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    Re: New years resolutions

    Quote Originally Posted by nerdasdasd View Post
    Good job on the goals!

    Guess you don't have the best relationship with them hey?
    Lol I actually do! But I think I should make a conscious effort to hear them out if they want to talk about their problems as opposed to thinking that whatever comes out of their mouth is incredibly annoying
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    Lol I actually do! But I think I should make a conscious effort to hear them out if they want to talk about their problems as opposed to thinking that whatever comes out of their mouth is incredibly annoying
    I do the exact same .... I should add that to my list too loo
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    Re: New years resolutions

    Get fat

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    Re: New years resolutions

    2015 List:
    -Join Cadets at new school
    -apply for Accelerated course
    -Have a better sleep cycle (mine is screwed up atm)
    -Get a part time job (retail, fast food I really don't care anymore)
    -Be more open minded and optimistic

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    Re: New years resolutions

    Quote Originally Posted by Papercutter View Post
    2015 List:
    -Join Cadets at new school
    -apply for Accelerated course
    -Have a better sleep cycle (mine is screwed up atm)
    -Get a part time job (retail, fast food I really don't care anymore)
    -Be more open minded and optimistic
    Most of the stuff said above are pretty narrow lol. Your list is shit Papercutter.

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    New years resolutions

    My goal every year is to learn how to do a proper push-up

    May next year be the year
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    Re: New years resolutions

    - Gym (I think ive mentioned this for the past two years, but never got to it)
    - Get a director role at uni
    - Get into every big 4 development program
    - Need to stop ditching gatherings
    - TBA
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    Re: New years resolutions

    Get a job
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    Re: New years resolutions

    Quote Originally Posted by obliviousninja View Post
    - Gym (I think ive mentioned this for the past two years, but never got to it)
    - Get a director role at uni
    - Get into every big 4 development program
    - Need to stop ditching gatherings
    - TBA
    I will also be trying this (mostly the PwC one because that's the only Big 4 accounting firm I'd like to work at

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    Re: New years resolutions

    get da good atar

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    Re: New years resolutions

    Only academic/work related stuff :

    1. Go on exchange to London School of Economics in June/July (and go around Europe with mates)
    2. Master Excel
    3. Don't go out as often as sem 2, 2014 and get back scholarship
    4. Get either an IB internship in third year or another big 4 consulting internship (Hopefully - get as much experience and taste of different fields as possible).
    5. Start and be a great PASS facilitator
    6. More to come
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    Re: New years resolutions

    1) study consistently. right now its like 4 hours on day then 0 hours for the rest of the week
    2) go to uni info/open days
    3) get a job >< so poor right now
    4) do some volunteering
    5) control my infatuations

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    Re: New years resolutions

    Quote Originally Posted by obliviousninja View Post
    - Gym (I think ive mentioned this for the past two years, but never got to it)
    - Get a director role at uni
    - Get into every big 4 development program
    - Need to stop ditching gatherings
    - TBA
    Good goals mate. I think the development programs clash but its possible to do deloitte and pwc in the same year.


    Crobat, for uts Dean's list, is law and business separate-would there be two potential Dean's list (shieeee) or 1?
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    Re: New years resolutions

    Quote Originally Posted by Futureunswmedstudent View Post
    1) study consistently. right now its like 4 hours on day then 0 hours for the rest of the week
    2) go to uni info/open days
    3) get a job >< so poor right now
    4) do some volunteering
    5) control my infatuations
    please do actual volunteering and not voluntourism where you go overseas and teach some poor people english in a country that doesn't speak fucking english or something completely fake like that

    Quote Originally Posted by RishBonjour99 View Post
    Good goals mate. I think the development programs clash but its possible to do deloitte and pwc in the same year.


