Home is where the heart is

I come from a moderately sized rural town called Mildura, and the more time I spend away from it, the more I appreciate the value of where I grew up.

I remember how every part of me was driven to leave, how every action and decision I made was with the goal of moving to Melbourne in mind.

But now, after being away for a year and a half and after some reflection, I’ve realised the great things about my home-town, roughly a six-hour drive away from the big smoke.

The weather

The weather in Mildura is in a whole other league. A better league. A league that has televised games. It is so beautiful pretty much all year-round.

With an average temperature of 31.4 degrees throughout the summer (dry heat thankfully, I’d probably cry if it were humid), and winter features clear blue skies and sun, it’s pretty safe to say that Mildura has some of the finest weather going around.

I always return to Melbourne with a bit of a sunburn, the sun is just that bit more in Mildura.

The people

Although the people of Mildura have a certain notoriety for gossip, they can often surprise you with their kind-heartedness and welcoming nature. When a member of the community is struggling, everyone will do their best to support and help them where possible. There have been a number of times where this has happened, with people opening their homes, their hearts and their wallets.

The growth

Each time I go home lately, there’s a new addition to the town. Mildura has had a surge in housing developments, seeing the town slowly grow, as well as two speciality coffee shops open up in the last two months, both of which have been extremely popular.

The family

The best part about going home is seeing my family.

Moving to Melbourne was one of the greatest things I’ve ever done. Because of it, I’ve grown as a person, and experienced what life is like on my own, which has been a terrifying, beautiful and eye-opening experience.
3.2My safety net, the people who have always pushed me to be my best, are something that I appreciate more than ever. They’ve always wanted me to do my best, even if it meant me moving far away from them. They understand, and they support me. They love unconditionally, and moving away has given me an amazing appreciation for the lengths that they have gone to to ensure that I have the tools to be my best.

They taught me that no matter what, in experiencing the world and educating myself to do my very best, they will always be there for me.

Thank you for reading, and I hope that you can one day see your home town as incredibly as I do mine.

Remember, life is short. Do stuff that matters.

 

By Tyler Trevaskis 

200 Years Of Australian Fashion: A review

It’s timeless elegance meets classic chic and modern edge all under one stunning roof.

The 200 Years of Australian Fashion exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) perfectly executes the evolution of Australian fashion over a critical 200 year period, expressing specific times in cultural, social and even political history and an individuality that ultimately formed Australia’s fashion identity.

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Arranged as a walk through time, the gallery opens with modest beginnings of colonial Australia, showcasing original day, evening and maternity wear, alongside a basic yet beautiful cream wedding dress. The masterpiece of the collection – a high-neckline day dress featuring a spacious pattern of flowers and complete with frills of blue trim, is the collections earliest known garment, dating back to 1805 and manufactured locally in Geelong.

Mirroring today’s designs of sophistication, an original David Jones tailored coat pulled from the archives of 1838 proved that classic trends never cease. The tailored garment is an obvious template for the that of today, with trademark buttons, square shoulders and fitted symmetrical lines.

A two-century display of fashions finest designs would not be complete without an tribute to the original establishments of the Collins Street ‘Paris end’, where Melbourne’s high-fashion culture began. Traditional dressmakers and establishments, such as Le Louvre featured couture gowns and sweeping dresses of elegance. In addition, designers from Brisbane’s salons and Sydney’s influencers were displayed, such as Miss Scott’s coloured silk and cotton gown, adorned by pleats, frayed ruffles and sleeves made with handmade lace trim.

Stemming from the ever-changing influences of Australian culture, the on-display pages of Weigel’s Journal of Fashion and Collection(s) magazines project a new era in women’s fashion – embracing female sexuality. The 1950’s established Australia as a fashion competitor across the globe, sparking interest and appreciation. A bed of flowers introduces the revolutionary and daring mini dress, inspired by Jean Shrimpton’s crowd-stopping dress at Flemington Racecourse in 1965. The sequence of five mannequins features baby-doll frocks, jumpsuits, peter-pan collars and raised hemlines. Stand-out items included a evening frock, with stunning embroidery of small lilac flowers and falling mid-thigh, and a sweet, black, baby-doll dress featuring small cascading white buttons along the bust, and a white lace peter-pan collar and sleeve trims.

