3 realities of student life weekly: University of Hull

21ST FEBRUARY 2020 ASARPONG

The vast majority of prospective students envisage university to be a place that people simply work hard, play hard), occasional clubbing and sticking to a routine. However, the sad reality is that is far from the norm, with many students experiencing what we call “Student Problems”

Here are 5 realities of student life at the University of Hull:

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  1. SLEEPING PATTERN!

From sleeping at reasonable times and awaking at 6/7am, this routine diminishes. This could be making that lovely pasta bake at 2am before 9am lectures or having a much-needed breakfast at 1pm. Sadly, there is no in-between when. Despite this, fear not guys! as aiming to create alternatives such as an invisibility to lights and set meal times will remove you from this cohort. Forget what anyone says, remember it is you against the world!

2. COOKING!
You may think to yourself “Oh finally, I get my independence and can eat more how I please”. Unfortunately, the reality is that this could not be further from the truth. University rather consists of not knowing where your next meal will come from and a lack of effort and variety in food choice. You can be the change to this! For instance, pre-cook for the week and keep a food diary, we believe in you!







3.      SPORTS/GYM
First coming to university involves the excitement of joining sports teams and signing up for the university gym. However, the reality is opposite. Standard university days can be torture, causing fatigue and laziness. But remember, it is key to work out and the worst workout is the workout that never happened!

A Need-to-Know Guide to Hull’s Nightlife!

There’s one thing that all new freshers’ students need to know before moving and permanently residing to their chosen University.

No, it’s not where the nearest GP doctors is or a syllabus of your upcoming modules or even how to budget your money.

It is in fact a run-down of the selection and variety of clubs you will, undoubtedly, be spending the majority of your time in.

First up is my personal favourite: Welly.
Welly is renowned for its classic indie special night ‘Welly Thursday’. Welly is made up of two floors that offer an alternative music taste to your average club music. What puts Welly above all else for me is its affordability. Club entry stands at the lowest in Hull at a mere £3 and they offer £2 double vodka-mixers; even on Saturdays!

Ha! Get it? Welly?

Next on the list is the infamous Atik. Atik is located in the centre of the town so it is slightly further for University students, however, the wide range of variety Atik offers is unmatched. Atik has 3 floors all belting out different genres and tastes so it is suitable for students of all walks of life.
Be warned though, you couldn’t even dream of buying a double in Atik for £2!

Concert, Crowd, Audience, People, Music

Piper is also a very popular option among students as it is the closest located just on Newland Avenue (money saved on taxis is money better spent at the club). Personally, I don’t rate Piper too highly as it is a small club and can often get highly cramped.

Taking into consideration all this information is the first step to having an unbelievable, unforgettable time at University!

ISOC: Charity Week

With multiple societies available to contribute towards, I decided to join Islamic Society as I can relate to this the most as a practising Muslim. Throughout my journey as part of ISOC, I have made new friends and found guidance for my goals.

ISOC holds annual charity events over multiple universities where all members of the society get together to raise money for a specific charity for example ISOC charity week 2019 consisted of raising money for the charity: Islamic Relief.

One of the fundraising events was a collaborative trek with other university ISOC’s in the Yorkshire Dales where each university had created/designed their own charity week banner themed around Marvel. During the week, a bake sale was held within Student Union where students who wanted to raise money baked homemade desserts from a range of different ethnic backgrounds. An international food night had been held the following day, where majority of the members of ISOC had cooked their own dishes based on their ethnic backgrounds to show unity within different cultural groups within Islam.

To end the week, a Charity Week Dinner had been held where over 300 people had attended to help raise money for children and orphans all over the world with poetry and inspirational speeches held by AliOfficial as well as a comedy act. Additionally, an auction was held selling one of a kind calligraphy pieces produced by MoKeyz. The week had come to a successful end with £10,517.14 raised helping the less fortunate.

With many other societies available to join, there will be one fit for you and if not then why not start one?

Student House Chronicles

First to second year of university. Not seen as the biggest leap in your university, but the transition of on-campus living to student housing. This is a change needed for university, where the experience becomes a lot more authentic and enjoyable.

