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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?

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.

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.


3 important things do to when moving to university

Moving away for university is probably the most exciting but stressful time of being a young adult. From leaving the comforts of your home where mum and dad are usually the ones who probably do everything to doing everything yourself, you are going to make some mistakes. So, here are some tips to help you get by.

1. Sign up to the nearest GP

Once you’ve arrived, find out where your nearest GP is and sign up. Getting ill and not signing up to your nearest GP will make things worse with not being able to get medical help.

2. Find a Part-time job or talk to a student advisor

According to the scholarship HUB, many students are finding that the maintenance loan is not enough to cover their expenses. So, try to find a job at your university or elsewhere.

Finding a job is not always quick and easy but don’t worry. Every university has a student financial advice team where they will be able to tell you if you are eligible for any additional funding. So, talk to one of the advisors and review all your options.

3. Budget

Seeing your student loan drop into your bank is a massive test for new students. It will go quicker than you think (especially during freshers week) if you haven’t got any further funding coming in, it needs to last you the full term.

Set yourself a weekly budget and download a budget app that’ll help you do that.

Somethings you’ll find at Hulls student union

Hull university union (HUU) is the students union for the university of hull. For many students, including me, this is the go-to place for whenever I need information on uni events, last-minute food shopping at spar, and if I ever need to buy books alongside other things.

Ground Floor

On the ground floor, you will find spar (usually, whenever I’m in the library spar is where I go to get some snacks).

I live off-campus so during lecture breaks instead of going home to eat, which is a 15-minute walk away, I eat in the student union canteen. There are many options to choose from such as pizza and chips, grilled cheese sandwichs or even a Starbucks.

There is also a pub inside for anyone who fancies pub food.

On the first floor, that’s where you’ll find Waterstones, Financial team, rooms which hold society meetings and even society open day events.

The third floor is also where you can find the financial team, speak to financial advisors, the careers team which help you with things such as CV’s, cover letters and help you find a job at the university or elsewhere.

Finally, the student union also has a club named Asylum so, if you’re a student who wants to go out and have fun but doesn’t want to spend money on taxi and you’re closer to home, this is the place to go. Many celebrities also get invited, like Joey Essex and you can even take pictures with them.

2 Cultural differences between my flatmates and I

I am Angolan, and so are my international flatmates who have now become two of my closest friends. Angola is on the west coast of Southern Africa. However, there are some apparent differences between the girls who grew up in Angola and me who grew up in England.

1. Cooking

The girls cook, and I usually buy food that I can quickly put in the oven.

The girls cook more traditional foods such as feijao de oleo de palma, Funge Carne seca and moamba de galinha. The girls will go out of there way to find the ingredients to make this meal.

As much as I love eating traditional Angolan food, growing up in England has made me drift from learning how to cook the majority of foods the girls cook. For example, I tend to cook things that are more ” simpler” such as Jacket potato.

2. Clothing

Dressing for you and not because of what others may think or say.

Angola likes to keep up with fashion trends, especially the UK and USA trends. As much as they love doing this, Angolan girls are more reserved, for example, having to make sure they wear a cardigan to cover cleavage or it will give others a wrong impression of them.

I follow the trend if I like it. When I go out, I take a cardigan to protect me from the cold, not because of the image others may have of me for showing ” too much”.


How to be healthy while being student ?

Hi guys !

Here is my third article on this blog. Today we will discuss to improve your lifestyle with little change.


Before arriving at Hull, I was the kind of girl who partied everyday (and it’s not a metaphor). I was doing business the day with the Junior-Entreprise* (the link of my former article will be at the end of this article) and the night was at the student office and I staffed people during parties. But when I wasn’t staffing, I was partying. Then, I decided to become healthy while enjoying my student life but didn’t know how to begin. Here are some advices which may help you to change your habits !

As a precision : this article is not judgmental, I want to do a feedback about my own experience and how I was helped to be healthier.

#1 Let’s cook ! If you want to be healthier, you have to cook. It is not a matter of loosing weight or something like that, it is more a matter of health. By the way, as student, we used to buy to buy some prep meals or eating fast food. But these kind of food are bad for your body. So you can cook with your own ingredients without being Alain Ducasse or Paul Bocuse. You just have to add some vegetables with your pasta or rice and it’s easy to prepare : pan + water + salt + boiling water for 10mn and that’s it !

