Time is Money

Written by: Lola Alberts A little word of advice for everybody shrugging off their first semester units; failing to complete your coursework and receive a passing grade has bigger repercussions than you may realise. Every unit you take at Victoria University costs approximately $1,815. Generally, the government will pay $755 of that amount and expect…

Things That Do Not Belong To Us

Writer: Magan Magan   My body. Your mother. My father. Stillness. Love.   The landscape of my body is rash— quick to fill me with foul things. My father’s version of love is in between my fingers; completely invisible.   I can rewrite this poem but I cannot make her hold you, or tell you…

Down With Group Assignments

Writer: Ronna Su’a   Working in a team is going to be an inevitable factor we will all have to face throughout our lifetime – especially within our careers.   Among university students, completing assignments by means of group work – typically with around three other students – causes more chaos than you think. Understandably,…

Because I am an International Student…

Writer: Sally S.Y. Cheung People always focus on others’ achievements but forget the effort behind the scenes. There were many times when my friends said to me ‘You are having so much fun in Australia’, ‘I am so jealous that you can live by yourself’, and ‘You can have a lot of freedom overseas’. I…

Parking Problems

Writer: Larissa Werbiuk   Picture this – you wake up at 7 am, you’re lying in bed mentally abusing your alarm and dreading your 9 am lecture. Then suddenly, you remember it’s going to take at least ten minutes to find a car park at the VU Footscray Park campus. Doing the math, you know…

Back to the Grind

Writer: Nicole Haddad   Making my way to university after a long break, I noticed that the world around me was dull. It bellowed with dullness and I responded with the decision to colour it. How else but to start with a coffee? I made my way through campus to the Reading Room Café. “A…

Fashion Needs No Gender

Writer: Angela Hryc   Have you ever wondered what it would be like if both genders wore the same style of clothing? Well now, this has become a reality in the world of fashion as certain retailers and fashion designers are slowly introducing unisex and gender neutral fashion to their racks and collections. Gender neutral…

Migrant Nation: Josephine’s Story

Writer: Alexander Nuccio   Imagine you’re just eleven years old. Imagine your parents telling you that you’re about to move to another country. A country which you have no knowledge of. A country where no one speaks the same language as you. A country on the other side of the world. A country with opposite…

Student Writing Mentors

Writer: Shelly Payne   It’s mid-semester, and assignments are piling up. You can always tell when those due dates are close by with the amount of students who fill every corner of the library, making it impossible to find a place to sit. This time is stressful for all students; writing essay after essay is…

Anxiety Management

Writer: Ella Salome   Anxiety is a common foe for one in four Australians, according to Beyond Blue. Anxiety can strike at varying levels of intensity, in times of hardship or when everything in your life seems to be fine. Although anxiety is often considered less serious than depression, one can lead to the other,…

Emerging Artist: Daniel Augoustakis

Interviewer: Sarah Sordelli Photography: Daniel Augoustakis My name is Daniel, and I’m a multidiscipline graphic designer and artist. Art has been a strong passion of mine, and it will forever be a part of me. Generating artwork and providing graphic design services has allowed me to move forward towards achieving my personal goals. I love…

Better to reign in Hell, than to serve in Heaven

Writer: Dr Paul Adams Image of John McLaren courtesy of VU library, photographer unknown. As Victoria University celebrates 100 years of education, Paul Adams shines a light on the late John McLaren; a true believer in the ‘door of opportunity’. John McLaren who recently passed away was a long time Emeritus Professor at Victoria University…