The Big Question



Interview with Emily Straw

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Emily is an artist studying at The Manchester School of Art. She works with paints and collages with inspirations such as fashion and texture. I walked into the Art studios in Uni the other week and was greeted by a bright room full of paint and artwork, I instantly felt inspired. I’d see glimpses of Emily’s work before but not up close and personal like this. I just had to share it with you all, here’s an interview talking about her practice and how she felt studying Fine Art.

www.emilystraw.co.uk @emilystrawart

Your workspace looks accidentally beautiful, is that intentional? I love the Art studios at Uni; do you enjoy working in a Studio with others?

It’s not intentional, I always think my space looks really messy and cluttered, but I suppose it’s cluttered with the things which spark ideas for new work. I definitely like working among others, the atmosphere is always really upbeat and we try and help each other out by having discussions about our work on a daily basis.

Who are your main inspirations right now?

Even though it’s really discouraged by our tutors, I always seem to source my inspirations from Instagram and Pinterest. At the moment I am loving Harold Ancart’s large wall pieces and I always find myself referring to fashion designer, Mimi Wade for some colour and compositional inspiration

Where would your ideal location to live and work be? Do you feel that location affects your Art?

Somewhere hot, for sure. Maybe somewhere on the West Coast of America, like LA, where there’s big blue skies and palm trees and lots of mid-century modern architecture.

If you didn't study Fine Art what would you be doing?

I originally set out to study Catering because I desperately wanted to be a patisserie chef. Sometimes I regret not pursuing that but I was put off by the unsociable hours and the idea of getting bossed about in a kitchen when all I wanted to do was bake cakes. If I could go back now I would definitely be more conscious about my choice of course, throughout the three years I’ve gradually regretted not doing something more fashion based, maybe in marketing as that is a career I am now hoping to pursue after Uni.

Do you feel that coming to Uni has helped better your practice or are you indifferent? Would you recommend Higher Education to someone considering it?

At school, the way in which we were taught art and the type of work we produced was very traditional, so by the time I had left I was making very detailed portraits. I then took this kind of practice with me to college where, for the first time, it was rejected and instead I was pressured to work with mixed media, I remember at one point I was smashing up stones and using them in a painting and thinking this isn’t me. Now I’m about to finish Uni, I do look at my work and think it’s a lot different to anything I’d have ever imagined myself making. However, my practice has come on a real journey since the small collages I was making in first year and I am so pleased with the end result.

What piece of advice would you give to someone coming to Uni to study Fine Art?

Do your research, what is the course offering you. When I accepted my place at Manchester I wasn’t aware that the course was going to be so self-directed and although a super flexible timetable and independent learning works for some people, I just expected more teaching.

You mentioned some of the patterns/textures coming from fashion brands; do you feel that your style is heavily influenced by Fashion? Where do you like to source your collage materials

Absolutely, I am constantly inspired by fashion campaigns, like those of Gucci and Prada. All of my imagery within my work is sourced from fashion magazines which I cut out and enlarge appropriately for each painting. I try and keep really up to date with the colour schemes which are prominent within a trend or those forecasted for future seasons in order to make sure each piece can be perceived as ‘trendy’ as possible. Along with magazines, in the past I have obtained poster material from the visual merchandise from stores like Topshop and Urban Outfitters.

If you could collaborate with one person/brand who would it be?

I am obsessed with the apparel company Ban.dō for their fun colour schemes and celebration of everything female. So it’d my dream to collaborate with them and see my collages in their agendas with the words ‘girl gang’ emblazoned across the page.

Travel Guide: Budapest

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When I worked out it would be £220 for the pair of us to go to Budapest (flights and accom) I couldn't resist! He hadn't stayed in an Air BnB before and I found some amazing apartments so I went with one of those and flights from easyJet. A month before going I started planning our trip, starting with his actual birthday (the day we arrived on). I've always had a thing for researching and planning especially trips so this was all a lot of fun for me. We stayed Tuesday til Friday and the weather was sunnier and warmer than the UK but not by much, we still wore coats but we even got to take them off at some points, which we took full advantage of. Budapest is such a beautiful city, it reminded us of a mixture of Barcelona and Amsterdam. The buildings were detailed and the main streets were huge and then the little cobbled side streets well they are always cute.

