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Phew! Finally, exams are over…

What a Trimester it has been! It was actually honestly kind of unbelievable to me that after my first trimester in which I took FIVE subjects, including my first Japanese courses, and got FIVE High Distinctions, that this trimester with just FOUR courses could have actually felt more intense somehow!

But anyway, exams are over finally! Though funnily enough, at this stage I only have a week to go before my classes for third Trimester begin…

I was Encouraged to Do Some Tutoring

It was interesting how the tutoring that I ended up getting requests for all ended up being that dreaded subject – Business Data Analysis! Thankfully, I actually don’t mind maths, and mostly it didn’t take too much revision of the material to jog my memory on most of the material – everything except hypothesis testing, which was always a bit of a trip!

Business Data Analysis happens to be a core course for a Business degree, and I would presume for Commerce too. So it is understandable that there was such a demand for that.

Feeling Pretty Smashed to Be Honest!

How is everybody else doing, now that exams are over? I honestly have felt pretty smashed! My first results have actually come back, which is pretty encouraging! In spite of the Japanese exam being super difficult, I actually managed to get 72% which will most likely end up landing me a Distinction! All things considered, I’ll be pretty happy with that. Just waiting back for my Business Ethics and Negotiation exams, and then there is the dreaded Digital Marketing Campaign Plan – worth 50% of the course. In spite of the fact that nothing can change what’s done, still it is difficult to just forget all of that and completely relax! Oh, the life of a student – especially when you’re looking to really achieve…

A Few Events in My Life This Week

So tonight, I’m meant to be attending the Annual Celebration event for the Industry Mentoring Program at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Center. It sounds like it’s going to be a pretty major opportunity for networking, but honestly, got to seriously psych myself up! Its “business attire” and the event starts with some kind of “speed networking” activity, which basically amounts to giving a ton of people an elevator pitch of who you are and what you’re up to and what you’re looking to achieve, and giving out a bunch of your business cards.

Tomorrow night, I have a special Congregational Meeting with my Church at West End. I’m actually pretty happy for that. Compared to the energy outlay of a major networking event with a huge crowd of strangers, it will be nice to meet up with people who are basically my family here in Brisbane, hear some about our future direction.

Then Thursday morning, I’m heading to the Gold Coast for the Leadership Transition for the Golden Key International Honour Society Griffith University Chapter. I previously reported (if I remember rightly) about my appointment to the Committee as Public Relations Officer for Brisbane. It will hopefully be a bit of a nice adventure to head down the Coast.

Future Direction

Well, at this point, next Trimester, I’ll just be taking one course – Self-Marketing – which is basically a lot about self-discovery and personal branding. My first class is on October 30, next Tuesday. I’ll most likely write a post for this blog giving a bit of a report on that. It is run as an 8-week intensive course, so I’ll be basically free after Christmas until late February.

Hopefully, in early November, I’ll hear back about my potential participation in the P.A.S.S. program at Uni, as a P.A.S.S. Leader, helping to facilitate sessions of collaborative learning. This could be in any number of core business courses, but of course, the one I hope to participate mostly in would be Introduction to Business Law.

Actually, I think most of my friends know, but it is now official, and I’ve put in my enrollments for first trimester next year courses! I’ve chosen an internal transfer from just Bachelor of Business to start a double-degree, Bachelor of Business and Law from next year! So I’ll be around Griffith for a while longer, I imagine! I actually really love being a student at Griffith.

Long Time, No Post

Well, it’s been a little while since my last post, especially with the hectic nature of the last month – final major assessments and exams! But at least now, this is a bit of an update for those who have been following along. Really appreciate all of my friends, and especially those who have mentioned to me in person that they follow my blog and social media and have been inspired by me to become better students, ultimately better contributors all round. When my energy is low, as it is currently, remembering your kind words helps me to carry on.

Till later, hopefully I’ll be back to writing more regularly soon – especially as I work through the next few months Self-Marketing and personal branding.

Steven

 

 

 

 

#3DSGriffith 2018 – 3 Day Startup Workshop Weekend – Highly Recommended!

