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prendre fin. 
c’est la vie. 

prendre fin. 

c’est la vie. 

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A bunch of colour blind hedge hogs… in a bag.

A bunch of colour blind hedge hogs… in a bag.

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A sublime Brisbane afternoon. 01/03/204. 

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Window art from the Upper West Side, New York City.

Window art from the Upper West Side, New York City.

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Weathered streets over time in Boston.

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The beauty of Brisbane eventide (II).

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The beauty of Brisbane eventide (I).

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I was immensely privileged to represent the Meri Toksave team for an interview with ABC’s Radio Australia about our work in Papua New Guinea. 

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The earth rotates around our sun, but a morning star, for another day. Clouds, city skyscrapers and leaves and branches of trees against the atmospheric canvass of colour; out of darkness and into morning we go.

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The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s New Year Eve Celebration. 
Brilliance.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s New Year Eve Celebration. 

Brilliance.

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A Consular Risk by Ezgi Akarsu

Twas a day at the consulate like any other til the security officer jumped up with a shudder: "There’s a risk!" he shouted, "it endangers our lives; why, the pointed tips of those flags are dangerous as knives! The flagpost could be taken and used as a spear; It could kill you or me, or anyone here."

So he took them down straight away, he removed the sharp tips And strolled away with a smile on his lips. “I’ll replace these with spherical tops,” he said “They’re nice and un-pointy and won’t leave anyone dead.”

Thus the consulate was safe once more, til the day an intern took a photo of a door…

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2013: Some Personal Highlights

January

Summer Research Scholarship at the University of Queensland Sustainable Minerals Institute

Ran the Active8Change Brisbane 11KM Run

Wrote an article published by New Matilda

Founded the St Lucia Distance Running Club

Founded Meri Toksave, a women’s rights initiative for Papua New Guinea  

February

Debated at the Monash University Intervarsity Debating Tournament

Dinner in Melbourne with Mr Jones, my Year 11 and 12 Form Teacher

Joined the Brisbane Concert Orchestra as a percussionist

Signed up over 110 people for the UQ Anthropology and Archaeology Students Association at UQ Semester 1 Market Day 

Attended “A Universe from Nothing” lecture by Professor Lawrence Krauss 

Begin working as a debating coach of the Year 10 Team 1 and Year 9 Team 2 at Somerville House 

Elected by UN Youth Australia to the position of Deputy Convenor of StatesMUN 2014

Elected by UN Youth Australia to the position of Deputy Convenor of Pacific Project 2014 but declined 

Debated in the UQ Debating Society Show Debate

March

Launched the Anthropology and Archaeology Students Association at the UQ Anthropology Museum

Spoke at the UQ Environment Collective EcoSpeak Evening

Facilitated at the UN Youth Queensland State Summit

Attended the Harvard World Model United Nations in Melbourne 

Awarded the Social Venture Fellowship by the Resolution Project

Served as the Host of TEDxUQ

Ran the Twilight Half Marathon but was cancelled part way through due to intense storm

Attended a concert of the Queensland Youth Symphony

Played Risk in a park with friends for Easter 

April

Served as Under-Secretary-General for Delegate Affairs of the Brisbane Model United Nations

Selected for an Anthropology Placement at the Federal Court of Australia and observed a major native title determination 

Delivered a training seminar on the social sciences for the UQ Debating Society

Secured a $5000 grant from the University of Southern Queensland for UN Youth Queensland

May

Anthropology Placement at the Federal Court of Australia and observed a major native title determination

Founding member of The Typewriter

Presenter on Dispatches student radio show

Attended a concert of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Attended a public lecture by Jonathon Holmes, outgoing Host of Media Watch on the ABC

Had a Twentieth Birthday Party

Awarded the UN Youth Queensland Member’s Choice Award

Convened the UN Youth Queensland Regional Road Trip and visited Roma (515KM west of Brisbane) for the first time in UN Youth history

