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 .

 

 

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

HELLOUNI PODCAST: Should you study abroad?

HELLOUNI PODCAST: Should you study abroad?

We have a brand new podcast series! In the very first episode, Rebeka and Mary talk about the pros and cons of applying and studying abroad and what are the main reasons many students choose to go and just as many students choose to stay. So, let’s answer the question: Should you study abroad?

Studying abroad can be scary and expensive, but it can also increase your chances of getting a job. 

HELLOUNI PODCAST: Should you study abroad?


 

Have a listen below

Let us know in the comments, on Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook what you thought and if you have any future episode ideas you’d want to see covered!

 

 

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Student life in the UK: useful tips and tricks

Student life in the UK: useful tips and tricks

Every country has its own unique culture.  For instance, the British way of life may be very different to your own. Therefore, it can take a little time to become accustomed to your new university. That is why Hellouni provides information about student life in the UK.

 

What is British culture like?

Manners are very important in Britain. Children are learning from a very early age to say ‘please,’ ‘thank you’ and ‘sorry’ when appropriate.

British people consider their ‘personal space bubble’ to be very important to them. Thus, it can make them feel uncomfortable when someone ‘invades their space’ by standing too close. Therefore, when talking to someone, standing next to them in a queue, or in public transport it is important to maintain a reasonable distance.

Being on time is essential. You should try to make sure you are not late for lectures, interviews or when meeting people.

Sport is a huge part of life in the UK. The best way for a student to get to know British culture and make friends is to join a team at your university or in your local town. Football (soccer) is by far the most popular sport.

 

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This website is designed for international students and has an online guide to British culture that you may find useful if you want to read more.

Accommodation

Most UK students stay either at home or in Halls of residence in their first year. Halls are a great way to meet people and may be a good idea if this is your first time living in the UK.

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Most Halls of Residence have an onsite Student support team who are there to answer any questions or fix any problems you may have. Therefore, check out your university’s website for details on any student accommodation.

In addition, students normally begin looking for a private rental flat for the second year of university. Websites such as Rightmove, Zoopla, and Gumtree are popular places to find private accommodation for students.

 

 

 

What will my academic life be like?

Your timetable, examination schedule and amount of classes will vary and will depend on the course you are taking.

Universities in the UK tend to take a more independent study approach to learning. Lectures and tutorials will provide you with basic knowledge but most subjects require you to do a lot of independent study and research in your free time.

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What is the social life like?

Social life at university in the UK centers around the British drinking culture. Nevertheless, alcohol consumption is still a big part of university life.

 

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However, sports teams and volunteer groups on campus are a great way to get involved and make friends outside of the pub! Activities organized could include playing against other teams, quiz nights or even weekend trips away. Therefore, make sure to check out the Freshers’ fair during the first week of term to find out what is on at your university.

 

 

Culture shock

Please remember that the process of adapting to a new culture can be a difficult one and it is normal to feel lost at times.  Especially when you first arrive.

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Where can I go for help?

Most universities also offer an international student support service who can advise on a range of issues commonly faced by international students. In addition, they are also able to assist you with financial issues, Visa advice as well as information about UK culture. Moreover, your academic adviser can also point you in the right direction about where to seek help.

Nevertheless, your university may have other services such as Nightline. This is a free, anonymous, non-judgemental telephone, email, and text support service run by students for students. Find out more information here.

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How to apply online for a UK student visa

How to apply online for a UK student visa

One of the most frequently asked questions we get from international students at HelloUni is about how to apply online for a UK student visa. We understand that the visa application process can be scary and seem like a massive task, but it doesn’t have to be!

 

We’ve tried to answer some of the most common questions to talk you through whether you can apply for a visa, what documents you need and how to apply online.  Don’t forget to download our free app to browse scholarships and UK university courses.

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CAN I APPLY FOR A VISA?

You can apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and you:

  • are from a country that is outside the European Economic Area or Switzerland. Check here to see if you need a visa for the UK.
  • have been offered an unconditional offer of a place on a full-time course with a licensed Tier 4 sponsor. Here is a list of registered UK institutions who are sponsors.
  • Can prove that you have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course
  • You can speak, read, write and understand English

 

WHAT LEVEL OF ENGLISH DO I NEED TO STUDY IN THE UK?

