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March 12, 2018

Sometimes who you know is more important that what you know. A network of friends and mentors is truly valuable. Whether you are still studying as an undergrad, striving for research goals as a post-grad, or starting a career, your connections to other people will make your journey a much happier one. University can be […]

February 26, 2018

I am feeling a little odd right now. For most people at Victoria, this time of year is a beginning. New courses, new friends, new tutors to get crushes on (shut up, it can happen), new ways to procrastinate doing what you actually came here for. And yet for me, it’s an end. Less than […]

October 9, 2017

The research journey can be a tumultuous one. As I was sitting alone on the couch for four and a half hours on election night, I wondered how many other postgrads were also sitting, laptops in hand, contemplating what the results would mean for their research. Regardless of how you happen to feel about those […]

September 25, 2017

When I was in Timor-Leste for my research, to my immense surprise I was often looked upon with pity, because I could only speak one language. To my local guide, this was a source of amazement. He himself could speak five: Tetun, Portuguese, two local village languages, and English. Being bilingual is the minimum expected […]

August 14, 2017

My Brussels sprouts tasted like absolution. Perfectly roasted and delicately sauced in a fig and balsamic glaze, they accompanied a lavish meal that I bought for myself with the discretionary funds I suddenly had after leaving a relationship in which I was treated like a sort of combination duvet and ATM, with a man who […]

July 31, 2017

Skip class not concealer This was the marketing message behind a recent Benefit Cosmetics campaign which I stumbled across as it rapidly aggravated the #womeninstem community across the globe. I’ll admit, the first time I saw the ad I thought it was stupid because, a) who would actually miss class to put on concealer when […]

July 17, 2017

Academic life is challenging at the best of times. Juggling data collection, research, writing, teaching, marking, publishing, and conference attendance. Squeezing in a social life, meditation, perhaps a jog here and there, a call to your parents, some spinach. Managing wellbeing on an individual level is a testing part of the thesis writing process. If […]

May 29, 2017

We students lead the way with spirited voices on topical environmental and conservation issues, and aspire to conduct innovative research to understand and mitigate human impacts. But to do this effectively, we must be aware of relevant policies, documents, and guidelines which inform us of research priorities and information gaps that require investigation. No matter […]

May 15, 2017

For the last three weeks, I have had the privilege of researching coral reefs for my Master’s in Timor-Leste, and it got me thinking. The Timorese people live in, what would be considered in New Zealand, abject poverty. Their houses and their possessions are spartan to the point of dereliction. Living insulated lives (and we […]