Jeremy Corbyn.

 

Earlier today I watched this man give the speech of a lifetime. Please watch, retweet, share, like etc. This is a movement that we, the people, HAVE to get behind! Look at what we are expected to contribute to society and what we get in return, it is abysmal. As a young woman, the Tories offer me absolutely nothing. As a party, they continue to support the rise of austerity, a ripple effect that will leave me, and many others of my generation, destitute.

 

I know that many people may not agree with the majority of what Jeremy Corbyn has to say, but he is fighting for those of us at the bottom. The Labour Party is the only party that will gain my support, as I strongly believe that they are a government in waiting. With viable methods to negotiate this country towards a more prosperous future for all.

 

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Charlottesville.

By now you would have read/heard/or seen the news about a white nationalist march that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday the 11th of August. For days I have been stagnant, unable to construct the right response, because I should be shocked, shouldn’t I? That in 2017 America there was a rally, in which members of The KKK, Neo-Nazis, Alt-Right and other extremist groups convened and then proceeded to march on throughout the city. Sadly, I was not shocked. If you were shocked, then I really believe that you have not been tuned into what is happening at the moment.

Overnight images appeared all over the internet, of thousands of people marching through Charlottesville, holding tiki torches (and to quote John Oliver “Because nothing say white nationalists like faux Polynesian kitsch”) and shouting “blood and soil”.This dates back to the Nazi chant of “Blut und Boden”. So, just to point out, that in 2017 thousands of people were filmed chanting Nazi slogans and still the media, and even the president refused to call them what they are, NAZIS. However, days later, several of the men seen in the photographs have been identified. For example, Cole White of Berkeley, California has lost his job at the well-know hot dog chain ‘Top Dog’. An email statement from the restaurant chain said that: “The actions of those in Charlottesville are not supported by Top Dog. We believe in individual freedom and voluntary association for everyone.”. Or James Allsup, who currently attends Washington State University and is the college Republican president. If you want to help identify any of the Nazis at the rally then look up @yesyoureracist Twitter page ( https://twitter.com/yesyoureracist?lang=en ) he is posting the names of many of the individuals there, lets name and shame these people so that there maybe some form of repercussion.

James Alex Fields Jnr, age 20, drove a black dodge at high speed into a group of civilians protesting the white nationalist march. He injured over 20 people and killed one female. Heather Heyer is her name. She was a 32 year old paralegal who was there to protest the racism and bigotry of the rally, and it cost her her life. The last Facebook status that she posted was “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention”, she often highlighted cases of police misconduct and racism. Fields was arrested shortly after the incident on the charges of second degree murder. He has since appeared in court and been refused bail. Details are now emerging that Fields has been a long-time dedicated follower of Hitler and was suspended from school for his ‘extreme views regarding race’. This man mercilessly plowed into a group of harmless protesters, multiple people were injured and one woman tragically lost her life. If you really want to talk ‘sides’ there is strong evidence to suggest which ‘side’ is more violent.

If you thought that was the only incidence of violence then you were wrong. Deandre Harris, 20, was viciously attacked by a group of white nationalists from the rally, right beside the police department. His friends intervened and stopped the strike but Harris was left with multiple bruises, a broken wrist and 8 staples in his head, caused by the metal poles that his attackers beat him with. Again, Harris and his friends state that they did nothing to incite the violent attack and that there was no help from any of the police officers. Shaun King, senior writer from the New York Daily News, was 15 when he was also attacked by mob of racists. His injures were extensive and resulted in Shaun needing three spinal surgeries to fully recover. On his Twitter page (@ShaunKing) you can find his story and also an eye- witness account. King is a passionate advocate for #BlackLivesMatter and has dedicated himself to finding the brutal assailants who attacked Deandre, by sharing their faces across Twitter. There is also a $10,000 reward for any identifying information that leads to the arrests of the men. If you do nothing else with this article, then please share the images of these men so that they can be identified and charged for their crimes.

And where was Donald J Trump in all of this? Well, the 45th President of the United States of America did not address the violence and tragedies that happened in Charlottesville for 2 days. And after a flurry of angry tweets for calling out the previously loquacious President, he responded with “Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the K.K.K., neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans”. Both this statement and the comments about rioting being initiated by “many sides” caused another global wave of disapproval of the president, with many stating that this is just another incident of white nationalism that he is sweeping under the rug. For example, he refused to denounce David Duke, former imperial Wizard of the Klu Klux Klan, when he publicly supported his presidency campaign. And lets not forget Steve Bannon, the White House chief strategist, who is a public supporter for white nationalism. The public do not believe that Donald Trump is ‘looking into’ the attack that killed Heather Heyer because he has a famed silence in regards to matters of race. And several of his closes staff have ties to white nationalists.

