How University Has Changed Me for the Better

When I received my A Level exam results and discovered I’d gotten into Essex, I was beyond excited. I thought about all these new things and experiences I’d be able to do, all the people I would meet and finally studying my favourite subject. Of course, I was also a more than a little nervous, I was moving pretty far away from home in Manchester to a place where I knew nobody. I really wasn’t sure how I’d manage to deal with so much change in such  a short time. Before I came to Essex I was quite shy, I really did not like speaking up in class and I had never used a washing machine in my life! As soon as I arrived though, I realised I just what I would get out of my time here and all the work I put into getting accepted, and I made a lot of effort to really enjoy myself!

Moving in and making friends

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In my first year I lived in Towers. Moving in and living with 12 other people seemed fairly daunting at first, especially when my parents left and I was all alone, but living in Towers was probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! I made efforts to overcome my initial shyness and the instinct to just hide in my room. In the kitchen I met a girl who later became my best friend, we bonded over both coming from the North down to Essex and a shared love for gravy. Kirsty was really outgoing and fun and brought me out of my shell. At the end of first year the two of us had somehow managed to amass a huge group of friends, most of them we probably met on a night out in Sub Zero! We did pretty much everything together and after living with her in second year, I’ve still not had enough of her crazy antics. I have so many stories to tell from living in Towers and something I didn’t think I was going to enjoy at first ended up giving me some of the best times and friends at uni.

Learning those life skills

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The only sense in which I was familiar with a washing machine before I came to uni was knowing that we had one at home and my mum was the only person that used it. As a flat, most of us were in the same situation! The first time we used the washing machines we marched on down as a group to the launderette to work out how to use these mysterious machines. It was a great success, nothing had shrunk and what was white remained white!  We basically all came to university with academic skills but not many life skills. So we tackled it head on together!

At Christmas we all came together and made a giant roast dinner. As a person who eats chicken nuggets much more than they should, I never thought I’d be able to do this! Being at uni has meant that I have had to become much more reliant on myself. Now I actually don’t mind washing my clothes and cooking. Doing the dishes however, will always be the bane of my life!

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Without coming to Essex I don’t think I’d be the person that I am today. I don’t think I’d ever have been brave enough to go and live in another country for a year, like I’m doing now (I’m currently on a Study Abroad year in America). The people I’ve met and the experiences that I’ve had really improved my confidence and ability to go out and try new things. Before uni I would never have dreamed that I would have had four jobs in one year, but I went out there and grabbed every opportunity I could. I am no longer the shy and quiet fresher I was back in 2014 and, you know what, I’m good with that.

The 5 weird things you will discover about yourself at Uni

The typical aim for a university student is to become a successful person and eventually achieve professional prosperity and accomplishments. But student life can often feel like the opposite of all of that…it is just pure randomness! Today I will tell you about 5 weird things you come to realise about yourself as a student.

Love for the most unusual things

One thing that a student observes in themselves is the projection of their own affection to a non-being. In other words, and more specifically, you’ll come to love your bed more than any other human being. This love is unconditional, especially before a 9 am lecture.

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The ability to procrastinate

There are some things that you’ll feel you need to give all your attention and care. For instance, studying for your exams. When it comes to revision, it has to be a perfect day: not too sunny because you’ll want to go out, and not too rainy, so you don’t just want to hide under your duvet. However, before you can even think about sitting down and, you know, doing some work, you’ll start worrying about all these things that you  just have to get done first. You’ll suddenly feel the urge to clean your entire room, top to bottom. All the things you started previously simply must be finished before you can concentrate e.g. finishing that Netflix series that can’t possibly wait. Finally, when you’re done hiding under your duvet and telling Netflix that yes, you ARE still watching, you’ll decide you absolutely have to have a shower. These showers will be some of the longest of your life, because anything is better than revising right?! You’ll amaze yourself with the bizarre things you end up spending hours doing, just to avoid opening up that first text book. But the truth is, it’s just like ripping off a band aid. Once you start revising, it really isn’t as bad as you think it’s going to be. You chose to study this topic after all, so you’ve got to find it a little bit interesting!

