Tea or Coffee?

I am a self-confessed tea addict. No, not a coffee addict, a tea addict- I looove tea and HATE coffee. I cannot stand the smell or taste of coffee. I have been an adamant tea lover and coffee hater for years.

I drink two cups a day, depending on the weather. I always find myself drinking more tea on the colder days than the warmer days. I think I like drinking tea so much because of the taste of it — I actually thoroughly enjoy the taste. I am a huge fan of English breakfast tea! But every once in a while, I make myself a cup of coffee just in case my taste buds change and I begin to like coffee. But nooooooo! Still hate it.

Usually people drink coffee over tea to stay alert and awake, as it contains caffeine. Interestingly, I just learnt that tea also contains caffeine. Who knew? Certainly not me! I was under the impression that tea did not contain caffeine at all!

So, it got me thinking. Technically, both tea and coffee addicts are addicted to the same thing, right? That thing being caffeine. But was exactly is caffeine? Caffeine is a psychoactive drug that stimulates the central nervous system. It is also the most widely consumed psychoactive drug in the world! But I thought I would compare the caffeine in both tea and coffee.

Tea contains, on average, less than 50mg, whereas coffee contains, on average, more than 100mg. But I think that also depends on the type and strength of the cup. The important thing here is that everyone enjoys their coffee or tea in a certain way. As I mentioned before, I am a big fan of English Breakfast tea. I prefer 1 sugar, with 1/4 of the cup milk, and the tea bag dipped a couple of times!

Lucky for all the FedUni students, the student lounge has a tea and coffee station. Meaning you can make your own cup anyway you like! How great is that! So whether you’re a tea or coffee person, we’ve got you covered. You can also purchase a FedUni ‘grab-and-go cup’ from the bookshop to enjoy your lovely hot drink anywhere you like!

Never Work with Children

So after hours of organising I have finally got the children to sit down in front of the TV to watch their favourite show on Netflix. They have snacks, drinks and their favourite teddy bears. I should be able to get at least an hour out of them to finish working on my assignment that’s due at the end of the week, right…? WRONG! No sooner than I sit down and turn the computer on, I hear the dreaded “Muumm, Nate’s hitting me!” (insert frustrated face). I go down and sit them on separate sides of the couch and promise that if I can have just an hour to do some work, I will take them outside to play afterwards.

I know it’s not ideal, but bribery is one of the only ways I can get some time to work. Having 3 children ranging from 2 to 7 years old they are not at the point where they understand deadlines and “mummy has an assignment due”.  So in an attempt to get a little time to myself, I resort to bribing them with TV, food, drinks and some play time afterwards. I know — bad parenting moment — but as a student, mother, wife, housekeeper and taxi (just to name a few of my roles) there never seems to be enough hours in the day to get what I need to get done.

Anyway, back to trying to steal an hour to do some homework. Did this end well? Did I get any work done? Did the children sit down and watch TV as planned? The answer to all of these is: NO! In between the dirty nappy, the spilt drink, the fighting and the crying, I achieved nothing. NOTHING!

So here’s my advice on trying to study with children: try and plan your week so that you get as much study done when you’re not home. Then when you are at home you can focus on being mummy and the many other roles you play. It is ok to say that this is important to me and I need some time without the kids to get it done. Ask your partner, your family and friends and, if finances permit, get a babysitter or try the kids in day care. In an effort to keep these two role separate on the days I am at Uni, I stay later and get my husband to do the school/day care pick up. This allows me time after my classes to get my study done. Then when I get home the kids can have my complete attention as I am not distracted with what homework I have to do. During the busy times when assessments are due I may even come out to the Uni on the weekends for a few hours and I achieve a lot more in a couple of hours than I would all day at home trying to bribe the kids.

If you do find yourself in the position of having to study while you’re at home with the kids I have found that the kids are happier to allow me a few minutes to myself if I break it into smaller intervals. Start by asking them to do an activity or watch a show for 20 minutes while you work and then you will come and play with them. If you continue this cycle you will at least reduce the stress on yourself.

Remember that it is ok to put yourself first sometimes, and don’t allow the parental guilt to creep in. You are important and what you are trying to achieve is important as well. Think of the positive role modelling you are doing at times when you feel you have been away from the children too much. Remember: it is the quality, not the quantity, of time you spend with the kids.

– Bonnie

Finding a Job

ScottLife as a student isn’t cheap. There are heaps of things to pay for: food, living on res or rent (and the bills) or for some, maybe a mortgage. And while the trusty student card may get you a discount on some things, it’s not common currency everywhere.

Sure, for those who qualify for Youth Allowance or Austudy, this is a nice start but is likely not enough to cover all of your expenditures. A simple equation shows that if expenditure is greater than income there is a loss. How do you solve this? You could try scrounging money from your parents, otherwise a part time job might be the answer.