Selected to serve as a UNICEF Australian Young Ambassador

Featured in the Brisbane Grammar School News as the co-founder of Meri Toksave

June

Delivered the keynote address on leadership and community involvement to the Australian Youth Climate Coalition Start the Switch Summit

Delivered a presentation on youth mental health and technology to the Australian Psychological Society Brisbane Seminar 

Debated at the Queensland Intervarsity Debating Championship

Induction as a UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador in Sydney 

July

Featured in the Westside News as a UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador 

My Year 10 and Year 9 debating teams progress into the QDU finals

Served as Head of the UQ Delegation to the Asia Pacific Model United Nations in Wellington

Served as Director of UNESCO at the Asia Pacific Model United Nations in Wellington

Brisbane is selected to host the 2014 Asia Pacific Model United Nations

Appointed Deputy-Secretary-General for the 2014 Asia Pacific Model United Nations

Attended a gig of The Jungle Giants

Played triangle in the World’s Biggest Orchestra world record

Attended the UN Youth Australia National Council in Sydney

Served as the Host for the launch in Melbourne of a major young men’s mental health research report

Interviewed by ABC, Channel 7, and Channel 10 on young men’s mental health

Volunteered and fundraised at the Queensland Youth Orchestra open day

August

Wrote an article published by the Sydney Globalist

Ran the Brisbane Full Marathon with a 37 minute personal best

Nominated for the Ashgrove Youth of the Year Award

Got prescription glasses and sunglasses

Delivered a keynote presentation on leadership for the Youth Without Borders Enable Schools Leadership Summit

Dinner and drinks with Mr Price, my Year 10, 11 and 12 history teacher

Year 9 Team 2 win the Queensland Debating Union Grand Final

Played timpani in a concert for the Redlands Sinfonia

September

Voted in the Australian Federal Election

Invited to participate in a consulting project with the UQ Business School and White Cloud Foundation

Attended the Somerville House Debating Dinner and awarded the Somerville Debating Coach Award

Attended the Papua New Guinea Independence Day Brisbane Celebrations

Stood as an independent in the UQ Academic Board undergraduate representative elections and received the eighth most votes out of 32 candidates 

Visited Port Moresby for Meri Toksave and met with local and international NGOs

Granted observer status on the International NGO Development Council of Papua New Guinea

Had a conversation with Dennis Wendel, the Director of the USAID Pacific Islands Office

October

Elected Communications Officer of the University of Queensland Debating Society

Serve as the Public Officer of Meri Toksave as an incorporated association

Elected Vice-President of the University of Queensland United Nations Student Association

Attended the UQ Debating Society Summer Dinner

Preformed with the Wildcatz at Customs House

Spoke at the assembly of my old primary school, Ithaca Creek State School, on the UNICEF Day for Children

Registered Meri Toksave with the Australian Business Register

Interviewed for the position of the 2014 Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations

Registered Meri Toksave for a Tax File Number from the Australian Taxation Office

Attended the UQ Union Clubs and Societies Gala Evening

November

Attended a public lecture by Professor the Honourable Gareth Evans AC QC

Bought two new suits

Established a bank account for Meri Toksave

Came twentieth in the Mount Beerwah 10KM Night Run

Met with politicians on an advocacy trip to the Parliament of Australia for UNICEF

Attended the annual cocktail night of the Parliamentary Association for UNICEF at Parliament House

Served as Director of the First General Assembly at the Sydney Model United Nations 

Asked the Race Discrimination Commissioner a question at the Sydney Model United Nations

December

Ate a really good $10 spaghetti bolognese at the Glasgow Arms Hotel in Sydney

Had breakfast at the eatery of the ABC Ultimo Centre in Sydney spotted Fran Kelly of Radio National 

Offered a volunteering placement with an educational development project in Nepal

Awarded a travel scholarship from the Foundation for Young Australians

Drank a really good banana smoothie in Coogee Beach in Sydney

Debated at the Australian British Parliamentary Debating Championship

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The coming of eventide in Newtown, Sydney.

The coming of eventide in Newtown, Sydney.