Your desire to plan everything

Procrastination reaches its peak when planning is more time consuming than actually following the plan. As a student you’ll learn to be organised. Students love sticky notes, planners and anything colourful to help remind them of everything they need to get done. It’s not like you can’t remember it anyway, but it looks better on bright colourful paper. Unfortunately, all the sticky notes and highlighted calendars in the world won’t actually do the work for you and there’s only so many times you can say ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’, so your incredible organisation skills will have to be put to one side, while you work on your amazing essay writing skills!

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Your cooking skills

If you were thought to be fussy when your mum was cooking for you, well…things change. Only the lucky ones of us never end up burning their food. After countless attempts at cooking fancier meals, you’ll come to realise that as long as the food is edible and there’s no high risk of dying after digesting it, then you can eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You’ll also discover, after loads of trials and errors, that food actually tastes good when you are the one to make it – and it tastes even better when you are cooking it with a friend.

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Your talent for losing things

The last weird thing you’ll come to realise about yourself is this: you will lose your key card more often than you will to get up for a 9 am lecture. If you live on campus, that key card will make you raise your hands in the air and ask: “Why, dear god? Why?” more times than you will care to mention. Eventually, you’ll accept defeat and give up on even considering looking for it. It’s easier just to get a new one. But if you do ever find yourself locked out then not to worry! You just need to call security or just go to the information centre and get a new key. They will be very happy to come and open the door for you (even if you happen to lose it on a Saturday at 4 in the morning, ahem, not that I would know anything about that).

3 student friendly healthy meal ideas

One of the biggest challenges you face at University is having to cook for yourself. Before Uni, I had barely even made pasta and I couldn’t even work the hob on my first day living in halls!  But slowly through the years I have learnt some great recipes. Here’s some ideas to fill your appetite!

Sweet potato fries

What you’ll need

  • 2 Large Sweet Potatoes- (1KG for 95p)
  • Fry Light spray- Fry light is a healthier way of frying food without using oil. (£2.50)

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The first time I ever tried sweet potato fries was at top bar and now if a restaurant ever does sweet potato fries instead of normal I’ll always swap! Not only are they delicious, they’re also really healthy and contain a lot of vitamin A and vitamin C!

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees/ gas mark 6
  2. Cut the sweet potato into wedge shapes like the ones in the picture above. The size is up to you.
  3. Spray your tray with fry light and put the sweet potato fries on the tray. Spray them again with fry light.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until they look crispy and golden brown

If you don’t like sweet potato fries then this can also be done for normal potatoes!

Barbecue Chicken

This is something I have come up myself. It is based on my favourite pub meal called a chicken New Yorker. This is actually really nice to have with some sweet potato fries!

What You’ll Need

  • 1 or 2 Chicken breasts (2 breasts £1.89)
  • 1 or 2 rashers of bacon (10 Rashers £2 )
  • Barbecue Sauce (Tesco’s own 480G 99P)
  • Cheese (Usually 350G packet on offer for £2-£2.50)

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  1.  Wrap the rasher of bacon around the chicken breast
  2. Cook the chicken and bacon in the oven. Check your chicken breast packet for times and temperatures, as it may vary.
  3. Once the chicken breast is done, cut a slit into the middle of the breast.
  4. Grate or cut some cheese and put into the slit and also on top of the chicken.
  5. Add some Barbecue sauce to the chicken breast
  6. Put the chicken breast back into the oven for 5 minutes until cheese has melted.