The flower-power movement introduced new levels of pattern, texture and individuality as shown by Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson’s aztec collaboration of deigns for their ‘frock salon’, Flamingo Park. Literally drawing on Australian ground-roots, Flamingo Park introduced local flora and fauna into patterns that celebrated Australia’s landscapes and trademarks. A Sydney Opera House inspired knit featured the roof peaks of the iconic building, with the words ‘BONDI’ and ‘KOALA’ spelt out on separate panels.

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And finally, there was a heartfelt ode to the designers of today – the modern fabric artists who expanded on 200 years of fashion in Australia and established a new reign on society with their  elegance and flare. Alannah Hill featured feminine beauty in shades of rich burgundy and body-hugging chic, while Carla Zampatti, Scanlan Theodore and Dion Lee were comprised of luxury and modern edge, leaving an open door for the coming 200 years of Australian fashion.

 

By Alanah Frost

Meg Takes Melbourne #03 – Melbourne, the greatest teacher you could ask for.

So I’m back again for the second week in a row! I thought this little double shot (coffee puns, get it?!) of my experiences in the big smoke would be a great way to share what I’ve learnt so far from my time in Melbourne.

Coffee isn’t all that bad.

It’s become a renowned fact that Melbourne is the coffee capital of the world; you can almost smell it wandering through the streets. I decided to ‘accentuate my palette’ give coffee an actual crack, and I must admit I was pleasantly surprised. Although to my disappointment my inner adult didn’t suddenly emerge from the depths; pantsuit and briefcase in hand, rather I felt I finally was beginning to become a city local. But serious question – WHY ARE THERE SO MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF COFFEE? ISN’T IT JUST ALL THE SAME INGREDIENTS???

Walk fast.

I come from a slow-paced environment. When there’s nothing going on, you can afford to have a bit of a stroll. But especially in the CBD of `Melbourne, there is not one second wasted on taking in the atmosphere. To be able to process everything around me was impossible, and there was too much for my easily distracted mind to focus on.

Look a tram! Wow, a busker! So many pretty things!

Don’t get lost in the crowd, you can take it all in later at some of the beautiful gardens and spots that surround Melbourne.

I solemnly swear I am…never driving in Melbourne.

If I can’t even walk myself around the city without my mind being overly stimulated from all the activity, then actually driving in the city is bound to cause an accident. If my driving down Plenty Rd is anything to go by, my skills are literally screaming that I would never be able to cope in the city. Public transport may be more of a nuisance than a blessing at times, but it is by far worth it. Unfortunately, I will just have to contain my in-car karaoke to myself.

Finally, don’t be afraid to be THAT person.

One thing that would always annoy me when I came into Melbourne as a kid was that people were always taking photographs of the city. “Why are you taking photos of boring buildings?” I would ask myself. “It isn’t even that nice to look at!”

Melbourne – the iPhone photographer’s dream. (Am I a professional yet?)

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Now that everyone has professional-quality camera on them at all time in the form of an iPhone, it’s even more common to see a person taking a random snap or fifty. I’ve decided to embrace my photographer side, no less thanks to writing for this very blog, and it’s probably helped me learn the biggest lesson of all – take the opportunity. Melbourne is the hub of trying something new and something different, and by putting in the effort in such a vibrant place will reap rewards. It’s easy to imagine Melbourne as the gloomy-four-seasons-in-one-day-constantly-raining-greyscale city, but by making the most out of any time you step foot into the streets of the urban life it will make your experience worth it.

By Meg Kennedy

Meg Takes Melbourne #02: Laughter is the best medicine. So are crappy clichés.