Marches like the one that happened in Charlottesville happen all over the world and will likely continue to happen as they are perpetuated by a narrative of racism, hatred and violence. This movement of bigotry has been allowed to fester and spread by the government. And I fear that if something to combat this hatred is not implemented the only outcome is more of what we have seen over the last few days. And frankly? That is the most terrifying thing.

Thursday 8th June 2017.

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On the 18th of April 2017, British Prime Minster Theresa May stood outside of Number 10 Downing Street and announced to the British public, that a general election would be held on the 8th of June. She stated that “Britain needed, certainty, stability and strong leadership” and that The Conservative government had delivered and even exceeded on these expectations. The ‘snap election’ threw people in different directions. People expected it, people wanted it and a lot of people didn’t (and still don’t) care about it.

We, the general public, become subjected to the ‘same old, same old’ come election time. Party leaders announce their manifestos, pledge their devotion and passion towards a cause for ‘the British people’ and the rest. We watch the televised debates, read their interviews in the papers, listen to them on the radio, follow them on social media. But, we get caught in the crunch. We get so caught up in the rabid mess of a general election, that we forget to go back to the basics, what are they offering us?

That, is why I’ve written this blog post. I have read through the manifestos for The Conservative Party, The Labour Party, The Liberal Democrats, The UK Independence Party and The Green Party and decided to give an analytical overview of each. I have overheard so many people say that they don’t know who they are voting for because ‘all of the parties sound the same’ or ‘they are too similar’, so I have outlined some of the main points from each.


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The Conservative Party: FORWARD, TOGETHER. Our plan for a stronger Britain and a prosperous future.

The Conservatives open their manifesto with Theresa May stating that “The next five years are the most challenging that Britain has faced in my lifetime”, she proceeds to tell us that we need a ‘strong and stable leadership’ as well as a plan to guide us through the times ahead, so that “we will build a stronger, fairer more prosperous Britain, for all of us”. But, does this reassure the public? Under David Cameron the Tory government made cut after cut, slashing through our public services and leaving the majority of us with the bare minimum, can Theresa May do any better? Or will she fall to the Tory pattern of empty promises?

The Manifesto then outlines the “Five giant challenges”, these are the main issues that the Conservative government will address if voted into Number 10:

1) The need for a strong economy: The Conservatives explain that paying your tax is part of living in an ‘civilised democracy’, because of that they will aim to keep tax as low as possible. Also, corporation tax will fall to 17% by 2020, this is the lowest it has ever been. Now, are we still talking about an inclusive society? What about the deficit? Will a conservative’s ‘strong economy’ give us this?

2) Brexit and a changing world: On the 23rd of June 2016, Britain voted to leave the European Union, aptly named ‘brexit’. The Conservatives want a “smooth and orderly departure from the European Union” (don’t will all?), but will that be achieved? Theresa May addresses our ‘allies’ and ‘friends’, even in the manifesto she states “a deep and special partnership” but where is that partnership? And how long will it last? The negotiations will be a self-serving policy, the Conservative government will do whatever that ‘deem’ is right, and will effectively trample on anyone who gets in the way – where will our friends and allies be then?

3) Enduring social divisions: This tiny term covers a lot. Here, The Conservatives state that, although we have produced a “world class education”, funding across schools is inadequate and unfair. To solve this, they plan on increasing the school budget to £4 billion by 2022, but to fund this they do not believe that providing free school meals is a “sensible use of public money”. In terms of immigration, The Conservatives believe that net migration is still too high (estimated at 273,000) they want students to leave the country after they have finished their course, unless they meet new “higher requirements that allow them to work in Britain after their studies”. Now what exactly does that mean? What are these “higher requirements”? When talking about immigration, it is always pointed out that students are welcome because they will benefit our society, now they are on the chopping block too?

4) An ageing society: The Conservatives want to “respond to the reality of an ageing society, giving people security in old age”, in a press conference Theresa May u-turned her manifesto policies by stating that people would have to pay for social care through their assets (including their homes) if they reached a floor of £100,000. She will also diminish winter fuel payments for the wealthier pensioners. I believe that this is going to backfire on Mrs May as she is attacking the bedrock of The Conservative party support system. Furthermore, statistics have shown that there are now half a million more people living over the age of 90 in the UK, this means we need a feasible, long-term plan for social care in the UK.