 

Chicken Stir Fry

What you’ll need

  • 1 or 2 Chicken breast (2 breast £1.89)
  • Stir Fry mix e.g mushroom stir fry (£1)
  • Beansprouts (50P)
  • Mushrooms (90P)
  • Noodles (375G for £1.75)
  • Stir Fry sauce e.g sweet and sour, sweet chilli ect  (Tesco own 50P)
  • Fry Light (£2.50)

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  1. Cut the chicken breast into small chunks.
  2. Spray a frying pan with fry light and add the chicken chunks. Cook on a medium temperature.
  3. Cut up some mushrooms and add to chicken when chicken is cooked through.
  4. Once the chicken and mushrooms are both cooked through add the stir fry mix ( I use mushroom stir fry mix) and beansprouts. The packet will tell you how long each need cooking for.
  5. Boil the kettle and add the boiled water to a saucepan. Once the water starts to bubble add the noodles. They usually take 4 minutes to cook.
  6. Once the stir fry mix  is cooked turn it down to a low heat and add the sauce ( I go for sweet and sour).
  7. After 4 minutes drain the noodles and add to the bowl
  8. Add the frying pan content to the bowl and mix together

This can be done with any kind of meat or a vegetarian option. This is just my stir fry preferences and you may like to add different kinds of vegetables to your stir fry.

Enjoy!

*Prices next to food is pricing from Tesco taken at the time the blog was written.

The Differences Between College and Uni

Going from college to university can be quite a change! University is a complete different way of learning (which I actually prefer) to school or college. This blog is going to tell you about some of the differences, so you can be prepared for when you make the move.

Lectures

Lectures are where you sit and listen to your lecturer speak about a specific topic and you write notes on what they are saying. A presentation is usually shown, but there is very little interaction between the lecturer and the students.

In college you do not have lectures but only classes, so there is a lot more interaction with your teacher and you can speak to them one-to-one if you need to. Lectures give you an opportunity to write notes in a way that you can understand and remember them. A seminar will follow up the lecture, where you can ask any questions you may have.

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Assignments

At university you will learn how to write and structure your assignments in the way that your course guide asks you to. They are a lot more in depth than an essay you may write at college and a lot more research is needed, but don’t worry, you will get the hang of it and there is always help if you need it!

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Referencing

At college referencing is generally not needed, however at university it is essential so that you do not commit an academic offence. You will need to check your course guide for what referencing style you should use, as there are many different ones and you need to make sure you cite the information correctly so you don’t lose marks. A lot of information on how to reference can be found online. I know it looks scary at first, but once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s fine!

Living away from home

This is one of the biggest differences between college and university, as at college generally people still live at home with their family. However, at uni a lot of people choose to move out and live either on campus or off campus. It feels unusual at first to not see your family everyday and you realise how much you have to do for yourself (such as cooking and cleaning), but once you make friends you will love it and it really is a great experience!

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Contact hours

At college you are expected to attend your classes most days, if not every day. However, at university it is up to you how you organise your time to study, as there are less contact hours. For example, you could only have lectures and classes for 8 hours per week and in your spare hours it is up to you to organise your time. Make sure you manage your time wisely, because it’s easier than you’d think to get behind!

The social side

Aside from studying, there is a huge social side to university. For example, you can join sports clubs and societies, you can take part in volunteering, and you can go on days and nights out with your friends. There are many ways in which you can keep busy and meet new people! These activities take place around your studies, so it is useful to keep a diary, so you know what you have planned and when!

I hope that this gives you an insight of what university is like and helps you to prepare for your next step!

Secrets of Colchester

Whilst wandering around campus taking in all the activity and random goings-on can make for a perfect day at Uni, eventually you’ll want to escape the “bubble” and have a couple of hours away taking in the sights of somewhere different. Especially if you’ve spent days staring at a blank screen in the library or your bedroom!

So, once you’ve explored the lesser known bits of campus, why not explore the local town? Come as we explore the lesser know (and hopefully) interesting secrets of Colchester:

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Firstly, Colchester is famously England’s oldest recorded town and Britain’s first Roman capital city (but alas, no longer a city in name).

Speaking of the Romans…

Colchester has Britain’s only Roman chariot racing arena (often called the Roman circus) and once had 2 of the 5 Roman theatres that existed in Britain.

What did the Romans ever do for us?

Well, they built a temple in Colchester, the remains of which are underneath the castle- which is the largest Norman keep in Europe. You can also get a student discount to visit the castle!

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And what did the Tudors ever do for us?

