How to have a student Christmas before you head home for the holidays…

Ah December is here! Finally we can legitimately play Christmas songs and not get weird looks. There are lots of fun and cheap ways to make yourselves feel festive at uni before heading home for Christmas. Here are a few suggestions ranging from arts and crafts, present ideas to organising a fake Christmas:

1) Get a tree!

-Now if money is no object you could flash the cash and get a 6 foot real tree, but there are a few other options for you. Sainsbury’s Lewes Road are selling small real Christmas Trees for £10, and split between a few of your mates that’s not much. Alternatively, go into the woods and pick a very large branch that’s fallen to the ground (don’t snap one off – that’s unfair on the tree and not environmentally friendly).christmas-tree Continue reading


December Blues: How to Avoid Colds, Flu and Everything In-between

It’s that time of the year again.

While cold and flu can be pretty easily curable, often without medication, things can sometimes get a little bit messy ending up in complications. Cold and flu symptoms may include – among others – hacking cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, and profound fatigue fever. Why setting yourself up for that when you are busy writing essays and completing reports?!4572856384_48072b3613_b Continue reading

It’s freezing out there! 10 things to do INDOORS in Brighton

And it’s begun, the cold weather has set in and it is FREEZING! Let’s be honest, it’s making us all want to crawl under our duvets and stay there till May. I remember thinking in first year that venturing into Brighton was only properly worth it in summer – those days at the beach with ice creams are pretty dreamy – but now in my final year I’ve found there are lots of things to do in autumn and winter all indoors in Brighton City Centre. Here is my top 10 (in no particular order)….

  1. The Painting Pottery Café

In the North Laines, you can while away a rainy cold afternoon and get your creative juices flowing. Continue reading

The Power of Words

I’m sure everyone reading this will have heard terms such as “I’m a little bit OCD about that”, “I’m so depressed” and “She’s completely mental” thrown around in everyday language. We’re all guilty of it, but probably don’t realise the effect this type of language is having on the way mental health is viewed in society. A lot of people reading this will think it’s all a case of political correctness gone wrong, however the use of these words and phrases actually changes the way in which we view people with mental illnesses. By colloquialising mental health terms such as “depression” and “OCD”, we’re reducing the perceived severity of these disorders, helping to contribute to the ongoing stigma towards mental illness. Continue reading

Consent Week – A Consent Coordinators view

As an international student coming from America, I was unsure of what to expect as I started my new job as Consent Campaign Facilitator at the Students’ Union. The recent Brock Turner case spurred a new round of debates surrounding consent, once again highlighting how rampant issues of sexual assault are on American University campuses. When working on sexual education at my school in the US, I was often met with an indifference that shocked me. As I traveled to Sussex, I wondered how students would engage with I Heart Consent. Would they respond positively to what we had to say? Would they take the workshops seriously?14292534_626959397478405_7329208339913339164_n Continue reading

Scrap that Year Abroad Plan and Go Join the Scary World of Work!

Working: yuck. Scary and not for you right now, am I right? Let’s just leave that till you graduate, you can deal with that then.

Except in reality, it will creep up on you. These three years will pass in a flash and soon you will be in that hat and gown thinking ‘eek, now what?’

So why not help yourself out? At Sussex, ANYONE can do a work placement. That’s what I did. I study History and Sociology and decided to do a placement year. I worked in the Sainsbury’s Press Office and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. Now, I’m going to tell you why.image-1 Continue reading

The Anxious Fresher: What to do and how to help

If, right now, you are one of those people who is struggling to throw themselves into university life like the rest of your peers seem to be doing, missing home and finding it generally hard to integrate yourself with everyone…you’re not alone. You may feel desperately alone, I know. But trust me, there are people right now who are feeling exactly the same way you are. I want to say first of all that this is okay. Being unsure and scared of a new experience is not only normal, but extremely common – around 1/3 of students experience feelings of depression and homesickness at some point in their university careers. But this may not make you feel much better. If you’re struggling to hold back tears, feeling isolated yet not wanting to leave your room and having the desperate urge to run back home and never experience this feeling again – I’ve been there, and it will get better. Continue reading

Ten Things You Need to Know Before Start House-hunting as a Recent Graduate

University life comes with a plethora of benefits; one of them is that as a student you get to live in accommodation on campus. There, everything is cheap and easier; that’s not the case though when it comes to renting out a non-university place in Brighton. Here are ten things that you should be prepared for when life comes to it: Continue reading