Stay - Air BnB

This was my second time staying in a rented apartment, the first time was in a shared one in New York. This time as it was me and my boyfriend I went for a private one. I didn’t look into where was best to stay in Budapest, I just wing'd it and very glad I did because we ended up in walking distance from most things. We only got an Uber twice (shameful I know) and the metro a few times when we headed across the river to Pest. The apartment was situated on a Main Street (there was a McDonald’s and a h&m on our doorstep) and a metro stop which was handy. Larger than I expected, the apartment had tall ceilings and the most perfect flooring. There was a kitchen/living room, kept minimal with only a kitchen, a sofa bed, a chair an old white furnace. It had two vintage wall hangings on each walls and the coolest window shutters. In the hallway there were wooden steps leading to our bed and underneath our “bedroom” was the bathroom that seemed to have more of a modern feel to it. I chose a pretty good apartment and the hosts were very informative about Budapest and the location.

Eat - New York Cafe

I had heard about this place but didn’t add it to the plan but as it was on our street and we were hungry we headed there after settling in. It was obvious that the interior decor and the atmosphere were the cause of it being so popular because it most certainly wasn’t the food. The food wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t what was expected but mind you we only went with “New York” style lunches (burger and crisps).

Eat - Terminal

When I saw this place online I decided straight away this was where we were going for Rakesh's birthday meal. It had a good selection of BBQ food so just went with it (very brave decision when your boyfriend is a foodie). Modern design, and as the name states it’s designed based on an airport terminal. Everything in there was branded with a clock logo, even the tables. The food was wow, to die for. We were actually quite apprehensive on the first glance at the menu but we made it work. We went for the ribs, mac and cheese and the Reuben sandwich (brisket etc). We left feeling uncomfortably full but in the good way.

Eat - Stika

Saw this place through Instagram and had to go here as the eggs benedict looked delicious. Just a short and lovely walk away on the corner of quieter street. We started with mimosas to help with our hangover and ordered our egg dishes. We read/looked at photographs in a few magazines and enjoyed the slow morning. The eggs Benedict and florentine were just as delicious as they looked on their Instagram, the only thing is we wished there was more of the ham and the salmon!

Eat - Padron

You know when you get sick and tired of scrolling through trip advisor in search of a decent restaurant well this happened to us on one of the evenings and being hungry doesn’t help at all. But hoorah for Padron, a tapas restaurant that actually caught our eye. We hadn’t ventured out to this area yet (15 minute walk opposite the general direction) it was a lot quieter and less built up of shops etc. We had good feelings about it after just moments of being inside. We ordered a hell of a lot of food (Padron peppers, patatas bravas, garlic mushrooms, pork ribs, croquettes with jamon, pigs ear and spicy cod).

Eat - The Big Fish

We went for a walk for night time views of the parliament building and ended up walking for miles and then more miles because we couldn’t find any restaurants but there it was our first hidden gem! We stepped inside and got a bit excited because it was a fish restaurant and even had the fish on the counter. I went for prawn spaghetti and Rakesh went for the fish platter and we got chips and salad for sides. When it arrived I got major food envy (it’s usually the other way around) but it’s lucky I have a boyfriend who loves to share/feed me! The restaurant had a rustic/modern feel to it, with bare brick walls painted white, with modern furniture and lots of black chalkboards.

Eat - Deryne Bistro

We were very lucky to find this bistro on trip advisor on our last morning, this place was in Pest so we had to get the metro and it was so worth it. We had luckily packed up by 10am then headed out. It’s hard to explain in words at how stunning this place was so I’m hoping these photographs do it justice. It was huge and it was a mixture between vintage and modern. I still can’t explain but let me tell you now, being a bit of a brunch queen this food was a 10/10 from both of us. Usually abroad you go for the “English” breakfast and you get a bad fried egg with a small tinned hot dog kind of sausage with toast and jams. Here you go for the English breakfast and you get it but 10 times better, a huge flavoursome sausage, spicy (kidney) beans, mushrooms, bacon, fried egg on a bed of crispy shredded potatoes (like crisps) and topped with coriander! It was also Instagram perfect with the cast iron pan ;). The service was really good and the waitress asked us if we wanted something sweet “if the breakfast was good, imagine how good the sweets are” so Rakesh went for a slice of chocolate cake and I went for a huge raspberry meringue (that I finished on the plane home) We kind of wished we found it sooner so we could have tried it for dinner so yes a big recommendation from us.

