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ClickSilver: My Volunteering Experience

Last term, every Wednesday from 1-3.30 I was enrolled in a volunteering scheme, ClickSilver. Instead of spending my afternoons staring ta my laptop whilst convincing myself I was being productive, I decided to do something that was actually worthwhile. ClickSilver is a scheme run by Business in the Community, Capital One and Age UK in …

Student Essentials – Food Edition

So, you’re a student. You need to fend for yourselves. The shops are overwhelming lairs of edible goods that you didn’t even know existed, you have a limited budget and you simply don’t know where to begin. Luckily for you, I am here to help (at least I think so anyway). I consider myself a …

How to Get Out of a Midterm Slump

So, we’re half way through the second term of university (how that happened beats me), it’s cold, dark and bleak to say the least outside. Chances are you’re starting to think about impending pieces of coursework / exams and are lacking the motivation to do anything about these matters. Fear no, my friend, because I …

Things People Say to English Students

‘I bet you love reading’ I mean, it would be strange if I did do an English degree if I completely hated reading, but try enjoyment of such does not necessarily mean that I love all the books that I’m required to read. Although having a passion for the subject (most of the time) does …

Volunteering at University

So, you’ve heard of new year, new you, right? But how about using the new year to not only improve your own life, but the lives of others within the wider community. In the process of taking time to help someone else, you in turn will be helping yourself in a range of ways – …

How to Handle Coursework Stress

It is a thing nobody talks about. Lecturers constantly speak of remaining calm whilst doing coursework and exams, but never do they mention the stress that comes during the process of handing in coursework. I must admit that I am a naturally stressy person, but having consulted a number of impartial sources (ahem, my housemates), …

The Five Stages of the Christmas Holidays

Stage One: You will eat all of the food You thought you ate well at university. You refrained from eating a diet of pot noodles, actually ate some vegetables and operated the oven on the odd occasion, you may as well have popped on a chef’s coat and entered the Masterchef kitchen. That was before …

What to Take Home Over Christmas

Come September, there are plenty of resources out there telling you what to pack for university. *Ahem, I may have even wrote a little cheeky something myself*. However, what no one tells you is how hard it is to pack to go home again during the holidays. Despite only being home for a maximum of …

How to Make it to your 9am

Now, as the saying goes, you are either a lark or an owl, aka, you are either a morning or a night person. Luckily for me, there is no better feeling than having an early night only to wake up two hours before is needed so that I can spend the morning doing whatever I …

Things to Consider When Choosing Housemates

In Nottingham, student houses seem to go fast. Come the Christmas holidays, most people will have got a house for the next academic year under their belt so since it is already November, it is worth starting to look for next year’s accommodation. Daunting it may be, but to help calm your panic or clean …