Highlights of the opportunities during my time at Uni

Firstly, I cannot believe how fast the last four years have gone and today I found out my degree classification… It feels like yesterday that I arrived in Sheffield and whilst I am excited to graduate, I will be sad to leave. As cliché as it may sound, I have absolutely loved my time at Sheffield studying LLB Law (with Spanish Law) and the opportunities that I’ve had have really shaped who I am today.

Whilst I’ve had too many great experiences to list, these are my top 10 experiences through the form of opportunities offered by the University, in no particular order are: Continue reading

From couch potato to 5km… and then a half marathon?

Running at university has been my escape. When I’ve been stressed with revision or event organising, I’ve always resorted to running in order to have a bit of time to myself. When I’m running, my phone is on airplane mode and I can forget about everything else except from the beautiful views around Sheffield (and not falling over my own feet or some leaves).

Whether you’re signed up for a race to fundraise for charity, you’re preparing for your summer body or you just want to start running… These are just my top 10 tips for getting into running, and even running longer distances! Continue reading

…”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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Young and homeless: taking part in the Roundabout Sleepout 2017

Last Friday night I slept on the cold and hard floor of an open warehouse as part of #roundaboutsleepout2017. “Slept” is a loose term as even in five layers of clothing and a sleeping bag I was shivering all night. There was also constant noise throughout the night and our 3am selves got put into action when the woman next to me began vomiting in her sleep… But it was my choice to do it (and I don’t regret doing it).

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Top 10 things to do during Orientation Week

As the summer draws to an end and the new academic year gets closer, one of my favourite events of the year is nearly here! This year, Orientation Week is going to take place from the 11th to the 15th September and is a great opportunity for new international and some home students to find their way around Sheffield, meet new people and settle into University life in a relaxed and supportive environment before the busier Intro Week.

Writing from the experience of being both a student participant and an Orientation Ambassador, here are just a few of my tips for things that you shouldn’t miss during this week!

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“No is not forever, it just means not now”

Rejections are never easy to accept. The reason we often apply to positions in the first place is that we feel suitable or sufficiently qualified for a role. When we have painstakingly spent hours on an application, a rejection even before an interview or assessment day can be brutal. However, Robin Huggins who is currently the Head of Business Development at MBN Solutions was a recent speaker at the Creative Data Academy in Edinburgh and he told us something that really struck a chord with me… “no is not forever, it just means not now”.

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The darker side of a Year Abroad

This January, I ended up in a Spanish hospital A&E, desperately trying to explain to the doctor what was wrong with me in broken Spanish when my Basilar Artery Migraines were jumbling my words and had made me barely able to control my arms or hands. Although I have become increasingly accustomed to “surviving” my migraine attacks, I experienced 8 attacks in the one week before my exams. I had spoken to my flatmates and friends from home but I had never felt so alone. After the nurses’ third attempt at drawing blood from my arm a combination of my fear of needles, stress and panic became too much. I sat in A&E and broke down in tears. Continue reading

BlaBlaCar – wa?

BlaBlaCar is an online platform where verified drivers offer spaces in their car for a particular journey in exchange for a small fee. Drivers are verified by the website using driving licenses or other ID and they also publish small profiles, including how chatty they are, which range from “bla”(quiet) to “blablabla”(very talkative), hence the name. Potential travellers search for the journey they wish to take and place reservations online, with payment to the driver only being processed once the traveller confirms they have travelled with them.

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