Another Scary Experience!

A lot of universities need students to do co-facilitation’s which is when you teach the seminar for one class. My university is one of them. I have five of those to do this semester and I just finished my first one yesterday and I thought I would tell you guys about how it went!

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Firstly, the seminar topic I was doing was about Kenya so I at least I knew what I was talking about and I didn’t have to do a ton of research on the topic.

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So it started with me having to explain the two articles which was alright because I had written notes on what I had to say and kind of just read from the paper. The only thing was I was a little red in the face, kind of looking down while reading and not making too much eye contact. But I don’t think it was that bad.

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Then I had to ask question which I had prepared which was a little scary because sometimes people just stare at you and no one answers.

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Luckily this class was not like that and people participated and answered a lot which was so great. That was a big load off my chest.

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Plus, the professor was SO sweet and helpful. He would always chime in with helpful questions, answers and information. I thought that was nice because some TA’s/Professors don’t do that and you’re kind of just left hanging.

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I was super anxious the whole time obviously but it was 50 minutes and I somehow got through it without totally freaking out.

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After the class my professor talked to me and told me I did a good job which was so nice of him. I got my results for it and I got 9/10!

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I’m glad I have these co-facilitation’s because I’m hoping they’ll help me get over my anxiety a little and be better at being in charge and talking to groups of people.

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Well that’s where my story ends. Have an awesome weekend guys!

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How To Have The Best Experience In University As An Introvert | Guest Post

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University can be a very confusing and terrifying time with so much going on and in my opinion it can be even harder when you are an introvert because you are forced into so many new situations and a lot of the time have to make a whole new set of friends. Here are my tips on how to have the best time as an introvert in university

  1. Don’t force yourself to be social- As a university student you may feel pressured to join a lot of clubs, go to parties and make a bunch of friends but that is not for everyone although it may seem like it. Of course it is great to go to parties, join clubs, meet new people and make new friends but don’t do it just for the sake of it until you are absolutely drained. Make sure to make time for yourself and…

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How To Pick The Perfect University Courses For You

Picking university courses can be extremely stressful and if you’re not careful you can end up with a really horrible schedule that can ruin your whole semester. Here are some tips to help you pick the perfect courses for you!

Are you actually interested in the topic?

The first thing to think about is if you really like the subject or whether you’re taking it just because it fits into your schedule. If you don’t like the subject very you may not like the course and are more likely to not do well in it. Take things you’re passionate about- you’ll end up enjoying the course more and will likely therefore do well in it.

Is your professor any good?

ALWAYS check your professor on ratemyprofessor before you take a course. Even if you love the subject a crappy professor can really ruin your semester. I made this mistake before and have definitely learnt my lesson.

Does it fit your schedule?

You don’t want to end up with a messy schedule that has you running from one side of the place to another so try to plan out your classes in a way that there’s enough time in between to get to your class on time. However, make sure you don’t have too much free time in between classes because then you’ll end up wasting too much time at school.

What’s the workload like?

Some professors are very understanding and go easy on you with the assignments and stuff but others are less then understanding so make sure to find the course syllabus and look through that before picking it because you may just end up with a crazy workload!

How big is the class?

Sometimes when classes are really big in size it’s really difficult to ask questions or even feel comfortable. This obviously isn’t the case for everyone but I’m more of an introvert and prefer smaller classes so if you’re like me and don’t like really big classes make sure to check before you pick the course especially for first year courses because those are usually packed.

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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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I’m Free!!

My exams are finally over I’m so happy you guys!

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Not going to lie you guys these exams really tore me a new one. This whole semester did to be completely honest it’s been a long three and a half months.

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I’m glad it’s over and I’m glad I have a few days of doing absolutely nothing because I seriously need that.

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I’m also looking forward to being more active on the blog since I can’t do that as much as I want to while I’m going to school.

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So looking forward to this break! Let me know in the comments what your plans are for your Christmas break!

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How to Balance Work and School

Psychology of Happiness

Hello!

