Finding the right study/chill balance

Hey there everybody. I’m Alisha, a Berwick student as well as student futures crazy. I am a mentor, PASS leader and SAL this semester.

So, it’s almost time for our mid-semester break. Also known as, two weeks of watching Netflix whilst eating too much junk food. Then having that guilty feeling in your stomach that you should be doing something a bit more productive. In my first semester at FedUni, I did just that. I maybe read one or two chapters of a textbook but that’s it. Then after the break I was swamped with assignment after assignment which caused me to come to uni at 9am then leave at 7pm each day.

I learnt from that mistake. Second semester I adjusted my time pretty well doing around half study and half chill. My after break shock wasn’t that bad this time. This semester break I want to do that again. I am a morning bird so I plan to study in the morning then chill later in the afternoon. I am also week 2 into a 12-week body transformation with exercise and meal plans. I hope I can keep it up this break and don’t slack off the hard work I’ve done so far.

Overall, I think it’s best for you to figure out what works for you. Do what you want this break but remember Uni assignments might come up and haunt you.

Have fun and do what you love this break!

Your Berwick Butterfly, Alisha


Ever wondered how your fav pure Disney film stacked up against other peoples personal favs? Well, hold onto your magic carpet kid, because you’re about to find out!

So, which is the greatest animated pure Disney film of all time? I asked a bunch of my friends, family, and coworkers and these were the overwhelming results:
Coming in last place are movies that were picked as absolute favorites sparingly, such as:

Beauty and the Beast
Meet the Robinsons
Emperor’s New Groove (Pull the lever Kronk!)
Robin Hood
The Jungle Book
Tarzan, and
The Little Mermaid

In the middle with quite a few votes each are:

Aladdin (a movie that is a diamond in the rough?)
Mulan (still my absolute favorite),
and the latest of the Disney releases; Moana

Coming in first place with an overwhelming amount of support is, the one, the only, the everything the light touches is our kingdom, The Lion King. Woohoo!

This film was made in 1994, making it an oldy but a goody! To celebrate its victory on being the top of the leader board, here are some fun facts about the voted fav Disney film.

  1. The Lion King is the highest-grossing hand-drawn animated feature of all time with a total box office of over $987 million; it is also the third highest-grossing animated feature in general, the 19th highest-grossing film of all time, and the best-selling videotape of all time.
  2. An earthquake in 1994 forced the Disney Studios to close down temporarily and much of the film was finished in the artists’ homes.
  3. One small yellow beetle that Timon finds under a log has Mickey Mouse ears on its back.
  4. Reportedly, the “Be Prepared” scene was inspired by footage of Nazis marching by Adolf Hitler on a podium.
  5. Pumbaa is the first Disney character to ever fart.
  6. It took approximately three years to animate the two-and-a-half-minute wildebeest stampede scene.

Thanks Disney, for making our childhoods magical! ….. Anyone else feel a movie marathon coming on??

GIFS + IMAGE (in order)

Is Honesty Really the Best Policy?

So your best friend comes out of the change-room in a hideous outfit and asks “do I look good in this”? OR you get pulled over by a police officer after a quick drink and they ask “have you been drinking tonight”?

WHAT. DO. YOU. SAY? Is honesty really the best policy? Continue reading Is Honesty Really the Best Policy?

Weim – a – what?

‘Weim – a – what’ is the response I get every time I tell someone I’m getting a Weimaraner. The first thing my mum said to me was “umm have you been to the doctor for that?”. Ahh, what? Awkwarddd. No mum, a Weimeraner is a dog! One of the cutest dogs in the whole entire world. *insert high pitched voice* Just look at how cute they are… Continue reading Weim – a – what?

Communication with Lecturers and Academic Staff

To start off, I am not saying that I am a communications champion or anything like that. In fact, being a mature age student my mind is boggled by the way that people these days communicate with each other on social media.  When I was growing up we rode our bikes to our friend’s house and knocked on the door to see if they were home, or if allowed we would make a phone call to see if they were home. To communicate with someone long distance we would write a letter because the cost of a phone call could cripple the economy. Continue reading Communication with Lecturers and Academic Staff

The Low Down on The B-wick (or Berwick Campus)

So I’m sure everyone knows by now that FedUni’s got a new campus at Berwick, or as everyone calls it: The B-wick. (Ok, so maybe no-one calls it that…yet. It’s pretty catchy, it’s got a nice ring to it, it’s gonna catch on, trust me). FedUni picked up the campus last year as part of Monash’s fire sale of campuses.

