Lessons learnt

It’s a strange feeling to be 11 months into my year abroad. The warm embrace of home is so close that I’ve become extremely impatient and just want to sink my teeth into a Sydney burger already. After I spent an hour on FaceTime with my parents running them through my homecoming plans – everything from what I plan to …

What’s the best way to travel? | Post-summer musings (procrastination)

My very long and very wonderful European summer has come and gone in the blink of an eye. I’m back in Logroño, about to enter my final 3 months of studies here and as I put off starting a UTS assignment, I can’t stop replaying the last 4 months in my head. I’m hardly the first privileged Australian twenty-something to cliff jump in Dubrovnik …

Great Expectations…

I’ve recently returned from the UK, my very first time travelling solo. I started in London then took the train up to Retford to stay with a friend, who promised to show me the “real” England. We did day trips around Yorkshire, including the charming cities of York, Leeds and Sheffield. I then went off on my own and spent a weekend in …

Two down, ten to go

It’s strange to think that two whole months have passed now. Sometimes, it feels like it’s flying by too fast and there’s no way I can fit everything I want to do in ten months. Other times, it feels like it’s dragging on and I just want to get home to the places and people I love. Either way, every minute of …

First Impressions

It has been 10 days since I arrived in Logroño, the capital of La Rioja, Spain’s smallest autonomous community most famous for its wine. This tiny city with a population of just over 150,000 will be my home for a year as I complete a compulsory in-country study (ICS) as part of my Journalism/International Studies double degree at UTS. A UTS girl who …

For the sake of all our orgasms…(via Urban Sisterhood)

I have spent all semester producing a publication from scratch called URBAN SISTERHOOD,  a site for young career-driven women that aims to inspire, guide and motivate. I was also allowed to have a bit of fun with an opinion piece on a very real issue plaguing women all around the world. See the original post here: https://urban-sisterhood.squarespace.com/standpoint/for-the-sake-of-all-our-orgasms We need more female …

Why this diehard Blues and Kangaroos fan became a neutral this year

There has been much discussion around the team chosen to represent New South Wales in State of Origin this year, in particular, the selection of Sydney Roosters centre Blake Ferguson. Some people argued that he was out-of-form and it should have been he who was omitted from the squad instead of Josh Morris. Others, like myself, were disgusted to learn a confirmed sex offender would be …

4 things I’ve learnt after 4 semesters of journalism

Two years down, three to go. Here’s what I’ve learnt so far. Sympathetic looks and condescending life lessons are a fact of life I’m at a dinner party – or some sort of formal occasion that forces me to talk about my life with older people – and they ask me what I’m doing at university. I tell them. They immediately say “Oh, you know there’s no …

To schoolie or not to schoolie…

Originally posted 25/11/14 Your child is 17/18 years old. They’ve finally graduated after no less than thirteen gruelling years of school, they’ve survived the exams known to drive teenagers to anxiety and depression, they’ve bid farewell to their classmates at their Year 12 formal, and now it’s time for them to step out into the Big Wide World.  Thankfully, there is a blissful month-and-a-half …