Build your experience by volunteering

No matter what you’re studying, one of the things you’ll hear over and over is how important work experience is. Regardless of how well you do on your course, nothing stands out on your CV like good old fashioned hands-on experience.  One way you can achieve this is by volunteering with a charity instead of…

Starting a society – Part 3 – How to run a society effectively

Now your society is completely up and running and you’ve attracted some members, you’ve got to consider the day-to-day operation and management of your society and delivering activities and events that your members want to go to. If you’re not quite at this stage yet, don’t worry, take a look at Part 1 and Part…

Starting a society – Part 2 – Promotion

So, you have been approved and now have your very own society! What do you do now? You need to plan your societies fayre table, attract some members and plan some events! If you’ve stumbled across this post and don’t know whats going on, check out part 1 for what to do if you’re thinking…

Starting a society – Part 1 – Becoming a society

So, you’ve had a look at the list of sports and societies and decided there is something missing. If you can’t find something and you think it’s something other people might be interested in too, you can start your own society! Although it can be challenging in some ways, it is a great experience, can…

Alternative nights out for non-drinkers

Some aspects of uni life can be difficult for non-drinkers. Especially if people are endlessly either asking why you don’t drink or trying to convince you to start! Among the difficulties can be going out. It turns out paying £3 for (soft) drinks in a noisy, sticky box loses a lot of its appeal if…

My unconventional journey to university

I came to university at the age of 24 – a good 6 years after most of the other freshers I was surrounded by. But, I had a number of reasons for not having to come to university sooner and I want to share them with you. One of the biggest factors at play was…

What will you choose to do now?

It can be scary to think about venturing into the real world after three years at uni. Getting up in time for a 9am has seemed like such a struggle for so long, but soon you’ll be doing it 5 days a week. But what path do you take? Graduate schemes, entry-level jobs, travel or…

How to have a harmonious flat

It can be stressful moving away from home. You have to shop for yourself, cook for yourself, wash your own clothes and even do your own washing up! Even if these things aren’t completely new to you, it’s likely you leant on your mum and dad to do them occasionally when the going got tough. I…

Top tips for group projects

It’s disappointing enough when you let yourself down completing a bit of coursework. It feels like you’ve been betrayed by your past-self. “Why did I procrastinate and put this off! I knew I’d end up having to do an all-nighter to get it done!”

Life as a mature student

Going to university as a mature student is ever so slightly different. I had concerns before I started that I wouldn’t make any friends or that I’d be known as ‘that weird old guy’. But in spite of these worries, at the grand old age of 24 I came to university and my fears were allayed. More or less…