Daily Life

I hate computers

I didn’t have the energy to post something in the last week.

I just started a new job as a guest services agent (GSA) at a nearby hotel. The atmosphere is great, the leadership team seem like good people (one I actually worked with at the previous hotel I worked at) and the opportunities for inter-company transfers and promotion seem wonderful. So I’m excited to get started.

However, and I’m sure I’m not the only one, I hate this period of work.

I hate hate hate going to a new job in the first few weeks because I usually have no freaking idea what I’m doing. At all.

It’s frustrating to know that you will eventually learn your way around the building, and everyone’s names, and the computer system. But for those two or three weeks, I’m stuck looking stupid in front of guests as I’m not entirely sure where their room is.

Nevertheless, I’m really looking forward to working with this company and perhaps even carving out a future with it, provided I can move overseas first!

So here’s to new careers!

Harry Potter

Happy Hufflepuff Day!

This week on Pottermore is the Hogwarts Houses Week and I’m getting in a little early for Hufflepuff!

Happy Hufflepuff Day!

Technically the 18th is Hufflepuff Pride Day, which is today in New Zealand, but the Ravenclaw Pride is still going strong over at the Pottermore Insider.

I was sorted into Hufflepuff a very long while ago over on Hogwarts Is Home and ever since then, I’ve been a very proud Hufflepuff! We’re the overlooked house at Hogwarts, with many saying that we’re where the unwanted or unsortable “non-heroes” go. It’s definately true we don’t get as much coverage as the other houses in the books, but Hufflepuff is still very important! Cedric Diggory was one of the most honorable and loyal students at Hogwarts, offering a re-match in Quidditch to give the opponents a fair chance and then offering Harry the Tri-Wizard cup because he felt Harry deserved it more. Tonks is also in Hufflepuff and was a crucial member of the Order of the Phoenix. And, of course, let’s not forget JK Rowling herself said that she would be in Hufflepuff!

Plus, we’re very good finders.

What’s your Hogwarts House? And how do you show your house pride?

 

 

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Spring cleaning

Spring is I’m the air! At least, it would be if it hadn’t snowed for the last few days.

And so, with that in mind, as soon as I got back from the USA (after I had the best sleep-in ever) I cleaned out my room with the help of my mother. I can’t honestly remember the last time I purged my closet, so it was clearly long overdue.

We first attacked the wardrobe. I find it really hard to make a decision on weather or not to throw something out, so I usually just end up keeping it. If you’re anything like me, get someone to help you go through your stuff. I needed someone to help make snap decisions and ensure I didn’t make choices based on sentimentality over my stuff. Reading Brittany’s post on purging her closet over at Va-Voom Vintage really helped out!

I realised I needed to be a lot more honest with myself about what to keep and what not to keep. Did I still wear it? Clearly being away for a year and not missing 90% of the items in the wardrobe was answer enough. Was it my style? I’ll get to that shortly, as I’m purging my closet with a… refit in mind. So no, to most of it. Is it flattering? Most of my clothes were hoodies, “comfy” pants and tshirts. Comfortable, yes. Flattering, not so much. I’m one of the girls who deals with Busty Girl Problems and about 98% of all tshirt designs end up looking distorted. So sadly, most of them are now becoming a tshirt quilt.

Next was the bookshelves. I went through all my books and am selling any books I either haven’t read, or probably won’t read again. Getting an ereader has helped cut down on shelf space. I adore books, but I don’t have the space to justify two groaning bookshelves in my room alone. There’s another few bookshelves in the study and my brothers room. Yeah, I have a problem.

So, as a result, I now have a much lighter wardrobe (the re-theming of which I’ll post about later) and much, much lighter bookshelves.

Clearing out a whole bunch of manga, old Doctor Who books and other fiction I’m probably not going to read again gives me room to display all the books I do want to keep. I have a buttload of Bleach manga, as you can see! Getting rid of all my old CDs has left me with a CD display case my grandmother painted for me. So, instead I’ve put all my Nintendo DS game cases in there, whereas they were previously shoved away in a box somewhere.

These are all the books I’m selling. Some will be on TradeMe and others on the New Zealand Cosplay Forums; I have a few manga items that need to go.

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When was the last time your wardrobe got a good clean out? Do you have any special methods for being ruthless, or do you find it easy to spring clean?

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Identity

Identity is a very complex thing.

You don’t ever have just “one” thing you identify as. For example, I identify as many things; cisgendered female, Australian, bisexual kinsey 2(-ish), INFJ, Whovian, expat, Cumberbitch, redhead, feminist, Pine Nut, artist, Trekkie, writer, opinionated, THE LIST GOES ON.

And your identity changes as you grow. When I was younger, I didn’t know what cisgendered was and I assumed I was heterosexual until I discovered Karen Gillan researched more. PEOPLE CHANGE.

We all know we don’t identify as one thing, and no two people will ever identify the same way, even if parts of their identities overlap. For example, on my college program, I made friends with other Australians and New Zealanders. Some of these lovely people I worked with. For many other people I knew, they naturally assumed since we were both Australian, we either all knew each other already (spoiler: Australia is really big) or we had very similar backgrounds. Not so; I was born in Sydney and grew up in the NSW Southern Highlands. My other two friends were from Melbourne and Brisbane. Our backgrounds were very different, despite all identifying as “Australian”.

So why do we try and force people into boxes?

