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a newbie’s guide to not packing like a dingbat

Hoooo boy, 2017 is coming in hot. The new year is looming, and I don’t know about you guys, but I’m ready to bury 2016 like I did my 2005 bangs. If you’re a fresh-faced high school leaver, you’ve got a few things coming up in the new year, and I’m here to tell you that after NYE, things are going to happen very quickly. You’re going to need to start packing, because you’re about to move your entire life…

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sun’s out: how to survive the Aussie summer

  If you happen to be in any of our major cities right now and you’re new to Australia, you’re about to witness your first Aussie heatwave (except for Perth… you guys are so chilled out it’s just annoying). Now, if you happen to be from a country where hot weather is normal, then you’ll probably be fine in terms of the temperature – but there’s something a little more sinister about an Australian summer, and it even creeps up…

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a definitive list of things that will eat your money on NYE

Alright guys, it’s crunch time. Pens down. Listen. New Years Eve is officially 25 days away. If your bank account somehow manages to survive the hell you reign on it at Christmas, you’ll be only slightly prepared for the second wave: whatever you do to bring in 2017. Check your bank balance, now look at me. Now look back at your bank balance, then back to me – do as I say and this will work out:     Don’t spend your…

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one last hurrah: a graduates guide to milking benefits

There’s a lot of benefits to being a student. And it all becomes abundantly clear when you don’t get access to them anymore. A lot of you are going to graduate soon. You’ve finished your final exams, you’ve got some time to kill over summer before you jump head first into a job, a new project or go travelling. There’s a lot of living to be done between end-of-exams and the day university officially kicks you off their ‘student’ list….

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the bugs you’ll meet at uni (yes, bugs)

You read that correctly. No one is ever aware of just how many bugs they will encounter once they move out of home. It’s one of the things you’ll praise your parents for, since up until now you probably didn’t know what a bug infestation looked like because they were so good at cleaning up after your lazy butt. But alas, you’re coming to uni, and while there are just about a bajillion awesome reasons to move out of home,…

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why not getting your first preference isn’t so bad

Sometimes we can overthink the big life decisions… I’m guilty of this. When I was deciding which university I wanted to study at I had my heart set on one in particular, and I wanted it so much that I went for early admission. I actually didn’t even come up with an option B. For the entirety of year 11 and 12 I had planned on attending this university, but by the time I got to decision time it just…

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things you need to stop doing in your 20’s

There comes a moment when you realise you’re not a teenager anymore. And this might happen a few times in your early-twenties when you’re sprawled out on a couch with glitter stuck to your face and you find your shoes in the fridge for some reason (drawing from experience here…). My point being: you’ll have a few moments in the early years of your degree when you think “I’m too old for this”. Whether it takes a huge raging party…

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how to not blow all your money by Christmas

I’m no financier, but… I’ve done a few stupid things in my life to blow my money before Christmas. So by that score, I have eternal knowledge when it comes to the student ability to spend money on things that have absolutely no meaning or importance to you whatsoever. We tend to go a little overboard after uni is finished – we have drinks with friends, buy takeout food, and indulge in the euphoric freedom of being released from the…

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the campus lifestyle: pros & cons

Choosing where to live can be tricky… There are more than a few things to consider when you’re moving out of home, and it’s a daunting prospect if you’re living on your own for the first time. Sure, it’s probably going to be one of the most exciting times of your life, but it’s also a big step into adulthood, and there’s definitely a few things to consider before you rush in. Here are the pros and cons of living…

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easy food swaps to help you survive the summer

Lets face it, food rules everything we do. And if it doesn’t, then you’re kidding yourself, because food is probably one of the greatest joys to grace the planet. Many of my most memorable days have something to do with a large selection of seafood, and if I go to a party I am almost exclusively the person lingering at the snack table. No shame, just a fact. While food takes up 80% of the better moments of my life,…

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