Layer Marney tower near Colchester is the tallest Tudor gatehouse in the UK.

Something in the water

The great water tower at the top of the High Street was built to provide the town with fresh water. The 1.2 million brick structure was nicknamed “Jumbo” in the 1880’s, after an elephant from London Zoo.

Gotta have faith

During the course of its history, Colchester has had over 13 churches in the town centre area alone. Some no longer exist, but their remnants can be seen (just look for the random graveyards on Eld Lane and Culver Street West!). One church is now the Colchester Arts Centre, another is used a performance and community space and yet another is the Natural History Museum. 8486467742_b44d974b57_o-3

Humpty Dumpty

Allegedly the nursery rhyme “Humpty Dumpty” was about an incident that happened in Colchester during the Civil War in which a cannon (known as Humpty Dumpty) collapsed from the town wall.

Bring on the wall!

The Roman settlement of Colchester was completely surrounded by a wall, of which fractions still exist (that makes parts of it nearly 2000 years old!) You can walk the approx. 2 mile route of the wall around the town.

Hole in the wall

The pub called the Hole in the Wall is so called because the landlord knocked down parts of the wall so that his pub had a good view of the railway line at the bottom of North Hill!

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The Atik nightclub in the High Street was previously called The Grand Theatre and before that it was called the Hippodrome- a venue in which a young Charlie Chaplin performed.

Also H.G. Wells’ darkly comic novel The History of Mr Polly is apparently inspired by a Mr Polley, who worked as a tailor on St Botolph’s Street.

 

Certainly Colchester is a great place to explore and is somewhere every student or visitor to the University of Essex should visit at least once.

While this is by no means an exhaustive list of what there is to see in Colchester, hopefully it provides enough of an incentive to explore this great town further.

How Uni Has Changed My Life (So Far)

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The storm before the calm?

It had been my dream to study in England since the first time I visited ten years ago, so actually following through with my plan was nothing short of an amazing feeling.

My start to university was quite a life changing experience in itself, as it unfolded anything other than smoothly. Long story short, being an American/Austrian student with a Tier 4 visa, I struggled with the tedious (and expensive) application process, and on top of that, there were delays in the waiting times. Not only was I moving to a different country on my own, but I ended up missing the entire month of October at university. This meant that I had to make do without fresher’s week, welcome events, or any form of introductory lectures. Despite all of the difficulties I experienced, I was extremely excited and even more grateful when I finally boarded the plane to England.

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Adventures

Arriving to Essex late added to the stress of starting a new life chapter, resulting in me pretty much spending my first week feeling miserable in my room. However, the good thing about university is that it’s super easy to build up support networks. Settling in and making friends happened quicker than I could have imagined. Being a “people person”, the best thing about Essex for me was, and still is, the amazing relationships you can build with people. Engaging with fascinating stories of others, as well as your own, can be a quite magical experience. It may sound cheesy, but pretty much everyone that crossed my path here taught me invaluable lessons in one way or another.

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Rock-bottom

Half way through my first year I was deeply unhappy with what, at the time, seemed like life in general.  It took quite a while until I came to the realisation that I had chosen the wrong degree and just wasn’t being true to myself. It wasn’t only my course that sent me into a downward spiral; however it was definitely the main catalyst and intensified pre-existing issues. All my struggles up to that point forced me to rethink everything, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

I realised it was time to start thinking about what felt truly right for me and only me. I had always known that I wanted to pursue a more creative career revolving around my passions and strengths, such as writing and communication in general. What I hadn’t considered however, was the possibility that there was indeed a career out there which seemed to be made for me. I have so many different interests; however music has always been the focal point of my life. Once the penny dropped and I realised I could turn what I love into a career, it became my ultimate goal to work in the music industry. More specifically, I became focused on the public relations sector within the industry. When I came across a Music PR summer course held at the University of the Arts London, I didn’t think twice, which turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made.

