Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Enjoying my final year at UEA!

Time goes so quickly I must say…

I remember arriving at the congregation hall very anxiously, observing all the different buildings at University. Without attending to any open days did not help the anxiety at all, although I kind of relied on Google map, discovered all the 1960s architecture and walked through campus virtually with my parents.

I am a final year student, studying Psychology; this is my 9th year studying in the UK! Previously, I have studied in different areas such as Eastbourne, Shrewsbury, Somerset and here I am in Norwich! This year, my dissertation is going to be on psychopathy and empathy and trust me! Designing an experiment and doing all the background research can be quite daunting and overwhelming, but I guess that is the fun part of my degree!   

Apart from my academic work, I am in four societies which are Enactus UEA, Headucate, Korean Society and Tedx Society. All these societies have enriched my University life by enhancing my presentation, time-management, team-playing skills; as well as allowing me to make friends from different countries for example, Korea, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesian etc. 

This picture was taken in the haunted house event near Halloween, held by Filipino, Korean, Malaysia, and Taiwan Society. 

You guys can see me cooking some French Toast, so this is a project by Enactus UEA. We upcycle the food surplus from the Norwich Food Hub and make delicious french toast, strawberry jam, bread pudding, depending on what food we get every other week. Then, we sell the food in the Hive via a 'Pay as you feel' system, therefore students can enjoy the food without paying too much.

This is the Big Boom firework event in Norwich, the biggest firework display in Norwich, creating the greatest atmosphere around! 

I also volunteer in a local rehab centre under Colman Hospital, my main duty is to provide companionship to the patients that are recovering from brain surgeries. There must be a certain level of difficulty to maintain all of the society events, academic work, voluntary work; but they all sum up my University life!

Let me show you some nice photos I took in Norwich too! 

Al Dente Pasta Bar & Kitchen 
Address: 25B St Giles St, Norwich NR2 1JN
Hours: Monday to Saturday 9am-9pm
Sunday 10am-4pm

Pono superfood bar 
Address: 15 St Giles St, Norwich NR2 1JL
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30-4pm
Saturday 9-4pm
Sunday: Closed.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Having a dog in the UK

Having a dog in the UK

Having a dog in the UK is quite different like having a dog in Taiwan. This Blog is going to talk about the personal experience that I having a dog in the UK.

In Taiwan, we have pet shop in every city, it is very easy to buy a dog in Taiwan.

However, when I consider to have a dog in Norwich, I thought it will work much the same way as Taiwan. It surprised me that, in the UK, there is a pet shop, but they are not selling pet directly in the shop, instant, you have to buy from other platform.

If you are planning to buy a dog or cat, I suggest you buy your animal from a reputable supplier – advice on buying a dog or cat is available from a range of animal organisations, such as Dog Advisory CouncilKennel Club, the Dogs Trust and the RSPCA

So, I bought my puppy from Kennel Club, on this website, you can find all the different breed in whole the UK,  https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/

The dog I had it with is belong to Dachshund (Miniature long Haired), after you found what kind of dog you want, you will then need to select the area that you would like to buy the puppy from.
After that, you will be able to see the availability in the area you selected. You will then find out where the breeder is, and you will also get all the information about the puppy, for example, number of bitches; number of dog; date of birth etc.
You can contact the breeder either by email or telephone to book a visit on the puppy.

After you bought the puppy, it is important to done the vaccination to your puppy.
Why it is import?
Vaccinating your puppy is one of the most important things you should do in your first few weeks as a dog owner. Regular vaccinations help puppies grow into dogs who remain free of infectious diseases, and also prevents them from passing nasty diseases on to other animals in the local area. 

Where to take vaccination?
Find a vet. All pets need to be registered with a veterinary practice, where you can take your animal for routine health care and advice, as well as any emergency treatment.

This is our puppy, he name is Mocha. he is 4 months now.

Written by Taiwanese student ambassador------Vick Cheng

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

A new academic year!

Hello everyone!

Starting a new year at uni is always very exciting – whether it’s the excitement of catching up with friends after summer, being a year closer to graduating, or reliving fresher’s week all over again!
But it is also important to look back and reflect at the end of each year about what went well and what did not. I like to call these as my “pits and peaks”, and every year my friends and I go for an end-of-year meal and discuss our pits and peaks, and what we learned from them.

Looking back, I’d like to say that my year went fairly well – I had a lot of trips to the Norfolk beaches coupled with many country pub lunches with my friends (it was my first-time swimming in the cold British waters!) and I was also able to get involved with the Surgical Society at UEA to organise a National Surgical Conference! I got to learn so much more about UEA with my role here at the International Office, and I loved each bit of my involvement. It is very rewarding to be able to work with and for the University that has made my last 3 years away from home so comfortable and exciting. In fact, I realised coming back for my fourth year, that Norwich has become synonymous with home, and it is my experience at UEA, and my friends that make it so.
With that said, I did have quite a few pits as well. Last year was academically very challenging, and even though I loved being part of so many different events, conferences, and societies – I struggled a lot with juggling it all. The time – management demon comes to trouble everyone at some point in their university life, and I suppose there’s no set way around it! I was lucky to have a good support network in both my friends and advisors at UEA who helped me navigate my jam-packed year.

I am excited to see what is in store for the next year, and to add another set of pits and peaks to my list!

-          Roshni Bahri, Indian Ambassador.

