Like many people, I struggle to take compliments. This was brought home to me after I finished a moot and found myself unable to accept people telling me I’d done a good job. It seems like such an asinine difficulty. Am I so wrapped up in my perceived weakness that I can’t accept praise from … Continue reading The safety of self-deprecation
This piece from BuzzFeed has been doing the rounds recently. If you haven’t read it, go ahead. It’s (unnecessarily) long. I’ll wait. Oh, you didn’t read it. Ok, the tl;dr is that being a millennial is terribly bad. It’s difficult to synthesise any kind of coherent thesis from this lengthy whinge, but it gets close … Continue reading Give us some credit
I’m almost surprised to look at the calendar and find that this New Year’s resolution is turning two – although perhaps that’s a bit generous given I’ve produced no new content in nearly six months. I wanted to try and write more regularly last year. The dearth of new content shows how well that went, … Continue reading Why do I write?
It's open day at Monash right now. The glitz and glam of the law school is on full display, with fancy brochures and slick gimmicks (the green screen is just... baffling). But eventually you get to the pointy end of your degree, and you have to start looking for jobs. And when you do, there's … Continue reading Reflections on the job hunt
This piece turned out to be much, much harder to write than I anticipated. I came up with the foundation for it about three weeks ago, and have been working on it steadily ever since. It was originally encouraged, if not inspired, by a conversation with a very close friend of mine, Alice, where we … Continue reading The Value Paradox
Today I ended up talking with someone in a hostel about how I learnt to control, to a degree, my capacity to feel stress and frustration. I wrote this in response to seeing a lot of people allow themselves to be debilitated by pressure, and my old tendency to do the same thing. Over the … Continue reading Don’t Worry, Be Productive
Most things I write are really abstract and philosophical. This isn't not that, but it is about footy, because I love footy. Recently, there’s been a lot of writing in the Australian sporting press about how the state of the game is in dire need of redress. The game is ugly and low-scoring. Teams aren’t … Continue reading If it ain’t broke