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Tips and Tricks to Help You Stay Motivated During Exam Time

This blog post was written by second year English student, Jaya Prabhakar. Whether you have exams, coursework deadlines or both coming up, it’s safe to say that the exam period can be a stressful time and, like many of you reading this I’m sure, in the past I have struggled with the task of staying …

Harry Potter and the Library of Nostalgia

This blog post was written by first year English student, Polly Moss. Having reread the first Harry Potter book over Easter for my course, I was struck both by how nostalgic the book made me, as well as how far it was possible to continue to appreciate the series as both a child and as …

Book review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

This blog post was written by second year English and Philosophy student, Emily Patel. I don’t read much for pleasure outside of my studies, sadly, but going on holiday recently gave me the chance to delve into a book. I got a few books for Christmas, and I decided to start with ‘Never Let Me …

Volunteering at the Nottingham Debating Union

This blog post was written by (2+2) English Language and Literature student, Yangyang Zheng. I was introduced to British Parliamentary Style Debate in my first year at UNNC. I joined the Nottingham Debating Union China (NDUC), and later, in my second year, became its president. Debating has always been a great way to force me to …

The End of My Raleigh Experience

This blog post was written by third year English student, Anna Parry. It is nearly six months now since I’ve been home from my ten weeks volunteering abroad in Tanzania, Africa with Raleigh International. The experience that I had was incredible, a summer I will never forget. Looking back now, it seems that I lived …

Book Review: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

This blog post was written by second year English student, Jaya Prabhakar. Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita has been recommended to me multiple times, so finally I sat down and began reading it…and couldn’t stop. The novel chronicling Humbert Humbert’s ‘passion’ for Lolita is as engaging as it is disconcerting. Avoiding spoilers, the novel is written from …

In Defence of ‘The YouTube Book’

This blog post was written by first year English student, Polly Moss. When walking into a Waterstones or WHSmith and heading to the Young Adult section nowadays it is not uncommon to come across a shelf reserved specifically for books written by YouTubers. Nestled among the vampire romance and dystopian fiction many remember as the …

From China to UK: What to Expect

Hi, I’m Yangyang majoring in English Literature. It’s my first year here and a pleasure to share my blog with you. My preparation for studying in the UK at the University of Nottingham started a year ago. Before that, living in the UK was just an abstract idea. I was barely prepared to fit into …

Second year – the future is near!

This blog post was written by second year English and Philosophy student, Emily Patel Now that I am in my second year of university, many things are different. I am now living in a house instead of halls, and I have new modules. Both of these changes are for the better – although living in …

Hold the Vision, Trust the Process

This blog post was written by third year Classical Civilisation and English student, Rosanna Bell. When people would say ‘university years are the best years of your life’, I took it as pressure to make it so. Suddenly, in my third and final year, I’m increasingly questioning whether my university experience will fulfil this expectation. …