Study Documents: ToDo Lists

As you may have caught onto in my previous blogposts I love to use ‘Todo lists’ to stay organised. There are many different types of ‘todo lists’ that can be helpful, so I thought I  would create four different pdf ‘todo lists’ to inspire everyone to get organised.   ‘A University Todo list’ This list can be used to separate […]

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How I manage to work so many different jobs

I recently was successful at gaining a volunteer position as a state coordinator for an NGO, which is my fifth on-going job (along with my PhD, chairperson position, netball coach, blogger & other general academic things) and I also hold three other positions at different times throughout the year (bookstore, marking & other environmental volunteering). Working all these jobs obviously means […]

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Ten things I would have liked to tell myself on my first day of university.

This week is O Week for most of the universities in Australia, which has made me reminisce on my first day of uni (which was six years ago!!!). I started to think what I would have liked to tell myself during this exciting, scary, and totally different time. 1)     You will meet so many incredible people, who will have a huge influence in shaping the person you become. 2)     You will be tested in ways that you never knew existed, and this is not limited to academia. 3)     You will be busier than you’ve ever been before, you will somehow manage to fit in uni, work, volunteering, and a social life. 4)     You will struggle with the assignments and exams more than you did at school. 5)     You will change your mind all the time about ‘what you want to do when you grow up’, and this will cause you to feel anxious, but know that you are on the right path. 6)     You will wish for full time work so you can see your friends and family at night and on the weekends. 7)     You will achieve more than you imagined. 8)     When you want to give up, don’t! 9)     You will realise that following your passion and heart was more important than your head. 10)  You will get through it.

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Must Have Items for University

When I first started university I expected to receive a ‘booklist’ with all the items I would need for my degree, however no such list ever arrived. I realised then that I am now truly a ‘big kid’ and that I would have to decipher what I would need to succeed myself. Whilst I started university with all the necessary […]

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How to ease back into the New Year

Going back to studying, working, or researching (or a combination of all three if you are a PhD student like me) after the silly season can be hard. You will most likely still be in holiday mode and procrastination will be inevitable. However, there is much to do and having 10 coffee breaks before lunch will unfortunately not help you […]

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‘Must-take’ Conference Items

This is a check list of my ‘must-take’ conference items. This list is for the conference itself not the entire trip (if you are travelling for a conference). 1) A water bottle- I do not leave the house without a water bottle, so this is an obvious choice for me. Although most conferences will provide water, having your own bottle is easier and means less plastic cups (better for the environment!). 2) Back up snack- Again you generally are provided with food at conferences, however taking back up snacks is a good safety net (in case you do not like the food provided, or like me, you have dietary requirements). 3) Paper/pen- You most likely will not take detailed notes like you would (or should) in a undergraduate lecture, but the talks may inspire you or discuss something you haven’t heard of before and that you want to remember. 4) A smile- Cliché yes, but necessary also. 5) Business cards- Which is something I actually did not take. As a first year PhD student it did not even occur to me that I should have business cards, they feel way too professional! However, I was asked multiple times for a card so I have learnt my lesson. 6) Laptop- There are many breaks throughout the day when you can sneak 10 minutes to reply to emails, or even finish a small task. 7) Layered clothing- No matter what the season or […]

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