Being a Uni student is one of the best experience in your life as it provides a ridiculous yet somewhat logical and justifiable excuse for you to experiment with your life, like watching Netflix for 16 hours straight, binge drinking, woke up covered in vomit the next day, and end up rewatching Westworld twice while Tim Tam Slamming in bed ’cause you can’t remember what really happened in the show and you are too hungover to do pretty much anything else. Like what Arnold, Bernard, Dolores, or a certain dead white male playwright once said, “These violent delights have violent ends” (Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene VI), though we are encouraged to “create change” here at UQ, some of them might end up getting you killed, either academically, socially, or emotionally before you can say “I wish I’d never set foot in St. Lucia”. To limit your possible future tragedies, keep reading for the 10 things you should NEVER DO at the University of Queensland…
*Don Don Don*
1. Don’t feed or intervene with wildlife of any kind.
St. Lucia is loaded with wild animals of all sorts, and UQ Lake is one of their primary habitats. Don’t chase them or lure them with food; they are not Pokémon. Wildlife, especially birds, will see you as a mobile food truck and start to follow/ stalk/ hunt you across campus.
Delight: They are stinking cute!
End: They stinks like for real, and get really persistent.
2. Don’t be worse than Hitler, or be Hitler, or anything close to Hitler at all.
Delight: Getting off the bus sooner than anyone else.
End: Being collectively stared at by everyone on the bus.
It’s pretty much self-explanatory. St. Lucia campus = packed. Buses = main transportation. People = busy. Time = money. Block Exit = worse than Hitler.
3. Don’t go to campus during election week without your headphones.
What it looks like:
What it feels like:
Delight: Realizing you are not as invisible as you think.
End: Exhausted from all those social interactions/ battles/ drama.
Ah, election week. Smiley people in brightly colored T-shirts gathered at and not limited to, the Chancellor’s Place, The Great Court, and Grassy Knoll, seizing every opportunity they have to start small talks in hope of motivating you to vote. Despite their good intentions, you still wanna dig a hole on the ground as your survival bunker. Not just for election week, but for every week afterward.
Election Week = Introvert’s worst nightmare. Headphone = Introvert’s best friend. Secret tunnels running under the entire campus = Literally everyone’s dream.
4. Don’t start/ involve the war between college kids and day rats.
Trust me, you don’t want to get in. And if you do, you will never get out of it, or hear the end of it. Brace yourself for the Final Battle that may or may not come.
College kids = rich enough to live on campus yet not smart enough to learn that it is not worth bragging about.
Day rats = smart enough to not live on campus yet still not smart enough to also learn that it is not worth bragging about either.
The person writing this blog = a really bad example of “don’t start/ involve the war between college kids and day rats”.
*Dig secret survival bunker*
5. Don’t let jacarandas flower fall on your head.
*Warning: Dangerous Act Not To Be Imitated*
The following demonstrates a foolproof way to appreciate jacarandas.
Delight: They look pretty in your hair!
End: You are gonna fail your exams miserably, for sure.
Bloom in October and November, St. Lucia campus tinted by jacarandas is one of the most impressive and deadly sights in Brisbane. Sooooo there is this urban legend saying that if a jacarandas flower falls on your head, you are going to fail. And I am just going to leave it like that…
Jacarandas = pretty yet dangerous. #PurplePanic
*Collecting jacarandas flowers as ammo*
6. Reminder: NEVER feed wildlife, ESPECIALLY IBIS.
Again, self-explanatory. The most important of things you should never do at The University of Queensland. Avoid any eye contact. They are pure evil, like Voldemort but with a super pointy nose/ beak.
Delight: They left you alive after robbing your food.
End: Only to find out they intend to starve you to death so they can feast on your corpse.
*Stock food and ammo in bunker*
7. Don’t pick up a pen and throw it exactly 2 meters forward during exams.
‘Cause it could totally hit someone’s eye and blind them, plus it distracts them during exams, duh. *wink wink hint hint*
Click here to relive all the classic Pen-cident:
*Dump pens in bunker next to the bags of jacarandas ammo and food*
8. Don’t be Charles Wong.
Just chill, Charles. Besides, the underground bunker always welcomes you.
Delight: Yeah! A companion!
End: yeah a companion…
*Conflicted introvert triple stock bunker*
9. Reminder again: Beware bush turkeys as well, Lord Ibis’ left-and-right wingbird.
Don’t even get me started.
*Stock bow and arrow*
10. Don’t fight it, just give in.
Just accept your Lord Ibis and Sir B. Turkey and be their faithful servants. They might leave you in peace… or will they?
End: Unimaginable horror.
*Dead silence in the survival bunker*
Are there any other things you should never do at The University of Queensland? Comment below!
Featured photo source: standingoutinmyfield.wordpress.com and wildbirdrescues.com.au
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