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Our motivation has been dwindling for over a year since the pandemic started and zoom university became a thing. We might have gotten a chance to relax over summer break, but our time management skills need improving before returning to university, Sarah Cupitt writes.

Summer session is the primary break time for university students (minus the few that have to study at Sydney City Campus). However, hours of binge-watching the newest Netflix series like Bridgerton or hunting for trophies on the new PS5 can leave our bodies lacking time structure. …

I imagine if I ever died,
That I would be trapped in heaven
A white sash of silk tied around my head
To prevent me from seeing love and hope
Sometimes you’d visit the golden beaches
You’d be dreaming, but I would never see you
Just feel your presence along the shore,
And I’d cry after you return home and some more
Cause I’m not sure how much longer
I can wait for you, in a world where time never stops,
Where damp rocks observe the never-ending tide
Always evening, always sunset;
Where all I can do is think about the past,
I fear if you make it, we’ll still never see each other,
To be able to hold each other tightly
But I also fear the day you stop loving me
Will be the day I lose myself to the sea.

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Photo by Maureen Sobrino on Unsplash

you are the only temptation
that I would pray and live for,
fall for words soft as the shade
carrying a meaning that hides
chaotic dried remnants
of a summertime gone
plucked from the same branches
in the fall when I first met you
along a cement sidewalk
where waves crashed against
the brick wall and brushed it
with a gentle kiss

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Photo by Valik Chernetskyi on Unsplash

Lately, I’ve been feeling like
My life is about to end
When I cross the road
Or step out of the shower
I feel like I’ll slip and fall.
Anxious of every inanimate object.
It’s not that I’m afraid of dying.
But waking up and
Not remembering who I am
Everything I’ve done and want to do
That’s not written down.
All the things I didn’t get to say
When words clench at my throat
Wanting to say more but
Waiting for the right moment
But every breath brings me closer,
to the idea of waking up paralysed.
Merely a corpse without a voice
An emotionless doll surrounded
By talking toys that can move
In more ways than I am allowed.
What if those I love dearly
Stare into my eyes, my soul
And discover there’s nothing left
Besides a life of unfinished dreams

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Photo by Elia Pellegrini on Unsplash

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Students have been hit the hardest during COVID-19 and will now also face a disadvantaged future. Photo by Andre Hunter.

Australia needs to invest in the future of young people. Is it the student’s responsibility to fight, or the Government’s to change their mind?

Education Minister Dan Tehan’s university funding changes will negatively impact young people planning to attend university, with many anticipating disproportionate impacts on women, disabled and Indigenous students. By 2023, the Job-Ready Graduates (JRG) package will provide an additional 39,000 places, with price increases in humanities and arts (up 113%), law and commerce (both up 28%) to pay for reductions for in-demand courses such as teaching, nursing, math, science and engineering. The fee restructures ultimately decreases the total Government degree contribution from 58% to 52%, with student contributions rising from 42% to 48% to pay for more places.

Read more: Demand-driven…

I long for vengeance
to creep up my neck
in the dark of night.
‘Remember when…’
you surrendered
to pleasure, ambition
for castles of glass
to sink in a morass
of seething anger
drowning in your past,
falling slowly towards
the weedy disarray
to greet the cold,
barren ground.

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Published: Modern Ink

I had actively participated in my life
so why didn’t I see myself in any of it
the way my hazy reflection never fitted
the window with copper curved edges
but decided to destroy my only mirror
and shatter everyone’s expectations
permitting me to find the broken pieces
that truly defined my fragmented facade
the way words cut skin deep like the
stained glass that lay scattered on my floor
waiting for me to pick up the tiny remnants
to either hold and keep or to throw away
to be left alone, abandoned, and unchanged

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Photo by 🇸🇮 Janko Ferlič on Unsplash

the sound of slow jazz on a crisp afternoon
an empty reading room beside an amber glow
the radiant light seeping through the window
a hot blanket of sun soothing you into oblivion
the golden specks sparkling in your warm eyes
a trembling half-light tangled in the chilly air
the lucid dreaming melting into waxing nightfall
a sun-induced trance that sends you to sleep

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Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

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Senators Mehreen Faruqi and Janet Rice. Photo sources: The Greens.

Australia needs more women in leadership, but we also need cultural diversity.

On the 22nd of September, Dr Amanda Cohn hosted a panel discussion about diversity in politics featuring Senators Mehreen Faruqi, Janet Rice and Wodonga Council candidate Rupinder Kaur. The barrier-breaking women discussed what obstacles people with diverse backgrounds face, the societal and economic implications, and what Australia can do to encourage more diversity in Parliament.

The former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull referred to Australia as the most successful multicultural society in the world, even though diversity is invisible in its public discourse. …

quarantine is romanticising isolation
a concept of mindless daily living
trapped in a box with microorganisms
that bite and bruise indoor plants
the way silence eats at your mind
the way the flowers on my desk
have started to wilt but are still alive
I feel trapped like there’s a rope tying me
close to the ribs that sucks out the air
that I’m trying to breathe but its poison
lures in the corners of my prison cell
and if I escape, I’ll most surely die

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Sarah Cupitt

Feminist journalist and writer advocating for social change. Poetry is my creative form of expression.

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