My perception of Feminism

Between 7th to 10th March it was Women’s Week on campus. It was a great opportunity to celebrate women and to think about how far we have come in getting equal rights for women. It is also a good opportunity to think about what else needs to be achieved for women’s rights. So what is my perception on feminism? Like any person, I have my opinions about what I believe feminism is about and what it really means, as opposed to the more ‘taboo’ stereotype it can sometimes have.

We should celebrate how far we have come

First of all, I think that the feminist movement is great. We have come so far, from being given the right to vote, to equal pay acts and gaining more rights for working mothers. Today we have a female Prime Minster and whether she has is feminist or not, she is a great example to young girls that women can be in the top job of the country and there are no limits to what they can become. Years ago, it was expected that women should stay at home and be a housewife, but now more and more women go to work, have a career and be mothers too. More importantly, they have the choice to decide which they’d be happier doing. This is so important to me since I’m soon to enter the world of work, but one day want to be a working mum. This progression and opportunity for choice, that women once didn’t have, is absolutely worth celebrating.

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No sex is superior; we should be equal

I believe that feminism should be about getting equal rights for women and men. In my A-levels I learnt there are some feminist movements that have some really extreme views and very negative opinions about men. I do not believe this type of feminism should be celebrated, because no one sex should be seen as superior. Feminism for me is all about fighting for equality and is just as much about things being equal for men too.

We need to stop gender stereotypes

It is hard not to gender stereotype, because we have all been raised to believe a male must be ‘masculine’ and a female must be ‘girly’. It all starts off when we are babies. Males are put in blue, given footballs and cars; while females are put in pink and given dolls and soft toys, so we can’t really blame ourselves for doing it. But so what if your son wants to wear a pink tutu? And your daughter wants to play football? We should let them express themselves however they want! Equally, there is no shame if a girl wants to play with dolls and a boy wants to play with toy cars, the point is, it should be a choice, not an expectation.

Gender stereotypes can also lead to issues in the workplace. A recent study has found that gender stereotypes in the workplace are still similar to 1980. If a woman wants to be a mechanic then why not shouldn’t she be? If a man wants to be a midwife, why can’t he be? Why are jobs labelled as ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’? Because we are both consciously and subliminally taught to believe it should be like this. We’re all guilty of expecting certain things of men and certain things of women and to a point that’s perfectly fine, because as a general rule the two have their differences, but that shouldn’t mean that doors are closed to anyone in their career purely because of their gender.

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Why it is so important to vote

There was once a time that women couldn’t vote. It’s hard to imagine that there was actually a time when women had to risk their lives just in protest to be allowed to vote. I think we can sometimes take this for granted. Whether you’re interested in politics or not, voting is so important. We didn’t always have this privilege. It shocks me that only 39% of females between 18-24 voted in the last general election. This is our future! We should be voting!

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There are some great female icons

My favourite  icon has to be Michelle Obama. During her 8 years as the first lady, she was in a very powerful position and she could choose what to do with it. One of the main things she chose was to speak up about women’s rights and the right for every girl to have an education!

Another great feminist icon for me is Malala Yousafzai. As a teenager, she was very outspoken about the rights for girls to be educated and nearly died because of her protests. She is the youngest winner of the nobel peace prize, and she deserves every bit of it!

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Of course, there are many other perceptions of feminism and issues that are still very prominent in the world today. Unfortunately, I can’t talk about all the issues facing women in the world today but I know there are a lot more, especially for women in 3rd world countries. But I hope you enjoyed my perception of feminism!

The Essex Road Trip: the best places to go around Essex

Campus is great and all but sometimes it is nice to escape and explore. Now I am not going to deny that Essex (as in the county of Essex) has a reputation, but who would have thought that there is more to Essex than fake tan and the Sugar Hut? In fact Essex is a hugely diverse place in which 90% of its residents do not conform to the typical stereotypes.

So I recommend that you get exploring this fine county to see what it really has to offer:

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So much to see in this huge county

 

History lovers- Satisfy those cravings with castles, stately homes and old buildings!

