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Northern Ireland Student Blog

What these Queen’s students say about Belfast might surprise you

24/04/2018 - If all you know about Belfast is what your parents have told you about a by-gone era, think again. As these students found out, Belfast is safe, friendly and affordable modern city that’s buzzing with energy and culture.

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Queen's Student Blog

24 pics that will reassure you if you’re worried about making friends at Queen’s

24/04/2018 - From the like-minded folk on your course to the fun-loving peeps you’ll encounter in our clubs and societies, there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people and make friends at Queen’s. Just let these student pictures inspire your #squadgoals

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Queen's Student Blog

28 amazing photos from Queen's students that will make you want to study abroad

24/04/2018 - Got a bad case of wanderlust? With the global opportunities available at Queen’s, you can travel the world during your time here. Let these pictures from our current students inspire your #travelgoals

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

8 Amazing Part-time Student Jobs Available Right Here on Campus

19/04/2018 - How would you like to earn cash, have fun and boost your CV to boot?

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Queen's Student Blog

What is a Russell Group uni and what does it mean for you?

18/04/2018 - You’ve probably come across the phrase ‘Russell Group’ in your university selection process. But what does it mean and how important is it?

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Queen's Student Blog

Why the GB Scholarship is a great reason to make Queen’s your firm choice.

18/04/2018 - How does £7,500 a year sound? How about free flight, room upgrades and more? Read on…

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Scott Duffield, BA Broadcast Production

A GB Student’s Guide to Flying Home for the Weekend

13/04/2018 - It’s easier than you think to pop home for a visit!

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Michael McConway, BA History and Politics

Top tips for coming out of your shell at uni

13/04/2018 - Introverts, there is where you come into your own

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Victoria Brown, BA English and Film Studies

The emotional journey of writing at university versus writing at school

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Alisha Ratcliffe, BA English

7 Truths Every English Studies Student at Queen’s Knows

11/04/2018 - Six hours of class a week does not mean it's easy, okay?

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Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security

A week in the life of a Global Security and Borders postgraduate student

11/04/2018 - Borders are a hot topic these days (Brexit, anyone?) and as Master’s student Marissa Piccolo explains, it’s incredibly rewarding to study some of the greatest challenges facing us all.

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Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security

10 Hours in Winterfell: Inside a Game of Thrones Tour!

11/04/2018 - When you arrive at Queen’s, prepare to get your GOT nerd on and express your inner Stark., says Master's student Marissa Piccolo, from Connecticut, USA.

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Ingrid Briano Jasso, MSc Leadership

5 ways my Queen’s placement has been a life-changing experience

11/04/2018 - As part of her MSc in Leadership for Sustainable Development, Queen's student Ingrid Briano Jasso, from Mexico, got the opportunity to volunteer in Kenya - a trip that has changed her life.

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Nermin Al Sharman, PhD Interpreting

My first St Patrick’s Day in pictures

13/04/2018

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Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

Making the leap from school to university

11/04/2018 - Starting university is a big change from school life, but keep these top tips in mind and it’ll be a breeze.

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

What it’s really like to study English at Queen’s

11/04/2018 - From a typical timetable to what happens inside the lecture theatre, Peter Moor reveals what it’s like to be an English student at Queen’s.

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

Where to relive the history of the Titanic in Belfast

11/04/2018 - On April 15th 1912, the famous Titanic ship sunk; 106 years on, Belfast pays homage to the passengers of the doomed liner.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

Things to do in Belfast: A Student Guide to the Best Festivals and Events in the City

26/03/2018 - From art and food to culture and comedy, Belfast has a packed schedule of international festivals, celebrations and events for you to enjoy. Here is just a snapshot.

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The do’s and don’ts of surviving the wait for your Queen’s offer

23/03/2018 - Step away from the email refresh button, people

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Hannah Badger, BSc (Hons) Human Biology

A guide to living with your parents while at Queen’s

23/03/2018 - It’s not as bad as you think (and you’ll be guaranteed free food!).

