Well-Being Tips For Students (Guest Post)

Student life has many ups and downs, you meet lots of new people and soon realise just how appalling your cooking ‘skills’ really are. But not to worry, here are some ways you can make being a student a walk in the metaphorical park:

1. Meals
a) Eat Right, Eat Regularly

I made the mistake or trying to save money by reducing my weekly grocery shop and as a result became damn near skeletal. In other words please do not starve yourself to save money. It really isn’t smart, sure you have that extra cash to splurge at the weekends with your friends but what’s the point when you have headaches and grumbling stomachs for the rest of the time? Your grades will suffer, in fact, your overall lifestyle will. If you do find money is tight see b)

b) Saving money

If you want to save money, do it the safe way. One great way is through making your own lunch to bring with you as oppose to buying it out of cafes, restaurants or food trucks during the week. Relatively inexpensive, nutritious and filling recipes can be found easily enough online, some go to websites of mine are:
 Food Network
 BBC Good Food
 Delicious Magazine
Online sites catered to students for tips on budgeting and offering discounts can be found too. Some I used were:
 Student Beans
 Money Saving Expert
 Groupon

2. Social
a) Join a club

Even if you feel like sitting in your room watching cooking shows all day, you will most likely find more enjoyment going for a walk with your course mate than watching Gordon Ramsay almost get food poisoning (okay maybe not). To be honest, I didn’t go out enough in my first year at college and my mood dropped a lot, it’s only when I started going to the pub or the park with my peers that I soon realised that sometimes you have to do what’s uncomfortable for it to pay off. Sure it was easier being socially awkward and sitting in my room but was it doing me good in the long run? Definitely not. Not everyone’s idea of fun is going out to get absolutely wasted at nightclubs and this is fine. But instead of just sitting at home why not invite people round for a games night, have a movie night at someone’s or a bake off? Low cost, lots of people – high reward.

b) Do some volunteering in the local area

There’s always someone’s granny who needs their dog walked or garden de-weeding, right? Doing something for the local community not only benefits them but also you too. I’ve heard of certain organisations that kill two birds with one stone in that you have to jog from place to place to help the local community. Do good and feel good, sounds like a plan.

3. Well-Being
College/University is a time when you will probably meet more people in that time frame than ever again in your life. As great as this is, it’s also important to not forget about ‘you’.

a) Pamper yourself

Maybe do this once a week. Perhaps treat yourself to a lunch where you eat out, that isn’t your usual ham and cheese roll each Friday. That way you have it to look forward to at the end of the week. Why not slap on a hair and face mask that evening too? Hard study needs rewarding, wouldn’t you agree?

b) Speak to a counsellor or your doctor

If you do ever feel that college life is getting too much at times, do not bottle this in. Admitting you are struggling is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength. Strength in that you are hopeful in finding a way to overcome the pressures you may feel you are facing. I wasn’t enjoying my course at university and found it very helpful to speak to a counsellor once a fortnight to get it off my chest.

Each of us having different coping mechanisms to stress, and feeling stressed at some stage of education is normal, it means you care. But don’t let pressure build up, it’s only detrimental to you then. Seek help if you need it.

c) Spend time on your own

I don’t mean all day mind you, but sometimes just going to a coffee shop and reading The Wind in The Willows is just what you need to keep those cortisol levels down. Whether it’s going to the gym or taking a walk in the park, if you need your own space then don’t feel bad about it. It doesn’t mean you’re unsocial or selfish if anything it allows you to clear your head, put your best foot forward and infact be the best version of yourself towards those around you.

4. Study

I almost forgot about this one, easily done when you have a hair mask to put on, friends to meet tomorrow evening and an innocent kitten to rescue from a tree.
Obviously the main reason you pay thousands in cash each year is for a piece of paper at the end of it saying that you aren’t just a pretty face. Keep this in mind, procrastination is one thing but don’t make it a permanent thing. If you’re struggling with your degree be it for the level of difficulty or lack of interest you may have in it then voice this and get help. College isn’t for everyone, think wisely about your career goals and how college fits into this. On the other hand if you do enjoy the course and are working hard at it then don’t forget to reward yourself every once in a while. It’s easy to become too hard on ourselves, setting high goals does not mean we have to set hard punishments on ourselves. Perhaps try the carrot before the stick.

