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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

An inspirational start

A new semester, a new start, and the age-old need for motivation are what make university life interesting. In this blog, I would like to share 2 motivational documentaries that will persuade you to get up and do whatever it is that you intend to! I hope that these recommendations will help you find the […]

Jan 17

How to spend a year and how not to end one

January 1st 2022 – Many will be waking up hungover or at least exhausted from the past night’s celebrations, ringing in a new year, hopeful that this one may finally be pandemic free. Others will be heading out for a dook or exercising to start off their new resolutions.Not me this year – I got […]

Jan 07

Quarantine survival

It’s the evening before our last practical exam, five days before I get on a train home… When suddenly a text message appears, informing me that my flatmate has Ye Olde Plague COVID. And that is how I ended up celebrating Christmas in my student room. As I am naturally restless and need to keep […]

Dec 27

Three Life lessons from Finals Week

1. Viva examinations are terrifying, but it’ll be fine. As a former teacher, I wasn’t particularly worried when I heard that my anatomy module had an oral examination. I’ve spent a year teaching classes filled with 30 teenagers, what could go wrong with a viva? It’s just two very capable and knowledgeable adult humans who […]

Dec 18

Fun recipe for the holidays…

Holidays are about family, bonding, and food. As some of us might be preparing to go back home, I know that some will stay back here in Dundee – so in this blog, I will be sharing an easy Indian recipe that I tried over this weekend (with the hope that it will make you […]

Dec 13

Gardening is underrated

Until very recently gardening seemed to me like a boring hobby for older people who have nothing to do. What can be exciting about digging the soil and spending so much time and effort to get some crops that are available in the nearest supermarket?  But then in March 2020 lockdown have hit and for some mysterious […]

Dec 08

Eating out in Dundee – Más

One of my favourite Mexican places in Dundee is Más. This cute restaurant is located at the end of Perth Road, near Sainsburys. I have been going to this place for quite a while now especially on Tuesdays. Their ‘Tuesday Tacos’ deal gets you 50% off on all almost all tacos. So, the price originally […]

Dec 05

7 things I wish I knew before moving to Scotland

Just because Dundee is “the sunniest city in Scotland” does not mean it will be sunny every day. Most days are gloomy, but they do have warm summers here! It can get VERY cold, so if you’re from a warm country, invest in warm boots, a coat and fluffy socks! You will most definitely need […]

Dec 04

Questions to consider before moving in with someone: The guide to student living

It’s really difficult moving in with people you don’t know, especially when you have to organise it without the help of your university or a specialised accommodation company. Here are some questions to consider before choosing to move in with strangers. Are you the same type of person? Do you both like to go out […]

Dec 04

20 things to do before turning 20

As the time approaches for the big 2 and 0, I begin to wonder, have I done the things I should have done? Is it too late to do them 2 months before turning 20? (Pisces babies put your hands up!) Here is a list of things I feel like we all should have done […]

Dec 04

Revision tips!

Amidst the exam preparation season, here are a few tips that might help life science students! Practice the process of chunking Revising big chunks of information is an extremely unproductive form of revision. Instead, we must break down each module’s content into smaller chunks and those smaller chunks can be further subdivided and rearranged into […]

Dec 02

A quick break between the study sessions! (Theater and characterization)

Amid the exam preparation stress, it is important to remind ourselves to take a break – one which will recharge our brain in the right manner. I plan to achieve this by indulging in a few of my hobbies (even for as little as half an hour). In my previous blog, I discussed writing, in […]

Dec 02

The Hermitage

One of my new year resolutions for 2021 was to explore Scotland more and that involved going on mini hike adventures. Last week, my friends and I took a trip to the ‘Hermitage’. Its located in Dunkeld about 45- 60 minutes car drive from Dundee city centre. What is there to see ? The walk […]

Nov 29

Arts and crafting through uni

For someone with a paralysed upper limb, I am ridiculously bad at keeping my hands still. I always need something in my hands. Whether it’s a crochet or cross stitch project, a pen to doodle, just something to fiddle with… Don’t make me sit and just listen. I am like this when I’m in a […]

Nov 28

Writing for the university magazine – a unique experience!

The second-year so far has been more demanding than I expected, but the best way to unwind for me is: expressing through words! And so, I started working as a staff writer (in the science and technology section) for the Magdalen. The work so far has been interesting – right from ideation with a theme […]

Nov 26

Black Friday tips

Black Friday is only days away and I am here to share some tips to make the most out of it as a student! Make a list of things you want to buy. I usually tend to have a Pinterest board or saves from my Instagram of all the things I have wanted to buy […]

Nov 22

10 memes that saved my life

Here are the top ten memes (in no particular order) that got me out of some very rough times in my life. Enjoy and maybe share your favourites? 🥺👉🏻👈🏻 This timeless gem – watch it here. 2. Jayne’s Rant on Big Brother has been on my bookmarks since junior year of high school. Needless to […]

Nov 21

Juggling

Doing one thing at a time bores me, it leaves me empty and hollow, it’s like I’m missing something. That’s why I like to juggle. Working as a teacher part-time? Let me do a research project on the side. Oh, and volunteer here and there and work on a creative project because my hands need […]

Nov 19

Get to know me!

After 1 year and 1 semester of writing for the uni blog I have realised that I never introduced myself! Let’s begin shall we? Name: Sofia Mechtidou Age: 19 (almost 20! so scary) Ethnicity: Greek and Russian Course: Dual Qualifying Law, second year Favorite city: Rome and New York City Favorite show: Gossip Girl Favorite […]

Nov 19

5 Best Places to Eat/Drink in Dundee, According to a Law Student and her Friends

Want to expand your food horizons? Want to visit a cute coffee shop or order-in some amazing food? I have the answer to your prayers! Here are the top 5 places to eat/drink in Dundee, according to yours truly and her friends. Victoria Sponge, Broughty Ferry If you’re wondering how good the cakes here are, […]

Nov 18

Should I watch this? Review of 10 Netflix hit movies

Red Notice – 10/10 Should I watch this? Absolutely!!! I cannot stress enough how good this gem is. Such plot twists and great storyline, even has a guest star you would never expect to see.  2. Love Hard – 5/10 Should I watch this? Only if you really enjoy extremely predictable, cheesy, Christmas rom-com movies. […]

Nov 17

Being more environmental sustainable

As a medical student, we explore various subject areas and my one of my interests is public health. I am currently working on my healthcare sustainability project and have come across various articles on raising awareness about climate change and encouraging people to adapt to an eco-friendly lifestyle. This has been a hot topic lately […]

Nov 14

Top choices for gyms in Dundee

Winter is coming and our bed seems like the best comfort zone in the world. I found that during the cold season it’s a struggle to get out of bed and follow a gym routine. I soon realised that Fresher’s 15 was a reoccurring thing that happened during those months and decided I wanted consistency […]

Nov 09

Beginner’s guide to finding the right gym

Before you commit yourself to a gym contract, you should always weigh the pros and cons of different gyms and see which the right fit for you. Remember, that you are investigating your time, money and energy into a gym! Here are my top tips to lookout for in a gym – Location – During […]

Nov 07

Genius or genuine?

This blog is about a question that always bothered me: Are scientists genius or genuine? As a child, I was eternally fascinated by the miraculous nature of science. The chemical fizz, twinkling stars, and the nature of life seemed to narrate a symphonic story through the words of numerous scientists. But were all of them […]

Nov 06