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President's Address

Hi Ladles and Jellyspoons,
We’re more or less halfway through this semester and the summer warmth is coming! Truly a glorious time to be shackled up in a dark study room preparing for your midsems. I do hope all of you are well and getting all that heartwarming ‘D’,  Vitamin D!
If you haven’t already bought tickets and are quite keen to blow off some steam from the year, we are having our Egyptian themed Sandstorm Ball next Friday! It will entail a night of free flowing, crisp beverages, succulent food and maybe, just maybe, some dank inflatable crocodiles! My body will either be sacrificed to the gods or be inhibited, and to be frank, both could be interesting to watch. Science bless my liver! 
Guild elections are also happening next week, so be prepared! There will be seas of green, red and even pink, so essentially our Campus is going to look like Christmas. On the plus side, having everyone harassing you, will keep you in the libraries studying and stop you going home before 5 o’clock. Have fun! 
On the topic of elections, Science Union will be having our elections after the mid semester break, so keep your eyes and ears open. If you want to be part of a nice group of people, want to help run events and have something to bring to the discussion, I’d recommend you to put your name down!
Good luck and enjoy the upcoming break,
Thomas Wimmler
President

UWA Science Union

Upcoming Events
SCIENCE UNION BALL
6:30pm, 23 September

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - By Ridges
Facebook Event
WOMEN IN SCIENCE
10am-12pm, 21 September

Oak Lawn
Facebook Event
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Science Union events:
UWA Science Union Presents: Sandstorm Ball
6:30pm, 23th September

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges

Come join us on an Egyptian night like no other with a three course meal, music and drinks! The party doesn’t end there, with buses back to the city and university to make your adventure home an easy one. 

Ticket Sales Start Tuesday 9th of August.
$135 For Members
$145 For Non-Members
Tables of 10

Please note this is an 18+ event valid photo ID must be shown upon entry.
Please Drink Responsibly.
Don't Drink and Drive.
Facebook Event
UWA Science Union Presents: Women in Science Brunch
10am-12pm, 21st September

Oak Lawn

Science Union's annual 'Women in Science' is back again to shine the spotlight on the women who have made an incredible impact in the science field. 
Come down to listen to our amazing guest speakers talk about the inspiring path they have taken- all while enjoyed over a brunch buffet provided by Science Union.

So if this sounds like your jam (which will be there) then feel free to swing by Oak Lawn and buy a ticket from Science Union's stall any day of the week between 12-2.

Tickets - $5 members | $10 non-members
21st of September
10am - 12pm on Oak Lawn.
Speakers TBA
Facebook Event

 

One of our favourite times of year - 2016 Relay For Life UWA is approaching!

If you're interested in slogging out a fantastic 24hours with Science Union click this link to  signup!
It's an amazing opportunity to meet a great bunch of people and get involved while contributing to a great cause!!

If you have any questions regarding Relay for Life then please feel free to flick us a message!

Be sure to check out all of the photos taken at our Quiz Night!!
Click here to find out what else is happening on campus!
Volunteering

If you are interesting in volunteering this semester with Science Union. Join us on Facebook or contact our volunteering coordinator Asha Davidson at 21468793@student.uwa.edu.au.

External Affairs
Volunteer for TEDxPerth
Future Scientist Award - The Kelly Services

CPA Australia International Student Forum
Career Mentor Link 

 

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The Post-GAMSAT Void

For some of us, this will be a very strange time emotionally. The September GAMSAT 2016 has just finished, and a void in our lives that once was occupied by GAMSAT study is now empty. Having seen students go through this period during both March and September GAMSAT’s, I wanted to dedicate this first blog to what to do with that void and more importantly, what not to do with that void.

It would be very easy to fill this void with letting our imagination run wild: “I wonder if the answer to this question was such and such…” “I heard someone say the answer to X was Y. I put Z.. Maybe I got it wrong..” Then the imagination really kicks in: “Maybe I got them all wrong???? Maybe I did EVERYTHING wrong… Gee those essays felt rushed…” and on it goes. Whilst it’s perfectly normal to reflect and ponder, and in fact these two habits are synonymous with having a healthy headspace, too much extreme of anything isn’t a good thing. So as a way to manage this try the “debrief strategy” as a way to move beyond the emotional attachment.

The debrief strategy is commonly used in sports as a way to measure performance and start the goal setting process for the new season. So basically grab a mate, and dedicate an hour to discussing all the thoughts on your mind re GAMSAT. Even breaking the time up for each section so you do the process some justice will be worth it. The aim is simple, we want to deconstruct the process, have a sounding board whether what we are saying is reasonable, and then feel like we can move on. Because at this point everything is now out of our control. We can’t alter the scores, we can only wait patiently for them to come out so in order to make this period a productive period as far as headspace goes, a debrief is a great metaphorical “line in the sand.” This is different from venting too: venting isn’t strategic and doesn’t have a clear outcome. Debriefing is about analysis and reflection – maybe there are some genuinely beneficial thoughts you have that could help for next time (if there even is a need for one!)? Maybe there are some thoughts/points that can be looked at from another perspective? Maybe some assumptions you had about the exam are now no longer there and those assumptions have taught you something?

A word of caution though – don’t mention scores (and for you designated “mates” of someone debriefing, don’t let your friends try and correlate ANYTHING from the day with scores). This is because for us, unlike a footballer who knows ladder position etc., we actually don’t have the tangible measure on which to base anything on and provide forward planning as yet. We literally have no way of saying how what we feel right now correlates to something numerical – this is what NOT to do as you’ll find yourself in an endless cycle that can become consuming.

So focus on just removing this volume of thoughts from the void in your mind, and from here try refilling it with whatever it was you used to do prior to GAMSAT (if you can remember….). Who knows, you may find the whole process has positive growth effects for you as a person and as a student for the rest of your studies!
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