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The First Jobs of the World’s Most Successful

Everyone has to start somewhere in life. For some, it’s at the top of the pile, for others it’s at the very bottom of the heap. But, no matter where you start, one thing is for certain, it doesn’t matter where the beginning is, just so long as you get going! Some of the world’s most successful people began in jobs that are far from glamorous. So, never let anybody tell you that flipping burgers, wiping tables, washing cars or that other “menial” job will amount to nothing. Because it’s not about what you do, it’s about how you do it, what you learn from it, and what you do with those lessons as you take the next step in your life. Check out the first jobs of some of the world’s most successful.

 President Barack Obama scooped ice-cream at Baskin Robbins.

 Stephen King, the master of horror, started out pumping petrol. I wonder how many of the spine-chilling plotlines
were thought up while filling people’s tanks …


 Oprah Winfrey was a check-out chick.


 Richard Branson was an amateur bird breeder and arborist
(he was just 11!)

Donald Trump  and his brother collected old cans and bottles and exchanged them for money.

 Ray Kroc, the man who turned McDonald’s into the multi-billion dollar franchise that is today,
started out at his uncle’s soda fountain.



Steve Jobs was in high school when he was hired as a summer casual at Hewlett Packard.
It was there that he met Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.



A History of the Modern Australian University

Why uni students need a history of the university

A History of the Modern Australian UniversityIn this blog post, Hannah Forsyth lets readers know why her new release A History of the Modern Australian University isn’t just for academics; it’s for current and future students as well. Because they too need a history of the university to understand the impacts of the current political discussions around the funding of universities.

Christopher Pyne reckons students should pay more for their study. He uses history to justify his claim. University vice-chancellors think they should be able to charge whatever fees they want. They use the power that history gives them to take their stand. Should uni be free? Or should students pay a share of the cost? Who decides? History helps us to understand the present and to see the pathway to the future. This book will give students the tools to be able to understand why universities around us look the way they do, how they came to be all about money rather than knowledge and why students are the ones being squeezed.

Everyone comes to uni with an idea of what higher education is about. Some of these ideas are forged by an impression of the university’s long history, back to medieval days. Universities can seem a bit like the church to some students, or a bit like school to others. But even though the idea of the university is very old, it has changed enormously in the twentieth century. This changed what the experience of going to uni was like for students. Importantly, it also changed the purpose of higher education and the way it was structured into society.

Sydney University / Dalton's, Royal Photographic Gallery, 320 George Street, Sydney

Australia’s first uni – The University of Sydney (Image from NSW State Library Collection #SPF / 455)

I’ll start with changes to the experience of going to uni. When the first two universities opened, there were less than 150 uni students in Australia. Every student wore an academic gown. There were only a handful of lecturers and they were really esteemed. These professors lived on campus usually in quite luxurious accommodation. Students were expected to become the leaders of society and having a degree was really rare. Even by the time the Second World War started there were only around 10,000 university students in Australia and a tiny percentage of people ever earned a degree.

Now there are more than one million students in Australia. In some ways that means that earning a degree is less elite, just because it is more common. But it also makes uni students – and graduates – a really important voice in Australia. Sometimes students have taken advantage of that voice and had a significant impact on Australian political life and values. You can read about them in this book.

But even in the 1960s and 1970s when uni students regularly made front-page news, students were mostly from similar ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. This matters for several reasons. One is that obviously something was making universities unfair. What was it? What were the structures of education and society that made uni students all the same? What is the effect on social hierarchy in society? Does this have anything to do with fees? This book explores all those issues.

Why are there so many more students at uni now? How come so many people feel that they need a degree when they did not in the past? The growth of universities changed campuses, sure, but this is because society was changing. This book shows the ways changes to the economy and society led more and more people to stay at school longer and then to pursue further study.

The reason this matters is that understanding society helps us to govern it. In a democracy, government of society is a responsibility we all share. We see news all the time about the economy, about politics and about the institutions that regulate these social structures. But no one talks much about knowledge.

