spending trap

The other day, my dad gave me one of the worst financial advice I’d ever heard from an adult (sorry dad).

We were talking about saving money, which was pretty much one of my most important student life principles, and I told him how I could’ve bought the new Samsung Galaxy S8 (but didn’t because at that moment it would have literally brought down my savings account to 0). Instead, I decided to be an angel by using the money to pay for my own expenses (including rent) for my 3-week graduation trip.

Here’s what he told me: “You know, Daphnee, you’re young so you should enjoy life and spend on whatever you want.”

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Most of the time, people mistake ‘happiness’ as the life goal. A destination we have yet to reach. But you have heard of that ‘Instagrammable’ inspirational quote which says that happiness is, instead, the journey.

Unfortunately, quotes don’t solve any problem. And sometimes, they are so simplified that we tend to misunderstand them. Yes, I agree that happiness is the journey, but it doesn’t mean that our new goal is to now be happy all the time. That’s where people get the concept of happiness wrong: it is not constant. Your journey doesn’t have to be always bright and beautiful. There will be storms.

It’s time to delete that misconception from your neurotic pathways. Happiness is not constant. If, after reading the quote, you’ve set yourself to achieve 100% happiness in your day-to-day, you are bound to failure and disappointment. Happiness isn’t the destination, but it is not entirely the journey either.

So what is happiness? And how dare a 22-year-old like me lecture you on such ‘wisdom’?

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viable career

Dear future graduates, On the 11th November 2017, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) from Monash University. It has only been two months since I finished my degree (a bit later than usual because I had deferred an exam) and 1.5 months since I flew back to my home country (yes, only…Continue Reading “To Future Graduates: How To Have A Viable Career In 2018?”

ideal internship

I believe that the internships I went through when I was studying at my university were considered ‘ideal’, at least, at that point in my life. But first, what is an ideal internship?

An ‘ideal’ is not necessarily something constant across time. Your ideal job today may be different from your ideal job in a year. The idea of ‘ideal’ is pretty subjective.

In any case, here’s my take on defining an ideal internship: it’s an opportunity which brings you value, in terms of the amount of exposure of the desired job you would like and how much you want to learn on the job. It strives for the right balance between learning and doing. You’re not completing on your own but you’re not a coffee maker either.

An amazing team of supporting colleagues is a must too!

And a good remuneration package is a plus 😉

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exam revision tips

It’s that time of the semester—that time which we’ve been pushing out of our minds and when procrastination is at its highest. Exams are the worst. You barely have time to prepare for the number of papers awaiting you—especially if all of them are scheduled in the same week, or worse… on the same days!…Continue Reading “11 Must-Know Exam Revision Tips That Work For Real!”