4 Netflix shows to binge-watch this trimester break

Exams are almost over! Once they’re done and dusted you definitely deserve a nice relaxing break. And that’s basically synonymous with binge-watching Netflix, right?

But – what should you watch? Hours can be wasted browsing Netflix titles and getting lost in indecision, unable to choose which show would be best for you to dedicate the next 10 (or more) hours of your life to.

So we asked our library staff for their recommendations. Here’s what they had to say:

1. 100% Hotter
Recommended by Shelly Mills, Communications Officer
The trimester is over so you can turn your brain off and watch some mind-numbing reality TV, and this is just the show to numb your mind! Everyone loves a good makeover, or, in this case, a make-under. A stylist, make-up artist and—I can already assure you, he’ll defs be your favourite—hairdresser transform Britain’s biggest fashion disasters.

2. The Staircase
Recommended by Steph Banovic, Library Campus Services Team Member
I’m watching The Staircase at the moment. It’s a real life crime documentary, and it’s doing my head in because I’m not sure if he’s guilty or not. Love it!

3. The Crown
Recommended by Rhiannon Reid, Assistant Library Campus Coordinator
Check out an OG Royal Wedding, and some truly entertaining royal dramatics.

4. Money Heist
Recommended by Sara Bannon, Executive Assistant to the Library and Learning Services Director
Fabulous Spanish series about some clever guys and gals robbing the Spanish Mint. They had a great plan, but life never goes to plan, does it?


Let’s be (Facebook) friends

Facebook. noun. An online social networking platform commonly used by students for procrastination

Alright, so maybe that’s not the legit definition, but are we close?

Everyone has Facebook nowadays. Well, almost everyone. Us included.

You may have come across our Griffith Library Facebook page in your online travels. It’s chock full of library news, study tips, competitions and general library goodness.

Now, this post isn’t just a ploy to get you to follow us on Facebook. Okay, yes it is. But we really think Facebook is an amazing tool to help keep up-to-date on what’s happening at your library and your university.

For instance, did you know that other areas of Griffith University are on Facebook as well?

There’s the official Griffith University Facebook, of course. We all follow them, don’t we? But there’s also Griffith CareersStudent Services, the UniBar and What’s On. And that’s not even half of them.

We recommend following your School or Campus Facebook pages, such as Griffith InternationalGriffith Film SchoolGriffith Law SchoolLogan Campus or Queensland College of Art.

Okay, we’ll stop now. There’s just too many to shamelessly plug here.

Go to the Griffith University Social Media page to find all the Griffith University Facebook (and other social media) accounts you can follow.

But first things first, go click like on our Facebook page.


5 free podcasts you need to listen to

The beauty of podcasts is that you can listen to them almost anywhere.

At the gym. On public transport. To liven up your boring, long car ride. In bed. To drown out the sounds of your significant other nagging you. Okay, that last one probably isn’t the best idea…

But, which podcast should you listen to? Our online airwaves are saturated with different podcasts. So we’ve sifted through them all to pick out our top five podcasts that we reckon you’ve absolutely got to listen to:

The podcast history of our world

Available: iTunes and Stitcher
Category: History

Want a crash course in the entire history of the world? Look no further! From the Big Bang to the Modern Age in bite-sized 15 – 30 minute chunks, Rob Monaco will turn you into a knowledgeable history buff in no time!

WTF with Marc Maron

Available: iTunes, Google Play and online
Category: Comedy

Listen to comedian Marc Maron interview other comedians and celebrities. With his witty mix of philosophical ‘meaning of life’ topics and humour, you’re bound to end up in stitches.

Stuff you should know

Available: iTunes and online
Category: Society and culture

Want to know everything about every topic? Like LSD, satanism and vaping? Look no further. Hosts Josh and Chuck give you the lowdown on everything you should know, in a podcast full of humour.

TED talks daily

Available: iTunes, Google Play and Radio Public
Category: Education

Everyone’s heard of TED Talks. Want to listen on the go? This podcast brings thought-provoking content on every. subject. imaginable. Artificial Intelligence? Tick. Zoology? Tick. There’s literally something for everyone.

Good life project

Available: iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify
Category: Self-help

After some self improvement inspo? If you’re finding navigating life as a uni student perplexing, get a dose of motivation from this podcast. Super inspiring and a great way to start your day.

Do you have a podcast you love? Let us know in the comments!


What’s your ecological footprint?

Did you know you can measure your ecological footprint? Simply complete WWF’s ecological footprint calculator.

It’s super quick and easy, and kind of depressing too.

Apparently I need four and a half planet Earths to support my lifestyle (if everyone in the world lived the same way I do). And I have solar panels, so I thought I was already doing good! Apparently not.

