Monday, 31 August 2015

My First Year || Interview || Anastasia/Stas


1. What course do you study?

I study Management of the production sector. It's includes economics, management, marketing, logistic and many different interesting subjects. 

2. Did you move into University accommodation or stay at home?

I've stayed at home, because it's takes only 30 minute drive to my University from my home. But I'm sure that living in community with your uni friends is super funny and not scary. 

3. What have been some of your favourite parts of university so far

If we're talking about subjects - the most favourite was economics. I really enjoyed study this subject in school and love study it at the university, not matter if it's hard. If we are talking about Uni at all: I think that my favourite thing is that there are so many interest and amazing people, which have the same interest as you have. At my university study about 14000 student, so every day you can meet new friends!

4. What have been some of the worst parts of university so far

Sometimes, I'm super lazy and un-organized human. And when you have so many home work you should do I was doing it at last moment. That's why I had got so many stresses. It was the worst.

5. Are you happy with your choice to go to university? Would you change your course?

Yes I am. My mom let me chance to choose by myself. I was thinking about it so long time even last year. But with the time I understood that I am on the right way :) 

6. Do you have any advice for Freshers coming to university this September or any words of wisdom?

Do not be afraid. This is the most important.
You'll meet so many new people, some of them will be your new best friends maybe, but you should remember that not everyone wish you good. The study will be easy for you if you study as is needed. But at all: work hard, have fun, no drama

7. Describe your first year in 3 words


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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

My First Year || Interview || Chantel



1. What course are you studying?
 I was studying International Business Languages with Management which is a long winded way of saying a joint  degree in Int. Bus. Man & Spanish. Now I'm in the process of dropping the Spanish part so I'm on a flexi course right now with no name!

2. Did you move into halls or stay at home?
I moved into halls and it was the worst decision ever. I couldn't have stayed at home as it was a new city but I really wish I got myself a flat because it honestly would have made the year 10x easier.

3. What have been some of your favourite parts of university so far?
The people! Through moving city I met sooo many people that I obviously couldn't have met otherwise - that part's pretty fab. And the opportunities that arose from moving to a new city too.

4. What have been some of the worst parts of university so far?
Um... most of it for me! The past year has basically been horrible with issue after issue and the stress of uni really didn't help. The main uni issue for me though was that a teacher decided she really didn't like me, like, at all. They're the reason that I'm changing course because I couldn't stand the thought of studying under them for the next three years! I'm hoping that cutting out that stress will be such a benefit for me next year because if second year is anything like my first then I'm dropping out!

5. Are you happy with your choice of choosing to go to university? Would you change course?
Yes and no. Yes because going to university has been a dream of mine since I found out it was a thing when I was 7 also, I'm the first person in my family to even complete high school (i.e. not drop-out), never mind go to university so I feel like going to uni will be a good thing to show to my little sisters when they're a bit older. But also, sometimes I feel like I maybe should have just carried on working in a company and eventually worked my way up into a management position. As for my course, I think I would have enjoyed it if it weren't for that teacher. Languages are my number one favourite thing of all time and I'm sad that I need to get rid of it from my degree for the sake of my mental health.

6. Do you have any advice for freshers or any other words of wisdom?
Please take note that my year is basically a freak year. Most of the people that I have spoken to haven't had a year from hell like I have and odds are, your first year will be great but I wanted to share my answers IN CASE something like this were to happen to anyone else so that you know that someone else has been through this and that it's okay - things happen! My best tips to give you are: work hard, make sure you take semi-regular trips home to get away from it all if possible, if you're moving to halls and have things you don't want to go missing keep them locked in your bedroom, and don't get alcohol poisoning during Freshers' Week. That's about it!

7. Describe your first year in 3 words


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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

My First Year || Interview || Celeste


1. What course are you studying?

To be honest, I'm in the process of switching my concentration! My major, Informatics, is staying the same. However, I am planning on switching from the Business Informatics concentration to the Digital Media Technology Concentration. 

By the way, I always get asked what Informatics is when I answer this question, so I'll go ahead and explain here too! Informatics is the study of the structure of computers and other computational systems. It includes learning about the hardware and the software, and effectively using that knowledge to benefit an individual, company, or organization. 

