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Appy With Languages

Appy With Languages

My body decided that the first few days back in Cambridge would be a great time for me to get ill. Now, don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t have wanted to be ill in the holidays either, but if I were to choose when was an inconvenient time to be overwhelmingly dizzy with a cough and sore throat that kept me up all night, I wouldn’t have chosen now, right before term begins and when I’m desperately trying to get…

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Struggling With Dissertations and Christmas

Struggling With Dissertations and Christmas

My dissertation writing retreat was both everything I hoped, and also not.  Spending five days in Cambridge on my own was what I needed: I managed to write around 9,500 words of my dissertation, which puts me over the minimum wordcount and essentially constitutes most of a first draft. I’d hoped, however, that it would be in a state where I could send it to my supervisor at the end of the week. Instead, it’s a hastily cobbled-together mess of…

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Honesty And Anxiety

Honesty And Anxiety

Lately, my anxiety has been… bad. I thought I was doing better, that I was learning to manage it and cope and get through. During the summer, I had some seriously anxious periods, including while travelling, but they were generally triggered by specific events or environments, so they seemed more logical than some of my other anxiety. And, while they weren’t fun, I mostly got through them without too much difficulty. So I thought I was in a good position…

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Eight Hours Of Inferiority

Eight Hours Of Inferiority

In her welcome speech, the college principal apparently told freshers that there are twenty-four hours in every day: eight for sleeping, eight for work, and eight for other things (societies, socialising, and so on). My tutor, when she quoted this to us in our start of term meeting, added, “But I think six or seven hours of working is probably enough.” I disagree with both of them. Strongly. The latter, marginally less strongly, but I still disagree. This way of…

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Settling In

Settling In

I arrived in Cambridge at lunchtime on Friday. By about 10pm I’d unpacked as much as I could stand to unpack, on the basis that if I leave it in a box this early in the term, it will stay in that box forever. On Saturday morning I filmed and edited a flat tour before any of my flatmates have arrived, again because I knew that if I didn’t do it straight away, it just wouldn’t get done, based on…

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What To Wear To Lectures At Uni

What To Wear To Lectures At Uni

The question of what to wear to lectures bothered me a lot in the lead up to university. Having worn school uniform for so long (and then had a strict dress code in sixth form), I wasn’t really sure what to go for. I think there’s a lot of misinformation out there. There certainly was when I was searching for any information I could find. Personally, I got worried because the Tumblr blog “askacambridgestudent”, usually a very reliable source of…

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Finding Balance and Routine at Uni

Finding Balance and Routine at Uni

Well, my last post seems to have gone down well. I’m glad my advice on making friends has been helpful to people, and I wish you the best of luck in befriending people, whether at uni or elsewhere! I’m continuing my university-themed posts today, but this one’s a slightly more complicated topic. I’m combining two questions here: one from Shanti, who would like to know how to find a work/life balance while settling in to a new routine, and one…

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An Introvert’s Guide To Making Friends At Uni

An Introvert’s Guide To Making Friends At Uni

It’s taken me a few days longer to get around to my university-focused blog series than I intended: I had a few things going on, including a trip to Cambridge to get professionally poisoned (aka allergy tested). It turns out I’m allergic to cats, which is… a surprise, and not a particularly welcome one. Sigh. I guess my future will have to involve a vast flock of guinea pigs instead. In the comments on my last post, a reader called…

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Academic New Year

Academic New Year

Raise your hand if you feel personally victimised by the passing of time and are in denial that it’s September already. SERIOUSLY, HOW DID THIS HAPPEN. The last time I looked, I was just beginning to settle into summer. Then it rained for a month and now, somehow, mysteriously, it’s the start of the academic year and the shops are full of back-to-school stationery and I’m being forced to exercise a lot of self-control not to buy an infinite number…

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Exam Results and Irish Dance

Exam Results and Irish Dance

Me: “My exams are over now so I’ll actually do some blogging!” Also me: doesn’t even plug computer in for a week Well. I didn’t mean to leave it more than two weeks before following up on my last post, but sadly the post-exam period brought with it a nasty migraine that meant I couldn’t face looking at screens, and even though that’s mostly gone now, I’ve still been completely unmotivated. On the plus side, I’ve read quite a few…

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