Imperfect but perfectly loved

 

Twelve Year old Jeannette in front of the chapel belonging to The church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints, in Hebersham.

Twelve Year old Jeannette Sovala in front of The church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints, Hebersham.

 

Twelve year old Jeannette Sovala is different from most individuals her age; her happiness is settled in the place of her faith. Peering into the mind of proud member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we are unfolded onto how the Gospel influences her perception and how it greatly holds a place in her heart.

The church is sacred and personal to Jeannette Sovala (youngest sister). I had to leave my phone with her in a room, so that she may openly express her mind and heart sincerely. She thought it would be better if I left questions with her to answer without me there despite our unwavering bond.

 

(Samoan Verse of “I’ am a child of God” Translation:  

Lead me, guide me, walk beside me. Help me find the way. 

Teach me all that I must do, To live with him someday)

 Sang by Jeannette Sovala 

(I incorporated two pictures because the picture uploaded on Soundcloud turned it blurry.) 

 

Designed to shine

 Constant thrumming, extreme concentration, heart palpitating, fingers steady, anxiety and passion synchronized. This is the intense process of eighteen year-old, Jessica Fan’s imagination breathing “It’s a way of life.”    “I remember it in year 6, they asked us what we wanted to be when we grow up- immediately, I knew I wanted to be fashion designer, I always have. I love fashion and creating a work of my own,” the dark-haired beauty said.

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Jessica Fan, 18, designed her formal dress and finished 3 hours before formal.

Fan’s passion for design gave her fearlessness to design her own year twelve formal dress, a rarity among High School Students. With a daring smile, she said “I love to take risks,” She laughs then immediately brightens at what she confesses next, “I finished my dress three hours before Formal.” Vividly she continues, “I chucked an all nighter, of course I was stressing. My friends and Parents were all calling me up and asking where I’m up to…I had a back up dress that I could have went and bought that day but I disagreed against my doubts and kept telling myself that ‘I could do this.’” She openly admits she surpassed her doubts, an inspiring moral of endurance.

“When looking for formal dress during year twelve, I couldn’t find the ‘perfect’ dress. Even if they were gorgeous, they would be out of my price range. Despite the experience of a year twelve formal would be once in a life time, I didn’t want to chuck out loads of money for a few hours spent,” Fan reveals.

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Jessica Fan, in blue, showcasing her unique design with friend.

Fan gleams at the idea of fashion having the power to reflect ones personality. She delves further, “Someone may be very shy but they can dress very out there. There is no right way to dress and there are definitely a wide range of colors, textures and complexities a person can experiment with when dressing up. It’s a way of life in a way. I would love to help people design clothes that are most comfortable and suited for them.

Fan designs whenever she is spiced with inspiration, the greatest thoughts are struck when the mind is wondering.  She is engulfed with creativity’s perfume. Fan obtains a natural talent with cooking, “I like the idea of making something scratch!” similarly, linked to the finished product and self-fulfillment of designing. She goes on, “I can experiment with different ingredients and how they would make different flavors together.”t. Fan has also won two Art competitions during High School, one where she made it on the newspaper. Her excitement and pride was blatant.

Fan states, “They (her family) kind of knew I was already in Fashion. Based around their thoughts, it’s along the lines of ‘you’re probably not going to go far. Especially with Asian Parents, they want me to be a Doctor or a Dentist… You have to be the best.” The fear of unemployment is evident in any parent, she balances this out with a traditional Chinese Value of respect. “I want to do the best for them and for me, especially because they’ve done so much for me,” Fan’s admiration for her parents also seem to be another motivator. She also noted the difficulties living from an underprivileged life in China, “We don’t go through the hard times and hardships, so the only thing we can do is give back to them.”

“I’d like to have a job that has at least a bit of relation with fashion. Whether it’d be a fashion magazine or helping others achieve their dream in fashion.,” Fan envisions. She is determined to find a way to pursue her passion, despite difficulties and rejection – something we should all openly embrace. “You  have to always have a really broad view open,” suggest Fan.

We have all been lied to.

Lies, deceit, misleads, are usually affiliated with distrusting Journalist today.

Amy Starling, 28, Passionate Aspiring Journalist (Media Print) with strong ethics.

Amy Starling, 28, Passionate Aspiring Journalist (Media Print) with serious ethics.

A Journalist can only be on one side of the scale, honest or dishonest, there is no in between when it comes to the truth. Amy Starling, 28 Journalist in training, says “The one thing that is increasing is number of less credible journalist.” This could be the sole concern for the reason of dishonesty in the news today.