Do –

Ruin Bars (Anker & Szimpla Kert) We planned to check out bars but didn't really research into the ruin bars as I had a feeling we would just walk into them, which we actually did! Both had really good atmospheres for a weekday and both had really different vibes from each other. Anker was a lot more modernised and minimal and Szimpla was just crazy interesting, there's random objects everywhere and a lot of different rooms and spaces. I'm glad we decided to check it out considering we were so full up from dinner.

Shop - Mono Art & Design

We were too tired to pop into here (lame excuse) but from the outside the store looked so good!

Shop - Design Shop by Solinfo

I wanted to buy a lot from this store but Rakesh left with copper finish tweezers, it's the worst spotting nice things when your carry on case is very full up. There were these lovely circular concrete candleholders that caught my eye!

Words and images by Emily Baker
@emilyisabaker


Travel Guide: Lisbon

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Stay - Casa C'Alma

Since finding this apartment on Instagram I became more and more drawn in to the fine interiors. Being reasonably priced and local to everything was a bonus. Just outside of the apartment was a cute little garden with trees and a little cafe, near by were restaurants and even a tinned sardine shop. Our room was perfect and even though we went for the shared bathroom option it wasn't a problem. There's five rooms in this apartment and there is a light blue communal kitchen and a relaxing sitting area with a great selection of books/magazines. In the mornings Rafael (the host) puts together a lovely breakfast spread for all the guests, with lovely soft bread and different cheeses and meats.

Eat - Cantina (LX Factory)

After walking a thousand miles (not literally) from Time Out to LX Factory and then around the cool antique shops inside LXF we were more than ready for some Portuguese wine and food. We went for two small dishes and I tried something I haven't tried before... rabbit on toast! It was surprisingly delicious. Of course we had garlic prawns too. The restaurant had such a great atmosphere and was decorated in such a quirky way.

Eat - Bairro do Avillez

Before leaving Lisbon I wanted to head to this restaurant for a little bite to eat, the interior had a lot of character. There's two eating areas and a gift shop. We tried a few tapas style dishes from the menu. Such as the traditional soup, some croquettes, spicy cod lettuce wraps.

Eat - Darwin's Cafe

Okay so we walked super far to get to this place and well it wasn't exactly what either of us was expecting... I actually let Rakesh chose the lunch spot and by the sound of the name I was expecting brunch foods. The decor was very sophisticated and adult and the menu too, I went for the traditional Portuguese risotto topped with a fried egg. Honestly would only recommend to people who love cheesy risotto.

Eat - Time Out Market

Obviously a food market is a place to over indulge, and at Time Out Market we did just that... as well as polishing off two bottles of wine. Started off with some Thai curry, then some croquettes, a beef sandwich and ending with some pastel de natas!

Eat - Tartine

Our first try of the glorious pastel de natas and we were not disappointed at all. Tartine was a cool little bakery hidden down a street near all the shops, perfect for a mid-shopping break or in our case a mid-wine break.

Eat - Landeau

Me eating a slice of chocolate cake isn't something you'd usually see, but after hearing about this being the best chocolate cake I had to try it. It wasn't too sweet or too dry, it was actually the perfect slice of chocolate cake for me. Just right. Soft and bouncy and yes I obviously got it around my chops. (Rakesh didn't tell me until we almost got to our next destination, boyfriends aye.)

Eat - Pastéis de Belém

The famous pastel de nata bakery located in Belém, the bakery itself was very photogenic, with the blue and white tiles and different seating areas. There was a window where you can watch the glorious egg tarts being made too.

Drink - Minadouno

We found this place by accident whilst looking for somewhere to eat at 10pm... that wasn't an easy task. After finding it that evening and having our first beer in Lisbon we decided to go back the next day for some lunch time sangria. You can see a great view of the city from here!

Drink - Graça do Vinho

On our way to the castle, obviously lost. We came across this cute little gem. We were the only people in there, we had some fizzy wine and Rakesh enjoyed some fresh oysters.

Drink - Park Bar A view that I was really excited to see but there's not much to see at night time but the atmosphere was very relaxing so relaxing that I fell asleep whilst Rakesh was getting the drinks in... We enjoyed a cocktail and some sangria surrounded by plants.

Do - Ride a Tram

Obviously, you HAVE to do this in Lisbon... if you don't then did you even go to Lisbon? Such a fun experience, a little sketchy at times but fun.

Do - Castelo de São Jorge It took us a whole day to get to this Castle... We saw it from a distance and just tried to work out the route ourselves, drinking wine along the way. It was such a fun day, stopping to take photographs and popping in and out of shops. We arrived at the Castle just before it closed, we got the dusk view and the night time view.

