Portsmouth, Uncategorized

Onto the Final Project!

Hello!

This semester was full of course works, proposals and reports that needed to be handed in at similar deadlines and therefore I had to really commit in delivering them correctly and on time. I’ve spent probably the last month and a half in the library with classmates and friends studying non-stop at the University’s library, trying to get everything organised and prepared as the workload was overwhelming, compared to the last semester of university. Thankfully, everything was done and ready on schedule.

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After everything was handed in, I went back to Cyprus to spent some time relaxing with family and friends before I start on my final project. The final assignment that students in the MA Digital Marketing department have to do is simply building a digital marketing campaign either with an existing business or with a business that students want to create themselves.

I personally have chosen to work with a real business and I was lucky enough to find a hair and nail salon located outside of Portsmouth that needs help with the digital marketing aspect of their business.  Therefore, I will spend my summer here trying to study and improve the business’ image. However, I will also try to have a vacation during this summertime, as I’m already planning to go to Athens, Greece to visit my friend there, so I can’t wait 🙂

How do you plan on spending your summer?

XOXO Ntina

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Coursework, Exams, Portsmouth, Student, Uncategorized

Intense Times!!

Hi!

We’re at the middle of March and the pressure is on! I will have to submit a 5,000-word report on a topic of my choice, a 4,000-word proposal for a paper cut artist and after that I will have to start working on my final project, which is basically working with a business in order to improve their digital presence and promotion. I know a lot of students are in the same situation, trying to get everything in order and done before Easter break so they can go back to their countries without too many worries on their minds.
I have been spending these past days at the library as well, trying to get everything ready, as I might be heading to Athens, Greece at the start of April so I want to have most of my assignments done before this trip.

 

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A good tip that I always follow and I urge other students to do so as well is to start early. Even if the assignments are due in a month or the exams are after Easter break, always start as early as possible. Students need to utilize the time that they have efficiently and not take it for granted because days pass quicker than we think! So by having time to study, students can re-examine and analyze their course’s requirements as many times as they can. You know what they say: practice makes perfect 🙂
What is your technique at being prepared for assignments or exams?
XOXO Ntina

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Portsmouth, Student, Uncategorized, Work experience

The Perks of Volunteering!

Hello!

 We’re 6 weeks into uni and the weather is getting more and more intense by the day. We didn’t have any snow here like in other UK cities but I can safely say that we’ve been experiencing lots of strong winds and rain, but hopefully we will have some sun soon.

 In this post I want to talk about the benefits of working while studying at uni! In addition to my studies and being a Student Blogger, I also volunteer at the Business Support Desk, located at the local Central Library which is a part of the Portsmouth City Council. They provide various services that assist people who want to start or expand their business, give funding as well as provide other public services such as the National Numeracy Challenge, a FREE and fun way to check out your current level of maths and use the online resources to brush up on areas you need to improve on. (Make sure to check out what they do, they’re really awesome 🙂  Take the challenge check-up today using access code uopst).

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 I applied for the position through Purple Door, the center for careers and recruitment of the university, where students can apply for any type of job position they want, such as full time, part time, graduate schemes and volunteering work. I personally chose volunteering work as it stands out more on a CV when applying for paid jobs as well as gaining career experience in different fields and it allows you to learn valuable expertise such as social and relationship skills that will come in handy later on in life. Did you also know that 73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without?

 Moreover, by having any type of position, your chances of employability increase greatly.

Do you have any type of work position at the moment?

 XOXO Ntina

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Portsmouth, Uncategorized

Star Blogger !

So, this past week has been really exciting and one of my favorites so far because I was named Star Blogger of the university 🙂 I must admit the competition between me and the other bloggers was really tough , as all of them are excellent bloggers as well and have written some good posts about the uni. So I was pleasantly surprised when I was announced as the winner and additionally I got a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 as a prize! Woohoo 🙂

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In other news, I’m one month into university studies and I haven’t been really pressured to do anything, but I know as the weeks go by, the workload is going to get increasingly big since I have several projects and essays to hand in at similar deadlines. Especially after February, I will need to really dedicate all my time into completing a report, making digital marketing artefacts for another client, doing a debate as well as starting on my final marketing project, which includes finding a client by myself to work with and creating a digital marketing strategy for them. Therefore, you can say that 2016 has been quite energetic so far 😉

How’s the first month of the year been for you? Let me know in the comments 🙂

XOXO Ntina

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Christmas, Portsmouth, Uncategorized

Hello 2016!

