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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!

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
                             

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

Something sporty – joining a society

For many people moving to university is a big change which can at first seem daunting; everyone is a stranger and people may wonder how to make themselves feel more at home. One way is to join a society, and luckily Hull have hundreds on offer making it easy to find an activity everyone can enjoy. 

Being a member of the Women’s Lacrosse team, I can vouch that the sports teams are a great way to meet new people as well as becoming more active. Having never picked up a lacrosse stick before, the team members are there to teach you from the very basics up to helping people who have been playing for years.

Lacrosse have trainings three times per week as well as weekly socials, a great way to bond with your fellow teammates while getting dressed up and boozy! These activities can give you a reason to get out of your, which may seem lonely, room to socialise and interact with the new friends you meet.

I myself waited until second year to join a society, however regret not joining sooner as I have met many new people from the club. Even if you are not the biggest fan of exercise, all teams have the opportunity to join as solely a social member, which can be a cheaper option too!

So my advice would be not to hesitate when joining a club! There is no better time than the present, and they’re a great way to meet people you will be sharing your years at university with.

Below is a list of all the societies at Hull.

https://hulluniunion.com/societies/list

From halls to home – decorating your student accommodation

It can be difficult deciding what to take to university when first moving away from home. However, these few decoration tips can help make what at first seem like a bare room be turned into somewhere you can call home.

Fairy lights

Fairy lights are an alternative to harsh luminescent lighting which your accommodation may provide. They are a good way to make your room cosier, helping you to relax after a hard day of studies. 

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Photos 

The move to university may come with a great deal of homesickness, so printing photos of the ones you miss back home is a great way to combat these feelings. Many halls offer pin boards, the perfect place to hang your most treasured photos. Below is a link to a website offering cheap and fast photo printouts. 

https://www.freeprintsapp.co.uk

Command strips

Many student landlords can be very strict, stipulating rules which may seem like there’s no ability to personalise your room. However, command strips are a perfect way to decorating your walls, being able to easily stick things to your wall which can be taken down with no damage at all! They can easily be found at department stores such as Wilko’s and B&Q. 

Frames hung using command strips

Storage

Ensuring that your room is tidy and organised can ensure you don’t get too overwhelmed with the move to university. Purchasing storage baskets from places such as IKEA can make sure your room doesn’t get too cluttered, with a clear room meaning a clear mind!

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A Week in My Life

The three main activities that make up my week is Food, Work and Gym, and probably in that order. I’m a man who loves his food. Ive recently started to bulk up in the gym so I now just eat and eat and eat and then validate it by saying “i’m bulking’. Currently I’ve been having a high protein intake diet which basically means that I try and add meat into everything I eat to boost up my protein levels. This is costly though so I have to work long hours to make up for the high food bill, but do I regret it?? Nope.

I work in a sports academy which mainly hire out facilities for teams to use. My job basically entails me ensuring things run smoothly in the whole changing over of teams i.e. ensuring the 7-8 booking come off on time and the 8-9 booking goes on on time. I also have to set equipment out such as the gymnastics and trampolines. The academy also has a gym so I spend some of my time in the gym either fixing machines or person training or even just chatting to some of the elderly members. For anyone interested I might as well add our website just incase anyone wants to book one of our facilities (https://www.smchull.org/sm6-sixth-form/sports-academy)

My little plug over leads me onto the last large part of my weekly hobby. I go to the gym 4-5 times a week depending on which days my workout split lands on. I operate on a Push-Pull-Leg split for anyone wondering which basically means I have a day where my exercises are ‘pushing’ away and then ‘pulling’ towards me and then finally legs which is the killer!!

My week is kind of repetitive at the moment with uni filling the gaps when i’m not doing any of the latter. all im doing now is just plodding along until I book a holiday;)

Where to party in Hullywood

Hull is a city which is in growing popularity, especially around the University, and their nightlife reflects this. With a continuously growing student population, the nightclubs are becoming ever more popular, so here are some venues to try for a great night out!

○ Welly

The Welly club is best known for their indie music, with student nights each Thursday being dedicated to the genre. However, with three different rooms on offer, as well as opening on Saturdays providing a ‘Shuffle’ night hosting a wide mix of music from 80’s to pop, there’s something for everyone. Welly is also a popular venue for live music artists to perform at. 

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○ Piper

Piper is one of the smaller clubs in Hull, however this does not decrease its popularity. Their ‘Get Lucky’ Monday nights being one of the most popular amongst students at Hull, playing a mix from pop to R&B classics. Being located down Newland Avenue also means that it’s only walking distance from most student accommodation. 