Layer Marney Tower– A short distance from Colchester, Layer Marney is the tallest gatehouse in Britain and is part of a building that was meant to rival the famous Hampton Court Palace. King Henry the 8th once stayed here.

Audley End House– On the outskirts of the historic town of Saffron Walden, this Jacobean stately home is one of the grandest in the area.

Hedingham Castle– This wonderful castle is still owned by the descendants of the original owners and is over 900 years old!

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The beautiful Layer Marney Tower

Coastal lovers- Over 350 miles of Coastline leaves you spoilt for choice

Clacton– only a short bus or train ride from campus, Clacton boasts all the things that you would associated with a typical coastal town- it even has a really cheap cinema. The nearby towns of Walton and Frinton are a short walk up the coast.

Mersea Island– Cut off from the mainland at high tide, Mersea is certainly a gem in Essex’s crown. The area is famous for its oyster fishing and restaurants with fantastic walks and beaches on the Blackwater Estuary.

Maldon– The 75 bus will take you from campus to the historic market town of Maldon filled with a great variety of shops and history, but the Promenade Park on the banks of the Blackwater Estuary is a great location for a day trip.

Southend– Any visit to Essex should include a visit to Southend. A huge amounts of shops, arcades, a planetarium, the UK’s longest pier as well as the rides and rollercoasters of Adventure Island often means that a day in Southend is not enough.

Harwich– Easily accessible by bus or train, this North Essex coastal town is probably best known for the busy international port, but is also where the pilgrims built the Mayflower in order to set sail to America. It also has one of the oldest cinemas in the UK and the famous diary writer, Samuel Pepys, was the Member of Parliament for the town.

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Coastal views at Harwich- (c) The Guardian

Countryside lovers – Over 3,500 square kilometres for you to explore!

The Essex Way– an 82 mile footpath from Epping to Harwich via the rest of the county. I’m not for a minute suggesting you should walk the whole thing, but you could do parts of it!

Hylands Park– Located on the outskirts of Chelmsford, the park is most famous for hosting the annual V-Festival. It is also a 574 acre parkland with a Neo-Classical villa in the middle (which looks a bit like the White House)

Epping Forest– the size of over 3,300 football pitches, this ancient forest covers parts of Essex and North East London and is a former royal forest before being “given” to the people by Queen Victoria. Now the largest open space in London, the forest is filled with fantastic walks and stories.

Tiptree Jam Factory– Tiptree is famous for potentially being the biggest village in the UK as well as the jam factory. The factory are the provider of jam and conserves for Her Majesty the Queen. You can visit the factory and look around the gift shop and museum before enjoying a well deserved cream scone in the tea rooms.

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Explore the depths of Epping Forest

Quirky lovers- For something a little different to the norm

Greensted Church– Not the Greensted in Colchester, but the one near the town of Ongar which is the oldest and perhaps only church in England built out of wood.

Great Dunmow– This town is home to a strange competition called the Flitch Trials. The mock trials aim to find a married couple who have not quarrelled or repented their marriage over the last year with the winners receiving a flitch of bacon!

Maldon Mud Race– Begun as pub bet in 1973, the mud race has become a huge event in which competitors must race through the muddy River Blackwater at low tide… it is very messy stuff!

To be honest what I have written does not even begin to scratch the surface of things to see and do in Essex, but it is a good place to start!

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Student saver tips

Over the years I have learnt many ways to get the best deal and how to save money! Being a student there are never ending deals to persuade us to spend our money (and we often give in). It’s not just student discounts that can get you money off either.. so I here to show you ways you can save your pennies!

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Sign up to Unidays

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For those who don’t know about unidays it is a way of getting student discounts for many different websites/shops. Whenever you’re doing some online shopping check unidays for any deals they might have at that time. It is often not even just 10% often 20% and 25% deals too! Don’t waste this amazing platform for student discounts!