Knowledge, like money, helps us run our own lives and the world around us. Who controls this knowledge? Who decides, even, what knowledge is? Who decides when someone has the right kind of knowledge and how is this recognised and rewarded in society? We have heaps of economists analysing the flows and structures of money in Australia but hardly anyone spends their time trying to understand knowledge, why it is important and who controls it. This is the question underpinning A History of the Modern Australian University.

The book is also about academia and academic institutions. Was it actually better being an academic in past decades? Are those romantic images of scholars scribbling important tomes in book-cluttered sandstone offices real? Or is the world better with computers and databases and iPads with which information can be readily accessed and research shared?

Before the Second World War, research was not really a thing that many academics did. Now it defines them. Why? What happened in twentieth century history that required so much research?

The growth of the Internet caused huge changes in universities too. In fact, for most unis it caused a bit of a moral crisis. Should all knowledge be free and open? What would happen if it was? Would this be the end of the university as we know it? How would they make money?

Finally, this book explores the relationship between universities and money. It asks whether universities became ‘knowledge factories’ and whether this is OK.

If universities are now a kind of factory, students are clearly its most important customer. Of all the things that changed in higher education in recent decades this is possibly the most important. Re-positioning students as consumers of educational services actually also changes the way institutions think about learning, about classrooms and even about their very purpose. It is also central to the current question of university fees. You may think being a consumer is a good thing or you may not – this book will help you decide.

Hannah ForsythGuest Blogger: Hannah Forsyth is a historian of modern Australia and an educator with more than fifteen years’ experience in higher education. She has a PhD and an MA in history, a BA with honours in archaeology and postgraduate qualifications in educational design, all from the University of Sydney. Having completed postdoctoral research in Sydney University’s Social Inclusion Unit, Hannah now teaches history at the Australian Catholic University in Strathfield, in Sydney’s west.


THEME ON! Official Theme Party List for UNIGAMES 2014

UNIGAMES 2014 is almost upon us. This means competition, athletic awesomeness and champion sportspeople doing their thang. But let’s be honest – it’s the parties, dress-ups and hilarious antics that matter most! To give you as much time as possible to get your schmicko costumes ready, here is the official UNIGAMES 2014 theme list. Get creative, people! This is your time to shine!

Sunday – Team colours

Location – Ivy (ticket required)

Show your pride and wear your uni colours while you party on opening night! There are heaps of branded uni apparel  at the Co-op for you to adorn yourself with. Or you may want to even get a little adventurous … if you don’t mind body paint!

Disclaimer: we are not endorsing a complete metamorphosis into a reptile-like creature.


Monday – Traffic Light Party

LocationCargo Bar, the Loft and Bungalow 8

The rules are simple –




Have fun and play nice! 😉

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Tuesday – Retro Sports

LocationIvy (ticket required)

Sweatbands at the ready. It’s time to boogie in your very best retro sportswear!

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Wednesday – Double Denim

LocationHome and Pontoon

If it was good enough for JT and Britney back in the day, it’s good enough for UNIGAMES 2014. Get into the spirit and rock the sh*t out of the Canadian tuxedo.

Thursday – Superheroes & Villians

LocationHome and Pontoon

Are you a goodie or a baddie? A Batman lover or Joker fan? Have a little fun and dress up as your favourite character on the final night of partying.







Potential Housemates – The Questions You Need To Ask

Flying the coop and setting up your own house for the first time can be one of the most exciting and fun events in your life. It can also be one of the most stressful, particularly if you move in with the wrong people.

To avoid hell under your own roof and ensure only awesome memories are made, here’s a list of questions for you to ask potential housemates before they move in. These are designed to give you a bit of an insight into the type of person they are,  and help you decide whether you want to take the plunge and share the same abode. (Before you ask your questions, make sure you know the type of housemate you want to live with and what answers you want from your ideal housemate. Otherwise, their answers will be meaningless to you!)


