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General Purpose University Advice

General Purpose University Advice

This week was A-Level results week for students in England and Wales — the time when students find out whether they got into their first choice university. I remember it being hellishly nerve-wracking (I barely slept at all the night before my results), but even once it was over, the anxiety is only just beginning. Because preparing for university can be stressful. In the lead up to university, I read everything I could find. I read student newspapers. I researched…

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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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Counting My Blessings (And My Woes)

Counting My Blessings (And My Woes)

The week in numbers (because I can, on occasion, count). (2) reviews of Broken Body Fragile Heart I love getting reviews. My favourites are the kind where people say which poems were their favourites — I like speculating on what it is people like, as well as seeing how differently people perceive my work. Quite often, people’s favourites are the ones I was least certain were any good, or was afraid of including. So it can be very comforting. You…

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Of Giant Furniture And Stubborn Printers

Of Giant Furniture And Stubborn Printers

I’m sure you’ll be delighted to know that I’m not only alive, but settling in to my life at uni. And by “settling in” I mean desperately rushing around from place to place, feeling somewhat like a headless chicken, and trying frantically to keep on top of all the many appointments with innumerably people that I have to get to in the next 24 hours. It’s stressing me out. I’m praying the term isn’t like this. (I’m sure it won’t…

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