5) Fast changing technology: The Conservatives are dedicated to expanding the technical capability of The United Kingdom, one example is that by 2022 mobile phone coverage will expand to 95% of the UK, with all trains and main road enjoying interrupted service. And by 2027, they aim to have the entire country covered by a 5G signal. Now, how cost effect is this? With Brexit around the corner, it is expected that phone tariffs will increase in price, what does this mean for The Conservatives?

https://www.conservatives.com/manifesto


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The Labour Party: A manifesto for a better, fairer Britain.

– Creating an economy that works for all: The Labour party has been dedicated towards creating a realistic economy, but their proposals have come under fire by many. For The Labour party, the change in tax regulation is the main answer for funding the changes that they want to implement in this country. They plan to raise corporation tax to 26%, this will make it the highest it has ever been, and if you earn over £80,000 your tax will also be increased. This will generate an extra £30 billion pounds a year. To continue, The Labour party would give more power and resources to HMRC (HM Revenue and Customers) to “clamp down hard” on individuals and companies that try to avoid paying their tax.

– Negotiating Brexit: The Labour Party plan to scrap any negotiations already established by the Conservative government and start fresh with news terms and conditions that put workers and jobs first. They will pledge to remain within the single market, and keep the benefits that the memberships provides. However, this decision has been heavily critised by the British public, as they believe we need to re-establish a sense of ‘Nationhood’ – putting Britain and the British people first, before we aid other countries. Also, the general public are displeased over contributing (in total) €115 billion a year within the single market.

– Healthcare for all: “We will guarantee and uphold the standards of service to which patients are legally entitled under the NHS constitution.” Within their manifesto The Labour Party has said that they will guarantee treatment within the 18 week waiting period, and pledge to remove 1 million people off the waiting list by the next government. To continue, they plan to increase the quality of GP services by investing the £30 billion made from the increase in tax, this would eliminate the ‘postcode lottery’. Meaning that, regardless of where in the country you live, you would be able to access free, quality healthcare. However, Labour have been critised for not accounting the stress and pressure this would put on GPs. And that the claim that the NHS funded through corporation tax is a pretense.

– Towards a national education service: Jermery Corbyn wants to invest in the young people because he believes that investing in the young will benefit our society. And that starts with investing in education. “when it fails, it isn’t just the individual that is held back, but all of us”. The Labour Party manifesto states that they will not “waste money” on grammar schools and will oppose any legislation that forces secondary schools to become academies. They will also reduced class sizes to below 30 as they believe that any more does not create the right environment for a child to learn, they argue that they do not receive the attention that is needed. Finally, Labour wish to abolish university tuition fess and reintroduce the maintenance grants, with this starting as early as September 2017. However, The Labour manifesto has been deemed ‘unrealistic’. People don’t disagree with their ideas or policies, they just don’t believe them to be credible or achievable.

http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/manifesto2017


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Liberal Democrats: Change Britain’s future.

– The Liberal Democrats want a second referendum on whether or not we should leave the European Union. They argue that, on the first ballot, there should have been an option to remain, but to renegotiate terms. Essentially, if the Liberal democrats come into power, they will negotiate new terms and then put that to a referendum, with the option to remain on the ballot paper. This decision has been heavily critised by members of the public, we’ve made our bed and we should lay in it. So to speak. They also believe that we should remain within the single market, as it “smooths trade between the UK and the other continents by providing a common ‘rule book’ for businesses”.

– “The NHS has been the envy of the world, but it is now facing the greatest crisis in its history and we urgently need to increase its funding.” The Liberal Democrats want to established an effective NHS that will benefit the British people for generations. They plan on funding the rejuvenation through a 1p increase on basic and higher tax, this would create an extra £6 billion and that would be redirected to the NHS and social care only. “Our long-term objective will be to bring together NHS and social care into one seamless service – pooling budgets in every area by 2020 and developing integrated care organisations.” But they have not stated how they would do that, how cost effective it would be and whether or not it would be beneficial.

– The Liberal democrats want to put an end to education cuts across Britain. They plan on decreasing class sizes, protecting per-pupil funding and ending the 1% cap on teachers pay rises. They state that over this parliament this, along with much more, would total a cost of £7 billion, but they have not stated where that money would come from.