Monday, 19 August 2019


Hi everyone. I thought I’d do a short post on some of my scattered thoughts on the climate change situation and how it’s panning out in my home country, Malaysia. Therefore, most of this will be relevant to the current situation there, but even if you’re from another country, it may still be worth a read, as I suspect many of the things, I bring up are relevant in many developing countries across the world.
We now exist in what has been deemed a time of climate crisis. The vast majority of people around the world, Malaysia included, are aware that climate change is real and that we have to do something about it to ensure the survival of our species.
As some of you may already know, I’m about to enter my third year of study in Energy Engineering at UEA. Over my summer break, I have had the opportunity to take up a two-month internship at a local engineering firm back home in Malaysia. During this time, I have had the chance to meet many engineers from different companies, as well as people from the national power company (TNB), and it has been sadly illuminating when it comes to the issue of climate change. It has been heartbreaking to see how little attention this issue is being given in the engineering world here.
Just to name some examples, the energy efficiency of a building is often disregarded completely during the planning phase, with companies arguing that paying consulting specialists on the matter is an unnecessary waste of money. Additionally, the environmental impacts of any construction project are given very little consideration. Sometimes, if an assessment report highlights major negative environmental impacts of a project, the author is told to remove those sections just to get the said project approved quickly.
Needless to say, this is not the case for every project or every engineering firm in Malaysia. I know that there are individuals and companies who are working very hard to address the problem. However, from what I’ve seen the situation is still very dire for the most part.
I know that there is no simple solution to the state of the construction industry here. I know that climate change is barely mentioned in our education syllabus. I know that a project is often awarded to a company not based on the professional and ethical standard of a company, but instead based on other factors such as race and bribery. There are several good regulations that have been put in place by the government over the years, but enforcement at this point in time is very poor.
However, there has to be hope. Those of you that possess the knowledge and the skills, especially in my generation, it is up to us. I have been fortunate enough to be part of a community here in UEA that fully understands the importance of taking action against climate change, and I implore all of you out there to be a part of that discussion/community albeit here at UEA or at your own universities It will be a struggle, yes, but standing up and speaking for what you know is right whether it be in a small or large company, is the only thing that may change things now.
Before, I end, I am also very eager to hear from anyone who has had experiences and/or thoughts related to this post, whether it be similar or different to what I’ve mentioned. Again, starting the discussion is what it’s all really about.
I end this post with a quote by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg:
“We have to acknowledge that the older generations have failed. We are facing a disaster of unspoken sufferings for enormous amounts of people. And now is not the time for speaking politely or focusing on what we can or cannot say. Now is the time to speak clearly.”

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Presenting my PhD research at the European Parliament

Last month, I was invited to present my PhD work at a symposium organised at....the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France!!!! I honestly have to say I was beyond excited.

Here is a photo of me on my way to my presentation day...rainy day...but nonetheless finding Strasbourg beautiful.

This was my second time presenting my research at an institution outside UEA and I was thrilled to have such an amazing location and platform to do so.

I am in the Faculty of International Development at UEA and in my research I focus on understanding the higher education aspirations of Mexican young people living in poverty.

I have been passionate about this topic for a long time now and I started researching about it since I wrote the dissertation for my  MA International Development.

I was obviously a bit nervous but I have been working in this topic for more than 3 years now! So I knew what I had to say. My 15-minutes presentation was scheduled to be 10 minutes of a presentation and 5 minutes of questions and answers. The questions I received were interesting and gave me new insights that I will consider for my analysis.

For all current and future PhD students, I highly recommend to present your work as many times as you possibly can! UEA, being the great institution it is has some grants that could help you obtain funding for your travel expenses for attending and presenting at other conferences. It was very enriching for me and I felt I got some good practice and constructive feedback that I can apply for when I defend my Phd Thesis in what is called the VIVA (textual meaning: from viva voz- oral defense)

The inside of the Parliament were great and the atmosphere of being in enormous round tables where every seat had its own microphone was an incredible feeling. You know you are in a place were very important decisions are taken daily.

Also, just want to add, if someone reading me is interested in studying a PhD or has any questions about it please do not hesitate to get in touch through email or a Facebook message through our page. I am happy to help and share my experience with everyone! No worries if you are not from LatinAmerica.


Claudia Linan Segura
International Student Ambassador for LatinAmerican Students

Wednesday, 27 March 2019


Most people I've spoken to about this have said one of the main drivers for why they came to university was to increase their level of employability later in life. A few of my close friends would rather have taken a gap year to experience different cultures and returned home to a decent job, but unfortunately many of us nowadays don't believe this is possible so we continue with our education almost like there is no other option.

Although I do personally believe that it is becoming gradually harder to find employability without the completion of higher education, I do think there are things many of us want to do but don't think we can that actually build on our employability. UEA's on-campus career central offers an extensive amount of help to current students and continue three years following graduation.

The career central offers many events and how to... sessions throughout the year to everyone but the help the provide for those in their final year might be key to further employability. Worried about your CV? Send it in to the career central and one of their careers advisers will have a look and give you constructive criticism on any adjustments or fine tunings that need to be done. The career central has an online hub MyCareerCentral that allows students to find opportunities available and vetted by the career central staff to suit almost every desire. Do you want to volunteer abroad? They've got connections. Do you want a graduate job? They've got listings. You can even go to career central for a mock interview. A mock interview enables you to feel all the nerves you would in a real interview, but it gives you the opportunity to try and answer those hard-hitting questions you've never even considered before. Don't worry, you'll always leave a mock interview with expert feedback on where your strengths and weaknesses are. There's no limit to how many you can do.

Take your future into your own hands and go the extra mile!

Thursday, 21 March 2019


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 --     

Enjoying my final year at UEA!

Time goes so quickly I must say… I remember arriving at the congregation hall very anxiously, observing all the different buildings a...