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What Happens When You Become an English Student

You will be able to talk your way out of any given scenario. All that essay writing allows you to become skilled when it comes to arguing a point, even when you aren’t 100% behind it. In those scenarios where you are in the midst of a debating about whose turn it is to buy …

Things I’d Tell My ‘Before Uni’ Self

This past week, I’ve been having a really tough time at uni. Even though I’m more settled than ever, and happier than I’ve ever been, it’s been really horrible. Everything little thing has been getting to me and making every day seem like a complete chore. It’s really hit home that even though these days …

Living in Halls

Living in halls has its upsides and its downsides. I’m not going to tell you that it’s all glitter and gold, because simply that’s not the case. However, I am also not going to tell you that it is hell, because that too is far from the truth. Halls for most people are their first …

Will You Be My Valentine?

Lovesick, love-struck, or loveless? Valentine’s Day brings about all kinds of emotions: excitement, gratitude, sadness, maybe even disgust. We all have a different opinion on the day, and all deal with it accordingly. Whether you’re like me and are a cold-hearted love hater turned soppy, hopeless romantic or just appreciate the day because of the …

The National Student Survey 2017

What is the survey? “The survey is made up of 27 questions covering things such as the teaching on your course, assessment and feedback, academic support, learning resources, the Students’ Union and your overall satisfaction.“ –   Aimed at undergraduate students in final year –   Takes around 10 minutes –   Multiple choice questions –   Opinion box at …

5 Ways University Is Just Like Hogwarts

Recently, I have started to relisten to the fantastic Harry Potter audiobooks voiced by Stephen Fry. I quickly began to notice parallels between university life and life at Hogwarts (minus all the epic magic unfortunately). Here’s a list of 5 ways in which the University of Nottingham is just like Hogwarts!   1.The People Almost …

University: Expectations vs Reality

COOKING – Expectation: despite having no culinary experience, you will be quite the magician in the kitchen. Lasagne? Pips. Soufflé? Easy. A flame grilled chicken breast in a garlic crumb coating, accompanied by homemade Cajun sweet potato fries and a lemon zested guacamole relish? Completed it, mate. Everything you touch will turn into something worthy …

The Devil Wears Primark

Do you ever walk around campus and catch yourself gawping at beautifully dressed women fluttering their way from building to building in gorgeous fabrics, and you’re left feeling like Andrea Sachs on her first day at Runway? I know I do. These ladies, or sorcerers perhaps, seem to have managed to come out on top …

Driving Home for Christmas

Now, don’t get me wrong: I am having the time of my life at university. However, having experienced by first 12 week term(!!!) here, I well and truly am ready to get on the first train home. University life is great but, something which I and several other people I have talked to have realised …

The Trump Slump: Can the World Recover?

The recent presidential election has evoked terror, shock, and utter dismay in people all over the globe. The decision to elect Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States of America, in my opinion, has placed the country in a kind of self-destructive time machine, sending it back decades, if not centuries, into …