S44 Set to Spike APL Enrolments

S44 Set to Spike APL Enrolments
Brigid Horneman-Wren

The ANU College of Law has entered into talks with senior parliamentary officials, with negotiations underway to allow all federal politicians special entry into Australian Public Law.

Those with parents, grandparents, and suspected long-lost cousins born overseas will be the first to be enrolled.

“Obviously this is usually a second year course,” said a spokesperson for the College, “but we’re of the opinion that our politicians should have the same understanding of the Constitution that we’re currently teaching nineteen year olds.”

A source inside parliament cited ANU’s proximity to Parliament House as a key draw point for the push to get the politicians enrolled in law school.

“So many of the staffers here go to ANU, so we got talking to them and the ANIP students. Once we realised how easy it was for them to get between work and uni, we thought the taxpayers wouldn’t mind copping the Uber fees if it meant we’d stop having daily dual citizenship referrals to the High Court.”

Admissions experts, however, are sceptical as to how many parliamentarians would be able to prove the equivalent intelligence of the current 98 ATAR requirement. Legislation to allow them to circumvent the UAC application process is expected to soon be passed.

If the program is successful, it will be expanded to all party lawyers and anyone up for preselection.

Brigid is in her third year of BA/LLB. She surprisingly enjoyed APL, and frequently despairs over the state of Australian politics.

 

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Feeling Homesick? Why not try these tricks?

by Tiffany P. Monorom

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No matter how amazing Australia is, there is no place like home.

 

Just when you finally feel like you have settled down in a new place and have started a new life, that uneasy feeling of missing home begins to creep on you. It does not matter whether you are a first year or in your final year, anyone can feel homesick.

 

I moved away from home three years ago and only visit home once every year. I understand what it feels like and had to overcome certain challenges in order to prevent it from getting in the way of my uni experience.

 

It is absolutely natural to feel homesick when living at a new place and there are ways to overcome it. Everybody deals with homesickness differently, but these are my personal tips and tricks to try when you start missing home.

 

Keep yourself busy

Whether it is working part-time, indulging yourself in a new hobby or joining uni clubs and societies, keeping yourself busy can take your mind off missing home.

 

ANU CareerHub, Seek and Indeed are among the most popular job sites for students looking for casual and part-time employment. ANUSA also organises the Skill-Up Program for those interested in hospitality work but do not have adequate skills and experiences.

 

Joining clubs and societies is one of the ways you can meet new people and engage with a much broader uni community. If you are unsure what clubs and societies there are on campus, you can check out this clubs list associated with ANUSA.

In my first year at ANU, I was too occupied with trying to achieve good marks that I did not bother putting myself out there and trying new things, or even looking for a job. Although I did receive Ds and HDs in the end, there wasn’t really anything exciting to look forward to each day and I still ended up with the depressing thoughts of homesickness.

 

I wasn’t fully satisfied with my overall uni experience but it wasn’t too late for me to realised that going to uni abroad is not just about the academic experience, it is about the culture, the people and so much more. On top of having a happier lifestyle, you also have something to add to your resume!

 

Get in contact with those from the same background

Meeting other students from the same cultural background may help you feel a bit closer to home. Knowing that there is someone else going through the same thing as you are, means that you can share your experiences or struggles with them and maybe help one another in overcoming this homesickness phenomenon.

 

Once again, check the ANUSA’s clubs list as it generally contains student association from specific country such as Indian Students’ Association and Thai Association. They generally organise social and cultural activities amongst members of the ANU community.

 

Share your food 

Food brings people together, because who doesn’t love food, right? This strategy is my personal favourite because, while you get to share traditional food from your home country with your friends, you’ll also get to eat food from their country and enjoy great company at the same time. It’s a win-win situation!

 

For me, I did not know how to cook as I barely cooked at all back home (mum’s cooking is the best!). After a while, I started to miss my mum’s homemade dishes so I eventually called her and ask for the recipes. It wasn’t easy at first, but I finally got the hang of it after many fail attempts.

 

Preparing your favourite meal on weekends or stressful days will make you feel more at home.

 

Adapt to the new environment  

I have to admit, this is easier said than done.

 

Humans are natural-born professionals in adaptation but it takes time and patience to fully achieve this. The first step would be to accept that it is okay to feel homesick at times. Once you’ve realised this, you can start stepping out of your comfort zone and experiencing the new environment that you’re currently living in.

 

Uni students have at least 3 years studying in Australia, so might as well try to learn and adapt to their culture and society. My tip would be to observe the behaviour of local people and the way they speak. If you feel uncomfortable in that situation or you feel like you’re creeping people out by staring at them, try watching day time television. Maybe you can catch some spoken slangs or any specific etiquettes.

 

Conclusion

If after trying these tricks, you still struggle to cope with homesickness, keep in mind that there are professionals that you can talk to at uni. Read this bLAWg to find out more about other resources and services that are available to help you.

 

Take care!

Mental Health and Wellbeing

by Tiffany P. Monorom

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According to the Australian Financial Review, lawyers and legal related professionals have the lowest health and wellbeing compared with other professionals.

 

Lawyers’ high risk of mental health illness and depression originates as early as their time at law school. As a law student, you are expected to do well in your assessments and to have a part-time job while feeling pressured to engage with extracurricular activities and other social commitments. These demands often mean that law students forget to take care of our mental health and wellbeing.

 

As such, knowing how to properly cope with mental health issues early on is one of the first essential steps to succeeding as a law student at university.

