Journalism graduate Juliana Mare says Monash University offered the most thorough journalism degree with the most comprehensive selection of journalism and writing -based units on offer.
Read Juliana’s profile here …
Name: Juliana Mare
Course: Bachelor of Journalism
Dept: Journalism/International Studies
Year graduated: 2012
What was the best aspect of studying journalism at Monash?
What I loved most about my Journalism degree was the wide selection of journalism units on offer. Journalism is a wide field with so many different branches so I loved being able to sample all the different options and then decide which one I wanted to pursue further.
Did you balance uni life with a job?
I have always worked part time in retail while studying and thanks to the flexibility of my uni schedule, I was able to continue working while I studied.
Why did you choose to study journalism at Monash?
Monash was my number one preference when I completed VCE because it had in my eyes, the most thorough Journalism degree with the most comprehensive selection of journalism and writing based units on offer.
Unlike other universities which offered Journalism just as a major, Monash offered a specific Journalism degree and this in-depth approach made Monash my first choice.
What is your dream job?
I discovered that my passion is for feature writing and blogging; styles with more creativity than hard-hitting news so my dream job would be for an online publication, writing for the Food & Drink section.
After I launched my own food blog – Peaches & Push Ups – to work for an organisation like Buzzfeed or The Urban List would be my career dream come true.
Who has been your biggest career influence and why?
While I’ve drawn inspiration from many people over my career, there is one colleague and friend who stands out above most. During my first full-time job after graduating, I worked alongside a phenomenal videographer, Bronja Everaardt.
Her work ethic, optimism and unrelenting passion for her field are all characteristics I strive to apply to my career and have inspired me to chase not just any job but my dream job.
I’ve always worked in retail and when I was 15, I got a part-time job at Donut King.
I picked up a job at a fruit shop to earn some extra cash before travelling abroad. It was early starts, freezing weather and packing groceries with tetris-like precision all day. Not exactly a comfortable job but worth it to finance my wanderlust.
What is your favourite place in the world and why?
I had the most fun week of my life in New Orleans! Being a foodie, I fell in love with Creole cuisine and Frenchman and Bourbon Street were enchanting because of the jazz, the cocktails and the 100% unique atmosphere. NOLA is a city unlike any other in the world!
What is your favourite place to eat and why?
An impossible question to ask a foodie! My favourite cuisine is Mexican, my favourite restaurant in Melbourne is After the Tears in Elsternwick but my favourite desserts are from the Helmut Newcake patisserie in Paris.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
When I launched Peaches & Push Ups, it was daunting to start approaching companies and initiating collaborations as I was still new to the blogging game. My Mum remind me of the age-old saying ‘You’ll never know until you try’ and she couldn’t have been more right.
I learnt to put doubt aside because at the end of the day, there’s never going to be any harm in asking. Even if nine of your offers get turned down, the 10th one might just be a yes.
Tell us something about yourself that your uni colleagues wouldn’t know?
I have a small (but growing) collection of matryoshka dolls!
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