Lifestyle blog by a thirty-something city dweller

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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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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 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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It’s that time of year…

…and I mean exams, not Christmas 😦

As much as I’d love to just kick back and relax through the Christmas holidays, I have two exams in January.

I’ll be honest – I am one of those people who does not like exams at all. Give me presentations, essays or seminar discussions any day, but I truly loathe exams.

Why? 1. I love to talk. 2. I am a complete fidget.

Give me a topic and I could talk for days. Ask me to write it down and my train of thought Continue reading…


Sports Management – year 2

I’ve been writing a lot about student life in Birmingham and UCB in general, so thought it was time to go into a bit more detail about my course. This will be my second of three blog posts as I write about each year separately (I’m studying for a BA in Sports Management; a three-year programme providing a great mix of business and sport-based modules).

Year 2 of my course saw another mixed bunch of modules and also the opportunity to choose an option in semester 1. I chose Sports Nutrition for my optional module and was in a class with mainly Sports Therapy students as the module is delivered by that department. I really enjoyed getting to know students taking a different course and I would recommend this module for its interesting content as well.

Year 2

Modules: Human Resource Planning, Finance for Managers, Sports Planning, Applied Marketing Research, Operational Sports Management, Sports Nutrition, Research in Practice. Continue reading…


Sports Management – year 1

I’ve been writing a lot about student life in Birmingham and UCB in general, so thought it was time to go into a bit more detail about my course. I’ll do this across three blog posts as it’ll be easier and not quite so info-heavy to write about each year separately.

I’m studying for a BA in Sports Management; a three-year programme providing a great mix of business and sport-based modules.

Year 1

Modules: Sport in Society (this covers history of sport as well as current issues within sport relating to gender, media and politics), Health & Fitness Studies, Coaching Principles, Managing Activities and People (this looks at management and learning styles, motivation and HR processes), Business Economics, Marketing for Services.

Course trip: Continue reading…

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Are there ever enough hours in the day?

With Fresher’s and the first couple of weeks of lectures finished, I now have my weekly schedule worked out for the next few months. Seeing everything I have to do each week down in ink on my calendar is a little scary, but if I can manage it then you can, too. In this post, I’ll list my key priorities and then outline a few of the ways I manage it all…

This is the list of main things I do each week: Continue reading…

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Five of the best from UCB Freshers’ Fayre 2014

On Wednesday this week, UCB Freshers’ Fayre 2014 was held in the sports hall and Bar One at The Maltings.

From the stuff I picked up, here’s five of the best:

  • Best items for saving some money – loads of food and drink vouchers, wristbands for nights out and discounts at local Birmingham businesses.

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Get active, Get involved, Get messy

Joining the netball society last year really changed my uni experience and I absolutely love my netball family. I will write more about netball in a later post, but I wanted to give some of the UCB sports captains a chance to tell you about themselves, their societies and their sport:

Women’s Football

Captain: Vicki Cotterill (Early Childhood Studies, 3rd year)
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