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Things I’m grateful for during quarantine

Growing up, I was always an aggressively optimistic kid. I could find the silver lining in almost any situation. Many years later, in the face of a pandemic and an uncertain future, that, has become my super-power. With nothing but the sad and the bad everywhere we look, I thought it would be a nice …

A Farewell Walk Around Campus

On Tuesday, I took my last ever walk around campus. I am home now and, as I recount those farewell footsteps, water gathers on my eyeballs and mirrors my sapphire-blue irises back at themselves, reminding me of my beauty. I went into campus to steal one last glance at its stunning trees etc., but also …

I Tried My Hand at Nocturnal Living

Three weeks ago, I saw an owl sleeping on a branch in the light of day. Various factors made me raise my palm to my face and ask, “Why don’t I try my hand at nocturnal living? Why don’t I, like this owl, shut my eyes to the sun and live by the moon?” The …

Sustainability Week: How to be a more Sustainable Student

Tomorrow marks the beginning of University of Nottingham’s Sustainability week. From University Mental Health Day to Advocate Magazine launch, this upcoming week promises to cover all aspects of Sustainability. News about climate change and evidence of our detrimental impact on the environment can often leave you wondering, what could I possibly do to be more …

The Top One Washing Up Tip

Washing up is awful. If it weren’t for washing up, then I would perhaps cook. I do cook, but nothing complex, just small portions of ravioli – one pan meals. If washing up was pleasant, I would cook two or even three pan meals that involve knives, chopping boards, sieves, whisks- but it isn’t pleasant. …

How to Improve Your Student Living

Many of you may be thinking about your accommodation next year. Maybe you’re a first year excited by the chance to move out of halls and live with friends. Or you might be a second year hoping for a better living experience in your final year. Student living can be difficult, there’s no one to  …

How to Process Feedback

Every now and then, you will receive feedback for an essay and discover that some of your points and ideas have been rejected. Here are some coping mechanisms: Bias Entertain the possibility that the marker is subject to certain biases that have prevented them from fully understanding the full meaning of your ideas. Then, become …

How to Budget in the Kitchen

The thought of cooking for yourself everyday can be quite daunting. Between lectures, deadlines, extra curriculars, and having a social life; cooking healthy meals each night all while living on a budget may seem impossible. But don’t worry, with a bit of planning and a few you-tube videos, cooking for yourself at university will become …

A Place Worth Knowing

In Lenton, there is a place lit entirely by gas lamps. Go there in the evening and it’s like stepping straight into a Victorian night. The houses are old and huge, and some of the roads are wide enough to host a slalom. There are trees that I’ve no idea the names of, but are …

5 Places to Study on Campus Outside of the Library

We’re in the second week of the dreaded exam period. By this point, you’ve likely spent countless hours in George Green or Hallward library, having to get there super early to guarantee a space amongst the masses of students which descend upon UoN libraries during this busy time. Often revising in the same space day …