London Steemian meetup in the Crypocurrency show!

London Steemian meetup in the Crypocurrency show!

Hey, world! Happy Monday ūüėä

We are the hellouni team and we are based in London, UK! We are a team of young entrepreneurs. Our vision is to build the next generation of student platform with blockchain technology!

hellouni team has recently been experimenting with developing a decentralised and incentivised platform for students, especially for the internationally mobile students. The goal is to streamline all info, peer reviews and connection with real people within hellouni platform with tokenisation incentives. The platform will make the student experience more rewarding and productive. As former international students ourselves, the team has the domain experience and knowledge of international study and recruitment.

We started working with Steem and steemit just over than 2 months ago and so far we are loving it

cryptocurrency show London 2018

cryptocurrency show London 2018

It is always more interesting is to meet follow steemian and talk about how they use steem and steemit and all the exciting ventures they are working on! We had the opportunity to attend the Crypocurrency Show London last Saturday, and our founder Olivia has met so many enthusiastic steemian @stephenkendal from steempromo, guys from @utopian @wehmoen and @techslut, @howo founders of @steempress, @Mrs.Steemit and @morodiene, and some local folks@cyrpo-curator @simonjay and London steemit ambassador @allayyummyfood and @sarah Louise and exchanged experiences of working with steemit!

steemit

Meeting other steemians

Olivia with Dan from @utopian

Olivia with Dan from @utopian

Olivia and other steemians

The meetup was very encouraging as we can see that Steemit has a lot of supports and people are actually using for content creations, building ventures – all these backed up the value of the Steem blockchain as the power of its real life business case.

We are very pretty to Steemit but already impressed with its power, check out our channel as we are building the contents up and will publish more on our platform!  https://steemit.com/@hellouni

Tips for studying in Canada as international students

Tips for studying in Canada as international students

I recently came back from my studying abroad semester in Montreal, Canada. Here, I was studying Digital Marketing, Retail and Elementary French. Since I was living in Montreal for 4 months and I got to know Canadian culture quite well. Most importantly I experienced lots of different things that international students are surprised with when they are studying in Canada. In this article, I would like to share with you some tips for studying in Canada.

1. Canadian winter is cold.

All the stories about #canadiancold are true (unfortunately). By the time when December starts, get ready to face some -20 or even -30 degrees’ winter wonderland. Therefore, as soon as #BlackFriday discounts come into the stores, be sure to get a warm puffer. P.S. Trust me, the overpriced CanadaGoose jacket is not the only option.

 

 

2. Canadian food.

Surprisingly, groceries shopping and cooking at home in Canada is almost equally priced as eating out in the restaurants. If you are not looking for luxury meals, you can definitely get tasty lunch out in the city for 7 CAD which converted to pounds is about £4. Canada also has breakfast-only restaurants where you can have an enormous plate of food for 10 CAD. Moreover, every new student from abroad gets an instant obsession with Canada’s national dish- #poutine.

 

 

 

3. Canadian Long lectures.

Comparing to the UK universities, lectures in Canada are 2-3 times longer and usually, one lecture lasts for approximately 3 hours. Thus, I suggest grabbing your coffee and snack before the lecture, because you usually won’t have any breaks. Luckily, longer lectures mean less time spending in the library by your own. It is because during the lecture professor explains topics with more details and more examples.

 

 

 

4. Canadian Mid-terms.

Since there are usually no reports-assignments, Canadian universities, similar to the US, have both #mid-term and final exam sessions. Hence, do not relax during first weeks in the university, because you are likely to have your mid-term after 1 month. And honestly, mid-terms are as difficult as finals.

exam stress

 

 

5. Canadian university grading- the A B C grades.

While UK universities grades students with percentages, Canada and USA will be evaluating your work with letters. Therefore, I recommend you to carefully look through your universities grading requirements. It is because they might be really confusing in the first weeks of study abroad.

 

 

 

6. Canada – explore nature.

Canada has one of the most beautiful national parks in the world and it is not that difficult to reach them. International students in Canada like to rent the cars and do #roadtrips to various cabins in the mountains. And compared to UK prices it is relatively cheap. I definitely recommend visiting MoraineLake near #Vancouver.

Canada landscape

Overall, studying in Canada gave me different kind of University experience and deep knowledge of business and marketing. Considering the cold weather, long hours in classes and being so far away from home, I would still definitely recommend Montreal as a top study abroad destination.

 

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My experience in the best student city in the world: Montreal

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More info about studying in Canada:

https://www.topuniversities.com/where-to-study/north-america/canada/guide

https://www.quora.com/Is-it-worth-studying-in-canada

What to Consider When Choosing a University

What to Consider When Choosing a University

While university reputation and position in rankings are important, there are so many other factors to consider when looking for the university. Thus, Hellouni found 5 things besides academic that YOU need to consider while choosing a university.