Just thought I’d throw up a gallery of a few of the highlights from #3DSGriffith 2018

My Time in Sydney and Visiting the Blue Mountains

Well, my week away is over and now I’m back home again. Monday is when my classes start up again, and I’ve got a little Japanese homework to complete before tomorrow afternoon. But I really wanted to give a bit of a report of my time away, and in particular of my time visiting the Blue Mountains. It was really such a special time! I honestly reckon that if I end up back in Sydney at some point, I would definitely consider looking for a place in the Mountains to live. It isn’t too far from the city and all its conveniences. But it is such a beautiful part of the world, and renting there would be cheaper I would imagine. At least it was when I was living there before.

I used to live in Katoomba for three years, then lived for a short time in Mount Victoria before heading down into Sydney again. I’d grown up in Bankstown. That’s part of why I ended up in Brisbane actually. Kind of always dreamed of living in a completely different city, new places, new people. But maybe more of that another time! Let’s get on with looking over my past week. Continue reading

Really Looking Forward to Growing Organic Vegies (Community Garden Update)

Did you see my post from a week ago about getting involved in my local community garden? Well, this week I got to visit the garden while a bunch of the folks involved were there, and so finally got to meet some of them in person. (Previous to this, I had just been in correspondence with someone on their Facebook page.)

So here is a bit of an update! I’m seriously looking forward to growing organic vegies! Especially with a group of like-minded local people. One of the older guys there is really into organics and permaculture, and I already get the feeling that I’m going to be learning so much being around him.

My Dinner Tonight was Extra Nice

After I got home, I pulled out my lettuce, cherry tomatoes and cabbage that I brought home from this afternoon’s foray.

I’m heading to Sydney on Tuesday, so I didn’t want to take too much fresh food home, that I wouldn’t be able to eat it before I go. But the salad was definitely a nice addition to my plate of brown rice, chick peas and roast vegies.

I cut up the cabbage moderately fine, and boiled it with just some sea salt and olive oil. It was really nice! Anything in the brassica family is a serious love for me! Honestly, when I get a bit more cabbage in my life, I’ll probably have a go at making some sauerkraut, or maybe even some Korean-style Kim Chi! Continue reading

Without Direction, Information Alone is Worthless (A Parable)

Imagine for a moment, you arrive in Paris airport. You’re all really excited, a bit nervous. It’s your first time in Europe, let alone France – and you don’t really speak much French, except a little you learned in high school.

So where to from there? You try to get some help. You manage to get a map. Great! This big map of Paris – its got the whole city mapped out. It’s got everything you’d want to know, right? It tells you the whole story… But where am I on this map? And where am I wanting to get to? Hmm, see how a map by itself is pretty useless. That’s what it’s like with information. Information alone is worthless without direction.

They are very different concepts, though obviously they both have their place. Continue reading

My Unexpected Revolutionary Tipping Point

Every one has those moments in their life where the crisis hits, that watershed moment where you have a choice that must be made, and which way you decide to go with determine so much of what is ahead. Often the powerful thing about such moments is that your past doesn’t automatically have to be your reference point for where you go from there. It can be a moment of revival, redirection.

The past few years of my life especially actually feel like a journey from one such point to another really. But this morning, I wanted to share with you what must be one of the latest ones for me. It was definitely unexpected and unplanned for, but how I embraced it made it truly a revolutionary tipping point – a key to unlocking my personal development towards so many deep desires that I have had for a long time.

My hope in sharing a bit of my story is that when that moment comes for you, that you could embrace it and make the choice that could set your path on so much a more awesome trajectory that you could have hoped for or imagined! Sounds too good to be true? Well, read on and see. This is me! Continue reading

My easy routine for morning exercise (and other updates)

Well, it’s Wednesday morning here now, and I’ve my second two-hour Japanese workshop for my week this afternoon. So I just finished up my homework. Part of my homework was a second time that I’ve had to ask some questions to a Japanese friend (which thankfully I have a really nice one who is willing to help me out) and then rewrite her responses into a certain grammatical form for reporting something that someone has said (-と言っていました). So now that I’ve got that out of the way, just having my morning coffee, and decided that I wanted to share a few new things that I’ve got going in the past week or so.