○ Atik

Consisting of three multiple levels each hosting differing genres, Atik one of Hull’s most popular and well-known clubs. Busy every Friday and Saturday night until late, there’s always an opportunity to put your heels on to go for a dance. 

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So, with Hull hosting some of the cheapest prices, and all venues being just a short taxi journey away – or even a walk if you fancy it – there’s no reason not to get glammed up to go and give them a try!

Top 3 Gyms In Hull

Xercise4Less

  • Located on Clough Road, HU5 1SR, This gym is close to the university (being roughly a 10 min walk away from the campus), cheap (costing £9.99pm with a 20% discount for students)
  • Price: 10/10, Very Cheap for what you get.
  • Equipment: 7/10, They have a vast amount of equipment for both cardio and weights.
  • Location: 8/10, Its very close to the campus but on a rainy day, I can see the walk put people off going.
  • Website: https://www.xercise4less.co.uk

UltraFlex

  • Located on 261 Hawthorn Ave, Hull HU3 5EN. This gym is the furthest one on the list in reaction to distance to the campus (19 mins car drive away) this gym costs £29.50 direct debit or £34.50 Cash pm. This gym is predominantly a weightlifting gym.
  • Price: 7/10, If your main aim is to solely lift weights, it is an excellent facility but it is costly.
  • Equipment: 9/10, taking into consideration that it is a weightlifting gym, the lack of cardio machines isn’t an issue.
  • Location: 3/10, Most uni students will not have a car meaning getting to the gym will mean they either have to get a lift or get the bus.
  • Website: https://ultraflexgym.co.uk

Hull University Gym

  • Located in the sport building on the Uni campus, this gym is ideally located for students. The gym is £19.95pm for students for the gym only and £35pm for the full use of the sport facilities.
  • Price: 8/10, The gym is relatively expensive if you want the full package but for the basic package, the price is very cheap.
  • Equipment: 9/10, Due to the fact that the gym is newly built, the equipment is state of the art and relatively new.
  • Location: 10/10: the gym is on campus so you can’t get much closer then that.
  • Website: https://sport.hull.ac.uk

How Gym Changed My Life

^^^ My Gym Total Fitness ^^^ (https://www.totalfitness.co.uk/)

Back in 2017, I was not in the best state of mind. This point in my life was a low point you could say. Due to an injury that occurred which prevented me playing football, I felt my life lacked a purpose. Before the injury, for me, it was football 24/7. I was either playing/watching or on FIFA. You could say that I was obsessed. However, due to my knee problem, I was left unable to play the sport I loved.

Bored and a little bit depressed, I was searching for something new to help fix the void that is now there. Lucky for me, my college, being a sporting college, was equipped with a gym facility so I thought “why not give this a go?”. If I’m honest, I was not a fan at first due to the fact I went on my own. From going to a team sport to a self motivated activity was a drastic change that I was not expecting. This initial doubt was removed when I convinced a friend to start with me.

The benefits came straight away when my joined. This not only added the social aspect I enjoyed, but crucially, this provided competition between the two of us as we was trying to out-lift one another.  

I think the gym helped me in numerous ways ranging from adding a purpose to my day all the way to increasing body positivity. However, I feel the main benefit was all in all, making me happy again. I can’t stress enough to anyone thinking if they should go, be it for health reasons or they are in a similar situation to me, just GO DO IT!!

What you REALLY need to bring to university.

When packing for university there are many things you may want to take, but remember: you’re not moving to the moon, so there will be shops where you are moving.

Essential

#1 Laptop

This will probably be one of your most used items; from typing up lecture notes, writing essays, researching and watching TV.

#2 Fancy Dress

Every-week is dress-up week at university, e.g. themed club nights or society socials.

#3 Basic first-aid kit

Basic medicines will be very useful, especially if you’re struck down by fresher’s flu.

#4 Tupperware

For dinner leftovers for lunches the next day, saving money.

#5 Speaker

When hosting pre-drinks a good speaker is essential, especially a waterproof one as this prevents against spill damage.

#6 Slippers/ Sliders

Fire alarm in halls are common, as well as communal kitchen having dirty floors.

#7 Railcard

Discounted train travel is a god send for going home and for getting about.

#8 Extension cable

University rooms often don’t have plugs in the correct places,

#9 Room decoration

Personalising your room helps keep homesickness at bay. 

Unnecessary

#1 Excessive Stationary

You don’t need every colour of highlighter and pen ever made.

#2 An iron

Tumble drying your clothes basically irons them.

#3 All the clothes you own

Start by picking the things that you know you wear the most; anything you haven’t worn for a while, you probably won’t wear at uni.

#4 Your car

Most University halls don’t accommodate students bringing their cars; pubic transport will be your best friend, especially on nights out.