Get an NUS card

An NUS card is a well-known student card that can get you a lot of great discounts! They cost £12 so it’s a choice whether it is worth it for you. With my Essex student card I can get student discount in high street shops and get a student ticket at cineworld, but this card is recognised by all retailers so it might be worth investing in a NUS card! Having this you can 25% of national express, £3 for 3 months for now TV movies and 40% of pizza express. Sign up for your NUS card here

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Sign up to notifications from websites

As annoying as company emails can be, they are really helpful for finding deals! They will often email you letting you know about sales or money off events! Why miss out?!

Write a complaint

 I know that to a lot of people writing a complaint is daunting. But if you general have an issue about something then writing a complaint can lead to you getting a good deal. Once I hadn’t received a refund from Newlook for something I had returned over a month ago. I rang up and asked what had happened to my refund and they gave me 20% ff my next purchase for the delay!

Wait for offers

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 You have seen that skirt that you desperately need or that hoodie you love? If you can hold on that little bit longer you might be able to find a good deal! If the shop you want to buy from isn’t currently doing a deal wait until they are. There may be a sale or a money off event just around the corner!

Get a loyalty card:

They may mean you can’t shut your purse but they are totally worth it! If you’re going to spend the money you might as well get something back for it right?!

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If you’re doing your shopping at the local Tesco this is one of the places you should get a card for! If you spend enough money you get clubcard vouchers. This goes on both food and petrol. These can then be spent on days at such as Colchester zoo (£7.50 in clubcard vouchers per ticket), voucher for restaurants such as pizza express (£2.50 in clubcard= £10 pizza express) and you can even get cinema tickets.

Recently I signed up for a body shop card. Even if you hardly spend money in there you get a voucher on your birthday so it’s win win. But if you do shop in their regularly, for every £1 you spend you get 10 points which is a really good deal! Once you have collected 500 points ( Spent £50) then you get a £5 voucher.

Boots have a different system. You get points for every purchase you make which you can then spend in store. So if you have 400 points and buy a £3.29 meal deal you can pay with your points!

Download Apps

Downloading apps for different companies can save you money and the great thing is you can just delete them after! Often they might do discounts like ‘10% of your first purchase using the app’ which I just used on a quiz app. The apps will also send you notifications on when they have sales and money off events so a great way to keep up to date with all the deals!

Yeah my brain hurts too.. so many ways to save money! Happy shopping!

Colchester’s hidden gems

I can’t believe it’s already been over a year since I first stepped foot in Colchester. I remember my first few days at uni, excited to explore every bit of the town. I don’t know about you, but I have always been the kind of person that loves to explore. So today I decided to give you a glimpse of the lesser-known things that I discovered and love about Colchester!

Aburi Japanese Restaurant

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This hidden gem is definitely my favourite place to eat in Colchester. If you are into sushi, ramen or anything in between then this is the perfect place for you! I am usually very picky when it comes to sushi, but this place has never disappointed me. The atmosphere is also a very relaxing one. They usually have slow paced music playing in the background and the design of the place is simply stunning. That and the friendly members of staff make this place my ‘go to’ every time I feel the need to spoil myself a bit. My recommendation for you would be the ‘teriyaki bento box’ ( which has salmon and chicken). It is a very decent price and it tastes amazing!

Layer Marney Tower

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I could bet money that most of you have never heard of this place! Although not very known to the public, I feel like this place is immensely superior to the Castle Park castle. Built around 500 years ago, this place is the tallest Tudor Gatehouse in England. The 80ft tower is well worth the climb as it offers a spectacular view of the Essex countryside. Also, the gardens around the castle are superb, which is why I think this is such a great place to visit in the company of a loved one. So if you feel like escaping from the daily routine, go ahead and try a spontaneous afternoon visit to the Tower. You will not regret it!

Hollytrees Museum

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If you are a person who loves art, the museum is one of the perfect places for this! This Georgian townhouse features over 300 years of history through hands-on exhibits and displays. Most of the displays are in regards to what family life was like for the wealthy and the penniless in Georgian and Victorian Colchester. The thing that I enjoyed the most, though, was the fact that they offer costumes to the visitors and anyone can dress up as a servant. Just imagine seeing a museum filled with people roaming around in Victorian clothes talking in a very posh British accent. And if that wasn’t enough, they offer free entry to pretty much everything – so I highly recommend giving this place a go!