2. Did you move into University accommodation or stay at home?

I stayed on-campus, but at first I did not intend on staying! I ended up getting a scholarship that covered half the cost of housing, so I changed my mind. (A note there-- make sure to apply for all scholarships and send all your test scores--you never know how it will help!) 

3. What have been some of your favourite parts of university so far?

Living on campus! Oh my gosh, I cannot believe I almost didn't live on campus. It was a great experience, and the independence was probably the best part. The second best part? Not having to commute to class. I ended up having 8 AM classes my first two semesters, and if I didn't live on campus I would be stuck in terrible 7AM traffic. A fifteen minute walk is much better than a 45 minute drive-bus ride-walk. Also, let's admit it, decorating a dorm is so fun. I ended up becoming really close to a couple of people because I chose to live on campus.

That leads me to my next favourite part. Meeting so many new people. Going from high school to college is a huge transition. I was amazed at the sheer amount of people. And, all of them so different! I'm glad I got the chance to meet some of these different people---I've made some new friends that I will always remember and hope to always stay friends with. 

And if I may say one more thing--- getting to wear whatever I want! I went to a high school where uniforms were mandatory. Now in college I can actually wear all these cute clothes my closet is full of!

4. What have been some of the worst parts of university so far?

Getting overwhelmed with work! I always found that college professors like to pile on the homework and projects all the same week. Seriously, one week I'd be amazed because I had no homework; the next I would be struggling to meet four different headlines. But I'll admit, this was also partially my fault. It is really easy to neglect deadlines when they aren't due for a couple weeks. However...you'd be surprised how fast those two weeks will fly by and the deadline is a big slap in the face! It was definitely easy to get overwhelmed and feel like you didn't have time to do anything other than coursework.

Another thing that has made me furious about college is the fact that mine has such dreadful WiFi. It's really crazy; my major building is the computer science building, and you'd be surprised at how slow it is! And forget trying to access it in the library, good grief. In fact, the first week of my second semester I was unable to turn in a homework assignment because campus WiFi bugged out on me and the assignment didn't submit. Talk about frustrating.

5. Are you happy with your choice of choosing to go to university? Would you choose a different course?

I am definitely happy with my choice of going to university (college for us Americans, haha!). I know that it definitely isn't for everyone, but I couldn't imagine any other way for me, personally. 

6. Do you have any advice for Freshers coming to university this September or any other words of wisdom?

This may seem so obvious. But do. your. homework. It's easy for you to lose track of what all you must do for each class, especially since most professors won't remind you more than once, if even that. I have friends that were much worse off in classes since they kept forgetting to do homework. On the other hand, I ended up getting a B in two difficult courses because I did my homework!

Also make yourself inviting, and make small talk. I know you may be thinking...but I'm shy! And that's the thing, I am too! But small talk requires little to no effort or confidence. And quite often it may bring up topics that will further your conversation and maybe even lead to a new friendship! Seriously; things like "What's you major?", "Where are you from?", and "How do you feel about the professor?" are very simple questions that can lead to interesting conversations! As for making yourself inviting, all you really need to do in that case is smile at others. Smiles are so inviting! :)

7. Describe your first year in 3 words


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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

My First Year || Interview || Dany




1. What course are you studying?

Criminology. 

2. Did you move into halls or stay at home? 

I moved away for university but stayed in private halls. 

3. What have been some of your favourite parts of university so far? 

My favourite things have been gaining more freedom, having my own space and living my own life almost and learning something new with new people. 

4. What have been some of the worst parts of university so far? 
Worst parts would be feeling lonely, distant and not like I'm getting the most out of University. 

5. Are you happy with your choice of choosing to go to university? Would you change course?

I am happy with my course, I did consider other courses whilst at uni which might have given me better options for careers but I had interest and prior knowledge of my degree subject. 

6. Do you have any advice for freshers or any other words of wisdom? 

Make the most of it, try and come out of your shell a bit but still be yourself and don't feel pressured to change or adapt. 

