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On The Twelfth Day Of Christmas My Uni Gave To Me…

With the first semester over, it’s fair to say these few months have been the strangest, most eventful, but most exciting ones of my 18 years. Seeing it’s Christmas, I thought of nothing better to write about than a nice little festive reflection of those past 12 weeks. I hope you like it, here’s my …

How I Spent My Christmas Holiday in University

I remember bidding my hallmates goodbye as they returned home for the Christmas holidays. But, staying back in uni over the Christmas holidays doesn’t have to be a gloomy experience. Here are a few activities that kept me busy during my first Christmas holiday away from home: 1. I attended a Christmas party Who says …

Spending the summer in Notts? Be a tourist!

It’s rather an English tradition that, come summer, students flock back to the nest for a few months instead of sticking around their university town. A Dutch friend of mine found this bizarre and confusing – why would you want to go back to your parents’ place? (Aside from cheaper living costs, of course…) For …

Stranded… but not forgotten

Oh China, the only place that would have tourist buses to the Great Wall, but no tourist buses back. Okay… I admit we did get a little adventurous and decided to venture out to a deserted part of the wall 120km outside of Beijing, (金山岭 if

Ski Trip Blues

I woke up on Sunday two weeks ago with the smell of sunshine and snow and skiing seeping under my door. I struggled with the clasps on my boots and bumbled with my poles but by early morning I was out on the slopes, gliding across freshly-fallen snow with the Val Thorens air coursing through my hair. …

A Few Things I’m Missing About Uni

In the days leading up to Christmas I made a post about what I was looking forward to about going home. Now that I’m at home, it only seems right to make a post about what I’m missing back at uni…   1: Sainsbury’s on Derby Road It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, you …

Remember the important things

There’s one thing that we’re victim to at this time of year. It’s hiding under the bed, it’s looming above the mirror, and it lurks around every corner: beware the cunning complacency. It’s not surprising really; after a whole hectic term of hard work, especially come the final few days, every student feels spent (in …

“Home” for the holidays

Christmas break has arrived! It’s the first holiday for first years; a time when every fresher has to grapple with one simple (or, not so simple) word: home. Many students say they’re going ‘home for the holidays’, meaning that they’ll be returning to their parents’ or family’s house. Yet confusion then arises in what to …

Why I’m Looking Forward to Christmas at Home

  It is officially the season to be jolly. Christmas trees are being erected, the market is in full slow, shoppers are still manically rampaging through Black Friday’s leftovers in an effort to scrape together their Christmas shopping. Us restless students have finally handed in our Decemeber deadlines and are free of Hallward and George Green, …

4 Reasons Being On 4-Year Course is Great (and not so great)

  PROs 1. Putting off “Real World” Responsibilities (for the time-being) You get to put off post university responsibilities for at least another year. Think about it, while your university friends who are graduating this year are stressing about things like finding a job or moving back home you are still warm in your little university bubble! …