3 reasons to move into a student house:






#1 Flexibilty /Freedom
 
 
 
In all honesty, living in a student house most definitely has its advantages over student halls. Especially based upon the fact that you can relax more and not have to escorted by the wardens in routine fire drills when trying to catch extra sleep. This encourages independency and a more standard way of student living!

#2 Living with potential friends for life!

Living in a student house gives you the opportunity to select flatmates who you are yourself around! This differs massively from student halls, in which flatmates are randomised, which more often that not risks you being with people that have clashing personalities. Therefore, student housing gives you time to develop friendships to a level where you will be in close contact post university!






#3 Gain independence
Of course, attending university helps develops independence, but student living develops this to a higher degree. This is because halls are associated with so called “babysitting”, in the sense that some meals are catered for and kitchens have regular communal cleaning service. However, student housing has none of this and requires for you to be more organised and take control of day-today life. This is because for instance, you will be doing activities solo, such as going to the library and simply living alone
 
 
What are your experiences of student living? Let us know below!

BY ASARPONG 201801864
                             

Top Tips to Survive at Uni

University can be quite intimidating especially when you’re starting a new chapter of your life without your best friend but when Uni life kicks in, it is easy to lose track of deadlines and where your money is going right? Below are my 3 Top tips on how to survive during your time at Uni.

1. Budgeting: It is easy to lose track of spending when at university due to freshers, eating out, shopping, clubbing etc… To keep track of your daily spending it is best to calculate your monthly spend. Keeping a target of £30 a week will allow you to spend £10 on groceries, £10 on socialising and £10 for additional expenditure.

2. Plan Ahead: Assignments become overwhelming when deadlines are approaching so it is always best to plan beforehand by setting personal deadlines and avoiding procrastination. Always manage your time making sure you never leave your assignments last minute before due date!! This can be done by making an early start on your assignments and setting word count targets daily to ensure you have your assignment complete before due date.  

 

3. It is ok to say NO: The university night life becomes a habit and distraction as the social life becomes more appealing as a form of stress relief which is why making the right friends is crucial at university. It is easy to make the wrong decision under the influence of others, but remember, it is okay to say No!

I hope my tips helped you! Let me know below your experience at university and let us know your tips below.

My year abroad experience

California Business School

I felt that I was very lucky to be given the chance by the University of Hull to be able to study abroad for a whole year. I gained an insight into working within a different cultural environment as well as learning so many new things about myself and who I might become one day by taking on this exciting venture. I would honestly recommend studying a year abroad to anyone. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you will be sure to come back with a completely different mindset, ready to complete the rest of your degree and take on the world.

I went to study at California Business School and it was honestly the best time of my life. I met so many interesting people and of course, I partied LA style.

If California isn’t your ideal place to study for a year then not to worry, the University has so many different places to choose from such as Spain, France, Italy, Thailand and many more. I will leave a link below for you to take a look at all the amazing placements they have to offer if this is something of interest to you.

https://www.hull.ac.uk/faculties/fblp/more/international-experience/destinations

Studying abroad has so many other benefits than just personal, it looks amazing on your CV and will help kick start your life after University. Happy studying!

Some suggestions for international students

Hello, I’m glad you can get to know Hull University. Maybe you must be full of  concerns about university life. I hope some of the suggestions below will help you better face your future study and life!

#1. Time management

For many high school students, they are used to passively obeying their parents’ arrangements. But when college life begins, you are an adult. You need to balance learning and entertainment, have the ability to manage your time yourself, learn to take responsibility for yourself, and arrange your time and adjust your priorities.

#2. Facing the failure with optimism

No one can always succeed, especially for international students, you face more pressure and obstacles than domestic students. Failure is a common occurrence for everyone. When facing difficulties, don’t think about escaping, but think about how to avoid making the same mistake next time and how to solve the problem.

#3. Try to do some part-time jobs

 I believe that part-time job can help you understand the importance of money and let you know how to manage money, rather than unconditionally meeting your material needs by your parents.

