Highlights of this week

1) My dissertation results are finally out guys!! I’m so proud to say that I’ve got a First (74%). I’m so thankful to my personal adviser and the second marker for giving me such a high score even though I never believed I deserve it.

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2) Placement allocations are finally out! I’m going to Critical Care for my sign off placement and I’m chuffed to bits about it! I cannot wait to start as this will be the perfect preparation for my future job on ITU. I’m looking forward to meeting my mentor and hope we get along well. My placement will be 12 weeks long, starting from the 15 May until 4 August 2017.

3) I had my SafeMedicate exam this Thursday and I feel pretty confident I’ve got 100% (which is the pass mark). So one less exam to worry about now.

4) I met nursing students from Niigata University of Health and Welfare in Japan. They presented a lovely presentation about Inter Professional Learning on Tuesday, while on Wednesday we went out for dinner in Norwich. We went to The Middletons which is mainly a grill and steakhouse restaurant, however, they had some delicious veggie burgers on the menu as well. It is great that UEA has such good relationships with international universities and it is no surprise that UEA has one of the highest numbers of Japanese exchange students in England. UEA also has its own Centre for Japanese Studies since 2011.

5) This Saturday I’m planning to join Norwich ParkRun for the second time. It’s a great way to stay fit and healthy for no cost at all. It’s great for socializing too. If you’re interested in joining, all you have to do is register on their website for FREE and print off your personal barcode which is used to keep a record of your times (how fast you’ve finished the 5 km loop track). Make sure you bring your barcode along with you and show it to one of the volunteers at the event.

My top tips for studying

  1. Get some time off the internet. It is so easy to get distracted by social media, notifications, YouTube, Facebook and what not. I suggest you uninstall all social apps on your phone, delete auto-fill log in details to your Facebook and other accounts and just focus on your studying. Simply said, avoid procrastinating.
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  2. Try to enjoy studying. As dreadful as some assignments might seem, if you remember the reason why you’re on the course you’re on and why you were so passionate about it in your personal statement then you might actually remember that you truly enjoy learning new things about your subject. Once you start reading and doing some research you will see that there’s a lot of interesting and exciting information, books and articles available out there.
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  3. Treat yourself. Once you have completed, let’s say 500 or 1000 words, take a rest and do something fun, like watching a film, or going out, or buying something nice for yourself. Remember to work hard and play hard at the same time. Good balance will keep you sane throughout your degree. 🙂
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  4. Be organized. Having a tidy desk, a clean room and a nice environment around you will really help you have a clear head too. I recommend the KonMari method of tidying up as it gives you that nice and refreshing feeling of knowing that you’ve got rid of the clutter around you and inside you too.It works well as long as you don’t use it as another form of procrastination. Also, utilising a study plan and following it will definitely help you meet your stressful deadlines.
  5. Seek help. Everybody has different learning needs and different ways of processing new information. If you have dyslexia, for example, then don’t just struggle on your own, tell someone! Help is available in abundance from your personal adviser, The Dean of Students, PAL mentors, the Student Union and your lecturers too. Talk to other students, your friends and family who could also support you with love and understanding. On the other hand, avoid people who bring negativity in your life.
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Life update

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I have some news to share!

Firstly, I`ve got a job offer on ITU in one of the leading hospitals in London. I found it quite of a challenge to get a job in a specialist area as a newly qualifying nurse because most hospitals require working experience beforehand. I feel lucky for getting a job I really wanted.

Secondly, my dissertation results are still not out yet since I had a 5 day extension. I feel confident that I have passed, however, I cannot wait to see my actual mark and read the feedback from the markers. Meanwhile, I have just started my final assignment-The service improvement essay.

Lastly, I spent this weekend with my husband in London. I helped him move into his new house and we went out for dinner after all the hard work we did together. I am getting to know different parts of London more and I cannot wait to move to London in September. It`s such a vast and dynamic place to live in. It would be difficult for anyone to get bored of it. There is always something to do and  explore.

Tonight I am going back to Norwich as I have lectures tomorrow morning. It`s nice not to be on placement all the time and feel like a real student for a change. 😀

Sweet European pancakes

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I love eating pancakes (AKA crepes) but it wasn’t until recently that I learned how to cook them! Yay! I spent a lovely evening with friends who taught me how to make the batter and how to flip the pancakes so they are cooked nicely on both sides. The recipe is simple and here is what you need to make 10-20 pancakes, depending on how thick you make them:

1) 200 g plain white flour
2)about 3 large eggs (4 small/medium eggs)
3) 600 ml milk
4) 1-2 tbs of sunflower oil
5) a pinch of baking soda
6) a pinch of sugar and salt (optional)
7) a drop of vanilla flavour (optional)
8) For cooking: unsalted butter or sunflower oil
9) For the filling: fruits, honey, chocolate, custard sugar, jam, cheddar cheese, feta cheese or whatever you fancy most

All you do is put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix/whisk them well until smooth.
Then you heat a pan on high heat and use a bit of butter or sunflower oil to prevent sticking. Reduce the heat to medium and use a ladle to pour out some of the mixture. Once you see little bubbles forming, usually within a minute or two, you carefully use a spatula to flip the pancake. Don’t worry! The first one always breaks into peaces but if you repeat the same process a dozen times you’ll get the hang of it. When your pancakes are ready just fill them with your favourite fillings and enjoy them while still hot.