 

City or Small Town Living

Do you love the hustle and bustle of big cities or do you find them overwhelming? If you love city living, then you may wish to opt for a university that is spread out throughout a city. Alternatively, you may prefer a campus university nearby to a city or in a town. Going to university in a city provides a magnitude of restaurants, nightclubs, shop, and events. However, small towns often have a community feel and can be a more relaxed environment. It all depends on your preferences, so make sure you choose somewhere that suits your preferred lifestyle.

What Consider When Choosing a University

 

Sports Clubs and Societies

 Most universities have many sports clubs and societies to take part in, but some will be offer activities that others do not. For example, if you are very sporty, some universities will have national champion sports teams. Whereas others may offer fewer types of sports. If you are involved in a particular activity or have one in mind that you want to start, have a look at university websites. Here, you will be able to to see if they offer the chance to join it. In Scotland, both Edinburgh and Glasgow University have a Harry Potter Society; something that you are unlikely to find anywhere else. It is important to balance the importance you place on clubs and societies with the courses and academics. However, if there is something, in particular, you are looking for, you should be able to find a university that offers it alongside meeting your academic requirements.

What Consider When Choosing a University

 

The Importance of the Place

The country and city you choose to study in is arguably as important as the course you are studying. If you are studying abroad for your entire university experience, you will spend four or three years in the place you choose. Therefore, it is important that you like it. Obviously, if you are studying abroad, you are placing importance on location. However, you should fully research the places you are considering. What do you care about more: the location being pretty or there being lots to do there? Ask yourself questions like this and pick a location that you really love what it has to offer.

What Consider When Choosing a University

 

Cost of Living 

Your dream may be to study in a major city like London, but other cities in the UK can be much cheaper. Nevertheless, it also offers a great study abroad experience. Edinburgh, for example, is a popular alternative to London, with much more affordable living costs. Choose a university somewhere you love, but be realistic about living costs and what you can actually afford. There is no point struggling throughout your university years by living in expensive cities in the world. If you budget well, you may be able to make even the most expensive place work. However, just ensure you have a plan and an accurate idea of costs.

What Consider When Choosing a University

 

The Native Language

This ties into thinking about the place you want to study in. Nevertheless, if you want to learn more of a language, studying abroad is a great way to achieve this. By needing to speak in the foreign language and hearing natives speak it, you will pick it up faster than learning it in your home country. Alternatively, if you cannot speak any other languages, you can still study abroad but should look to places that speak the same language. For example, from the UK you could study in the USA, Canada or Australia. There are opportunities for everyone. Whether you are learning a language or not. However, you should consider whether learning a language is a priority for you during your time abroad.

What Consider When Choosing a University

 

Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

how to apply online for UK student visa
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What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

It can be quite daunting to travel to an unknown country and study in an unfamiliar environment. Here, Soniya let us know just what it is like to come to the UK¬†and what you should know before studying abroad!¬†Soniya is a Masters student studying “International Strategic Marketing” at the University of Glasgow.

 

Q: When you were studying abroad did you ever experience culture shock? 

A: This was my first time in Glasgow but not the first time in the country. So for me it wasn’t the worst because I’m from Mumbai and my lifestyle here and there are almost the same. In terms of culture and peoples’ day to day life, it’s kind of different from people living in India. However, I don’t think that’s a problem. It’s actually really good to experience the lifestyle here and the people are very welcoming here. Therefore, you don’t feel like you are in a new place or you don’t belong here.

 

What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

 

Q: What was the biggest difference between your home country and the country you studied abroad in?

A: I would say lifestyle again. It is because people here live a different than at home. People here relax more and enjoy life. For them, it’s not just about work.

What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

 

 

Q: How did you deal with homesickness and being away from your family?

A: Sometimes when you face some problems at work or university, you need someone to push you and you need your family for that. Sometimes I need my family and I feel better when I talk to them. Everyone will feel homesickness but it depends on your high and lows in your life. Sometimes its during your struggles and that is when you need a little ‘push’.

 

What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

 

 

Q: Did you ever experience stereotypes?

A: I think that people feel in a certain way about Chinese people like they are not open and they do not mix up well or they are kind of introverts. I think this affects how people talk to them because if you know that someone is not going to talk to you then you might not put that much effort and the connection is lost. I feel like there are quite of stereotypes but a lot of the times stereotypes are not true. If you talk to them then I’m sure they are welcoming and open-minded.

What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

Q: Did you join any sports or activities and if so, did these help you to fit in and meet people?

