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Section I: Professionalism

๐Ÿ“ Learnings

  • I've been conscious about following more bloggers/ content creators in the tech-business space, but the professional learnings I've gained have also positively impacted my approach to this site. I have also become conscious of my writing speed as well as the length of articles, and am working to optimise my content creation approach.
  • Traveling has been amazing, tiring, awesome and humbling. The photo above was taken at LA, and I briefly touch upon the city's views in my article on Michael Mann's films: depicting larger-than-life figures on screen in Heat and Public Enemies.

    I will do my best to put more of these experiences into words in future articles, but for now I'm just soaking it all in ๐Ÿ˜Ž

๐ŸŽ“ University

A summary of my learnings from weeks 2 to 6 of the University of Sydney Semester 1 calendar.

  • Digital Marketing (MKTG3110):
    • Really well-taught unit evaluating the modern mediums and methods brands must use to stay competitive in the digital age.
    • Most interesting points personally were the consumer buying process with a digital spin, customer journey maps (CJM) and integrated marketing communications (IMC).
  • International Marketing (MKTG3116):
    • Examined the cultural, economic and political environments that influence global marketing and business practices.
    • Re-defined marketing research codes in the context of cross-cultural and transnational borders.
    • Most interesting examples discussed included strategies against counterfeit luxury goods and NZ butter export shipping and tariff regulations.
  • Computing 3 Management (INFO3333):
    • Learnt about different project management methodologies and covered the all-important triple constraints for project quality - scope, time and cost.
    • Practised scheduling methods including work breakdown structure (WBS), critical path method (CPM) and buffers/ program evaluation and review technique (PERT).
    • Learnt how to estimate costs and control quality for projects.

โ™ป๏ธ Volunteering

180 Degrees Consulting Project Leader:

  • I'm leading a remote team of 5 students this Semester working on a digital solution for our non-for-profit client over 10 weeks. Being part of the Digital Impact stream is actually a slightly uncomfortable space for me to operate in, which makes me keen for the learnings I will develop here.
  • At this stage the team have all met virtually and had our first Interim Night, where we presented our Situation-Complication-Question analysis, Issue Tree and Workplan. This has put us in a good position moving forward as we develop both a slide deck and online dashboard for our client.

Section II: Content

๐Ÿ“š Books

Not as much time for reading this month with sightseeing taking over. I found myself recalling a Gandalf quote, "The world is not in your books and maps, itโ€™s out there!". Continuing on with the Wheel of Time series, it took me nearly all of March to finish book 5: The Shadow Rising. It's 1004 pages long. To give context, that's about as long as the entire Lord of the Rings book trilogy - and this is just book 5 of 14 in the series (though thankfully the longest by word count). It wasn't without its flaws, but I gave it a solid 4.5/5.

Use the links below to read my Wheel of Time series:

๐ŸŽฅ Movies

Following from last month's Hobbit trilogy re-watch (see here), we have continued with the Lord of the Rings. This is honestly a classic trilogy that I will re-watch every few years. The biggest film for me and a lot of other film/ comic-book fans in March however was undoubtedly The Batman, and it did not disappoint. The rest of the films were actually an exploration into others' tastes, with Onward being the most heart-warming surprise personally.

Title๐ŸŽฌ Director๐ŸŽฅ Date๐Ÿ“† Rewatch๐Ÿ” Ratingโญ Article๐Ÿ“
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Peter Jackson 2/3/22 Y 5/5
The Batman Matt Reeves 3/3/22 4/5 WIP
Padmaavat Sanjay Leela Bhansali 5/3/22 2.5/5
The Adam Project Shawn Levy 10/2/22 1.5/5
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Peter Jackson 24/3/22 Y 5/5
Turning Red Domee Shi 28/3/22 4/5
Onward Dan Scanlon 30/3/22 5/5
X Ti West 30/3/22 2/5

๐ŸŽต Music

I absolutely loved discovering The Belligerents last month (see here). They released a new EP (extended play, for when something is too long for a single but too short for an album - just learnt that myself). Have a listen below to Another Way of Living.

Another new Australian Indie group I've discovered is Cloning, this time hailing from Perth, Western Australia. Below is their most recent album, Wounded Healers.

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