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Being on Exchange – Semester One vs. Semester Two

So semester two of my year abroad is well underway now, and having already sat my exams in December – because that’s just how they roll here on this side of the world – it’s back to those 8am lectures and six-hour lab-sessions! (Fun, I know). But having already been in Singapore one semester already, …

5 tips for studying abroad

I’m Maddy and I’m a third year Management and French student currently on a semester abroad at KEDGE Business School in Bordeaux, France and I want to share 5 tips for people considering or planning to study abroad. Join the international student’s society and get involved in international student’s welcome week Most host schools have …

My Guide to Surviving University

—> For those of you who don’t like walls of text, skim over the TLDR; in bold to get the general gist of the post! I’m aiming this blog post at all those A-level students who’ve recently found out what University they’ve got into. First things first, give yourself a pat on the back because …

Being a ‘graduand’

So I only figured out what the word ‘graduand’ meant a couple of weeks ago. It refers to that weird limbo period in final year where you finish your exams but you have not yet graduated and its the position that most of us final years are in. After 3 years of grueling exams (okay …

48 hours in Wroclaw

Picture this – we’re sitting in my room late one evening armed with our laptops and various flight booking websites, trying to compete with each other on who could get the cheapest flight to somewhere in Europe. What was the result? We booked tickets to Wrocław, Poland for £45 return. Finally, for three days I …

How the EU enriched my degree

It’s no secret, I am a Europhile. Since I was a child, annual trips to France were the highlight of my summer. As soon as I got the chance, I took up French so that I could understand what my family and their friends across the stream were chatting about – 10 years later, I’ve …

My UoN highlights: #1 Learning a Language

As third year draws to a reluctant (and panicky) end, more and more I find my nostalgic finalist self wistfully reminiscing upon the highlights of my years at UoN. One of the most fun and most important experiences of my studenthood has been learning Dutch. We English are famed for only speaking, well… English. And not even …

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

Who needs a grad job when you can do all this…?!

Your Bachelor’s Degree title is creeping ever closer, and instead of relishing the thought of putting BA or BSc after your name, you’re wishing you had another year because, quite frankly, real life is scary. No? Just me? Ok then, let’s just pretend I tried and failed to get a grad job; like many other …

How to survive a trip to Shanghai (上海)

So all of our friends were busy travelling at weekends, so my friend Bety and I decided that it was about time to make a move too. What better place to start than Shanghai, an enormous economic hub only a few hours away from Ningbo. Well… I say a few hours away, but it depends …