8 Do’s and Don’ts For Your Wardrobe This September

By Elizabeth Wigley

Looking at that massive heap of clothes, shoes and bags can be daunting when deciding what to take with you to university. You may feel like you’re moving millions of miles away and need to pack everything you own – you don’t! Here is a list of do’s and don’t’s when packing for your year at UEA.

DO

 * Bring basics. From your favourite jeans, to a comfy hoodie, to that top you always throw on when you can’t find anything else to wear, you’ll thank yourself for bringing these easy, familiar items of clothing when you’re rushing to that 9am!

* Bring sports/gym clothes. You might not initially be feeling up to doing anything active at uni but you may change your mind after visiting the sports fair, and it’s always good to be prepared.

* Only bring clothes/shoes that you have worn in the past six months. If you bring things you can’t even remember buying, chances are they won’t come out of the wardrobe, which means transporting unnecessary items to and from home.

* Remember that you won’t be living in the middle of nowhere – Norwich has a great variety of shops, so you can always pop into the city to buy something you may have forgotten to bring with you.

 DON’T

* Bring your entire wardrobe! You will just forget what you have and will end up wearing about a third of what you bring.

* Bring your nicest, most expensive shoes. It’s unlikely that you’ll get the opportunity to wear them, so keep them at home for special occasions.

* Bring all your winter coats. Remember that you’re starting the uni year in autumn, and so it may not get cold for a while! They will simply take up space in your wardrobe that you might need for other things.

* Bring clothing that requires a lot of care – for example, if something creases very easily or needs to be dry-cleaned, you may not ever wear it due to the effort of maintaining its quality.

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Tips for Travel Around Europe

by Emily Vause

 

Interrailing for a month around Europe was one of the best decisions of my life but there was a lot I didn’t expect, don’t be caught off guard like I was!

1. The Language Barrier May Get Tougher

Yes, this one seems obvious but the surprising part is that you don’t actually have to do anything to earn this dislike. No, you probably didn’t accidentally offend them by walking into their shop or saying the wrong thing – they just don’t like you and that’s how it is. We were puzzled too but when you get to the third shop in which the cashier who could speak English five minutes ago now can’t when it gets to your turn. After talking to other travellers in our various hostels we discovered that this, in fact, happens to most, though especially the English speakers. The reason why is a mystery but don’t be caught off guard.

2. Avoid People With Clipboards

These people are clever so beware. They will amble over to you looking all lost and worried so when they ask if you speak English you will, of course, say yes ready to help a tourist who is just that bit more lost than you are. However, that is when they whip out the clipboard. Will you help the deaf/blind children? Will you sign against drugs? Perhaps you will sign to keep your favourite beer in production? It is a scam. You will find them all over France, Italy and Germany so please beware, they are the most persistent con artists we came across. Strategies for avoiding them include walking past, pretending you don’t speak English and speaking in other languages (this one was particularly fun for us). Don’t feel bad about ignoring them, the charities are not real.

3. Train Journeys are Unpredictable

They’re still better than British trains but European trains still have their faults. Most of the time they run fine but occasionally they will be late so beware when booking changes very close to the arrival times. A few of our ten-minute slots between trains turned out to be a bit risky after delays in other parts of the journeys so always be cautious. Also, always have your ticket ready to be checked on the train. Maybe it won’t be checked for many journeys but don’t be caught out by jumping on without a ticket, the fines for having no or the wrong ticket are hefty!

4. Make Friends!

The best place to make friends abroad is in the hostels if that’s where you’re staying. The thought of sharing a room with 4-10 strangers can be daunting but more often than not it turns out to be a good opportunity for meeting new people, fun conversations and learning what people from other countries think of your country. A tip – don’t mention the referendum if you have somewhere to be soon. Of course, you will have your share of infuriating roommates who will keep you up until five when you have to be up for six (true story) or those who refuse to let you shut the window despite constant sirens outside (also true) but don’t let that stop you. Hostels are cheap and often very fun places to be.

5. Eat Out!!

Perhaps one of the best parts of our trip was all the different foods we got to experience while away. I can confirm that European restaurants are much better than ours. Sometimes it might look like some of the foods are a bit too weird – fried cheese and rice for example in Budapest – but it is all delicious. Just eating sandwiches in your hostel is not half as fun as having Indian food in Berlin in a restaurant with belly dancers and fountains.

If travel is part of your grand life-plan make sure it’s not one you forget about – it’s so worth it.

(photo courtesy of Joshua Earle, at https://unsplash.com/@joshuaearle)

Results day – What’s Next?

By Lewis Martin

Woo! Its results day and all those weeks of anxiety over how well you’ve done are now over. Now it’s time to look forward to the future and that future is UEA.