Being a student enriches your life in many more ways than simply knowing why the sky is blue or why we yawn, it offers a plethora of memories to take with you in your future. But the key thing is, if you are a student now. live in the present and look after yourself.

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My Scary Experience

So today I had this presentation for my piracy class which was super scary!

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I really like the class but I just really hate presentations because I have anxiety as it is I don’t need it to be made worse with worrying about talking in front of a bunch of people.

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Also for some reason (probably because it’s such a fun class) everyone always shows up so there are at least like fifteen to twenty people there.

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And I am really not a fan of speaking in front of people especially if there are more then ten people. Plus, two of the people who were supposed to present with us could not make it.

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It was a pretty scary experience and I stuttered and stammered and rambled A LOT.

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But it was also kind of fun and I think it went pretty well for a first presentation. I learnt a lot from the experience and hope to do better the next time I have to present (which I’m hoping is never!)… maybe next time I’ll be less freaked out I hope…

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Hope you enjoyed hearing about my little experience and let me know in the comments below how your first presentation went!!

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Getting A Job At Uni: My Top Tips!

Working while at university is harder then it seems so here are a few very helpful tips to help you find a job!

Abi Louise Allen

A longer post today focusing on what so many students worry about…

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I think we all know university can be a huge financial struggle for a lot of people, some people only get a small loan that doesn’t cover their rent, some get no loan and others are not in a position to borrow money when needed. So, for many people getting a job is a necessity while studying.

For me, my loan unfortunately only covers half my annual rent total and all the money I saved working over summer just wouldn’t be enough to cover 6 months rent, food money, social money and transport and therefore, I had to find a job.

Whilst most universities are based in cities, and you’d think finding a job because of this would be easy, for students this just isn’t the case, for many businesses aren’t willing to…

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3 Tips To Study Effectively For Your Exams

Now that exams are almost here I thought I’d share this with you guys! It definitely has some very helpful tips!

Back To School: The Stress Awakens

Okay so I’m just going to admit it, going back to school sucks. Honestly, I am excited to see my friends and I love the subjects I do but school can really be such a drag. First of all the waking up early part really sucks, then you have to do boring things like sit in class and listen and study. After such a long holiday it can really feel like a drag to have to go back to school so here are a few ways to make going back to school slightly less horrible:

Be positive– I know this one sounds really cliché but sometimes having a positive attitude can do wonders. Instead of complaining try to be happy about the things you’re looking forward to- like seeing all your friends again and learning new and interesting things. Your brain will be able to sense the positivity even if you’re faking it so eventually you’ll realize you have stopped faking it and are genuinely positive.

Be creative– if you go to a school like mine where you wear uniform and aren’t allowed to wear any sort of jewelry or colorful things or leave your hair open or paint your nails (no I do not go to military school) it’s hard to be creative with the way you look so instead you can be creative in other ways. Like for example you can decorate your notebooks by maybe covering them with wrapping paper, adding stickers or even drawing something cool on the cover. I often used to get bored in class and so I used to write my favorite lyrics and quotes and stuff behind my book which is fun and kind of inspiring at the same time (although maybe don’t do it during class). You can also redecorate your compass and sew things into it (if you know how to sew) or else you can just like stick some stuff on it to make it look more fun and artsy.

Read/write– since I’m in year 13 I have a lot of free time and sometimes reading or writing during these times can be really fun. I’ve actually been writing a lot of my posts in school because after I’m done with my homework and stuff there isn’t much for me to do. Plus, for some weird reason I really get some good ideas in school. You can also spend some of your free time reading instead of sulking about how much school sucks. I am almost always in the library when I don’t have class and reading really wakes you up and relaxes you too. Also, a real positive of hanging out in the library is that you don’t have to talk to anyone you don’t want to, like all you do is smile or say hi and then you go back to whatever you’re doing because you’re technically not allowed to talk in the library.

Smile– smiling is really good for your brain! Smiling has the same effect on your brain as exercising. Just like your brain tells you to smile when it’s feeling happy, a smile can tell your brain to be happy. It’s not much but a smile can really get you through a lot of things for example the first day of school. So go ahead and smile at people and if they take it as a signal to start a conversation tell them you’re busy and go to the library!

