How to prepare for the ‘what next after Uni’ question

It’s a question which can leave any outgoing third year feeling a little bit anxious. It’s one often asked when at a social gathering, where the friendly next door neighbour who hasn’t seen you since you were five and used to give you cookies after school is wondering how you’ve been. What’s next after university? It’s…

How organised should you be at university?

It was earlier on in my third and final year at university that everything started to get a bit too much in terms of my workload. As much as I love a good to-do list, calendar or filing system for all my jobs and assignments, there have been times where I’ve looked at the long…

Three tips for work experience from a work placement enthusiast

I know what you’re thinking… No, most of the time they don’t get you to make cups of tea. I’ve been quite lucky to have been offered many work experience placements over the years. After an enthusiastic careers advisor in secondary school stressed the importance of placements, I hunted down every opportunity I could so I…

From script to stage: Speaking at TEDxYouth@BrayfordPool

I stand on a large red dot. In my right hand, a gold clicker shines, whilst in my left are two cue cards containing a condensed version of my script. It was less than 24 hours before that I was studying the six pages of my TEDxYouth talk and wondering if my memory would allow…

Making friends before Freshers’ Week

The gap between finishing Sixth Form or College and waiting to start university can either feel like it’s taking forever or that it is approaching far too quickly – depending on how busy your summer is (or how nervous you are). However, regardless of your plans for the long break, it’s the perfect time to…

Life as a deaf student at university

If there’s one thing to know about university, it’s that it involves a lot of talking. It’s a place for hearty debate and discussion, and sessions often involve listening to lecturers or getting stuck in yourself. Yet, for someone who’s deaf or hard of hearing like me, keeping up with these conversations isn’t always easy….

For the love of radio

The first time I was placed in front of a microphone was back in secondary school, when I didn’t know whether to check if the cables were actually plugged in. A few years later, I started my first year at university with the hope of being a ‘proper’ radio presenter – be it on the…