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Alice Hajek

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Catch The Running Bug!


Illustration by @squigglers 

For many of us, running for miles on end can seem both unappealing and unachievable. However, once you have caught the running bug it is hard to believe you ever felt like that! With summer finally in sight now is the time to lace up and get out there.

As the days are getting warmer, flowers are not the only things springing up across Nottingham. Runners are everywhere! They pound the pavements throughout Lenton and across campus, leaving a trail of guilt behind them as they overtake less active members of the university. Yet, as we watch them disappear into the distance whilst tucking into our chocolate bar of choice, it may come as shock to know that the majority of these runners were not born with the innate ability to run further and faster than the rest of us. They had to start somewhere.

Ever since the success of the London Olympics last summer, the country has been on a sporting buzz, but unfortunately the British weather does not make it easy for budding athletes. However, the recent change in temperature means we can no longer blame the climate for that extra layer of blubber. Whether you are a complete beginner or a veteran who is out of practice, there are no more excuses. Getting a good balance between your diet and exercise will help you on your way to that summer body, as well as relieving stress throughout the exam period.

Interview Tips: Dos and Don’ts



As a final year, the real world is getting closer and closer by the day. Unfortunately, the hunt for a graduate job is gruelling and competitive, simply getting through to the interview stage is a big achievement in itself. For the rookies amongst us interviews can be daunting, especially if it is your first one. To get you started Her Campus Nottingham has put together a few dos and don’ts to help you ace that interview and secure your dream job.

1        From the moment you enter the office the interview has begun. It may seem obvious but politeness towards receptionists and other staff is important. Some companies have been known to record reception areas during interview periods, as well as placing the interviewers and top employees into fake roles around the office. You never know if the postman might actually be your new boss.

2        If you know who will be interviewing you it is always a good idea to look them up online. Linkedin profiles can tell you how long an employee has been at the company, their role and any previous employment. You may find that they went to the same university or that they live in the same town. Finding common ground can create a more personal relationship with the interviewer and help calm those nerves!

3        Another vital bit of research should be about the company. You need to know what they do and why you want to work for them. Don’t lie when asked if you are applying for jobs elsewhere, just make sure you can say why you want this job more than the others (even if that part may not be true).

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The Best Ways To Fight Off The Winter Blues


For a lucky few the winter season is their favourite time of year. For the rest of us it can be the toughest. The short days, bitter winds, torrential rain and unflattering amounts of layers are just a few of the things that make us begrudge this gruelling season. However, we can, and we must, fight off the winter blues. Here are a few ideas on how to fight the urge to hibernate and to get the most out of this winter season. 

1.      Keep Exercising

It is all too easy to forget about exercise during the winter months; the last thing we want to do is trek to the gym in gale-force winds. Yet, a short burst of energy will release a bunch of endorphins, making you feel more positive and slapping the winter blues across the face. However, if you really can’t face leaving the house, invest in an exercise DVD and workout in the comfort of your own home. Now is a great time to buy as all the celeb has-beens are releasing their DVDs in time for Christmas. However, we do advise you to shut your curtains as you never know who may be walking past your living room to see you red faced and swinging your arms around like a crazy person.

2.      Get up on Time

Vocational Vacation - The Best Ways to Spend Your Summer


As the nights draw in and the workload begins to pile up, plans for next summer may be the last thing on your mind, or, the only thing. Either way, should we be thinking how to spend those summer months already?

The options are endless, but as the world of work becomes tougher for graduates, how we spend our precious few months of freedom can be vital. Whether it moulds us into adults, gives us valuable life experience, adds to that dreaded CV or, all three, the summer break is not to be wasted. To give you a helping hand or to spark some of your own ideas, Her Campus Nottingham has compiled the best ways to be proactive this summer.

Charity Expeditions

If you’re not aware of the several expeditions that the university’s charity organisation Karnival supports, you must be walking around campus with your eyes shut. The biggest and most popular choice is undoubtedly climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. It is a great way to meet friends, get fit and see Africa, not forgetting the great parties awaiting you on the island of Zanzibar after the climb. Although raising the money is hard work, it shows great commitment to potential employers and it is an achievement of a lifetime. However, if Kilimanjaro isn’t for you, there are other expeditions to Machu Picchu, Everest Base Camp and walking the Great Wall of China. Several meetings for information on Kilimanjaro have already taken place but it isn’t too late to get involved. Follow the link for more information and to sign up: