If you are going through the university application process or considering study question why it is you want to study. This will be a challenging time in your life, but hopefully vastly rewarding too. Was university difficult for me? Yes. It was the biggest challenge I've faced yet. Was it worth it? You bet it was, but it's only worth the energy and effort you put in.
When I first began my university experience all those years ago in 2011, I was one of those annoying people who cried endlessly for their parents and wanted nothing more than to go home. Now, however, I am about to start my third year at Swansea University and I am so happy to be back in my student house with permanent bottles of wine in the fridge in favour of actual food, permanent damp and occasional mice.
Unless your parents can feed and house you in London or the suburbs your chances of surviving as an intern are practically zero. If you are reading this in a public relations office, a fashion house or a media newsroom, look around and you'll see that the workforce in most is far from diverse. However, it does seem that there is growing momentum for change.
School uniforms instil a sense of discipline into the school day. They are an efficient eliminator of choice. A school uniform is a vital part of respecting one's school and the start of a more disciplined approach to learning.
I was terrified when I started university. A new life, in a new town which I had only visited once before. This was my first step on the road to an independent life, trying to figure out who I was and what I wanted to do. It was like standing on the edge of a massive ocean, waiting to dive in.
For some students, the idea of boasting about newfound sexual promiscuity at uni is enticing. Why not? The freedom of suddenly being away from home is there to be embraced. However for those who are still virgins when they reach university, the idea of sex itself (not to mention the kind of environment mentioned above) can be incredibly nerve-racking.
In an odd oxy-moron everyone's university experience is both completely different and yet exactly the same. You'll come home from first term at Christmas, meet up with your school friends, start eagerly reciting everything that has happened and find that everyone has similar stories.
How many languages can you speak? The likely answer is one, English. The reason is that you probably studied languages briefly in secondary school, perhaps have a GCSE or O Level, but then rarely or never used what was learned again - and so the skill vanished.
The government and advising bodies will no doubt try and convince you and your classmates that going to university is possible whatever your backgrounds or interests. Do not be fooled it is not that simple.
Sixteen years after graduating from Brunel University as a Manufacturing/Mechanical engineer, I have decided to pursue a postgraduate engineering degree at the University of Oxford. When I studied at Brunel in the mid-90s, I was one of 5 females out of about 50 students...
If a person attending a single-sex girls school identifies as a transgender boy and wants their teachers and peers to treat them as the boy they feel themselves to be, what happens? What's their experience like, as they try to learn and achieve and create a future for themselves?
With student accommodation in Central London regularly highlighted as being some of the most expensive student accommodation within the UK, most students find themselves having to live on extremely tight budgets. So, if you want to "ease the squeeze" without starving to death, follow my Student Guide to Eating on a Budget.
I found that the student lifestyle itself was actually pretty good for creating conditions in which depression can flourish, particularly in terms of alcohol. Students are notorious for their high levels of alcohol consumption and lots of society activities revolve around drinking, particularly in sports clubs. Alcohol is a well-known depressant and can have a significant impact on your mood.
This year over 90 businesses from across the country were given a chance to showcase their Apprenticeship programme, and bring benefits to local people through the community challenges they undertook. Teams also raised around £35,000 as part of the Challenge and are helping to recruit the future generation of apprentices.