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Natasha Kam

BSc (Hons) Psychology

I’m Home In Kuala Lumpur!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

HELLO! Greetings from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! So I have finally gotten the time to settle down and to make this video.

A lot has been going on since I have returned and it’s only Day 5 today! This three weeks will go by with a blink of an eye and I am going to cherish every moment and time spent with my family and friends over here before I start work in August. I will be travelling up North to Penang Island (4 hours drive from KL) tomorrow as mentioned in the video below. So stay tuned and happy holidays everyone!:)


A Little Throwback to Last Week’s Revisions

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Level 4s finally battled the MOST difficult written exam of the year- MPHM 11 (Advanced Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics) last Thursday. I am soo glad it is finally over! Our Numeracy test will be taking place this Thursday at half nine in the morning and we will all be done with exams for our final year in the pharmacy program! 🙂 So excited!!! My colleagues and I have been going out celebrating the end of the toughest exam & some of us are starting to pack up our luggage to head home soon after our last paper. To be honest, I have already packed my luggage way way way before the exams (teehee). I had nothing better to do apart from revisions and all so I decided to do it before my first written exam. Yeah, so I’m actually quite done with the luggage apart from getting more gifts and souvenirs for loved ones back home as requested. 😛 Moreover, I can take up to 30kg of items up to the airplane only (or I’ll be charged extra)… Anyway, pictures are worth a thousand words so check them out below!


Frankie and Benny’s, Sunderland


Oriental Chow Mien


Volunteering Award organised by Connect at Bonded Warehouse


My cert:)


Ice-cream tea


Beautiful rainbow appeared when I was studying for M11 (one day before exam). God’s watching over us.


Lovely Roma Meal with my girlfriends after M11!


Shopping day!


Took away some Kebab for din din


Tried out new Bengal restaurant, Sunderland (just next to Marcello’s)


 4 course meal for only 10 pounds!


My Bengal appetizer


Appetizer number 2


Ice-cream dessert


Market at Monument, Newcastle


Chilling out with ma girlfriend at Cooper-Rose


Fitting room selfie!


Nandos meal with a bunch of really nice business students


Made schnitzel

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Rewined to last week…..Busy studying for M10 and M11 in Murray Library


Champion Breakfast and lovely hot chocolate at Wetherspoons


Love soya bean drinks!


Subway sandwich on a Sunday morning to keep me boosted up for studying


Had hotpot dinner at Shanghai Manor, Sunderland (15pounds per person and you can order unlimited food- Eat till you drop!)


Hotpot dishes I picked


University Language Scheme Awards

Monday, May 19th, 2014


To all students who are in the University Language Scheme program, there will be an Award Ceremony this year where certificates will be given out. ULS will also be offering a fantastic prize for the category of ‘Greatest engagement with the ULS’.

If you have:

  • Continually engaged with the ULS throughout your time at the University of Sunderland
  • Studied numerous modules in one year
  • Studied one ULS module every year
  • Used the language you have studied outside the classroom

OR if you have engaged in any way you think is worthy of recognition tell us about it!  You can nominate yourself or a friend in no more than 75 words.


Please send an email to: with the subject: Greatest Engagement with the ULS

National Good Gestures Day

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Students from Newcastle and Sunderland University came together to spread happiness and positivity around Sunderland yesterday for National Good Gestures Day. Click on the video and link to find out more.

Lovely volunteers for National Good Gestures Day, Sunderland

Lovely volunteers for National Good Gestures Day in Sunderland

Shout-out of the Month: Paige Yong

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Hey guys, I’ve recently interviewed Paige Yong from Malaysia who is currently working with Boots Pharmacy as a pre-reg pharmacist. She’s graduated from UoS with a first class in the Master of Pharmacy program  last year so read on to see how her life is working in Boots. 🙂


1. What is it like working as a pre-reg pharmacist?

Very hectic. Not only do you have to work full-time very efficiently in a very busy pharmacy, you have to go for trainings, record evidences and CPD, and revise for your registration assessments as well. On the bright side, you get to meet a lot of new people and make lifelong friends, and you will be surprised at how much you have developed as a person. You gain new experiences, knowledge and skills. Moreover, you also get paid, so you get to do a lot of nice things with your hard-earned money, such as shopping, eating out and travelling (:D).


