With Easter approaching most courses will have a couple of assignments to hand in and quite a bit of coursework to do. After race week, mentioned in my previous post, things in Cheltenham go back to normal. You’ll start seeing Easter bunnies and chocolate eggs everywhere because these are part of the Easter tradition in the UK.

Before the Easter break, especially for those, who like me, are living abroad, I recommend having sorted out housing for the next academic year. The reason for this is because after the break there’s only a couple of months left and if anything does go wrong or needs sorting out it’s better to have time left over than rushing it. Another benefit of getting it sorted out is after Easter most courses will be preparing for exams, with accommodation sorted it’s one less thing to stress about.

In March at uni you’ll also have to choose your module choices for the following year, it’s a good idea to get in touch with your personal tutor, again sooner rather than later, to discuss your career path and what subjects to take in order to get there.

It’s also a good time to start organising and thinking about internships and/or placements if this is applicable to you. Some courses they are obligatory in others they are optional.

March is also the month where most students should re-apply for their tuition loan through the British Government.

With any of the above the best place to ask for help again is your student Helpzone, with one based at each campus they are easily approached and very helpful.



How to get that dream job


From as far back as I can remember, I have always wanted to work for KPMG. I didn’t quite have a solid reason when I was younger, except it was a huge company and everyone seemed to dress really well. Even then, I set my sights on it and never let go ever since. Now I sit here excitedly typing this as I will be starting my first graduate job at KPMG in less than four months. Hopefully my journey will inspire anyone who has similar aspirations of their own. Continue reading “How to get that dream job”

5 Tips for Surviving your Dissertation


The moment I had been both dreaming about and dreading finally arrived – my dissertation was finally due. Staring at the beautifully bound pages of blood, sweat and tears, I felt the wave of pride that makes it all worth the effort. Writing a dissertation, particularly as an international student whose first language is not English, is a very daunting experience. It is however completely possible, and even enjoyable (unbelievable – I know!). Here are five ways you can get through yours when the time comes:

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International Welcome Buddy Intern


I have found myself thinking back to the time that I first came to study in the UK quite often. Sometimes it was just a random thought and my mind kept wandering back to those old days. It was not easy, of course, with lots of worries and struggles and I’m glad that I was able to settle down. But back then, the differences in the culture, language, lifestyle, or basically everything, were a huge part that makes everything seem so impossible. I don’t think I could make it without giving up half way through if it was not because of my friends and people around me who helped to make that process much easier and more enjoyable.

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International Welcome Week 2015: The Preparation


2nd day at work, my manager asked: “Are you ok to come and help people at the Helpzone to prepare the International Welcome Week?”. It literally didn’t even take me a second to waver, of course I’m ok! It’s my placement year though; I’m willing to do anything to make the most out of it (actually except stepping on glass and eating bhut jolokia or fighting spiders for no reason whatsoever and what am I typing right now?!!). Continue reading “International Welcome Week 2015: The Preparation”