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Hello, hello and welcome into the world of the curly(haired) girl with a camera. I hope you enjoy your visit!

So, without further ado, time for introductions. My name is Zahra, and, as of last Thursday, I am a University of Leeds Broadcast Journalism Fresher. My particular areas of interest are documentary production and investigative journalism- so, if whilst in Leeds, you see a girl with crazy curls and a camera in tow approaching you, it's probably because I'm desperate for a vox pop. Another one of my career goals is to increase the representation of minority groups in media output, and help to improve access to careers in media and journalism for these groups. As someone with a clearly visible disability, I've experienced a little of how " traditional" routes to journalism could present a challenge to those with certain disabilities, which can be increased by a lack of open-mindedness by some individuals.

.Although I want to pursue a career in broadcasting, I understand the importance of being able to write in a clear, informative and entertaining manner for anyone who wants to pursue a career in journalism. By creating this blog, I'll keep flexing my writing skills and hopefully have an interesting memoir to look back on when I'm capped and gowned. Who knows? Maybe some of you will enjoy reading it.

As the countdown to Leeds is truly under-way for me, I'm going to share the pre-uni madness with you TSR peeps by blogging as much as possible in the weeks leading up to move-in day. May the mayhem begin!

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Countdown to Leeds Day 31 : Pre-uni paperwork party!

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Now that I've finally got my head around the fact that I'm actually going to study at Leeds * excited squeal*, it's been time to make a start on the crazy amount of admin that needs to be done before I so much as cross the Yorkshire border. After seeing countless articles and check-lists which supposedly detail the " 10 things everyone needs to know before going to university", I'd like to add my own contribution:

No. 11- Prepare for your very own pre-university paperwork party

I knew before I started university I'd have almost a trillion things to do. What I wasn't prepared for was the PILES of paperwork that would accompany this. From registering for Student ID to filling out medical history for the campus surgery, I've read and re-read enough forms, that just glancing at black text on a white background is causing my eyes to scream in protest(I'm engaged in a battle of wills with my peepers as I type this )

I know this paperwork is important, and doing it now is definitely better than a last-minute panic at the end of Freshers Week. But I can't deny that going through page after page of admin has not put me in the best of moods. So maybe us thousands of Freshers should turn this not-so-exciting aspect of the beginning of university life into a little celebration. Perhaps by playing our favourite tunes in the background? Or going on a shopping spree dedicated to finding snazzy folders to put all of this paperwork in? Or maybe just by having a celebratory cuppa when it's finally completed!

Any other ideas on how to make getting through the mountains of pre-uni paperwork less of a chore?

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Countdown to Leeds Day 30: Sorting out adapted accommodation, with a bit of soup testing on the side.

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After the paperwork overload of the last couple of days, today's preparation for university took on a more practical form of discussing the adaptations needed within my student accommodation and rearranging the delivery of some specialist equipment so that I could actually turn up to my first lecture on time. Being a student with a disability adds an extra load of things to the pre-university check-list(and subsequently more paperwork-ah the joys!). One my major priorities when initially considering universities was ensuring that the uni's accommodation was suitable for my needs and ultimately a place where I could live comfortably, without fear for my safety or a daily struggle. After viewing some facilities which caused me to question how someone could classify it as suitable for occupants with disabilities(heavy oak doors with no pushpads, buildings with no lifts and bathroom doors which opened outwards, leaving me trapped between that door and the front door), I can safely say the accommodation offered to me at Leeds meets my needs. After being used to fighting and shouting, having supportive staff that truly grasp some of the difficulties I may face, and that are willing to try just about anything to combat this, is a very welcome change.

Besides sorting out my accommodation, I've been on a soup binge. Whilst thinking of quick, easy meals to rustle up at uni, soup was an obvious one. So I've been trying a number of different soups to determine which ones will become my staples for university. I've stuck to some traditional ones, such as leek and potato and carrot and coriander, but have also tried some more adventurous concoctions. Sweet potato, chilli and coconut soups is actually rather nice

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Sweet potato, chilli and coconut soups is actually rather nice
That does sound nice, actually.
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Countdown to Leeds Day 29: My first CV

Hey there :ciao:

As most students that hope to be employed in the future know(and by being employed, I don't mean in McDonald's. There's only so many free Big Macs you can eat), obtaining work experience and internships is vital. Due to the intensely competitive nature of the journalism and broadcasting industry, one which is also going through a period of heavy cuts, gaining relevant experience is crucial for me to stand a chance of having a career in the industry I love.

With this in mind, I've been putting together my first CV. Having studied up to the point where I can embark on a degree, the education section is no problem, and I've obtained a fairly decent amount of work experience so far, so that section poses little issue. What I've been struggling with is the skills/qualities section. It's not that I don't feel that I have the skills that employers find attractive, or that I haven't been in situations that I could relate to a potential employer which demonstrate me utilising these skills.

