Beating Winter SAD-ness

When I first left the warm Caribbean climate of my native Trinidad & Tobago to study abroad, people kept asking me variations of the same question: “Mattieu, why on Earth are you leaving the gorgeous tropics for the frigid temperate world?”SAD2

During my very first winter, which was spent in Canada, a.k.a. The Arctic, Part II, I asked myself the same question several times a day.

Indeed, no matter where you are from, or what part of the north you are in, temperate winters can be very unpleasant. Brighton is often purported as being one of the most weather-agreeable places in the UK, and yet Brightonians are hardly immune to the moist dark gloom of the coldest season. Continue reading


I wanna eat and I will! :p

Malaysia is, my home country, is a food heaven.

Maybe that’s why I love food and I love eating! I’m so used to eating super-delicious food like Nasi Lemak, Satay and Keropok Lekor. Since University of Sussex has many international students, I expected it to be rich with different food and delicious flavours.

As a Muslim though, my concern was that Halal food wouldn’t be available on the campus. I thought that I would always have to cook at home and bring my packed lunch whenever I go to the campus. However, When I first arrived, fellow students told me that I could find Halal food easily! And so I ventured into the campus to the cafes, bars and shops available on campus – there are a lot of them!!! Continue reading

How to get started on your exchange in Singapore

The choice of going on an exchange is not as easy as it may seem. It can be one of the biggest and most difficult decisions you will make at such a young age. However, as tough it can be, it will probably be one of the best decisions you will ever make.

To make your exchange journey in Singapore much easier, I will share with you few tips. Currently, I am in my second term at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.Campus 2 Continue reading

Finding Home Away From Home

When I decided to go to Hong Kong for my exchange year I went through a rollercoaster of emotions. I was really excited to see a different place and broaden my idea of the world. Yet, at the same time I was also absolutely terrified. Moving to a foreign country all by myself where I didn’t know a single soul, didn’t speak the language and also wasn’t very familiar with the culture took a lot of courage to do. Nonetheless, since I’m actually an international student at Sussex, and have also been on a summer exchange programme in South Korea, I think I’ve figured out some ways that have really helped me prepare before diving into this new world.

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Guide to Student House Hunting in Brighton – The ‘Solo and Broke’ Edition

As if moving away from home and adjusting to university life was hard enough, a new ordeal pops up between the months of December to February of your first year; the search for your accommodation for next year.

You are somehow miraculously expected, within the first semester of absolute daze and confusion, that you’d be able to find not only friends, but friends that you trust enough to room with.
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