If there is anything that draws me to Melbourne the most, it’s the fact that we as a city have a set time every year to all come together for a few weeks and share a good laugh. That’s the epitome of a utopian city in my books.

On the 2nd of April I was able to finally take part in the laugh festival that is the Melbourne Comedy Festival. I’ve always been a huge fan of stand-up comedy and thanks to a kind floor mate, I was able to grab tickets to the hilarious Joel Creasey’s show The Crown Prince at Max Watt’s House of Music.

Though he might not be everyone’s cup of tea when it comes to his comedy style, I personally consider Joel one of the best comedians for our generation. He knows exactly what’s up in the Millennial bracket and in my opinion, this is what makes him so hilarious.

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I love the greats of stand-up comedy, but we’ve been the butt of the joke for too long. We’re “the selfie generation”; the ones that get a medal just for participating, the ones that have grown up to be narcissistic and self-absorbed because of the evil entity that is the internet. This is all I hear about us in stand-up comedy and frankly, it’s getting boring. It’s refreshing to finally see a comedian who belongs to this generation and is able to retort back, and Joel does this in a way that makes you wish you were his best friend.

(By also commencing his show with “Boy, do we have so much gossip to get through tonight!”, as a future journalist I had never been more excited in my life. I’m now officially an insider.)

Being in the atmosphere of the Festival made me realise how important it is for Melbourne to have an outlet of humour every year – something that we can just sit back and enjoy.

Sometimes when I go into the city I feel as though I’m walking into a concrete jungle, as people in business clothes rush around to go to the places they need to be, surrounded by the greyness of the buildings around me. Melbourne can be so fast paced and serious it’s hard to keep up, so seeing a different side of the city in a relaxed, excited atmosphere made me realise that it’s okay to have a laugh every once in a while because we all deserve it.

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Just like the outside of the Melbourne Town Hall, it’s okay add a bit of colour in your life.

 

By Meg Kennedy

Meg Takes Melbourne #01: ‘Just a small town girl, living in a slightly intimidating, yet exciting world…’

The night before I moved onto campus at La Trobe was one of the most stressful nights of my life. I remember tossing and turning, trying so hard to get to sleep, the reality finally setting in, that my routine of living on a small farm out in the middle of nowhere was going to be turned on its head completely.

I had only been into the city a few times a year to attend the odd concert or shopping trip, but thinking that the marvellous Melbourne would be right on my back doorstep 24/7 was both extremely exhilarating and deathly terrifying at the same.

(I know what you’re thinking. “Meg, what are you talking about? La Trobe is barely in the city!” I understand your concern, but my country logic revolves around the fact that if there is a tram near, we’re in the city.)

My transition into university was not going to be just an academic one, but a life one. I was about to become a resident of Menzies College, one of the residential colleges at La Trobe. I was lucky enough to have friends from high school moving onto campus as well, but even that couldn’t stop me from having an internal meltdown.

Some thoughts that passed my mind include but are not limited to –

How will I actually look after myself entirely?

Will people like me?

Will I be known as that weird girl on the floor who brought all her favourite novels with her and gets judged the rest of the year?

Fast forward a month later, and I can finally that I’m becoming a Melbourne local. Although the PTV app is my bible and I still feel nauseous by the amount of cars that surround me every time cross the road to get to Kingsbury McDonalds (#unilyf), I’m slowly, but surely getting there.

Living on college has given me the chance to make so many memories, even this early into the year, and ease me into the metro life. I have made so many close friends, shared hilarious, amazing experiences that I may or may not remember, and overall I finally feel like I’m home again.

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One of the many reasons I chose La Trobe as my university was because it does really remind me home, even if it’s in the city. Not just because of the beautiful, natural surroundings I get to see every day on campus; but of the welcoming, friendly atmosphere that has made this transition so much easier.

A new favourite view of mine is the glimpse of the city in the distance from the tram stop out the front of La Trobe. Poking out behind the silhouette of gum trees is a dazzling spectacle in the night. I might guilty be romanticising this idea, but I really think that it sums up what I’m feeling right now – remnants of my home in the natural bushland remain, but there it is; coming out behind the trees, the looming lights of the city ready for me to experience a new chapter in my life, something that I absolutely cannot wait to share.