It's just that on paper, these skills seem incredibly cliché. Team player. People person. A hard worker. I can see the cheese oozing out of these phrases

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That does sound nice, actually.
I recommend it
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Countdown to Leeds Day 28: Pre Uni Blues

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Whether it's a by-product of the stress and anxiety of the past couple of weeks, with fearing the worst about my exam results, followed by the tons of things to do after my place was confirmed, I don't know. But over the last couple of days, I've been feeling a bit on the downside. Worries about whether I've chosen the right course, whether I'll fit in at University, or even whether I'm pursuing the right career have been running around my mind. At a glance everything seems to be going well- I've got a good set of A levels, I'm going to study at my first choice university, and looking again at my course modules, they all seem very interesting. Nevertheless, I'm struggling to shake off the feeling of being down. Hopefully, as things settle down a bit, I'll start feeling excited about university again.

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Countdown to Leeds Day 28: Pre Uni Blues

Heya,

Whether it's a by-product of the stress and anxiety of the past couple of weeks, with fearing the worst about my exam results, followed by the tons of things to do after my place was confirmed, I don't know. But over the last couple of days, I've been feeling a bit on the downside. Worries about whether I've chosen the right course, whether I'll fit in at University, or even whether I'm pursuing the right career have been running around my mind. At a glance everything seems to be going well- I've got a good set of A levels, I'm going to study at my first choice university, and looking again at my course modules, they all seem very interesting. Nevertheless, I'm struggling to shake off the feeling of being down. Hopefully, as things settle down a bit, I'll start feeling excited about university again.

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No point worrying about things you can't control. You'll find out soon enough whether its the right course.


Best thing to do in the lead up to uni is to do some fun things with your parents.

Doing a bit of reading about your modules wouldn't hurt either.
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Any other ideas on how to make getting through the mountains of pre-uni paperwork less of a chore?
I kind of wish I had some paperwork...I'm so anxious to go, the most exciting thing I received today was an email "identifying me as a student with one or more children." I don't have any children
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Countdown to Leeds Day 27: Fun times with the fam

Ello

After the blues of the last couple of days, some fun time with my family was definitely needed. Catching up with relatives I haven't seen in a while, a meal out, day trip to a nearby lake, and some retail therapy later, I'm feeling much more optimistic about going off to university. Yay
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No point worrying about things you can't control. You'll find out soon enough whether its the right course.


Best thing to do in the lead up to uni is to do some fun things with your parents.

Doing a bit of reading about your modules wouldn't hurt either.
As you can read by my last post, I know now that is very good advice Reading about my course modules did also help a lot with reassuring myself I (probably) made the right decision. Fingers crossed!
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Hello, hello and welcome into the world of the curly(haired) girl with a camera. I hope you enjoy your visit!

So, without further ado, time for introductions. My name is Zahra, and, as of last Thursday, I am a University of Leeds Broadcast Journalism Fresher. My particular areas of interest are documentary production and investigative journalism- so, if whilst in Leeds, you see a girl with crazy curls and a camera in tow approaching you, it's probably because I'm desperate for a vox pop. Another one of my career goals is to increase the representation of minority groups in media output, and help to improve access to careers in media and journalism for these groups. As someone with a clearly visible disability, I've experienced a little of how " traditional" routes to journalism could present a challenge to those with certain disabilities, which can be increased by a lack of open-mindedness by some individuals.

.Although I want to pursue a career in broadcasting, I understand the importance of being able to write in a clear, informative and entertaining manner for anyone who wants to pursue a career in journalism. By creating this blog, I'll keep flexing my writing skills and hopefully have an interesting memoir to look back on when I'm capped and gowned. Who knows? Maybe some of you will enjoy reading it.

As the countdown to Leeds is truly under-way for me, I'm going to share the pre-uni madness with you TSR peeps by blogging as much as possible in the weeks leading up to move-in day. May the mayhem begin!

Curly
Your use of the word "hopefully "is incorrect in the third paragraph.

It is an example of a dangling modifier.
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I kind of wish I had some paperwork...I'm so anxious to go, the most exciting thing I received today was an email "identifying me as a student with one or more children." I don't have any children
Oh dear! Which university are you going to?
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Your use of the word "hopefully "is incorrect in the third paragraph.

It is an example of a dangling modifier.
Thank you for highlighting my mistake. Pity you couldn't have highlighted what a mistake it was to put Hitler in power rather than using your propaganda skills to aid his ascent.
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Thank you for highlighting my mistake. Pity you couldn't have highlighted what a mistake it was to put Hitler in power rather than using your propaganda skills to aid his ascent.
It was either him or Stalin.
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Oh dear! Which university are you going to?
I'm going to Newcastle to study Linguistics. I'll think of you when the train goes through Leeds!
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Countdown to Leeds Day 26: A frightening story

Hi,

Whilst discussing university with my family, my mum told me an awful story which she had seen in a newspaper concerning a student whose drink had been spiked with a date-rape drug. Now, I'm aware that ,unfortunately, the spiking of drinks with date-rape drugs is not unheard of. However, as a fresher, this story has reinforced how careful I will have to be once I have started university.

After doing a bit of googling around the topic of drink-spiking, one of the points in this article http://www.victimsservices.justice.n...king_myths.pdf
really stood out. The article highlights how drink-spiking isn't limited to nightclubs or bars. Spiking can occur at any event where there are beverages-restaurants, barbecues, parties. I've known of an incident of drink-spiking at a wedding, which was thankfully uncovered.

Just wanted to draw the attention of others to this, as the story of the drink-spiking did for me

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