By Natalie Chandra, a Government and International Relations Honours student

I applied for TEDWomen 2017 in the midst of a thesis-writing haze. As a youth curator for TEDxYouth@Sydney for the past three years and a self-proclaimed TED nerd, I thought, ‘well it’s worth a shot’ never thinking I’d actually be accepted to be an audience member. To give you a bit of a background, to become an audience member for TEDWomen, the application requires five long-form answers, an anecdote about an experience with TED and requires the contact details for you and optionally, your assistant. In short, the audience is often as curated as the speakers themselves. That, and the event was in New Orleans.



We've rounded up 5 of the best (and cheapest) things to do in Sydney this mid-semester break... after you've finished studying, of course.


1. Free movies

If you’ve run out of movies to (legally) stream, this is a game-changer – the Library’s Kanopy gives you access to a seriously impressive catalogue of films, documentaries and TV shows to stream. Your Unikey unlocks the latest Hollywood blockbusters, classic favourites, Oscar nominees, critics’ picks and indie flicks.


By Swetha Das, a fourth year Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) student.

If you know only half of what is happening around the world, then you probably live with the same dread I do. A fear of impending war, of greater cultural and religious divisions, and domestic conflict. It is in these times that we look towards our own seas, to our neighbours and alliances for a solution.



By Sarah Prestwidge, a fourth year Bachelor of Music (Music Education) student.

Last month I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Gove, where the Garma Festival is held each year. Garma is a festival that broadly aims to close the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians through cross-cultural exchange and awareness. Established by the Yothu Yindi Foundation, it specifically promotes Yolngu culture and aids in enriching their social and economic circumstances.



By Georgia Durmush, a second year Bachelor of Arts student

A spiritual experience felt by the heart

Earlier this month, I headed to the Gulkula ceremonial grounds in north-east Arnhem Land with three other University of Sydney students, to act as an Indigenous Student Leader at the Garma Youth Forum. As Student Leaders, we helped to mentor the school students who were participating in the Youth Forum, as part of the annual Garma Festival of Indigenous Culture.

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A post by Nicola Alroe

I was ready.

I acquired a “Stronger Together” button. I devoured Hard Choices. I vetted prospective partners on the basis of their for-or-against Hillary status. For almost two years, I vociferously defended Hillary in political debates against every Bernie Bro I met on campus. I let myself believe – as did a great a many others – that Hillary’s glittering vision for America was a fait accompli.

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Words by Yasodara Puhule-Gamayalage

It was an honour and privilege to speak to the former Governor-General of Australia, Dame Quentin Bryce.

Dressed in ivory, with a bolero jacket draped over her shoulders and Dear Quentin in her hand, she walks into the conference room at the Pier One. Despite the early start from Brisbane, her commitments of the day in Sydney are still not over, at 6:30pm. Yet she eases into the conversation with great enthusiasm and warmth.

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Photograph: Dina Mura


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