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A Friend in Need…

I want you to sift through your memories of the last few years. Do you remember a time when a friend had a crisis? A breakup, a failed paper, maybe? Counselling a friend through a difficult time is one of the almost universal experiences of coming to university. Most people will be away from home …

Chinese New Year – Learning About Its Festivities

Chinese New Year (also called the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival) is the most anticipated event of the year in the Chinese calendar and is a FANTASTIC spectacle to witness. Seen as a public holiday here in Singapore, us students were lucky enough to be given time off to observe and enjoy the celebrations …

Things People Say to English Students

‘I bet you love reading’ I mean, it would be strange if I did do an English degree if I completely hated reading, but try enjoyment of such does not necessarily mean that I love all the books that I’m required to read. Although having a passion for the subject (most of the time) does …

Lots of Love ♥

Valentine’s Day is like Marmite. People either love it, or they hate it. I’m one of those weird people who is ambivalent about both. I like aspects of Valentine’s Day, not so much the commercial side of it. It’s a great reminder to show those you love just how much you care, because despite the …

Saving ££ at Uni

  Keeping up with finances at university is really hard. I used to feel as though there was always something I just needed to buy and I was constantly spending. And there comes that time when you look at your rent due, the social plans you’ve made and your bank account and realise you’re probably …

Last year PhD worries?

Are you about to finish your PhD this year? Or you maybe just started your PhD and you wonder how is it to be last year PhD? Do you think of how to ‘bite’ that last piece of your time at Uni? What smart steps you should take to finish it without much stress? This …

In Defence of ‘Nice’

Maybe it was feedback on a story you wrote at school, perhaps it was a comment by a lecturer or perhaps even advice on a creative writing course, but I would hazard a guess that at some point you have been told not to call things ‘nice’. This is perfectly good writing advice; it’s a …

Why ‘Blue Monday’ is a myth? (and other optimistic things)

Over a decade ago, psychologist Cliff Arnall coined the term ‘Blue Monday’ to mark the third Monday of January, also known as the most depressing day of the year. According to a formula he published, factors such as grim weather conditions, failed new year’s resolutions, and post-holiday period debt contributed to making this day the …

How To Stick To Your New Semester Goals

It’s that time of year again. The new semester has begun, and we’re all thinking the same thing. We just can’t afford to let this semester go the same way as the last one. This year you’re going to be at every lecture. This year you’re going to get coursework finished well before the deadlines. …

Volunteering at University

So, you’ve heard of new year, new you, right? But how about using the new year to not only improve your own life, but the lives of others within the wider community. In the process of taking time to help someone else, you in turn will be helping yourself in a range of ways – …