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August 2008

This university is enormous. It has also one of the most beautiful campuses in America…but I’ll let you judge based on the pictures.

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It has been a nightmare to find my way around uni, but the upside is that I have made friends while asking for directions. I have also met people from different parts of the world during the international exchange orientation (some people from France, Austria, Switzerland, England, Mexico, the Netherlands and a good number of Australians).

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Here is a typical example of how a semester might run for me. All the things below are true, although none of them were really expected or planned.

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To dispel the myth that people doing “intense” courses like pharmacy have no life other than their studies, I went to see Phantom of the Opera at Lyric Theatre, Star City on Saturday night. Well, maybe not to dispel that myth specifically. But it was a good opportunity to take some time out from pharmacy, pharmacy and more pharmacy. So how was it?

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The longer the time period between my blogs, the more I stress about coming back in with a bang. Inevitably, that worry consumes me to the point where I can’t write ANYTHING, not even a shopping list, without being overcome by the fear of Bad Writing Shame. So please, gentle reader, clear your mind of any spiteful thoughts and continue with compassion in your heart.

Now I know that most of my blogs have included a list of some kind. Believe me, I know. It’s been the hidden thorn in my side sabotaging every attempt at individuality. But then I realised that many prominent authors rely on a set formula. Dan Brown does and he’s made squillions of dollars. Ergo, I can too. So here’s the latest low-down, list-style, on the lucrative leitmotif of every Con student – the Practice Room.

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Okay, so I might have lied about the “musical” bit, but LIVE! – Sydney University’s Open Day is definitely something for you. As it is coming up on Saturday, I thought I might give it a bit of blogspace… After all, it is a great way to check out Sydney Uni and what it’s all about before you have to put your preferences into UAC.

Those of you who frequent the world of Paramatta Road, City Road and the Sydney Uni Live! Website, I’d just like to point out that the girl in the picture is me. Yes, I am holding a giant megaphone. Yes, it is real. Indeed, I would like to clarify for those of you playing at home that I am indeed surrounded by swirls of knowledge (golden swirls of knowledge, might I add) on a daily basis. It is a part of the magical experience of attending Hogwarts Sydney University. Information, accio!

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Hello all,

This blogs marks the continuation and subsequent conclusion of my 'eating food' blog- a truly wonderful guide to the most supremely wonderful places to, so to speak, stuff one's face at our great university. Last week I covered the cafe 'Mint', the Wentworth Kebab shop and the watering hole we call Manning Bar. Be sure to check that out if you haven't already.

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The clouds have parted, the sun has come out, the blue birds sing and the flowers are in bloom. Spring has sprung, and this can only mean one thing. The HSC trials are over.
Some of you are undoubtedly about to be reported missing, last seen laughing maniacally as you run from the exam room in your underpants, ready to obliterate any brain cell that dared to learn anything useful for the exams. Those of you not on this “Quest to Ingest” may be thinking about university. Quite responsible for someone who is (clearly) not yet eighteen!

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Greetings..

I guess no amount of exchange pre-departure seminars prepare you for that first day of exchange when you wake up, breath American air, hear American accents, and head down to a local bar; all the while being told to keep your head down so the cop peering into the back of the ute doesn't see you hiding amongst the old sleeping bags.

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This is my last semester of undergraduate coursework. I thought this wouldn't affect anything but boy was I wrong. I feel like a kid trying to sit through maths class before icecream after school. I haven't been able to get in to the swing of the semester and I can tell you why as an example of obstacles you might encounter.

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On the day I got my UAI I learnt one of life’s most important lessons; a great dress can cure even the deepest of disappointments.

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We’re fast approaching the end of winter—the days are getting longer and the temperature’s rising. Everyone’s starting to wear T-shirts or singlets and bringing a warm cardigan or two in case of that freezing gust of wind. I’ve even seen some brave souls start to wear their thongs (flip-flops), even if it’s only the thongs die-hards. With it also comes the end of the winter cold and flu season. Studying pharmacy, this holds greater significance for me than just being a sniffling, coughing, miserable victim of a member of the rhinovirus genus of the picornavirus family of viruses...

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Well, well , well, I have arrived at last in the land of the maple leaf, the mountie, the Rockie Mountains, and, apparently, famous things beginning with the letter ‘M’! Yes, that’s right folks, for those of you who haven’t yet picked it up, I’m in Canada!

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At the beginning of the year, I decided, after assistance from friends and fits of panic, to move out. Six months on, I have survived the initial whims. But there are several things that you should be aware, lest the lack of your mother’s cooking leave you ill, grumpy and hoping that you should have lived off your parents until you could live off your kids.

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Is it just me, or is looking at pictures of Vivienne and Knox more exciting than my media readings?

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Speaking from the vast experience of one who is oft described as a person who thinks with their stomach (then again, I am a teenaged male) I can confidently say that the procurement of food is one of the most important and enjoyable past times a uni student can ever experience… err. Pretty much. Anyway, to cut straight to the steak… or point, the purpose of this blog is to share my favourite eateries in and around the university, in terms of value, taste, and most importantly, coffee quality. In addition, since I truly want to cover this in detail, I’ll be releasing this ginormous blog as a two-part special, so if you like, you can think of it as one of those B-grade mini-series they put on free to air every now and again.

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First week back, done and dusted. Semester 2 is a little different from Semester 1 - for the most part, you know your way around and you know where to get a mean Italian hot chocolate on campus (see: Ralph's). Semester 2 doesn't, at first, seem have a lot of the perks Semester 1 has - summer, O-Week, the thrill of something new in a new year... However I have already found Semester 2 to be just as awesome, if not even MORE AWESOME than Semester 1. It is already JAM-PACKED with activities, however I think playing a game of chess against the Chess Society's Grandmaster Chess Player (while he was playing four other people at the same time) may have had something to do with my first week being so awesome.

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THE GRANDMASTER (left) ponders his next move. OTHER PLAYERS (right) are concerned for their health. BEETLEJUICE (back) looks on in the distance, approvingly.

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