  1. What is your schedule like? Are you a night-owl or an early riser?
  2. What things annoy you most?
  3. Do you have a girlfriend or boyfriend? If yes – how often would they be coming over? If no – do you tend to have ‘special night-time visitors’ regularly? (try not to sound like a judgemental psycho when you ask this – just keep it casual)
  4. How would you describe your lifestyle? What do you do for fun? (active/musical/quiet etc.)
  5. Do you smoke? (Also, if you’re a smoker, make sure you let them know you are)
  6. What are you looking for in an ideal roommate?
  7. What items would you be bringing with you if we moved in together?
  8. Do you have any specific rules/food tastes? (strict vegan/only eat yellow things etc.)
  9. Have you ever lived with a roommate before?  If yes, why aren’t you living together any longer?
  10. How do you tend to keep your current house/room? (try and suss out if they are clean freaks or more on the messy side. The more casual the approach, the more honest the answer)
  11. How would your friends describe you?
  12. Do you have a steady source of income? (basically, you want to make sure that they have a regular job/income source so that you’re never left in the lurch when the rent’s due or bills need to be paid)


Life Hacks For Improved Productivity

In this day and age, it is easy to get distracted. Hell, there are sites dedicated to it (Distractify / BuzzFeed). As fun as distraction and procrastination can be, it really is not very helpful when it comes to getting your degree.

Here are 6 cool tools specifically designed to improve your productivity.


1. Keep Me Out 

Do you find yourself jumping on Facebook for a ‘quick look’ when you’re studying, only to fall into a vortex swimming with status updates, funny videos and ex-lovers? If you find yourself spending more time on certain sites instead of the ones that are actually going to help you ace that exam or complete that assessment, then Keep Me Out is the perfect tool for you. Simply tell Keep Me Out the website you want to limit your access to,  personalise the settings and you’re set! A bookmark will be spat out; you just need to store it in your browser/bookmarks, rename it whatever you want (e.g. Facebook) and you’re good to go.

So, let’s take a look at the below example. Based on these settings, if I were to visit Facebook more than once every half an hour using the bookmarked tab, Keep Me Out would kick me off.


StayFocusd: a Google Chrome extension that helps you stay focused on work by restricting the amount of time you spend on websites. Personalise it as much as you want – you can block or allow entire websites, specific pages, specific in-page content (games, videos, etc.) and more.





2. Nike+ GPS Watch


Monitor all aspects of your running regime and get the most out of your workout with the super slick and oh-so-smart Nike+ GPS Watch. From time and distance to  pace and calories burned, this watch is more informative than the answer sheet at pub trivia. Plus, after your run, you can jump onto and find new running routes, set personal goals, access training programs, join challenges and connect with other runners around the world.




. Focus Writer

Are you one of those people who finds themselves writing up a document, only to be distracted by the email notifier, the lingering Skype icon, the Google search page … Focus Writer clears away all the hoo-hah, leaving you with nothing but the clean page. You’ll be amazed at how much more productive you are without the taskbars, toolbars and other bits to distract your eye and mind. Plus, you can customise the look of the background. Here are just three theme examples:








4. LifeHacker

The place to go when you want all the answers in one place. LifeHacker declares itself to be “your expert guide on how to get things done and do everything better.”

5. Focus Booster

This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, a time management system that challenges you to focus on a single task for 25 minutes and then give yourself a 5-minute break. FocusBooster allows you to list out your daily tasks, and then it tracks your time as you work through them. When 25 minutes are up, an alarm sounds and you get a break. It’s an easy way to practice expanding your attention span without going overboard.

6. My Study Life

My Study Life allows you to easily program in your class timetable and then assign all related homework, assessments, exams or other important info to each class.  You can then keep track of all due dates and tasks in the one place.








WIN: The Co-op & Red Bull Want To See Your Doodle

So, you think your doodle’s got what it takes? Get involved and show the world –  it could see you end up in Cape Town, South Africa! 

