If there is one thing that is totally predictable, it's that no-one can foresee what the future holds. So while plans and strategies are essential for any venture, there has to be room for flexibility and adaptability to be successful.
My stress nightmare - the reoccurring dream that always pops up when I'm run down and overly tired - is simple and terrifying in its simplicity: it's my French A-Level tomorrow and I haven't got round to revising. As millions of men and women across the globe head into their own exam seasons, I sigh a little gasp of relief that that is all behind me. With this in mind, we decided to approach it slightly differently this year, and have been quizzing some of the best brains in the business to help those of you studying through your exams, and out the other side into an uncertain jobs market...
What's happening in Nigeria is exceedingly complicated, and it's not something I would normally write about. But as a female educator, I feel it's my responsibility in keeping the crisis in the news as important, which might influence freeing (or finding) these innocent girls' and giving them a future together with opportunities.
On the first anniversary of the collapse, fashion students from University of the Arts London marched along Oxford Street urging shoppers to think about the question "who made your clothes?". It was not just a protest but a statement of intent; the young people who will be tomorrow's fashion industry leaders plan to do things differently.
The work undertaken by STEM companies - both large and small - is extremely important, not just to our economic future, but to the development of our world. Only by ensuring an increased supply of high quality engineering talent will companies like ours be able to flourish.
The general perception held by those we spoke to in Higher Education is that high profile public portrayals of the sector as being a 'hotbed' for extremists (a view sometimes expounded by the media and influential think thanks), were unfair and undermined the good work being done to protect students in universities.
There's tons to be gained from obtaining industry experience before heading into further education - if you know what your dream job will be, there's a chance they'll want relevant experience before they'll take you on. They'll want to know you can function in the real world.
Since my first mental health assessment at university I've been waiting for six weeks for my counselling to begin. The wellbeing services know I have been self-harming and have expressed an interest in suicide yet I've heard nothing from the wellbeing centre for nearly two months.
Arts and design are sometimes seen as nice to have but not essential, especially when compared to "hard" science and maths disciplines; it is difficult to imagine that chemistry, physics and biology would ever be banded together in this way on the basis that they are all science.
1. You can wake up at 5pm, and its fine- you may have wasted the day but you've still got the night. 2. The 'is it cold or is it damp?' game. Clean, warm dry clothes are the stuff of legends. 3. Mould is totally edible. You've even started to quite like the taste. It's also your permanent house guest.
Whiteboards have become the most crucial weapon in the battle for social justice since Tumblr was invented. It has become a fortunately common practice in academic circles to stand in some picturesque part of your university holding a whiteboard with either a pro-social justice claim inscribed thereon, or an example of some unpleasant piece of bigotry hurled your way by some socially unreformed reprobate...
From my own experiences of being a student, it seems as though nowadays we are constantly reminded by our parents and other adults how lucky we are to be at university. They always seem to be going on about how jealous they are of the fact that we are students, how they wish they could go back and do it again... To be honest, I can see where they're coming from.
In my two years as a sabbatical officer I've spent lots of time debating issues and ideas. One that keeps arising time and time again (particularly around election time I might add) is that of the Students' Union being 'Political' - for some this makes sense, for others taking stances this is divisive or unrepresentative. I think that either way your Union is political and I'd like to say why.
You don't have to ban George Galloway from speaking; just don't invite him, or others like him, in the first place. Our students' unions are undoubtedly a place for lively academic debate, and for students to discuss real-world issues in a safe environment. However, inviting rape deniers and apologists voids this safe environment...
I would like to see action taken to stop degree ghost-writers in their tracks. Perhaps the industry should be regulated, forcing any ghost-written essay to be submitted by the seller to plagiarism detection sites so that should the student try to pass it off as their own, they will be caught.
We should aim to inspire to this generation to attend school to not aim to achieve a certain grade so they can fulfil their materialistic desires, but to fill their mind with knowledge and capability to be able to change the world.