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Kamile Niunevaite | University of Sunderland

Journalism BA (Hons)

  • Name: Kamile Niunevaite
  • Age: 18
  • Studying: Journalism BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Panevežys, Lithuania
  • Ambitions: I am planning to make a career as a journalist and my dream is to work for a magazine.

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September 14th, 2014

GOODBYE LIVES ONLINE

From the very beginning and first minutes at the University of Sunderland I enjoyed every moment of being a student.

Being a part of Lives Online will be an unforgettable experience of my life. I just want to say a big big THANK YOU for everyone who was with me, helped me, read my blogs, said their opinion, criticism and tips, who went everywhere with me, took pictures together with me and didn’t forget to say ‘I think you should put it on your blog’ every time we we doing something interesting…

It was a pleasure to attend all university events, help other students and answer the questions. And no doubt I’m really happy that Lives Online gave me an opportunity to meet such great people as all my fellow bloggers and the whole UoS marketing team!

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My first year was full of best memories and I truly believe that future has prepared a lot as well!

Thank you!
Love, Kamile

September 12th, 2014

SUNDERLAND UNIVERSITY – TOMORROW MAKERS

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After seeing this video I’m looking forward starting my second year at UoS even more !
10 days left until beginning of first lectures… New year, new people, new lectures, even more plans and chances to be a part of this life changing university (:

September 6th, 2014

ARE YOU READY TO MEET NEW BLOGGERS?

Hey all.

Time is passing and soon new Lives Online bloggers will start sharing with you their life changing experiences.
I hate saying goodbyes, especially for activity I like doing and people who I enjoyed working with. But as every year Lives Online will show you something fresh, new and even more interesting.

This year again Lives Online will have 8 bloggers, interesting students from different countries, courses, hobbies and activities.
I’ve watched all their application videos and I can see that this year bloggers realy has something to tell and show. I’m already ready to start following them all. Here I’m sharing my favourite application video of this year candidates:

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While I was watching this Liam’s video I saw how much optimism he can bring to Lives Online and his videos. He seemed honest, funny and passionate about starting the university life. He will be a student of Film and Media which is really interesting for me too, so I can’t wait to get a chance to have a deeper look into this course.

I hope all the bloggers will enjoy their blogging experience, university life and will share all best moments with us all.

August 23rd, 2014

5 THINGS I MISS ABOUT SUNDERLAND

Even though being in Cyprus and living ‘never ending holidays’ time is really amazing, I can say that I miss England, Sunderland and lots of things about university. So if you want to know what is on my ‘missing list’, here it is:

1. Media centre

You might think that I am crazy or I am lying but I am not. After 3 months of holidays from this place I can say that I would like to come back there now, sit in the cinema with other journalism students and listen for some lectures which are  sometimes interesting, sometimes not so much. I’d like to chill with my laptop sitting under the stairs and listening to Spark fm.  Or go to buy some coffee on a break. ‘Cappuccino please.’

2. Nightlife

I am not a big lover of night clubs but that’s probably the most popular activity for students when we want to go out. I miss being a part of a crazy crowd dancing all night, doing stupid things, watching pictures on your phone next morning and thinking ‘O M G’ .

3. University events

Sports events, films nights, open days, journeys, masterclasses, freshers events, live music nights… I’ll try not to miss so many chances to attend them as I did last year.

4.  Murray library

The best place not only to study and take the books, but also to meet friends and relax. ‘Let’s go to Murray to write our essays together’. You write 50 words, go buy Starbucks coffee, start never ending conversations about everything around, then leave the library late at night with the same 50 words in your Word paper.

5. Revolution

Revs is and will be my favourite place for food and drinks in Sunderland. 2-4-1 cocktails, discounts with Revolution student card. It’s a nice place to have lunch at the day time and try cocktails and have fun at night. Can’t wait for next chance to go there!

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See you in Sunderland soon! x

August 3rd, 2014

BLOGGING FOR LIVES ONLINE

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What makes a good blog, first of all, is high quality photos (not just randomly taken), because people usually scroll down a blog and are too lazy to read lots of text. So pictures create an impression. Originality and a fresh idea of your blog are also one of the most important things (as well as some fun and different point of view). Before starting a blog you should decide what your main idea is and concentrate on it. Not everyone is born to be a blogger but if you have an idea that you’re really passionate to write about, then start it now and try to be the best in your sphere.

Think about your readers. It’s not only about you who have to be interesting, but about people who have to be interested.

Find your own type of blogging.

Be original.

Be creative.

Be brave and relaxed when talking in front of camera ( haha, the most difficult thing ever).

Be active and sociable.

Take lots of pictures and videos.

Take enough time to prepare every blog post.

Never forget that it takes time, imagination, skills and hard work to make a good blog.

If you like what you do – do it and blog about it!

July 25th, 2014

NEW EXPERIENCE: SCUBA DIVING

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Before deciding to try scuba diving myself I was watching this video a lot… Everything shown there looked like a dream. ‘A m a z i n g’ I thought. And guess what…after few days my friends offered me to try scuba diving with them.

I was doubting a lot because even if my zodiac is Aquarius, I hate being under the water. So going 5 metres down to the sea was a real challenge to me.

A day before diving we had a first lesson of how to use all equipment, how to communicate under water using signs, how to breathe etc. Even when I was sitting there and listening I started to think if I am really ready to do this. I was still doubting even when I was already sitting in the car to go to the Aphrodite beach where we continued our diving.

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But after all I understood that it was one of the best experiences ever! Being able to breathe under water, see amazing sea life and just enjoy the moment…it was fantastic!

