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Exam Stress Cocktails

By Matt Dowse It’s getting to that time again: deadlines and exams are fast approaching, but it’s important not to let yourself get too stressed. You know what really helps reduce stress? Cocktails! Here are some fab drinks that are simple enough for you to mix on a student budget. Vodka Sunset [Credit: Tim Savage, Pexels] A nice simple one to get you started, and probably the cheapest to make! You will need: Vodka (we recommend 50ml) Orange juice Raspberry cordial (squash) W

It Is Okay Not To Be Okay

Jake Borrett In September 2016, I graduated with a First-class honours degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. However, when reflecting, there were times when I never thought I would achieve this. I enrolled at the University of Hertfordshire in September 2012, and like many other students I was apprehensive, but I was also fearful because I decided to study at my local university and to commute there due to ill health and family circumstances. During my first year

Important services for International Students at the University of Hertfordshire

By Aishwarya Upadhyay There is a long list of support provided by the University of Hertfordshire, both for home students and its warmly welcomed international students. The university and the Student’s Union both provide support ranging from emotional support to academic support, as well as legal advice for all students. The university cares for students in every possible way, so this article is to make you aware of the services and support available to you. We’ll start this

3 Things You’ll Experience At A New Job & How To Deal With Them

This article was originally created for The Odyssey Online and has been published here with the author’s permission. Starting a new job is tough, no matter what role it is. You’ve got a new boss, you’re meeting new people, you’re doing new things, making mistakes, and all of these are making it a lot harder to relax and are making your new work that extra bit tiring. Have no fear: this is all normal, even though it admittedly does kinda suck. While making mistakes is inevitab

What’s happening to students’ mental health?

Image: Pixabay [April Wilson | TV Director] With the threat of a hike in tuition fees (again) and increased competition in the job market, it appears that the pressure on students is continuing to rise. What toll does this take on students’ mental health? Student Stress While starting university can be an exciting experience, it is also a very stressful time for students. Many students will have never lived away from home before or have never been apart from their family for

Does talking about mental health help end the stigma surrounding it?

Image: Pixabay [April Wilson | TV Director] More and more people, especially celebrities, are opening up about their experiences surrounding their mental health, but is this helping to end the stigma that still exists today around issues surrounding mental health? Being a student I often worry about the mental health of my friends, as more of them than not are trying to juggle a job, exams and trying to figure out what they want to do with their life. Let’s face it, universit

Injuries scar athletes for life

Image: Unsplash – Abigail Keenan [Aimone Sharif | Sports Manager] “I felt angry! I was frustrated with everything! Nothing would fill in the hole I had inside of me; I just wanted to get back into the game as soon as possible.” Those are the words Jaide Garcia used when she talked about her sports injury during her time at university. Being an athlete is rarely a walk in the park with all the potential injuries that glare at you from around the corner. But that doesn’t stop y

Exam revision tips!

Disclaimer “Swen: The Backward News” is a satirical news column. Any articles associated with Swen are of fiction and constitute as fake news. Any resemblance to the truth or actual facts or to reality is purely coincidental. [Robert Wheatley | Lifestyle Editor] Maybe you’re already in the midst of exams, or they’re coming up soon, we all tend to have some difficulties buckling down and getting our revision done. Maybe assignments are getting in the way, or part-time work, or

Stress, stress, stress…oh look! More stress

Image: Flickr – Thomas Haynie [Hannah-Rose Bicknell | Features Editor] Dealing with part-time jobs, assignments, exams, relationships and anything else that races through your mind can leave you feeling overwhelmed. At times you may feel as though you can’t cope with the pressure and end up becoming stressed. The most important thing to remember is that you aren’t alone – after all there are over 2,000 students at the University! What exactly is stress you ask? Stress on a bi