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UK students- Now that you have arrived In the UK.  What next?

Location: Canary Wharf, London

The pandemic affected schools in the UK, but I’m glad to see that people have remained positive, and have decided to come into the UK to study still. Welcome everyone!

Ok! Now you’ve arrived.

What next?

Want to make friends?
Looking for love?
Want to explore?

Anyways, I’m going to share few tips on what you should do when you arrive.

1) Get a UK phone number:
Well, the first thing you need to do is to get a UK phone number. You can go into any of the convenient shops and get a UK sim.

2) Use your map: Now, you’re in the UK, your map is your best friend. Get use to using the map! Your Google map will help you find your way wherever you go. If you ever get lost, your map will help you find your way back home. Every single person living in the UK uses a Google map.

3) Set up a bank account: You might have to book an appointment to get your account all set up.

4) Get a rail card: If you’re in London, you might want to get an oyster card. Or if you’re outside London, you might want to get a rail card for a year. It gives you discount prices for a year, and then you can renew after one year. A 16-25 Railcard costs just £30 and it’ll save you 1/3 on rail fares throughout Great Britain for a whole year. Don’t miss out!

5) Get a taxi number: This is just in case of any emergency, so you can call a local taxi, and they can get to you soon enough. Or you can download the Uber application.

6) Started online classes? You might want to make a friend or two in your class, just to keep in check with what’s going on around your course. You can meet up with them after class or on weekends, who knows? You guys might be best of friends.

7) If you find a church to go to every Sunday, you can make friends in church too. When you’re new, you need as much information to help you settle well. You have to meet people to know more. We all learn everyday.

8) Don’t shop in one store: Learn to go to different shops to know what different shops offer and their price difference. Don’t just shop at shop A. Shop B, C, D and E might have quality items too and in lower prices.

9) Apply for an NI: If you want to work in the UK, you’ll need a national insurance number. Details on how to apply is on the government website.

10) Get your student discount and save more: You won’t be a student forever, so why not start using your benefits?
So, being a student in the UK, you get reduced prices on a number of items and services. UNIDAYS & STUDENT BEANS application gives you discounts on food deliveries and when you shop online. Download these apps to get your discounts now.

Finally, enjoy every moment, smile and remain positive. The UK is a beautiful place.

Please leave your comments below.

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UK Scholarships for International Students 2020- 2021

Here are some UK scholarships for international students:

●Gates Cambridge Scholarships.

●Rhodes Scholarships at University of Oxford.

●Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships.

●Denys Holland Scholarship at University College London.

●Bristol University International Office Scholarships.

●University of West London International Ambassador Scholarships.

Fees and scholarships for international students

University of Bedfordshire Scholarships

University of Bedfordshire

The Scholarship scheme for international students enrolling in the academic year 20/21 at one of our UK campuses is as follows:

An automatic £1,000 Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship for new international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate).

A £500 Prompt Payment Discount for applicants who pay their first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).

A further £500 for applicants who are also University of Bedfordshire alumni Details on the website

-Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships

The University of Edinburgh grants 30 scholarships to excellent foreign students willing to pursue a PhD course at this university. This scholarship will cover only partial tuition fees. To be eligible, you must first apply for a PhD course at the University of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships check Details on their website

-Bristol University Scholarships

The University of Bristol offers 5 scholarships for prospect foreign undergraduate students. These scholarships account for £8,500 which go beyond university tuition fees.

Search the full list of funding to find more scholarships offered by the University of Bristol and external organisations.
Details on the website

-MBA Scholarships at Brunel University

The University of Brunel London offers scholarships to international students who attend an MBA degree in Business Administration. These scholarships are partial grants accounting for £6,420

Travel

Top places to visit outside LONDON

Edinburgh

There’s so much to see outside of London. UK has good transport links, making getting into any city much easier. In all cities, you can also find guides to help you through your adventure.

London is the capital, but often people forget there’s so much more to see outside London.

Here are some beautiful pictures of some popular cities in the UK. Any time I travel across the country, I try to take as many pictures as possible so I can share with y’all. So next time you plan to visit the UK,  be sure you’ve got much more to see outside London.

Manchester

Glasgow

Leeds

Bradford

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West Yorkshire, England | Welcome to Yorkshire

West Yorkshire consists of five  metropolitan boroughs; City of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, City of Leeds and City of Wakefield. West Yorkshire is a county in Yorkshire in the north of England. You’ll find very old structures in some parts of West Yorkshire. It’s largely industrial, but with a surprising amount of countryside.

 Leeds is West Yorkshire’s biggest city and main transport hub. It has the best shopping, dining and drinking, and a modern shopping centre. The city has so many stunning buildings and cultural landmarks to discover. To discover leeds, you need to set aside a weekend to explore and discover the city.

The University of Leeds is one of the largest Universities in the country. The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science.

Leeds-Bradford Airport (LBA IATA) is the major airport in West Yorkshire. It’s a base for budget airline Jet2, and also served by Ryanair, and has decent connections across western Europe.

Fun things to do in West Yorkshire

– Go down a coal mine at Wakefield’s National Mining Museum.

– Watch football: the leading teams are Leeds United and Huddersfield Town, both in the Championship.

– Discover a romantic paradise in the Peaks and Pennines
Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

– Visit: Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax, England

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How I Started Writing – Presh Olives

I’ve decided to share my writing journey. I hope this inspires someone.

Many years ago, I sat in the classroom writing a love story. I had a little notebook. In my little notebook, I wrote my beautiful story. I had just started my junior secondary school. I sat on the chair by the window side. There, I imagined how beautiful it was to finally fall in love, get married and have beautiful kids. During lunch break in school, I’ll sit and try to write at least a page. As a kid, I was incredibly observant. I also was very quiet, but aware of my surroundings. This helped me to focus and write well.

I remember then, a classmate found this little note book of mine, read it and she became intrested in it. During lunch break she’d walk up to me and say “Precious, have you written another page”? She wanted to read the story till the end.

I was quite amazed that she found whatever I was writing interesting.
Little did she know that her act, was an encouragement for me.

I continued writing, but mostly about nature and love. I was a young girl, I had no experience about love but I knew it was a beautiful thing. How did I know this? Of course, I watched love movies!

In final class in secondary school, I won the top prize for the Nigeria’s independence day essay competition in the school. I remember being called out on the assembly ground and announced the winner. This was a huge motivation for me.
After then, I realised I’ve developed a passion for writing. I started writing articles on politics and lifestyle and pushing towards getting them published on the national newspapers. At this time I was in my third year of studies towards a Bachelor’s in Microbiology.

I also channelled my writing to poems. I’d say poem writing is quite easy, but making the my poems rhyme can be quite tricky.
Later on, I decided to start a blog, I wanted to put my writing out there, inspire someone, share my experiences and continue doing what I love. Yes, I love writing!
This was what actually drove me to start my blog in 2014. Luckily, I got my articles published on national newspapers before graduation from the University (Bachelor’s). During NYSC, I worked for a national newspaper for a while and I continued writing and blogging.

Summing Up

The blogging journey has been amazing. I’ve grown as a writer.
Writing can be challenging, but here’s the fun part- writing helps you share your experiences without stressing you out, helping you eliminate stress. In addition, you educate others by writing freely from the comfort of your home or work. Writing also increases your creativity, thereby helping you learn more from others and gaining exposure.

For those who have started writing, but not sure if they want to continue. DON’T GIVE UP. YOUR WRITING MIGHT INSPIRE SOMEONE AND CHANGE LIVES. KEEP WRITING!