Subtle Burnout: surviving, thriving with a side of crying.

Words by Chelsea, 24 VIC This pandemic has forced me to deal with the circumstances that led me to burn out. ‘Ah ha’, you may say ‘I know that feeling all too well’. But for myself at least, the signs flew under the radar until it was too late. So, here are three tips to…

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Elusive Employment in Unprecedented Times

Words by Kai, 25 The year 2020 brought a whirlwind of change. At least that was what it looked like when Jane*, an old friend, shared a picture from her office farewell dinner. Her company fired her without warning for “underperformance”, Jane told me. “But they wanted me to still work with them and move…

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2020 as a Sweaty Astronaut LEGO Worker

Words by Steph, 28 VIC I’m supposed to help people. I’m supposed to help fix problems. That’s my job. And this, I absolutely cannot fix. Depending on the day, or moment my thoughts around the pandemic change. I work in a mental health hospital. On any given day, I come across a variety of people…

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EC Unfiltered: What is your Pandemic World Like Right Now?

Words by Members of the WhyNot Editorial Committee and friends Simmering Anxiety  My pandemic world – like many – is split between what I can see outside my window and what I hear from the other end of Zoom catch ups and house party nights. I feel a simmering anxiety when I head out of…

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The Pressure of Productivity

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Words by Imogen, 26 QLD If you had asked me at the beginning of March what my plans were in the upcoming month, I would have told you that I was gearing up to work at two Comic-Cons (London and Birmingham), possibly accepting a promotion at work and counting down the days until my Dad…

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WhyNot EC Unfiltered: Education & Employment Part 2

Words by Members of the WhyNot Editorial Committee and friends Virtual hurdles To say my focus on my education has been a challenge is an understatement.  Like the majority of students, my studies have been completely shifted online. As I studied interstate at university, I came back to Sydney since the lockdown as my whole family resides…

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WhyNot EC Unfiltered: Education & Employment Part 1

Words by Members of the WhyNot Editorial Committee and friends Money makes me uncomfortable. My family didn’t casually talk about money – having it, needing it, spending it, thinking about spending it – around the dinner table or any other open space. As a kid, if I needed something that required money (so everything!), I…

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Freedom Once isn’t Freedom Forever

Freedom Once isn't Freedom Forever | WhyNot?

Words by Stephanie, 22 NSW COVID-19 is testing not only our health, but also our patience for freedom. History has taught us freedom comes at a great price.  As the COVID-19 pandemic lays waste to the global social and economic landscapes, 2020 is no ordinary time. Politics and human rights aren’t immune to infectious microbes,…

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