You could try visiting some local businesses to see if there are any vacancies. There is also a job board located at both Gippsland and Mt Helen where local jobs are posted. It is near the door to Student Connect at the Gippsland Campus or outside the careers office on the first floor of the U Building at the Mt Helen Campus. FedUni also has an online job board called CareerHub which can you can get to by clicking this link:


We are currently recruiting for PASS leaders for next year. Applications for these are open now and you can apply for these by following the link below.


PASS Leader:


Applications for these jobs close soon! PASS Leader applications are open until 9am Monday 3rd October 2016. If you want to know more about what is involved with these positions, you can contact Student Futures by emailing studentfutures@federation.edu.au or by phoning 1300 333 864.

Another job on campus that is flexible depending on your schedule is the position of a Student Ambassador. This job is tax free as you are paid with gift cards. Applications for this are different for both campuses. For Gippsland you can fill out an application form and for Mt Helen you’ll need to email Hayley Brennan.

Gippsland: http://bit.ly/AmbassadorApplication

Mt Helen: h.brennan@federation.edu.au

With these jobs mentioned above, other than being a Student Ambassador, you’ll have to pay tax, unless they’re paying you cash on the side, of course. The Army Reserve offers flexible work and is legally tax free. They also give you free accommodation and food when on courses and activities. More information about the Army Reserve can be found by clicking on the link below:


– Scott

Being on the Student Senate

Flying MaryDuring August last year, the University’s Student Senate began advertising for positions on the new Senate to be formed for the following year. As a third year student who had not yet been on the Senate, I was very drawn to the idea of a leadership position that would allow me to help make positive changes within the University and increase the enjoyment of the student experience. I filled out the paperwork with my ideas and what I stood for and a couple of weeks later I was luckily elected into the Sports Representative position for all campuses. As an International Studies student, it was not vital that I was a PE student but my role within the Ultimate Frisbee team and continued participation in UniGames events gave me enough background information to make my position easier.

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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.

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10 Things I Miss About Living on Res

Flying MaryI moved 430kms away from home in order to study the course I wanted to at FedUni. I only knew three other people in Ballarat and one of those was my sister. I obviously chose to live on campus as I had no friends and didn’t really know what Uni was all about. I am extremely glad I decided to live on Res, as it well and truly prepared me and continued to support me through my University life. I loved Res so much in my first year that I applied for a job as a Residential Advisor and continued to live on Res for the following two years. I honestly think that, without Res, I would not have enjoyed Uni anywhere near as much as I have. After living it up on Res for three years, I finally moved off this year to life in a house, but these are the main things I miss about living on Res: Continue reading 10 Things I Miss About Living on Res

Six Things I’ll Miss about Being an Undergraduate

I dedicate this post to our dearest Emma (former ASK coordinator), who for many months has been yearning for a blog post written by myself. It is truly worth the wait, Emma!


Last November I sat my final exam, which marked the completion of my undergraduate course and meant (I thought) bigger and better things. What I didn’t expect was how much I’d miss being an undergrad student. Therefore, I am writing this post to remind all you undergrads hungry for the completion of your degree to STOP and look around and enjoy your time at FedUni!

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Studying Abroad

Eric.2So, you’ve got the opportunity to study abroad… Do it!

Maybe you don’t know about opportunities, but you’ve thought about it Well, look into it…and then do it!

Haven’t even thought about studying abroad? Well, think about it, then look into it, and then do it!

If you can’t tell, I’m a little biased about the whole thing.  For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Canadian. I’ve been living here for about 6 years, and started at FedUni in 2014.  But, waaaaay back in 2004 I came down to Melbourne to do a Grad. Dip. for teaching at Deakin. I’d just finished my first uni degree and had no idea what I wanted to do. And like so many other people, I thought “maybe I’ll be a teacher.” And then, right around the same time, I thought “maybe I’ll go to Australia.”  And then BOOM! It hit me: why not do both at the same time? Continue reading Studying Abroad

10 things I’ll miss about being a student

285736_514505705244967_163577496_nI’ve now been a student for around three quarters of my life and I cannot wait to be working and making money in the industry I’ve been studying for four years. But as I approach the end of my degree, I’m starting to get a bit nostalgic about how good it is to be a uni student. So here are 10 things that I’ll miss when I leave, and that new students should not take for granted.

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The Impostor Syndrome


Recently I attended a session at uni where an academic got up on stage and told us about her time here. She had multiple degrees and worked for the University, yet she said something that struck me as odd, something I had never heard about before. She said that she’s waiting for someone to tap her on the shoulder one day as she walks around campus and tell her to pack up her office and leave- that the game is up, that she is a fraud and doesn’t belong here. I cannot recall anyone ever admitting such a thought before, yet only a few short weeks later an older mentor of mine said that she too felt like an impostor at Uni, that when she received her degree she almost burst out laughing as she believed it was ridiculous someone like her could achieve a degree!

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