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It is a fine art that is mastered by many few: packing to go home for  the Christmas holidays. The textbooks to be lugged across the country, the clothing supply list to make sure you’ve got enough socks when you return, and those pesky forgettable objects that you’ll kick yourself for if they’re forgotten. The thought of arriving home and being reunited with our families is always thrilling, especially at this time of year when everything grows festive, but the preparation to even set off itself can be daunting. Travel, packing, work, deadlines, making sure your flat or house is…

Maybe I’m rather biased, but as a Mancunian, I believe that Manchester is an unmissable spot in the UK. You’ll probably discover during your time at Bangor that a lot of us are from Manchester (hello there, fellow Mancunians!) – because for us, Bangor is in the perfect location only a direct train from home! The nearest big city to Bangor, whether you’re British or international, it’s certainly somewhere worth making a journey to, especially at this time of year! By the age of twenty, my feet are molded to the shape of Mancunian stone and concrete walkways. Of…

Meal deals, we all love them. These are a go-to for students in Bangor, with many supermarkets and high street eateries alike offering the chance for you to get your hands on the perfect lunchtime feast. With Christmas fast approaching, it’s time for us to find out which of these stores really has the best festive range, as well as meal deal selection for the other 11 months of the year.  Greggs: Greggs is onto an absolute winner this Christmas! With a large festive range, including the iconic festive bake and the all new pigs in blankets tub, this…

Christmas is typically a time of year that we spend with family and friends, relaxing, unwinding and eating lots of food. And for most of us, it will be spent at home with our families. However, for some students, it isn’t possible to travel home for Christmas, and if you’re one of these students – try not to panic! I spoke to Rosnah Shik, 3rd year English Literature and Creative Writing student from Malaysia about her experiences in Bangor last Christmas.  What made you decide to stay in Bangor for Christmas last year? I stayed mainly due to financial reasons…

Over the festive period, you are likely to find yourself on several nights out. With more alcohol consumed at this time of year, as well as added factors like the cold weather and snow, nights out can have more risks to our safety. Carys and I have written these tips for all your festive nights out so you can keep yourself and others safe.  Wear a coat out and put it in the cloakroom – The cost of using the cloakroom is as cheap as a drink and will stop you freezing on your way home. Go out with…

SLV Global is a company that runs placements abroad that help individuals studying in any area around mental health, in addition to those who are interested in volunteering on mental health placements. The aim is to help people in less developed areas where the mental health services are less available and where community projects as simple as teaching English or art and music therapy sessions will help individuals.  There are three main areas at the moment that SLV Global recruits volunteers for. These include Bali, Sri Lanka and India. Anyone interested in volunteering can sign up and get more information.…

I don’t know about anyone else, but I love birthday parties. The whole thing is just such a lovely concept; a group of people coming together to do something fun to celebrate the fact that their friend, family member or other half exists. However, it can sometimes be hard to decide what you want to do with your day, especially at university away from your usual crowd, so, without further ado, here are some party ideas you can try. Whether you’re someone who likes to stay up and dance the night away in a club or someone who prefers something…

Don’t overlook the opportunities that lie within your clubs and societies! Volunteering or having a part-time job are both very likely to help you get a job, but other extra-curricular activities can make you seem more attractive to employers. Check out these tips to get the most out of your work experience!  Make a good first impression This is a piece of advice we hear all the time, and there’s a reason why! If you show you are friendly, reliable and competent from the start, it’s more likely that opportunities will be offered to you.  Be organised Always listen…

A large number of people use their devices all day long, and then electronic media to help relax at night. If you’re a nighttime technology-user, this article is here to help you realize the extent to which electrical devices can make it harder to settle down for sleep. Using your phone or laptop, for example, before bedtime can be stimulating, both physiologically and psychologically, in ways that can negatively affect your sleep. Practice ignoring notifications for 15 minutes. Then 30 minutes, and so on. Don’t check your phone every time it goes off. You should tell your family, friends, and…

The world of fashion never sleeps – or hibernates. Here are the most exciting Fashion Events taking place in the UK in December: Manchester Vintage Fashion and Textiles Fair On December 1st, the Manchester Vintage Fashion and Textiles Fair marked an exciting start to a great month for all fashion lovers. The event took place at George Carnell Leisure Centre and showcased Vintage and Designer clothing from as long ago as the 1860’s to the 1980’s along with antique and traditional textiles, buttons, jewellery and accessories. Items in these categories and more were available in a large variety, providing an…

Santa Claus is quite the striking figure if you think about it, with his signature red coat, white fur trimming and wide, black buckle belt. Surely this is what we all picture when we think about Santa, but his look has actually gone through some changes throughout the years. Since Santa Claus is based on St. Nicholas, it’s worth taking a look at his garments first. Since St. Nicholas was a bishop, paintings from the 19th Century depict him wearing clerical garb with religious imagery, with either the classic bishop’s headdress or a halo on his head. While this is…

The holidays are getting closer each day and, surely, many of us are looking forward to dressing up nicely for Christmas dinners and parties with our family and friends. Here are some essential tips for making sure that our Makeup and hair stays looking great throughout the evening. To make sure that your outside glows with as much Christmas cheer as your insides do, try using the same shimmery pigment for both your eyeshadow and your highlighting, for a simple, coherent look. Turn any everyday look full-glam in minutes by adding a ready-to-use glitter crème eyeshadow. While only taking a…

The year is drawing to a close and we all know what that means: Christmas parties! Lots and lots of Christmas parties and dinners. With everyone dressing up to look their best, it’s not an easy feat to stand out and wow and woo your way through the evening. Be the belle of the ball at every Ugly Sweater Party and fancy Winter Dance with these extravagant headwear-pieces! The Basics For this DIY, you will need a hot glue gun, headbands, some yarn, tape, ribbons, wrapping paper and, depending on the style you pick, lots of Christmas themed decoration (easily…

I have often found that anti-ageing skincare is directed to us as a method of repair, but how about we look after our skin earlier in life through alternative methods? There are so many products for sale that present themselves as the answer to old, wrinkled and damaged skin, that it can be quite daunting to find what’s right for you. Let’s maintain our skin, instead of one day realising your skin is not as young, fresh and vibrant as it used to be. Your lifestyle is the biggest contributor to the appearance of your skin. Ensuring you have a…

Unfortunately, during their university years, it is not uncommon that young people can put on a few pounds. This can be because of drinking, a bad diet or just not getting enough exercise. This article aims to offer students some advice on keeping fit whilst at university. In Bangor, most of the university buildings are close together, so we walk nearly everywhere. We are blessed with a few lovely hills, and even though this may not seem like much, walking around is a great starting point when looking to get fitter.  Another big part of staying healthy is…

Volunteering can provide many benefits to both your mental and physical health and is a method widely used to combat depression. Helping others has actually been proven to benefit your mental health, partly because it can counteract the effects of stress, anger and anxiety while improving your emotional wellbeing! A valuable experience, it can give you confidence and it’s a great addition to your CV. Last year I carried out a beach clean with a friend of mine that was incredibly satisfying. Not only was I helping clear our wonderful beaches from plastic and rubbish, but I was exercising,…

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