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Crossroads and roundabouts

Despite having gained clarity on my future aspirations, I still had to decide how to proceed with my studies. As I was at first unsure about whether Essex was the right place for me, I started attending university open days in London, but to no avail. In the end, relying heavily on my intuition, I chose to stay at Essex and switch to BA Media, Culture, and Society. Looking back on the situation now, it almost seems like the course chose me. I got to start my first year over and I finally felt at home with what I was studying. My problems disappeared!

Despite having had another academically poor year, once I had changed course, I started to experience life as a student in a completely different way and felt glad I stayed at Essex. By this point, I was finally able to understand what the Essex Spirit is all about.

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All about growth

Following numerous detours, by the time I finally went into my second year, I was more or less content with what I was doing and where I was going. With my regained enthusiasm and newfound confidence, I started pushing myself out of my comfort zone even more. Apart from securing a Frontrunners placement within the SU, I also took up pole dance fitness. The prior pushed me mentally, whereas the latter challenged me physically.

Now in my final year, I feel less like a completely different person, but more like myself than I ever had before. More recent developments, such as starting a Frontrunners Plus placement, and setting up the Animal Protection Society, felt like the right next steps to take. Once you start looking, you can truly find opportunities around every corner!

Overall, university started changing my life from the day I was accepted as a student. I couldn’t point to a single experience; instead coming to Essex set me off on a journey of self-discovery and growth. I believe the saying ‘university helps you become a person’ definitely rings true. Not only have I learned to embrace change and struggles as learning opportunities, but also how to find strength to pursue my dreams.

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A message to uni applicants: how your life will change over the next year

write-593333_1920I think many people were shocked when Bob Dylan was selected as the Nobel Laureate for Literature, but in one of his most famous songs he writes: “The times they are a-changing.” Never has a truer word been said because over the next year, as a university applicant, your life will be “a-changing”!

Now I am going to brutally honest here: the UCAS application process can be troublesome and when it comes to applying for Student Finance, you have to read everything carefully because it can be hard to change things once its all confirmed. However, by the end of it you will be a whizz at completing paper working and, perhaps, like me you will end up knowing the hold music for Student Finance England by heart (it is awful music!) due to the number of calls I’ve made to them!

But having said that, do not be put off. There is no greater euphoria than finding out that a university has accepted you, because then everything begins to fall in place and your future will seem that bit more exciting and closer. And who would have thought that you would be so excited to go back into education?!giphy1

If you are living on campus or university owned accommodation, you’ll find yourself becoming increasingly independent. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to be cooking entire meals, budgeting my money (and often failing to successfully do so), and meeting people from all over the UK and the rest of the world. If you are a “home bird”, then be prepared for a shock: you may never want to go home – it does happen sometimes.

In the first term alone I had dressed up as a cow for a social event (complete with a marigold glove as the udder), met royalty and even found a well paid job on campus itself.

Yes there’ll be reading to do, long essays to write and lectures with hundred people in, but isn’t that part of the uni experience? It’s a new environment and a chance to start afresh. Reinvent yourself if you want, become the person that you’ve always wanted to be, perhaps challenge the preconceptions and opinions that you already have – in short you may change as a person and that is not a bad thing, in fact it can be quite opposite.

But no matter what sort of person you are, the best advice is to make the most of it. Sure, you will be caught in a whirlwind of activity, the buzz of meeting new and interesting people and find yourself getting lost, but that does not mean that you can’t enjoy it. You’ll only be a first year once, so seize every opportunity.

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Will America Be Great Again?

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On  election day on the 8th November, America was hopeful. It was finally time for the people to go to the polls and vote for the next President of the United States: to vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, whoever they felt would change America for the better. On the 9th November, America and the world woke up to what has always seemed like an impossibility: a Trump victory. Of course, those in the Trump camp were ecstatic at the news, but for many Clinton supporters, the news was heartbreaking.

