3 tips to network your way to success

It’s that time of year when freshers take their first steps into our universities, heads buzzing with excitement and trepidation in equal measures. As a first year student, your focus (perhaps after freshers’ week is over) is on getting the qualifications and skills you need to succeed in your chosen career. But this is also a critical time to start building a network of personal and professional contacts you can call upon to support you in climbing the ladder to your future career. But to differentiate yourself in today’s competitive jobs landscape, taking a more global approach may reap big…

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Benefits of living with indoor plants at university

The world recently observed National Indoor Plant Week, which took place between the 17th and 23rd of September. In honour of this, it seems important to discuss both the health and the personal benefits that result from introducing indoor plants into houses. Particularly, within uni halls or houses. As a houseplant/succulent/cacti enthusiast, it’s always been a point of interest to me, and it would be great to promote the benefits and positive lifestyle changes from indoor plants! As stated on the National Indoor Plant Week website, “The oxygen doesn’t arrive until the plants do!”. Clean air is a great benefit…

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Why you should shop vintage for your new semester wardrobe

It’s an unwritten rule that university is where you should be experimental with your fashion choices. Honestly, it is the only time in your life when you can pair Glasto glitter with oversized patterned shirts, and quite literally get praised for it. Everybody wants to leave an impression in those three years, and fashion is an instant way to add colour to your seminars, double up on the denim for the library, and even fuel those summer blues by interpreting some festival wear to the club. Experimenting in daring fashion is, however, harder than it sounds. This is not necessarily…

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How to make money as a freelance writer

Are you thinking about becoming a freelance writer, but worried that you won’t be able to make a living? Quitting your job tomorrow probably isn’t the best idea, but if you have excellent writing skills, a strong work ethic, and a computer, over time, you should be able to earn a decent living as a freelance writer. Tips for becoming a successful freelance writer: Write a lot. Start here. Before you look for job websites. Whether you volunteer to take on writing responsibilities at work, start your own blog, or just keep a dream journal, writing takes practice. The more…

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5 ways to become a better essay writer

Writing a compelling academic essay can be a complex process. Learning how to become a better essay writer relies upon a comprehensive understanding of the criteria used in the grading process. Here are 5 tips and techniques that will help you refine your writing process and deliver more polished, engaging and convincing essays. Spend time developing your thesis The primary objective of writing any essay is to demonstrate that you have developed a clear thesis through critical engagement with your subject matter. Your thesis is the heart of your essay; the point you are attempting to prove or the statement…

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