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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Volunteering

HaydenWhy do I volunteer? Well, it’s a sad story, so please have a box of tissues handy. LOL not really but it could be.

I have worked my whole life caught up in the materialistic commercialism world of having to buy everything because some lady on the TV tells me that my life won’t be complete without it. So I was working for a major company in Morwell and had just organised to relocate from Drouin to Churchill to save some money on travelling when we got told that the company was closing the doors on our site. Continue reading Volunteering

Food is Free — a lot

selfieEveryone loves free food, right? Well I’ll tell you, when you are a uni student you definitely love free food. Luckily, FedUni is happy to oblige! I can’t count the amount of times that I’ve had a burger (or vegie burger!) or a sausage, or even on some occasions a baked potato, hot dog, or even a sub at lunch time! These free food initiatives, at Mt Helen, are run by the Student Experience Office and the various clubs and societies at the university. I’ve even been part of the cooking and organising of a few of them with the BioMed Club. Continue reading Food is Free — a lot

Icy magic

So, I had just had the best weekend ever! Why, you ask? Because my wife found a recipe for ice magic in a magazine she reads*. And the best thing about it is, it’s super simple.

All it needs is:
o 1 cup of chocolate chips
o 2 tablespoons of coconut oil

Just stir together the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwavable container then zap it on high for 30 seconds. Stir it for a bit and chuck it back in for another 15 seconds. Just keep doing this until all the chocolate has melted and mixed in and you’re done.

Chuck it on some ice-cream and enjoy!

-Damon

PS. Don’t be an idjit and store it in the fridge. It doesn’t work too well

*Sourced from http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/homemade-magic-shell/

Check-in Week

Hey guys, it’s been three weeks since this semester began, and I hope you’re adapting well to your university life!  We’re now in the middle of Check-in Week at FedUni, from August 18th to August 22nd. There will be loads of activities on all campuses, such as PASS Sessions, Library Skills Workshop and fantastic FREE Breakfasts and Lunches! Check the timetable in case you miss out!

http://federation.edu.au/students/getting-started-at-feduni/check-in-week

PASS stands for Peer Assisted Study Sessions. It is non-remedial and open to all students enrolled in the nominated courses. If you want to find friends in the same course to study together, PASS is a perfect place to go! There will be small study groups in PASS, and the sessions are really fun. A senior student leader will share his/her experience with you and that could be very useful for not only your study but also your uni experience. You can find if your course is available for PASS and the timetable of all PASS sessions online:

http://federation.edu.au/students/learning-and-study/get-help-on-campus/pass-program

The Library Skills Workshops are free classes offered by the Library. The program aims to support first year students or new enrolled students making the transition from secondary school or work to university study. If you have any problem with referencing, researching or writing, enrol in a session! Timetables can be checked through the link below for all campuses:

http://federation.edu.au/library/assignment-and-research-help/skillsworkshops/library-skills

There are many other services such as chaplaincy, counselling, disability support, scholarships, international support, leadership, clubs and societies available for you. Just go and check them out! If you still have problems, come to ASK for help!

– Lily

Keeping Fit at Uni

 

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Uni life equals lectures, tutes, assignments, tests, exams, partying (generally with copious amounts of alcohol), sleeping and eating. This is all great! It really is! However, the large levels of inactivity with the junk we students eat because it’s cheap and easy, mixed with the high calorie alcohol that slows fat burning, is a recipe for disaster.

We always say I’ll go to the gym or I’ll go for a run and we never do because there is so much more to do in our days (generally sleeping or eating). However, exercise has been linked to increased brain activity (ie. you will be smarter), better health (you won’t really get hangovers) and better mood (you won’t be half as crabby due to endorphins).

I personally prefer to engage in crossfit sessions where there is some cardio and some resistance training so it’s not as daunting. Just remember, when you feel like you can’t do anymore and you want to give up, do one extra. It all helps! You will never regret doing a workout, but you will regret not doing a workout or not doing your best. It’s only like 20 or 30 minutes out of your life, which you would probably have spent procrastinating anyway.

I have put up four 30 day challenges for you to attempt. You don’t even need a gym or really any equipment for this. You could do it in your house, driveway or maybe the uni oval or a park. So get your gear on and get moving!

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FOOD!

Steph_2We all love food! It is just delightful!  Plus it is always there when you are happy, sad, stressed or pretty much any emotion on the spectrum. However, summer is coming up and we all want that rocken summer bod.

Summer is the time for salads, wraps, smoothies and frozen fruit juice. As the weather warms up we can move out of that stodgey winter comfort food and into freshness! I can feel some of you cringing already at the thought of eating greens but fear not I have some killer recipes.

Protein and omega 3 salad

Ingredients

  • Quinoa
  • Roast pumpkin cubes
  • Caramelised red onion
  • Fresh salad leaves (not lettuce!)
  • Beetroot
  • Tomato
  • Walnuts
  • Fetta
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil

 Method

  1. Cook ¼ cup quinoa following packet directions
  2. Cut up ¼ of a medium sized pumpkin into cubes and spray lightly with oil, cook until softened
  3. Dice 1/3 of large red onion, lightly spray with oil and cook in oven until browning
  4. Lay salad leaves onto plate
  5. Lay Quinoa on top of salad
  6. Slice tomato and beetroot and put on salad
  7. Sprinkle pumpkin, fetta and walnuts on top
  8. Mix balsamic vinegar and olive oil in a bowl and drizzle over top sparingly (making sure it hits some quinoa)

Fruit Salad

Depending if you want to make bulk or just one serve depends on how much fruit you will use at one time. Easy to make bulk and put in a container in a fridge to last 2 days.

Ingredients

  • Cantaloupe
  • Honey dew
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Cherries
  • Peach
  • Watermelon
  • And whatever other fruit you want to put in your fruit salad.

Method

  1. Chop fruit into different shapes
  2. Mix together
  3. Serve with greek yoghurt sprinkled with rolled oates with honey drizzled in top

 Banana and strawberry milkshake

  • Place ½ cup ice into a blender
  • 1 banana
  • Around 8 medium sized strawberries
  • 3 big dobs of greek yoghurt
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 1Tsp Honey
  • Blend (serves 2)

~Steph

Pot and Parma!

Pot and parma, yum yum yum.

If you don’t already know this, (or you haven’t taken advantage of it yet) you’ve been missing out. Every Wednesday in the Albert Coates Complex, (behind the HUB) Wednesday 12-2pm You can get a pot (this also includes soft drink), parma, chips and salad for $10! Bargain! AND if you’re a Campus Life Rewards member they’re only 8 bucks. Ohh-yeah. So get on down with your pals and take advantage of this sweet deal. This is a snap of me and another Silly SAL enjoying a beaut Pot & Parma on a recent, very lovely Wednesday. So good!

parma As an aside, Lazy Moes up the top end of Sturt Street is also a winner with humongous meals for pretty cheap. This includes the good old parma as well heaps and HEAPS of other meals. They have the most extensive menu ever.

~Danni