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A week in my life as a university student

University life is miles apart from the spoon-fed, laid-back student life I was used to at high school. For those of you wondering what university will be like (or what it’s like for someone on a different course to yours), here’s what a week in my life typically looks like*. Monday – Lectures used to …

Tips for Applying to University

Those of you that are reading this right now are probably in the midst of applying to university, or at the very least, thinking about it. Whether or not you apply to Nottingham – I’d suggest you do; it’s wonderful – the following tips will help you make the most out of the next few …

Maintaining long distance friendships at university

Growing up, my friends and I dreamed of travelling across the world for university whilst maintain a ‘sisterhood of the traveling pants’-esque friendship. Having spent 2 years in Nottingham with friends in New York, Singapore, Sydney and the likes, I can truly attest that one of the hardest parts of leaving home is leaving your …

Getting Organized at University

Come Monday, Welcome Week 2018 came to an end. For those of you who just joined us at Nottingham, I have no doubt that you’ve had one of the most fulfilling, spontaneous and exciting weeks of your life. For the rest of us veterans, it’s been a week filled with nostalgia and failed attempts to …

Healthcare in the UK – A Guide for International Students

As an aspiring doctor, one of the things that attracted me to the UK was its one-of-a-kind healthcare system. However, as a student, the differences in the system and its associated complications were a nightmare to navigate. As an incoming fresher, you’re bound to get fresher’s flu; and even if you dodge a bullet there, …

How To: Fight Fresher’s Flu

Fresher’s week is known for many things; wild nights out, campus fairs, cliché pictures at the ‘Nottingham’ sign. One of the biggest things you’re headed for, however, is the dreaded fresher’s flu. And trust me, there’s no escaping this one. While we at Nottingham do want you all to enjoy your fresher’s week, we also …

What to expect when you’re expecting….to come to Nottingham

The coming fall will mark 2 years since I made the 4000-mile trek to the University of Nottingham. With the start of a new academic year looming, I have decided to use my blog to advise incoming international students on what to expect upon arrival and how to transition to life in Nottingham as easily …

Baby Steps: Preparing for University

I like to believe that this blog attracts a whole array of readers but many of you probably landed here while scouring through the internet for tips on preparing for university. Well, I’m here to deliver exactly that! With less than 2 months to go, this new chapter in your life is just around the …

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 …

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 …