Go shopping– getting something new can really make you more enthusiastic even about things like going back to school. You don’t have to spend a ton of money on buying new things but you can buy something small like a new bracelet or earrings or a nail polish. Or you can buy decorating items and decorate something you already have. Last year I bought a bunch of badges and put them on my bag. Instead of buying something new you can always also make something new like one of my friends made some amazing badges of her own which looked amazing.

Do something new– instead of looking like you always do (not that there’s anything wrong with how you generally look) you could try out a new look. Maybe you could get a new hairstyle. Instead of doing what you regularly do maybe u could braid your hair, straighten it instead of curling or vice versa, maybe you could do a bun instead of the usual ponytail (you get the drift). If you like how your hair looks maybe you can get some new shoes or redecorate your old ones for a new look. If you wear glasses maybe you can get a new frame and if you don’t wear glasses maybe you can get glasses for a while. Sometimes it’s cool to try new looks and you may just end up loving your new look and that guy you’ve secretly had a crush on for ages might just notice your new look and come over to talk to you!

Talk more– I know it sounds scary/stupid but participating in class can actually be a lot of fun. Once you do it a couple of times you’ll kind of get over the fear of participating and you’ll actually learn and have fun. Honestly, just try it!

I just wanted to add that even though we tend to put a lot of importance on education it is not the end of the world if you don’t do well in a certain subject or if you fail something. You can just try to work harder and if you still don’t do that well remember that lots of people who made it weren’t great at education either. Everyone is talented in different ways and just because you’re not book smart doesn’t mean you can’t make it in another field. Also, since my school has started I may not be able to post that often so please just bear with me.

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5 Friends You Need To Have

In high school you’re very likely to hang out with lots of different types of people. Even though school can seem like a total drag sometimes the best part can be all the people you get to interact with. There are some people in school that you should definitely avoid but here are some that you should stop avoiding and start becoming friends with:

The book nerd– she/he is probably sitting in a library engrossed in a large book that gives you anxiety just thinking of it (unless you too are a nerd like me in which case you will feel a warm, fuzzy feeling inside). This friend probably has really bad social anxiety and often needs a push from you. Admittedly, they’re a little shy and awkward at first but go approach him/her and begin a conversation because I bet they will have some insanely interesting topics to talk to you about. Plus, nerds are great because they’re loyal, warm, understanding and sweet. Also, they’re secretly a badass just waiting for a partner in crime- someone to unleash their crazy.

The extrovert– this is the fun crazy one who drags you out to parties when you’re feeling down. She’ll/he’ll always be there for you at your lowest and cherish your happiness with you at your highest. This kind of friend is usually very social and friends with everyone around them. He/she loves to have a good time and you rarely ever see them unhappy or sad. They’re almost always smiling and their laugh is contagious. You need this friend because everyone needs a lift-up and they’re the best person to be around when you’re feeling low.

The nice one– he/she says yes to everything and always agrees. You secretly wonder if she/he is actually a psychopath looking for the perfect moment to kill you. This friend is always there for you no matter what and always listens when you have a problem. This kind of friend is really hard to find because no one is this genuinely nice anymore. However, he/she is pretty naïve so make sure you’re also always there when he/she needs you to point out when someone is taking advantage of his/her kindness.

The punk– he/she is probably dressed in all black (because it rules!) and is pretty quiet and deep. This friend usually listens to Nirvana or Six Inch Nails or Five Finger Death Punch and talks more about death than old people. But she/he is also a risk taker and will probably scare away anyone who tries to mess with you. Plus, he/she probably has a secret happy side that she only shows to people she/he really likes.

The hipster– being hipster is the trend right now but only few can claim to be real hipsters. You’ll probably find this friend reading very controversial philosophical books under a tree wearing bright colors and hipster glasses. Even though people love to hate on hipsters they are a lot more fun than most people and they’re a lot smarter than people would like to admit. They’re also good at artsy stuff and since hipsters are probably going to take over the world soon it would be a good idea to get into some artsy stuff yourself. They’re also super sarcastic (which is always fun) and you might find yourself learning a lot from them.

So this pretty much sums up all the different types of people you should try and interact with in school because trust me you will not regret it- I speak from experience. They may not be that popular or inviting but once you become good friends with them you will really love them!

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