– They also state in their manifesto that they plan to eliminated deficit in day-to-day spending by 2020 and once expenditure is down only ‘borrow to invest’. The end of that statement is very conflicting because they have not explained exactly what that means, to invest in what? And how much would they need to borrow? Would this not just bring us full circle? Also, they would reverse the Conservative decision to lower corporation tax from 20% to 17%.

– The liberal Democrats are committed to helping families and communities across the country., this is why they pledge to provide 15 hours a week of free childcare to parents and families who have children under the age of two. With the long-term plan of committing 30 hours a week for all families with children between the ages of two and four. This may help parents in regards to work, but they have not detailed where these children would go or how they would fund this.

– Finally they also state that they will “close the housing gap” by building 300,000 new homes by the end of each year, 500,000 of which will be affordable homes. But what are ‘affordable homes’? Affordable for who?

http://www.libdems.org.uk/manifesto


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The Green Party: The Green Party for a confident and caring Britain.

– The Green party campaigned to remain within the European Union, and therefore believe that the negotiated terms should be highly scrutinised. This means that they believe that another referendum should be held once the final terms have been decided. If the British public finds them not to be favorable, then we will remain within the EU. Furthermore, they are also campaigning to remain within the single market as they believe that it provides “vital rights for people and the environment”. Again, this decision for another referendum has been highly critised; the British public voted, we obtained a result and now we have to act on that result and move forward.

– The Green Party state that public services should be run by the people, for the people, and protest against any privatisation of the NHS. They want to introduced mental health care in correlation with physical health care, to insure that people who are experiencing mental health problems are fully provided for. Finally, they want an immediate cash injection to ensure that every member of the public can see a GP if needed, hospitals are able to run effectively and all staff are paid properly. However, The Green Party have been critised, as they have not accounted for the costs of these changes.

–  Also they pledge to “Bring energy, water, railways, buses, the Royal Mail and care work back into public ownership to give communities real control of the public services that has been lost over the past 30 years”. The general public are worried that The Green party have not provided them with enough information regarding the process of this proposal. Additionally, main criticise it for being too expensive.

– In regards to education, The Green party plan on decreasing class sizes and SATS. As they feel that both hinder a child’s ability to learn, SATS put too much pressure at an early age and increased classroom sizes means that children do not get the right amount of attention. The Green Party also state that they would abolish all university tuition, reintroduce maintenance grants and lower the voting age to 16.

– In their manifesto, The Green Party states that they will tackle the rising housing crisis in the UK by bringing it under control. They would do this by creating 100,000 affordable, social rented homes each year, by 2022. Additionally they would also abolish the bedroom tax and reinstate housing benefits for individuals under the age of 21.

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/green-guarantee/all-manifestos-alternative-formats.html


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The UK Independence Party: Britain together.

– The UK Independence Party believe that we should have already left the European Union. In their manifesto they state that “Repealing the European Communities Act (1972) should be the first, not the last step in the leaving process. There is no legal or moral obligation to use Article 50; we have the legal right to withdraw from the EU unilaterally”. They believe that it is beneficial for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union as soon as possible, because then we can regain control over: immigration, border control, fishing and farming trade etc. They established 6 tests that the government have to pass, once those test had been passed, only then can The United Kingdom leave the EU with the deal that they voted for on the 23rd of June.

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In relation to immigration, The UK Independence party want to create a one in, one out point based immigration system, this process would also include an attitude test to stop people with certain beliefs from entering the country. It also states in the party manifesto that “To give working class people in particular a chance to find employment, we will place a moratorium on unskilled and low-skilled immigration for five years after we leave the EU”. The immigration policy from The UK Independence Party has been scrutinised and has been labelled as racist and xenophobic for isolating immigrants and has been likened to Donald Trumps ‘muslim ban’.

– The UK Independence Party will not raise any taxes, but instead will increase the income tax threshold to £55,000 and the inheritance tax threshold to £500,000 per individual. To contrast, they plan to “scrap the existing commitment to spending 0.7 per cent of GDP on foreign aid and reduce the aid budget to 0.2 per cent of GDP instead”. Additionally they would also close The Department of International Development (they deal with poverty, disease and mass migration), this would save an extra “10 billion a year that would go towards the NHS.

