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Dealing with the good, the bad and the downright ridiculous parts of uni life – Part 2: The Bad

I’m now in my 4th year at university, and it’s only with new students arriving this term, some of whom were born in 2002 (unfathomable to me, a 90s baby!) that I have realised that actually, I have now spent *quite a significant* amount of time at university and in doing so, have had a …

Dealing with the good, the bad and the downright ridiculous parts of uni life – Part 1: The Good

I’m now in my 4th year at university, and it’s only with new students arriving this term, some of whom were born in 2002 (unfathomable to me, a 90s baby!) that I have realised that actually, I have now spent *quite a significant* amount of time at university and in doing so, have had a …

Welfare in Sport

I’m Issy and I’m a 4th year medical student at Nottingham – I felt the need for a reintroduction, seeing as I’ve been writing on this blog for two years now! One of my very first blogs was about sport and mental health – its always been a passion of mine: now I am involved …

What is the Students’ Union?

The Students’ Union – it’s a term you may have heard thrown around when applying for university, on open days, looking on websites, but what, and who, exactly is the SU, and what does it mean for you as a University of Nottingham student? Officers Every year, a new set of officers are elected to …

Post-Summer Blues

Okay, so I may have just coined the ‘Post Summer Blues’ term there, but trust me, this is definitely a thing. I know I get this feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach as the classically summery month of August passes quicker with every day, and tips over into the realm of September, which …

The soundtrack to your degree!

I’ve had quite a lot of time on my hands during the last few months… and I can’t lie, I don’t think I made the most of the time I had in terms of productivity. I’ve eaten too much, slept too much, exercised too little. However, there is one thing that I have developed my …

A Tale of Two Cities

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity.” For me, those two cities in the time of COVID-19 are Nottingham and London. On March 19th, I drove …

15 things I’m looking forward to when things get back to normal.

I’ll keep this one short and sweet, as I know that life has been hurling things at us left right and centre recently, and it can get overwhelming to say the very least. I’ve been thinking recently about how much I miss university, and know I’m definitely not the only one. I thought I would …

A letter to my friends in their final year.

Do you remember your first day at Nottingham? I do. Saturday 23rd September 2017. Moving into Cripps Hall, being so nervous I couldn’t eat anything on the drive up from London, but somehow it dissipated until that same day, we were up all night, 7 of us crowded into a single room, laughing about a …

Why I’m spending my time doing art

I’ve always quite enjoyed doing art. I guess I’ve grown up with it – my grandmother and uncle are both artists and taught me a lot of what I know. As I’ve grown older though, I’ve found I have less and less time to do art myself, because there is so much else going on …