AMII @ THIRTY

Lifestyle blog by a thirty-something city dweller


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Bargain Day Out #1

I love a bargain and a discount and, as a student, I’ve come to love and value them even more. These days you can find vouchers, offers, and promotions for so many different products, services and activities. Its not about spending as little as possible (you can do that by staying at home and doing nothing), but about being able to go out for meals and have enjoyable days out whilst saving money.

For a while now, I’ve been planning a full day of discount fun to see how many different things I can do in a day whilst saving money. Unfortunately, the demands of uni and work have meant that I haven’t actually had a whole day off in months to try out my plans of a ‘bargain day out’! Continue reading…


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Summer Days

It’s a definite bonus to being a student that we get a very long Summer holiday – nearly four months long. You’ll never have this much time off once you start full-time work (or if you do, please let me know what profession you’re in), so I think it’s important to make the most of it.

After my first year at UCB, I worked my part-time waitressing job for the first few months and then took off to New Zealand and Australia, via Malaysia, for six weeks. I worked extra hours at my job to save money and then went on my trip of a lifetime. I’ve always wanted to travel to that part of the world and it didn’t disappoint. I had the most amazing time travelling through New Zealand, met lots of great people, and had so much fun. I caught up with old friends in Australia and went on a few mini-adventures, ticking off a number of places on my dream travel list.

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Live like a student. Live like royalty.

There’s a widely-held view that being a student means you have to live in squalor…

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I can assure you that this doesn’t have to be the way. Life as a student means life on a budget. For most of us the dream of jacuzzi bathtubs, 50-inch TVs and someone to cook and clean for us is exactly that: a dream. It doesn’t have to be so dreary though, and with lots of choice about where to live, it’s better to find something to suit you and your budget and just make the most of it. Continue reading…


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Dream Placement

Each year, one lucky Sports Management student gets the opportunity to go on placement. My friend and coursemate, Max, recently returned from his incredible year away in America.

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Here’s what Max had to say…

Placement: Fitness & Recreation Intern, The Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Continue reading…


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I love food

Most of my disposable income goes on food. I love to eat and I love to eat well. Since giving up my waitressing job in November, money has been a lot tighter and I have to budget more carefully than before.

A few years ago, I found myself in a similar position and, having read an article at that time about ‘Living below the line’, I set a personal challenge to live on £1 a day for two weeks Continue reading…


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What are your plans after you finish uni?

No doubt my fellow third year students are as fed up of this question as I am at the moment. It is, of course, understandable, but it’s such a difficult one for most of us to answer.

There are lots of different opportunities for us to consider and, having talked at length with friends in the same situation, everyone has varied thoughts on what to do and how to go about doing it. Internships, graduate schemes, further study, employment, travel; there are just so many options to think about.

I chose to come to university as a mature student to open up careers opportunities and help me decide what type of job I’d like to do long-term. Although I may consider postgraduate study at some point in the future, my priority upon graduating this summer is to find full-time employment in my chosen industry.

My first port of call was hired@UCB, Continue reading…


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“But who do I pay for my electricity?”

I remember moving into my first flat and suddenly being hit by the realisation that I had no idea who I had to pay for my water, gas and electricity. A quick call to mum made it all clear and having since moved house a number of times over the past few years, I’m now really pro-active in getting my utilities accounts set up and updated.

A lot of students will live in university accommodation during their first year and pay one amount which covers both rent and utilities. It’s a different story when you move out into private accommodation though. Then you have to think about gas, electricity, water, council tax, phone/broadband and TV licence. In this post, I’m going to run through each of these and provide some useful info and tips about each one.

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Ready to combust?

I’m at that point in my degree programme where my feelings each day (and usually a few times during each day) vary from dreading uni being over in just a few short months to wishing it would never end, as May is far too soon. I know I’m not alone in this, and my anxieties, fear, excitement and anticipation come from exactly the same issues – which makes it even more confusing.

Am I looking forward to starting my career or scared that I wont get a job? Am I excited about what comes next or petrified that I have no idea what will happen? How can I be excited about something yet scared of the same thing… My brain is fried and I’m 100% sure I’m not the only one feeling this way. Continue reading…


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‘Tech’-nically speaking

Myself and other students are pretty spoilt with the vast array of technology at our disposal. Between smart phones, tablets, and laptops, as well as great uni facilities, we have so many resources at our fingertips at all times.

I’m a little old-fashioned, perhaps, in that I do still prefer a hard-copy reference book to an e-book. And, although I miss playing Mindmaze on Encarta 95 (apologies to many of my student peers for this ‘ancient’ reference – just Google it), the ease of finding relevant information so quickly has certainly made our lives simpler than that of the previous generation.

These are some of my ‘can’t live without’ resources, websites and apps:

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Dissertation

I cannot explain the relief I feel that this week is over! I did my usual day job on Monday and Tuesday, then spent Wednesday revising in the library, and had exams on Thursday and today. I also haven’t been very well and had to put off seeing a doctor until after my exams as I firstly haven’t had time, but also don’t always react well to antibiotics so couldn’t risk feeling even worse and having to sit through my exams.

Thankfully, it is now all done and I’m quite pleased with how the exams went. Not ecstatic, but definitely content. More importantly, I am off to Cyprus in the morning for a few days visiting family who live out there. I can’t wait!

Although we don’t start semester 2 until February, I still have work to get on with as my dissertation now needs to be full steam ahead. I am relishing the challenge of writing my 10,000 word paper because I’ve picked a topic I am really interested in and love reading and researching about.

Here are my key thoughts so far on dissertations: Continue reading…