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Staying focused can be difficult. Even more difficult when you know you need to stay focused but there are so many distractions pulling your attention in different directions. So, in this article, I’ll be giving you some tips on how to keep your head in the game.  Remove the Distractions My first tip sounds a little obvious, but it isn’t a plan we often stick to. Hide your phone. Hide your Xbox. Hide yourself (away from your friends) if you have to! Just you and your work at your desk with the intention to get things done! Give yourself…

Forty years ago, at the age of twenty-one, a high percentage of the British population could afford to buy a house and then tie the knot with their childhood sweetheart soon after. I have recently hit the age of twenty-two and whilst I am happy that I don’t have a ring on my finger and a mortgage around my neck just yet, I do ask myself, have the traditional markers of adulthood skipped our generation? Markers such as, following your departure from University, you imminently begin the career you’ve always wanted and can quickly save for a place of your…

After asking some of my nearest and dearest this question, I received many horrified faces and shocked responses such as: “Of course not!” and “Why would anybody ever want to do that?” To begin with, I had the same response. Father Christmas was a magical part of my childhood and I was heartbroken when I found out the old man with the magnificent white beard didn’t shoot down my chimney on Christmas Eve. So, why boycott a treasured figure whose mission is to only bring joy and happiness to children? I am grateful for the childhood I had. Every…

Fact or fiction? Mere pranking, or genuine harassment coming to our streets? These are some of the questions the student population of Bangor are asking themselves following the revelation of a mysterious figure known only as the ‘Fishman’. Whether or not the Fishman is an elaborate student prank, or someone who genuinely feels that there is “a serious lack of Omega 3” in our diets as stated in an alleged post by the Fishman on the popular student confession site ‘Bangfess III’, over the past week reports have been coming from all over the town with stories of fish being…

If you haven’t heard of ASMR (which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) where have you been? People from all over the world are jumping on board this relatively new phenomenon that is intended to help people relax and go to sleep. So, for those of you who don’t know what ASMR is, it’s a tingling sensation experienced around the head and the back of the neck in response to certain triggers such as whispering, tapping and slow hand movements. Over the past few years, this new concept has taken hold of streaming sites such as Youtube, where people from…

It’s pretty eye-opening to take a step back and think about what you do during your time at University. Even the smallest of hobbies may not seem significant as you start, but as you begin to include that hobby into your daily routine, you begin to realise the time allotment, dedication and commitment you put in toward that particular hobby. I recently looked back on societies I’ve joined, volunteering activities I’ve done, and hobbies that I continue to participate and realised that I’ve hardly done anything spontaneous or creative! Life at University tends to be monotonous, and it is so…

I’d like to start by saying a big thank you to everyone who braved the cold winds to join our rally at the University to fight these cuts. It was felt that the event was a good success with fantastic speeches by Lucy Spencer (a student from Health Sciences), Ben Exton (a Chemistry Student), Hwyel Williams MP & Rhun Ap Iorwerth AM and Angharad Tomos from Cymdeithas to name a few. The content of the speeches and clout of the speakers alongside the widespread coverage of the Rally is sure to have got the University listening to our concerns about…

The protest organised for the 18th of January against the proposed cuts has been accused by a slim number of people of being an attack on our University – we would like to take the opportunity to refute this. As organisers of this event, we first created the protest in response to the sheer number of people who felt the same as we did; that these cuts would worsen the University that we hold so dear. “I moved to Bangor two and a half years ago to start studying at this institution, and it is because of this University I…

In Seren’s full breakdown of proposed cuts which could be carried out later this month, we noted that Professorial staff will among those being made redundant. At the time of the article, we defined a Professor as: ‘Scholars with doctorate degrees (typically Ph.D. degrees) or equivalent qualifications.’ Whilst, simply speaking, this isn’t false. It’s crucial that we accurately communicate the gravity and academic prominence which Professors hold within our institution. As well as doctorate degrees (which usually take 4-6 years), Professors will have also built a portfolio of other academic work over several decades. Individually, Professors are leading experts in…

Mythologically speaking, Hindu’s believe that Diwali is a significant day of good over evil, as it ties into the Hindu Epic “Ramayana”, which marks Diwali as the day that the Hindu God Ram reached his kingdom after a period of exile and his army of good defeated the demon King Ravana’s army of evil. For many Indian Students at Bangor, Diwali or the “Festival of Lights” can be an event that makes them miss home and their families more. The festivities usually involve decorating the house with lamps and candles and making traditional Indian sweets. Taking this into account, the…

So, over the course of my time as a young adult, I’ve observed a strange fact: my behaviour and mentality sometimes drastically alter when I’ve watched a particular TV show or movie! I don’t know it if has to do with the genre of content or the attachment to a character or plotline, but I’ve often noticed just how impactful media content can be to my behaviour! It all started with my daily binge sessions of Criminal Minds. I went through about seven seasons within two weeks of continuously watching the show. As fascinated as I was with the idea…

A new semester has just begun, and for most people, this means a fresh start and new beginnings. Starting anything new is an exciting process but at the same time can also be a little bit nerve-wracking. Whether you are reading this as a second or third-year student, or if you have just settled into first year, I am going to try and give you some helpful advice on how to channel all your positive vibes into constructive energy especially during this new academic year. First things first, get organised. Now I don’t know about you guys, but to me,…

The leaves have started to turn and it’s only a matter of time before they are coated with a lovely iced-frosting. Yes, autumn has arrived, and the sudden chill has driven impulse buys on jumpers, winter coats and woolly hats. The summer wardrobe has had a changeover and we say goodbye to single layers for at least 7 months. Whilst we mourn the hot weather (we had a good summer let’s be honest) we’ve got to force ourselves to welcome the bitter cold with open arms. Some of you may love this season and why not! It’s festive family cheer,…

Diwali, or the ‘Festival of Lights’ signifies a lot to the Hindu community. It is one of the most popular Hindu festivals in the Indian Culture and symbolises the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Usually, the streets and homes of India are adorned with diyas, which are lamps and candles. People often pray to Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, in the hopes of a prosperous year! At Bangor, we have seen many festivals that celebrate this unique festival. The Bangor Indian Society have hosted notable festivities celebrating this joyous occasion in the…

Cultural appropriation has been a topic of conversation that has often been referenced and brought up quite often. Many people argue that cultural appropriation often oversteps the boundaries and violates collective intellectual property rights of people that originate from specific cultural groups. Though this is an aspect of our society that needs to be rectified, a clear example of this that I have seen almost every year is Halloween. It seems not to even occur to people as they dress up for a Halloween night out that their ‘costumes’ take an aspect of another culture and regard it as something…

Fresher’s Week is one of the most important events that commence your experiences at University. In a way, it represents the first impression you take away from University and usually this involves meeting new people, attending new events and involving yourself in new activities. My fresher’s week started off pretty stressful to be honest! I had just moved from Dubai and being an International Student came with a lot of doubts. I was constantly worried about whether I would fit in and be liked by my flatmates and if I would find any activities or societies that suited my interests.…

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