AMII @ THIRTY

Lifestyle blog by a thirty-something city dweller


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Change Your Life in 48 Hours

I’m not someone who sets New Year’s resolutions although I do have goals (some in my head and some I write down) which I work towards. Some of these goals are short-term and some are more long-term. Some of them are very specific and measurable (build my blog to x number of followers by x date) and some are much more general (aim to be positive in all that I do).

Above all else, I’ve learnt over the years that it is important to choose the kind of life you want. Decide what you want from your life, be realistic about what it will take to obtain it and, most of all, work hard to achieve it. Continue reading…


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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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Sports Management – year 3

Last Friday was my final assignment hand-in which means that, for me, uni is over. There is nothing more I can do to contribute towards my degree; I just have to wait for my results in July and graduation in September. It is a very strange feeling. Although I’ve had a busy week with work, something has just felt odd. As if I’m forgetting something – here’s hoping I’m not!

Anyway, this is my Year 3 course round-up (I’ve already written about Year 1 and Year 2) to give you my thoughts on my final year studying for a BA in Sports Management at UCB.

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Modules: Strategic Management, Development and Innovation in Sport, International Marketing, International Sports Environment, Research Project/Dissertation Continue reading…


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Thoughts of a Postgrad

I’m not considering post-graduate study at the moment, but I know lots of others are (and I probably will in the future) so I thought I’d ask Nicole Mangan, a Masters student at UCB, a few questions about her experiences…

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I studied an MA in Culinary Arts Management (CAM) for a year and a half at UCB.

Is this your first experience of UCB?
No. I did my undergraduate degree here as well, in CAM for two years and also did two years of study in Ireland. Continue reading…


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Four weeks to go…

…and then life, as I’ve known it for the past three years, will suddenly be very different.

Why, you ask? Because on the 8th May, I have two assignment deadlines, my final lecture, and my last ever assessed seminar.

Although I will officially still be a student, I’ll have no responsibilities left after the 8th towards completing my degree at UCB. I will be finished. Three years of really hard work will come to an end. I will breathe the biggest sigh of relief, and probably shed a few exhausted tears. Continue reading…


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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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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…