As the world has transformed immensely from bias news, censorship, and socially- Society exercises liberal freedom. Thus, some Journalists have been exposed with a savage thirst for a news-worthy headline and will do what is necessary, at the risk of ethics and morals that serve the public.

18 year old, Tess Bickerstaff sheds light of reason behind this unethical fear. “Most audiences prefer to read stories with less quality information and more entertainment value to avoid facing problems in the world. It’s sad but true, there’s more of a demand for entertainment than for informative stories that can sometimes be confronting and educational,” concerned Bickerstaff says.

There will always be weariness of authenticity for aspiring and current Journalist. Starling states, “I think they (Journalists) may embellish the truth, release unfounded information too readily, etc just to get a ‘bite’ – get people to click on their website, read their articles, etc.” Starling proves that there are still authentic journalist out there, “I’d like to think I would always Endeavor to seek and present the truth. I wouldn’t do anything unethical to create a story.”

Alison Miller, 21, sparks a thought with Journalism presented today, an issue that has increased since 1970- 80’s. She says, “My biggest concern is that important issues often go unreported, while more trivial issues are over-reported and sensationalised. All this does is creates in people a skewed perception of the world, and often people forget about some really important a devastating issues that could be addressed, if only they were brought to attention.”

Journalist Student, EmilyFarelly, 21, brings a different light to the subject, “I think that many Journalists who do the right thing are being unfairly distrusted.” Not all Journalists are unethical and lack moral, many journalist in training like the mix of interviewees are legitimately working towards the truth. She further says, “There are also many Journalists who do their job because they genuinely enjoy the job.”

The diverse interviewees did state how unethical practice of the past could affect their career in future as it puts their work ethic in danger. It is seen more dominant, but the students of UOW would never endanger their morals and harm society’s views on issues. They would have to work harder to obtain an authentic story. Aspiring Journalist Students are working with their hearts.

Imprisoned With Entertainment

Journalists are responsible for the truth. Today, the general issue with Journalism is described by Daniel Hallin in his article, “When hard news goes soft, entertainment takes over.” Hallin obtains a traditional belief that is “eroding” today. Hallin believes, “The ‘church’ of news was to be separated from the ‘state’ of entertainment.”

Many of the today’s audience are not aware of trivialized news-stories and dismissal of important issues, especially out of locality. Today the issue we are faced with is trivialized news – lacks efficient facts and meaning because ‘entertainment buys the audience’.  The boundaries between news and entertainment in modern times, has weakened. Hallin states, ““… they (news and entertainment) raise serious question about the future of Journalism in an entertainment-dominated medium.” With this he proves, “A recent edition of the news tabloid A Current Affair, for example, ended with the tease “Coming up- sex, murder and videotape, that’s Next!’ It may be that this is indeed the future of television news.”

In Los Angeles times, Rick Du Brow addresses the threat of entertainment  and money and the affects. He says, “The networks were surprised when the freedom demonstrations at the Berlin Wall didn’t draw higher viewership,”with “Television news is finally paying the price for what it has let itself become–increasingly shallow and trivial, with endless and meaningless tidbits on show biz, airhead local anchors…”  Journalist may present news that is likely to be viewed rather than shocking facts and significant issues. It is understandable when Journalist try to cater to the audience, perhaps it’s cheaper or gets more views, but it does not make it ethical or worthy.

Hallin awakens our fears of unethical practices of Journalism- The monetary value which contradicts the role of a Journalist, “It was the local stations that first discovered, late in the 1960’s, that news could make money- lots of money,” Hallin says.

Journalist Rolf Dobelli states, “The media feeds us small bites of trivial matter, tidbits that don’t really concern our lives and don’t require thinking.” Dobelli declares the news to be  “drug” like. Dobelli says that the “shallow” and “meaningless” news creates an “audience that is turned off by lengthy discussion and depth.” Society needs to be educated in the issues and facts that are hard to hear and events that need desperate acknowledgement, not amusing events.

 

You Will Be Rejected

There will always be someone better than you. In the field of Journalism, it is survival of the fittest, you will get rejected.

A spiraling issue for Journalists is unemployment.

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Journalist, Jane Willis delves into this downside of the field and the discomforting situations in her blog“Journalism is not an easy job. The hours can be very long, unpredictable and often unsociable and the pay you’ll take home at the end of the month is very low in comparison, even at senior or higher levels, Willis says.

