Why volunteering is amazing

Volunteering is defined as ‘time is willingly given for the common good and without financial gain’ (Volunteering Australia, 2015). You as a student might be wondering what benefits there are in volunteering. Well, you are at a right place to get an answer to that question!

For students, there are so many benefits as a volunteer.

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Let’s be Conscious Consumers

Hey, its Kat here your Brisbane Change champ from the office of Social Innovation. Over the next four months, I will be challenging you to think about how your actions can have an impact. November is going to make you uncomfortable about what and where you buy.

Becoming a conscious consumer is about making healthy choices for people and planet and taking time to #thinkaboutit.

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Diwali down under!

Diwali – The festival of lights!

One of the largest celebrated festivals in India,  signifies the victory of good over evil and light over darkness, it is the festival that represents unity in diversity as people from every cultural, religion, social background or geographical location unites together to celebrate the festival.

If summarized in a very brief manner in the context of Hindu Mythology, then it is the celebration of Lord Rama coming back from 14 years of exile in the forest after destroying one of the biggest evil Ravana (there’s much more to it read ‘Ramayana’ if you are interested in Indian Mythology).

Diwali is a five-day festival, with each day having its own celebration. The main activities in Diwali consist of thoroughly cleaning house, decorating house lawn and windows by placing small clay baked oil lamps near them, celebrating the festival by lighting up firecrackers at night and meeting and greeting friends and family with some delicious sweets.

I have been living in Melbourne for two years now, and I love how the Victorian state government organizes Diwali celebration on Fedsquare every year, with the greatest firework showdown it attracts people from every background to come and join the celebration of the festival. Sydney Celebrates Diwali too by lightning the Opera House in beautiful Orange, White and Green colours.

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Wishing you a Diwali full of celebrations and feasts, sweets and crackers, love and affection, may your home and heart be full of warmth and happiness,

Happy Diwali!

An International Student’s Entrepreneurial Journey from Rockhampton to Texas

Having attended many International Students Conferences in Melbourne, if there is one thing that I have learned from all the employers and city hot shots is that an international student could be the co-founder of a start-up.

Sounds crazy, right?

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A week at CQUniversity Rockhampton

Mesmerised is the word that describes my reaction when I first arrived at CQUniversity Rockhampton — the main campus of the University.

I went there to take part in the Chancellor’s Cup, an annual sports tournament. Teams from different campuses competed in sports like cricket, touch football and basketball.  Continue reading A week at CQUniversity Rockhampton

Melbourne or Sydney? The Differences and the Perks.

I have had the pleasure of studying in both Melbourne and Sydney, one of the perks of studying at CQUni. I lived in Sydney first and moved to Melbourne last March. After I moved here, lots of people asked me what are the differences between Sydney and Melbourne. So as an international student, coming from China, here are my comparisons.

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Exploring Melbourne’s Laneways

Hanging around Melbourne central business district (CBD) is one of my favourite things to do as I’m always discovering beautiful and amazing places. Recently, a group of us from CQUniversity Melbourne went on a guided city tour with our friendly host Ricardo. I must admit at first I wasn’t that excited as I thought I knew the city well but to my surprise it was really interesting seeing the city through other people’s eyes. Continue reading Exploring Melbourne’s Laneways

My Top 3 Places in the New CQUni Melbourne Campus

CQUniversity new Melbourne campus - Library

I had the honour of being one of the first students to visit the new campus in Melbourne. My first impression was “This is AMAZING!”. The campus boasts a large main lecture theatre, a Multi-faith prayer room and an event space. Also, the classrooms have great audio-visual equipment. Continue reading My Top 3 Places in the New CQUni Melbourne Campus

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