Thursday, 21 March 2019

STAYING HEALTHY AT THE UEA

Staying healthy is extremely important as a student and as much as you might feel it's impossible to keep up with health when you have 1001 essays to write, IT MUST BE DONE!



Here are five things to do to keep up the health for very low prices: 



1) SKIPPING: Skipping for at least 20 minutes per day will do wonders for your body. You don't have to do it all at once. 10 minutes, twice a day will burn more than 200 calories and that's 1000 calories a week. Talk about being on your way to a sharp, slim trim!

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2) SMOOTHIES: No one needs to tell me how hard getting those fives a day are. The best way to curb that problem is with smoothies. You can make them yourself. A perfect ratio of vegetable: fruit: liquid will have you set for the day and if you have it multiple times a day, even better. 

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3) SLEEP: Yes, impossible, I know. If coursework isn't a problem, there's Netflix and YouTube but honestly, that snooze time is so important. We need at least 7 a day and it might seem unimportant but those 7 hours should be at night. There's something called a body circadian rhythm and trust me, you don't want to ruin yours. Google it. 


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4) WATER: There's a trick with this one. Because sometimes our bodies confuse thirst for hunger. Sometimes what you need is a glass. Try and have at least eight of those a day. It will send you running for the toilet every hour but best believe, it's worth it.                                                                                                                                              Image result for water cartoon
5) RELAX / LET IT OUT: The most important thing is mental health and if you need to rewind, take that time and rewind. If you need to meditate or reflect, take that time and prioritise it because it's important. Also, if you need help, talk to someone. We have to keep our bodies healthy because they can get sick sometimes but your brain can get sick too and most people forget this. 

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With these five tips, you'll be in top shape both physically and mentally and ready to take the world by storm. 




-- Chioma Elsa Nwanna --     

Friday, 15 March 2019

Biodiversity on Campus

 Have a guess about the number of species having their habitat at UEA! A wild guess, maybe. 100? 200? Maybe 1000? Incorrect!
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UEA is home to more than 5000 species! Yes! The grassland is rich enough to host many flora which in turn entice many fauna to come and sustain themselves. Have a look on these naughty bunnies playing together.

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 And here you can have a delight in seeing an awesome otter on the trail. The wildlife trail is divided into four trails to suit different habitats and is looked after by the students and staff of UEA.

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Below a young otter dives silently into the water, surfacing seconds later to glide to the reedbed with a fish clamped between its jaws.

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Wait! poor otter isn't the only one to blame. This little birdie is also having a delicious delight.
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And dogs have the privilege of enjoying in the meadows as well as in the woodland. So take your dogs for a little science stroll at UEA which is heaven for them. How? Well, university allows dogs to come to the library and do some book reading too :)

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In 2012, UEA introduced four highland cattle (Delia, Cecily, Chocolate and Cornflower) to graze the grassy land and to maintain the structure and composition of the marsh habitat.
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Andrew Bourke at UEA captured this terrific Tree Bumblebee male visiting green alkanet

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Another remarkable captured by Andrew Bourke!

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The Wagtails are a common sight whether you are going to the library or crossing the square. They are everywhere welcoming with their waging tails. ;)



A pretty pair of Mallard at the lovely Lake on campus.




I can go on posting pictures of these nature's beauty bestowed upon our campus but I can't cover 5000 species, can I? ;)




Wednesday, 13 March 2019

URBAN FEMALE MOVEMENT

A NEW SOCIETY JUST LANDED AND YOU KNOW WHAT? IT'S ABOUT TIME!


I remember thinking to myself last year. I was like wow, there isn't really a platform for black girls to come together and discuss the societal issues we have (and there are a lot) and how to rise above them. It doesn't even have to be that serious. How about just a place to come together and talk about...I don't know...hair.

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                                                                                    WELL NOW WE HAVE IT!



The society launched a couple of weeks ago and let me tell you, it's been great. The first event was a natural hair discussion and there was so much to discuss: the stigma against natural hair, the lack of information on how to take care of natural hair and just society in general not providing for natural hair. For example, how are us kinky haired gals supposed to wear those graduation caps this summer?


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The following event was equally fruitful with many speakers discussing body image and self esteem and it was truthfully one of the most inspiring things.


This society is here and it serves as a safe space for all of us girls to come together and discuss issues that affect us. A space to learn and grow as a community, even. A sisterhood, if you will.


So please, come on down to the next event and bring a friend!







-- CHIOMA ELSA NWANNA




Monday, 4 March 2019

Norwich Football Club - the pride and joy of Norwich

Hi everyone!

I am a football lover but lately, my team in Brazil, Flamengo, is not doing bad but it didn't win the main national title since 2009. Because of it, I had stopped watching football.

Now that I am living in the land of football - England is considered the country where football was invented - I started to become more interested in that matter. Another reason is that people here are big supporters of the city's team - The Canariens.

The funny fact is that Brazil's national team is also known as Canariens, actually, we call them as little Canaries, because Brazilians love to add little to every word in order to make it sound cuter haha

Last Saturday, I went to the city center for meeting a friend and I saw this wave of people wearing yellow and green clothes walking toward the stadium. I love a big crowd so now I am supporting the Norwich team and hoping they come back to the Premier League.

