Two teams, one society, going head-to-head. The air was fresh, and the dogs aplenty down at the UQ netball courts last Wednesday night for a match like no other.
The UQBA So So Fresh Pub Crawl kicked off in earnest at the RE hotel at 12pm on Sunday the 23rd of April, in what was supposed to be a family friendly time slot, but at times seemed anything but. The smile of the RE bartenders triggered memories of – way too many – Wednesday and Sunday nights for some of the patrons in attendance.
Look, there is no sugar-coating it: university is an expensive time! You will be tempted with countless food options, cafés, and overpriced parking.
I have a fairly vivid memory of how well I utilised my time at my first networking event, as the two hour occasion was spent speaking with my already-established group of university friends and eyeing off the free food and drinks. For an event that featured some of the biggest graduate employers in Queensland, I definitely squandered a big learning opportunity by not being inquisitive enough and not getting more out of the event beyond a particularly delicious platter of meat pies.
“So, what are you studying? *insert answer here* “Ohh nice, do you have a job as well or?” It’s the cliché conversation every student goes through; the other cliché is the broke uni student one. So how do you find the balance between working and having $3.10 to your name? Is there a middle ground?
Wilson Lam talks about the benefitsof undertaking internships, where he notes that it is never too early to start. While uni provides the essential textbook knowledge for a chosen field of work, gaining real-life experience through internships/work experience is invaluable to gather insight into the practical side of an industry.