• Personal

    How Did You Overcome Your Travel Anxiety?

    Travelling is undeniably an important part of life. It is how you create memories, build life skills and enrich your knowledge of culture. But what if travelling long distances scares the crap out of you? Honestly, I don’t know how everyone does it. For years, I have witnessed the Instagram feeds of young adults flocking to Europe, America and Indonesia. They all make it look so easy. Now, my boyfriend and I have decided we want to venture to Europe when I finish my degree for a few weeks. But every time we try to plan it, I turn into a complete mess. The process makes me want to rock…

  • Personal

    Why I Love Lady Gaga More Than You Do

    Before I was 12-years-old, I never understood the mania behind celebrity idolisation. Why would someone choose to fixate so heavily on a human they have never met and know nothing about? To claim we truly know a pop icon is naive, because Hollywood most certainly plays us all. We see what they want us to see. Eve Barlow wrote about this exceptionally well in an article published by The Australian, describing Hollywood as “a glitzy world of high-stakes chess” where large organisations exist to “make sure everything goes to plan”. Despite the apparent superficiality, destiny would have me become a 12-year-old fixated on a pop star. Lady Gaga. I first…

  • Social Attitudes

    Chatting About Sobriety with Vanessa Sunshine

    There is no doubt that drinking is a social norm embedded into Australian culture. Having a ‘good night out’ is ultimately associated with letting your hair down and having a few alcoholic beverages. But what if you genuinely do not like drinking?  This is a question that I have thought about time and time again. There really aren’t many options for non-drinkers in Australia, plus there is a massive stigma associated with people who choose not to indulge. I know about stigma because I choose not to drink. Then I stumbled across Vanessa Sunshine. Most of us know her as this year’s sassiest Bachelor contestant, #queen. I was pleasantly surprised…