Go Canariens!



Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Meet Your Ambassador Monday

The UEA international office is working on rebranding and strengthening our social media presence. The individual country pages on Facebook are seeing more posts than before trying to keep prospective students in the loop with everything exciting that is going on at UEA and around campus!

Currently we have just launched an Instagram campaign that will allow you to get to know the International Student Ambassadors. Every Monday, starting this past Monday, a new ambassador will be introduced to you. We're hoping this will allow you to put a face to a name, but also provide you with a more genuine connection when you are in contact with our student ambassadors leading up to your arrival as well as the duration of your degree. We are always acting as friendly faces, and will be able to answer any questions you have to the best of our abilities.

Head on over to our Instagram (@uea_international), and stay tuned for all the introductions to come!

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Expressions British people love

Hi everyone,

I would like to share something that I started to realise after these 4 months living in U.K. It makes me laugh a lot because it is so part of the culture that most of the times it sounds a little bit "too much".

Here is a list of the most frequent ones:

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Boom
It's for those moments you are telling a story and it ends up in an expected way but with some dramatization behind it. For example, like a guy has been seeing with this girl all over, chatting all the time, having lunch together until they.. BOOM...she gets pregnant.


Happy Days
I love this one! Jamie Oliver in his cooking tv shows says it all the time after tasting it. He usually says "Mmmm...happy days!". Sounds silly and cute!

...to be honest
British are famous for being polite all the time. So they use this expression to find a safe window to share their thoughts. The thing is that they use it a lot! It sounds like they are not honest the rest of the time they are speaking. 

...absolutely...
Another expression that sounds too much due to the fact they use it a lot. If anyone ask their opinion they always gonna say: It's absolutely lovely! Or if they feel sorry: I'm absolutely embarrassed... and you pretty much can fit in the expression anythere! It's absolutely funny!


... to be fair
This is an option to be honest without using the expression mentioned previously.
You can use it when you are about to confess something like: I didn't get a good grade this semester, but I didn't study much to be fair.


Cheers, mate
This was very surprising for me because I thought you only would use cheers, before start drinking. But they use  as a substitute to thank and to say goodbye. It took a while to get used to it and I still feel weird when I say it.

Monday, 28 January 2019

Volunteer Abroad with SLV.Global!

Sometimes getting the desired experience in your field can be a little bit tricky. I know that as a psychology student this is something I have definitely struggled with! If you're a psychology student like me or are looking to get into psychology but the limited amount of options are steering you away, keep reading.
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Over the summer between my first and second year at UEA I learned about SLV.Global. SLV.Global is a volunteer organisation that provides psychology students and graduates from around the world the incredible opportunity to gain practical experience in the mental health sector. These placements not only provide you with valuable experiences but does so while being immersed in a new and exciting culture. Depending on what exactly you're looking for, I can guarantee SLV.Global will have something for you. Travel to India to learn about clinical and ancient psychology over two weeks and get a greater understanding of mental health treatment and how cultural and environmental factors can influence the approach to treatment. If you're looking for a more practical experience, you can head to either Bali or Sri Lanka for a tailored placement based on your education level and previous experience.

I personally went to Sri Lanka and did SLV.Global's 5-week foundation placement. Over these 5-weeks the cultural immersion was unlike anything I had previously experienced. We lived with a local family and got to indulge in traditional home-cooked meals during the weekdays - the perfect way to end a long day. Living like a local has never been a truer saying, we took the buses like the locals, ate the spice-filled food and loved every minute.

The weekdays were dedicated to a variety of hands-on projects which were always exciting because no day was ever the same. You can expect practical experience with clinical settings such as focusing on particular skills like short-term memory for individuals at varying stages of recovery. English for development is another type of project you may find yourself working at, and these as you may have already guessed focus on providing individuals with the tools they need to have better career prospects and increased confidence. This might seem simple to us, but is something those you work with appreciate and really enjoy taking part in. I've saved my personal favourite for last, the special education activity support projects were some that I enjoyed the most. These projects really put your theoretical knowledge of developmental psychology to the test, bringing what you've learned in the classroom to real life situations. It is a challenging project, I won't lie, but it is one of the most rewarding. The progress you can see week-to-week is incredible and motivates you to keep pushing even when things don't go exactly to plan.

Now, the weekdays are dedicated to working at projects, but the weekends, volunteers are free to do what they want. You might think this comes across as daunting, but don't worry! The first weekend you're in the country you have the thrilling jungle weekend, jam-packed with lots of activities to bring you closer to those you live and work with. From the second weekend onwards, the Island is your oyster. You can go to the incredible beaches for a little water fun, or head up to the mountains and do some of the most exciting hikes. I know that in the end I wish I'd stayed longer, there is just an abundance of things to do!

If you've got any questions at all, then don't hesitate to get in touch with someone of the SLV.Global team. UEA has two student ambassadors that are always available to answer any of your questions. You can also contact me: carolineaurlund@outlook.com and check out my ambassador profile 

STAYING HEALTHY AT THE UEA

Staying healthy is extremely important as a student and as much as you might feel it's impossible to keep up with health when you have ...