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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Body Image in Lockdown

A few days ago I saw an Instagram poll which asked, ‘Has anybody been feeling more self-conscious than usual since lockdown began?’ and 92% of people said yes. This was both shocking and unsurprising to me. With spare time it is so easy to look in the mirror and scroll through social media repeatedly which can be a dangerous combination. There has been a massive spike in fitness/diet related pictures coming up on my feeds and a number of people have started selling diet powders/shakes, all of which for me contributes towards bad self-image.

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First Week Woes

I’ve spent this week feeling like I have come down with a case of ‘imposter syndrome’. The impending return to university that had been resting within the depths of my consciousness has suddenly arrived. The Christmas break quickly over, a return to Sheffield in order to revise or write assignments and before I know it, I have a week to myself before the chaos is to ensue. Welcome to the second semester of my second year.

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What is Global Campus?

Among 28,000 students at the University of Sheffield, we have more than 40% international students from 150 various countries. As a global university, we always hope students have a joyful but productive experience in their university life, absorbing with different cultures by meeting students from different parts in the world. That’s the reason why we have Global Campus which provides a platform for students to gain cultural insights and meet students around the world.

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How having a gap year helped me settle into student life(ish)…

Hold onto your elephant trousers and fasten your nose rings because I am going to explain how having the stereotypical ‘Gap Yah’ experience in South East Asia has helped me settle into the exotic lifestyle of the University of Sheffield. *Disclaimer* casual reminders and an abundance of photos are apparently a so-called by-product of the gap year experience so please allow me to explain myself in the least pompous way possible. Now, don’t get me wrong Sheffield may not be no Koh Phi Phi or the black sandy beaches of Bali but it does hold a certain charm in its own unique way.

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The seminar wallflower – thoughts on contributing more

Picture this, your seminar tutor has just asked the group a question. There is a deafening silence as they await an answer. This time, you have the perfect discussion point that you’ve been contemplating all week. Just as you gain the courage, someone else jumps in. The cycle repeats. Fifty minutes go by and you realise you’ve been a spectator to your peers’ discussion, yet again struggling to contribute. Sharing your thoughts can be daunting for many of us. Especially if you have anxiety. Seminars can be a nightmare for introverts that are scientifically more productive when alone. Alas, seminars and workshops are a part of uni and it can be beneficial for your grades when you begin to feel more comfortable speaking in a group.

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Finding home an ocean away from family

It’s been four years since I left home to come to uni! Four years! And no, I’m not an international student on paper, but I might as well be. My entire family lives overseas. Like, a nine-to-fourteen hour flight overseas.

The first year was the hardest, as it always is. I cried on the plane over, like a baby, staring out the ellipsoid window at everything I was leaving behind. I still remember the guy next to me, awkwardly trying to avoid eye contact until he realised the tears weren’t stopping and, flustered, flailed around looking for handkerchiefs.

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