10 things to do in your first 5 weeks

4th year BA Art and Film student, Erin, shares some ideas about what you should get up to during your first 5 weeks at university…

 

The first 5 weeks of university can pass by so quickly…but here are some key things to get done during that time!

 

 

  1. Familiarise yourself with Whiteknights Campus

Although you will discover more about campus as you are forced to frantically find your lecture rooms, Whiteknights Campus is famed for its natural beauty. There are many wooded areas with trails weaving through the wilderness, perfect for escaping the rush of welcome week. Also Reading’s lake hosts lots of wildlife and stunning views which are definitely worth snapping for your Instagram account.

 

  1. Sign up to a local medical centre

This is very easy to do and I recommend that you sign up before, or during the early days, of Welcome Week. Freshers flu is not a myth and we’re all prone to it, whether you’ve been partying or just going to your lectures. If you go to the health centre with a form of ID you can fill out a form super quickly and you’ll be on the system in time to get treated.

Find information on local medical centres here.

 

  1. Go to the RUSU Freshers’ Fayre

The annual Freshers’ Fayre takes place over 3 days and allows people to check out each sports, recreational and volunteering societies. You get to meet the committees, talk about the year events, discuss time dedication and gather flyers with all the relevant information needed for the year.

 

  1. Drop by these iconic food stops

Here is a list of must visit places for the best grub in town:

All of these are between the Whiteknights and London Road Campus so you won’t have to journey far for a snack.

 

  1. Go to the cinema

There are 4 different ways to watch films on the big screen in Reading.

  • Reading Film Theatre – On campus you can go to weekly screenings of the latest films shortly after their UK releases.
  • Reading University Film Society – Also on campus and offering weekly screenings, but offer films from the past and new releases which are sometimes voted for by you.
  • Vue Cinema – Located as a part of the Oracle in the centre of town, the Vue cinema offers low priced tickets to see the latest films.
  • Showcase Cinema de Lux – Though quite a walk or a bus ride out of Reading, Showcase offers a luxury cinema experience.

 

  1. Check out the RUSU schedule of events

Throughout term time RUSU run weekly events for students which are a great opportunity to meet new people or socialise with friends.

Monday – Free pool in Mojos bar.
Tuesday – Comedy Central stand-up fortnightly, which Comedy Society members get a discount for.
Wednesday – Students Union club night: Flux.
Thursday – Quiz and karaoke every week.
Friday – Dance events are booked each term, usually 3 events per term.

There are also special nights that are held sporadically such as cocktail night, sangria night and wine and cheese night.

 

  1. Explore the lesser known campus bars

Though not as popular as Mojos and Park Bar there are two other really nice bars on campus that are worth visiting.

Park House – Popular with postgraduates and professors, this bar offers more sophisticated food and drinks but for a reasonable price.

Ice House – The ground floor of Wessex Hall has a cocktail bar equipped with a cinema! Whether you want to cosy up and watch a film or share some drinks with friends this is my personal favourite bar on campus.

 

  1. Have a good ol’ wander around the town centre

You may have been to town on nights out or planned events, but make sure you go and explore Reading properly in your first few weeks. This will mean you’ll discover shops and places before you’re trying to find them and will also mean you can have some relaxed time whilst everything new is being thrown at you.

 

  1. Make sure you pay attention to your first few lectures

I know this seems like an obvious or preachy point to make but, especially in first year, you may want to change your modules if you think you’ve taken the wrong module for you. This can only be done early on, therefore making sure you go to the first lectures for each module will help you to know if you’re studying the right topics for you.

 

  1. Make time for yourself

Finally, ensure you have some ‘you’ time. You will have just moved away from home and had a lot of new experiences so your body and mind will need to chill out. Relaxing in your room for a short time each day with a book, film, Netflix or whatever you prefer will keep you sane during these fast-paced first 5 weeks.

 

Click here to see what University events are on to support you during Welcome Week.

Trying to settle in at university? Here are a few tips!

