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Guest Blog: From Lille to Brum

by Victor Malfait I’m a student in a French school called Sciences Po in Lille, I study political sciences. It’s a degree we do over 5 years, and it is compulsory to do a year abroad during our third year – similar to some course at Aston. I wanted to go to the UK, because I’ve always loved the place; I’ve been many times before, visiting London, Liverpool, and Manchester – to name a few. I looked at the available universities and I chose Aston University in Birmingham because it’s in a big city (there were no London choices)....

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Guest Blog: Olly on Life with A Mental Health Condition at Aston

Everyone struggles when they move to uni – I was no exception. But what made my struggle different was having to juggle the newfound independence with a recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Experiencing the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, sometimes within hours of each other, took its toll. Alongside strong medications that made me gain lots of weight in a short space of time, the juggle felt impossible to handle at times. However, the Enabling Team at Aston are second-to-none, providing me with a weekly counsellor and a meeting with someone who helped me prioritise my...

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EVER WONDERED WHAT YOU CAN DO IN FRANCE DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON? READ OUR GUEST BLOGGER HANNAH HINE’S EXPERIENCE. The festive season has arrived! Getting to experience Christmas in France is one of the best things about placement year. I have done a few things during these last few weeks in France and I will be sharing these in this blog.     Christmas felt like it began in mid-November here in Grenoble, as the university I study at was filled with skis, boards, boots, poles and all sorts of snow accessories and clothing for an event. The event,...

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Looking to go away over the festive period? Read guest blogger Marija’s placement year travel tips for some inspiration.   Time flies when you are having fun! Before starting my placement, I was told by other students that the time would fly by and here I am nearly half way through my placement wondering where the past six months have gone! While the 9-5 work schedule doesn’t leave me much spare time during the week, I always try to make the most of my weekends. After a hiking trip to Norway, I paid a visit to Italy and managed to see both Venice and Rome in just three days!!...

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