Too Young For Free Education; Too Old For Free Education

I am a 24-year-old New Zealander pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Melbourne. This isn’t my first foray into tertiary education. I completed undergraduate and honours degrees at the University of Auckland – making this my sixth year being a full-time student. My mum calls me a ‘forever student’ and my dad laughed … Continue reading Too Young For Free Education; Too Old For Free Education

Fear and (self)-loathing at the desktop: imposter syndrome in 2018

Late last year, I left my long-term job. My unemployment was initially self-imposed, deliberate—and blissful, oh so blissful! but soon exceeded its anticipated expiration date, pushing further into the year than planned. It was (and is—for I am still reeling) the closest I have come to economic hardship. But to appropriate poverty is misdirected and … Continue reading Fear and (self)-loathing at the desktop: imposter syndrome in 2018

Looking for the Next Big Thing? Try Fanfiction

Throughout my arts degree I've encountered many fellow students who, if I tell them I read fanfiction, respond in similar ways: some with solidarity; others with incredulity and thinly veiled disgust; but the most frequent response is condescension. Although I can understand the responses, I certainly don’t agree with them. There’s a widespread view of … Continue reading Looking for the Next Big Thing? Try Fanfiction