Student Liam’s top tips on settling in…

Hey guys, I hope all of you are excited about starting at university! Gosh, I can remember back when I was a Fresher (I feel so old now), and I understand that university can seem a little confusing at first. Not to worry, I have some tips to help out:

  1. Socialising!

There is nothing more reassuring than meeting people in the same boat as you at university. As a start, why not try talk to your flatmates or people from your course? Additionally, another great way to branch out is to attend some events at the University during term time.
Personally, I found that building a group of friends made delving into university much more exciting and comfortable.

(Making friends with the local wildlife on campus.)

  1. Societies!

Love a bit of K-pop? Do you fancy making some fruity cocktails (I need one now to be honest)? There is definitely a society out there for you to try! Not only are you able to meet like-minded people, but you can also partake in something you enjoy. Here is the full list of societies that you can join at the University of Reading.

I am really interested in screenwriting and so I am definitely joining the Film Society this year; I hope to see you there if you are interested.

  1. Exploring!

We have all been there: you are on campus; you are looking for one of your upcoming lectures; and it feels like you are stuck in a labyrinth. I really would recommend just turning on Google Maps and going for a stroll. You could check out bus routes, where the town centre is located, and even just walk around the Reading campuses.
Just another little suggestion, downloading this map of the UoR Whiteknights campus is a blessing during the first few weeks.

(Just walking around the beautiful lake on campus.)

  1. Wellbeing!

Your health and wellbeing at university is the top priority. As such, it is really important that you register with your local GP. If things get a bit too overwhelming—which is totally understandable—then it is worth getting in touch with the UoR’s counselling and wellbeing service.

  1. Organisation!

I know, I know, this is the boring stuff. However, this is also really important stuff to know. The first few weeks of university have a lot going on—from Welcome Week events to your lectures.

A helpful way to organise all this without frying your brain (the University does not want that!) is to make a personal calendar or diary of events. I prefer using Google Calendar to keep everything in one place; I also frequent the UoR’s personalised timetable to know exactly what events I have coming up.

Thanks for your time, guys. Have a great time at university!

 

My experience of UoR Welcome Week

Art and Film student, Erin, shares her experiences of Welcome Week as a new student arriving at Reading…

Welcome Week started for me when I arrived at my new halls. I was in Wessex Halls which I chose due to it being located near to the art building and not far from central campus so I could relish those lie-ins before early lectures. As I was on the top floor of Wessex, and the small lift was out of order, the JCR and freshers’ angels helped me and my parents carry all my stuff up 3 flights of stairs. As my move in day was the Friday I had an extended weekend to meet my flat mates, wander around campus and settle into my room. Our JCR organised an event a day for us to get involved with if we wanted to, classic ice breakers and a local pub crawl helped me to get to know more people from my halls as well as discover the social aspects of campus and its surrounding area.

Though most of the people I knew in halls had freshers’ fortnight wristbands, I decided not to get one. I had been working all summer to earn money for University and spending £50 for clubs nights for two weeks and having to spend more when out was not ideal for me. This meant I could choose which club nights I went to during freshers, however I did miss out on a lot of the activities my flat got to enjoy.

In the first week before term starts there are three Freshers’ Fayres for society, sports and volunteering opportunities for students to join. I went to the societies fair, having already looked through the different societies on the RUSU website, I approached the Film Society table immediately. Here the committee told me about their plans for the year and taster events to come to where they will explain more about the year’s proceedings. I then went to their taster events throughout the year, later joining after the Christmas Holiday which allowed me to attend their weekly events.

I then went on to run for Film Society committee meaning that the year after I ran the Film Society stall for the Freshers’ Fayre. Being on the other side of Welcome Week was a great experience, I got to use my own knowledge of the year before to make sure that Film Society was going to be as accessible as possible to those interested. After running stalls at Freshers’ Fayre for two years now I would recommend running for a committee position to anyone who is really passionate about a society they are a part of.

Welcome Week is full of opportunities and events run by the University and RUSU for students of all interests to get involved with. The best advice I can give you is to not be shy and to put yourself out there. University is a chance to gain experiences and do things you haven’t had the chance to before; not to sit in your room waiting for your lectures to start.

