Many people perceive the countless fairs within the buzzing centre of the University of Wollongong to be repetitious and even boring. Others however, have fallen in love with this culture which brings diversity and interaction. Eighteen year old university student Emily Carlon finds herself enthralled by the shared passion of reading used books, eating freshly baked bread, snacking on sausage sandwiches and having a keen eye for individual fashion sense. Always looking to engage with students, her passion for anything artistic and handcrafted has left her with a bright perspective of university life as she drifts between tent stalls, beaming at the prospect of meeting somebody new.
At twenty-two years of age, Mitch Fletcher has found the ‘perfect place’ to spend time both alone and with friends, embracing University life as a mature student. To most, the UniBar is where friends gather to enjoy a drink and lunch together. But to him it is much more. In a tucked away section of the building lays the poolroom. This is Mitch’s safe haven, where anxieties of a demanding life as a university journalism student are washed away as he twists chalk onto his pool cue. To Mitch, pool is more than a hobby or something that is reluctantly played with friends. This room is a part of a calming process that gives satisfaction.
The Library. Defined by many as a place where one can enlighten themselves, books read by many influential scholars can be found bursting with information and guidance. Some students like Eamonn however, find the library as an isolated, desolate place compared to the ‘real world’ where experience gained by learning from others offers greater knowledge, rather than the study of books alone. Stepping out of the dark, isolated building into the bright Autumn sky and the vibrant centre of University atmosphere, Eamonn Wall is lit with knowledge gleaned from those around him as his ears are filled with the chattering of voices.