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

Five reasons to book a campus tour before confirming your offer

26/03/2018 - Campus tour guide Peter Moor explains why visiting Queen’s is the only way to get a feel for the university and the city.

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

Top five theatres in Belfast

13/03/2018 - From cutting-edge comedy to big-band musicals, Belfast is home to some of the best theatre in the world.

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Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

How to Deal with Mixed Feelings About Leaving Home For University

22/03/2018 - International student Shing Him Mak offers his advice on making the move to Belfast from overseas.

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Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security

Four Things to do in Downpatrick (just in time for St Patrick’s Day)

14/03/2018 - Master’s student Marissa Piccolo, from Connecticut, USA, on why a cultural trip to Downpatrick is a must while you’re studying in Belfast.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

A-Z of Belfast for 2018

7/03/2018 - Your bite-sized guide to student life in the city.

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10 Reasons to Confirm Your Place At Queen's

8/03/2018 - Here are just ten of the reasons you should join us in Belfast.

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Nermin Al Sharman, PhD Interpreting

Six money-saving tips every Queen's student needs to know

13/03/2018 - The apps, sites and discount cards that can save you major mullah.

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Emily Romeril, Guest blogger

Four things you might not know about Queen’s rowing Club

13/03/2018 - Row, row, row your boat gently down the Lagan, says guest blogger Emily Romeril, a member of Queen's Rowing Club

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Nermin Al Sharman, PhD Interpreting

Where to find The best veggie food close to campus

12/03/2018 - Six of the best meat-free maestros in and around uni.

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Francesca Morelli, BSc International Business

Why a placement year abroad is worth it

9/03/2018 - As her year working in France winds down, Francesca Morelli is leaving Paris with new friends, new skills and new confidence.

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Nermin Al Sharman, PhD Interpreting

Where to find Halal food in Belfast

9/03/2018 - Having access to home comforts is at the very top of every international student's list of priorities. Queen’s postgraduate student Nermin Al Sharman from Jordan has got you covered with her guide on where to get halal food in Belfast.

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Sinead Henry, BA Politics, Philosophy and Eco

5 Things I Love About Volunteering

6/03/2018 - I’ve been a volunteer since I was 14 and now I can’t imagine my life without it. I’ve made so many friends and done things I never would have done before, so take a look at why I love volunteering.

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

6 International Foodie Hotspots in Belfast

2/03/2018 - Yes, you’re in Northern Ireland, but that doesn’t mean that you have to stick with endless Ulster Frys and bowls galore of beef stew. Take the chance to go a bit exotic and try some of these international foodie hotspots around Belfast.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

A Student’s Guide to Belfast

27/02/2018 - Get your bearings with this local guide to the student hotspots.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

What Belfast people say versus what they actually mean

26/02/2018 - Hint: this can get confusing.

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Nermin Al Sharman, PhD Interpreting

Why Queen's Qulture Shock is an event not to be missed

13/04/2018 - Hello, drama, dance, music, comedy, rituals and food from around the world.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

QUIZ: Are you a Titanorak or a Thronie?

26/02/2018 - Belfast’s film industry is thriving with every major production crew from 'Line of Duty' to 'The Fall' coming to Northern Ireland, but which TV tribe do you belong to?

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

Ten things about studying in Northern Ireland that’ll stop your parents worrying

27/02/2018 - Did you know it’s the safest place in the UK?

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Shreya Mohal, International MBA

6 Thoughts You Have Seeing Snow for the First Time

2/03/2018 - The Northern Irish weather can be, erm, unpredictable, but it also throws up some beautifully unexpected surprises, says MBA student Shreya Mohal.

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Farah Hamdan, BSc Environmental Management

The Best Places to Go Hiking in Belfast If You Don't have A Car

22/02/2018 - These jaw-dropping hikes are a must on your uni bucket list, says Environmental Management undergraduate, Farah Hamdan. The best bit? They are just a short bus ride away from campus.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

Belfast student area guide

28/02/2018 - Our guide to finding the right area to live in the city.