 

Where you’re studying What you’re studying Knowledge of English needed Level
Higher education institution (HEI) Degree level or above Reading, writing, listening and speaking Equivalent to CEFR (Common European Framework for languages) level B2
The institution that’s not HEI Degree level or above SELT in reading, writing, listening and speaking CEFR level B2
Any institution Below degree SELT in reading, writing, listening and speaking CEFR level B1

On this website, you can find a PDF with a list of approved centers for English language tests.  Check in your own country to see if there are any centers near you.

 

 

 

WHEN SHOULD I APPLY FOR MY VISA?

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The earliest you can apply for a visa is 3 months before you start your course.

Your education provider will send you a reference number called a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) once they’ve offered you a place on a course. You’ll need to enter this on your visa application You must no more than 6 months after you receive the CAS.

You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks. Processing times for a visa can vary depending on which country you are from. Check how long it takes here..

 

 

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

It costs £335 to apply for this visa if you are applying from outside the UK. It costs an extra £335 per person for any dependants who come with you (e.g. family, children.)

You may also have to pay a healthcare cost as part of your application. Have a look at this website for guidance on how to pay and if you need to.

 

 

WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED? 

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HOW LONG CAN I STAY IN THE UK FOR? 

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You can come to the UK before your course starts:

  • up to 1 week before, if your course is for 6 months or less
  • up to 1 month before, if your course is for more than 6 months

 

How long you can stay in the UK depends on the type of the course you are studying.

 

 

HOW TO APPLY ONLINE

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apply online for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.

 

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You will then be re-directed to this page. Afterward, everyone has to fill in personal information, agree to the terms and conditions and then submit your application. You will then receive an email to confirm that your application has been received. The email will also give you instructions on what to do next.

 

 

ADVICE

Unfortunately, there are criminals around the world who try to steal money from people by carrying out what’s known as scams.’ We’d hate for you to be the victim of anything like this, so our advice would be to protect yourself as much as possible and only get your information from trusted sources. For this article, we have collected all of our information from the gov.uk webpage for Immigration and Visas.

The gov.uk website has a special page with more information about these types of scams. If you are already in the UK and think you may have been a victim of a scam or fraud, contact ActionFraud

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WHAT TO EXPECT: FRESHERS’ WEEK

It all seemed so far away and unreal when you were applying to your university course, but now the moment to move away is finally here and you can’t quite believe that it’s actually, finally happening!

 

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A ‘fresh start’ is, for many of us, both an exciting and terrifying prospect. Here’s a quick summary of what to expect from your first week on campus:

“Freshers’ week” is a term used in British English for the introductory week before university courses officially start. It is a welcome week for new students (or ‘freshers’) and is designed to help you begin your fresh start in a new place on a new course.

There will be official events and activities organised by the university to help you settle in on campus.

This welcome week gives you the opportunity to finish off any necessary paperwork, find your way around and make friends before semester officially starts. You will also be issued your student card which will give you access to university buildings and services, so be sure to check your emails so you know where and when to pick this up.

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Most colleges in the university also have an induction day or multiple induction days that you are required to attend. You will have the chance to meet your lecturers or tutors who will give you a brief outline of what your course entails, how lessons will be structured and what the examination procedure will be like (i.e weekly mini-assessments and an exam at the end of semester.)

The university and student unions also organise activities designed to ease you into the social aspects of your new academic life. You will have the opportunity to join different clubs and societies at your university’s “Freshers’ Fair.”  Whether you are already a keen tennis player and want to join the university’s tennis team, or you fancy trying something completely new like, joining the knitting society- this is the time to do it!

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When you arrive at your student accommodation, your first point of contact will probably be the Freshers’ Reps who are there to help you move in and answer any questions you may have. These are 2nd or 3rd year students whose job it is to make sure you are having a great time and to accompany you to the evening events organised by the student unions.

The Freshers’ week evening events and parties are definitely not something to be missed and will give you the chance to meet people on your course and get a taste for the student nightlife in your university city. Most UK universities also have at least one performance from a popular music artist or band, so be sure to check the program!

Memories from Freshers’ week will stay with you long after your university experience has ended, so make the most of every opportunity presented to you. You only get one chance to make a first impression!

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BONUS TIP:

There are always great ‘freebies’ on offer during Freshers’ week so keep an eye out for the free pens and free pizza!

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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.

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