It is understandable that you may be anxious about what the future holds for you in the build up to your arrival, or just about what’s happening if you didn’t get the grades you expected. Well, this article will help guide you through what to do.

First things first, don’t be scared of clearing or contacting the university. If you haven’t got the grades that you wanted or needed, then don’t panic. Clearing can be your best friend in terms of getting into a university place either at UEA or at another university that may have places on the course you wanted or a similar one. Also don’t be afraid to contact the university if you have any worries about the grades or the course that you’re going into. they will be willing to help you in the build up to the start of the academic year and get your school to answer any questions that you may have before you arrive.

Don’t be scared if you’re offered something different from what you applied for. Although its rare, if you didn’t get the grades for the course you wanted some of the schools do have access to what is called a Foundation Year. Having studied one in the last year it is a perfect way to learn a huge cross section of disciplines within the Arts and Humanities as well as adjusting you to university life in a social and academic sense. It will also allow you to see what each area of each school teaches and might even convince you to change your course (I changed from History to Politics and International Relations) after having studied the range of topics and subjects that are open to you.

When you know you’re coming to UEA, join the group pages and chats for your course and flat mates. Every single subject and school will have a group page and probably an unofficial group chat made. These are the best places to meet the people you’re going to be sharing the next 3/4 years with on your course and also make friends early on. These can be found by either posting what course you’re doing on the main fresher’s page, or something less intimidating is to have a search through the posts posted on it and then just leave a comment on it. you can repeat the above for your housing.

Editors note:

Whatever happens on results day, remember that you always have plenty of options. If you’re coming to UEA that’s brilliant and you’re going to have an incredible time, if you missed out on the grades, it’s always worth calling the university and discussing your options. Good luck!

8 Reasons to keep Apple Cider Vinegar in your cupboard

By Alyssa Ollivier-Tabukashvili

So you’re thinking about staple items for your home. Maybe apple cider vinegar (ACV) comes to mind or maybe it doesn’t. but when you’re buying cleaning products, shampoos, maybe health supplements, surely you’d like a 3 (or 8) in 1? Here is a great list of just some of the uses of ACV for day to day to usage.

First of all, remember not to consume this without diluting it as the acidity may burn your throat, so mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar with a cup of water. You can buy it organic for £1.60 at Sainsbury’s and can also use it in foods such as salad dressings, soups, or as a replacement for lemon or for eggs in baking.

Increases the benefits of your vitamins and minerals: if your stomach is not producing enough acid, it cannot absorb all of the nutrients. With the help of the ACV, you’ll be benefiting even more from your consumption of fruits and salads.

Fuels intense exercise: acetic acid helps your muscles turn carbs into energy, so for the athletes and sports-people, consume it before the night-before carb load.

It can kill many types of bacteria: ACV has been used as a preservative, as it prevents bacteria, such as e.coli, from growing in the food. Cleaning fruits and veg with a small amount of the diluted substance and then rinsing it off is a sure way of having clean fruit and potentially prolonging its life (without the acidic taste).

Lowers blood sugar levels and in turn, helps fight diabetes. (Blood sugar levels should be kept stable regardless). Before bed, it can help reduce fasting blood sugars by 4%.

Healthy hair and skin: Mix ½ tbsp. of the vinegar with a cup of cold water in a bottle and use as a rinse after shampooing several times a week to get a healthy hair shine. Alternatively, dab on your face with a cotton ball to act as a toner, as it will help regulate the pH of your skin. (This may not work for all skin types, and the acidity may aggravate the skin instead of helping – especially if it’s not diluted enough).

House cleaning: To clean those pesky student kitchens, mix ½ cup vinegar with a cup of water and use to clean surfaces, windows, microwaves and glasses. (Distilled vinegar is also highly recommendable).

Softens the energy crash: Apple cider vinegar may alleviate the sudden crash from carbohydrates and sugars by slowing the rush of sugar to the bloodstream.

Clear your blocked nose: Apple cider vinegar contains vitamins B1, A and E, along with minerals Potassium and Magnesium which work to thin the mucus and clear your sinuses. This is especially helpful before bed when the cold is keeping you up.

For more information, check out:

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/health-fitness/a48500/apple-cider-vinegar-benefits/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11435516

https://authoritynutrition.com/6-proven-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar/

http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/30/11/2814.full

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/apple-cider-vinegar-miracle-for-home-and-body.html

Editors note: People can react differently to different food products and some may experience allergic reactions. All health advice given in The Broad is intended in good faith and is to be taken at the readers discretion.

Image from Unsplash, by Ashim D’Silva