How to improve your ‘bad birthday’

For us students, birthdays are the chance to ask for all those luxuries are student loan hasn’t stretched to – a new watch or those boots you’ve been longing for. However, lets all bare in mind those less fortunate than us, Birthdays in December and January have the misfortune of choosing 2 presents at once, being told repeatedly “your birthday being by Christmas must be awful” and dealing with the depressing weather. New research from Interflora shows that people born in December (16%) and January (15%) are very unhappy with their birthdays, compared with those born in the other 10 months…

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A first-hand experience of uni, so far…

Please forgive the lack of creativity in the title, but trust me, I have an excuse lined up. I’m typing this at 1pm, having only just woke up, and with a ludicrous headache for seemingly no apparent reason. And so far I can only conjure up a single comment on how student life has been for me so far: It’s just like everyone says it is. I’d usually go against stereotypes in any form, but when it comes to being a student, I’ve remembered that they do indeed exist for a reason. If you do decide to go to uni,…

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Why I’m going to University

For me, the date is September 14th. It’ll probably be one of the most nerve-racking Sundays of my life; moving in with five other people who I’ve never met in a new place, relatively far away from home. At first, University seems like a very daunting prospect, even if you do get the grades. Initially it seems like an utter nightmare for even the slightly socially anxious, and when piled up alongside an endlessly shrinking job market and the idea of foreshadowed, permanent debt, looking for an apprenticeship or going straight into some form of work seem like completely viable,…

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Stay Fit, Make Friends & Have Fun…Join a Club!

So you’ve just started your first year at university and are probably just getting over the dreaded ‘freshers flu’ after those crazy two weeks of partying. You’ve made loads of new friends, you’ve finally settled in to your student digs and you’re having an absolute blast. After all of that partying you’ve probably treated yourself to your fair share of hangover bacon sarnies and somewhere in the back of your mind you know it’s time you got yourself off the sofa and back to the gym. ‘But it’s so boring!’ I hear you cry, so why not join a sports…

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How to beat shyness

Feeling a little overwhelmed at the prospect of coming to uni and being thrown into the deep end? Not to worry, I’m here to help! So, you’re not the most confident at speaking to new people, or introducing yourself and getting into conversation with someone first. Snap. But, you want to make those good, all-important first impressions and get to know the people who you’ll be living with for the rest of the year, right? Coming from someone who is equally shy around new people, this is something I may be able to help you with, and reassure you about!…

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