One thing that I’ve really wanted to figure out was a really workable morning routine as far as exercise. I have my apple cider vinegar that I drink first thing, and I have my green breakfast smoothies (now with rolled oats, thanks to a suggestion from a really good friend of mine). But I hadn’t really had anything going as far as exercise.

Well, the other week I discovered an App for my phone – called “ManFIT” and it is a really well-designed app! I can set up notifications, and it has a “full-body fat-burning workout,” which I’ve been using as my easy routine for morning exercise every day now. It is just 20 minutes, and has a bit of stretching and a few cardio things (like jumping jacks). But mostly what I really love about it is the helpful notifications – and that is has some motivational music and a voice that helps you know what you’re doing, and counts down the last 5 seconds before you have a break, and then it congratulates you when you finish!

So if you were looking for something like that, I highly recommend it! Continue reading

Cultivating a Growth Mindset – A Pun on Words

Well, this afternoon I’m back at Garden City, and checking out the new Library’s “quiet area”. It really is quite nice! I’ve got a seat at a desk facing the internal windows, and the library is quite a buzz right now. It really has a positive vibe here, fresh and new and local community space.

Anyway, as I was saying in the title, I was going to write about a few of the things that I’m doing in my life, “cultivating a growth mindset” – definitely, with a pun very much intended.

Those of you who have been following my blog would have read my post about getting involved in your local community garden. Well, earlier this afternoon I dropped by Salisbury Community Garden.

First Visit to My Local Community Garden

For those who haven’t read my initial post, here’s the link back to that. Continue reading

So What Are Some of the Health Benefits from Drinking Green Tea?

Just lately I upgraded from just a regular old Android ZTE phone to a Samsung S9, which was definitely a step up. It seems compared to my old phone, I definitely don’t have to worry so much about juggling space to fit apps and the camera is way better.

But you might ask what this has to do with the health benefits from drinking green tea? Well, it is actually kind of related – mostly because its August, and I have the Samsung Health app on my phone – and August is the Green Tea Global Challenge.

It actually seems to have more to do with walking every day, but the graphics for the Challenge at least invoke thoughts of Asian Green Tea, both on its cover image of jasmine green tea and in the actual challenge page itself, which I’ve screen-shotted and pasted here for your convenience.

Do You Drink Tea?

Are you a tea drinker? I do like coffee, but I really like tea. I drink English Breakfast tea pretty regularly, sometimes Earl Grey. The Green Tea I usually drink is Japanese Matcha. Continue reading

Gathering of Minds – Finding Solutions through Technology for a Better Future

It was awesome last night to attend the “Focus On Technology” Panel Discussion and Networking Event at  “finding solutions through technology” at the Fishburners Brisbane. It was organised jointly by the new alliance between the Griffith University Chapters and the QUT (Queensland University of Technology) Chapters of the Golden Key International Honour Society, an international, multi-disciplinary honour society whose membership comes through invitation to students who achieve within the top 15% in their academic grades at University. I’ll explain a bit more about that in a little, but you can imagine with an audience made up of Golden Key members (such as myself, alumni, academics and industry professionals) it made for quite a stimulating occasion in terms of the different fields that our panelists are involved with, all with one thing in common – they are working at finding solutions through technology for a better future.

Focus on Technology – A Panel Discussion and Networking Event (Brisbane, July 31st 2018)

Golden KeySo, as I was saying, this event was hosted by the Golden Key. I became a member back in April, though my official New Member Reception held at the Queensland Conservatorium (Griffith University) was just a few weeks back in July. I must admit that,although I do give a lot of energy towards achieving academic excellence and learning all that I’m being presented with week by week, I really was surprised when I received a letter addressed to me from the University, and inside two letters actually – one from the University itself, and the other from the Golden Key. Their core values center around excellence in academics, leadership, and service. So I’m really looking forward to seeing what opportunities for personal development and contribution will be afforded to me through this. Continue reading

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