Happy New Year’s everyone!

The New Year has finally entered as well as the second semester at the University. I personally had a great time at Christmas time and at New Years’ Eve, spending lots of time with family and friends. Unfortunately I was travelling from Cyprus to Gatwick on New Year’s as there either weren’t any tickets available on other days or they were ridiculously expensive 😦 However, I still managed to get back to Portsmouth safely by train!

So the semester has also officially started from this Monday (4th of January) and everyone as slowly getting back into their classes and daily studying routine, which I have to admit, can be difficult after coming back from a holiday break! Some people are already back but some students, from what I’ve heard, are still in their perspective countries. I personally wanted to make sure that I was back in time for my lectures and seminars as I already have to prepare a project about promoting an app as well as having an assignment that was due today. (7th of January). So busy times wait for me ahead!

Nonetheless, I truly have missed being in Portsmouth, around my friends, classmates and going to all the cool places around Portsmouth that aren’t available back in Cyprus., such as Primark or H&M (a girl’s gotta shop right ? 🙂 ).

So, are you excited or nervous about this new semester? Tell me what you did during your Christmas and New Year ’s Eve as well!

Here are some pics from my own Christmas break 🙂

XOXO Ntina

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Christmas, Portsmouth, Uncategorized

End of a Semester!

Hello from Cyprus!

So, my last project submission was on Friday (11th Dec.) and I have just arrived back to Cyprus to start my Christmas holidays, which I really can’t wait to celebrate with family and friends!

However, that means that this is the end of the first semester of my university studies which makes it bittersweet. I had the pleasure of meeting so many people from different cultures and formed friendships with classmates, people from my accommodation floor, or just random students at cafes 🙂

Additionally, I have learned and grasped so much from my classes this semester and it has truly been an educational and worthwhile experience. Even though it took a lot of work and many hours of studying, everything was well-worth it at the end.

The overall experience of these first 3 months was so unforgettable and rewarding in every aspect. I cannot wait to see what the next semester will bring, hopefully even better things 😉

Happy Holidays everyone! Don’t forget to tell me what you’re planning for Christmas !

XOXO Ntina

 

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Exercise, fitness, Gym, Health, Sport

Keeping Fit!

Hi!

We have entered November which means that we’re officially in the final countdown for winter and Christmas time. The weather here in Portsmouth is starting to become a little too cold for my taste, but hey, that’s what Britain is known for, right? Good, old rainy weather! Nonetheless, the weather hasn’t stopped me from keeping my usual routine, which consists of going to lectures and seminars as well as trying to regularly keep my gym schedule, which is what I want to talk about in this post.

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When I first arrived in Portsmouth to get everything ready for my course and accommodation, one of the first things I did was to sign up for the Early Bird Membership, which is basically an offer for students that register early at the uni’s gym, at a really cheap price of £119 for a whole year, which is just £10 a month! I signed up at the gym near my accommodation, which is the St. Paul’s Gym but there is also another gym facility at the University called Spinnaker Sports Centre, and it’s near to other housing facilities, so all students can have access to the various health and exercise classes and special offers that both gyms organize such as cardio cycling and piloxing (a mix of pilates, boxing and dance). There is also the Langstone Sports Site, which is used mostly for rugby and football games, among other sports.

I’ve realized that everyone needs to keep themselves fit and healthy as much as possible because being a student and away from home, we all tend to go crazy with our eating habits and consume more than we need to without even realizing it. Furthermore, most students tend to go out quite frequently at the clubs and social events at night and usually go back to their rooms in the early hours of morning, which can be harmful to the body’s metabolism. Therefore, keeping a regime routine in your weekly schedule is extremely important to maintain not only a good body, but also a clear head with the appropriate nutrients and a logical sleeping schedule.

In summary, everyone needs to take care of themselves whilst studying, because lots of students tend to get stressed and anxious about their lessons , but having a programme of how to be healthy is vital and also helps with building determination and discipline. Additionally, you also get to have an awesome beach body in the summer and who doesn’t want that? 😉

So what is your everyday regime of being healthy and fit? Does that include going to the gym?

XOXO Ntina

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