As far as I’m concerned, they got a pretty good deal.  This place is pretty nice, even if it is just for first-years at this point. Want to know more? Well, let me lay it out so you can play it out. Continue reading The Low Down on The B-wick (or Berwick Campus)

Harry Potter Plotholes Debunked! And 18 Things You May Not Know About Harry Potter.


Wondering why things happened the way they did when clearly there is another option? Here are 5 common Harry Potter ‘plotholes’ debunked.

1. Why was the time turner not used to save countless lives instead of just Buckbeaks? Well supposedly going more than a few hours in the past is irreparably catastrophic, thus Harry can’t save his parents. But what about more recent deaths? Well the time turner is susceptible to paradoxes. This means that if Harry went back to ‘move’ Sirius out of the way of the killing curse in HP5, Sirius would live and thus there be no reason for Harry to come back in the first place to save him. Yet for Hermione to go to another class (the time turners original purpose for her), is not changing the events that unfold to such a massive degree. “Mysterious thing, Time. Powerful, and when meddled with, dangerous.” Continue reading Harry Potter Plotholes Debunked! And 18 Things You May Not Know About Harry Potter.


Eric.2In this post I’m going to talk about Spring, because it started last week.

Or did it?

In Australia, as I’m sure you’re all aware, the Bureau of Meteorology has decided that the seasons will start on the 1st of the month (Spring in September, Summer in December, etc.).

But what if I told you that the 1st of the month is just a random day they picked just to make record-keeping easier? Who can live in that sort of random anarchistic society? I know I’m struggling.

Spring this year actually starts on the 23rd of September, at 12:21am.

How can I get it down to the minute, you ask?

Well, that’s because Spring starts after the Vernal Equinox. The Vernal Equinox is the point at which the Southern Hemisphere gets more sunlight than the Northern Hemisphere. It’s all very scientific, which is how these things should be determined. It depends on the tilt of the Earth, which is what causes the seasons in the first place.

Now here’s the bit that seems to cause all sorts of confusion for the people at the Bureau: it changes every year. That’s because the orbit of the Earth around the Sun doesn’t happen in exactly 365 days (the same reason we have leap years) and there’s a couple of other things that don’t happen in nice round numbers. It’s always going to be around the 21st of the month, but it’ll vary by a day or two either side.

And it’s not just Spring. There’s also an Autumnal Equinox. And a Summer and Winter Solstice. The Summer Solstice is the point at which the Sun is highest in the sky, and the Winter Solstice, the lowest. And they’re all around the 21st of the month.

But here’s what I don’t get: Easter varies every year. It depends on the cycle of the moon. People seem to handle that fine. And it varies by weeks from year to year. Why can’t they handle the start of the seasons that change by only a day or two?

I’m thinking about starting a movement. Maybe even get a petition going. Let’s stop the madness! Who’s with me?

Ok, that’s the end of my rant. Thanks to all of you who stuck it out this long. And Happy First Day of Spring! On the 23rd, not last week.

– Eric

Census Day

Eric.2Alright folks, this is a public service announcement from your friendly neighbourhood SAL, Eric.

August 31st is Census Day.

What’s that you say?

“All the commercials on the tv say that the census is on August 9th

Well, yes, that’s true too.  But it’s a different census.

Continue reading Census Day

Planning Life and Juggling Commitments

SamAs Uni students, we can often feel like we are trying to juggle hundreds of commitments at once. For example: finding the time to go to lectures, tutes, study, do assignments, keep healthy, work, family, friends, partners, getting drunk every now and then — the usual stuff! If you leave everything up in the air and unorganised it tends to get very easy to miss things and you end up having that dreaded feeling of regret when you know you should have done something but decided to take a quick nap instead.

I know you would have heard it all before: plan out this, plan out that, blah blah blah. But coming from somebody who never used to plan out anything, it really does pay off to spend a little bit of time to plan out different things in your life.

Continue reading Planning Life and Juggling Commitments