Tuesday – Day 2

Today’s menu:

BREAKFAST
Porridge with cinnamon
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LUNCH
Banana, salad and and a boiled egg on the go
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DINNER
Curry with potatoes and aubergine
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I was really hungry after having lectures today, so I actually had my dinner around 16:00. Then I fell asleep all the way until 22:30, as I was doing one of my assignments until late the day before. Overall, feeling full and happy. 🙂

Monday – Day 1

Today’s menu:

BREAKFAST
Raw porridge oats with blueberry yogurt

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LUNCH
Roasted/oven baked egg in a large mushroom with potatoes and herbs

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DINNER
Basic salad with two boiled eggs

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It’s 21:12 and I’m quite full at the end of the day. I’ve been drinking plenty as well. 🙂

Live on £10 a week (updated)

Hey folks,

Last time I started the ‘Live on £10 a week’ challenge and was doing quite well until I fell terribly ill over the weekend and still haven’t recovered fully. This week, (starting from Monday 15th May) I’m going to do the challenge again. So here is my shopping list:

  1. Aubergine (1)= £0.69
  2. Bananas (6) = £1. 19
  3. Cucumber (1) = £0.49
  4. Eggs(15) = £1.89
  5. Iceberg lettuce = £0.49
  6. Milk (1 L) = £0.49
  7. Mushrooms (4) = £0.79
  8. Potatoes in a tin (3) = £0.57
  9. Porridge oats (1 kg) = £0.78
  10. Tomatoes on a vine (6) = £1.19
  11. Tomato sauce (440 ml) = £0.39
  12. Yogurt (500 ml) = £0.79

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I’ll be posting, hopefully, on daily basis to keep you updated of how it goes. 🙂

Live on £10 for a week: The student challenge

Recently, I read about the ‘Live on £10 a week’ challenge and I thought it would be quite easy for for me to achieve it as I don’t eat meat. To complete the challenge, I tactfully made a shopping list of all the ingredients I need. So here is what I bought:

My strategy was to use the same ingredients every single day and here is my Day 1 to Day 7 set menu:

BREAKFAST: 2 toasts with jam, a piece of fruit (apple or banana) and a cup of black coffee.

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LUNCH: Fried potatoes with herbs, 2 fried eggs, salad, a toast and a cuppa.

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DINNER: 3 bread pizzas, salad (optional) and a cuppa. To make the bread pizzas you spread a spoonful of olive oil, followed by a spoonful of pasta sauce on each slice and topping them up which grated cheddar cheese. You grill them in the oven for 10-15 min on 200° C until crispy.

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The negative is that herbs, spices, olive oil, tea and coffee have not been counted in this challenge. The positive is that if you follow the set menu accordingly, you’ll end up with an excess of 4 pieces of fruit, 2 slices of bread, 1 egg and probably a bit of jam. What you might run out of before the week ends is the pasta sauce and the lettuce. Day 1/7 complete. Happy budgeting y’all!! xx

 

Strolling London

As you may know, if you follow my blog, I love London and I often visit my husband who lives there. This time my dear sister had organised a meetup with friends. We all went to the Victoria and Albert Museum, followed by a visit to the National History Museum, had some coffee and lunch in the Serpentine in Hyde park and finished the day off in a lovely Chinese restaurant in Soho. Many thanks go to my sister for organizing the meetup and for everyone who came. I had an amazing day thanks to you all!! xx

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Easter break in Greece

I had the chance to visit Greece with my family during the Easter break. We visited Keramoti, island Thasos and Kavala. The nature was really beautiful and the sea offered a refreshing and relaxing atmosphere. I experienced a bit of a cultural shock when it comes to the culture of the people, however, the tasty food made up for it. If you have the time to travel I recommend visiting Greece with the people you love most as it will definitely be worth the money. We traveled off season, hence our holiday turned out really cheap. All the best! xx

 

My top tips for sitting exams

  1. Revise thoroughly and prepare well in advance for your exam. This will build up your competence and confidence. Additionally, sit as many  mock/formative exams as possible so you know what to expect. Try looking for previous exam papers, for example here.
  2. Use all of your time and go through your answers again and again until the time is up. Enter the exam room with the idea that you will not rush yourself to finish but actually, use all of your time given. Trust me, going over your questions again will save you from making silly mistakes and typos.
  3. Sleep a minimum of 8 hours the night before.  Anecdotally, a good night sleep will improve your concentration levels and help you think straight. By contrast, a lack of sleep will just make you inpatient, irritable and less focused.
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  4. Ear plugs – Unless your exam has a listening part, make sure you bring a pair of ear plugs. Hearing everyone else type or write can be pretty distracting and even annoying. Blocking away the noise around you will help you truly focus on your exam.auritech-swimming-ear-plugs
  5. Nutrition and hydration are really important. You don’t want to hear your stomach growling all the way through the exam, nor do you want to be desperate for the loo either. Make sure you eat and drink 1 hour before your exam and always use the loo before your exam is about to start. Bring a small water bottle along to sip on. Also, I find that a chewing gum helps me concentrate and reduces my anxiety, although that is personal opinion only.
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  6. Don’t forget to bring the important bits, such as your campus card, a calculator, a dictionary, a wrist watch (to keep track of the time), your uniform or whatever is required to bring depending on your exam.Good luck with your exams!

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. 😀