English, English Lit, Legal Studies, Drama, Italian and Psychology. Some skills that are beneficial are being outgoing, being a skilled writer and speaker, being a great listener, being a problem-solver and being creative. I’d definitely recommend you do a Communication/PR course if you are passionate about it – just keep in mind that PR isn’t the only type of strategic communication, nor is it as glamorous as it’s made out to be.

Q: Hi, I’m a Year 12 student from Sydney. This is going to sound so odd – I stumbled across your wordpress and saw that you were attending La Trobe Melbourne, and I was wondering if you could give me advice? What have you heard about the on-campus accomodation? Menzies, Glenn and Chisholm college? Do people like it, hate it, etc? If you could please answer it would be incredibly helpful, thank you!
To be honest, I haven’t heard a whole lot about the campus accommodation and I don’t have any personal experience with it. It’s hard for me to imagine living on campus and enjoying it because I don’t have the need – I’m local and still live with my family at home.  What I do know is that each “college” seems to have a different vibe – i.e. Chisholm is very multi-cultural and houses a lot of international students. If you haven’t already you can find information and testimonials from students about the accommodation and each different college HERE. The facilities seem okay from the outside but I haven’t seen enough to make a real judgement. People who do live on campus seem to really love it and make close friends they will keep for life. I’m not sure how much it costs to stay on campus either (I’ve heard expensive – don’t know how correct that is) but if you’re planning on moving interstate for uni it’s worth trying it out, at the very least you will make some new friends and have a comfortable “home-base” in Melbourne for a while. You can always rent a place with a few roommates instead if you find that living on-campus isn’t for you.

Q: Hey, totally random question.. I’m thinking about moving to Melbourne, probs in the next year or so. What is it like living there? xxx
Melbourne is a great place to live. I keep reading that it has been voted one of the most liveable cities in the world and when I think about it, I can see why! I love living here. Melbourne genuinely just has a great atmosphere and culture. It can be a relaxing and calm place to be – or filled with excitement and things to do. There’s really something for everyone (wow – I sound like a tourism ad) and “liveable” is the perfect word to describe it. I’ve always been surrounded by a great environment with nice people, lots of facilities and opportunities. I don’t have experience living on my own in Melbourne, but I’m sure that it would be great!

I’d love to answer any other questions. You can read more about life at La Trobe and university here, or ask me a different question here.

Lots of love,

J

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The difference between being positive and being happy

Every so often, we need a reminder to remain positive.

Today, for me, that reminder came in the form of someone special telling me to stop doubting myself and to believe good things will happen because if I do, they will happen. Followed by, “and stop being so negative, I’m the pessimistic one, you’re supposed to be positive.”

I guess I do have a pretty positive outlook towards life most of the time. When I don’t feel so cheery about everything, it’s usually just a phase – often fuelled by crazy hormones or bad things happening that are out of my control. I’d say my biggest ‘weakness’ when it comes to being positive is self-doubt. Sometimes I feel on top of the world, like I can conquer anything. But I’ll have moments where I wonder if I’m good enough to do all the things I set out to do. It is during these moments of lowered confidence that I feel grateful to have such a wonderful group of loved ones who support me, and see the best in me no matter what. The best thing you can do in life is “surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.”

Being positive isn’t the same thing as being happy – to be positive you don’t have to be happy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I’m a human, an emotional being, and there’s nothing wrong with giving in every once in a while and allowing myself to feel every type of emotion – sadness and doubt included. Being positive isn’t about blocking out the bad stuff – it’s about learning to accept it and move forward. It is focusing on the good and finding a way to change the negatives into positives. After all, you can’t appreciate being happy until you’ve been sad, or learn from mistakes until you face them. Accept, learn, move on! I have so many amazing things in life to be grateful for, so why would I choose to wallow in the bad instead of embracing the good? I’d have to be crazy to lose sight of everything I have and everything I am capable of achieving.

One does not need to be happy to be positive, but being positive will lead to happier life.

Keep moving forward!

Lots of love,

Jemma 

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Online Store of the Week: MISSGUIDED

Screen Shot 2014-08-23 at 11.00.03 amIf there’s anyone out there who reads my blog regularly, you may have noticed that I haven’t written about an online store for a couple of weeks. So far, I have written a few reviews; in some I include my own experiences but in others, where I am yet to buy from the store featured, I have simply analysed the store from the perspective of my studies (PR and marketing). Last week I bought from Missguided and decided to wait for my package to arrive before I reviewed the store.

