Residential Shield Short film

Hello again

What has everyone been up to? Unless you have been saving the world, flying to the moon or found a way to make money grow on trees and have been travelling the corners of the world, then I think the past few weeks for me have been just as, if not, more exciting than yours!

I have finished yet another year on residential colleges, that makes 3 for me. It is so crazy to think it has been that long, and I can still remember my first day at Concannon as a 17 year old. Now I am 20 (Yuck!), was a Residential Advisor, and now next year I will be taking on the role as Social Co-ordinator of the Concannon College Resident Student Club. Pretty much, I, along with four others on the RSC,  get to organize all the cool, fun stuff on college for the residents. The main being O-Week, Semi Formal, and Formal, as well as many others in between.

I thought this blog would be a good opportunity to show whoever is reading this the Concanon Short Film for 2013. If you have read previous blogs from other residents they mention this, and I am here to tell you it is one of the best things about college. Look out Morgan Freeman and every other award winning actor, some of the Concannon Residents have found a new calling. Despite the acting skills being described by critics as “breathtaking” and “the best acting since Titanic”, it was it was advised they don’t quit their degree to pursue this as new career.

Short film is always stressful to film and time consuming to edit, however it also a lot of fun. For your own viewing pleasure, it is below…

 

 

Thanks for reading/watching.

Until next time,

Nicky

Second Semester Studies

Hey again everyone,

I hope you all enjoyed your holidays, even though they are over now and exams aren’t just around the corner – they are right next door to us. It wasn’t really that much of a holiday for me, as I took it as a chance to take up extra hours at work. So, I had been working every day of the holidays, what a way to make a living! (You can call me Dolly Parton). Apart from working and study, I also celebrated my 20th Birthday.

I still have mixed feelings about turning 20. On one hand, I am less than a year away from my 21st, which I am excited about. However, on the other, I am no longer a teenager, which frightens the living daylights out of me. My mum said to me on my birthday, “Nicky, with great age comes great responsibility” EEEEEEKKKK *Red alert!*. I chose to ignore her.

On a lighter note, the Gatsby Gala was a success. After many hours and hours of hard work from the executive and charity committee, we managed to put on a great evening which was well enjoyed by all who attended. With many attractions such as Casino Tables, Live Band and Dancing, as well as a charity auction on the night..However, it is safe to say the highlight for many was the photobooth. Here are some photos from some of the awesome people who attended.

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We also raised $5000 for the Pajama Foundation and the AEIOU Foundation, which makes all of the hard work and stress worth it. If you would like more information on these charities and what they do, you can simply google them.

As well as charity ball, all of residential colleges also celebrated the ending of the Residential Shield. One of the best things about college, Res Shield brings the colleges together throughout the year, with their eyes on the prize. Unfortunately for me and the rest of Concannon, McGregor came out on top and took the shield this year for the second year in a row. Steele Rudd won the College Spirit Cup, which was well deserved.
Anyway, I better get back to my studying. Thanks again for reading, I will talk to you once exams are over.

The Gatsby Gala

Holla!

I’m back again, with even more exciting things to share. This year I am President of the USQ Charity Committee. Working with an executive, as well as committee members, we have been working on heaps of fundraising projects this year. The chosen Charity for this year is the Pyjama Foundation.

They are a children’s charity that is breaking the cycle of disadvantage experienced by Australian children in foster care. The Pyjama Foundation recruits, screens, trains and supports Pyjama Angels – volunteer members of the community who work with the children and support our true heroes – Australia’s foster families. Since inception in 2004, the organisation and its founder have inspired more than 1000 members of our community to become volunteer Pyjama Angels, visiting a child in care each week to read books, play games, and engage in other fun, learning-based activities. As they are a relatively new foundation, the charity committee are doing our bit to get the word out and help out these amazing people by raising money for a worthy cause.

There have been a few events so far, the main being Pyjama Day. Held at USQ Toowoomba, we had a sausage sizzle, ice cream, free red bull and over 40 prep kids from Concordia Lutheran College in Toowoomba who came dressed in their Pyjamas for an exclusive book reading.

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This day was a huge success. However, the MOST EXCITING part is yet to come!

 *Drum roll*

The Gatsby Gala!

