Murdoch Open Day

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Some of us from PURE at Murdoch Open Day

(Jayde, Zoe, Renae, Nicola, Jenny)

Yesterday Murdoch University held its “Open Day” which is a day where year twelve students and others who are curious about going to university can come and see how it is to study at Murdoch. Myself and a couple of other girls from the PURE committee happily devoted our Sunday to stand by the PR – programmes table and answered questions about our experience at Murdoch. Meeting all these slightly confused people on the verge of university life reminded me about how I felt when I was about to choose both programme and school. As I was coming from another country and I was going to pay international student fees for the course I was going to undertake, I wanted to be certain that I made the right decision. I remember searching online for days about which school was the best, should I do PR or Journalism, or should I even do marketing? So many possibilities and no one to help me out with these massive decisions! Helping out at Murdoch’s Open Day yesterday inspired me to write a little summary of my own thoughts and what made me choose Murdoch and the PR – programme.

First of all, at the time of my decision to go to university I lived in Forrestfield, a suburb that is equally as far away from pretty much all the universities. This did not help my decision-making at all. However, UWA, which is meant to be a great school, charged quite a lot more money for International studies compared to Murdoch, ECU and Curtin and therefore that one was out of the question for me. ECU have a campus in the city, however they also have one up in Joondalup and some of the units would have to be taken there for the programmes I was interested in. And I was really not keen on driving all the way up there so therefore that one went away as well. So why did I go with Murdoch and not Curtin, which both have great PR – programmes? What ended up being the most important thing for me was the fact that Murdoch is a smaller University than Curtin, I was worried that I was just going to be a number and feel lost in such a big school as Curtin, so I ended up going with Murdoch. Something that I am very happy about today! The classes are small, the tutors know you by name, I always feel that I can ask them any question I have, about PR in general or about the assignments we have, and the teachers make time for you, they make you feel seen – and that is why I like Murdoch so much.

The PR programme in general is good, and I am happy I chose this before marketing or Journalism. I love writing and in PR there is a lot of research, writing and planning, you need to like it otherwise you won’t enjoy it. Marketing is more about advertising, numbers, money and for me who are more interested in communication and how that works – PR suits me better. The fact that you can combine it with your interest, Fashion PR, Politics, Charities, Corporations, you name it, is what really made me interested. There are so many possibilities!

If you read this and feel like you have questions about your choices when it comes to university, and you don’t know whom to ask – Send us a PM here or on our Facebook page! All of us in the PURE committee come from different backgrounds, we do different Double Majors and we have different experiences. And we are all happy to answer any of your questions!

 /Jenny Ljunggren

A night of fashion

A runway, fashion garments, flowing champagne, photographers, food, professionals and friends – this all screams a night of glamour and class. A night to remember that is filled with intricate designs and unique style. In a way fashion has sort of taken over the world – it has become a global love. When you think of fashion you think of ‘New York fashion Week’, Street style, Boho, Chic or maybe you think of high-end fashion and you prefer that put together classy look. But that’s my point; everyone indulges and thinks about it. It is a universal love, whether we want to acknowledge it or not. For me fashion is a love I hope to peruse one day, so naturally when I heard about PRSC (the Curtin PR student chapter) PR in fashion event I HAD to attend, and I had to get my favourite people to come and enjoy it with me. It’s an event I do not regret going to. This event showcased designs from various student designers to established ones: Betty Tran, Lost Soul and Zingiber Swimwear to name a few.

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This dress by Zed Alliance was one of my favourite from the line, the triangular cut out in the centre gives it edge and the look itself is fabulous. The whole range is to die for.     ‘Pretty Pretty Pretty’ would be the words to describe Lost Souls latest range.

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This Bandage Crop top and skirt combo was one of my favourites from the night, incredibly elegant and chic, all I thought was “this needs to be in my wardrobe, I want it”. Full of incredible body dresses to accentuate shape and curves Lost souls designs were to die for. Zingiber Swimwear would be the designer that I found to be unique worth the watch. Her swimwear is one of a kind.

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This high collared, high waisted pair was my favourite, Incredibly flattering and easy on they eye.

Surrounded by up and coming designers and a handful of very talented people was the highlight of my evening, as I’m sure it was for the rest of the committee. Hearing Betty Tran’s story about how far she’s come and the struggles along the way were inspiring, hearing Maeve Helena talk about her struggles with internships made me feel more at ease with graduating and finding that job. It made realize even though they are so professional and have come so far, they are still human and are real and their struggles were real and like mine.

All in all the event proved to be a success it was very well put on, everything was handled professionally and the overall turn out proved to be phenomenal.

To end this little rant l here is a photo of me and few committee members enjoying the atmosphere of the event, we miss you Eamon!

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/Renae Cummins

RIP Robin Williams

Today the world lost a truly amazing man.

Robin Williams

I find it pertinent at times like these that we focus on the good and not on the bad. It is so sad to think of the gem that the world has lost in Robin Williams, but let’s take the time today to thank the man who gave us so much laughter and happiness, and for most twenty-somethings, our childhood. And not only was the man a comedy genius, he was the centrepiece for some of history’s most incredible films.

I have the fondest memories of watching Dead Poets Society in my year 12 English class, and let’s be honest, who hasn’t faced fear with a defiant “carpe diem!”? And being a young Gen Y-er, I have only recently come to discover and appreciate Good Will Hunting, but it sits proudly at the top of my list of favourite movies. And when one was in search of comedy, they need not look any further than the many, many movies in which Robin Williams starred. My personal favourite has to be the modern spectacular; Happy Feet.

Yes, we’ve lost him, but just look through your DVD collection to see how much of an impact he has made on your life. And this weekend, in true testament to a great man, pull your favourite one off the shelf and share it with your family.

Just to trigger your memory, the Sydney Morning Herald posted clips of Robin’s greatest hits: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/robin-williams-greatest-hits-clips-from-his-best-performances-20140812-103203.html

Goodbye mate.

Tell us your favourite Robin Williams memory.

You are unique

Not that I consider myself a social activist or a hard-core feminist by any means, but the below video definitely does make my blood boil. This is one of the many reason that so many teenage girls and young women suffer with such low self-esteem, body image issues and eating disorders. I have no shame in admitting I am one of them, I will never be entirely comfortable in my own skin, as I think no one ever will, but rather than focusing on our flaws I am a huge advocate for highlight the features that we are proud of. Like for example my smile, my height, my brain, and my self-confidence that although it has taken a long time to rear it’s extroverted little head, I am grateful that it eventually did appear because all of these and more are what make me the person I am today. The person all my friends and family love unquestionably (although I do believe it tests their patience from time to time).

Campaigns like the one below are just one example of the power and influence that media can have upon society and how we are manipulated to desire an entirely unrealistic self-image. But really if you stop and think about it, ultimately people are setting themselves up for failure because even models don’t look like that! At just 15 years old supermodel Monika Schnarre had the entire industry nailed.

‘How ironic this all is. I’m hired for my looks, and yet it takes them three hours to make me pretty enough to photograph. Isn’t that weird?’

So after this little rant of mine, all I want you to take from this is that, as cliché as it may sound, you are unique, and that’s why your family and friends love you as much as they do! So don’t forget it and get out there and FLAUNT it.

/ Lynsey Brady