AMII @ THIRTY

Lifestyle blog by a thirty-something city dweller


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It’s the little things

Throughout my degree course, there were a number of resources that I really could not have gone without. Most of them, thankfully, can be found on UCB Portal, the university’s one-stop shop for information which can be accessed 24/7 from any computer with internet.

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This was my absolute lifeline whilst Continue reading…


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Sealed fate

I’ve waited two months since my last assignments were handed in, to find out my final degree results. It’s felt like decades though. Long, slow, busy weeks of waiting and counting the days in the diary.

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So much has happened in those two months. Continue reading…


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Showing my age

It’s now been just over a month since my final assignments were handed in and although I went straight into work and have kept myself very busy, I have had a few moments to mull over my time at UCB.

When I think about how last-minute my decision was to go to university in mid-September 2012, I really can’t believe it’s nearly three years later and it’s now all finished (results pending, of course, but we’ll deal with that on 7th July).

I haven’t blogged about being a mature student as I suppose I never thought of myself in that category – I am still just about in my 20s after all. To me, I was simply another undergraduate student, no different from my classmates, working my various part-time jobs and trying to eat, sleep, socialise and exercise in the few spare moments I had left over.

There were numerous times, though, that I did really value the experiences I’d gained before coming to uni. And only a few times my age showed me up – “You were still in primary school when Liverpool won the Champions League?! I was teaching in a school in Canada…” Continue reading…


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Always plan for success

This week I attended an assessment day for a role I’d applied for and it was intense. It was for a role in the public sector so they have a strict and standardised process to ensure it’s as fair as it can be. We weren’t given much information before the day (just a very short outline/overview of what the day would entail) and on the morning we received a quick brief and then had to get started. There were three candidates on the day and they have another session before making a decision.

We were housed in a room down the corridor from the main interview room and were called upon individually at various times to undertake different aspects of the assessment process. 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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“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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Volunteering

Over the last 10 years I have volunteered my time to rugby in various capacities and I’d like to let you know a bit about what I’ve done, why I love it so much and what I gain from it. The merits of being a volunteer are ten-fold, whether its for a sports club or for any other cause. Volunteers are needed all over our towns and cities in many different industries and environments. Giving up even just one hour of your week to be a volunteer can be so worthwhile both personally and for the community you’re working in. Continue reading…


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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…


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Resolutions?

Happy New Year to you all!

I’ve had a hectic Christmas but am back in Birmingham and trying to revise for my two exams at the end of next week.

The start of a year always gives me a good chance to look back over the previous year and look forward to the new one. I am, however, not one to make specific new year’s resolutions in January. I tend to set myself various small and big goals throughout the year, some with a set deadline and others more open-ended. Often, it takes me until March/April to even sit and write anything down – this gives me time to see how the year is unfolding.

I usually focus on these areas of my life:

  • work and career
  • personal and family
  • personal development (uni falls into this one)

The goals can be anything from Continue reading…