    Crobat, for uts Dean's list, is law and business separate-would there be two potential Dean's list (shieeee) or 1?
    Yeah I was going to point one that they clash but I wasn't sure which ones did

    And I think they are separated so that there would be a Business Dean's List and a Law Dean's List but I wouldn't know for sure since I'm so fucking far from both

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crobat View Post
    please do actual volunteering and not voluntourism where you go overseas and teach some poor people english in a country that doesn't speak fucking english or something completely fake like that



    Yeah I was going to point one that they clash but I wasn't sure which ones did

    And I think they are separated so that there would be a Business Dean's List and a Law Dean's List but I wouldn't know for sure since I'm so fucking far from both
    How is that by any means fake ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nerdasdasd View Post
    How is that by any means fake ?
    because you are not making any difference except to your CV

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    Quote Originally Posted by nerdasdasd View Post
    How is that by any means fake ?
    A particular 'society' pops up - will not name, but basically involves going to India for volunteering purposes to 'teach' kids etc - many of their programs are implemented in an unsustainable fashion. For example, in a remote village where sometimes electricity is scarce, why in the world would you need a 'learning hub' with all out tablets and interactive learning programs for kids? That is simply unnecessary and a waste of money - the moment the project is over, that dies, and you are left at where you started.

    On the other hand, the kids that go, get it on their CV and can bs during interviews. Moreover, the organisation can advertise and attract more kids (typically past private school students) 'oh look, we provide interactive learning hubs - look how happy the kids are!'

    There are many that genuinely do try use their brains and do something useful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crobat View Post
    please do actual volunteering and not voluntourism where you go overseas and teach some poor people english in a country that doesn't speak fucking english or something completely fake like that



    Yeah I was going to point one that they clash but I wasn't sure which ones did

    And I think they are separated so that there would be a Business Dean's List and a Law Dean's List but I wouldn't know for sure since I'm so fucking far from both
    Lolol I completely lost it when I read this even though I have no idea what you are talking about
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    Quote Originally Posted by RishBonjour99 View Post
    A particular 'society' pops up - will not name, but basically involves going to India for volunteering purposes to 'teach' kids etc - many of their programs are implemented in an unsustainable fashion. For example, in a remote village where sometimes electricity is scarce, why in the world would you need a 'learning hub' with all out tablets and interactive learning programs for kids? That is simply unnecessary and a waste of money - the moment the project is over, that dies, and you are left at where you started.

    On the other hand, the kids that go, get it on their CV and can bs during interviews. Moreover, the organisation can advertise and attract more kids (typically past private school students) 'oh look, we provide interactive learning hubs - look how happy the kids are!'

    There are many that genuinely do try use their brains and do something useful.
    I always wanted to do grassroots medicine but those fees that you have to fund the trip can get ridiculous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Futureunswmedstudent View Post
    1) study consistently. right now its like 4 hours on day then 0 hours for the rest of the week
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    3) get a job >< so poor right now
    4) do some volunteering
    5) control my infatuations

    I did no study in year 10 :-( good on you for starting good habits (or rather, endeavouring to) early but I guess you gotta do what you gotta do to get into med! Good luck!
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    I applied for some volunteering, I hope I get it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crobat View Post
    please do actual volunteering and not voluntourism where you go overseas and teach some poor people english in a country that doesn't speak fucking english or something completely fake like that
    I take offence to this.

    I recently returned from Vietnam, where the country's current situation with an increasing tourism industry creates a scenario where knowing even the most basic of English can get you through a pool of applicants.

    There are many 'charity' restaurants in various cities, often owned by Westerners, where they train up homeless people to be waiters/waitresses/cooks. The fact that it provides such a service to the community, combined with it being owned and run by Westerners, naturally makes them quite popular amongst Western tourists.

    Now, how many homeless people are there out there in Vietnam? What is it that makes the current waiters/waitresses/cooks at these restaurants so special, such that they acquired that position? It is often the fact that they know some basic English. Many of these people learned their English from such volunteering services, or were inspired from it to continue further. It's a sad fact that those not knowing English are essentially doomed to unemployment like that, but you can only help a finite number of people.

