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Adjusting to life in a city

Having moved to Nottingham from a small village near Newcastle, I enjoyed the first few years of my University life in halls and then in the wholesome community of Dunkirk. I didn’t find these moves too difficult as I was still close enough to the city to be able to wander and explore it whenever …

Keeping on top of your reading list

As exam season draws to an end, you’ve probably had a few of those ‘why didn’t I start reading this earlier‘ thoughts – haven’t we all! I’ve put together a few tips to make sure that when you come back refreshed and tanned from your summer break, you avoid getting yourself stuck in another reading …

Writing a dissertation – things I wish I had known!

After having done what seemed like the impossible, and handing my dissertation in last week (cue round of applause!!) I’ve been reflecting on things that I wish I had known prior to writing a dissertation. I feel that it is particularly difficult to gauge how well your diss is going considering that, chances are, it’s …

Finding Computers on Campus

As someone who a) can’t get any work done at home and b) owns a laptop which repeatedly decides to break down on me, I always tend to do all of my uni work on campus and on a computer. However, when it’s peak revision season it seems that you can only get a seat with …

Tips for saving money on your food shop

Those dreaded two words ‘food shop’ make students cringe so easily, either because it means spending money or because it means a long hike in the rain which just seems like too much effort.  Nonetheless, although we don’t have parents around us to make sure that we’re getting our 5 a day (unless they mean overpriced coffees?), …

Tips for socialising on a budget at Uni

We all know how chaotic uni life can be – you’re working hard towards a deadline and then next thing you know there’s another deadline looming, meaning that it can be hard to squeeze time in to see your friends without feeling guilty about taking time off studying! This can make you feel even worse …

What I learnt from being sober for 10 months

During my first year of University, many students began to participate in ‘Sober October’ as a way of giving their livers a bit of a break and doing a good deed for charity at the same time. However, I thought that I could use a challenge and really needed to get my head down for work so …

Tips on writing an essay that you’re completely stuck on

Regardless of whether you’re a fresher who is stumped on an essay relating to a topic that you’ve never even though about, let alone know much about, or whether you’re a final year student that currently has mush for a brain due to processing endless information for your other modules, we can all get stuck …

Reasons to Work Part-Time During Your Studies

I remember starting University and feeling overwhelmed with how incredible it felt to have so much money (i.e my overdraft) until I paid rent for my catered halls… and then had nothing left! Since then, I have always been working part-time (I am in currently in 4th year) and I haven’t looked back since! If …

Top Tips for your Year Abroad

I was fortunate enough to be able to spend the third year of my degree in Paris – my favourite city in the world. However, it can be easy to look back on the whole experience through a rose-tinted lens so I’ve done some reflecting on things that I wish I had known before I …