Doesn’t Everything Just Happen in Leeds? There tends to be the idea that there’s no LGBTQ+ social life in York, and that you have to take the train across to Leeds to feel any sense of community or excitement. Although there is a lot of great stuff going on in Leeds, there’s definitely a unique … Continue reading Cakes, Queens and Community – Your Introduction to LGBTQ+ Life in York
From publicly falling asleep in a first year 9am to dropping my water bottle from the top of a lecture hall mid-lecture, my experience with studying sociology at York has certainly been eventful. This is especially considering the year of online seminars and recorded lectures. Email communication was the only interaction possible and lifeline for … Continue reading What it’s like studying Sociology at York
It’s not always easy starting at university, especially when you feel like you don’t fit the profile of a “typical” student. Here’s how taking part in extracurricular activities can really make a difference to your experience. Embracing your background The moment I secured my place at York to study Philosophy felt extremely rewarding. At the … Continue reading Beyond Philosophy: getting involved in extracurricular activities
Hello, I’m JJ and I’m a second year mathematics student! I know that starting university is a big adjustment, which is why in this blog post I will highlight all of the dynamics of studying maths which support and enable you to be a happy thriving maths student! I talk about everything that comes with being a maths student at York, like the community atmosphere, how you feel a part of that community, ways to get help when you need it (which you will, you’re studying maths!) and all of the positivity surrounding your studies. Studying can be hard-work, which is why the maths department make sure you realise you aren’t alone and ensure that you are having fun too!
A second lockdown was the last thing any of us wanted. Having said this it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. There are plenty of things we as students can be doing to stay connected and make the most of university even when close contact is restricted. One of the few good things … Continue reading Staying social during the second lockdown
Unless you’re exempt, measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 mean that face coverings will be an everyday part of our lives for the foreseeable future. But who said safety has to be boring? Read on for some tips to make them more fun; who knows, you could even say you’re contributing to (*ahem*) the … Continue reading The fun side of face coverings
PhD life is not all that it seems. If I could offer one piece of advice before doing a PhD: take (almost) everything you read about PhDs with a pinch of salt. This seems like a funny piece of advice, considering that you’re reading this now. But – there are a lot of old PhD-related … Continue reading The reality of PhD life: busting common myths
I’ve had migraines my whole life. But when I was 14, these migraines went from once or twice a year to every single day. I’ve tried several medications, doctors, MRI’s and have been diagnosed and misdiagnosed. But still, 4 years later, I am suffering from this chronic illness. This made A levels a really difficult … Continue reading Being at university with a chronic illness
As a part-time PhD student in the Department of Education, I often get asked how I manage to find the time to fit everything in. In addition to studying for my PhD, I also work two days a week supporting young people who are at risk of exclusion from school. To top it all off, … Continue reading Balancing PhD study and family life: what’s PG study really like?
Being a parent as well as a PhD student means that sometimes the two spheres of your life overlap. This happens for me when I need to attend supervision meetings at the university campus. As it is a long journey for me from home to campus (I live in Cambridge), and the most practical childcare … Continue reading PhD student supervisions with a toddler: the campus environment