    This is the case with many job positions in Vietnam that are the least bit related to tourism. I've spoken to many of the locals, expats, restaurant proprietors and tour guides, and I sadly hear the same story.

    It's easy to dismiss teaching English overseas as 'fake volunteering', as the effects are not immediately obvious. But I'm just letting you know this for your information because based on what I do know now, it seems that such services can really go a long way.

    Note: This is not to say that there aren't English teaching volunteering services out there that I feel are barely able to use the title 'volunteer'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RishBonjour99 View Post
    A particular 'society' pops up - will not name, but basically involves going to India for volunteering purposes to 'teach' kids etc - many of their programs are implemented in an unsustainable fashion. For example, in a remote village where sometimes electricity is scarce, why in the world would you need a 'learning hub' with all out tablets and interactive learning programs for kids? That is simply unnecessary and a waste of money - the moment the project is over, that dies, and you are left at where you started.

    On the other hand, the kids that go, get it on their CV and can bs during interviews. Moreover, the organisation can advertise and attract more kids (typically past private school students) 'oh look, we provide interactive learning hubs - look how happy the kids are!'

    There are many that genuinely do try use their brains and do something useful.
    A lot of the time voluntourists become more of a burden than help to the locals who now have to correct the work of or make up with their time the damage/slopiness of unqualified teenagers. This article for example explains just one of the ways unqualified, particularly high school students, voluntourists become more of a detriment that help. There are many others like it, especially in teaching English overseas in countries where the native language isn't even English so essentially they go over there, shove Western culture down a developing nation's neck, and achieve nothing because once they leave, the people they taught English haven't actually gained any skills that will help them better their situation because their issues are systemic, i.e. corruption, dictatorships, religious extremists, lack of medicine, etc.

    Voluntourists have their heart in the right place, but it's long been a case of the voluntourist getting a CV pad and the locals getting next to nothing out of it.

    If you are going to volunteer anywhere given how unqualified most high schoolers are, do it in Australia at a homeless shelter, legal centre, or refugee centre where the work you can do will actually benefit someone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carrotsticks View Post
    I take offence to this.

    I recently returned from Vietnam, where the country's current situation with an increasing tourism industry creates a scenario where knowing even the most basic of English can get you through a pool of applicants.

    There are many 'charity' restaurants in various cities, often owned by Westerners, where they train up homeless people to be waiters/waitresses/cooks. The fact that it provides such a service to the community, combined with it being owned and run by Westerners, naturally makes them quite popular amongst Western tourists.

    Now, how many homeless people are there out there in Vietnam? What is it that makes the current waiters/waitresses/cooks at these restaurants so special, such that they acquired that position? It is often the fact that they know some basic English. Many of these people learned their English from such volunteering services, or were inspired from it to continue further. It's a sad fact that those not knowing English are essentially doomed to unemployment like that, but you can only help a finite number of people.

    This is the case with many job positions in Vietnam that are the least bit related to tourism. I've spoken to many of the locals, expats, restaurant proprietors and tour guides, and I sadly hear the same story.

    It's easy to dismiss teaching English overseas as 'fake volunteering', as the effects are not immediately obvious. But I'm just letting you know this for your information because based on what I do know now, it seems that such services can really go a long way.

    Note: This is not to say that there aren't English teaching volunteering services out there that I feel are barely able to use the title 'volunteer'.
    I'm not denying that there are some benefits, especially in South East Asia where the Western occupation from the Vietnam War era for example has left such a heavy footprint that knowing English would help, but the vast majority of the time it's simple a case of someone getting an extra talking point on their CV rather than doing any good. The debate on voluntourism is quite extensive and not something I want to get into on a thread about new years resolutions, but I'm a strong negative to it despite the fact that there are some good that can be done.

    EDIT: Also those charity restaurants are some of the few that seek to give people in poverty with employable skills. Any organisation that seeks to do that is of course more legitimate than others that simply "teach English" in any country the 'volunteer' wants.
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