 

Find out more about what’s happening this Welcome Week here.

Farewell Reading!

Finalist Geography student, Jack, shares his highs and lows of his time studying at the University of Reading…

After 3 years of hard work, turning up to every 9AM lecture (mostly), working on essays and reports in all hours and spending the occasional night dressed as something weird and wacky on a questionably sticky RUSU floor… my time at University is drawing to a close. Its been an emotional journey and somewhat of a rollercoaster but I wouldn’t change it for the World. As part of my reflections I’ve been looking back over some of my highs and lows of my time at University:

 

Highs

 

  • Field Trips – Some of my best memories at University come from the unbelievable field trips I was lucky enough to be able to go on. From climbing Mount Vesuvius to nearly sliding down a crevasse in Iceland trying to save an iPad… I’ve travelled the World with my friends and some truly amazing academic minds, advancing not only my knowledge but my character and personality, making me a much more well-rounded person.

 

  • Junction11 Radio – Those who know me personally know I literally cannot go anywhere without music, wherever I go, music follows. Junction11 Radio has given me a platform to share my love of music with a whole host of likeminded individuals as well as broadcast a show with one of my best friends out to the World across the internet (some people even enjoyed it! So much so, we won 2 awards for our work!). After university I’m planning to keep presenting on the radio back in London on hospital radio before hopefully progressing to a mainstream station.

 

www.junction11radio.co.uk

 

  • Campus – A definite high of university has been the opportunity to study in such a great location. I’ve really enjoyed being able to walk through the Harris Gardens and amazing wooded spaces this campus has to offer. Also, and most importantly, who doesn’t love seeing some goslings and cygnets in the lake?!?!

 

  • Meeting People – Finally, I’ve met some of the most remarkable people during my time at university who I know I’ll keep in contact with for the rest of my life. These people have inspired, pushed and stood by through thick and thin and I just want to say a massive thank you!

 

Lows

 

  • Pressure – The pressure at University can be intense. I think this is a low for me as I didn’t always deal with it in the best way and should definitely have made more use of the information and support RUSU has to offer and would urge everyone to have a look at the sessions on dealing with stress if finding it difficult to manage a heavy workload/pressures of university life.

 

https://student.reading.ac.uk/essentials/_support-and-wellbeing/counselling-and-wellbeing.aspx

 

  • Tonsillitis – Everyone’s body deals with stress differently, some people get shorter tempers, some withdraw, some don’t show it at all, me? I get Tonsillitis. Seriously, I had this at least once a term (which, because I couldn’t speak for a few days, some people looked forward to…). On a serious note, it’s really important to listen to your body not only at university but in life in general. Make sure you’re eating well, getting enough sleep, exercising and finding some time for you – it’s not easy but strike the right balance and you’ll be performing well, feeling great and acing life!

 

Plan for the future

 

After graduating I’m planning on having a week away with the family before starting work on the 16th July at Generation Change, a London Based charity striving to improve youth social action across the sector and ensuring charities are committed to continual learning and improvement.

But for now, all that’s left for me to say, is thank you and farewell Reading, its been a blast and an absolute honour!

 

Jack x

 

Reflecting on my time at uni

Finalist student, Alexander, shares his thoughts on his time at university…

“I’m now in my final week of being a student, so I thought I would share some of my reflections on my three years as a student here…
• The three years has gone by scarily quickly! I have always aimed to make the most of my time here, through attending careers events and Life Tools Talks, nearly all of which I have found helpful in one way or another. I can still remember helpful ‘nuggets’ from events I attended a long time ago! In my 1st year I completed the RED Award, which felt like a good achievement and I have put it on my C.V. It was a useful experience, as it motivated me to get stuck in and gain more knowledge, understanding and skills. The good thing about RED award is that you can tailor it you and do it at your own pace.

• My career plans have changed slightly since coming to university. I was unsure about what I wanted to do, but after a lot of thought, completing two careers modules, a placement, some networking, I have a much better idea. Uni is a good opportunity to think about and plan what you want to do next.