 

Essex summed up in 3 photos

There are so many note-worthy places on our lovely Colchester campus that are particularly good for Instagram (I’m looking at you, No.64 bus with lakeside view), but to really sum up the Essex experience, I’ve picked these three:

The Towers

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I think that the first thing I have to mention is our Towers. Looking at the campus map, the high grey buildings are surely among the first things that you notice.

Did you know that the Towers were the highest brick buildings in the UK during the time they were constructed? How cool is that?! There are 6 towers in total, 4 North Towers and 2 South Towers. Housing 16 students per floor in South Towers and 13 students per floor in North Towers, they are definitely the most social and fun places to live at on campus! They are the most special as well, since you get 13-16 instant friends when you move in, and since 40% of our campus is international, you are bound to end up in a flat with people from all over the world!

It is true that our Towers might look a little rough around the edges, but they are so prominent at our university that it is impossible not to mention them.

Campus cat

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If there is anything ever more ICONIC to our beloved University than our Campus Cat, name it, I’ll wait. He has been roaming our campus for about 3 years now, and in 2014 we discovered that he has an owner in Greenstead and that his name is Pebbles! Fortunately, Pebbles is still blessing us with his presence and we are more than happy with that. Pebbles, being the icon that he is, is able to go anywhere in the university and none can stop him. In other words – he is our king and we serve him, because he is too cute not to be served. You are able to see him strut peacefully throughout the squares, getting all the attention like the true star that he is. I dare say Pebbles is the most loved member of staff and student body alike and I am sure many would agree with me, too. If you are lucky and fast enough, you can catch him on one of the sofas in the Tony Rich Teaching Centre and pet him or give him the occasional belly rub – he really likes those.

Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall

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Ah yes, our beautiful mirror-like Ivor Crewe Lecture Theatre. Or as Prince Charles once called it, our “dustbin” building. I know what you are thinking now – how cool is it that our Lecture Building was royally nicknamed! During your time at our lovely university, you are probably going to see a lot of this building. And not just because of its “LOOK AT ME I’M HERE” kind of appearance, but also of all the 9 am and 5 pm lectures you are going to have there. It surely is a special and nostalgic place for an Essex student. Your first time at the Ivor Crewe will be during Fresher’s week, at the Fresher’s Welcome Speech with all the first years in the same room, knowing hardly anyone, and your last time there will be during your Graduation, among all your university friends that will be more like a family by then, than just friends. That’s why the Ivor Crewe is so special, it’s your starting point, but also your finish line.

 

From Essex with Love: Attending the University of Essex when you’re already from Essex

A lot of thought goes into choosing a university. There are simply so many options and scenarios to go through. I remember going to a UCAS convention whilst in sixth form and talking with different universities about what they had to offer then I ended up coming home with 47 prospectuses! (No word of a lie, I carried them home in four large bags that they were helpfully giving out.)

I spent a huge amount of time going through the daunting pile of information, all of which seemed to blur together after a while. I didn’t think that UCAS would have appreciated the suggestion to increase the application options from 5 to 30 (because yes I had managed to get it down but was still struggling!)

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Choosing where to go can be hard- Image courtesy of OdysseyOnline

Long story short, I finally managed to get my five choices: Essex, a London based uni, two in the midlands and one much further down south… obviously as you know from the fact that I’m writing a blog for the University of Essex, I ended up at Essex.

The thing is: I’m from Essex. I was born in Essex. Have lived all my life in Essex. And here I was applying to a university that was only 20 miles away, or three stops away on the train!

Some would think that this was too close for comfort, however the thing I learnt from that pile of prospectuses was that an “English Literature” degree can vary drastically from university to university- as is the case with most courses. Therefore not only did I have to like the university, I also needed to know what sort of things I was going to be taught and if this was what I was interested in.

