An Interview with Annabel Blake

Annabel was on the road to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Games as a skier with Australia.  Since she could walk, Annabel remembers being on skis.  Always a passion of hers, it was in her teenage years where she became very interested in competitive terrain park skiing.

Ready to chase gold with her Olympic uniform laid out on her bed, she boarded the plane.  To her dismay, during a training run she suffered a tragic knee injury forcing her to fly home and change her life plans of being an Olympian.

In this interview she talks about her history of skiing and how she kept a positive mindset when her childhood dreams of being an Olympian seemed to crumble out of her fingertips.

Uni Life #1: Biking to School sure has its Benefits!

Arriving to campus by bike always makes you feel accomplished and ready for the day!

Arriving to campus by bike always makes you feel accomplished and ready for the day!

When we talk of transportation methods to campus, biking is a clear winner.  Nothing is better than getting exercise and being environmentally friendly, while arriving to Uni in style.  If you bike to campus you don’t only get a breath of crisp morning air but you also get to be on your own time schedule.

Wollongong has many bike paths and it is becoming more friendly for cyclists to transport themselves around the area care free. No need to stress with car parking, bus line ups, or train waits.

Uni Life #2: The Rainbow Wheel of Death

The all-too-familiar Rainbow Wheel of Death right before you press save.

The all-too-familiar Rainbow Wheel of Death right before you press save.

It’s 3:30am on Sunday night and you’ve already procrastinated your final paper until the final moment.  You let out a loud hurrah as you almost finish the project that haunted you for the last couple months.  Alas to your greatest dismay, the infamous Macintosh “Rainbow Wheel of Death” shows up on your screen right before you pressed save.

All students young and old have been though loosing their work due to a computer crash.  Luckily technology has advanced so much that usually auto save can save the day; however, nothing is worse than your computer freezing at the most inopportune moment.

Portrait #1 : Don’t Name the Ducks!

If you aren't all for animal rights, don't even bother getting in the way of Zoe Burns.

If you aren’t all for animal rights, don’t even bother getting in the way of Zoe Burns.

If she knows one thing for sure at the tender age of 18, Zoe Burns adores animals.  She has had a love for animals since a young age which has helped fuel her fire of wanting to be an animal rights activist. “It breaks my heart to see the state of the food system and how animals are treated,” Zoe expresses, “ultimately I want to to do what is best for the animals: all animals, any animals.”

Zoe urges that if anyone is interested is protecting animals on any level, they should volunteer with the RSCPA or WIRES to get involved. “They are always looking for extra hands and help fuel their passion of animals.” Zoe no doubt will be a leader in her career with animal rights.

You can follow Zoe’s blog here: zoeburns1@wordpress.com

Portrait #2: Addicted to Nature

Some students seem to be perfectly content nestled up in the library all day long: not Alex Stefanovic.

Some students seem to be perfectly content nestled up in the library all day long: not Alex Stefanovic.

“I cannot stand breathing in stale for long periods of time,” raves Alex.  No matter the weather, no matter the day, she can always be found outside between classes (or even during).  She loves soaking in what the University of Wollongong campus nature has to offer, “It brightens my mood on any day.”

It isn’t just Alex that has this craving. Many students can be found outside at the campus’s many green spots throughout the day.  Alex recommends the campus Botanical Gardens for anyone who loves nature and wants to escape for a short break.

You can follow Alex’s Blog here: www.astefanovic3.wordpress.com