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Looking back on welcome week, three years later…

Back in 2016… I started welcome week at university as a fresh-faced, just-turned-18 year old with four A Levels, zero life skills, and a long-held ambition to become a vet. Now I’m a just-turned-21 year old with a degree, a fair few more life skills than I started out with (I hope), and a slightly …

Adjusting to the Academic Step Up

So with the second week of September having come and gone, university is edging ever nearer, and all the anxieties and fears associated with a new beginning – the environment, the activities, the people – will begin to spring forth, filling your mind with question after question, what if’s and but how’s. Okay so that …

A non-drinker’s guide to Fresher’s week

Ask around and anyone will tell you that Fresher’s week is all about the parties and non-stop drinking. It is an inescapable stereotype. But, in reality, your time at university is whatever you want it to be. If you don’t enjoy drinking alcohol or don’t drink for personal reasons, there’s still plenty of ways to …

Expectations vs Reality of Student Life

Whether you’re getting ready to head into your first or final year at Uni, we’ve all heard the same comments from family and friends over summer such as ‘Enjoy your last proper meal before going back on the noodles’ or ‘Why are you tired? Did you too much partying this term?’.  However, everyone has different experiences at Uni …

Making Friends at University

So we’re almost into September now and with our summer daze all but ending, the countdown to the start of the new academic year has begun! It’s all VERY exciting, but as the prospect of university edges nearer and nearer, the thought of preparing for it can seem daunting since it brings up a whole …

Everything you need to know about coming to uni

You did it! 🙌 You’ve got your grades, your place and the countdown to moving day has started. But there’s so much information you need to know and you may feel a bit like this… ⬇️ It’s ok, we’ve gathered together the most important things you need to know. Share your joy using #UoNFreshers Add …

Adjusting to life in a city

Having moved to Nottingham from a small village near Newcastle, I enjoyed the first few years of my University life in halls and then in the wholesome community of Dunkirk. I didn’t find these moves too difficult as I was still close enough to the city to be able to wander and explore it whenever …

How to Improve Your Week with Small Changes

How to  improve your week with small changes – it’s all about the baby steps! Getting back into the swing of University after a long summer break can be difficult and it’s easy to become overwhelmed. That’s why I’ve put together a list of small things which you can do every day to help keep …

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, …