To be held on the 24th of August, the 2013 Annual Charity Ball is sure to be a Charitable Affair to Remember. There will be Casino Tables with “funny money”, a photo book, a live jazz band, live ballroom dancers and much much more. We chose a theme of 1920’s to keep it sophisticated, as well as making it relevant with the recent release of the famous novel ‘The Great Gatsby’.

We have all been working very hard over the past few months to bring this event together, many phone calls, emails, letters and ‘open discussions’ we are now in the final steps. Its only 2 weeks away!

I invite every person reading this blog to attend this event, it is open to everyone. And you have my word that it will be a great night for a great cause.

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I hope to see you there!

Nicky

Res Colleges Ski Trip

As Semester 1 passes us yet again, I realize again just how quick time goes. The last 6 months had included the infamous O-Week, College dinners and semi-formals, university events, charity committee, work, and I guess you could say study. As well as all this, I was also lucky enough that I was able to go on the Residential Colleges Ski Trip of 2013.

And what a week it was!

I can say with great confidence that it was one of the best experiences of my life. I mean, there aren’t many opportunities to go overseas with 20 friends that are all your own age. With a mixture of residents from all 3 colleges, under the direction of the fearless leader Katharine Bigby, it was certainly a recipe for success.

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We all made our way to the tourist capital of Queenstown after a gruesome 3 hour plane ride, and 4 hour bus trip. There weren’t too many hiccups however, it was bloody cold I will tell you that. We stayed at Reavers Lodge for the week, which is extremely inconveniently located on top of a massive hill and has a driveway with a very steep incline. Let’s just say we were getting taxi’s home by the end of the week we were that sick of walking up it.

Some of the best parts (which I believe are the most noteworthy) of this week were…

Drum Roll please…

The Nevis Swing

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See the little black thing there? THAT’S ME! Well… I lie. It’s not ACTUALLY me. But it WAS me. To be honest I don’t know who that is, but you can’t see them so I am sure they won’t mind us using the picture.

The Nevis Swing is not only the biggest Queenstown Swing my friends, it is not merely the largest New Zealand Swing. This is biggest swing in the whole world!

After being lifted out above the launch deck, suspended 160 metres above the canyon floor, you’re suddenly released and find yourself rushing towards the other side of the valley at 150kph, eyes wide open in disbelief or shut tight in fear. Me personally, I screamed the entire way. But it was so worth it!

There were a fair few of us residents that went on the swing that Thursday morning, and I hope they were all as scared as me. I purchased a video of it, however haven’t been able to download it yet. Maybe I will upload it soon. .

My favourite day of the week would have to be the Queenstown sightseeing/experience day. It started with an all-day breakfast (It’s not over then and there!), and a ride on a Gondola which had awesome views of all of Queenstown. You could see EVERYTHING. I’m not really one for taking photos, so I can’t share any with you. We then went to an all you can eat buffet, which had THE best food. After eating way too much, we went on to the best part, the luge ride. You jump on your specialized luge cart, select which track you want to go on, and then zoom down it! We got to have 2 turns, and of course it turned competitive. It became so hectic that someone rolled their cart!

I suppose there was some skiing involved lol. We went to both ‘Coronet Peak’ and ‘The Remarkables’. I wasn’t the best at skiing but feel I was competent enough to make the judgment that I liked the Remarkables better. They had better food! We had people of all skill levels, some who had never skied before, and even a few that didn’t have to use poles, they were that good (crazy!). It was good being in such a big group because if you were on a slope, or on a chairlift and you saw someone stack it, there was a high possibility it was someone that you knew.

So there you have it, my two cents about Res Colleges Ski Trip 2013. As it was the first (hopefully of many) trips, I believe it passed all the tests. I would certainly recommend it to all residents!

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Just stop, and think, for just 1 second

Do you ever sit down and realise what is happening in the present? I sometimes feel like I am living my life, without actually realising what is happening, and what has happened.

If you are thinking

“what in gods name is she talking about?”

which, I’m sure you are. Let me take you back a few steps.

Last night I was sitting down, whilst watching McLeods Daughters re-runs (LOVE that show!) and I thought to myself,

“What do you have to do tomorrow Nicky?”

My response, to myself, was

8:00 – 12:00pm – WORK
(I work at a swimming academy as a Learn to Swim Instructor for kids from about 3 years to 12 years)

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12:30 – Sushi lunch date with my friend Rianna

1:30pm – Go to the Residential Colleges and pick up a key to my new flat for my Residential Advisor (RA) position.

