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Jessica Duncan | University of Sunderland

Applied Business Management

  • Name: Jessica Duncan
  • Age: 22
  • Studying: BA (Hons) Business and Management
  • Hometown: Darlington, UK
  • Ambitions: To be managing a successful International Business and to travel the world!

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December 11th, 2014

5 Reasons To Study Abroad!

I have been getting a lot of questions about studying abroad, so I have made a video of my experience in Berlin and why I think YOU should do the same! Sunderland Uni has a huge choice of places to study including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, USA and Europe. You can find more information here:

November 29th, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Y’all!

Those who follow me on Instagram/Facebook may know that I am currently in Texas for a week! I spent Thanksgiving with my boyfriend and his family in Dallas! I also had some of the best food imaginable!


Some of you may be wondering what is Thanksgiving, I had no idea apart from what I had seen on the TV show Friends, when Joey got his head stuck in a turkey! So here is a simple explanation:

The celebration of Thanksgiving is, in general, a feast to give thanks for the fruits of the previous harvest.In America specifically, it dates back to the 1600s. There is still some argument over when the first Thanksgiving was, but many think it dates back to 1621, when the harvest was celebrated by the Pilgrims – Dutch settlers of the Plymouth Colony in what’s now called Massachusetts. It spread through the new country and was celebrated on different days in different communities until, in 1789, George Washington declared the first national Thanksgiving Day, it falls on the fourth Thursday of November.

The traditional Thanksgiving meal revolves around turkey, stuffing and vegetables. Similar to our Christmas dinner but without the gravy! Pumpkin pie is also very traditional for desert and was one of my favorites.



I also went to a ‘Friendsgiving’ basically another excuse for more turkey and celebrations with your friends!




I had an amazing time back in Texas but now it is time to get back to Sunderland!

November 10th, 2014

An Interview, With Myself!

Hi Guys,

I recently had an Interview with Rob Worrall – a Principle Lecturer at Sunderland University about my experience so far. I hope you enjoy!


October 23rd, 2014

New Mindsets for New Times

Yesterday I attended my first Guest Speaker programme at Uni and It really was life changing! It was by Maurice Duffy, CEO of Blackswan (a business transformation consultancy that operates globally in over 20 countries). He spoke about Leadership, Change and Transformation. Basically it was about how you can achieve anything you want if you unlock your mindset, change your attitude and set it free.


He had a book signing after the speech so I bought the book and I read the whole thing on the metro home to Newcastle! I really recommend everyone to buy the book, it is called: ‘New Mindsets for New Times’. He gives step by step instructions with ten main ‘mindsets’ on how to change your whole attitude.  I don’t want to give it all away but here are just a few of my favorite quotes in the book:

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I will tell you about my favorite of the ten mindsets: Number 5 – Ways of seeing yourself through the eyes of others.

In order to understand this mindset Maurice first made us first watch the dove beauty campaign, for those who haven’t watched it here it is:

In the video women are asked to describe themselves to a artist whom is drawing the women based on their verbal descriptions, the artist cannot see the woman at all. Before all of this, they socialize with a stranger who later describes the woman to the artist. Basically, the end result shows that the strangers drawings are much more beautiful women.

He then spoke about how you have to understand that people are your mirror, try to see yourself through other peoples eyes. Recognize that people say things about you, or to you, for a reason. We must be open to input and feedback, and that way we can improve ourselves.  I am guilty of getting defensive if anyone ever criticizes me or has a negative comment and always defending myself so I think this is going to be quite difficult!

I hope this post has motivated you somehow, and that you go and buy the book!


Yummy cakes!


October 21st, 2014

12,000 words to go!

I have been craaaazy busy the past few days, I spent the last week deciding what topic I am writing my dissertation on. Since I had my placement year with White Lodging I will be focusing on that company, which makes things like collecting data easier (another benefit of doing a work placement!) However I can’t really complain when I have this view from the library.. and Costa Coffee on campus.


Studying in the library is so much better than at home, not just because of the coffee and the nice view but I also don’t get distracted like I do at home. I feel more motivated, I have access to all the books I might need and it is open 24 hours a day. It is every final year students second home so I feel blessed to have such a nice library!



October 21st, 2014

Open Day!


If you missed the last open day don’t worry as Brigita and I will both be there again this Saturday (25th October), I will be hanging around the Business & Law stand, and Brigita will be at the Journalism stand. So if you want a chat or have any questions then please feel free to talk to me, I am very friendly I promise!

Here is a short video I made of the last open day starring Brigita, enjoy!

October 10th, 2014

Student Accommodation at Sunderland

Moving away from home can be very scary  for the first time and you never know what to expect. Sunderland has five different student accommodations available, and first year students are always guaranteed a place. Here is a tour of my friends flat at Panns Bank which is located in front of the St Peters Campus. If you study a Business related subject it is the closest accommodation to the campus.

October 8th, 2014

Ed’s Easy Diner!




Some of you may already know that there is a new American Diner in town. So of course I had to go check it out with my Texas friend Amy. It is in the Bridges shopping center right in front of the American Candy store and for the next month they are giving 50% student discount!!! (Monday till Thursday)





Ed’s special nutella shake…. AMAZING

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I’ll be back very soon!


September 24th, 2014

Freshers Fayre!

Today I went to the Freshers Fayre at City Campus, I joined two societies! The Business Society and the Badminton society. I haven’t actually played badminton in years but I figured why not give it a go, I enjoyed playing it at school and it is my last year after all.



I had never been to the Freshers Fayre before so I was shocked by how many societies and clubs exist that I didn’t even know about, from pole dancing to skydiving. Absolutely everything you could think of and if something is missing it seems pretty easy to set up your own!



I met up with my good friend Amy who also had her placement in Texas. It was so nice to chat and reminisce about our time abroad. It takes a while to settle back home after living away for so long and speaking to someone who experienced the same thing helps so much as they can relate to how you feel.