23863522969_40f183ff41_oAmazingly, Essex offered this: a perfect, compacted campus; a community feeling; good facilities; and a course that taught that things that I was interested in. I could have gone hundreds of miles away but I can’t say that I would have been any happier with my choice.

The thing is many people get really excited at the prospect of moving away from home and therefore want to move as far away as possible. Evidently I found a uni I loved right on my doorstep. I lived there for the first year and then moved back home for second and third year.

My family didn’t interfere with my uni life- most people expect that they would visit all the time being that close. In truth, they have only seen the university twice: the first time was when I moved in and the second time was when I moved out. They know that university is my experience, my realm so to speak, so they would never try to turn up uninvited.

The point of my rambling is quite simply that I found my perfect uni a short distance away from me. Don’t be so quick to dismiss a university that is local to you; at the end of the day you want to make sure that you go to a university that feels like home, has that “vibe” that makes it feel right and does the course the way you want it to be. So near to home or a hundred miles away, it shouldn’t matter where the university is located as long as it works for you.

I’m from Essex and the University of Essex worked for me.

Derby Day is approaching! How to prepare.

Derby Day is soon approaching on Saturday 11th March! This blog is going to explain what it is all about and how to prepare. It is a really fun day out and I would recommend going if you can!

So what exactly is Derby Day?

It is a sporting event against UEA (our main rival university). Each year our university and UEA take turns to host, this year it is at UEA. If you want to spectate the day then you can purchase a ticket from the Essex SU Derby Day website for £15. This will give you a return coach trip. All sports that can take place on their campus will and a few will take place off campus, such as Water Polo or Equestrian.

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How can I prepare? 

  • Get yourself a Derby Day t-shirt

These are available in red or black and cost £6. They have now stopped selling them online, but if there’s any spares made then they will be selling them closer to the time, so keep an eye out!

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  • Get a coach ticket

These are now available from this website https://www.essexstudent.com/derbyday/ for £15 return. You can go with your friends and they will drop you off at UEA and then back at uni once the day is over. It is cheaper than getting the train and less hassle than driving, so it’s worth it!

  • Some face paint would be good

To support the Blades some people bring red and black face paint along to draw red and black stripes on their cheeks, or anything else red and black that you wish. It is important that we have as much support for the Blades as possible!

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  • Sub Zero tickets for after Derby Day are available now

Also on the website above are the Sub Zero tickets for the Saturday night. Once the coach drops you off back at uni, there will be a night out in Sub Zero. Charlie Hedges from Kiss FM and YouTube star Jack Maynard will make an appearance. Tickets are available now, so get yours quick before they sell out!

 

Follow Essex Blades SU on Twitter and Snapchat for updates throughout the day. Also there’s usually a lot of banter going on between Essex and UEA, so keep retweeting Essex and backing the Blades! We hope to see you there on Derby Day 🙂

Making the most of your time at Essex

The first few weeks of university can be quite daunting and demanding. We all know the journey: new town, campus, people and the list goes on…but don’t think for a second that this can stop you from making the best out of each day at Essex! Remember you are not alone; everyone else is going through the same stages.

As a first-year student living off-campus I remember perfectly well the number of times I used to get lost both on campus and in town, missing everyone back home and feeling that I might have made the wrong decision moving so far away from the ones I care about. You may probably wonder how I managed to overcome these overwhelming feelings. Well, there are so many activities out there to get involved in which will not only distract you for a while, but also help you meet other students with similar interests, make new friends and unforgettable memories.

Volunteering

Nightline was the first of my many volunteering experiences. As I was passing through North Towers one evening the Nightline banner caught my attention. First of all, what does Nightline do? It is a support service run by students for Essex students and the only student support facility opened during the night, which makes it unique.

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Together with your team you will have lots of fun talking to other students, providing customer service, emotional support and information on different academic and social matters, as well as playing games and doing karaoke during quieter shifts!

But Nightline isn’t the only volunteering opportunity you can get involved with!