#2 Don’t be afraid of starting sport. When arrive at a fitness club, you see all these people, full of muscles with no fat and it can low your motivation. But you have to trust in you. If you want to do sport, it’s for you, not for the others. Set your own objectives and by your own it doesn’t mean “be like this instagram pic”. Every bodies are unique and having a physical activity is for your wellness, not for being appreciate by the others. The better is to have 3 sessions during a week. But it is has you want and ask to a coach to create your own program which suits with your goals. Be strong and follow you own path !

#3 Your best reward would be feeling well. Numbers are just numbers, and being healthy is a marathon, not a sprint. But you would see that day by day you will feel better. You will sleep better, have a better breath or just feeling stronger. The most important thing is to feel the evolution, so you can take picture or do some exam to settle a real departure and check every month your progress.


Have you already start a changing of your habits ? Or maybe what are your resolution for this year ? I can’t wait to read you !

*What is a Junior-Entreprise ?…-consulting-firm/ ‎

3 tips to avoid homesick during an exchange program

Hi travelers !

Today almost every young people are dreaming of traveling around the world, discover new cultures and create unforgettable memories. But even if we felt like globetrotter heroes, homesick can strike at any time and it’s very difficult to overcome alone. So here are a few tips which can help you to fully enjoy your international trip !


When I was 18, I went to China for a 1 month internship. I was pretty young and I was sure that I will fully enjoy enjoy my trip. Homesick ? I think it won’t happened to me “I’m to strong”. But I was wrong and it was very very hard to struggle against this strange feeling. So, here is what I’ve learnt from this experience.

#1 Quickly meet people. You can think that it is easy to say it, that it is very difficult to find new friends when your alone but I will show you it is pretty easy. Indeed, you just have to live your life as you will do in your home country. You will meet people and even if you’re shy, believe that nobody will judge you and usually people are happy to meet strangers !

#2 Find some occupation. The best way to not think about home is to think about something else. So you can try to find a job, travel to discover the area (the job would help you to finance it) or join a student association or a sport club. This would also help you to meet people !

#3 Last but not least, keep time to call your friend and your family. It might seem to be obvious but many of us are too pride to say I miss my family but friends and family are the best support you can have. By calling them, you sustain your bounds and you will not feel alone when you’re abroad.

I will enjoy to read your testimony on one of your trip abroad or how do you overcome homesick !

Fear, Friends and Fitting In: How to Come Alive at University

University can be a challenging time. Here’s my advice on how to ‘come alive’ at university by embracing our fears and worries along the way:

Have you got any other ways we can ‘come alive’ at university? Leave a comment below – I’d love to hear your thoughts!


Matthew Gilbert

Marketing Student

2nd year BA Marketing student at the University of Hull.


3 Ways to be More Eco-Friendly at Hull University

Whilst the Guardian deemed 2019 as the ‘2nd hottest year on record‘, the Committee on Climate Change challenges the UK that ‘2020 must be the year of climate action‘.

But we’re not politicians and renewable-energy scientists just yet, so is there any point for us poor, un-influential students anyway?

I’d like to give a resounding YES.

Here are three easy tips on how you can be more eco-friendly as a student at Hull University:

1. Go paperless.

I’ve recently discovered the wonderful world of paperless notebooks. The idea’s simple: write your lecture notes, scan them into the cloud, wipe away and re-use the notebook over and over again. It’s cheap, simple and makes organization easy. I’ve got the Rocketbook Everlast which works a treat.

2. Buy a reusable coffee cup.

Talking paper; why not buy a reusable coffee cup? Many of the university cafes now sell reusable coffee cups at £3.50 for the basic one, and £9 for the flask-type. Stick it in your bag for next time and say goodbye to single-use coffee cups. What’s more, you get a free drink with the initial purchase.

That’s right. You’re going to look like a pro at lectures with your eco-notebook and coffee cup; that is until everyone’s doing it.

3. Rethink your meat-consumption.

One study shows that adopting a flexitarian diet actually reduces your carbon footprint more than a vegetarian diet. So why not start choosing the veggie option more often? Many of the university cafes regularly sell a delicious vegan soup and roll option for only £1.90. Cracking value.

What are your thoughts? Are there any other ways we can become more eco-friendly as students at Hull University?


Matthew Gilbert

Marketing Student

2nd year BA Marketing student at the University of Hull.