UPDATE: NEW BLOG

Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 10.47.43 pmHi everyone,

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,

xxxxx

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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 🙂

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

xxxx

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 Trobe for some tips, tricks and anecdotes from students currently studying at La Trobe University – including me! 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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Blogging 101: How to get noticed

On my most recent Blogging 101 post I received a comment from someone wondering how to get his blog noticed. Now, as most people will tell you, blogging shouldn’t be about gaining attention and popularity UNLESS it is designed to promote your own business or product. Your focus should be on blogging because you enjoy and love it, not because of the potential for more followers or monetary gain. However, because we all love people to appreciate, enjoy and discuss what we write, here are some basic tips on getting your blog noticed.

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One of the hardest parts of blogging is writers block; the inability to come up with any ideas for a period of time. It feels like a giant slump in creativity and ideas. Here are some of my tips for staying inspired when blogging:

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Blogging 101: Choosing a name

Before the mothers-to-be of the blogosphere get their hopes up, this post does not contain advice about picking the perfect name for your unborn child. The naming decision I’m talking about is for anyone on the verge of creating their own blog. In my previous post I discussed deciding what you want to write about and what platform you will use, completely forgetting the importance of giving your little piece of the internet a name.

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