Whether you are in high school or university, you probably know someone with a job. Said person either works only on the weekends, or they work what seems like a ridiculous amount to work while in school. You’ve probably thought to yourself: “Wow. I don’t know how they manage to do all of this stuff without flunking all of their classes.” Maybe you even know someone who did fail their classes because of the amount they worked.

I worked full time throughout high school, and now I’m working (albeit less) through University. I somehow managed to find what worked for me fairly quickly, at the threats my parents gave that I would have to quit working if my grades dropped. Here, I’ll list some ways to help you manage your time so that you can work to your hearts content without stressing.

1. Figure out if you think better…

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My Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

So I had one of the worst days ever today. I woke up thinking I would finish my research paper and hand it in by five in the evening and do some revising and stuff but when I woke up all the work I had done was gone!

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So anyway I had to retype the whole thing by 6 because it was due by 7 and I still had to get it printed and take it to the drop box and stuff.

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I tried really hard to finish the whole thing on time but I was still late and got to the bus stop by about 7pm. I thought okay maybe if I try really hard I can still make it but of course the universe had other plans.

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The bus got delayed and came at about half past 7 by which point of course I was already super late and there was no way I was dropping this thing in on time. And just as a final kick to the face from the universe when I reached school and asked a lady whether the building was still open so I could drop it off she took forever to find out (not her fault at all she was super nice and helpful it’s just the timings were not written anywhere) and so by the time I got to the drop box it was 8.

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I was obviously late and I’ll try to talk to my professor and let him know why I dropped it off so late. He is really nice and hopefully he will understand.

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In case my TA is reading this which doesn’t seem likely but just in case you gotta go easy on me man I had a terrible day and tried my best okay! This is Pooja from HIST 2P61 by the way.

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Anyway I had a totally different post planned for today but I felt like I really needed to tell you guys about this experience. Hope you guys all had a much better day then I did.

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Exams Are Here

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Can you believe it’s that time of the semester again?? Time really does fly!

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I’ve really enjoyed most of my subjects this semester and I’m definitely going to tell you more about what courses I took and what I thought about them in the future when I get some more time.

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I’m pretty scared about them and honestly I’m just hopping to pass at this point.

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Exams can be nerve wrecking and I want to get them over with.

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My first one is on the 10th and my last one is on 20th so I have exactly ten anxiety filled days where I’m going to be sweating a lot and probably breathing weird.

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In case I don’t post as regularly during those 10 days I hope you guys understand why!

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Wish me luck and let me know in the comments what helps you calm down during exams!

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5 Ways To Save Money While In University

When I first started university I had no idea just how expensive it would be. Everyone talks about how expensive the tuition fees are but in reality that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, if you don’t make an effort to try to keep your expenses low it’s easy to end up spending way over budget. Here are some ways I found to help keep living costs down:

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Meals

Even though it sounds really tempting to eat out as much as you can since university can be overwhelming and leaves little time for cooking it can also be very expensive to do so. Instead of eating out all the time or ordering in, try things like meal planning. You can keep your ingredients ready or make more food and freeze some for later. This will save both your time and money.

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Buy in bulk

Although some things get spoilt/expired if kept for too long a lot of things that we use on a daily basis don’t. If you know there are certain items that you will be using regularly make sure to buy them in bulk such as toilet paper, tissue paper, water bottles etc.

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Transportation

Whether it’s paying for gas, an Uber or a Taxi, transportation can be expensive but there are a few ways to travel without actually paying too much for it! For example, check out your bus timings because using the bus instead of using your car can really save a lot of money(plus it’s way better for the environment!)

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Living expenses

Living expenses can end up being really expensive especially while you’re still a student. However, because you’re a student many people do offer student discounts so remember to ask them if they offer this before paying for something. Plus, try to keep living expenses low by shutting off lights when you’re not using them or getting a roommate to split the expenses with.

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Used items

Universities often expect you to buy a lot of things such as textbooks which are not affordable whatsoever! However, getting used items can really keep the cost at a minimal. A lot of universities do sell used textbooks and other used items so be sure to check these out before actually buying something new.

What are some of the ways you guys save/saved money while studying? Let me know in the comments below!

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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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