• It has been fantastic to meet a wide variety of people, from different backgrounds and walks of life. It doesn’t matter who you are, you will be accepted, as students at University are much more open-minded than they are at school! If you are finding it hard to settle in, or will be joining Reading Uni in September, check out the vast range of opportunities available here (including how to become a Student Communications Ambassador – which is the paid role myself and the other writers of this blog have).

• Hard work does pay off, but getting the work/life balance is important too. At uni my work ethic, determination and stamina have improved. At times it did feel like I was working almost non-stop (I’m sure you can all relate to that!), but on top of working hard I did have times when I played hard. I would sometimes get frustrated when my work/life balance wasn’t how I wanted it to be. I worked harder during my time at uni than I did at college and it has definitely reaped more rewards. I learnt to appreciate that getting the work/life balance is a challenge for everyone and will probably continue to be a challenge.

• Confidence in my abilities has grown. I came to uni unsure how far I would get, but willing and determined to give it a go.

• I’ve really enjoyed the independence and getting to know a new area. I have enjoyed Reading so much that I’m hoping to stay. The transport links and being close to London are what I love about Reading.

• I’ve loved studying on both campuses at Whiteknights and London Road. I think our campuses are a lot greener and more spacious than others… certainly compared to the ones I’ve visited. The Green Flag award has been well earned!

• Support from the Disability Advisory Service, RUSU and the Careers Service have been very useful and helped me to relax and be more confident.

Are you in your final year? What have you enjoyed, learnt or discovered at uni? Leave a comment below. If you are leaving uni, good luck for the future and if you’re staying at uni good luck for the rest of your course!”

How i’m making the most of my final term at uni

Theatre, arts and deaf studies student, Alexander, tells us about what he’ll be getting up to during the last few weeks of his time at the University of Reading…

We’re halfway through the summer term and for many of you (like me) this will be your final term here! You probably will have mixed feelings about this – I know I certainly do! My three years at Reading have whizzed by and I can’t believe it’s nearly over, but here is what I’m doing to make the most of my final term…

Careers prep. I have attended the Careers Centre a couple of times recently. The first was a 15 minute ‘CV clinic’ appointment, where I was given a number of useful hints and tips on improving my CV. The second was a 30-minute appointment to address questions and concerns I had regarding job-hunting and receive feedback on speculative letter recently written. I’ve also attended a ‘finalist careers hacks’ event, which was also really useful. I recently attended the Reading Job Fair, where I spoke to a number of employers, had a number of interesting conversations and received further feedback on my CV with a careers adviser. I have started to apply for jobs and I’m finding it an interesting process and have come across some exciting roles.

Volunteering. I’ve always loved volunteering in a variety of establishments. You get to meet new people, gain new skills and learn a lot. It’s always really rewarding knowing that you’re helping a company or charity, and it looks great on your CV Currently I’m volunteering for the Rising Sun Arts Centre and Christians Against Poverty at Network Vineyard Church. The great thing about volunteering is you usually only need to give up a few hours on an ad hoc basis. If you have some free time this term, find out what opportunities are available across Reading clicking here.

Preparing for graduation. I’ve registered to graduate and booked tickets and now waiting for further details. I’m very excited to graduate on 4th July (but not liking the uncertainty of what’s going to come next!!) Did you know that all students graduating this year (July and December) will be eligible for free gown hire?!

Returning library loans. Time to take back all those books I’ve hoarded over the last few weeks and make sue I’ve paid any fines incurred! Click here for info on returning books.

Reflecting on my time at Reading. I have been reflecting on my time here, and thinking about how much I have learnt and developed, personally and academically – which is a real confidence booster and helps with career prep.

If you have any ideas, hints or tips, post a comment below. I hope you have an enjoyable and productive term and also get a chance to relax at times. Good luck!