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VTeam is another great opportunity to have fun while getting to familiarised with both Colchester and the campus. There are over 20 regular projects to choose from, but if you feel like trying something different every week one-off projects are exactly what you are looking for.

Just Play Sessions

Being a huge fan of sweets and never good at cooking, moving close to Tesco and the regular bus service, I kept avoiding anything which required much physical activity.

Getting rapidly out of shape, I started looking for quick solutions, for example, sports which would not require much commitment or experience. Fortunately, the Student’s Union had exactly what I needed and after a while I found myself going to Squash weekly not matter how tired I felt. Not only did I get fit, I made new friends and had such a good time!

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Therefore, if you want to try a sport but you are unsure whether the chosen one is not suitable for you, Just Play sessions are the first thing to go to. Why should you choose Just Play? Besides keeping you fit, meeting new people and having lots of fun, it is free, all the equipment is provided and all abilities are welcomed. What else could you wish for?

 Sport Clubs

 Do you want to challenge yourself with something new?

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Besides Just Play sessions, Student’s Union provides over 45 Sports Clubs through Essex Blades teams. All of them are free and students can join as many clubs as they want to. Even if you are like me, generally not very passionate about sports, among those provided there will be at least one that you will enjoy.

There was for me. Who would have imagined that I would enjoy boxing?! After trying Lacrosse, Rounders, Basketball and many others without much success I finally found Boxing, a great way to relieve stress and to keep yourself fit!

 

 

My Dyslexia Story

Like 1 in 10 people, I suffer from dyslexia. However, I have never let my dyslexia hold me back.

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My Dyslexia Story

I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 18 and started university. I’ve always been awful at spelling and my reading age was below average, but somehow I always managed to be in the top classes for English in high school. When I was 15 and in my last year of high school doing my GCSE my Grandad told me he was dyslexic. He suggested that I should get tested. So my high school gave me a test and it came back with moderate signs of dyslexia. However they decided since the waiting list to see an educational psychologist was 6 months and I was due to do my GCSE in a couple of months they’d give me extra time. My sixth form did the same.

After my A-levels were way better than I had ever expected, when I came to university I decided actually I probably wasn’t dyslexic since it had never actually been picked up by teachers. I did my first couple of pieces of coursework and failed one and got a 48 on the other. I was gutted because I’d really tried hard. This was when I decided to contact student services. They were great and got me an appointment with an Educational Psychologist. Within a couple of weeks I was diagnosed and had been given loads of help by the university with extra time in exams and a cover sheet to go with my coursework to explain my diagnosis.

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning difficultly which may affect a persons ability to spell, write and read. There are many different symptoms of dyslexia. I tend to suffer with poor spelling ( I am having to spell check dyslexia every time I type it), have a limited vocabulary and find it hard to understand long passages of instruction or text.

More Symptoms can be found here

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 How the university can help you

Any advice you would like about dyslexia or any learning disability is available at student services. Like they did for me, they can arrange for you to have an assessment.

If you already have a diagnosis then they can provide academic support, make arrangements for exams and provide you with a cover sheet for your coursework. If you feel you could benefit from their help, pop down to the Silberrad student centre and go to student support on the first floor for any advice.

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Not letting my learning difficulty hold me back

It is great the amount of support you can be offered from university, but what happens in the real world while applying for jobs?

Firstly, I think it helped me getting a job in a shop. The type of tasks you do while working in a shop aren’t demanding, but it helped me with skills such as problem solving which is something that is affected by my dyslexia. It also helped with my confidence.

During university I have completed a frontrunner position and I am online brand ambassador. I mean I never in a million years thought my writing was good enough to write blogs!  During my interview for frontrunner I had to do a timed assessment, something that really panics me. A symptom of dyslexia is that you generally work slower and need more time to understand instruction. But somehow I managed to complete the assessment and got the job!