By Meg Kennedy

 

National day of action

Screen shot 2014-05-15 at 2.32.23 PMFollowing the release of the budget last night, The National Union of Students has called for a National Day of Action against fee increase for students.

This will be held at 2pm on Wednesday May 21 at the State Library in the city.

The Student Union will be providing a FREE bus from the Bundoora campus for students to participate and will be leaving the David Myers building at 12.30pm. Sign up for a spot on the bus here.

For full details go to the event page.

For updated details follow the facebook page.

Career planning & the upcoming Easter break

Developing your skills and thinking about what you’re going to do after you finish university is a great idea, not only because learning new skills is fantastic but because it looks great on your resume too.

Visit our Career Development Centre at the Bundoora or Bendigo campus or search online  or go to the opportunities webpage to find out more information about booking appointments to the career expo’s, workshops, and how to improve your resume and even find a part-time job.

Remember uni is not just about attending class and studying, it’s also about taking advantage of the exciting opportunities you can get involved in such as programs, activities, clubs or volunteering in your local community. Volunteering not only benefits society but it’s also really fun, you can meet loads of new people and it can also go towards your academic transcript and you might even be able to receive the La Trobe Award. For more information about how to get involved with these exciting opportunities visit http://www.latrobe.edu.au/students/get-involved.

Make a tangible difference while studying, how exciting is that?
La Trobe University is offering a new second year elective called Service Learning in the Community (HUM2SLC) in Semester 2, 2014 at the Melbourne Campus. This subject helps you learn about Australia’s Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and will give you a hands-on experience with working on a project within a small team for a community organisation. Students from any faculty are welcome to enrol in the subject, however make sure you check with your faculty first. If learning about the development of NGOs in Australia, the challenges of NGOs in the 21st century and the politics of promoting social change in community organisations excites you, then this is the perfect subject for you. If that isn’t enough, you’ll also gain professional skills in project management, professional conduct and time management.

To find out more, go to Service Learning in the Community, Get involved, La Trobe University or contact the Subject Coordinator, Ruth Delagas, email r.delagas@latrobe.edu.au, phone 03 9479 6531. Please note first year students should check with their faculty before applying for this subject.

Workshops:
If you are at the Melbourne campus get involved with these short innovative training workshops by registering online. These short workshops can help you gain extra skills and knowledge outside of your course, so don’t miss out! The workshops coming up include Group work fundamentals which is all about improving your teamwork skills in your future career and Group work pro involves learning key principles and tools that will enhance your group work, assist with group decision making and solving problems. For regional students who are interested in these workshops please express your interest now!

A friendly reminder that there are NO CLASSES NEXT WEEK! Enjoy the week off but remember uni is still open for business but NOT on Easter Good Friday (18/4), Monday (21/4), Tuesday (22/4) or ANZAC day (25/4) – so feel free to drop by for a coffee or study sesh in the Library.

From everyone at the FY blogger team we wish you all a very happy and safe Easter, hope the Easter Bunny brings you lots of scrumptious chocolates!

Those Other 6 Months of Uni

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The downhill stretch of semester is upon us and you are probably caught up in a mass of assessments and a backlog of readings to do before your exams. Hard to think past week 13 right now isn’t it? Unless 8 weeks off is your motivation!

With roughly 8 weeks off in winter (even if 4 of those weeks need to go to exams and finishing assessments), and then November through February free in summer, there is up to half a year to fill – for the next three years. 18 months of endless opportunities.

Some of you will be lucky and not have any exams, or maybe just one, some of you maybe unlucky and have four. The ideal situation is none or only early exams in order to free you up with more downtime.

It’s high time I take you through some of the options you have for filling those 6 months of uni, so that you can make a plan and graduate in your 3, 4 or 5 years with volunteering and global experience and practical skills to match. Continue reading