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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?

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.

“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?