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Laura Blackett – Livesonline

BSc (Hons) Psychology

A British Affair!

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

brows and tea


On Monday the Students Union held a free Afternoon Tea within City Space at City Campus. I thought it was a lovely idea because to a lot of students Freshers isn’t just about going out and finding £1 Vodka Lemonades and having wild nights out followed by bed bounding hangovers! To me it was also a brilliant way to introduce our new international students to British traditions, and even remind our home students how lovely a cake and a cuppa is!


The event was really popular and I met up with Isaac and Scott from Lives Online whilst I was there stuffing my face with all of the free cake! Half way through the event the Vice President of the Students Union did a presentation about the purpose of the Afternoon Tea and explained a few of the British Traditions from Tea, to triangle Sandwiches to Cake and also explained the only way you should pronounce the word Scone (and not like ‘scooone’!).





I have landed!

Monday, September 15th, 2014
New hair ready for a new year at University!

New hair ready for a new year at University!

Hello everyone, my name is Laura Blackett and I am a brand new Lives Online blogger! Having followed the Lives Online bloggers last year and seeing how brilliant they were I am feeling the pressure as I type this, so go easy on me! I am determined to make this year even better than my first year at University which may take some beating, but I love a challenge…

So to bring you all up to date:  During my first year at University I lived within Halls of Residence at The Forge, worked as a Student Ambassador, was a Student Representative for my Social Work course, and starred in the filming of the new TV advert (Hollywood here I come!). I passed first year and exceeded my own expectations of how I thought I would do, and beginning University has changed my life more than I imagined it ever could. I have met so many lovely people from all walks of life and have definitely found friends I will have for a lifetime!

How I plan to top my first year? I have enrolled in the Language Scheme the university offers to begin learning Spanish, I will be attending Fresher’s Fayre to join a society (still undecided what I will go with), my second year will also mean I will be going on placement within my course which I am excited about! I will also be applying to be a student ambassador and representative again, and taking advantage of the Professional Mentor Scheme the university runs whilst continuing to make new friends and get involved with all aspects of University life! This year I will be living at home in Hartlepool and travelling in, however I will still be a regular visitor at my friend’s student accommodation in Sunderland so that I don’t miss out on anything!

I am quite new to blogging but want to keep it current, fun and useful for current and new students at the University. I will be talking about my Social Work course, what I am getting up to in my spare time, the society I will be a part of, other schemes I will be involved with and generally useful information a lot of you students will take advantage of, from cooking and budgeting to travelling and where the hot spots are in and around Sunderland and everything in between! I will also be featuring one of my friends in my blog each month (I think I have 12 friends) to show you all different views and aspects of the university.

As I write this I am in Murray Library, at City Campus and there is such an exciting buzz with all of the new and returning students back on campus, Greggs is heaving!  Fresher’s is now upon us and I can’t wait to attend and blog about what I got up to. Keep up to date with me on my Instagram @lauralivesonline and my twitter @lau_swstudent and watch my life change!

  • Name: Laura Blackett
  • Age: 22
  • Studying: Social Work BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Hartlepool, UK
  • Ambitions: Become a fully qualified social worker, learn another language, have my own house by the time I'm 25, complete my bucket list by the time I leave University and also go travelling!

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