Gap year

Having recently began my final semester of uni, myself and a lot of my friends are wondering what the next step is. Despite some having future plans set in place, the majority of people I know don’t have concrete plans for next year and are really just waiting to see where the wind takes them. Of the people who aren’t planning on doing a postgrad degree or working, many are considering a gap year- something I am a big supporter of. Continue reading

Dealing with anxiety at university

Having suffered from anxiety since I was a child, it has affected my everyday life for as long as I can remember. Things that should have been exciting and enjoyable were often dreaded experiences that caused days of agonising over whether or not to go – from birthday parties, to the local youth club disco to even going to school if I was going to have to do a presentation, or group work. Continue reading

Being on a university committee

I would be the first to admit that I am not an outgoing person, but a proud introvert who would much rather listen and think, than shout my opinion to the crowd. That being said, at the end of my first year, I decided to run for a committee position. I had been going to yoga classes with the Yoga and Pilates Society for a few months, and when they mentioned they had roles on the committee to be filled, I figured that I wanted to help out the society that had organised the classes which really helped me de-stress and keep my mind a little more focused. Continue reading

Why it’s okay to change at uni

There are few places better than University to expand your friendship group and to really broaden your experiences within other cultures. While this is a great opportunity, definitely not one to turn your back on, it can be difficult to remember who you were before you became this mix of your flatmates and new friends.

You’ll suddenly start using new slang that will leave your home town friends baffled, your taste in music could change and – an almost inconceivable idea to a girl from Belfast – you will start wearing trainers everywhere and think it’s okay. Continue reading

How To Survive The Family Christmas

It’s finally here. The long awaited winter break that all students have set their sights on, craving the inevitable food coma and home comforts. However, as we all know, university allows to become much more independent and we develop our own routines- which is why being back at home for a month can be a bit of a shock to the system. To combat the horror of awkward family reunions, and the constant questioning of your relationship status, I’ve compiled a handy list to help you brave this holiday season. Continue reading

Candlelit Vigil for Paris

“It is better to light one candle, than curse the darkness. And tonight we are lighting many candles.”

That is what Anna, the Amnesty International representative said tonight during the emotional candlelit vigil for Paris, held outside the Students’ Union. Despite the cold and looming deadlines, a swarm of students and faculty descended upon the concourse this evening to pay their respects for all those who suffered tragedy last week.

Not only were 129 people killed in Paris- alongside a staggering number of people injured- but attacks in Beirut meant 43 people died and over 200 were injured. In Baghdad, at least 18 died and over 40 were injured during a suicide bombing at the funeral of a pro-government Shia fighter. These devastating attacks that took place within a matter of days were all claimed by the militant group ISIS. Continue reading