The website itself is very easy to navigate and I loved scrolling through pages and pages of products! What frustrated me was the fact that there seemed to be a few “glitches” – i.e. things wouldn’t be added to my cart, or I couldn’t delete them from my cart once they were there. It took many, many tries and eventually just waiting seemed to do the trick. It was almost like the site needed to catch up to my clicks, which was very annoying!

I ordered the Charlene Roll Neck Cropped Jumper and the Kristyana Soft Knit Cropped Jumper. I needed a few last items to tie me over until the weather starts warming up in Melbourne, so these were perfect. Because I’m at uni I also received a cool 15% off the price of my items. If you haven’t already – check out UNiDAYS. University students receive access to discount codes from many different online stores, which is helpful for those of us trying to save money whenever we can!

I chose the free shipping option, which meant my package would arrive within 10 working days. This option doesn’t provide tracking, so if you wan’t a little extra security and less of a wait time – go for the $9 express shipping, which will arrive within 4 days of your purchase. My clothes arrived on the 10th day – yesterday – and I’d be lying if I said it hadn’t felt like forever since I ordered them.

The colours of the items matched the photos on the website exactly. If anything, they looked even better! Both were also very soft, comfortable, flattering and true to size. I often get very confused by size-guides on websites, but I was lucky enough to Screen Shot 2014-08-23 at 11.00.44 amonly have to choose between ‘S’ ‘M’ and ‘L’ with these items, so it was far easier to determine my size. I ended up wearing the Kristyana Soft Knit Cropped Jumper (left) for the rest of the day, and received loads of compliments! I don’t have a very colourful day-to-day wardrobe, so everyone (especially my mum) was impressed with the fuchsia knit. Overall, I am very impressed with the products themselves and the great discount added more enjoyment to my shopping experience. I even received a code for 10% off my next purchase in the package with my order.

Despite some minor website issues, my experience with Missguided was a big success. Not only am I thrilled with my purchases (I actually jumped for joy over how much I loved them), but I also know for certain that I will be shopping at Missguided again soon. I already have a whole list of items on my wish list!

Happy shopping everyone!

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Life According to Sam

So often we spend our time complaining about things. The things we don’t have, the things we don’t want to do, or the things that are hard. Below is a video of Sam Berns talking at TEDx MidAtlantic. In January of this year, Sam passed away from progeria, a rare “rapid ageing” disease. However, his life was not filled with suffering. It’s rare to see such honest positivity – Sam doesn’t deny that he has bad days, but instead chooses to focus on the good ones and keep moving forward. Remember Sam the next time you choose to manifest negativity instead of living your life to the happiest and fullest. I know I will!

Rest in peace, Sam.

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Recommended: 73 Questions

If you love celebrity interviews but get bored by the oh-so-typical question and answer process, these videos are for you. Created by VOGUE, these interviews are held in various locations (e.g. SJP’s house) and involve 73 random questions asked in an “unreasonably short amount of time.” The interview has a very relaxed and fun vibe which sets it apart from the rest, and probably has the most interesting “technique” I have ever seen (must be the inner journalism student in me). It feels like a very brief but action-packed conversation, and I love it! Check out a few of my favourites below.

P.S. I almost don’t want to acknowledge that Daniel Radcliffe is a real person because I consider him as being Harry Potter. Literally. Surely I can’t be the only one? Any other crazy HP fans out there?

Blake Lively

Sarah Jessica Parker

Daniel Radcliffe

Enjoy!

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Rest in peace, Robin Williams

Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 11.48.51 am“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most”

 Rest in peace, Robin Williams

AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS:
For a full list of mental health hotlines, click here.
For suicide and crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 
If you are in an emergency or immediate risk to yourself or others, contact 000

Am I a skinny bitch?

“All About That Bass” is steadily making its way up the charts and if you haven’t heard it yet, I suggest you take a moment to listen (above). Not only is it catchy, but it’s all about self-love – a perfect combination for girls needing a little self esteem pick-me-up. As I was singing along the other day, I started to wonder, what about the “skinny bitches”?

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