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Nermin Al Sharman, PhD Interpreting

18 Instagrams that will make you want to study in Belfast

19/02/2018 - Queen’s postgraduate student Nermin Al Sharman, the Jordanian blogger behind The White Rose Project shares Belfast through her lens.

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

Five Simple Travel Hacks if You’re Flying To Queen’s from other parts of the UK

20/02/2018 - With these air travel tips, the one-hour flight to Belfast from your UK city will be a doddle, says Peter Moor, from Huddersfield.

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Alisha Ratcliffe, BA English

A Student’s Guide to Living in Stranmillis

13/02/2018 - There are lots of affordable areas where students choose to live after they move on from Queen’s accommodation. Here, undergraduate Alisha Ratcliffe explains why she chose Stranmillis.

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

The most charming bookshops in Belfast (updated)

13/02/2018 - You’re going to university. The reality is you’re going to be doing a fair bit of reading. The perfect excuse to take a nosey round some of the cutest bookshops in and around Queen’s, says Peter Moor.

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Shreya Mohal, International MBA

5 Culture Shock Moments that Indian Students Experience When they Arrive in Belfast

12/02/2018 - Living and studying at Queen’s University has been the best experience, but it’s not without a few surprises, says MBA student Shreya Mohal.

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Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security

5 things to do on a Sunday Staycation in Portrush

9/02/2018 - Just over an hour and forty minutes by train at the reduced Sunday fare of £7.50, Portrush inspired a #StaycationSunday tradition for Master’s student Marissa Piccolo, from Connecticut, USA.

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Lucy Brown, PhD Chemistry

Four reasons you should dive in to the Underwater Hockey club at Queen’s

2/02/2018 - Fun, friends and fitness are just a few of the reasons to take the plunge, says Lucy Brown from Cambridge, England, a member of Queen’s Underwater Hockey Club

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Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security

Why Whitehead is the unsung hero of the Causeway Coast (and it's only 40 mins from campus!)

1/02/2018 - Need a study break? Dramatic limestone cliffs and an old-world charm make this coastal resort a must-do day trip, says Master's student Marissa Piccolo, from Connecticut, USA.

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Jocelyn Hill, MB Medicine

Five reasons Queen's sailing club rocks

31/01/2018 - When you find a hobby that you love, university life is plain sailing, says guest blogger Jocelyn Hill from Queen's sailing club

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Francesca Morelli, BSc International Business

Parisian Things I was Unaware of Before Working Abroad

1/02/2018 - French pigeons came to slay, says International Business with French undergraduate, Francesca Morelli

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Nyemahame Okwu, MB Medicine

Four things to know about Queen’s cultural melting pot

30/01/2018 - Everyone can benefit from our global campus, says guest blogger Nyemahame Okwu, from Queen's African Caribbean Society

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

Six things to do on a day trip to Dublin

24/01/2018 - The Irish capital is less than two hours by train and costs as little as a tenner return, so it’s well worth a day trip, says undergraduate Peter Moor, from Huddersfield, England.

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Maria Luiza Amadeu Henriques dos Santos, LLM

5 Ways Queen's has boosted my confidence

30/01/2018 - There are lots of lessons to be learned outside the lecture theatre, says Maria Luiza Amadeu Henriques dos Santos, LLM International Business Law, from Brazil

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Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security

5 Reasons Your Next Day Trip Should be to Murlough Nature Reserve

25/01/2018 - Combining sea and mountains and more fresh air than your lungs can handle, the stunning Mourne Mountains should be top of your Northern Ireland travel bucket list, says Master's student Marissa Piccolo, from Connecticut, USA.

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Francesca Morelli, BSc International Business

Working abroad: Office life versus student life

12/01/2018 - Those early starts are a shock to the system, says International Business with French undergraduate, Francesca Morelli

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Rafal Kacprzyk, MSc Biochemistry

Four things I’ve learned about Skydiving at Queen’s

6/09/2017 - The sky is not the limit, says guest blogger Rafal Kacprzyk, President of Queen's Skydiving Club

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Alisha Ratcliffe, BA English

Christmas in Belfast on a budget

19/10/2017 - December is an expensive month, but you can still feel festive on a student budget, says English undergraduate Alisha Ratcliffe.