Shop - A Vida Portuguesa

We didn't see many souvenir shops, we went in search for this one though. We had heard it was a must see and we understood why. The shelves neatly stocked, every product sold looked too pretty to even use and so many colours! Stuck for souvenirs then head here, a little something for everyone!

Words and images by Emily Baker
@emilyisabaker


Travel Guide: Copenhagen

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Our first sister trip, it was a hard decision but out of Copenhagen and Berlin we picked Copenhagen. Maybe a tad expensive for a student and a part timer but with £50 flights who could resist (more about that in my guide). Me being a 'photographer' and my sister being a graphic designer we felt like we made the right decision with the destination. Everything is cool here. We were there for 3 nights and guess what... I thought UK weather was biploar but CPH was 10x worse. We'd get excited that the sun was out but a few seconds later... downpour. The rain does not phase the danish like it does us, I noticed. It didn't ruin our trip atall except we didn't make it to Tivoli. If you enjoy good food, neat shops and all things design then I couldn't recommend this city enough..

Stay - Hotel Sp34

When we were booking our flights I already knew where I wanted to stay but obviously had to do some research into places (because that's a fun bit about booking a trip... right?) I remember falling in love with hotel Sp34 when I saw the photographs Hannah Matcha had previously put on Instagram. We got a double room, free organic breakfast buffet and a free 5-6pm wine hour (that we managed to miss the first two days but ran to on our last evening!). The hotel was in a perfect location on a narrow street in the Latin quarter, a short stroll away from central station, city hall and the famous Tivoli gardens. On first impressions, well we were impressed. Clean, minimal and a well thought out lobby space with a fancy bar area with huge wine cabinets obviously with a good selection of wine for wine hour! In the city of design lays this Scandinavian decorated hotel, cold colours but warm feel it's almost weird. The space has lots of different seating dotted around... comfy arm chairs, wooden chairs with built in tables and big squashy sofas to wind down on after a day of exploring. The bedroom has iron grey walls, with a glass light, soft white linen covering the comfortable beds. The beds has curved headboards with leather cushions that were fashioned from the backs of chairs. Our room was more spacious than I was expecting.. We had space to hang clothes and there was a little hot drink making station (I resisted so hard not to leave with a cute ceramic mug!). Luckily for us we had a huge window facing the street so yes of course we spied on the apartments opposite. Breakfast buffets, one of my favourite things about trips. Sp34 offer an organic buffet, we enjoyed switching it up daily. First day was broken soft eggs on light fluffy slices of bread with some fruit and oats. Second day was soft boiled dippy eggs and yes this is when I discovered the delicious jam and croissants! Which I then had the following morning (my mouth is actually watering right now, I miss this!) We got free lattes and fresh juices too!


Eat - Neighbourhood

I knew this was going to be where we would head for food first... pizza is one of my all time favourite things to eat. This menu of organic pizzas really caught my attention mostly because they've stepped away from the usual pizza toppings. We started off with a 10 pound cocktail and then dived in.. I went for the 'Shiitake codfish' which was a pizza topped with chilli & lemongrass roasted codfish, shiitake mushrooms, Vesterhavs cheese, pickled red onions, soy & lime dressing, cashew nuts and coriander. Literally i've never had a pizza with so much damn flavour. London, step up! (a £50 meal for two)

Eat - Bacchouse

This place wasn't on our 'to-go-to' list, we just stumbled upon it and we were very glad we did. A very chilled atmosphere and a place used to do 'homework' etc. The menu wasn't huge so we did end up ordering the same thing, smørrebrød with avocado, pesto with Mexican spices (plus I really fancied avocado!). I was so glad chai lattes were almost served everywhere, mmm.

Eat - Italo Disco

So we weren't really fancying anywhere on our list, but we knew we fancied italian but of course we had already had pizza the previous night so we found ourselves online searching for italian restaurants. We came across this mysterious place... the website doesn't really tell you anything so we basically turned up blind. We sat down and was told it was a set menu and she told us the menu (twice because I couldn't seem to take it all in the first time). We went for the vegetarian option and opted out of dessert. So for starters we had antipasto (mozzarella, mushrooms, fried anchovies, fried zucchini and white fish on bread) and for main we had eggplant cannelloni with a tomato sauce. All of this was super tasty especially the main. We really enjoyed the whole dining experience here. It was very low key but the waitress was very helpful and attentive and the chef even bought out our food and explained what each dish was. (another £50 meal for two).