Luckily, besides giving me a pretty shoddy score, WWF also linked me to me some tips to help reduce my big fat footprint:

  • Everyone knows that you don’t make friends with salad, but apparently reducing meat consumption massively reduces your ecological footprint. That’s because it takes waaaay more land to produce meat than it does to produce grain. Oh, and fun fact: cows fart a lot—not good for CO2 emissions.
  • Reduce your waste. Take a look at just how much waste you produce, even just over the course of a day. Can you cut some of that back?
  • Cut back on your vehicle usage. Can you take public transport somewhere, carpool or ride your bike?

Earth Overshoot Day refers to the date when our needs for the Earth’s resources in a given year overshoot what the Earth can actually provide in that year. Currently, it’s 1 August 2018. Yep, this year. That’s pretty scary. By reducing our ecological footprint, we’re helping move that date back.

If you’re after some inspo, check out the steps people around the world are doing to #MoveTheDate of Earth Overshoot Day. Griffith’s committed to sustainability too, and you can read about what Griffith University is doing here.

What’s you ecological footprint and are you doing anything to reduce it? Let us know in the comments!


Simple ways to ensure your valuables are safe this exam period

Umm… where did my acorn go?

It’s that time of year again—long days spent studying in preparation for exams (and then, the sweet taste of freedom from uni… for two weeks).

Our campus libraries provide popular and diverse study areas for you to settle into for a big study sesh. Whether you’re looking for a silent, quiet or social study area—we’ve got you covered.

But before you bunker down we’d like to remind you to take a sensible approach to your personal belongings.

In your study daze, don’t forget to keep your valuables safe. Here are some handy pointers:

Never leave your valuable items unattended

If you need to take a break or grab some study snacks, get a friend to watch your valuables. Or if you are Nigel No-friends for the day, bring your gear with you. Think of how devastated you’ll be if a thief swipes your laptop and mobile phone.

Ensure your personal computer is secure

Is your whole student-life on your computer? Take steps to ensure you are safe online; we don’t want you losing all that work! Protect your passwordsbackup your work and install an antivirus program.

If you’re using a Griffith computer, log out before you turn off

Logging out before turning the computer off removes the risk that the next user of that computer will have access to your account. The computer can also apply any patches to potentially block any holes that hackers may use to try and gain access. 

If you see any suspicious persons or activity in your area, call security:

  • Nathan & Mt Gravatt: 3735 7777
  • South Bank: 3735 6226
  • Logan: 3382 1717
  • Gold Coast: 5552 7777

For more information, visit the security web page.


Stay connected with Griffith library after you graduate

 

Anyone graduating at the end of trimester 1?

While you’re probably absorbed in a cocktail of study and stress at the moment, we’re sure soon you’ll have some pretty exciting celebrations to tend to!

Once you’ve appropriately celebrated, you may wonder what happens to your Griffith access after you graduate. If so, take a squiz at our article where we give you the low-down.

Then there’s the sad realisation that you’ll no longer be visiting your favourite place ever (Griffith library, obvs) every day. But, don’t get too upset just yet. As you embark on your exciting post-university adventures, you can still keep Griffith library close. In fact, you can still visit us every day if you want to.

Griffith alumni are eligible for an alumni membership, which allows you to borrow up to 20 standard loan items. And did we mention it’s free? Just come in to sign up, and you’ll get a yearly membership for free!

You’re also welcome to use our library spaces at any time. For more information, check out what you can borrow as a community member.

Finally, don’t forget to stay connected through Griffith’s Alumni Network.


How to take a study break

Is all this study getting to you? Are you hitting refresh on Facebook every five seconds while your half-read lecture notes loom in another tab?

It sounds like you need a break (from social media procrastination and study!).

There are a few things you can do to optimise your study time and ensure your breaks are efficient and rejuvenating.

Do

  • Make a task list. Finished writing section 3.4? Finished reading chapter 11? Tick.
  • Set breaks periodically. Have a break after set time periods or when you reach a milestone. Maybe even set a timer.
  • Get some exercise. Moving will help stimulate your brain. Why not do some stretches to loosen up?
  • Have a snack. Fuel your mind. Trading times for on-campus food outlets can be found here.
  • Go outside. Catch that Vitamin D.

Don’t

  • Don’t heck your social media accounts in the interim. You—close that Facebook tab!
  • Don’t start a new series on Netflix. Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why can wait!
  • Don’t set unrealistic goals. No, you can’t finish summarising the entire semester’s course readings in one night.

We constantly stress about impending assessment while procrastinating on the essay, presentation, project or study. It’s a perceptual cycle of stress!

The best way to kick that stress? In the words of Nike, Just Do It (with some study breaks).