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Francesca Morelli, BSc International Business

Top tips for surviving your first months working abroad

19/10/2017 - Working abroad is a life-changing experience, but that doesn't mean it isn't a lonely one, says International Business with French undergraduate, Francesca Morelli

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Francesca Morelli, BSc International Business

Confessions of an NI girl in Paris

19/10/2017 - Contrary to what you see on Instagram, she doesn't spend her weekends eating baguettes at the Eiffel Tower, says International Business with French undergraduate, Francesca Morelli

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Lucy Rutherford, BSc Psychology

If you have these personality traits, Queen’s surf club could be for you.

6/09/2017 - You can't stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf, says guest blogger Lucy Rutherford from Queen's Surf Club

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Rachel Darragh, PGCE Education (Mathematics)

Four reasons I love Queen’s dance club

6/09/2017 - Dance lets you find yourself, and lose yourself at the same time, says guest blogger Rachel Darragh, President of the Dance Society at Queen's

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Farah Hamdan, BSc Environmental Management

Five Stunning Green Spaces in Belfast

1/02/2018 - Need some headspace when the assignments are piling up? Grab some fresh air in one of these incredible outdoor places – most within walking distance of campus, says Environmental Management undergraduate, Farah Hamdan

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Alishia O'Boyle, Law LLB

A trip to the Naughton Gallery

19/12/2016 - On the 8th of December, I visited the Naughton Gallery at Queens for the first time. It was a refreshing new experience as I had never actually visited a gallery before although it was on my ‘to do’ list.

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Alishia O'Boyle, Law LLB

The Difference Between School and University

13/12/2016 - Throughout sixth form, I always used to hear the same comments by teachers – ‘this is sixth form now, the spoon feeding is over’ which more or less translated to stop being lazy and do the work yourself this time round.

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Calista Arthey, History & Archaeology

Starting University with mental health issues

5/12/2016 - Mental health problems are becoming an increasing issue for young adults across the world, and these issues can have a significant effect on life at university.

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RHIANNE MORGAN, MA HISTORY

Autumn Adventures: Belfast and Beyond

29/11/2016 - Hey guys, so here's my second blog on my Autumn Adventures which include Halloween, Dublin and the Christmas markets!

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Alishia O'Boyle, Law LLB

My last minute journey to Belfast after clearing and adjustment

28/11/2016 - Coming through adjustment, especially being the only student in my school to do so that year, was a pleasantly surprising but simple process which led me to where I initially wanted to be in the first place – Queen's.

Rhianne Morgan, MA History

Moving in and a trip to the Titanic: My first few weeks in Belfast

22/11/2016 - So this is my first blog entry and it only seems right to speak about my move to Belfast and what I was up to the first two weeks. So here's goes...

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Meg Walton, BSc Business Management

Life in Belfast: My first few weeks at Queen's

21/11/2016 - Apart from a little bit more rain compared to what I am used to at home, I couldn’t have imagined a friendlier environment.

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Calista Arthey, BA History & Archaeology

7 ways I cope with student stress

21/11/2016 - With a hundred thoughts pacing through my head, I glance at my calendar once again – 3 deadlines next week. 3 essays from 3 modules. All 2000 or 3000 words each...

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Alishia O'Boyle, LLB Law

Belfast to the Isle of Man: Heading home for Bonfire Night!

14/11/2016 - So here I am, about to set off home to the Isle of Man for the weekend. Can’t say I’m not ecstatic to get a cup of tea which I haven’t had to make, or food for that matter.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

27 student photos that perfectly capture the beauty of Northern Ireland

24/04/2018 - Wondering what there is to do in your downtime while you're a student at Queen's? Take a leaf out of these students' books and take in the epic countryscapes, beaches and mountains right on the doorstep of Queen's.