Eat - Condesa

It took us a long while but we finally found a mexican, a very decent mexican at that! The service was terrible, it was as if the whole place was just kicking back, I hope we just came on an off day. Despite that, it did have a great atmosphere, neon lights and cool music. But let's get to these most scrumptious shrimp tacos! the best tacos i've ever had (Sorry Rakesh, you know I adore your fish tacos). We only had two each and wished we got more! We also had spiced fries with a spicy dip of some sort. After eating the place got filled up with fashion students for a fashion show type thing (we're still unsure) but we enjoyed the free beers nonetheless.

Eat - The Donut Shop

We wasn't gunna but we did... of course we did. How could we have not! I went for the plain glazed because i'm a plain jane but my sister went for the iced oreo ring and both were so good. There's a few of these dotted around the city so I suggest you get yourself into one and have a little treat. "Donut miss out!”

Eat - CPH Street Food

We decided to head here before catching our plane home because it's kind of on route to the airport. I'm glad I got out of my "can't be bothered" funk because this was one of my highlights of the trip. Yes I understand like London is now full of these street food places (such as Kerb, Street feast, Pop Brixton etc) but there was something else about this place. It had a more relaxed atmosphere.. everyone seemed to be kicking back with friends and it just felt nice to be a part of it. I went for the Hanoi beef toastie (organic beef, sesame sauce, satay sauce and crispy red cabbage) from Toast. It's not something i'd usually go for but I felt like trying something completely different and I don't have any regrets because the flavours just wow. My sister went for vegetarian Colombian food from La Tienda. Look how cute everything looks! You must must visit, also get a delicious rum and coke from Cocktails & Drinks.

Drink - Mikkeller

One from my sisters list, ah how my sister has good taste. Good beer and good cherry beer. Brewed in Berlin. Probably best to head here before you get the after work crowd as there isn't much seating but so cosy and great place for a drink. Love the illustrations.

Drink - Props Coffee Shop

I love making places to go lists but I love finding places more. It started to rain and we were parched and wet so we took shelter in this cute coffee shop, they didn't have chai lattes though but I was content with chai tea!

Drink - Parterre

We walked over the bridge to Christianshavn and we kinda didn't know where to head (we thought the free town was a bit far to go before a flight as we didn't actually leave enough time). So we started walking down by a canal and spotted this cute coffee shop (another find!). They had outside heaters which was handy and shelter which was also handy as of course it started raining loads. We sat here with our suitcases laughing like old ladies, people watching (this is where we noticed how the rain doesn't really phase the Danish).

Do - Botanical Gardens

We both love a botanical garden, but who doesn't nowadays. This one was rather huge actually, different areas for different plants. The cacti area was nice, set out a bit like an aquarium but quite small. Next was the huge palm haus, very similar to Kew Gardens palm house with spiral stairs. Despite seeing these places often, of course this is worth a visit. Prickly friends.

Do - Nyhavn

A short walk from the Design Museum is Nyhavn harbour, one of the main tourist attractions of Copenhagen. It wasn't really like how we expected, the side with all the bars/restaurants on kind of reminded me of the harbour in Barcelona with all the seats with blankets on etc. It was nice though and worth walking around. To make things a little more exciting for you there is two waffle/ice cream shops!

Do - Hay House

Obviously go here, why wouldn't you. If you're a big design fan, stationary fan or just interior design fan this will be like heaven for you. Everything was perfectly placed over two floors of an apartment in the city centre. There's a Hay market and you will want to spend money. I regrettably only left with the gold plated coffee spoon thing (as a souvenir for Rakesh that he didn't appreciate, he doesn't know what Hay is about... yet)

Do - Dome of Visions

A pretty place to chill, escape and warm up... It's lovely and warm in here. We didn't get a drink or anything but you're able to, we just walked around snap happy and kept saying "wow" "isn't this cool". The dome is a beautiful structure filled with nature. If you're headed to Christianshavn then go via here.

I don't usually write about shops but these are the shops that caught my attention! This cute two floored store is located off the main shopping street and it sells quirky homewares, textiles, jewellery and stationary.

Shop - The Design Museum

We only came here to browse the shop and what a great put together shop it was. Tonnes of design books of course, Hay products and independent designer products. You could pop in here before heading to Nyhavn as it's a short walk away!

