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Feeling Festive: Fun Winter Activities

Last year I barely noticed Christmas was approaching until the last week of term… this year its constantly on my mind! Maybe it’s the amount of deadlines I have before the end of term that’s pushing me towards festive procrastination… With that in mind, here’s a list of 23* activities you can try to get …

‘Why do you volunteer when you don’t get paid?’

The title of this post comes from a conversation with my brother over the weekend. I was busy telling my family about all of the volunteering projects I’ve been involved with this term and other ones I want to do. Initially I didn’t really know how to respond. I mean, he makes a good point…Why, …

Interested in blogging about your life as a student?

Are you keen to share your experience, boost your CV and earn money by blogging for your University? Get paid £7.20 (plus holiday pay) an hour to write about your life as a student. Blogs will be aimed at fellow UoN students and applicants, and will usually focus on life outside the lecture theatre, what …

Eating my way round Nottingham

It’s easy when planning to go out to eat to head to a well known chain. There’s reasons why places like Nandos are so popular – you know what to expect, its cheap, its familiar. For me, eating in a familiar place is reassuring as I know where can cater for my allergies. But recently …

Where to get Cheap Books

When it comes to your university course, it is highly likely that you will be required to purchase at least some books. Although you will probably be given a list at containing the names of 10 plus books, it is worth finding out which ones are absolutely necessary since books can be expensive even without …

Finding the time to do ‘everything’

University life is a treasure trove of opportunities. There’s so many things I want to get involved with on a daily basis. It would be silly of me not to take up these chances whilst I can. But time and energy are huge factors that need to be considered. Since being involved in Welcome Week …

Welcome! and Welcome Back!

It’s that time of the year again… Welcome Week! This is the week that new students join and experience their first taste of university life, but it’s not all about the first years… Welcome is for everyone, so welcome back to the best university 😉 I’m a Welcome Mentor this year so my time for …

The beginning and the end: musings of a retiring student

One week from now I shall submit my MRes thesis. A glorious, joyous moment of self-praise and achievement, followed by a quick sojourn to my subconscious for a fleeting moment of WHAT THE HECK DO I DO NOW???, before regaining composure and marching post-haste to the nearest fine English tavern/Inn/pub/watering-hole/reduced unbranded supermarket beer shelf. In …

City explorations: Birmingham

Back in June I wrote a post about nearby cities I wanted to visit before the end of term. In the end though, I went home earlier than I’d planned and I didn’t end up going on these day trips. Yesterday I had the chance to make up for it. My housemate and I decided …

Overcoming anxiety and peer pressure during Freshers week

If you’re anything like me, then the excitement of going to Uni might currently be battling (and maybe even losing) against fear, anxiety and nervousness. I was super worried about peer pressure when I was about to begin my undergrad, but I soon realised that few things are ever as scary or imposing in real …