Alright, girls and boys – get your mind out of the gutter. We’re talking about doodle art here. You know, the kind that covers your RED-BULLuni books and study notes? Yes, that’s right! Those scribbles that always got you in trouble during school could end up being your golden ticket to success!

If you think you’re a doodle king or queen, head into any Co-op store and enter the Red Bull Doodle Art competition. The winning entrant will be awarded a one-in-a-million design internship at Red Bull headquarters in Cape Town, which has been appointed as World Design Capital for 2014!

So, what exactly do you need to do? Simply head into any Co-op store on campus, pick up one of the specially marked  Red Bull Doodle Cards, grab a pen, doodle away and enter it into the draw! If you can’t kind find the Red Bull submissions area in your store, just ask one of the friendly Co-op staff members. Don’t worry if you’re not able to make it to a Co-op store  just jump on to; there you can download the official doodle card and upload your entry for submission.

Red Bull Doodle Art will put together the best doodles in an exhibition that takes place in Cape Town on October 24-26. The winning artwork at the Global Final in Cape Town will be featured in a Red Bull Doodle Art merchandise line, which will be available exclusively in the Red Bull Collection! OMG – how freaking amazing is that?!

Important Info You Need To Know 

There will be 20 finalists in Australia, each chosen through social media. The national winner (you’re off to Cape Town!) will be the one who gets the most points, based on style (10 points), creativity (10 points), social media voting (10) and the judges’ opinion (10 points). The application and submission phase in Australia ends at 11:59pm on Sunday 21st September. Three days later, on Wednesday 24th September, the public voting will open until Wednesday 1st October at 11.59pm.

To learn more about the project, visit where you can browse and interact with inspirational pieces of art from around the globe.



Help Me, I’m a Hungry Uni Student!

Let’s face it. Food can be a true divider of people. For some, it’s really just the fuel required to keep living, studying and partying. For others, eating (and preparing the meal) is an event to be enjoyed and savoured; the stuff messy and tasty memories are made of. When it comes to students, the number of food preferences vary even more. Some are vegetarians, others only eat meat. Some consider 2-minute noodles and a bowl of cereal a standard dinner, while others need homemade goodness and multiple courses to feel truly satisfied. Here, we’ve gathered together a few books (and some tasty recipes) for every type of student.

Save with Jamie – $29.99 at the Co-op



Save with Jamie – Jamie Oliver

There’s not many people around the developed world who don’t know who Jamie Oliver is. Here, he brings together a variety of money-saving recipes that help you ‘shop smart, cook clever, waste less.’ Because, let’s be honest, a little extra coin in your pocket is always a good thing (whether you’re a student or not!).

Jamie’s Hit and Run Tray-Baked Chicken is the perfect dish when you’re pressed for time or you and your friends decide to have a dinner party at the last minute. Simply tear, mix, marinate, bake and enjoy!


4 large ripe tomatoes
2 red onions
1 red capsicum
1 yellow capsicum
6 skinless, boneless free-range chicken thighs
4 cloves of garlic
1/2 bunch of fresh thyme
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Jamie Oliver's Hit and run baked chicken recipe

Hit n Run Tray-Baked Chicken         Image: Save with Jamie by Jamie Oliver


Preheat the oven to 180ºC.

Quarter the tomatoes and place them in a large baking dish or roasting tray (roughly 25cm x 30cm).

Peel the onions and cut into large wedges, then de-seed and roughly chop the peppers. Add all these to the tray along with the chicken thighs.

Squash the unpeeled garlic cloves with the back of your knife and add to the tray, then pick over the thyme leaves and sprinkle over the paprika. Add the oil, balsamic and a good pinch of salt and pepper.

Toss everything together really well to coat, then spread across the tray, making sure the chicken isn’t covered by the vegetables.

Roast for around 1 hour, or until the chicken is golden and cooked through, turning and basting it a couple of times during cooking with the juices from the tray.

