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23 Questions With Caitlin Wallace

I’ve just realised that I’ve never properly introduced myself to the blog! So, inspired by Vogue’s 73 Question Series (if you’ve not watched the one with Kim Kardashian yet, you need to get on it it’s a laugh a minute) I thought I would share 23 tidbits about me! What are studying at Dundee? I’m […]

Mar 29

Journey of evaluation

Choosing an optional module can be confusing. And after choosing a programming-related module in my first semester, I decided to choose something a little beyond my current academic scope. Hence, I choose BS12008. My experience with BS12008 – Introduction to Scientific enterprise has been interesting. I took this module to understand the evaluation process that […]

Apr 30

A subdued ailment

These past two years have helped us realize the widespread devastation that a pandemic can cause, and we as humans are trying to work our way out of this crisis, but what about the pandemic that has grappled this world before the current crisis and has only gotten worse with the widespread reach of COVID-19? […]

Apr 30

Coping with exam stress

I always remember the old gloomy feeling in my stomach whenever exam season is coming. Going into this stressful territory, where we get sweaty palms and our heart racing make it near impossible to sit down and revise. Here are my top 5 tips that have helped me with nervous times, and hopefully will help […]

Apr 29

Reflection: Civil Engineering through the years and my favourite parts!

As my time at University comes to an end, I have been reflecting back on the long but short 5 years. I came to University hopeful, excited and a little nervous. Like the majority of students, my biggest fear was that I wouldn’t make friends. That quickly changed of course once I realized all the […]

Apr 27

Eating out: Indian restaurants to try

It’s the 26th and we can finally eat out! I have been craving good Indian food (vegetarian of course) and here are my top 3 Indian restaurants in Dundee. Rishis – its right on Hawkhill, near uni campus. Its honestly so tempting to eat out right after lectures. They have amazing lunch deals, and the […]

Apr 26

Cheap meal ideas for students on a budget

I know how hard it is to budget properly when you’re first starting university (or even after uni!). Over my first year I found a way to save some money while cooking meals, and I thought this could really be helpful for people looking to eat well but not break the bank. I will try […]

Apr 24

Good books to keep you company…

Books have always kept me company being an introvert, so here are a few books that I came across and enjoyed thoroughly. Circe by Madeline Miller. If you are someone who enjoys Greek mythology, you should indulge in this book. It is a retelling of the Odyssey through the point of view of Circe- who […]

Apr 24

Happy International Mother Earth Day!

In these gripping times, our planet needs to be protected from the ongoing pandemic and the surging climate change devouring it by the day. And today, the 22nd of April is celebrated as International Mother Earth Day.Isn’t it interesting how we refer to the planet as a mother? This rather abiotic being nurtures and cares […]

Apr 22

Packing to go back home (International Students edition)

After a somewhat restrictive first year at the university, I took many take away with me as I packed to go back home. There was a lot that needed to be done before leaving, and here are a few tips that might be useful for international students as they prepare to head back home. Storage […]

Apr 22

Spinach Pulao

As a child, Popeye sailor man was one of my favourite cartoons. Watching him obsess over spinach did become a great advocate for making me eat spinach. However, it was also my mum’s innovative spinach recipes that made this superfood edible. During my easter break MasterChef marathons, I got imaginative and tried making this easy […]

Apr 19

10 More Songs to Help Keep You Motivated

It can be hard to stay focused on your work during the Easter holidays, with having no contact with tutors. On top of that, it won’t be long (hopefully) until the world will start to get back to normal, we’ve just got one last little push to go. So I’ve compiled 10 more songs that […]

Apr 18

Indian yellow lentil dal

Comfort food at it’s finest and yet filled with protein to make you feel good about it. The yellow split lentil packet at Lidl costing only about 70p, you can make an amazing healthy budget friendly dish. It can be soup or even curry with rice. All you need are 4 ingredients – yellow lentils, […]