Lucy’s 2 Week Placement at the Daily Mirror

Italian Studies student, Lucy, tells us about her recent editing and marketing placement at the Daily Mirror…

Day One

On the first day of my placement I was incredibly excited yet nervous about it all. I had looked up where the offices are in Canary Wharf and realised that they are in One Canada Square which is the second tallest building in the UK and the big building they often fly past on the Apprentice! At first I had to go over all the boring stuff like health and safety, but afterwards I got to go into the offices. The whole floor was open plan with row upon row of shiny Macs. As we were on the 22nd floor, the view was stunning. I have no idea how people manage to get any work done with a view like that!

 

My first task was to read over the papers that morning so that I could be aware of what was going on but also get used to the style and tone of the Daily Mirror. My next task was to do some research for an article for the next day on how Easter is becoming the new Christmas. I had to find products with a direct link to Christmas, for example Easter crackers. I then had to write a small piece about Easter becoming a more celebrated festival. It was published the next day in the paper. They had cut what I had written down massively and my name was not on it, but I have taken credit for it!

 

Day Two

Again, I read the papers until I went into Daily Conference (this is where all of the editors decide which stories will make it into the paper). This was very interesting as I learnt about some stories that no one would have known about, and it felt very strange the next day when I was watching the review of the papers in the morning, whilst already knowing what would be in there! I was given my first task of the day a while after the conference had finished. I would be helping another team write an article about the difference between low fat and standard food products. Despite asking if I could help throughout the day, there were several periods where I hadn’t got anything to do. I managed to plan the whole of my Italian oral exam during this day, so I could say that I was productive, just not in the way that I was expecting. I spent a lot of time thinking about how my peers in smaller companies were probably getting way more experience than I.

 

Day Three

On day three, I felt worried that I would spend my day doing not very much when I could have been finishing assignments. However, when I walked into the office and spoke to my supervisor she told me that she had managed to secure me a day with the Fashion department. Luckily the fashion team kept me busy throughout the day. I first had to look for leather trousers to accompany an article about how they had come back into fashion. This was perfect – I was online shopping (one of my favourite pastimes) for work! I then had to make a mood board for the shoot they would be doing the next day which featured jeans and blazers. I spent the day doing odd jobs like this but I enjoyed it because I felt valued for the first time since I arrived at The Mirror. At the end of the day I was asked if I would like to attend the shoot the next day – how exciting!

 

Day Four

The shoot was at Holborn Studios in Shoreditch. I helped with all of the basic jobs such as steaming the clothes and writing down all of the different combinations of garments. It was very interesting watching how Didi and Amber (the fashion editors) put outfits together so easily. I had a really good day at the shoot – the only downside was the fact that by the end of it I wanted to buy so many more clothes! The next day was Good Friday and editorial still work on a bank holiday but I was told that they did not need me in the office, so I had a lie in to look forward to!

 

Day Five

After a relaxing Easter weekend, I prepared myself for a new week in the marketing department. I felt relieved when I received a friendly welcome from marketing and was given a task straight away. I had to look through the competitor papers and see what offers and promotions they were doing over the Easter Weekend, for example the Daily Mail were giving away a free motorhome. My next task was to come up ideas that The Mirror could do to advertise the new show ‘Judge Romesh’ which is a “micky take” of shows such as ‘Judge Judy’ with the comedian Romesh Ranganathan. In the afternoon I was with the Insight team. The Insight team do an array of things, amongst them include sending out surveys to the audience of The Mirror in order to better understand them, rebranding other publications under Trinity Mirror, giving feedback to brands on how their advertisement has performed in the paper and how they win pitches to convince brands that advertising with them is worth it. My afternoon here was particularly interesting. To finish my day, I wrote a piece about the opportunity to win a brand new TV in conjunction with a new TV show ‘Deep State’ which FOX have been heavily advertising in The Mirror.

 

Day Six

The races at Aintree present The Mirror with a good chance to promote their publication, because they can offer free bets which then makes more people buy the paper. Paddypower were offering free bets on each day of the Aintree festival and so I had to write a short and chatty piece about the offers. Another task I had was to come up with ideas for a campaign. Tesco are planning on doing a campaign with The Mirror about body confidence and positivity with the end goal for people to buy F&F bikinis. I came up with many ideas on how to advertise this, for example a spread in the paper of normal people advertising the bikinis instead of a photoshopped models.

