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So whilst most other 2nd years are finished for the Summer, Midwifery 2nd years still have two assignments, one big practical assessment document to complete and this is all on top of the placement hours we have to complete each week. So this is the time when I draw on all the hints and tips I have heard!

1. Timetable: I am all about organising my time so I buy a cheap diary and write in certain subjects to revise/ assignments to work- that way I know I've not forgotten anything!

2. Sleep and Food: I can't work when I am tired or hungry so an early night is always on the cards and plenty of regular healthy snacks! I say healthy because this aids concentration - oily fish in particular apparently. But I do reach for the chocolate as a reward too!

3. Environment: I can't revise with the TV on or with lots of noise around me as I get much too distracted. Instead I find some calm, quite background music really helpful- Ben Howard is my favourite at the moment :D

4. Work Hard, Play Hard: I don't mean ending up exhausted and burnt out but you have to have time for yourself or you will go stir crazyyy! I enjoy running so that's often my sanity- a nice run through Richmond Park. But even meeting friends for lunch or a coffee is a well-earned break! Plan you relaxation or fun time so you have something to look forward too when your staring into your books.

5. Get Help: If you are not sure of something then don't suffer in silence ASK someone, you will regret it later otherwise and chances are if you don't know then others don't either!

6. Planning: Know when, where and the time of your exam/ deadline. Make sure you know what you need to take and how you're going to get there. There's nothing worse than last minute stress after all your preparation!

 

I always make this to use up leftovers!

INGREDIENTS: (With my prices from ASDA.)

  • ½ a ciabatta= 50pPizza Ingredients
  • ¼ tube of tomato puree= 15p
  • ¼ jar of pesto= 28p
  • 1 tomato= 9p
  • Packet of mozzarella= 67p
  • 1/6 bunch fresh herbs= 13p
  • Drizzle of oil- store cupboard
  • Ground pepper- store cupboard

Total= £1.82.

METHOD:

1.   Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

2.   Carefully slice your ciabatta in ½ lengthways and place on a baking tray.

3.   Drizzle with olive oil and season with black pepper.

4.  Then spread on the tomato puree.

5.  Add your toppings! I used mozzarella, sliced tomato, herbs and pesto.

6.   Bake for approximately 20mins until the cheese has melted and the base is crisp. Then ENJOY...

Pippa's Healthy Pizza

Other topping ideas: cooked chicken/ ham/ pepperoni/ sausage/cheddar cheese/ mushrooms/ onion/ peppers/ pineapple/ tuna/ bacon.

Whatever you fancy/ have in the bottom of your fridge! ;D

Also £1.87 is much cheaper than any takeaway pizza so you can treat your friends too without breaking the budget!

I <3 NYC!

Posted 11 Jun 2014 by Isobel

 

Walking on the HighlineI was really lucky, and one of the benefits of going with uni was that they organized the flights and accommodation so I didn't have to worry about that side of the trip, just about what I wanted to do and see whilst I was there.  

They also organized some studio visits of illustrators, animators and the Copper Union, which is an art institute in New York. I went to see two illustrator studios and that was amazing, really inspiring and interesting to see the spaces they create their work and get the chance to ask them questions.

It was a bit over whelming at first - all the buildings are so tall - but once you get your head around it, it becomes really easy to get around. We used the subway a lot; although walking was nice because you got to see a lot, the blocks are generally longer than they look on the map so you get really tired. On the first day as a whole group (there were forty of us in total) we went on the ferry to Staten Island as it's free and you get a really good view going past the Statue of Liberty.She's surprisingly not as big as I'd thought she'd be! After that everybody kind of split off into to smaller groups, as we all had different studio visits and things that we wanted to see and do. My friends and I made our way over to Brooklyn for a studio visit to see the illustrator Mike Perry. His studios are in an old Heinz Factory; it was so nice, so much space to make things in. Then we walked over Brooklyn bridge, which I'd highly recommend doing if you've never been before. You get a really amazing view going into the city. From there we kind of wandered into the city and went to check out Ground Zero. It felt so weird and sad to be in the location where it all happened after seeing so much about it on TV. That evening is one I shall never forget, myself and three other friends went to the famous Jazz club, BB Kings, to see Ladysmith Black Mambazo... IT WAS AMAZING.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Every morning we would start the day at one of New York's many breakfast Diners, having either a waffle or pancakes covered in maple syrup and bacon with a glass of fresh orange juice - It was SO GOOD! We spent the day exploring New York, going to areas such as Chelsea and SoHo and getting a feel of New York life. Occasionally we'd stop to do some location drawings - after all it was an illustration trip... In the evening, even though we were feeling shattered from all the sight seeing we managed to find some energy and go to a Northern Soul night recommended to us by our tutor. The DJ was called DJ Fine Wine! The evening after that two of my friends and I managed to get last minute tickets to see 'Matilda' on Broadway. If you ever go to New York I'd highly recommend seeing if you can get any cheap last minute tickets, it was so good!! If not that, my friends saw a Punch Drunk performance that is set in a hotel that sounded really cool.

By the end of the week I'd seen so much but there is still so much more that I want to see so I'll have to go back. I definitely got a good feel for what the city is like though. If you ever get any opportunities to go on a trip abroad with the Uni take it!! It's such a good way to see a place as loads of people see different things everyday and then you end up swapping stories at the end of the day, so you know where's good to go and what to see. Also it's a great time to really get to know people on your course.

Unfortunately they third years don't get the chance to go on the trips on my course as we won't have time so that's the last one for me but I am so glad that I went

!Brooklyn Bridge

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