#4. Stay healthy

I hope you can take some time to exercise and that your health is far more important than your studies. Health refers not only to physical health, but also to mental health. In the same way, no matter what kind of pressure comes from school, love, life, I hope you can have a strong psychological defense and maintain a healthy, happy attitude to face the future.

Thank for your reading and hope for you leave feedback!

Email address :S.Xu@2017.hull.ac.uk

Study tips for prospective students at the University of Hull

Coming to university and beginning semester 1 creates a new ball pool for you. This involves finding effective ways to study. Here I will explain a few methods based upon personal experience.



Room Bookings
Room bookings are most definitely an effective way of  learning effectively. This is because you can work collaboratively and acquire valuable pieces of knowledge from one other. Remember, we are all students in the same pool, and your weaknesses could be someone else’s strength and vice versa! Using this method of learning could indirectly boost marks in exams and assignments set!



Printing lecture slides


Printing lecture slides, predominantly in more important lecture material is imperative. Doing this allows you to write extra information from lecturers onto your printed lecture slides and highlight key information. This offers an advantage amongst other students, as you more likely to refer back to it than if using a laptop and adding footer notes. Hopefully by doing this, you will be able to plan essays and assignments with ease!


Consultation

Consultation at university is vital for acquiring better knowledge and progress within each module. Your lecturers list office hours in the introductory lectures, use them! If you are unsure about any material prepare a draft of questions you wish to ask and take them to your lecturer’s office. Using consultation to your advantage ensures you have ticked off boxes for progress and do not fall behind!
 
 
Do you have any advice on how to study effectively? Let us know below!
 

BY ASARPONG

“First year of Uni? Doesn’t count…”

We always hear this common statement at university that first year of university does not count. Yes, this is true that your first year does not count to your final grade but do not let this demotivate you or be the reason for you to slack. Below are the reasons why first year really matters.

#1. Learn from your Mistakes: When writing up assignments or revising for exams, it’s always easy to mess up on in certain areas whether this is missing out on analysis or objectives. However, it is best to make these mistakes during 1st year as this is your chance to understand which form of style suits you and will allow you to get the best grade possible. But remember, you only need 40% so don’t stress too much.

 

#2. Feedback: When you submit your assignment and receive your results, always look back on feedback to understand where you could have added those additional markers differentiating your grade from a 2:1 to a 1st. Again, although 1st year doesn’t count, this will allow you to have a clear mindset of how to get the best grade during 2nd and 3rd.

#3. Value your Degree: Remember, we’re paying £9,250 a year at university to get our degree to get the best job possible, so remember do not risk your 1st year due to friends or your laziness. It is easy to fail an assignment so always put in your 100% towards your modules so you don’t regret what you could have done because come on do you really want to re-sit the year again?

A day in the life of a student

Being a Business student at Hull University is all about self-initiative. The lecturers are very knowledgeable and provide you with all the quality resources you need however, it’s down to you to make sure that attend all of your lecturers and revise the information handed to you. That being said, welcome to my student diary.

7.30am – Getting ready to start the day ahead.

My schedule varies each semester and depends on what modules I am taking. This semester I am studying Contemporary Marketing Management, Organisational Management and Management Systems and Standards for Sustainability. I know, I have lots of management modules, which means I need to be ready to start my lecture at 9am. The Costa on campus always keeps me going throughout the first part of the day.

12pm – Lunch break

I usually go to the sanctuary bar or pizza eats on campus for lunch because its close and they both have vegan options which is great for me.

5pm – Uni pole society

I am a member of the uni pole society and attend a class every Thursday at 5pm. It’s a great way to meet new friends and get some fitness into your busy student schedule. If pole isn’t for you there are plenty of other societies for you to join such as basketball, badminton, cheerleading and many more. Here is a link if you would like to have a look for yourself.

https://hulluniunion.com/activities/list

7pm – Dinner, Revision, Rest!

After a long day I get home around 7pm, make myself some dinner, revise for an hour before  having some relaxation time before I go to sleep ready to start fresh the next day.