 

Day Seven

Today I went to a meeting called T&T (I’m still not entirely sure what this stands for!) which basically acts as a bridge between editorial and other departments such as marketing, sales etc. They hold this meeting to discuss what each department is doing and so that editorial have an idea of this too. The departments are on different floors and so it becomes easy for them to become separate. Today we also did a wider brainstorm for the Tesco campaign. The main idea that came out of the meeting was to do an ‘anti-page 3’ with normal people in normal holiday destinations advertising the bikinis. In the afternoon I went along to a meeting at the UKTV offices in Hammersmith about a new program featuring Emma Willis. The offices were very cool – they had a balcony and ping pong tables in the office and it had a warehouse vibe going on, as if you were in Shoreditch! The meeting only lasted fifteen minutes so we spent more time travelling than talking! Nonetheless we got back to the office with time to do other things. I spent the rest of the day doing some analysis of the competitor papers’ tablet editions and what each of them offered.

 

Day Eight

I felt sad that it was my last day because I really enjoyed my time with the marketing department. I spent my morning doing edits on advertisement for the program Deep State, before I got to go into the Sunday Mirror conference. The people in the department were so lovely and everyone was really sociable which contributed to it being such a nice working environment. At about 5 o clock each Friday they have a “treats trolley” that is wheeled around with treats such as crisps, sweets and donuts for everyone to enjoy. They also have drinks in the office after 5.30 where everyone can catch up and discuss their achievements of the week. All of the above contributed to the fantastic week with the marketing team and I learned a lot. I have also discovered that I would like to go into marketing once I have graduated. I was very chuffed when the marketing director asked me if I would like to go back do to a paid summer placement with them and it massively boosted my confidence to know that the team thought I had worked hard and done well.

 

Overall, whilst I didn’t have a great first week, my second week more than made up for this. I now feel like I have direction and something to work towards. It has given me a drive I have never felt before to go out and get my dream job and this is something I really value.

 

Revision Tips for the Exam Period

HISTORY STUDENT, BEN, SHARES HIS TOP TIPS ON STAYING FOCUSED WITH REVISION…

As the exam period draws ever closer, the need to revise becomes more and more urgent. But as any student will tell you, forcing yourself to revise is no easy task, as the abundance of free time the study period offers most students leads to a high risk of distraction. But there are definitely ways you can keep focused on studying!

 

Separate your work space from the place you relax

It’s hard to convince yourself to do work when you’re in a room or place you’re used to sleeping or having fun in, so putting yourself in a new environment is a great motivator for ensuring you get your work done. For some, this can be as simple as moving into a different room in the house, but there are also numerous study spaces open on campus if you prefer a starker change, such as the temporary library in URS or the Students’ Union building.

 

Take focus breaks

Remaining engaged with your work is a struggle of its own. Everybody has their own individual tolerance for being able to focus, and figuring out how long that period is – 15, 20, 30 minutes, or higher – is vital to knowing when to take a small five minute break and compose yourself before returning to your work. During this break, it’s also important to not do anything that will distract yourself longer than your allotted break time. Do something short, sweet, with a strict time limit, to avoid trailing off from your work.

 

These are two small tips, but both go a long way as far as to ensuring you have a solid revision schedule which keeps you on top of your work and focusing for as long as you need to. It also helps to be healthy, so your mind remains clear and open to new information, so be sure to eat and drink water regularly, as well as not to study too late into the night.

 

Further information can be found on Reading essentials:

 

 

 

Be sure to keep all this in mind during the exam period. Good luck!

 

 

8 Tips On Relaxing And Unwinding This Term

THEATRE ARTS, EDUCATION & DEAF STUDIES STUDENT, ALEXANDER, SHARES HIS TOP TIPS ON STAYING RELAXED THROUGHOUT THE EXAM PERIOD…

It’s the Summer term – which marks the start of a busy period for a lot of students, however don’t fret because you can get through this! Sometimes it can feel like you have to be working non-stop, but the work/life balance is key. National Relaxation Day is on 15th August, but everyday should have a period of relaxation, even on the really hectic days! Here are some ideas to help you rejuvenate…

 

  • Release any tension that may be in your body. Stretching, yoga and pilates can be beneficial. Classes for these (and Yogalates) are available at the uni SportsPark.

