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Coping With Homesickness While At University

About a year ago, I wrote a post that alluded to the feelings of homesickness that we all face every now and then. At the time, I was still a fresh-faced first year who couldn’t fathom ever seeing Nottingham as home. Fast-forward a year later and I’m now halfway through second year and happier than …

Why ‘Blue Monday’ is a myth? (and other optimistic things)

Over a decade ago, psychologist Cliff Arnall coined the term ‘Blue Monday’ to mark the third Monday of January, also known as the most depressing day of the year. According to a formula he published, factors such as grim weather conditions, failed new year’s resolutions, and post-holiday period debt contributed to making this day the …

Hallward Library – A Cheat Sheet for Exam Season

If you’re one of the lucky ones, you’re probably done with exam season already. Unfortunately, for some of us, the nightmares are only beginning. Over the past few days, watching my housemates taking some well-deserved time off has forced me to become a resident of Hallward Library. You’d think I’d spend my time there wisely …

Handling Academic Setbacks

With exam season just around the corner, I recently felt an unfamiliar wave of anxiety coming my way. Some introspection revealed that my panic was most probably a reaction to the academic setbacks I faced last year. From growing up in a culture that heavily focused on top grades to never having faced academic failure …

How To Stay Healthy Over Christmas

Christmas is synonymous with many things. Hot chocolate, ugly Christmas sweaters and Michael Buble to name a few. However, one thing that definitely does not scream Christmas is the word ‘healthy’. Whether you’re heading home to your families over the festive period or you’re going on a trip with some friends, December is a time …

Self-Care Saturday: Taking Care Of Yourself At University

Hey guys! Guess who’s back and ready to talk to you all about the most underrated aspect of university life: self-care? After spending years as an over-achiever and perfectionist, it was natural for me to want to be the best version of myself at university. However, it became way too easy to mistake being the …

Day In The Life Of A Medical Student: Hospital Placements

One of the most exciting things about medical school is the opportunity to go on placement. However, roaming the wards with little to no medical knowledge can be quite daunting. That’s exactly why I’m here to break it down for you. In years 1 and 2, we’re still fledglings and our only practical exposure is …

Alternative night outs for the non-drinkers

Recently, I spoke to a few first years who claimed that they felt left out at university because they didn’t drink alcohol. It got me thinking about how some aspects of uni life can be difficult for non-drinkers. From an endless barrage of questions about why you don’t drink to the many people who’ll try …

“First Year Grades Don’t Count, Do They?”

I don’t remember much of what was said at my induction lecture in first year, but one thing stuck with me; “First year grades don’t count towards your final degree”. While this may not be true for every course, it is something I heard over and over again from friends and professors alike. Naturally, it …

How To Make Halls Feel More Like Home

With the start of the new academic year, a lot of you will be moving into halls for the first time ever! As exciting as that exclamation mark makes it seem, the move is rarely anything but time consuming, messy, and tiring. Trading in your comfy bedroom back home for the shoebox that is uni …