Perspiring from the blistering heat while stressing for an upcoming Business Finance exam was the circumstances surrounding my discovery of the Global Consulting Project. Etched as clear as crystal into a corner of my mind, I remember asking my friend where her boyfriend was, to which she replied that he was overseas in Thailand consulting for an unnamed firm, as part of a Melbourne University subject.
On September 7th 2013, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced to the world that Tokyo would be the host for the 2020 Olympic Games, much to the sorrow of Madrid and Istanbul. It certainly wasn’t the most competitive candidate pool in recent years; Spain was in severe economic recession and boasted a 27% unemployment rate, while Istanbul’s reputation was tarnished somewhat due to a mixture of anti-government protests back in June, the bloody Syrian civil war, as well as a string of doping scandals among Turkish athletes.
With recent technological innovation opening doorways to new methods of social interaction, the world’s ocean is radically becoming larger and larger. And I do not use ‘ocean’ in the literal sense, but rather metaphorically, to classify the pool of potential mates for any particular individual. Access to a larger pool of candidates comes with it a greater difficulty and added pressure on finding “the one”.
In April, then-Minister for Tertiary Education Craig Emerson announced the federal government would be looking to make $2.3 billion in budget savings from the higher education sector in order to help fund and implement the ‘Better Schools Plan’, better known simply as the Gonski reforms. The core principle behind the Gonski reforms is that every Australian child should have access to the best possible education, regardless of location, income, or the type of school their parents have chosen for them.
It is no startling revelation that people of the modern age are larger than their counterparts from only a few decades ago, and I’m not talking vertically. Cutely chubby, big-boned, and pleasantly plump – there is certainly no shortage of terms we use to describe the surge of our waist sizes and pot bellies.
Even from a young age, I’ve loved playing video games. I remember the excitement I drew as I savagely ripped into the packaging of my brand-new Game-Boy Colour, wasting no time as I inserted the cartridge for Pokemon Silver into the Gameboy’s empty slot and started playing. Since that memorable day, I’ve ventured into the depths of many different genres of gaming, and my passion for video games only escalated as I grew attached to specific series, the characters inside them, and the story that they told. At the risk of sounding like a total geek, I decided to ‘give back’ to the gaming industry what I could at the tender age of 14, writing full-length walkthroughs for popular games which I felt could benefit the most from a little extra input. My awesomeness for accomplishing this feat aside, this contribution would amount to less than a single drop in a vast, endless ocean, for the video-game industry in 2006 was already worth in excess of US $30 billion . Since then, the global market for video-games has doubled to approximately $67 billion by the end of 2012, and the growth doesn’t appear to be slowing any time soon. 
There comes a point in every person’s childhood where they ponder if law is the right profession for them. Many go on to pursue this track and hold onto the notion of becoming a lawyer as their dream, without understanding what the practice of law entails. If we think about the extent of which popular media distorts our impression of lawyers, this really isn’t that hard to believe. From best-selling novels such as To Kill a Mockingbird, to popular TV series like Suits, and even hit video games like Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, we are continuously exposed to false representations of the ‘glorified’ lawyer.