– Furthermore, The UK Independence Party plan to pledge and extra £9 billion, a year, towards the NHS. This money would come from cutting foreign aid. Using this money would allow for more people to go to medical school, meaning that by 2025 The UK Independence party would hope to have an additional 10,000 GPs across the country. But again, they have be critised for being too extreme. Later on in their manifesto they state that “only British citizens or foreign nationals who have paid UK taxes for at least five consecutive years will be eligible for non-urgent NHS care”. Many have argued that cutting foreign aid to pay for improvements for the NHS is not a comprehensive plan, and that (arguably) we leave more people disadvantaged.

http://www.ukip.org/manifestos


Me, personally? It’s Labour all the way. It’s quite simple really, due to poor voter turn out in my age demographic, society offers me very little. The Conservatives promise to offer me even less. So I believe that Jermery Corbyn is the only mainstream politician that offers anything of worth to the young people of The United Kingdom.

I hope that some of this information has been beneficial, or will at least allow you to make a more informed decision on Thursday. I could have gone into more detail, as I barely touched upon most policies/subjects. But if you have the time, I would highly recommend that you read a party manifesto, they are very enlightening!

And remember… VOTE ON THURSDAY 8TH JUNE. 

 

For the first years.

So, I’m about to finish my first year of university- scary. I think that whenever something comes to an end you consciously start to get reflective about what you’ve experienced, any mistakes you’ve made, maybe something you could have done better? So, I thought that it might be useful to document some of my experiences as a first year student, with the hope that it might be beneficial to anyone else.

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Pre-arrival to university:
– Buying stuff was tricky. Because I worked at Wilko I thought I had it all sorted, I spent a stupid amount of money on kitchen items and towels. But you’ll find, when you get to uni, you end up forgetting a lot of stuff. You will have to do a big shop so don’t stress it, you won’t forget anything really important and anything you do, you will be able to get nearby. Luckily for me, I live opposite a big Asda Home so I was able to get anything, from bathmats to Ice cream – both are essential.
– When I knew I was coming to Bournemouth I joined several Facebook groups/pages as they were a good source of information and an easy way to meet people. I joined a Facebook page for my halls and posted what flat I would be living in come September, and from that I found two of my flat mates and we created a group chat. When we did meet face-to-face, we already knew a little about each other and introductions were not that awkward. So lookout for any groups that might be useful to you, especially a group for your course!

Freshers:
– Back to my earlier point of joining a group, I joined a Bournemouth Freshers page so that I could get all the information about the different events and how much it would cost, etc… Many freshers will offer group bundles or offers on multiple events (for example, pay £8 for two different events instead of paying £5 on the door for each), Bournemouth were selling different types of wristbands. I bought a gold wristband for £70 and it actually ended up saving me a lot of money. The Gold wristband got you into every single event, Que jump and your first drink for free and think about it, if you’re going out all the time for the first three weeks, its worth getting.
– Freshers is also the point when you thank you parents for packing you a first aid kit and a few packets of paracetamol, because you will need it. You will get freshers flu, it’s inevitable and it’s horrible so stock up on all of your flu necessities, you will need them at some point.

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Freshers Fair:
– Most universities will have a form of freshers fair, where you can sign up to different societies. Definitely go as Freshers Fair is a great way to meet new people and try new things; from learning Japanese to Cheerleading.
– Take a bag, you will need one for all of the freebies you’re going to get. A lot of big brands have stools at Freshers Fair (Subway, Amazon Prime) with exclusive student offers, be on the look out!
-Freshers Fair is also a great way of meeting people with similar interests to you!

Halls:
– I love my halls, but moving in can be quite daunting, especially after your family have left and you’re sorting out your room, but this is where your flatmates come in.
– We had a flat dinner the night everyone moved in, we made burgers&chips and sat down and got to know each other. Even though most of us had been talking before hand, it was a great way to get to know the people you will be living with for the next year. From that, we all established that we would be, what I like to call, a ‘sharing’ flat. Meaning that we had no problem with any of us going into each others cupboards and using various things, sharing milk/butter/eggs and whatever else. Although the one rule we did make; is that if you went to use something and you noticed it was low, let the other person know so that they don’t go to use it and notice that it’s empty.
– I think that it’s important to get along with your flatmates and that if there are any issues, they are resolved quickly. Nobody likes living in an awkward atmosphere!

