Reading and Writing Can Be Exciting:

It is one o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon, Jarrad Tatton is sitting at a lone desk, engulfed by what appears to be a work by John Marsden. A lone notepad and pen sit on the tabletop. It is a break for the Media and Communications student, not a burden. The expression on the eighteen year olds face says it all. It is a passion that exceeds university work.

Eighteen year old Jarrad Tatton has a burning passion of reading and writing in his spare time away from the pressures of study at university...

Eighteen year old Jarrad Tatton has a burning passion of reading and writing in his spare time away from the pressures of study at university…

For some eighteen year olds, reading and writing is just a necessary element of university life and nothing more. Literature is thrown from all directions, all for the benefit of learning. With this overload of information, it is easy for many to spend their spare time away from books. But not Jarrad.

“…books can be a hobby, not just a part of research for assignments.”

Many agree that for the most part, it is vital to ones wellbeing that they have an interest outside of their job or study. Confronted with this, Jarrad smiles, putting his notepad in his pocket, he ponders for a brief moment. “Reading and writing satisfies my intense imagination, it’s also distracting from everything else. If you read something you enjoy, it allows you to escape the necessary, yet boring academic readings of uni and realise that books can be a hobby, not just a part of research for assignments.”

Jarrad’s passion for literature doesn’t end at sole reading. As we walk through the library, scanning the sections of fantasy and sci-fi fiction, Jarrad pulls out his notebook. “Sorry, but I just thought of a great Idea after that book.” When asked what is being put to paper, he seems enthused, replying “I just came up with a setting I could use. You see, reading and writing is like this-you can’t have one without the other.” Asking what types of stories and ideas he has come up with leads us to a side of Jarrad that we would not have picked at first glance.

“I read because I love gaining knowledge that I can use for writing worlds.”

As we make our way out of the library, books in hand, I mention that reading can often allow us to be inspired in our writing. “Yes, exactly. I read because I love gaining knowledge that I can use for writing worlds.” With this, all preconceptions of a typical ‘bookworm’ are thrown out the window. Jarrad’s passion for reading and writing now becomes a whole lot more unique and personal.  “I suppose I like to write world’s because I can be more imaginative. I can invent places and cultures rather than having to create a beginning, complication and end, making it interesting or worthy of people. I am creating world’s that someone can make a story of.” This passionate hobby is set firmly aside from his study of media and journalism, “Its just a way for me to spend my time doing something I love.”

As Jarrad leaves for his class, he is asked just one more question:

“When will you write up these ideas for that setting you came up with just before?”

“As soon as I get home from University of course.”

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Meet the People-An Extra Treat!

This short, yet sharp Vox Pop introduces us to the vibrant personalities within the University of Wollongong that were asked to convey their individual perspectives on various topics. In Journalism, students have learnt that is vital to recognise that allowing interviewees to feel comfortable as they are questioned is as important as gathering answers. With this confidence, fantastic moments that would not happen if the situation was too ‘formal’ and ‘serious’ arose allowing the true personalities of the students to be highlighted. As the process of interviewing went on, the students felt more at ease and answered questions more confidently. Additionally, spending time with my interviewees allowed us to create a strong connection before the interview process began paving way for great responses.

Veronica Cremen-Your Perspective Changed When?

Interviewing Veronica Cremen offers an extremely sophisticated insight into the eyes of a Media and Communications student studying Journalism. Sitting upon a clean, wooden step with a small black backpack thrown to the side, questions allow Veronica to express how her perspective of life as a university student and its inherent link with the future has rapidly changed and continues to change. We are left amazed at Veronicas jubilance as she answers each and every question with ease, with no signs of discomfort or anxiety. Reminiscing about her childhood dream, the eighteen year old ponders what the future will hold for her once university life comes to a close.

All good and Fun! Check Out Vox Pop One!

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Questions such as these allowed a wide array of first year students from various degrees to voice their strong opinions on topics given through the form of a vox pop. Within this video, university life is seen as a diverse topic, with many contrasts as to what life as a student is thought to be. Those that were interviewed comfortably expressed these opinions and provided answers which were entertaining. Some responses were similar, whilst others allowed an alternate understanding through their unique representation of their own perceptions of university life.

Hey You! Are You on Vox Pop Two?

This second vox pop reinforces the theme of perceptions of university life through contrasting the opinions of first year students compared to second year students. Similar to the first vox pop, various opinions on topics can be seen in settings spread all over the campus of the University of Wollongong. The differences in the transition to high school to first year and first year to second year established strong perspectives. Hence the life as a university student is defined by individual perception. The choice of interesting subjects allowed these perceptions of university life to be highlighted greatly whilst being entertaining.

So take a look, are you in vox pop two?

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An Apple A Day Keeps Obesity Away!

"I think its an extra incentive to buy healthy fruit when it goes towards obesity research, well for me anyway" says eighteen year old Wollongong University student Blake Stanbridge.

“I think its an extra incentive to buy healthy fruit when it goes towards obesity research, well for me anyway” says eighteen year old University of Wollongong student Blake Stanbridge.

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