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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Surviving homesickness

Whether you’ve taken the leap to go to uni from Rotherham or you’re doing a Year Abroad in Japan, leaving home is a big step. Whether home is your favourite place with your favourite people in the world, or it’s somewhere you can’t wait to escape, it’s likely that at some point you will miss home. Here are just some tips that I would recommend to help get you through and help you to fully enjoy your experience away from home.

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The beginning of my Year Abroad… in Salamanca, Spain

Around three years ago, the 18 year old me happily accepted a last minute clearing offer from the University of Sheffield for LLB Law with Spanish Law (and a compulsory third year adventure abroad). Third year felt so far away and the actual logistics of how it would all work were a task for future Stef and not then. All I knew was that I wanted the experience of living abroad, meeting new people from all around the world and making my Law degree more than just a degree in English law. Two years have flown past, and after an 8 hour journey from home to Spain feeling like Tomy Ali Baba’s bucking camel (childhood game where you hook as much as you can on the camel before it jumps up at you), I’m now happily settled in Salamanca, northern Spain.

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Revision going swimmingly… at Goodwin

Amidst the piles of books in my room, past exam papers spewing from the printer and colourful pens playing hide and seek across the house, I decided that I needed a break…. And what better break than a trip to the swimming pool?

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Apart from the odd parkrun and jog around the city, sports is one of the things I haven’t really explored whilst at uni and so I decided to make a start with swimming. With a quick google search for the timetable, I found off-peak times in the pool to be 7am to 5pm on weekdays, costing a reasonable £3. Armed with a big fluffy towel, my flip flops and the all-important 20p for the locker, I began my swimming adventure at Goodwin. Continue reading

My Top 7 reasons for why YOU should apply to be an Orientation Assistant

Firstly, what is Orientation week? “Orientation Week is an 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. As an Orientation Assistant, you will be an ambassador for the University, aiming to welcome, orientate and engage our new students with all the opportunities that are available on our diverse global campus”. Ever seen students walking around in orange t-shirts the week before Intro Week? They were Orientation Assistants…so why would you want to get involved? Continue reading

Migraines

I remember the first time that I experienced a migraine was when I was 15. I was in the middle of an art lesson when I began to lose sense of feeling in my fingers and started to feel nauseous. Within ten minutes I had thrown up in a pen pot (classy child, poor pen pot) and had been sent to the school nurse. However, by the time I had stumbled into the nurse’s office, I had lost all control over speech and whilst I knew what I wanted to say and I fully understood what she was asking me, all I could say back to her was “I need some choc-o-late”. Continue reading

Students for Estelí: My Summer adventure in Nicaragua

As a first year LLB Law with Spanish Law student I received quite a few odd looks when people heard that I was off to Nicaragua this summer to teach English. Firstly, they had absolutely no idea where Nicaragua was in the world. Secondly, they didn’t quite understand why an aspiring lawyer was spending five weeks teaching English and then backpacking around Central America. Continue reading