I then GASPED to myself. NO WAY, you are not actually an RA now are you??! (for those who are unaware of what an RA is, they are students employed by the Colleges, someone who is in charge of pastoral care of residents, especially the Freshers).  This means I get a room twice the size of everyone else in return for my services.

I am so overwhelmed that I gained this position, after the fairly gruesome 2000 word written application and 30 minute interview.

After I composed myself with the realisation of the responsibilities and position I am going to hold at Concannon College next year, the next thing hit me.  I had to study for my Law exam on the 29th of this month. That voice screamed at me again

“You are NOT studying law are you? And are you really HALFWAY through your degree?”

A shiver runs down my spine at the fact that it will all be over in 2 years. And if they go as quickly as the last 2 have, it will be happening before I know it.  I don’t ever want to wish my days away, however, I wouldn’t mind them taking a bit longer so that I can prepare myself.

I remember like it was yesterday not knowing what I wanted to do when I graduated school.  It’s been over 2 years since I walked out the gates of school, and to be honest, I am pretty happy I don’t have to go back.  With year 12’s from 2012 starting to get QTAC offers, I cross my fingers that if given the chance, they take the plunge and not only go to USQ, but move onto Residential Colleges.  And I am not crossing my fingers for myself, I am crossing for them.  That they would get the chance to experience living on campus, just like I have. If I was to write about why someone should live on college, I’d be here all night.  All I can say, is if you are given the possibility that college is an option for you, then just do it. And if you are sitting on the fence about whether to or not, and which college to choose, I have 5 words for you.

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Last night, I became suddenly overwhelmed with what has occurred in my life throughout the past 2 years, and what is to be expected in this year.  Its daunting yes, saddening yes, but most of all, its exciting.

As I conclude this blog, I’ll lighten the mood with some outtakes from my quest to get the best image for the Phoenix T-Shirt Competition, hope I win!

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Bring on 2013, may you be the best year yet.

Until next time,

Nicky

the perfect college room-mate

To anyone who is reading this,  ALOHA!

However your eyes may have got to be feasting upon this blog is irrelevant, lets all just be happy that they have!

My favourite time of the whole year has already passed again..when the shops reach full capacity, houses light up, carols play wherever you go, and people are more generous then they have been all year.

Christmas has come and gone, with it, another College year has come to a close, and whilst I do miss the socialism, meals being cooked for me, and seeing my friends everyday, I am enjoying some peace and quiet during this holiday period. College is very much a come and go sort of place. Some people stay for 6 months, some even 6 years. Residents graduate, or move off for any other reason, and its always sad to see someone go.  My roommate for 2012 graduated and has now moved off to live in Perth for her employment. Her name was Courtney, and I already miss her.

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Me & Courtney @ Concannon Formal

Living next to someone, and seeing them everyday, you start to know them inside out. We have shared many memories in B11/B12, and I wouldn’t give any of them up for the world. Where it be late night trips to McDonalds, or watching Disney movies together, we always managed to entertain ourselves. Whilst I resent her slightly for leaving me without a room-mate for next year, I am very proud, and excited for what lays ahead of her.

Keeping with this thought, what should be considered the Perfect’ college roommate?

Firstly, lets define perfect as an adjective:

“Having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be”

For myself personally, this is what I look for in an excellent roommate

 Cheerful

 Friendly

Friendly

 Fun

 Not too noisy

 Considerate

 Hygienic

 Interesting

 Talkative (because I like chatting)

 Good listener (for when I am rambling)

For someone to be classified as the ideal roommate, they would most definitely need to fulfil the above criteria.  With a balance between socialism and study sometimes being a challenge to find at college, with the help of a good room-mate, it can be easily attainable.

As a first year in 2011, I had a returnee room-mate, and it really helped me adapt to Concannon College life.  So I sort of hope I have a fresher (first year) this year, so that I can teach them everything I know to make the best of the College experience.  As 2013 is my final year, I also need someone to carry on my legacy. Concannon College is very tradition based, and previous residents who had a big influence on College are never forgotten.  Its all about acquired knowledge,

‘The freshers bring it, the returnees leave it here’.

Who knows, maybe one day years from now people will talk about me at College over dinner, just like I talk with my friends about past residents who’ve left a legacy. I wonder what they would say…..

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Until next time,

 Nicky