Just because I’m Australian does not mean I know the ins and outs of current Australian soap operas you might like. In the same way, just because I live in New Zealand, it does not automatically mean I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan. (spoiler: I am. But don’t assume that.)

Some stereotypes are just niggling and slightly annoying, but I can live with them. I know I make these sweeping judgements about other people as well, even if I don’t mean to.

One of the main things that has frustrated me since moving to New Zealand around eight years ago, was people’s inability to separate myself and their opinions on Australians. I find some (not all) New Zealanders take the Australian/New Zealand rivalry thing too far and it’s kinda annoying, but I can deal.

The other thing that has frustrated me I only came to realise in the last year since leaving for the USA: I can’t be both.

I am an Australian who lives in New Zealand. My parents moved here. I went to high school and college here. I don’t want to move back to Australia, but nor do I have much desire to take out New Zealand citizenship.

But when I’m asked where I’m from, and I reply; “Australia, but my family lives in New Zealand now” I’m immediately boxed into “oh, so you’re Australian, then?” or “oh, you’re a Kiwi, then?” Neither one is accurate, but neither are they inaccurate.

I usually just smile and nod at whatever answer and move on.

But think about it, if I said “Well, my favourite comics are usually Marvel, but I enjoy reading Batman as well.” would your reply be, “so you only like Marvel then?” or “ok, so you’re a Batman fan?”

What? No, I just said I like both! Were you even listening?

The more we listen to people, and the more questions we ask, the better chance we have of understanding the people around us on a much better level.

If you don’t know what pronouns people prefer, ask! If you want to find out what Harry Potter house they’re sorted into, ask! (btw I’m Hufflepuff, yo) If you want to know more about someone, they’re the best person to ask. Don’t assume (but also don’t be nosy).

If they refuse to answer, don’t push the issue. Some people aren’t ready to share information on their identity. Sometimes the identity we present to the world and what we identify with in our hearts are different things, for a variety of reasons.

Remember, we are all beautiful individuals and we can share that with the world how we want to.

If you’re still curious, check out Sexplanations’ video with Nick about identity!

Disney, Tutorial, USA

International College Program Series: Interviews

I’m going to cover some tips for your interview if you’re applying for the Disney International Program, or College Program. My experience was with a personal interview for the program.

As I understand it, for the domestic College Program you sign up online and then there’s a phone interview afterwards. For the most part, with the international program, the recruiters travel to a city, do a presentation and then interview the applicants after. My interview was in Dunedin, New Zealand.

For that year, because of the Christchurch earthquake, there was no presentation at Canterbury Uni, so everyone from Christchurch traveled to Dunedin for their interview, making it more packed than usual.

Jeni Masden is the recruiter for Australia/New Zealand. She started by presenting about the program and talking about what you do, what your pay rate is and the types of roles you may get.

She does emphasise that this is not a job you save in. I cannot stress that enough. I will get paid around USD$6,000 this year, which is technically below the poverty line. However, your housing has fairly decent rent, and if you use the CP busses, your transport to work, Walmart and the Mall is free.

So keep that in mind and don’t be like many people who spend a whole lot of money sorting visas and everything to get here and then leave, disgusted with the “pittance” we’re paid. The most expensive two-week holiday ever.

My interview was the next day at 10.00am at Otago University. Because I went to a tourism college, we all wore our uniform suits to the presentation (we all looked like either flight attendants or travel agents) and then again to the interview the next day. I’m not sure if they normally do the interviews the same day or not, so it’s probably best you dress up for both just in case.

For the interview I wore a flower in my hair. Nothing over the top, but noticeable. I wanted my interviewer to be able to look at my resume after I left and remember something about me, because they had a lot of people to see.

It’s handy if you have an “about me” spiel ready to go. I have one for every job interview I go to, because the first question nine times out of ten is “so, [INSERT NAME HERE], tell me about yourself.” They’re not actually interested. They just want to see how you’ll respond “off the cuff”. So have a practiced speech around 20 seconds about you. It can be where you grew up, what you studied and what your hobbies are, which gives them your personal and educational or professional background and then a little insight as to who you are. For example, mine is something like…

I was born in Sydney, Australia and my family moved to Queenstown, New Zealand when I was sixteen. I studied Japanese at Otago University and Tourism at Sir George Seymour College. I enjoy travel, writing and art and discovering new things.

So have a practice at home. Get friends to ask you at random times “tell me about yourself” until you can remember a few points without it sounding like a recording. For the application form, I ticked every box available for jobs. I really didn’t care what role I did for a year; I just wanted to go.

If you’re enthusiastic about one role in particular, tell them! My recruiter seemed keen on me doing lifeguarding. Which, let me tell you, you do not want your child’s life in my hands. Ever. But I told him that it would be a new challenge for me and I loved challenges. As it turns out, I got Merch and Vacation Planning, which was great.

Just be yourself at the interview. This is probably one of the only interviews where you can’t be too bubbly, so if that’s you, don’t tone it down! Disney is all about the pixie dust and magic for everyone, so the more pixie dust you throw around, the more fun you’ll have!

Take a copy of your CV. They probably already have one that you gave them yesterday, but it’s always good to have a backup.

After the interview, you’ll have to wait a while to get a reply. I remember mine being at least a month before I heard anything. I’m not sure if they contact you to say you didn’t get in or not, but pretty much everyone gets their emails at the same time.

Once you get that acceptance email, start your paperwork! And remember to reply to their email accepting their offer! Your journey has started!