I am now in the process of applying for graduate positions. The first one I didn’t mention I was dyslexic. I had to do a online timed assessment and panicked and didn’t finish it before the time ran out. I got an email back to say I had been rejected. Since then I have made sure I have put about my dyslexia on my applications. The latest job has arranged for me to have extra time so I have less pressure on my online assessment.

Understanding dyslexia

People will say “You can’t be dyslexic and do a degree” or “You won’t have dyslexia if you weren’t diagnosed in primary school”…well these just aren’t true. Morale of the blog is I don’t want people to let their learning difficulties hold them back. You can get a degree, just like I am and many other people at this university who suffer from learning difficulties!

The ultimate guide to pancake day

This year it falls on Tuesday 28th February. Households everywhere will do some flipping, frying and tucking into delicious pancakes! Don’t know how to do your own pancake day? Fear not, I am here with all you need to know! I use this blog to show you how to make your own, topping choices and recipe ideas!

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History of pancake day

Pancake day actually have a religious background and comes from Anglo-Saxon Christians. People would use up all their ingredients so they could fast for 40 days before Easter. The ingredients made pancakes.. and that’s why we now have pancake day! Pancake day changes every year but is always on a Tuesday. It is dependent on when Easter is!

How to make a pancake

So option 1 of is to make your pancake from scratch. They are easy to make.

You’ll need

  • 100g of plain flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 300ml of milk
  • Some sort of oil
  • Frying pan
  • Toppings of choice (see below for topping ideas!)

Mix the flour, eggs and milk together until smooth. Put some oil in a frying pan. Remember the size of the frying pan will be the size of the pancake! When the frying pan is hot pour some of the mixture into it. Cook each side of pancake till it’s golden brown (should take 1 or 2 minutes each side).  To turn the pancake over you could have a go at flipping the pancake!

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Option 2 for pancake day is using a ready made mix. Pancake day is completely student friendly because supermarkets sell ready-made pancake mix with instructions of what to do! Bonus: they’re only £1 in Tesco and make up to 6 pancakes! All you need is this mix, oil and a frying pan!

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Popular Pancake toppings

Pancake is all about experimenting and finding out what makes the perfect pancake topping for you! Here are some ideas of toppings that are popular on sweet and savoury pancakes!

  • Lemon Juice
  • Syrup
  • Sugar
  • Chocolate- Nutella, melted chocolate, chocolate chips
  • Fresh fruit- strawberries, bananas, raspberries blueberries ect
  • Dried Fruit- Sultanas, bananas, apple, apricots ect
  • Cream
  • Honey
  • Caramel sauce
  • Soft cheese
  • Jam
  • Ice Cream
  • Nuts
  • Yogurt

Pancake Ideas

Can’t decide from that long list of what to put on your pancake? Here are some ideas of toppings mixes you could have!

The Traditional

When I was growing up the traditional toppings for a pancake would be lemon juice, syrup and sugar! If you are looking for something lighter and less sickly then this is the perfect topping combination for you!

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The Nutella Filled

My favourite pancake is a Nutella pancake with strawberries and banana! To make a Nutella filled pancake fill the pan with a layer of pancake mix, then add ½ a teaspoon of Nutella and spread this around. Then add another layer of pancake mix and start cooking! Cut up some strawberries and bananas and you have my perfect pancake!

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Banoffee Pancake

Another idea is a banoffee pancake. For a banoffee pancake you’ll need bananas, caramel sauce, whipping cream and roasted pecans.

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Millionaire Shortbread Pancake

What about a millionaires shortbread pancake? Sprinkle shortbread over the pancake and put some caramel sauce over the top. Melt some chocolate, Nutella or chocolate sauce over the pancake and you’ve got a millionaire shortbread pancake!

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The healthier option

If you still want to enjoy pancake day, but don’t want to completely ruin your diet, a healthier option for pancake day would be to top the pancake with your favourite fruit! Berries such as raspberries, blueberries and strawberries add a great flavour to the pancake. Adding dried fruit and nuts would be a good mix too!

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Now you’re all set to have the perfect pancake day! Remember 28th of February is pancake day – don’t miss it!