Serve the tray bake with a lovely green salad on the side. You could also buddy it up with a little rice, polenta or a loaf of crusty bread to mop up the juices.



I’d Eat That – $23.24 at the Co-op

I’d Eat That – Callum Hann

Attention all novice cooks (and lazy students), Callum Hann (MasterChef runner-up) brings together more than 90 deliciously easy recipes for you to create and enjoy at home in his book, I’d Eat That. There’s also heaps of tips on cooking fundamentals, ingredient selection and more.

Callum’s Zucchini and Haloumi Fritters are just one of the lip-smacking recipes featured. Try them out!

I'd Eat That - Zucchini Haloumi Fritters

Zucchini Haloumi Fritters; Image: I’d Eat That by Callum Hann

2 zucchinis
80 g grated haloumi cheese
3 spring onions, ends removed, thinly sliced on an angle
3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
Free-range egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons plain flour
2 tablespoons olive oil


Coarsely grate the zucchini onto paper towel and squeeze out any excess moisture.
Add to a large bowl with all the other ingredients, except the olive oil, and mix together.
Once everything has come together, use your clean hands to form four fritters slightly smaller than the palm of your hand. Place these on a lined baking tray or large plate then refrigerate for 15–30 minutes to help them firm up slightly.
Preheat a large non-stick frying pan over a high heat, add the olive oil and cook the fritters in batches. Fry until golden on both sides then serve immediately.

Further Reaeding For the Cooking-Challenged:

The Illustrated Student Cookbook – $9.30 at the Co-op


Student Brain Food – $16.70 at the Co-op

We all know how easy it is to fall in the trap of snacking on the junk food while studying for hours on end. A bag of chips here, a few energy drinks there, followed by a packet of lollies and a pizza. But next time you reach for another bag of Twisties, you might want to reconsider it – foods like these (Cookie Monster would call them a sometimes food) aren’t at the top of the brain food list. Eating well is super important when studying, as it boosts energy, increases brain power and helps you perform your best at university.

So, what types of food should you eat? Here’s just a few:

1. Oily fish

As they say, fish is fantastic brain food, and this is particularly true for oily fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines. This is due to the high amount of Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are essential for optimum brain function. Woo hoo! Go OILY FISH.

2. Legumes

Legumes, you legends! Chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans and more – legumes are packed with folic acid for improved memory recall function, as well as protein for powering the brain.

3. Dark Chocolate

Awesome news, peeps! Chocolate is good for you. Just make sure it’s the dark chocolate, ‘cos that’s where all the benefits are. Dark chokky has been proven to enhance memory, as well as increase alertness and clarity by boosting blood flow to the brain. The darker the chocolate, the better!

4. Apples

The peel of the apple contains something called ‘quercetin’, a powerful antioxidant that’s proven to enhance memory function. They’re also packed with fructose, a natural sugar that can wake you up naturally and help keep you going (and unlike coffee, there will be no sudden energy crash).

 Check out Lauren Lucien’s Student Brain Food for a range of deliciously healthy recipes that’ll feed your brain and help you achieve your best


Don’t let a lack of skill or money get in the way of a good feed. Charlotte Pike’s The Hungry Student series is here to rescue you, helping you eat well and stay satisfied, all on a seriously tight student budget. These books are filled with fantastic recipes for you to whip up during uni; from quick dinners to make in study breaks to wholesome lunches, morning-after breakfasts and meals to impress mates and dates – there really is a dish for all occasions. Feast on a hearty serve of Lamb Meatballs with Cous Cous, as featured in The Hungry Student Cookbook.  Why not whip up the Beetroot Tart from The Hungry Student Vegetarian Cookbook, a delectable dish sure to delight herbivores and meat-eaters alike. Don’t worry, those with a sweet tooth aren’t forgetten, with The Hungry Student Easy Baking packed with baked good awesomeness. Did someone say Banana, Coconut and Cardamon Cake?