 

What is mental health?

The World Health Organisation refers to mental health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community”.

 

Headspace further explains that mental health problems can arise when feelings of anger, anxiousness or disappointment persist for long periods of time. For students specifically, the cause of these feelings results from stress at university and work, financial difficulties, and any other personal related issues.

 

Each student learns how to cope with these stresses and anxieties differently, whether it is eating healthy, meditating or getting plenty of sleep. Most importantly, knowing what resources and services are available to students and where to get them is the way to attain the best possible coping mechanisms.

 

Seeking Help

Through my experience, I think the first few people to seek help from would be those who are closest to you—that is your friends and family. You may feel more at ease discussing personal struggles with them and they may be in a better position to give you advice through their own life experiences because they might have gone through something similar.

 

If you are looking to speak to a professional, you can make an appointment with ANU Health or ANU Counselling Centre. Due to a shortage of staff, you might have to wait for a couple of weeks before you get to see your counsellor. An alternative would be to attend the centre from 8:55am or give them a call at 6125 2442 to get a shorter, same-day appointment.

 

The LSS Wellbeing Director can also provide support or direct you to the right resources and services regarding law students’ mental health. Ella Masri is the 2017 Wellbeing Director and she is contactable through the LSS Wellbeing Facebook Page.

 

Lifeline and Beyondblue also provide 24-hour anonymous support through online chat or over the phone. Headspace and Batyr are also platforms aiming to engage with and educate people about mental health by providing online resources and a range of interactive programs.

 

Helping Others

Keep in mind that you are not the only one who is suffering from mental health problems—those around you will be experiencing other difficulties too. But if you know of any further resources and services, do let your friends know and help them through this stressful period in their life.

 

University is one of the best experiences you can have so go easy and take care of yourself and your friends. One idea is to grab a friend and participate in ANUSA’s Wellbeing Week and LSS’s Wellbeing in the Law Week that usually occur during May. They have a range of activities throughout the week including yoga and meditation, a petting zoo, and health and nutrition workshops.

 

Further Resources

A number of resources are available online for you to access if you need further guidance in dealing with your mental health and wellbeing. Here are some of the resources to get you started:

Student Wellness: Coping with Anxiety & Stress at University

LSS Wellbeing Publications

ALSA Wellbeing Guide

ALSA Wellbeing Tips and Tricks

Uni-Virtual Clinic

ALSA Competition Experience: Client Interview

Alexandra Cornfield and Isabella Sorby
As two fourth-year law students, Bella and I are so glad we got involved with the
LSS Client Interview Competition in Semester One.
Not only did we gain invaluable practical legal skills, but we had fun competing
in both the LSS Competition and at ALSA, the national competition. What we
enjoyed most was getting to know different legal situations and gaining the ability
to read different clients.
We learnt throughout the competition that treating your client with respect was
the best thing you could do in creating a friendly and safe environment. Difficult
clients were inevitable, and making them happy and calm was a major objective for us. We made sure we put ourselves in the shoes of the client, quickly learning what it was they sought to gain from the interview. Each round we were faced with a completely different set of facts and a new client so flexibility was crucial. Adapting to new clients and each situation enabled us to change tactics when giving our advice to the client.
We were lucky enough to win the LSS Competition and progress to ALSA, which
was such a great week. Not only were we competing but we went to cocktail nights
and socials at Parliament House and the War Memorial. We left the competition
having had a great time and having come fifth which we were extremely proud of.
We would highly recommend getting involved with the LSS Competitions. It’s a
great way to further your legal skills and have some fun too!
Alexandra is a fourth year Law/International Relations student and Isabella
is a fourth year Law/Arts student

Oh La Law Ball

Felicity Moran

Do you hear the people sing? Singing the songs of studious law students? It is the music of the people who will not get HD’s again. Yep that’s right. Law Ball 2017 was revolutionarily good. So good that I trust there were a few sore heads the next day.

The Biggest Law Ball in the Southern Hemisphere took place on Thursday the 3rd of August with over six-hundred ANU students donning their most ostentatious gowns and robes as they descended upon the QT Hotel. The 2017 theme, Versailles, ensured that the event was as decadent and extravagant as always, with guests partaking in frivolous dancing and feasting until 11PM.

This year Law Ball was generously sponsored by Allens and Linklaters. MJ Bale also generously dontated a $899 suit to be raffled off, with all proceeds going towards Cambodian NGO’s. The night could not have been a success without this sponsorship and also without the help of the incredible LSS Events team consisting of Lucy Price, Katharine Fu and Shiban Shahid!

This incredible trio dedicated over twenty hours pouring over Excel spreadsheets ensuring that tables were as preferenced as possible. But following the French revolutionary theme, it wouldn’t have been right if we didn’t whip out the guillotine and ‘chop, chop’ to table 57 and 58. We let them eat cake, by themselves, but luckily everyone was in good spirits and we’re grateful for their understanding.

Just like Marie and Louie, we kicked on to the Paris of the Southern Hemisphere. Civic. Acadz, also known as the better sibling of Moulin Rouge, pulled out all the stops and provided drinks including Head on the Blocks and Viva La Revolution.

Massive shout-out to all the committee who helped out both during the day and night, it couldn’t happen without you.

Thank you to everyone who came, we hope you had as an incredible night as we did! Merci beaucoup xx

Felicity is a second year Law/Business Administration student and current LSS VP (Events).