What is it like to study at Oxford University?

What is it like to study at Oxford University?

Would you like to know what it is like to study at Oxford University? Well, the best-chosen answer from our community it that Oxford University is a magical place. The university creates an environment which facilitates personal development.

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First of all, you are surrounded all the world-class top academics and professors in the subject and you are welcomed to contact them.

Oxford University students diversity

Secondly (especially at postgraduate level), you will meet a group of intelligent students from a diverse background. The students will form a network which will help you to progress both professionally and personally.
Moreover, the college system is fantastic. As they are inter-disciplinary communities, you meet people studying every conceivable subject from all over the world.
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Oxford University resources

Thirdly, the resources and perks are unrivaled. Four-course meals in gowns in ornate centuries-old dining halls for about £5. Subsidised alcohol and food. Oxford University is entitled to a copy of every book published in English and can have it delivered to any library to collect within 24 hours. Any books they do not yet have, they buy on request. The world’s top thinkers will come just to give a seminar to ten people in a side room due to the prestige of the place. Moreover, most of these events are furbished with free wine and food. You meet prime ministers and all sorts very casually there. They subsidize artistic production so you can go see world-famous orchestras and opera companies and plays for next to nothing.
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Oxford city

Fourth, the city is gorgeous. The town is tiny and close to London I(you can walk from one side to the other in 35/40mins), so you are only ten minutes or so away from anything you could ever need.
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Negative side of Oxford University

Fifth, the experience of studying at Oxford does come at a premium and that is pressure. Students need to have academic excellence and maintain an active social life during term time. Moreover, everyone has heavy workload = 60 hours a week and there is a high chance of developing mental illness and anxiety.
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However, if you are willing to work hard and sacrifice your social life and choose to sleep when the term is over, you will develop as a human being at an exponential rate.

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

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

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

According to TopUniversities, Montreal was named as the number 1 and the best student city in the world. And I was the lucky one who experienced what is like to be a student in this amazing city.

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

About Montreal

Starting from my very first day Montreal, everything changed for me. I was stressing about all the new buildings, new people, new rules and fact that home is so far away. I have not even realized then how many unforgettable memories and friends I am going to make in here.

Surrounded by concrete jungle, I began to explore Montreal. No wonder this city was named as the best student city as it has everything you need. Starting with incredible tourist places like Mont-Royal, lots of cafes and one of the best Universities in the world. For those who like socializing, Montreal has Saint Laurent Boulevard. During the day, this street is filled with people who are shopping, but when the sun goes down, Saint Laurent becomes a party street!

Montreal Downtown

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

Mont-Royal

 

Moreover, I was so surprised when I realized that my Evo student accommodation was right next to the Old Town of Montreal. I spend one-hour walking through the streets of it and that was enough to fell in love with this place.

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

Evo student accommodation

 

 

Le Plateau-Mont-Royal

 

 

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

Old Town Montreal

 

I believe it would be hard to find a person who would not want to live in Montreal. It is because here you can find everything: Downtown, Old Town, Artist district, Little Italy, China Town, campuses and even more.

 

 

Studying at John Molson School of Business

I have chosen Montreal and JMSB as my number 1 choice for studying abroad and I was so happy when I found out I got accepted to it. My lectures started the next day from my arrival, therefore this abroad experience was really intense from the beginning. It took me 20 Google Maps searches and about 5 questions to locals to finally reach my University. Montreal city is full of small streets, therefore for a new visitor like me, it was very easy to get lost.

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

John Molson School of Business is ranked as a best 24th business school in the world. Thus, as you can imagine school’s building was a huge skyscraper. It was so different from my University which had 2 floors and here I am in a giant building of 25 floors. I did not know how long lectures are in JMSB, therefore I ended up sitting all hungry and thirsty in my first 3-hour Retailing lecture. Over the weeks, I realized how helpful longer lectures are because then students get more focused and have more time to ask professor questions. I was also surprised with the different grading system and mid-term exams (that was not a good kind of surprise).

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

Overall, I have to admit that I honestly miss Montreal every day. This city definitely proved that it is the best place on earth for students. I learned so many new things, adapted to totally different culture as well as made lots of international friends. I am now checking the flight prices via Skyscanner and planning my trip back to this amazing city of Canada.

 

 

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Writing your UCAS Personal Statement

Writing your UCAS Personal Statement

UCAS personal statement is part of your university application. Much like a CV, it is your chance to sell yourself. describe your ambitions, skills, and experience. 

You can only submit one personal statement and you can’t change it after your application has been submitted. Therefore, it is important to get it right.