Flagstaff, where I’m spending my exchange year, is quite a liberal part of conservative Arizona. The city itself and Coconino County, within which it lies, voted Democrat. In the days since Trump’s win, there has been a despondent atmosphere around my university. Many people, both teachers and students alike, are shocked at the news and some have spoken of their disappointment in their country. In my classes and around campus the election is the main topic of discussion. On some occasions I have seen tears being shed for fear of what will happen to America and the minorities who now feel threatened by what a Trump presidency means for them. Already protests have begun in major cities all over the country, even closing freeways in Los Angeles. This is not the America I flew into when I began my year here.

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I myself, although I am not an American citizen, had a personal stake in the election, as I volunteered with the Arizona Democratic Party. I worked with people who strongly believed that Hillary Clinton was the best person for the job. They put their heart into her campaign and worked themselves to the bone for months. Whilst understandably surprised and disheartened, the effort put into the Clinton campaign did not go to waste. Whilst all the votes have still yet to be counted as I am writing, Clinton leads Trump in the popular vote. More people actually voted for her than Trump. The reason that Trump still won is down to a system known as the Electoral College. This system assigns 538 electoral college votes to the states. The higher a state’s population, the more votes it gets, for example, California gets 55 whilst Wyoming gets 3. Trump received the majority of Electoral College votes meaning that he won the presidency. As president, Trump must remember that not all Americans voted for him; that whilst he won the Electoral College, he did not win the popular vote. More people voted against him than for him.

Trump’s rhetoric throughout his campaign did not paint a picture of him a president who would govern in the interests of everyone. His dislike for Mexican immigrants and his promise to build a wall were vehemently and constantly spoken of throughout the campaign. He is a man who has brushed off sexual harassment allegations and endorsed banning Muslims from the United States. Yet, in Trump’s victory speech, he spoke of working together with Democrats, Republicans and Independents, to be a president for all of the American people. Trump has a challenge before him; America is a divided country after this election. To bring people from all walks of life together after his divisive and fear mongering campaign will be an enormous challenge. We can only hope that he succeeds, and today, America remains hopeful.

Going to University at Essex is more than just a degree…

One of the main things that I love about Essex is that an equal importance is given to both academic studies and your student experience. Whilst getting a good degree is important, University is much more than that. The amount of opportunities and experiences that are open to you because you are a University student is wide ranging and immense.

Here are three of my personal favourites…

Societies and Sports Teams

A week at Essex rarely goes by where you don’t see society stalls on Square 3, or sports teams in weird and wonderful costumes off to Fed (a night out in the Student Union). The hundreds of societies and sports teams are integral to the Essex experience, as they give students the chance to take part in a range of activities and meet like-minded people at the same time.

Not only can you take part in the stuff you already enjoy, it’s so great knowing that you have loads of opportunity to try something completely new, that you might never have thought of before. Ranging from Origami, to Harry Potter, to Animal Protection, there’s no end to the different societies available and new people that you can meet!

During my first two years at Essex, I was an active member of the Theatre Arts Society, where I took part in various productions, events and socials. One of my favourite moments was being a part of the yearly Pantomime in my first year. Although I was just in the chorus, I had such a great laugh taking part and it was probably the most fun I’ve ever had taking part in a show!

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Employment

Although studying has to be everyone’s main priority at Uni, there are loads of opportunities to get some part time employment and earn some pocket money too! Both the Student’s Union and the University offer a variety of frontrunner and part time roles on campus throughout the year, so it’s worth keeping your eyes out for when applications open. Also, the Employability and Careers centre are brilliant if you need your CV looked over or need any help applying for jobs.

I’ve taken on a range of paid on campus work whilst I’ve been at University, from being a Student Ambassador to working on Clearing during the Summer break. What I’ve loved most about my jobs at Essex is that I could pick and choose which hours I could do, to fit around around my studies. This means that if I know I have a big assignment coming up, I can stop working for a bit whilst I catch up with my studies.

Through working, I’ve also been able to improve my skill set. My role as a Student Ambassador has allowed me to improve my communication skills, engage with a diverse range of people and it has encouraged me to regularly use my initiative. One of the best parts of the job is seeing the people that you spoke to at Open Days months later on campus as fully fledged students. It’s a good feeling to know that your work contributed to someone’s decision to come here!

