How to improve your CV over the summer

Make some plans

What do you actually want to do with your life? It’s a scary question, but there’s no use in avoiding it – the answer isn’t going to appear to you in a flash of light, it’s more likely to come after some careful thinking and examination. What do I actually want to do? What do I like to do? What can I see myself doing for the rest of my life? The summer is the perfect time to consider these questions, free from the stress of university. Once you have a vague idea of some answers, you can start to shape your activities about what will look good on your CV in the future. Continue reading

Should I study or work on my year abroad?

Planning a year abroad can be really tricky and stressful, especially if you’re studying a language. So long as you’re using the language consistently in your everyday life, you can choose how to spend it. The main dilemma for most students is between working and studying in the country of their choice – which is best? That’s up to the individual, of course, but here are three things to consider when deciding whether to study or work on your year abroad. Continue reading

How to learn a language by yourself (successfully)

We hear so much these days about how to make ourselves more employable, which is desperately needed in these times of reduced graduate prospects. Learning a language always comes up on those lists of helpful tips – sometimes they specify which one (normally Spanish or Mandarin), sometimes it’s up to you, but either way it seems clear that it can’t exactly hurt your CV. So how are you going to do it? Continue reading

Where to study during exam time

Not everyone works well in their room, where there’s a plethora of distractions, and it can definitely be a good idea to get out of your room for a bit and take your books elsewhere. You might get a bit disheartened when you arrive at the Information Commons at 9 in the morning to find over 1000 people already there during exam period, but don’t fret, there are several alternatives! Continue reading

Becoming a morning person at university

Becoming an early riser doesn’t quite fit with the stereotype of a student being more sloth than human, barely able to drag themselves from their beds for a 1pm lecture. Although a bit of an exaggeration, stereotypes are often there for a reason, and this one does ring true to an extent – for proof, pay a visit to the Information Commons at 10 and then at 2. You’ll see quite a remarkable difference in numbers, despite the mere 4 hours in between. Continue reading

5 tips for saving money on food at university

One of the biggest changes when moving away to university is budgeting for yourself. Suddenly, you have all this money in your account to live off for the next few months and it can be a bit overwhelming to decide what exactly to do with it. Feeding yourself in a balanced, nutritious manner is obviously really important, but it’s still possible to save money and cut costs in this area without sacrificing eating well. Here are my 5 tips for saving money on food at university: Continue reading