Hungry Student Cookbook: 200+ Quick and Simple Recipes , Spruce

The Hungry Student Cookbook – $15.80 at the Co-op

Student Grub – $15.80 at the Co-op

The Student Vegetarian Cookbook – $23.20 at the Co-op

















Fun Games for Uni Students

UNIGAMES 2014 is coming, and the C0-op is sponsoring the annual event! Get ready for one amazing week of sport, competition, partying prowess and fun in the sun (and moonlight!). While the event will see Australia’s best student athletes come together and battle it out for glory, not everyone has the desire (or ability!) to seriously compete at the games. But don’t worry! Cheering, jeering and partying is just as important. So, to honour the upcoming week of amazingness and to get all the not-so-active supporters pumped for competition, here are five fabulous games for uni students to enjoy! The only skill required: a willingness to have fun!

1. Cards Against Humanity

This outrageous party game generates laughs and dismay in equal measure. It is, quite simply, a game for despicable people with a warped and twisted sense of humour. (Yay, that’s me!)

The way it works is this: there’s a set of black cards and a set of white cards. Every round, one player reads out a question (or statement with blanked out words) from a black card. Then, everyone else provides their answer using their funniest white card. Sounds harmless enough, right? Well, wait until you see what’s on the cards and then you’ll understand why this game is so shocking! You can print your own Cards Against Humanity deck here.

Here’s are just two fine examples from the game (and these, my friends, are tame!) …

Exhibit B

Exhibit A

2. Twister

An oldie but a goodie, and definitely one that can made to suit your mood and party mode. There’s classic play for those keen to show off their flexibility; the Twister drinking game; or the Squares of Dares version in which every square (well, circle actually) has a different dare or task on it. The way it works is this: write an action on each circle on the mat. Then, if a player lands on that circle, they must do what it says. So, if a player lands on a yellow square, it might mean they have to sing the whole national anthem while spinning around in circles (or whatever is written on it!) The more creative, the better! Oh, and don’t forget Detergent Twister (basically chuck a heap of detergent on the mat and let the slippery fun begin!).

Twister – $35.96 at the Co-op


3. Guess That …

Blindfold? Check! Random array of objects? Check! People? Check! It sounds like you’re ready for a good ol’ fashion game of Guess That …

Let’s be honest – guessing games are always fun, no matter how old you are! And the best part is, you can make the game as naughty or as nice as you want. Simply blindfold guests and have them identify what they are holding, tasting or smelling (the mind boggles with the possibilities!). Alcohol tasting, perhaps? Unique (translation: weird) food tasting, maybe? You could even make them keep eating it until they guess! The possibilities are endless!


4. Beer Pong


The ultimate test of hand-eye coordination … and beer drinking. An American institution that seems almost a prerequisite during college years for the Yanks. In recent years, this game has really picked up momentum and gained popularity in Australia, allowing us to finally live out those scenes from classic college movies.

Honey Badger Beer Pong Kit , Honey Badger Beer Pong

Honey Badger Beer Pong – $11.95 at the Co-op

Traditional beer pong set up













5. Absolute Balderdash

Absolute Balderdash – $44.06 at the Co-op

Finally, a game that rewards people for being excellent liars! Not a liar? That’s ok. It rewards bullsh*t detectors as well! Outrageously funny, this is the ultimate game of bluff that has you trying to con your mates into believing your made-up meanings for words. You also have to pick the real meaning from the fakes. There are five categories in all: words, people, initials, films and laws. Can you pick which is the real meaning (all while trying to keep a straight face when yours is read out)?






UNIGAMES 2014 is being held in Sydney from Sunday, 28 September to Friday, 3 October. Look out for the Co-op crew throughout the week – we’ll be the ones screaming about awesome prizes, freebies and more!


UNI TEXTBOOKS – the gift that keeps on giving

Do you have a whole heap of old uni textbooks that you no longer read, need or feed with the love they deserve? You know those dusty word-filled things you’ve got shoved under your bed or are now propping up that wobbly computer desk? Well, did you know they could earn you some cash?