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Study Abroad

Whether it’s a summer, a term or an entire year, the Essex Abroad team are awesome in offering all students the chance to spend time studying or working abroad.

I couldn’t say no to this opportunity and currently I’m in Brisbane, Australia, studying abroad for a year! This has given me the chance to experience so much, travel the world and most importantly, challenge myself on a whole new level that I didn’t even think was possible.

If you did need more convincing, then Essex is also one of the only Universities in the country not to charge tuition fees for students on a year abroad!

 

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Just Play, Sub Zero, Lakeside Theatre, Socialising, I could go on and on about what else makes student life at Essex so great, but you get the idea!

University is much more than a degree; it’s an experience, so don’t get to the end of your final year regretting the things you didn’t do.

Get involved!

To see more of Perry’s adventures in Brisbane and beyond, check out his vlog here:

How Essex are you?

Do you think you know Essex? Can you tell the Hex apart from Happy Days? Blues from Base bar? Well let’s put it to the test to see how much Essex you really are…


1. Who is this little bundle of joy who has over 6,000 likes on their Facebook page?

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2. Which local painter famously painted Wivenhoe Park, the location of the now Colchester Campus?

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3. How many years old is the University of Essex?

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4. Which square is the psychology building on?

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5. Which University is considered to be Essex’s main rivals?

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6. How many towers were originally meant to be built on the Colchester Campus 

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A) 0-3

B) 4-6

C) More than 10

 

7. What is the University of Essex’s official university motto?

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8. At Essex, we’re proud of being a University which welcomes students from over 100 countries. But what is the percentage between international and domestic students at the University?

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9. A snakebite is a uniquely popular beverage for students at Essex. How much is a snakebite in the SU bar?

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10. Our Loughton and Southend Campuses are home to which world-leading drama school?

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A)West 16

B) East 15

C) North 17

 

11. What are these things around the Colchester campus? (Clue: there are 18 of them in total)

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12: Which of these is not a catering outlet on the Colchester Campus?

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A) Frango’s

B) Refresh

C) No.66

 

13: In 1970, Essex was the first University to create Nightline. Between which hours every night during term time is the service open to students?

 

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14: The Safety bus is a popular and safe way to get home late at night. But how much does a single journey cost?

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15: Prince Charles once called the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall ‘a dustbin’. What is the capacity of this shiny silver building?

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16: Which collection of art, based at Essex, is the only collection of its type in Europe?

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17: Over the years Essex has been visited by many great bands and music artists including Pink Floyd. However which one of these bands has not played at the University?

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A) The Kinks

B) The Smiths

C) Rolling Stones

 

18: The Albert Sloman Library is home to these unusual looking lifts, which have both puzzled and excited students for decades. What is the correct term for them?

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19: On the Colchester Campus, it’s pretty easy to get lost trying to find your seminar room. So which App do students use to discover a room’s location?

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20: The new home to the Essex Business school was built last year. But what is so special about the building?

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A) The building’s wood was imported from Norway especially for the building

B) It’s the first Zero Carbon Business School in the UK

C) It was designed by a current Essex student

 

ANSWERS

1: Campus cat

2: John Constable

3: 52 years (formed in 1964)

4: Square 1

5: UEA

6: C) More than 10

7: Thought the harder, heart the keener

8: 40% international / 60% domestic

9: £2.80

10:B) East 15

11: Frisbee golf holes

12: C) No. 66 (No.64 is the correct alternative)

13: 10pm-8am

14: £1

15: 1000 people

16: Latin American

17: The Rolling Stones

18: Paternoster lift

19: Find your way

20: B) It’s the first Zero Carbon Business School in the UK

 

So… How did you do?

0-9: Do you even know where Greenstead is? Looks like you’re just a UEA student in disguise…

10-14: Looks like you must be a fresher…. You may know a bit from reading the prospectus from cover to cover but you have a lot to learn yet…

15-20: Your blood must be red and purple because you’re Essex through and through! Celebrate by grabbing a drink in the SU bar or by taking a visit to Blues Bar!