Freshers

How to say goodbye when your child leaves home | Education

“I have had worse partings, but none that so / Gnaws at my mind still.” So writes Cecil Day-Lewis in his poem “Walking Away”, written while watching his eldest son head off to school. If a child’s first day at school is significant, when they leave home for university can feel like an irrevocable life change for you. Knowing how to say goodbye, and dealing with the sense of loss that can follow, is part of being a parent. The…

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How to make your first year at uni count – even if your grades don’t | Education

The majority of universities don’t include a students’ first year of study when calculating their final degree classification, so you can’t blame freshers for concluding that the first year doesn’t really count. As Laura Jones, a recent graduate, says: “It’s hard to fight that feeling of ‘we’re freshers, it doesn’t matter’.” But there are benefits to working hard early on. According to research from the British Journal of Sociology of Education, early success can put people on track for their…

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Revise, reuse, recycle: how to be a sustainable student | Education

As university doors opened in September for a new year, an estimated 6 million people across the world took to the streets in a historic week of climate action. The power of this youth-led uprising reflected the urgency for action on the environment. So what now? For freshers starting a new chapter at university, deciding how to live your life is vital. Here are some ideas for how you can be sustainable as a student. Eating What you put on…

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How much part-time work should I take on while studying? | Education

“I couldn’t afford to be at uni if I didn’t work,” says Mathilda Wilde, who graduated from the University of Manchester last year. “The loan didn’t cover my rent.” Wilde worked two jobs – one as a lifeguard and one as a waitress for a catering company – during her studies; both were on zero-hour contracts. “I was under 21 so I was earning about £6.50 an hour and often working 5am to 3pm,” she says. “I was always envious…

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‘My hand shook so much I spilled my tea’: a guide for the introverted fresher | Education

The start of each university year brings fresh images of young students draped over each other in an alcoholic haze, relishing their first taste of freedom. There’s partying until the early hours and the shared pain of hangovers in the morning. But what happens to those who don’t drink, or find it hard to meet and socialise with strangers? Although they don’t lose their phones or ruin their new trainers with paint bombs, there is no disguising the fact that…

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