How to make the most of Freshers’ week

So you’ve met your conditions, your place in halls is secured and you already feel like you’re swamped with reading lists. But before classes start, you have to navigate the infamous Freshers’ week. To make it a little less daunting, we’ve compiled some helpful advice that we wish we’d known as fresh-faced 17-year-olds stepping foot […]

A letter to my first-year self…

Dear Saskia, First of all, congrats on getting into university. I know this is something you’ve wanted for a long time, so you must be very proud of yourself. I am writing to you because going to university can be tough, and unfortunately, I know it will be tough for you, so I hope this […]

The dos and don’ts of university open days

So the time has come for you to start thinking about your life after school. This can be daunting, but if you’re considering going to university or college, one of the best ways to put your mind at ease is to visit open days, see the place for yourself and get a chance to ask […]

What I learned from results day

Results day is weird. You wait a long, long time for it, and it’s over in a second. This year, the wait from my last exam to 8 August felt painfully slow, especially given the fact I’d just sat five Highers and this was, arguably, the most important academic year of my life. I don’t know […]

The 10 stages of exam results day

Never has a text message meant so much. Not even when that babe from your maths class replied with a winky face a few months ago. Your phone will be vibrating at ungodly o’clock tomorrow morning, one little text message revealing your fate. Exam results day is almost here. Whether you’re celebrating or commiserating tomorrow, […]

Staying safe on the road

Congratulations! You’ve passed your driving test and all you’re waiting for is your updated insurance papers and your little pink card. Driving is a wonderful skill to have, but at the risk of sounding exactly like your parents, it comes with a lot of responsibility. August is National Road Victim Awareness Month, so it’s important […]

The sixth year holiday survival guide

It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since I embarked upon the rite of passage that is the infamous sixth-year holiday. Thinking about it now, I can’t believe that between us we actually managed to organise a week-long holiday for 11 fresh-faced 17-year-olds, but somehow, despite the palaver caused by half the group […]

Part-time jobs and what you get out of them

With the summer holidays finally here (🙏) you’ve got heaps of time on your hands! So much time for Netflix and snoozing and hanging with your pals. But not if your parents have anything to do with it. Your mum’s all over the old “got a job yet” chat, and you’re either going to have to move […]