Dispelling common myths about consent

This is really one of those topics where there are no grey areas. No real ifs or buts (excuse the pun) about such things, and honestly, it’s really not that hard to wrap your mind around. But there are some myths circulating about consent that might need some navigational assistance. Consent is always, always a two-way (or three whichever floats your boat) street and here … Continue reading Dispelling common myths about consent

8 of the best free at home workouts!

So, you’re at home and trying to keep that bod in some sort of fit state but the gym is too expensive and it’s raining so a beach run is out of the question. Well, do I have a treat for you. Eight of the best free workouts you can do at home with no equipment. Just bring yourself. Tried and tested by a very physically exhausted, yours truly. 

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What it actually means to physically distance

What does physical distancing actually mean?  Social and physical distancing are the words of the day, but what does this actually mean and why is it necessary? Firstly, we need to look at how COVID-19 is transmitted between people. The virus is spread via airborne droplets which spread from one human to another via contact and proximity. To minimise our exposure to the virus we … Continue reading What it actually means to physically distance

How to access essential uni and non-uni services: COVID-19

The past few weeks have been a tumultuous time for Australians, as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread around the globe, eventually being announced as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.

University of Newcastle Students are now studying from home – some have lost work; others are balancing their course loads with caring for sick relatives or home-schooling children. It is important to note that amid all the chaos, support services are available.

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10 things you swear you’ll do better every year – and how to actually do them

Ah, the start of a new semester. A magical time full of positive intentions, where we students resolve to overhaul our schedules and eliminate bad habits. For one reason or another, those goals don’t always manifest – but I’ve got a feeling 2020 is our time to shine! Here are 10 things I swear to be better at this year, with some practical solutions I hope you’ll try along with me.

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Dispelling common myths about consent

This is really one of those topics where there are no grey areas. No real ifs or buts (excuse the pun) about such things, and honestly, it’s really not that hard to wrap your mind around. But there are some myths circulating about consent that might need some navigational assistance. Consent is always, always a two-way (or three whichever floats your boat) street and here … Continue reading Dispelling common myths about consent

Partying safely at the Festival of Autonomy

It’s that time of year again, when the weather is just about to get that little bit warmer, you’re cruising into second semester, and most importantly you’re about to celebrate the hell out of Autonomy. For those new students not in the know, or those more seasoned students who just didn’t really ask questions about why campus seems to go a little nuts at the … Continue reading Partying safely at the Festival of Autonomy

A fellow student’s guide to using your Semester Break productively

You made it! The semester is over and now it’s time to hibernate under your blanket and binge on snacks and junk TV. However, totally switching off and disappearing from the world, although tempting, can cause more harm than good. By all means take some time to rest, enjoy sleeping in and bask in the glory that is having no assignments due (unless you’re enrolled … Continue reading A fellow student’s guide to using your Semester Break productively

Tabula Rasa – how to have a productive holiday

You made it! The semester is over and now it’s time to hibernate under your blanket and binge on snacks and junk TV. However, totally switching off and disappearing from the world, although tempting, can cause more harm than good. By all means take some time to rest, enjoy sleeping in and bask in the glory that is having no assignments due (unless you’re enrolled … Continue reading Tabula Rasa – how to have a productive holiday

Stressed for success

It’s exam time! [Cue Jaws theme, strobe lights, distant screaming] Stress is the name of the game. Over in engineering they are trying to calculate it, the psych students are plowing into the subconscious trying to connect it to your mother, the humanities crew are arguing it’s just a social construct, while over in the visual arts precincts they’re just splattering paint everywhere and screaming. … Continue reading Stressed for success