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The Beginning Of Third Year…

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Today marked the beginning of my third and final year at the University of Sunderland and I literally cannot work out where the time has gone! It only seems like yesterday that I was moving into Panns Bank and starting life here as a fresher! I know that I only have eight or nine months left before the real world hits me hard in the face and so I am determined to enjoy every last minute of my time here on Wearside!

Last week my house mates and I were reunited and celebrated in style by lapping up everything that Sunderland and Newcastle had to offer during Freshers week! It was messy, it was crazy, and it was expensive! Whilst drinking too much, having good banter and chasing women is always good fun, even the quiet nights when we sat in with a takeaway, or took a trip to Carlisle to watch my beloved Crewe Alexandra play were brilliant as well. You meet so many like minded people at Uni that your hobbies and interests are often very similar, which is great because you’re never stuck for someone to go out with or to the football with or whatever.

The thing with University is that it really is a different world, for example, I’m actually only timetabled to be in a classroom or lecture theatre for five hours per week! I don’t have a part-time job up here (Apart from this blog!) and so the amount of scope that I have to do things in my free-time is unbelievable. I like to go to the gym and of course play and watch as much football as possible and maybe have the ‘odd’ night out… We also go to the cinema, we eat out and generally just have a laugh, there’s never a dull moment put it that way!

But anyway, as I said earlier, third year started today and it was my first time back at St Peter’s campus in over 12 months because I spent the last year studying abroad at Valdosta State University in America. I was a little nervous about seeing old faces and it was quite a surreal experience to be back after so long away but all in all I think I’ll be fine! It’s kind of like a re-adjustment period because it’s so different to the life I lived whilst studying abroad but I’m getting there, though the chilly North East climate isn’t making it any easier!

Living back in Sunderland is going really well for me at the moment, I’m enjoying being back with my mates up here, city life is amazing and no matter how much I love my family the independence and privacy that you gain with living away from home is priceless! They know what you want them to know and nothing more!

It’s time to knuckle down now and I fully intend to give this final year my all but I’ll make sure I strike the right balance between my education and my social calendar! Uni certainly doesn’t have to be all work and no play! Not in Sunderland anyway…

The University of Sunderland

St Peter's Campus- Where I attend all of my lectures and seminars.


Sunderland Nightlife Review

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

As we’re in the middle of Freshers week I decided to do a little review of Sunderland’s nightlife with two of my housemates: Paul Carey and Ross Gale. There’s a vibrant night scene in the North East and the Mackems certainly know how to hit the town with the best of them! [youtube][/youtube]

Jamie Baker- Lives Online Video Introduction

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Here I make my Lives Online video debut and give a brief introduction to myself as a new Lives Online blogger!


Summer Fun!

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

I’ve had an absolutely immense summer break away from university life it has to be said! After finishing ‘Spring Semester’ at Valdosta State University (Georgia, USA) where I’d been studying abroad, I was thrust into the cauldron of excitement that is a Football League play-off campaign, in which my beloved hometown club, Crewe Alexandra, were promoted to League 1 at Wembley in May. I might have missed nearly all of the season whilst living it up in America but witnessing all three play-off matches and seeing us go up more than made up for that!

I also resumed my old job as a Leisure Assistant at Shavington Leisure Centre, which helped to fund a 10 night summer stint in Ibiza with the lads and has also enabled me to put some money away for Uni life just in case my loan isn’t quite enough to see me through the year!

June promised so much but delivered fairly little as England crashed out of Euro 2012 on penalties at the hands of the Italians! I did thoroughly enjoy the Euros though, I thought it was a far better tournament than the World Cup in South Africa back in 2010. We watched all of the England matches at my old man’s house where he put on BBQ’s, a takeaway night and even a pie and pea supper for the lads! You’ve got to admire his enthusiasm and creativity but I’m sure he would have run out of ideas had we got any further! Either that or the neighbours would have put their foot down! They came around during one match and told us to stop banging our drum, of course we didn’t have a bloody drum… It was just big ‘C.Bakes’ banging the settee like a madman during a fiercely patriotic rendition of Rule Britannia after we’d taken the lead against Sweden! Life is for living, that’s one thing he’s taught me and it’s certainly a statement that I like to live by.

As I previously mentioned, I enjoyed an insane holiday in Ibiza with six of my best mates in early July which was definitely the highlight of my summer! This was our fourth lads holiday and the first time we’d visited Ibiza but it’s safe to say it certainly won’t be the last because it’s the best place we’ve been to by a country mile! The clubs were rocking, the beers were flowing, the weather was brilliant and the girls were unreal! We didn’t stop laughing from start to finish!

As a trainee Sports Journalist the London 2012 Olympics excited me greatly and being a football enthusiast meant that was the Sport that I really wanted to see (aside from Women’s Beach Volleyball of course!) So when I landed tickets for the Men’s semi-final match at Old Trafford I was delighted! Especially after working out that if Team GB defeated Korea Republic then it’d be us against Brazil that I’d be watching! Unfortunately, there are no forgone conclusions in football and despite me thinking that I was onto a winner, Stuart Pearce’s men had other ideas and after the second all too familiar penalty shoot-out defeat of the summer, my dreams were in tatters once more and it was Brazil Vs Korea for me! It was still a tremendous atmosphere though and I can say that I went to an event at the 2012 Olympic Games!

August also saw the arrival of my good friend Kyle Stewart who I lived with during my time studying in America. Kyle is studying abroad in England at the University of Sunderland this semester and so I’m trying my best to look after him the same way he looked after me during my own foreign adventure.

More people should study abroad, it’s definitely an experience that has made me a better person and here at Sunderland we have an excellent study abroad team who’ll bend over backwards to help you out. Having the opportunity to study abroad was one of the main things that attracted me to come here and although it wasn’t the only thing I based my decision on, it definitely played a significant part.

This summer I’ve witnessed my hometown club basking in Wembley glory, the UEFA European Championships, The Olympics in my country and have enjoyed the best holiday I’ve ever had! I don’t think I’ve done badly at all! Now it’s time for my next chapter, the final year of my Sports Journalism degree at the University of Sunderland! It’s going to be a bumpy ride but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Take care,


Student Profile:

  • Name: Jamie Baker
  • Age: 21
  • Studying: Sports Journalism BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Crewe
  • Ambitions: To become a major sports journalist, travelling the world and reporting on all the major events.

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