Get Creative

The lockdown restrictions are starting to ease now, but you probably still often find yourself not knowing what to fill your time with. Since lockdown started, I’ve been really embracing my creative side and trying out loads of new creative projects! Now that craft stores are open again, it’s super easy to get everything you need to cure your lockdown boredom. I’m going to share some ideas with you to show you how fun and easy it can be. All of these are also really affordable on a student budget!  

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Dealing with eco anxiety

As an environmental science student, I learn a lot about climate change, species extinction, habitat loss, and the many other detrimental impacts humans are having on our planet. The severity of these issues is very overwhelming, and this can take its toll on your mental health. I’m finding it really depressing and mentally challenging to face the reality of the world right now. 

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Studying abroad during the coronavirus pandemic

Before travelling to Canada for my study abroad exchange in August last year, I spent weeks deciding what to pack, writing checklists to make sure I didn’t forget anything, and double checking the checklists. I met up with all my friends and family to say our goodbyes. I booked my flight and had everything planned out months in advance. My return to the UK was the complete opposite. 

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New Year, New Adventures!

It’s the start of a new decade, and this is usually the time where many people look back on what they achieved, and set goals for the upcoming year. I’m currently on a year abroad studying in Canada, and after coming home for Christmas I’m now settling back in for the second semester. Living abroad helps to give you a new perspective, and as we start the new year, I have some advice my time abroad has taught me so far.

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Considering a year abroad?

Since the go abroad fair is coming up soon, and this is the time of year many students decide whether to apply for a semester or year abroad, I thought I’d share my experiences of studying abroad so far. I’m currently on an exchange for a year at the University of Alberta in Canada, and I’ve been here just over 2 months. It’s been an amazing experience, and although it’s been tough at times, I’m really enjoying it. However, there’s also been difficulties I’ve had to overcome, some of which I anticipated, but some of which were unexpected. In this blog I’ll give you some advice for things to consider when deciding whether to study abroad.

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You can’t move forward if you never look back

Whether you are a first year or a well seasoned post-grad, university is a time of change. I recently started a year of studying abroad. Adapting to a new environment whilst reminiscing on my uni life in Sheffield has got me thinking about the importance of change and reflection. I think that everyone can benefit from some mindful reflection, in both our academic and personal lives.

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Why We Need Environmental Science

When I tell people I study Environmental Science at uni, more often than not I’m met with the response “What even is that?”. Many people have never heard of the subject before, and the course is really small, with only 7 people in my year! When I was first applying for uni, I hadn’t heard of it either. But deciding to go to the open day talk at Sheffield just to see what it was all about was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Since I’m a student ambassador for my course and on the Enviro soc committee, I’m in a good position to speak about the course. So I decided to write this blog post, to tell people what Environmental Science is all about, and why it’s more important than ever.

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Reusable coffee cups won’t save the Earth

I’ve noticed that recently a lot of students have started becoming more environmentally conscious and hopping on the sustainability bandwagon. Using reusable coffee cups and water bottles, opting for a tote bag instead of a plastic one, and not using plastic straws are all becoming trendy lifestyle choices. Whilst it’s great that more people are taking an interest in reducing their environmental footprint, the planet is running out of time, and these small changes are not enough to save it. The IPCC report states that we must limit climate change to 2°C warming to avoid irreversible changes, which will require rapid, widespread systemic change as well as individual incremental actions. We will be the generation that has to face the consequences of climate change above 2°C.

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Want to travel the world?

Are you scrolling through holiday pics on social media and wishing you were there? Want to get away from cold, hilly Sheffield? Maybe you thought jetting off to exciting destinations is unaffordable with your tight student budget. There’s actually loads of opportunities and funding available which you might not be aware of. Here are some of my suggestions for how to travel as a student.

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Strike for climate change!

Most of you will have heard of the recent strikes by school children demanding action for climate change. They were sparked by Greta Thunberg, a 16 year old girl from Sweden who initiated the strikes by sitting in front of the Swedish Parliament last August. Since then, the movement has only grown, with students from over 100 countries walking out of class worldwide and Greta being nominated for a Nobel peace prize.

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