UPDATE: NEW BLOG

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I’d like to start off by saying thank you to everyone who has followed, liked, commented on and responded to my blog in the past couple of months. It has meant so much to me – I’ve always wanted to start one but until the start of this year, I was too scared. FINALLY I took the plunge and it has been oh-so rewarding. So much so, that I have decided to upgrade:

Introducing…

TWENTY & CO

My new blog. Yep, I officially own my own .com. And it feels fabulous. Why TWENTY & CO? Well, as you may have noticed, The World by J doesn’t really have a “niche”. I’ve written about fashion, done reviews about books, random rants about topics in the news, and so on. So I decided, in order to make the name and my blog relevant to readers, I’m still going to write about all that stuff and more – BUT – TWENTY & CO is dedicated to all of us who are close to becoming, or are already, a “twenty-something.” In Australia, 18 is considered being an adult, but I still don’t really feel like a “real” adult. Will I ever feel like a real adult? I don’t know. But I’m looking forward to writing about a whole bunch of different topics as I begin my journey into the twenties. Over the next week I will be uploading some of my favourite/most popular posts from The World by J before I begin posting new content. First up is my career profile on Chloe Clark from Beginning Boutique. I hope those of you reading this decide to come along for the ride. If not, thank you for being so supportive and interested in my work here.

Lots of love,

JΒ 

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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 πŸ™‚

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:Β 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. Β 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.Β 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 universityΒ here, or ask me a different questionΒ here.

Lots of love,

J

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University Survival Guide

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Are you starting university next year, or a current student looking for guidance? Head over to First Year La TrobeΒ for some tips, tricks and anecdotes from students currently studying at La Trobe University – including me!Β To read my posts on First Year La Trobe, click here.

Although the blog is targeted towards first years, the advice given by my fellow students is applicable to all stages of your university education, and to life-after-highschool in general! Hello, welcome to the real world! First Year La Trobe is a perfect read for anyone who is worried about making the transition next year, wondering what university is like or interested in studying at La Trobe.

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Social media shout out

Hey guys!

Are you an avid follower of bloggers’ social media accounts? Do you love pretty pictures, thoughtful quotes and reminders when something new is posted?

If you answered yes, it’s time to add The World by J to your feeds!

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Once again, thank you all for taking the time to read and respond to my posts. I appreciate every view and every comment.

Lots of love,

J

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Thank you

There are so many little things that brighten each day of my life. Yesterday, this was one of them:

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Since starting this blog I’ve had quite a few people I know come up to me and say they enjoy what I’ve read or I have inspired them to start a blog about something they are passionate about. I couldn’t be happier when I hear this! Not only does it make me want to continue doing what I’m doing and constantly improve, but it washes away any doubts I’ve had. I have doubted myself because I know there are a tonne of judgemental people out there who may think “The World by J” and the things I write are stupid. It’s the people who seem to take pride in making mean, unprovoked judgements that I am wary of. Don’t get me wrong, everyone is guilty of being judgemental at times, including myself. However, I am confident in saying that my past harsh judgements have taught me lessons and I regret what I have said or done in certain situations. We’re all human, none of us are perfect and we learn from our life experiences.

Treating people how you want to be treated is the bottom line and it is something I am trying to always remind myself of. At the same time, it’s important to remember that the people who are secretly judging you or degrading you are jealous, scared or sad and their opinion is not your concern. Just do what you love and what makes you happy – for all you know everyone is actually cheering you on and admiring your courage!

In saying this, I’d just like to say a big, big thank you to the person above (you know who you are) and to every person who has encouraged me or read my blog posts – family, friends and strangers. It means a lot and I appreciate you taking a little time out of your day to click on my links and read what I have to say.

Lots of love

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The Life of J – Week #1

Screen Shot 2014-07-13 at 1.01.19 pmIt’s Sunday today and I’ve decided I will try to make weekly personal posts to allow everyone to get to know me a little more.

Unfortunately I wasn’t rostered on at work this week so I was left searching for things to do with all my time. A welcome distraction was Max, a dog who we were looking after for the week. I’ve never met such a friendly, loving and intelligent animal. He has a loud bark for such a little dog, which we discovered every morning at six when my neighbour let his own dog out into his backyard. Having a dog in the house was a new experience for my whole family and it meant that half the time was spent liaising between Max, our cat Millie and the guinea pigs who she is a little too fond of.

Screen Shot 2014-07-13 at 12.55.10 pmMy boyfriend surprised me this week and bought me some Nike Roshe Runs for our twoΒ year anniversary. I’ve wanted them for a long time but never got around to it – he managedΒ to see and buy the last pair in the colour and size I wanted in the state. They’re not for exercise (“I really should start exercising” – my most common phrase) but they are SO comfy and I love them. We’re also in the process of organising a trip down to the beach in summer with friends. In the middle of Winter, it’s nice to imagine and look forward to the hot weather of January, even if it’s never consistent in Melbourne.

I also organised a new job this week, doing some promotor work for SpoonFeedMe at my uni. I may even do a post about their website once the semester begins and I learn more about what they have to offer. Luckily I can work as little or as much as I like for SpoonFeedMe, so it won’t interfere with my studying or other work and I can easily save money! Yay!

Now I’m just relaxing in my room, writing this post, looking forward to tomorrow when my siblings go back to primary and high school. I love them all endlessly but they can be loud, boisterous and annoying at times. I honestly just can’t wait to sleep in and wake up to an empty house. I’m going to attempt doing these posts every Sunday and keep them fairly simple because I don’t feel comfortable with sharing too much of my life on the internet just yet. I hope you enjoyed this small snippet of my life πŸ™‚

Here is a recap of the posts I wrote in the past week:

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