All you need to do is take them into a Co-op store, see if they’re on the buyback list (we buy back thousands of different titles) and, if they are, you’ll walk out the doors with cash! No waiting required. If cash ain’t your thing or you know you’ll be buying more from the Co-op you can opt for a Co-op gift card instead. Find out more about Bucks 4 Books here.

Ok, so there are still plenty of you reading whose books are a little old or just too weathered to be bought back. Don’t worry, there are still heaps of uses for those textbook badboys. All you gotta  do is get a lcreative.

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1. Clock

If there’s one thing university students want more of, it’s time. Now you can create it using the very textbook that sucked away your hours, and let it mock you into the future (or remind you of those … ahem … happy study days) – TICK, TICK, TICK …

What you’ll need:

  • Hardcover textbook
  • Quartz-movement clock kit
  • Drill
  • Paint
  • Box cutter

See these easy-to-follow instructions at Art of Manliness.





A book is the keeper of many secrets

 2. Treasure chest

The book you use for this depends on how much treasure you have to hide. If you’re lucky enough to be tripping over piles of jewels, mounds of money or bounties of jellybeans, then you probably want to select that fat textbook you complained incessantly about when you first purchased it. You know the one that nearly broke your bag everytime you lugged it around at uni?!. Also, it should really be a hardback, otherwise you’ll have to stick some hard card on the inside of the existing cover to create a sturdy lid.

You can find super simple instructions on transforming a textbook into a secret goodies box here.




3. Plant holder

Get some oxygen into your life by transforming your old books into gorgeous and unique plant holders. Fantastic for holding succulents, bonsais, chillies or herbs.



4. Photo frame

Imagine putting your graduation picture inside a frame made from one of your old uni textbooks! Find out how to do it here and impress your friends and family for years to come!

5. Book wall/room divider

Sturdy textbooks make for fantastic foundations for a wall made of books. The height of your room divider really depends on how many books you have. The process is simple – just pile ’em up, ensuring an even balance of weight across the wall. Don’t go too high thought – it may topple on top of you and you’ll be trapped and left at the mercies of your cats until help arrives. If you really have a lot of books you may even want to have a go at making a book labyrinth such as this. Try if you dare!

aMAZEme: A Labyrinth Made from 250,000 Books from Colossal on Vimeo.


But remember, before you give any of these creative projects a go, it’s well worth your while popping into the C0-op to see if we’re buying back your old textbooks. Bucks 4 Books makes earning extra cash super easy!





Commonwealth Games, Starring Your Peers!

July 2014. For many, it is the time to put down the beer jugs (just for a moment), have a shower and head back to uni refreshed and ready for Semester Two. But for a handful of students (and alumni too), this is the moment they’ve been awaiting for months and preparing for for years. They’re the students who have been performing the ultimate juggling act; balancing a university workload with a strict, intense training regime. For along with being uni students (think tutes, lectures, exams, assessments!), they are elite athletes who are right now representing Australia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

To all these dedicated individuals, we salute you! A huge congratulations to all of you who have already competed and done Australia proud (some of whom have ended up on the podium with a medal around their neck!), and good luck to all those yet to compete.

Students and alumni in the Aussie squad come from universities across the country, including the University of Western Australia; Sydney University; Macquarie University; University of Queensland; Victoria University; University of Western Sydney; Melbourne University; University of Canberra; Australian National University; Griffith University; University of Tasmania; La Trobe University; Curtin University; University of Notre Dame; University of South Australia. Sorry we couldn’t name you all, guys. There are just too many talented athletes coming out of Aussie universities!


Ben Treffers of ANU, who won gold in the 50m backstroke (Image credit: Ben Treffers/ANU Sport)

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Miao Miao of Victoria University took home bronze in table tennis doubles. (Image credit: Getty Images)