A: Yes I did. First of all, the Freshers Week. I think every university has a good Freshers Week. I am sure my Facebook friends list went to 700-800 in one week so it was like BOOM! If you are welcoming and open enough then it is not very difficult to make friends. I bought tickets to Freshers events as well as social events and workshops that helps you enhance your employability in the business world. I think getting involved does help you a lot. The best thing about Freshers was that there was a lot of things happening each day and if you don’t like it then you could always switch. I strongly recommend people to attend Freshers!

Q: How hard or easy did you find it to make friends abroad?

A: It is not a big deal at all. As I said, everyone are new and come from cultural backgrounds.  However, we are all here for a reason and we need to make friends and get to know each other. I think it is fine and it is not a big deal.

 

What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

Q: How much did you pack for your time abroad? And would you advise taking a lot of your things with you or packing light?

A: I over packed. Even if it is for a small trip, I always over pack but this was HUGE and I had so much stuff in the luggage that I don’t remember and it’s just there. Nevertheless, I realised now that I didn’t even needed that.¬† Suprisingly, I didn’t need to pay for extra luggage but I had exactly the amount¬†allowed on the flight. I was allowed two bags (23kg each) and my total weight came to 45kg. Moreover, I also have so much stuff bought over here as well so now I don’t know how to take them back home!

 

 

Q: What did you do about your phone contract/SIM card and bank account in a new country?

A: I had a UK sim card from before. I also had a foreign exchange travel card that I use for all my travels. It is easier to use as the transactions are quite easy. You just need money from your currency and where ever you go, you can use it. You could also just bring some extra cash.

 

What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

Q: How did you choose the country and city you studied in? Why did you want to study there?

A: Like every international student, you have a pro and con list for every university you want to go to. I had that and I knew what I wanted to do. So based on what I wanted to do, I selected some courses that are of my interest and then started to find out what my best options are. Glasgow was my second option. I did this all manually through the internet. Actually, it took me like two months because I wanted to be sure of what I’m doing. I spoke to friends, family and a few people who can help. According to their suggestions and¬†my own research, I picked here.

What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

 

Q: What are some top tips people should know before they move abroad?

A: I learned a lot and it definitely helped me grow a lot. So yes, you should definitely be open to opportunities, meeting new people or getting involved with activities because it is not a big deal. When you are starting doing it then I am sure you will enjoy it and learn something from it because I literally learned other things from friends and not only things about university.

 

 

Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

how to apply online for UK student visa
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Differences between UK and US (for students)

Differences between UK and US (for students)

Although UK and US are extremely similar in many ways, there are a few distinct differences between them that makes these countries attractive to live or study in. Therefore, let’s find out those main differences between UK and US.

 

Academics

UK education system is somewhat stricter than in the US. It is mostly because we have a stricter grading system in place. For example, US teachers may perhaps give you another chance to sit an assessment to get the required grades yet, this tends to not happen in the UK!

There is a bigger workload in the US throughout the year as students have assignments, essays, and midterms. As such, their exams at the end of the year usually worth less than their final grade.

In the US, there are more foundation subjects that must be taken before choosing a major in the second year. In the UK, it is more focused on the main subjects at the start of university.

Differences between UK and US (for students)

 

 

Social

In American colleges and universities, there are sororities & fraternities. Whereas UK universities have clubs and societies. In the UK, many students go to pubs, bars, and clubs.It is because the legal drinking age is 18. However, in the US, students tend to host or attend frat parties rather than go out.

School spirit in the US is also bigger compared to the UK. For example, in the UK, although some students have to clothe with their university logo such as hoodies, they do not show it as often as the American does. In fact, Americans are proud of their university so much that they were there hoodies all the time.

Differences between UK and US (for students)

 

Accommodation & Food

In the US, students usually stay in dorms and have a roommate or roommate(s). However, in the UK, we have flatmates and have our own rooms to stay in. Talking about food, portion sizes are much bigger in America! Nevertheless, US tend to have meal plans for students, which mean that student pays an annual fee and gets food every day from the cafeteria. Whereas, UK students are likely to cook their own food in kitchens.

Differences between UK and US (for students)

Travelling & Transport

It is easy to get around in the UK using public transport such as buses and trains. Although there are undergrounds in the big cities in the US, there are fewer buses and many people travel by car instead. Cities are also bigger in the US than the UK. Hence it is quicker to get to other cities within the UK but takes longer to travel in the US. Furthermore, as the UK is in Europe, it is easy to visit other European countries such as France, Italy or Spain.

Differences between UK and US (for students)

Culture & Others

Although UK and US use the same English language, there are still different terms used for different objects. For example,¬†we use “chips” in the UK, but the US calls these “fries”. Furthermore, we have different pronunciations and spellings for certain words, e.g. color used in the UK instead of color used in the US. In the US, students are often calling teachers as “professors”. Comedy is different in US and UK. British people are more sarcastic!

Differences between UK and US (for students)

Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

how to apply online for UK student visa
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