Quidditch: from Harry Potter to the muggle world

I’ve been playing Quidditch in the Sheffield Quidditch Society for approximately a year, and since I started I’ve lived this conversation a hundred times:

  • Laura, will you come to [insert plan] on Sunday?
  • Sorry, I can’t, I have training/a tournament.
  • Training? What sport do you play?
  • I play Quidditch.
  • Quidditch? The Harry Potter thing?
  • Yes, that one.
  • That has to be fun to see. Do you fly and everything? How does it work?

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Just say yes

I’m going to be honest with you: I really struggled with university in the first year. That magical experience the media tells you about, where you instantly find your best friends and are happy together? I didn’t get that. First year, for me, was an isolated experience. I’m a very anxious person; I struggled with moving away from my strong, loving support network of close friends and family at home… I felt alone, a lot of the time. In the second semester, I accepted that Uni for me just wasn’t going to be the experience it seemed to be for so many of my friends. I decided it was something I had to survive, not enjoy, and though I dreaded leaving home again after the Summer and coming back, I did.

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Erasmus endeavours

For the second semester of this year I’ll be studying in Madrid at the San Pablo University. I’m very excited and can’t wait to experience life in the Spanish capital.

There is quite a bit of preparation to enable all this to happen, which I expected, but I can safely say I never want to see a form ever again. For some of the things you have to fill out a form in order to be able to fill out a different form, then its a race against time for it to arrive in the post, only for you to realise you’ve filled out the wrong form. Anyway enough about forms. Continue reading

A study year abroad: it’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Hi, it’s Josephine and I’m back! It’s now December!

The weather is turning. Currently, my friends on the Gold Coast are posting glorious pictures on Facebook – I’m beyond jealous. Here a gust of wind will literally knock you off your bike. And to top it off, my exam is cancelled because of the severe snow – fingers crossed my flight on Friday won’t be. It doesn’t help that you can never dress quite warm enough for cycling in the freezing cold – all while trying to achieving the balance needed so you don’t turn up to a lecture in too many layers of clothing, sweating like a pig.

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The end of the world

I am proud to say that I put an immense amount of effort into my studies at university. I attend every lecture, every tutorial and feel proud of the dedication that I have towards gaining my degree. But dedication and effort doesn’t mean everything will always go to plan. I write this blog on the night of a particularly difficult day of receiving a bad result on an assignment.

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…”Let’s do Secret Santa!”

The nights are getting longer, the office/house/shop radio is beginning to blast out festive songs and the lunch menu is now flashing cranberry, turkey and stuffing variations of well-known dishes at you (cranberry and stuffing in mac and cheese, really?!)…. That’s right Christmas is approaching. For many, this also means that someone gleefully suggests doing “Secret Santa” and before you know it you have to buy a present for a “Joe or Jane” who is *the* hardest person to buy for… so what do you do? In no particular order, here are my 2017 top tips for Secret Santa purchases. (*Disclaimer: The author assumes no responsibility or liability for any loss or damage suffered by any person as a result of following the tips in this blog).

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