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“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 …

Between worlds: Growing up as a ‘Third Culture Kid’

Recently, I wrangled my family together to watch Hasan Minhaj’s comedy special on Netflix. For those of you who don’t know who that is, Minhaj gained massive popularity as a correspondent on The Daily Show and for his witty banter and unbridled honesty at the White House correspondent’s dinner. His comedy special, Homecoming King, however, …

Throwback Tuesday: Placements During High School

While I was scrolling through social media as I do much too often these days, I came across a message from a former mentor that I met two summers ago. She is a paediatric surgeon who used to work at the Frontier Lifeline Hospital in Chennai, India. And it is under her guidance that I …

Dear incoming first years, here’s what to expect

University is supposed to be the ‘time of your life’. It’s what everyone always says. And it’s probably what you wholeheartedly believe as you spend your last summer preparing to be a freshman this fall. I bet you’ve already heard of all the people you’ll meet and places you’ll go. The things you’ll see and …

A Love Letter To My First Year At Uni

Hello again! It’s been quite a while since I’ve had a chance to blog about my life at university and that’s probably because I haven’t had much of a life for the past few weeks. However, I managed to scrape through finals week which means I’ve successfully made it through one whole year at Nottingham …

“What do you want to do when you grow up?”

“What do you do?”   I knew he was referring to what course I was studying at university. But instead, I responded the way I always have; with what I really do.   “I write. I also go hiking sometimes and I play tennis.” I tell him I like being creative and watching sunsets.  “I …

The Juggling Student: Maintaining a Work-Life Balance Over Easter Break

Work-life balance. I think I speak for every student out there when I say that we’ve all been plagued by those words before. It’s the dreaded balance between work and play; between due dates and dinner dates. The concept is seemingly hardest to grasp now that we’re a week into Easter break. For those of …

How to live the ‘not-so-broke’ student life

If you ask someone what they want most out of life, you’ll get a whole variety of answers. Love. Happiness. Education. Travel. But if you ask a university student what we want most out of our lives (as of right now, at least) and we’ll all say the same thing; money. Whether you’re saving for …

10 Things To Be Grateful For

As we close in on our much-awaited Easter break, university has been kicking us in the gut just a little bit harder. With a particularly difficult week ahead of me, I decided to dedicate this blog post to a few things that I am grateful for.   University education at a great university. As tiring …