 

  • Researchers at the University of Essex have discovered the 15- 20 minute walk at lunchtime can improve well-being and sleep, which as we all know are important areas to look after when we’re studying hard.

 

  • To do lists and done lists. Some people hate to do lists, or may dismiss the idea, but it can have great benefits! It can help you feel less stressed and more focused. A ‘done list’ can improve your mood and make you feel a sense of achievement – I’ve certainly found both very useful.

 

  • Adult colouring books. Most of you are probably aware of the recent trend of adult colouring books. I have found colouring really relaxing and a useful activity to do before bed. I want to encourage the men among you, that it’s totally fine for a guy to enjoying colouring and arts and crafts in general! Even if you think you’re not very creative or skilled with arty things, give it a go. You can buy a variety of colouring and craft materials cheaply from The Works.

 

  • Listen to music. I certainly find listening to music relaxes me, especially when it’s one of my favourite songs and I know it well and enjoy the lyrics and rhythm.

 

  • Tea and a chat. Sometimes just a quick catch up with your bestie over a cuppa is a great way to have a break from studying I usually go to Coffee Under Pressure (C.U.P) in town, tucked away next to Reading Minster, on St Mary’s Butts. Highly recommended!

 

  • Eating foods that contain tryptophan, for example nuts and cheese. Check out this article that explains more, and gives other tips for relaxing.

 

  • Try to go as technology free as possible. This is a tricky one, and one that I definitely haven’t cracked yet, but I want to! It’s not just eye-strain, but screens are so stimulating and our devices are full of distracting apps, that’s hard to switch off. Of course, there is nothing wrong with sitting down and watching something to relax, but sometimes it can be good to try tech free relaxation.

 

Obviously we all relax in different ways, and what works for one person might not work for another. Some of us find it easier to relax alone and others prefer to relax with others. This could vary from day to day and I believe that trying to get a balance, between time alone and with others is important. If you want more information and advice on relaxing and unwinding, check out the Life Tools talks at the University. If you have tips, post a comment below! Good luck for this term and I hope it will be a happy and health one for you!

Marrow Night at RUSU

FRENCH STUDIES STUDENT, KATHERINE, TELLS US MORE ABOUT THE ‘MARROW NIGHT’ RECENTLY HELD AT RUSU…

On Monday the 26th of February I attended the ‘Find Your Match’ event by RUSU’s Marrow Society in Monterey Lounge. I hadn’t heard of this society until I saw the posters for the event around campus and decided it sounded like a good cause and a fun night – I wasn’t wrong! Here’s the societies page on RUSU: https://www.rusu.co.uk/societies/13850/

 

Marrow society work alongside Anthony Nolan charity to help save lives of people diagnosed with blood cancer, and the night raised money for the cause as well as a huge amount of awareness.

 

The evening comprised of a lucky dip, raffle, live music and the chance to sign onto the sickle cell donor list. I was very apprehensive to do this, but after hearing that I could potentially save someone’s life by spending a day of mine donating blood or bone marrow, it was an easy decision and I’m now on the donor list. All I had to do was take a cotton swab of the inside of my cheek, fill out a few details and take a free pen, some badges and a Frisbee.

 

My favourite part of the evening was the raffle that the Society had organised. All of the prizes had been donated and included things such as paintballing vouchers, free Nando’s meals as well as bottles of alcohol and goodies from Tiger. Naturally I spent all the money I had in my purse on more raffle tickets and unsurprisingly I won nothing, though did get a lot of enjoyment out of watching the raffle be drawn.

 

I’m so pleased I found out about a charity I wasn’t aware of but now support in quite an unusual way! If you want to find out more about this charity, or many of the other charitable societies at RUSU check out this link: https://www.rusu.co.uk/activities/giag/#SearchClubs