Apparently, being a Journalist ranked fifth on the worst jobs list, after an ‘oil rig worker’. Susan Adams balances this in his article and also says, The Journalist salary is “not fabulous”, it’s the passion not the money that is the prime motivator. Journalists will get nowhere if money is their fuel.

Article by Reporter, Kelly Richmond, slaps University Students with difficulties of employment with real Journalists stories. Richmond openly implies that even with a degree, what we think to be our safety net, does not soothe the fear of unemployment, “Brian Kenety graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in August 1990 and began looking for a position in print or broadcast. Three layoffs later, he’s still hoping he can break into the business. His current job, as a research production assistant at troubled Monitor Television, will be eliminated June 15.  Not only do Journalists have to endure difficulties, lay-offs but develop thick-skin or they would not survive in the Journalism Industry.

Journalist graduate, Ellie Mathews, Unemployment is not just a fear for graduates – it’s a reality. Even the top universities for journalism and media studies cannot seem to ensure jobs.” She truthfully speaks the dangers of Journalism as a career, from experience and with hard facts. Unemployment is common and extreme possibility for aspiring Journalists. Prestigious Universities can’t ensure journalist a career, like Newcastle University, the ‘Unistats’ “reporting 100% student satisfaction, only 75% of last year’s media gradates are in work” reports Ellie Mathews, increasing fears of studying Journalist who work and study hard for their future. She continues this as she notes “ 10% of those are in non- professional jobs. That’s a large portion of graduates who aren’t putting their degree to use”.  Not everyone is going to make it, it is the hard truth and we should always be prepared, Journalist or not.

Vox pops question 2: Personal advice for University students and/or what is the least smart thing to do at University?

“Invest in a good pair of flats, or thongs, or I don’t know, ugg boots…Love your feet”
-Sam Johnson

A collective spectrum on students at UOW opinion on University life, from the least smart thing to do and simplistic advice that they think would benefit you, as it has affected them. Each answer also reflects somewhat of the person’s personality.

Each student is diverse and unique, it was accentuated in their personal wisdom.

Vox pops question 1: Are We truthfully living the lives we want or are we being influenced by social and economic expectations?

Rarely is it ever wondered why we live the way we do, is it because it’s what is expected of us? the social structure? Are we truthfully living the lives we honestly want? No one really challenges this, luckily various University were provoked to delve into thought, challenging  and educating others to deeply and honestly reflect on their positions in life.

 

It is extremely rare to find gentle souls and fighting spirits in one. The interview with Julie Naous, enables insight into the churning thoughts in her head.

Through her trials we learn something more deeper about Julie, and her advice she openly gives. Her selfless thoughts on her experiences and her sweet character, allow other students and members of society that there is always a glistening light through the darkness, eve if it is just a glint.

Julie Naous, is a very open-spirit, all can learn from her experiences and thoughts of a rare character.

Helping Hands, Helping fFriends, Helping Customers! (Uni life photo #2)

Typical social group at UOW, fundraising for group-interest. The team work of working hands, including customers contribute to the welcoming atmosphere felt at UOW.

In perfect action, hands that help one another.

UOW is perfect at supporting social activities, like this one. Around campus are an array of stalls and societies, fundraising for their group of interest. It’s a diversity that students enjoy, appreciate and learn through the different personalities encountered.

UOW is excellent for meeting a varied spectrum of the globe. Social life is a gem, students glow from interaction and are content with different company.

Valuable aspect of UOW’s social life is the appreciation of diversity, everyday is a new celebration for the precious differences found innately in the UOW students.

Anyone would be comfortable in their own skin, and everyone is always willing to lend a hand.

The Lone Wolf (Uni life #1)

Stranger on his own, seemingly quiet and serene, when it is actually one of the busiest places on campus. The lone wolf stood out as he seemed comfortable on his own, without a care, in contrast to the rest of the students either in groups or couples.

You’re either a lone wolf or your a sheep who follows the herd. Choose carefully.

At Uni, there are times where we have to separate ourselves from the crowd and bask in our individuality, you appreciate yourself much more when you’re alone. Equally important to survive the heavy burdens of uni, is to choose to immerse ourselves in studying what we most passionately desire.

The most critical thing to remember like this lone wolf, is the will power to consistently nourish our minds with knowledge.

The Lone wolf here, contently reading, happy in his own company- Juxtaposed to the usual hustle of students, appreciating the tranquil view of nature that most students forget.

The sheep get carried away with the crowd, inherently forgetting themselves as an individual.

Take a moment to reflect. Be different.