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Yes, for the first time it was really scary to me, but I already plan to try scuba diving in Cyprus one more time.

June 29th, 2014

LIMASSOL

Hello everyone!

On my first day off in Cyprus I decided to escape from my ‘village’ where I live now and go to Limassol, ‘the city that never sleeps’. As a big lover of big cities and night life I’ve totally enjoyed it.

Limassol is second biggest city in Cyprus and is a popular place with tourists. As  most of the cities here, it is is rich of mythical stories and monuments. Unfortunately, I had only one night to stay there so couldn’t enjoy all of attractions there.

We’ve spent the night at the busiest street of Limassol which is full of bars, pubs, clubs and hotels and on the other side of the street you can see never ending beach. I was sitting in a car and couldn’t decide which side to look at.

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We also visited Guaba beach bar which is one of the best party places for summer in the world. It looks like a playhouse from the outside but inside there are few bars, huge ‘beds’ to lay on the beach, games and more stuff. Combination of fun people, sea, sun, nice drinks and music – Guaba is all about that.

Can’t wait for another chance to go there again.

June 29th, 2014

HELLO CYPRUS

After a week of staying in Cyprus I can say that I love this place and I feel really happy being here right now. It’s like work and holidays at the same time. I’m staying in a small area called Latchi which is like a village as it’s very quiet and peaceful here. But living on the beach, watching sea, sunrises and sunsets every day is something breathtaking.

Here is my first week in Cyprus in pictures:

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Saying ‘hello’ to the sea!

Stunning view from my balcony

Stunning view from my balcony

First morning after work and first sunrise seen at Latchi beach

First morning after work and first sunrise seen at Latchi beach

 

Swimming at 5 o'clock in the morning after work

Swimming at 5 o’clock in the morning after work

 

Enjoying sun and sea (probably first and last cloudy day so far)

Enjoying sun and sea (probably first and last cloudy day so far)

 

Having a good time in mountains' villa

Having a good time in mountains’ villa

 

Pool time!

Pool time!

 

Having nice meal at Molos restaurant in harbour

Having nice meal at Molos restaurant in harbour

 

On the road to the beach

On the road to the beach

 

I love you, sea!

Dear sea, I love you!

My first impressions of Cyprus in a few words: hot days, crazy nights and lots of fun!

June 29th, 2014

PINK SOUP/ŠALTIBARŠČIAI

Have you ever tried eating a cold soup which is pink? Every Lithuanian would say ‘Yes, of course and it’s one of the best dishes ever.’ I can imagine how weird it sounds but it really is.

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This traditional Lithuanian soup is called Šaltibarščiai (shalt-eh-barsh-chay) but other people started calling it Pink soup. This ‘strange meal’ is the best choice to eat when it’s hot outside as it’s  served cold. It’s so incredibly quick and easy to make it that it could be involved in ‘Jamie’s Oliver 5-minute recipes’ (ok, maybe 15 minutes, depends how quick you can chop vegetables).

If you already think ‘I should try it myself’, here I will tell you how:

You will need:
(for 6 bowls)

  • 1½ litres kefir (in Lithuania you can find special ones for Šaltibarščiai, but any of them is OK )
  • 200 g boiled & cooled beetroot
  • 1 cucumber
  • green onion leaves
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • a bunch fresh dill
  • a glass of water
  • 200g potatoes as a side

    Preparation

What comes next:

  • peel the potatoes,  put them in a boiling water (with a good pinch of salt) and boil it for about 20-30 minutes
  • take a big bowl for a soup and pour  kefir and water into it
  • grate the beetroots
  • slice a cucumber
  • chop the eggs into small dice
  • chop onion leaves to small pieces
  • chop the dill
  • put everything into soup bowl
  • taste it and add some salt if needed
  • serve the potatoes on a side plate so that they won’t heat the soup
  • enjoy (:

June 15th, 2014

5 PLANS FOR SUMMER

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Summertime and the livin is easy! As this ‘easy’ time has already begun here comes the moment to do all the thing we ‘did not have time for’ for the whole year. There are lots of things I want to do and places I want to go  every summer. But this summer I already have some plans that I will definitely carry out.

1. Spend two weeks with my best friends in Lithuania
Since the last time that I’ve been in Lithuania in January I really missed my friends a lot. Now that I came back again I try to give them every spare minute and I want to meet as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, most of my friends are still studying as the academic year finishes much later in Lithuania that in the UK. But we still organize some parties, go to the lakes or just simply have fun. (:

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2. Go to Lithuanian seaside
Palanga is the queen of Lithuanian resorts and this summer I’m going there with my parents. Baltic sea is always as cold the North sea, but I still hope to have a chance to enjoy the waves. (:

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3. Go to Cyprus
It’s the most exciting plan for this summer! I’m going to work and live with my 3 friends in Latchi beach for 2-3 months. I bet it’s going to be great. Heat, sea, new culture and best friends together. What could be better???

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4. Work
The main reason that I’ve decided to go to Cyprus was to find a job and earn some money (or maybe it’s to have fun, I’m still not sure). I already have a job at the beach bar (we found it on the internet just by getting communicating with managers) and I pray that everything would be fine there.

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5. Travel
I believe that this summer will be full of adventures and traveling. I plan to visit at least three cities in Cyprus, to know Greek culture better, get new experience and try new things. Most of the places there are historical and very beautiful (I trust Google pictures) so I can’t wait to see at least some of them!

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Enjoy your summer days and nights!
Kamile