Shop - Playtype

Beth had visiting the Play type pop up in London last year and insisted we visited and I did not kick up a fuss, because I love stationary too! Especially when it's mostly got letters on. "Do you have this one with an E on?" My most asked question when walking around. I sadly didn't leave with anything because I was short of money but my sister luckily left with a huge poster (that she worried about getting home on the plane) and a notebook.

Shop - Viktoria Ceramics

We saw this place on a whim, it was nice.. We was welcomed by friendly faces and were told if we wanted a tour of the workshop. A cute tucked away space behind the main shops. Worth a visit if you're into ceramics. I'm still so sad I only had a limited amount of money for this trip and next time I'll remember to save money way in advance.

Words and images by Emily Baker
@emilyisabaker


Money Saving


Managing your finances is a hard task in general but I’m gonna take a guess and say that it’s probably a lot harder as a student. I wasn’t used to buying food or cooking for myself before I came to uni. Even buying loo roll for the first time was a challenge on it’s own. Comparing prices and trying to find the best deal is something I learnt quite quickly though as I started out by buying brands and products my parents did at home. That quickly became unrealistic so own brands and Aldi became my best pals. The thing people do not realise is that these cheaper options are actually perfectly fine, I mean I think shopping at Aldi is totally on trend right now? It’s cool to be smart and save money now guys so don’t put your nose up at it. You’re a student; you’ve got bevs and travelling to save for.

I actually find joy in bargain hunting when doing a food shop; the reduced section in Tesco’s is where it’s at. Try 3pm or later on in the evening at about 7/8pm and you’ll find the goods. You may have to fight off the oldies that hover about but I always find something for like 80p that I wouldn’t usually be able to afford on a normal shop.

Being resourceful is a great skill, if you are already then great but if you’re not then get training yourself to be. I can now eat until my fridge is empty before I do a food shop. I mean it, zilch on my shelf. It’s doable if you have some basics in the cupboard and those are chopped tomatoes, coconut milk and herbs/spices that are there to be used, not just to look pretty. You can make a curry out of anything, got left over veg, a can of chopped tomatoes and various spices? There ya go. A nutritious meal that is probably a lot healthier than the jar of curry sauce you’d buy.

I mean maybe it’s just getting used to a lower standard of living but saving money is so rewarding for me, seeing the sum get bigger each time I add to it is exciting. Fair enough not having those sweet treats every day might be hard to start with but holidays and experiences are worthwhile and once you’re saving you’ll be able to do a lot more.

Putting your earnings into your savings as soon as you get paid and moving it over until you need it isn’t as convenient as just paying for something so it gives you a little longer to think about what you’re buying. Definitely think twice about what you’re about to buy, do you need it? Will you use it? Are you just buying it because it’s there? Re think buying new outfits for every night out you go on too, people are allowed to wear an outfit more than twice, you’re not Kim K, you’re a student that likes to get wear out of your already great wardrobe, ok? Just because everyone else is it doesn’t mean you have to as well, that’s another factor in saving money too. Sure Fomo is a thing but not doing what everyone else is doing just for the sake of doing could save you quite a bit. Opting for dinner in and cooking as a group instead of constantly eating out or having bevs at home and playing some games instead of splashing out on drinks in town is actually really fun, some of your greatest memories will come from those nights. Cheap is in fact cheerful and it’s alright to be on the budget tour. We’re allowed to be cheapskates for these 3+ years of our life and sort of get away with it. Of course do not miss out on every fun thing that your friends do because saving can actually be quite obsessive (I’ve been in that situation before, it’s great in the long run but treat yourself once in a while!).

Taking 20 quid out for a night out and drinking copious amounts of Aldi wine at pre drinks will save you money, also scoping out which clubs are easy to sneak booze in is something we’ve become good at doing. I know it’s bad and we shouldn’t do it but drinks are crazy expensive and yeah that’s only if things get real bad, alright?

I am in third year, I’ve not been out in over a month, in 9 days I can go wild, eat all of the food, drink all of the wine and spend the cash I’ve managed to save up because I proper deserve to. Having the mindset of “I wrote 100 words of my dissertation, I deserve a Strongbow dark fruits, get me t’pub” won’t really make you feel good, you’ll just be sat drinkin’ and thinkin’ about all the words you could be writing at that moment in time. Rewarding yourself when a reward is necessary is way more rewarding. You can do it.

From One Student To Another



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