Apr 12

What I’m missing about Dundee

Since going back to my hometown for Christmas, I’ve been unable to return to Dundee because of lockdown restrictions. They say distance makes the heart grow fonder, and so I’ve come to realise what I’ve been missing most in the four months I’ve been away. The ArchitectureOf course, being an architecture student, I have a […]

Apr 11

How it feels to be finishing uni

My time at the University of Dundee is unfortunately coming to an end, and it’s such a strange ending to my four years! I thought I’d make a little blog post to share some of my feelings about finishing uni, and hopefully others who are leaving this year will be able to relate. My last […]

Apr 09

Life of a medical student: Obs and Gynae placement

Hello everyone! I am blogging about my clinical placements and what’s it like being at the hospital during covid times. I am in my obstetrics and gynaecology placement in Dundee. One of the most exciting part of my rotation were surgical theatre days. I had to wake up early and arrive at the ward for […]

Apr 09

Mental Wellbeing in a Post Lockdown World

Many lockdowns later, we are starting to re-emerge from our slumber. Most of us will not be the same: and this can be a good thing. We now recognise the need more than ever, to take care of our mental health. For many, it did not take a global pandemic to trigger mental health problems […]

Apr 08

The Truth behind Biomass “Green Energy”

If you are still reading my blogs, by now you know I am passionate about sustainability. It is a difficult subject to tackle because it is so vast, and it requires not only the actions of ourselves as individuals, but everyone; especially governments. The UN released the 17 sustainability goals back in 2015 to envision: […]

Apr 08

How to choose the perfect student flat

Apartment hunting season has officially commenced!🥳 What that means is that you are all probably as stressed as I am. I know it can be tough so I am here to give you some (hopefully useful) tips! Look for HMO flats: Now this is something that I did not know existed in the UK when […]

Apr 07

Decoupling Natural Resource Use and Environmental Impacts from Economic Growth

In the next series of my sustainability blogs, I am going to speak about the growth of countries’ economies while their use of resources is declining (‘decoupling’). We are currently using unsustainable amounts of the Earth’s natural resources. “Decoupling” involves allowing economies to grow without this being directly dependent on the quantity of resources used […]

Apr 05

The Sidlaws: Part 2 – The West

Finally getting round to writing the second part of this blog, here are my top hills to climb on the western side of the Sidlaws (that is to the west of the B954 where I set the boarder to stop in my east Sidlaws blog). Lundie Craigs This one is fantastic for walking and has […]

Apr 02

Why choose UoD?

“Why Dundee?” a lot of my friends and family asked me when I told them I was firming the university on UCAS. This was always an easy question for me to answer. Because my heart said so. And the stats were amazing. Rated #3 and #4 for law by The Guardian in 2019 and 2020 […]

Apr 01

Tales from working as a bike courier

Many of us will work at some point during university, whether it is because you need the money, for the work experience or a bit of both. I have worked quite a range of jobs myself since high school (herding cows or teaching kids biathlon anyone?), but with none of my qualifications from home being […]

Mar 30

Travelling in the age of COVID-19

Travelling has always been an anxiety and stress inducing thing for me, that has only worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Flights have gotten cancelled, hotels rooms have gone un-refunded, and Sofia has gone mad :/ Here are my tips to avoid all the mistakes I’ve been making the past few months, so that hopefully your […]

Mar 28

Photos from Fife

Over the past year, I have spent a lot of time exploring around across the bridge and since moving to Dundee I have taken a lot of photos over there. After working on a farm in Fife for most of summer 2020 and going for post-work adventures, the adventures stuck once uni started again and […]

Mar 27

Ways to Relax After a Long Day of Studying

When I’m planning and writing an essay, I find it really hard to shut off. My head is spinning with words and thoughts. Anxiety sets in. And of course, the deadline is looming. I know what it’s like. But we all need time to relax. So here are my tried and tested methods to try […]

Mar 26

Can You Use a Skateboard to Commute?

This one is a follow-up on my last post which was highlighting the nicer sides of skateboarding around Dundee. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows for people wanting to use a skateboard in their daily commute though. My honest recommendations would be looking into a Penny board or any kind of longboard if you want […]

Mar 26