Here are our top tips:

  • Try to stand out, remember to be authentic and be careful with humor or quotes. You don’t want to appear too cheesy or cliché.
  • Use a template to help get you started. Here’s a great personal statement worksheet  on the UCAS website.
  • Proofread aloud and get someone else to check that your grammar, spelling, and punctuation are all correct.

 

 

 What universities are looking for? 

Unis aren’t looking for a dictionary definition of a subject. They know what their degrees are about; they want to know what you understand and enjoy about the subject.”  Louise Carr, University of Liverpool. 

First of all, show enthusiasm, motivation, and focus. Universities don’t expect you to be an expert already. However, they would like to know why you like to become an expert in the subject you’re applying to. Therefore, don’t forget to mention extra-curricular activities, transferable skills. Moreover, mention any relevant work experience and what your future plans are.  

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International and EU students 

As an international student there are a few extra things you should mention:

  1. Why you want to study in the UK 
  2. Your English language skills and any English courses or tests you’ve taken 
  3. Why you want to be an international student rather than study in your own country 

For information about applying online for a UK visa, check out our blog article.

 Writing your personal statement

“Put your notes in order according to what the course you’re interested in is looking for. If you have any skills and experience relevant to the entry requirements, make sure you say so at the start of your personal statement.”Amy Smith, Nottingham Trent University. 

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Use the  personal statement mind map on the UCAS website to start planning.  

 

How long should it be? 

There’s no maximum word count. However, you’ll need to remain within the 4,000 character limit (including spaces and punctuation). Moreover, students have to keep the statement to a total of 47 lines. 

UCAS recommends that you write your personal statement in Microsoft Word before copying and pasting it into the online application form. It is because the application page times out after being inactive for 35 minutes.

Plagiarism 

All personal statements are scanned by plagiarism detection technology, so make sure you don’t copy someone else’s work.  

If you are caught plagiarising, this could have serious consequences for your application. 

 

Further Advice

This brilliant video with Jane Marshall from Imperial College has everything you need to know about how to write your personal statement. 

 Check out our other articles on studying in London, student life in the UK and 5 things to consider before choosing a university. 

 

 

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How to stay fit and healthy at the university?

How to stay fit and healthy at the university?

Bonnie is a fitness blogger and final year student at the University of Glasgow. She runs an Instagram account where she posts daily about everything from how to get fit and healthy, to giving tips on how to balance student life with social events. Bonnie has just come back from Mallorca where she spent a semester abroad. Moreover, she had previously spent a year in Berlin as part of her degree. We managed to catch up with her between classes to chat about all things health, fitness, and university. So here are some Bonnie’s tips on how students can stay fit and healthy at the university .

 

 

How to stay fit and healthy at the university?

Credit: Stevie Purves https://steviepurvesphotography.co.uk/

So, Bonnie, do you have any tips for our readers who want to study abroad and keep healthy?

Doing study abroad can be a scary time because everything around you is foreign and new. One of the first things I did when I moved to both Mallorca and Berlin was to join a gym. This allowed me to get into a routine and made me feel more at home. It is because even though everything else around me had changed, I still knew how to use the gym equipment. It also helped me get involved with a group of like-minded people, now friends, and integrate myself into a new culture.

 

What is your daily routine like?

I like to start my day with a cup of coffee or green tea and take 20 to 30 minutes in the morning just to be quiet before starting the day. I use this time to read, do some yoga, or post on Instagram. After breakfast, I go to university where I spend all day either in class or in the library on campus. I treat university like a full-time job so I try to get all my work done before going home. By leaving my evenings free for going to the gym and social activities with friends, my day has a clear divide between work and play which I think is essential.

How to stay fit and healthy at the university?

Credit: Stevie Purves https://steviepurvesphotography.co.uk/

 

What if I can’t afford to go to the gym? Or if I don’t like the gym?

It’s is a very common but false assumption that you need to go to the gym, or love going to the gym in order to be fit and healthy.  It’s really not the case at all. It all depends on what your goal is. If your goal is to build muscle, then you probably will need to join a gym to access the equipment, but if you just want to get healthy then there are so many other ways to do this. You could try swimming, running, going to fitness classes or yoga. When I started out getting fit, I didn’t go to a gym but instead exercised in my room at home. I watched Youtube videos on my laptop and used my language dictionaries as weights. You can 100% find something that you enjoy doing and is budget-friendly.

 

“I don’t have time to be healthy.” What would be your response to this?

The honest answer? You have time for whatever you see as a priority, so if you find that you don’t have time to be healthy: you need to sit down and be honest with yourself about whether you are actually making your health a priority.

I guarantee that you will be able to find 45 minutes to 1 hour a day to devote to your health. Think about why you don’t have time. Are you spending your evenings binge-watching TV shows or going out drinking 5 nights a week?

How to stay fit and healthy at the university?

Credit: Stevie Purves https://steviepurvesphotography.co.uk/

A lot of students can fall into the trap of partying too much. How do you maintain a healthy balance between work and play?

It all comes down to time management and moderation. I like to sit down on a Sunday evening and plan my week. I think the best approach is to organise your schedule around the fun activities you want to do. Plan your study around going out with friends on Friday night, or schedule in a mid-week cinema trip.  Going out partying and staying up late 5 nights a week isn’t going to be good for your productivity or your health goals. However, going out once a week isn’t really going to set you back much.

What is your diet like as a student on a budget?

If a student is on a student budget it doesn’t meant that he/she has to eat unhealthy foods. Taking the time to find cheaper supermarkets to get nutritious ingredients is a great way to start. I also like to prepare my food so that I always have something to hand. This means that I know what I am eating and helps me stay on budget. It is because I am not buying expensive snacks or meals while I’m out at uni.

How to stay fit and healthy at the university?

Credit: https://www.instagram.com/bonnie_bfit/

Do you have a go-to healthy meal?

I don’t really have a go-to healthy meal, so to say. Most of my meals are quite creative. However, I try to stick to the principles of balanced and nutritious meals. Food is like fuel, so whatever you put into your body is what you are going to get out. By feeding your body with the right nutrients, your study performance as well as your fitness performance will improve.

A balanced meal has carbs, protein and fat.

When preparing a meal, I think about three questions:

What are my carb choices: e.g. pasta, rice or potatoes.

What protein will I choose: e.g. meat, fish, beans.

Which healthy fats can I eat: e.g. avocado, olive oil or nuts.

The options are limitless!

The bulk of my meals is always vegetables, whether roasted, steamed or fried.  I make sure to always have leafy greens like spinach and kale. I then choose any one of these combinations, depending on what I feel like eating. To get a better idea of the sort of combinations I make and the sort of food I eat, check out on my blog or on my Instagram.

How to stay fit and healthy at the university?

Credit:https://www.instagram.com/bonnie_bfit/

What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get healthy?

I actually wrote a blog article about this not too long ago.  There is a very fine line between being dedicated to your health and fitness goals and being obsessed by them. Sometimes you have to take a step back and think about it.

How to stay fit and healthy at the university?

Credit: https://steviepurvesphotography.co.uk/

Read the Bonnie’s article here. 

If you could give only one piece of advice to students who want to start their journey on a healthy lifestyle, what would it be?

Just do it.  You will never have as much time as you do at university.  Use this time to learn how to look after yourself and make your healthy lifestyle a habit. You’ll thank yourself later in life.

 

 

Being an international student – is it even worth it?

Being an international student – is it even worth it?

Being an international student can be tough. Therefore, it is important to consider is it even worth it. Here is a real story of one of Hellouni community members who left home to study abroad.

The decision to leave home

I was born in Poland, but since junior high school, my goal has been to study in a foreign country. It was not a dream, but rather an idea. Britain was an obvious destination because of the language, high level of higher education and cheap flights from Poland. Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) covered all the tuition fees at the time, so I ended up applying to the University of Glasgow. I enrolled in the integrated master’s degree program, which is a 5 years course.

Being an international student - is it even worth it?

First difficulties abroad

At first, I struggled with a lot of things which I had not thought could cause any problems at all. I found difficult to understand the Glaswegian accent, sometimes I still do. It often happens when talking to a bus driver or a postman, though understanding the lectures is not that much of a concern, fortunately. Finding a flat to rent in Glasgow is quite a challenging task, especially a flat which is close to the Uni. Most buildings in Glasgow are not higher than 5 floors and a population density is fairly low comparing to other major cities. Because of that, it seems like there are not enough flats to satisfy the needs of all students. I would recommend having at least 3 weeks up to a month just to find a flat.

Being an international student - is it even worth it?

 

Positive studying abroad experience

Now, the upsides. I am very happy with the quality of teaching at the Glasgow Uni. The lecturers are experts in their fields. They have an excellent attitude towards teaching and they do their best to clearly explain every topic and to thoroughly cover all the important bits. Thanks to all this I saw that computing science is not only useful but beautiful and interesting, especially algorithmics. I also like the fact that it is always specified which parts are examinable and which are not.

I have to admit that studying and living in a foreign country is a great experience and it is a brilliant preparation for adulthood. Of course sometimes it is hard to stay positive when you miss friends, family and home in general, especially 5 years course is not for the faint-hearted, but all in all, I would say that the whole experience is definitely worth it. In the end, you might find that skills and an attitude you learned and a thick skin you developed in the process are more valuable than the degree itself.

Being an international student - is it even worth it?

 

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