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Moving Out:
– I know that I have just mentioned moving into halls, so it might seen quite strange to now consider moving out, but looking for somewhere to live next year is a very tricky process.
– People from the year above told me not to start looking until January because estate agents know that people are wary/keen and try to fob off certain properties early. And while this is good advice, it is not necessarily true. I know many people who had their houses sorted before Christmas and were very happy. However, I would suggest that you think about two things:
1) Who you think you might move in with.
2) Arranging a viewing for a property anyway.
This way, you get to know the area a little bit better and you discover what it is you’re not looking for. I went to look at a property in November and I don’t regret it. It was not the house that we ended up with but It gave me a pretty good idea of what to ask and certain things to look out for.

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Guarantor:
– This could be a sub-section of moving out, but I think that it’s too important, so I decided it should have its own point.
– Part of the process of moving out next year is the scary reality of paying for all of your bills each month, instead of three times a year (when in halls).
– A guarantor is a third party, usually a parent of close relative, who agrees that they will pay your rent if you are unable to. When you sign your contact, this will be the legal responsibility of guarantor and taken by the landlord.
– Back to my earlier point of looking at houses too early, you could wait until after Christmas, but I believe that you should use your the Christmas holiday to think about who you may consider to be your guarantor and have that conversation with that individual.
– If you’re worried that securing a guarantor will be difficult, speak to somebody from your student union or even a friend. Bournemouth University Student Union (SUBU) are in talks with the university so that any student from a low-income family or international student may use the university as a guarantor.

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Christmas Holidays:
– For a lot of students, the Christmas holidays may be their first opportunity to return home, so enjoy it!
– Before you leave halls, make sure you’ve spoken to you flatmates (wished them a Merry Christmas) and find out who will be the last to leave as they can make sure the flat is left in an appropriate condition (This was important because in my halls we would be charged for any rubbish left). This is also your responsibility, empty your cupboards and the fridge of any imperishable’s, empty your bins and just make sure you’ve left it in a decent state. You will appreciate coming back to somewhere that isn’t a complete mess – trust me.
– Finally, try and do some work over the Christmas break. By all means, take some time off, see friends, see family but don’t do nothing over three weeks, like I did. Otherwise you will come back after a relaxing Christmas, already have the blues from missing home and suddenly realise you have two assignments due on the same day and you haven’t started either of them, like I did.

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Money:
– Again, money could have been a sub-section for any of these categories, but organising your financials as a student is very difficult.
– There are lot of websites and YouTube videos on how to save, student meals and different student offers, so do some research!
– You might be like me and come to uni with some savings, make them last.
– You might be eligible for any bursaries that your university offers. The university should be notified when you file your student finance application, but check their website because there might be separate bursaries that you may have to apply for individually.
– Again, once you have accepted your place via UCAS your bank should be updated and automatically switch to a student account. If it doesn’t, make an appointment and speak to a member of staff at your bank about getting a student account, as your overdraft might be your saving grace. It is also worth making an appointment if your account did switch over automatically as it is useful to understand the ins and outs of your account (overdraft limit, will you get charged etc)

The rest is pretty simple, get up, wash and feed yourself, go to your lectures/ seminars, do your work and have a great time. But it’s all about balance. If you know you can go out six nights a week but can spend your whole Sunday writing a decent essay (whilst severely hungover) then go head. But most of us can’t do that. And while workload and lecture hours will vary between each courses, the workload is manageable, you have to prioritise.

I hope this was helpful, I’ll probably do another one when I’ve actually finished my course.

Stay switched on. No, this is not a sales pitch about being energy efficient, although I see how you got there.

Whether you receive your news through the television, radio or an app, there is no escaping the reality of 2017. I’m sure if you had said 2 years ago: “We’ve left the EU, Cameron’s jumped ship and Donald Trump is the 45th President of The United states” You would have caused a lot of laughs But, people need to get their heads out of the sand and educate themselves with what is going on around them, because a lot is happening. Even if we’re just talking about the usual suspects:

  • The United States of America and North Korea are teetering on the edge of a nuclear war. Even Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan has warned President Trump not to “taunt” North Korea.
  • The UK are reeling as Prime Minister Theresa May announced a snap election on June 8th. This comes as a surprise to many as May previously stated that she would not seek out another general election before 2020.
  • Turkey announced the results of their referendum, in which Turkish voters awarded President Erdogan powers that could keep him in office until 2029. However, his opposition have said that they will contest the vote as they believe there has been a large case of voter fraud.
  • France just announced that ‘centralist’ Emmanuel Macron and far-right Marine Le Pen have progressed to the second round of the presidential campaign

This is why we have to stay switched on, it is so important that we, as a generation and a society, are well informed because these coming events will impact our futures.