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After what feels like forever of not being able to make plans, go out, and enjoy ourselves without thoughts of social-distancing and Covid-19, finally things are creeping back to normal again. We’ve had months of staying in and not making plans, meaning now is the perfect opportunity to get organised and make the most of the rest of 2020! Technology is brilliant for so many things, but I still love having a written diary to keep all my plans in order, and I’ll take it with me almost everywhere I go! (I like tiny ones that fit in my handbag).…

If you’re planning to start uni in September, and you’re not sure what to bring, keep reading. Moving away from home for the first time is a big step, and if you’re going into your first year in September, the chances are you’re going to be living in university halls. Although halls are an ideal place to meet new people, make friends, and live in close proximity to the university buildings and facilities, they are usually very plainly decorated and basic inside. In between your hectic schedule of going to lectures, the library, social events and societies, your bedroom…

“Christ says sex is bad. Definitely if it involves two cocks. Donate money for my sixth airplane.” Exclaims the opening line of the Sextronaut, episode five; a comic series about sex that hit 5000 views on Webtoons, a popular comics platform, in just one month. “I had spent years looking for what my artistic voice should be like, and two months ago I realized I need to write about sex because the society we live in is sex-negative,” said Timothy Schelhaas, 23, author of the comic series called the Sextronaut and a student of Creative and Professional Writing at Bangor…

Whether you’re looking for love, wanting to chat to new people, or just sick and tired of being single during this lockdown period, then online dating could be the thing for you! As an online dating alumni myself, I have compiled these top tips for online dating whilst we’re still on lockdown … The best apps for meeting other students or young people are usually the free ones – Apps that require monthly subscriptions are a lot more hard-work, and often for people interested in much more serious relationships and marriage. If you want to meet other students or people…

By now we’ve all established a Covid-19 routine. But as we all know, humans are social creatures, and a lot of us might be feeling really sick of the constant nights in, netflixing without the chill, and not being able to see all our friends or family. Here are some ideas to help you stay social during lockdown … Wine and dine over FaceTime! You might be living alone right now, but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a meal with family or friends. Use apps like Zoom, FaceTime and Skype to talk and connect over good food and drink.…

It’s a rather miserable time isn’t it? Whilst as travel editor I cannot recommend any travel abroad, I can tell you about where you can escape to during our current health crisis. Unless you are self-isolating, social distancing can still involve going out into nature, so long as you keep two meters between you and anyone else. Cafes, restaurants, and concert venues may be shut, but if you’re feeling restless staying inside and avoiding the outside world, nature is never off limits. The National Trust have certainly confirmed this with their latest statement regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. As places…

Due to Covid-19, the nation is social-distancing. If you’re feeling worried, anxious or overwhelmed, then please know that you are not alone in feeling this way. Although social-distancing is something that is essential for us to do to protect one another, time away from social interaction can have a negative impact on our mental health. To try and help, I have come up with this list of 101 things to keep your body and your mind occupied as we find ourselves having to self-isolate… Call and FaceTime your loved ones – your parents, friends and grandparents will all want to…

How to Maintain Your Relationship During Self-Isolation … If you’re a University student and self-isolating with your partner, then this period may be the longest time you’ve ever spent together, just the two of you. It will be a test for any relationship, and mixed with general anxiety, dissertation stress and university assignments, could be a challenging time for new or long-term couples. Here are some tips on how to maintain your relationship and love life during self-isolation … Routine – Remind each other to keep a healthy routine throughout the isolation period. Wake up and go to bed at…

In November 2019, Bangor was struck by a social media sensation, ‘Fishman’; a mysterious figure who reportedly went around Bangor posting frozen fish through students’ letter boxes. But was Fishman a genuine prankster? Or was the whole thing made up to test how far fake news could spread in Bangor? Well, I can now reveal all the answers because for the first time ever, I managed to secure a real life interview with the famous Fishman, live from the Academi ball pit … So here he is: a 3rd year history student, Rugby league player, Seren film editor, and Fishman himself…

With the instruction to wash our hands thoroughly and frequently following the Coronavirus pandemic, hand sanitiser is the obvious purchase we should all make to keep clean easily throughout the day. However, soap and water is always the better option whenever it is available. Unfortunately, in these strange times, one thing we have all noticed is that, alongside toilet roll and paracetamol, we can’t get hold of hand sanitiser in the shops. If you are or have been unable to buy any, but you feel you should have some, this article offers two recipes you can follow to make your…

Lying in bed and not being able to sleep is probably one of the most annoying things that happens in daily life. All you want to do is drift away, but your brain just won’t switch off. This article suggests some of the things you could do when you simply can’t get to sleep, and some may even help you calm down enough to get a bit of shut-eye. Write a to-do list for tomorrow. This is a great place to start. It’s productive and clears your mind of things you may be worrying about. Colouring in. This may…

If you’re looking for some handy tips to help you save money and survive as a student, Save the Student is probably the best place you can go. They have a website and several social media accounts that update students on the latest deals and discounts we can use. These can be found online at https://www.savethestudent.org/, and @savethestudent on both Twitter and Instagram. If you subscribe to their email, you will get weekly updates on the amazing offers they find, but if you follow them on social media you’ll get more frequent updates, so it’s really up to you how…

Searching for student accommodation outside of halls can be a frustrating and difficult experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Below are some things to think about while searching, and a little bit of information about the different places you can go to find student houses or apartments to live in while you’re at university. Things to think about when looking for accommodation: Can you afford it? Think about when you receive your student loan and when you’d have to pay rent. What’s included in the rent? All bills included is a great option for houses with several people…

The Peer Writing Mentor role is run by the university’s Study Skills department. It is a part-time job that involves helping students develop their writing, work on assignments and plan their time. Shannon is a PhD student at Bangor university, studying Welsh History, focussing on the history of female Welsh Gypsies in Wales. I asked her some questions about her experience of being a Peer Writing Mentor. How did you hear about this job? I was researching jobs on the Bangor University Jobs page when I came across the mentoring position. One requirement of my role was to be able…

With exam season looming, this article aims to arm you with a few tips and tricks to get prepared for your final assessments of the year, and to keep you on top of your notes. Writing lists This sounds simple enough, but it can be a really effective activity. Sometimes we get so caught up in our work that we feel overwhelmed and things can’t be put into perspective. A simple list can help! If you feel like you have loads to do, write it all down. Break it up, and write down a few things you want to…

Local introvert Tom Thomson has been struck with the unfortunate realisation that he quite likes quarantine, despite an ever-rising worldwide death toll. This comes just after Thomson declined to press post on what he thought was a hilarious Facebook status about his quarantined life, but which felt wrong to place directly next to the article an acquaintance shared about desperate hospitals requesting equipment from a medical fetish website “People are literally dying,” said Tom, brushing the Dorito crumbs off his t-shirt, while stretching an arm out to skip the intro to Parks and Recreation. “And I’m afraid for them, and…

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