5 tips for your first interview

Last week I had my first proper interview. Wow, does this mean I’m really an adult now? I’ve somehow managed to get through life without any serious interviews. I’ve had a few short phone interviews for work experience placements, but nothing for anything truly important, and I’ve never had to look an interviewer in the eye before. As with most things in life, I think being a good interviewee takes practice, if only because knowing what to expect can lessen your nerves. I was well prepared, and the interview went well, but I still learnt important tips from the process because there were points I wouldn’t have thought to consider. Here are those points: tips that, on reflection, I’d give to myself for my first interview.

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Social-distancing: the upside

I want to preface this blog by acknowledging that many people are scared and stressed right now. A pandemic is not a situation that can be made light of. I am also in a fortunate position, having been able to travel home from University safely, and being able to stay inside. But that leaves me with one problem (a problem I’m lucky to have): what to do with my spare time. University work still exists, but so does all the extra time from cancelled events and having nowhere to go to. Once work is finished for the day, evenings are long stretches of time broken up only by changing the TV channel or returning to the fridge for an extra snack. Or at least, that’s how they were at the beginning of the national lockdown. I took the time I needed to try and relax. Then I realised I was not only wasting time but wasting an opportunity because there is an upside to this situation.

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“Woah, we’re half-way there”: how to use lessons learnt during your first semester to improve your second

In the words of Jon Bon Jovi, “we’re half-way there”. With exams drawing to a close, we’re half-way through the academic year, and whilst you may wish to banish twelve weeks’ worth of lectures and assessments to the back of your mind, it is important that you don’t. Aside from the obvious need to remember the content of your course, there are further lessons to be learnt from the Autumn semester, and here’s four tips on how to apply these lessons to the Spring Semester:

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4 time-friendly ways to get into the festive spirit at University

The long length of semesters, paired with the increase in pressure as exam season looms, can sometimes make it hard to feel festive whilst you’re at university. With so much to think about, the Christmas season can have been and gone before you even realise it happened. One of the simplest solutions is to start the festivities during the semester; and no, you don’t need to feel guilty about not waiting until the holidays officially begin. Here are 4 simple ways you can start celebrating alongside your studying, ensuring that the only thing being eaten up this Christmas is mince pies, and not your time.

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5 different places you can visit animals in Sheffield

University can be challenging, with the never-ending reading lists, exams, and no pets policies that students often have to face. Luckily for those of us living away from home and those of us who can’t have pets, one of these problems can be solved, at least temporarily. Though you won’t be able to take them home with you, here are 5 different places where you can visit furry friends in, or reasonably close to, Sheffield.

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You could be the next Michael Flatley

Michael Flatley is a world-renowned Irish dancer who skyrocketed to fame following the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, at which he, and a troupe of talented dancers following his choreography, performed ‘Riverdance’ for the first time. Jean Butler, co-star to Flatley, also gained recognition for her remarkable talent. If you don’t know who either of these dancers are, I’d recommend that you stop reading this blog and Youtube them right now. Although there are many, Riverdance is a logical place to start before you fall down the rabbit hole of endless spectacular performances.

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Here’s what you need to know about making friends at University

You might have opened this article because, like me, you are one of life’s worriers and making friends at university is one of the many things you have started to think about, even though September is many months away. Equally, you might not have given much thought to the friendship aspect of university life yet – this article is not to tell you that you should start worrying. On the contrary, the first thing you need to know is that friendships will fall into place when you get to university. That is not to say that friendships don’t require work or that you shouldn’t put yourself in situations to find friends. You should join societies, remain open to meeting new people, and introduce yourself to other students. However, making friends is not something you need to worry about – before university or when you get there. I admit that I would have scoffed to read this article before I went to university, wondering why the writer assumed it was easy to stop worrying. Although the concern may be something that continues to persist in your mind, I can give you some evidence to support my claims. Firstly, you can look to your own experiences, and then I’ll share a somewhat embarrassing story of my own to prove my point.

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