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Coping with Homesickness – An International Student’s Perspective

When COVID-19 first made its appearance, students were asked to return to their permanent addresses for the foreseeable future. For international students, like myself, this meant flying across the world to cities we had left years ago. Now, rounding out my 5th month back home, I realise that this is the longest I have spent …

How to Make the Most out of Freshers Week

Ahh freshers week…there’s nothing quite like it. It’s one of the most exciting yet terrifying weeks of your life. Read on to find out how to make the most of it !! Put yourself out there Starting university is scary. You’re in a new city, living with strangers, and without the home comforts you’ve grown accustomed …

Your First Week in Halls

If you haven’t yet, check out my post about ‘your first night in halls’ – this post is definitely a continuation from that one! What is waiting for you in your first week in halls? Well…  Your first shopping trip If you’re in self-catered halls, this will probably be a massive grocery shop – hopefully …

Your First Night In Halls

Just imagine… You’re finally here! Welcome to Uni of Nottingham! You’re all moved in- maybe you’ve travelled from really far away or maybe you were a short journey away- either way, I bet you’re tired. It’s a stressful experience! Maybe before returning home, your parents will spend a day in Nottingham with you? Maybe, you’ll …

What to Pack for University

The big question everyone has before moving out for the first time: what do I pack? Before coming to university, I read so many articles and watched so many youtube videos about this exact topic. The truth is that your packing list will be very unique to YOU. You need to consider what are some …

A Shopper’s Guide to University: What to Buy & Where to Shop?

I absolutely love shopping. I could spend hours strolling around my favourite stores; and that’s no exaggeration. Ironically, shopping for university was one of my least favourite aspects of moving into my dorm room in first year. If you’re heading to Nottingham in September, keep reading to learn more about what to buy and where …

5 Things I’ve Learnt From My 1st Year

Ahh, first year. Before moving to Nottingham I was filled with equal parts excitement and anxiety, and I bet you feel somewhat similar. I may not have all the answers, but I can definitely share my experience with you! Being fresh out of my first year and onto my second, here are 5 things I’ve …

Skills to Perfect Before Coming to University

In less than 2 months, the University of Nottingham will open its doors to thousands of eager students ready to start a new chapter in their lives. Going to university is a life-changing experience; one filled with uncertainty and growth. This year, the “fresher” experience may look a little different, courtesy COVID-19. But there are …

Tackling your workload over Christmas break

You just know you’re getting close to Christmas break when Nottingham’s Christmas market is back and lecturers are letting loose a bit. And what a wonderful time of year it is! The food markets are back and busy, the Christmas trees are up and you’ve made it through yet another semester. However, adulthood waits for …

Looking back on welcome week, three years later…

Back in 2016… I started welcome week at university as a fresh-faced, just-turned-18 year old with four A Levels, zero life skills, and a long-held ambition to become a vet. Now I’m a just-turned-21 year old with a degree, a fair few more life skills than I started out with (I hope), and a slightly …