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Tell us about yourself

I'm a BMus Music Performance student, currently in my third year. I chose UWL because they were the most welcoming University.

My specialism is on the Violin, having been playing for 11 years now. Music has always been my passion. During my first year at UWL, I was able to take up the Harp from scratch and join three different choirs within the London College of Music. I’ve performed in venues across the south of England, such as Guildford Cathedral, The Regis Centre (Bognor Regis) and The Oxo Tower (London).

I love going to shows in London, checking out the chic, unique stalls in Camden market (anywhere there’s a bargain really) or sampling the local music scene at open mic nights. Essentially, wherever there is music or free food, I’m there.

MirandaWhat do you love most about being a student at UWL?

I like how close-knit UWL is. You're almost guaranteed to run into a friend, grabbing some lunch in the Heart space, or on the way to the library. On top of that, the lecturers provide a very personal approach to teaching and tailor their classes to what suits you best. They're always on-hand and easy to find, and are extremely understanding. In other words, with such a tightly-knit community, you’re never too far away from support.

Why did you want to become a Vlogger?

University can be a stressful and difficult time in your life. I want to ease some of that pressure and confusion by showing you that it doesn’t have to be as mind-numbing as you think, and that whatever University you choose, you’re going to have an amazing time, regardless. Gathering support and advice from your family and friends is really useful but only up to a point. If you truly want to see what it’s like to study at uni, what better way to find out than from a current student. That’s why I chose to become a UWL vlogger! (You’re welcome! ;)

What advice would you give to a new student just about to start Uni?

Before you start:

  • Attend open days and applicant days, so that you know what to expect.
  • Check out what societies are on offer; these are a great way to meet new people and form a group that you can always hang out with.
  • Check that you have enough pens. You’ll still feel compelled to stock up on plenty of free pens at Fresher’s fair (Trust me, you’ll need them).
  • Grab all the student deals you can. sign up to 'Unidays' for discounts at clothing stores and purchase an ‘NUSExtra’ card as soon as you enrol; you’ll get discounts in so many stores as well as in the Co-op for your weekly groceries.
  • Open a student bank account which has a high interest-free overdraft (you’ll probably have to make use of it a few times).

After you start:

Remember to always use your B.R.A.I.N.S:

  • Budget your expenses
  • Revise for exams
  • Achieve your goals
  • Use your Initiative
  • Stay well-Nourished
  • Sleep as much as you can

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