7. Describe your first year in 3 words


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Friday, 7 August 2015

Edinburgh Fringe tips


The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest arts festival in the world, making it the ideal destination for actors, writers and directors to show off their latest work. It also makes a great holiday destination for arts lovers, with comedy, drama, musicals and children’s shows ready to entertain from the 5th-31st August. This will be my second year heading up to the festival, and this year I am producing a show which has been pretty stressful!

If you’re heading up to Edinburgh this August, here are a few tips for surviving your festival experience.

1. Research

The Edinburgh Fringe festival website will have all the shows that are playing throughout the month. Look at websites such as the BBC and review sites such as Broadway Baby, all there to help you decide which shows to go and see. Whether you’re into Shakespeare or Musicals, have a quick look, and maybe order some tickets in advance.

2. Take all the flyers

If you dare to head into the city centre and onto the Royal Mile, you will be bombarded with flyers the whole way down. Take them and put them in your bag to have a look at a later date. Interested in a show? Chances are the cast and crew will be on the mile. Go and talk to them, or congratulate someone who you saw perform the night before. It’s a great way to interact with the performers, and it will really make their day too. Who knows, you could discover a hidden gem

3. Money

It can get expensive. Tickets are generally around £7.50-£10, and the money can rack up pretty fast. Pace yourself, and also try out the free fringe if you want to see some cracking shows, but don’t have the funds. Also look out for 2 for 1 deals or get there early to enjoy cheaper tickets for preview shows!

4. Social Media

Enjoyed a show? Find the show on twitter or facebook and send them a quick message. Performers want to get the buzz about their show, and what better to let them know that!

5. Enjoy

Explore all the venues, climb up the Arthur Seat at 5am in the morning, see some incredible, but also some rubbish shows. You honestly will never experience anything like this ever again!

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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

My First Year || Interview || Sophie

If you follow me on twitter, you may know that I am currently in Edinburgh! As I will have very little time to write blog posts (don't worry, I have a few scheduled!), I thought about doing a little guest series with some fellow students. I asked on twitter for students who had just finished their first year of university to shed some light and offer some advice to those who may be thinking about university, or about to go into their first year. Have a look what the first interviewee said...



1. What course are you studying?

I'm doing BA History at the University of Northampton.

2. Did you move into University accommodation or stay at home?

I live at home! I'm actually a mature student with a fiance and two kids so uni accommodation was never an option I considered. I commute from Milton Keynes to Northampton every day, while my fiance commutes in the opposite direction to his university in Luton. We have both just finished first year!

3. What have been some of your favourite parts of university so far?

The confidence it has given me, and the difference it has therefore made to my mental health. Knowing that I CAN achieve things and that my life wasn't one of low-paid jobs after all - I gained the power to change my own life.

4. What have been some of the worst parts of university so far?

I'm a mum, a full-time student, I work and I suffer from anxiety and depression - something was bound to give. In December I ended up going to hospital with what I thought was appendicitis - my doctor described it as a 'stomach attack'; my body rebelling because I wasn't managing my time properly. I was trying to be the best mum, the best student, the best girlfriend, the best employee - I had to really decide what was important to me. My partner and I devised a plan to split study time fairly, I made a deal with myself not to work while the kids were awake and I taught myself to say 'no' to work. It was a really hard lesson for a workaholic like me, but I'm so glad I got it out of the way in first year.

5. Are you happy with your choice of choosing to go to university? Would you choose a different course?

God yes! Sometimes I wish I'd gone sooner but I really think if I wasn't in the place I am now (by that I mean in a steady relationship, with children, my own home and years of life experience behind me) I wouldn't be as connected to the experience as I am now. I was not ready for university when I was 18, and I don't think it's fair to expect that of any 18 year old. There's so much life you've got to live and there's always time for university. In terms of a different course, no. I have nothing planned career wise - I simply wanted the opportunities that a degree would open up for me, so chose to study something that really interests me.  

6. Do you have any advice for Freshers coming to university this September or any other words of wisdom?

Please don't think that uni is getting drunk, sleeping around and missing your lectures! Make the most of the opportunities you are given. Degree classification is more important than the degree itself and your choices will be with you forever! Keep your head in the game.
And don't panic. It's not like school. People are nice, and if they're not you don't need to be near them.

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