Bring on the holiday cheer!
It’s finally that time of year! Time for a well-earned study break. Enjoy some good food, try reading a book for actual fun (yep, it’s a thing people do), watch some Netflix (A Christmas Prince anyone?) and give yourself a breather so you’re relaxed and ready for the new year.
Your favourite place in the world, the library, will be closed from the 23rd of December until the 2nd of January. But we will see you better than ever in 2018.
If you’re missing us, remember, you can always stay in touch via social media – in addition to our blogs like this one, we have Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In fact, we’ve got a little Australiania-themed 12 days of Christmas coming your way on our Insta starting tomorrow, be sure to check it out!
Have a wonderful day! Happy Holidays and safe New Year. See you in 2018.
It’s less than 17 days until a certain event!
We’ll wait until all the people who give presents calculate shopping days and work out layby costs.
Here’s some elevator music while the rest of us wait.
Back? Cool. Cool – cool – cool. Regardless of what, or how you celebrate this season, it is the perfect time of year to think of others.
If you have a few free spots in your calendar (especially if you’re taking a break this Trimester 3), you may want to give the gift of your time and volunteer.
We know volunteering can take up a lot of time and may need you to be reliable. To make it easier, below are some super simple things that can slip nicely into an already scheduled holiday season.
If you have gift wrapping skills, you could gift wrap at Westfield. The shifts are between 2.5 to 5 hours from 2 December at various times. If you are not near Garden City, feel free to check out Logan Hyperdome, Strathpine, Brisbane Myer Centre or even Pacific Fair.
Perhaps you’re an avid singer. You can utilise your ability singing carols and volunteer to be part of the IGA Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols at River Stage, 9 December. If Brisbane is a bit far for Gold Coasters to travel, you can help out at the Broadbeach Christmas Carols on the same evening.
Some other places to think about include:
- Guide Dogs Australia – raise a future guide dog
- The Smith Family – help families going through a hard time
- Drug Arm Street Outreach Services – talk with those going through drug abuse issues
- Spending time with elderly – read books, play games and hear someone’s life story
- Homeless Connect – gain more understanding of what it means to be homeless
- Kmart wishing tree – no time involved, just pick up an extra gift while you’re doing your shopping
And don’t forget that employers love this stuff! It demonstrates your warm side, helps you build employability skills, and provides opportunities for growth.
If you know of any other volunteer opportunities, make sure you leave a comment below.
It’s the season for giving!
Though, if you’re a struggling uni student who utilises council pick up as a genuine source of new furniture, you might be a little nervous of the incoming damage to your already bleak bank account.
Therefore, we took the liberty of putting together a list of holiday gifts on a budget (none over $22). No sponsoring, no affiliations, we’re just trying to be thrifty. If you think of any more great gifts, add them in the comments.
Oxfam Unwrapped – from $10
Is Uncle Ernie particularly hard to buy for? Or your sister-in-law who returns everything anyway (insert eye-roll emoji). Try Oxfam Unwrapped. These cards include a donation of real items used to tackle poverty. And bonus – they’re tax deductible! So why not get that random relative a goat, well, or even manure!
Drink bottle – $12.99
Encourage your friends’ excessive drinking of water, not other liquids! Be a good influence, you know, New Years resolutions and everything.
Indoor plant – $19.98
When your love life is no more, it’s nice to have something living around. Just don’t kill it before you gift it!
Lush Snowdrop gift pack – $17.50
Pros: smells amazing, pre-wrapped. Cons: you have to gift it to someone else.
Grooming kit – $14.99
Because dads are both notoriously hard to buy for, and covered in excessive hair.
Passport holder or luggage tag – $6.99-$9.99
For that friend or family member with a bit of wanderlust. They’ll have a piece of you travelling with them everywhere… because lets face it, you’re too poor to actually go in person.
Candle – $19.99
Don’t know what to get your mum, sister, or grandma? Everyone loves a candle! Plus, Dusk is class. Bonus points because they’re so pretty you don’t have to spend precious moola (& your sanity) on wrapping!
Vase – $14.95
What else are you gonna buy Nana or Aunt Margaret? (hint: flowers to go in the vase and not the ones from her own front garden)
T2 tea – $22
Hot tea cures all ails. Cold tea gets you through a summers day. Plus, when the store gift wraps for you, why would you not?
Novelty mug – $6.99
When you’re out of ideas and money, default to a funny, mildly inappropriate or inspirational mug!
Celebrate. Sleep. Netflix. Repeat. Duh!
Some things are just obvious, right? We don’t need to tell you to have fun, relax and catch up on all the things you couldn’t do (without guilt) during the trimester.
But just in case you are waiting for us to do just that: have that house party, take a nine-hour nana nap, and watch all the seasons of Game of Thrones (again).
Now, that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about the 4 things you should do AFTER all of that (because Trimester 2 starts in two short weeks).
1. Sell your books
Did you know that Griffith has a Textbook Exchange? It’s a free service provided by the Welfare & Student Liaison Office for students and staff of Griffith University to buy or sell their secondhand textbooks.
2. Get organised
Clean out your backpack, clear your study desk and file away your Trimester 1 paraphernalia (study notes, assignments, research papers etc). Remember, future you may find this stuff useful in the, um, future.
3. Make improvements
No doubt you’re aware your grades for this Trimester are released on Wednesday 28 June.
If you have a sneaking suspicion that you didn’t achieve the levels of academic awesomeness that you’d hoped for, hatch a plan to fix this for next Trimester.
4. Update your social media
No, we don’t mean you should go crazy with your Facebook posts, Insta pics or Snapchat videos. Although, by all means, go for it.
We are talking about your professional accounts. Yes, it’s time to give a little love to your LinkedIn and use social media to sell yourself.
Did you complete an internship, join a professional association, win an academic award or score a casual job during T1? Tell potential employers by updating your LinkedIn profile.
No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks!
It’s time to sing it loud and proud – you’ve made it through another semester. And don’t think about results just yet, find a place to warm up: go skiing or snowboarding down south, or hike the Himalayas you may not get a better time. Or maybe just go to the beach, the water temperature isn’t that much different during winter.
You’ve earned the break, so relax with your feet up and here’s a few things to do:
- read a magazine with pressreader,
- update your phone with the latest emojis,
- perhaps you want to give back to the community,
- maybe it’s time to focus on your health, or
- sleep for a week!
Congratulations to those who have finished in their higher education pursuit, yay for getting through another semester for those still in the throes of studying, and huge YES! to those of you who just completed their first semester – you all rocked it!
New year, same great Library resources!
We hope you had a great break and enjoyed some summer sun and time with family and friends! The Library also took a short break over Christmas and New Years but we’re back today and ready for a great 2016!
Check out our Summer Opening hours for each Library’s specific opening times. Don’t quite have the motivation for a Library visit yet? Don’t worry we understand. Luckily, TED Talks has created a playlist to get you ready for the new year!
Check out these short motivational videos to help make your 2016 the best year yet!