 2. What experiences have you had in the pharmacy setting?

I did my summer placement with Boots in 2013.


3. Why did you choose to work in the community pharmacy?

It is the job satisfaction that you will get from interacting with and helping your patients. This is especially when your patients take some time to thank you and write a good feedback for you. You will get to experience new things almost daily. I also had a great experience when I worked in Boots previously, so it consolidated my choice.


4. What is your daily routine like?

I work mostly at the front, so I’m like the face of my dispensary (haha). Most people hate being at the front because it is stressful and you need to be capable of carrying out 10 things at a time, I.e. receive, label and dispense prescriptions; handle queries which includes ringing the doctors; label prescriptions from our repeat prescription collection service; complete owings; signing people up for our repeat prescription collection service and NMS; spot for MURs; responding to symptoms and make OTC sales; hand out prescriptions. The stress increases further when it is a busy day and there’s a long queue at the front, and you have to keep ringing the surgeries to make queries for the patients. However, I actually enjoy it (unless it’s a really bad day) because I get to interact with patients all the time. On top of all that, I also handle making orders of specials. Depending on how busy we get and the number of staff we have, I also do jobs at the back of the dispensary, I.e. putting stock away; sorting next day’s collection and orders for our repeat prescription collection service; handle other queries; ordering stock. This list is not exhaustive. I also get a few hours of protected study time every week.


5. What are your plans for the future?

Work as a community pharmacist in the UK or Republic of Ireland, also hoping to expand my role and career in the business. I might want to go back to university in the future as well.


6. How is working life different from being a student?

It was so much easier as a student. I used to whinge about exams and assignments, but I rather do them now than working full-time. Working life is equivalent to facing the real world as a responsible adult. So, appreciate university life while you still can, guys!


7. What do you miss most from being a student?

The free time, my friends, nights out and not think of work all the time.


8. Advice for future pre-reg pharmacists?

Work hard and be dedicated to your job. Manage your time well. Take every opportunity to learn new things. Be confident about your knowledge and skills, while maintaining humility at the same time.


Here's Pretty Paige Yong :)

Here’s Pretty Paige Yong 🙂

Varsity 2013-14

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Just last Wednesday, University of Sunderland hosted the Varsity event to compete with rival Teeside University. Varsity takes place every year and students come together to fight for points in order to win the title. Students compete in various sports from netball, basketball,  football to dancing and rowing etc. This year, Sunderland has defeated Teeside after a three year wait! Sunderland Dance Squad has also won as they did a great dance-off keeping hold of audiences’ attention with their hip hop and mixed contemporary ballet routines. Unfortunately, my OSCE was on the exact same day as Varsity so I couldn’t join in with our dance crew. However, I’m really proud of UoS and SU Dance Squad. Let’s win again next year! WE ARE SUNDERLAND SAY WE ARE SUNDERLAND!

For more information:

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Backhouse Park

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Hey readers! Just a short update: I have discovered a new side of Sunderland! My boyfriend and I were a little bored and wanted to do something new so we took a long walk from behind Park Lane to one of the very beautiful Methodist church. We had such a great walk, we’ll be doing this again some time next week just to relax our minds and to get some fresh air!

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Gatsby Ball

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Business Society organised The Great Gatsby themed ball last Friday at Stadium of Light. I put together some of my Latin dance competition accessories to match my simple black dress. We enjoyed some live Jazz music and had a lovely three course meal. There were also taxis chartered for us after the ball to Tonic. All in all, it was a fantastic night & I managed to make some new friends. Scroll down for pictures! 😛


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The Winter Gardens, Sunderland

Monday, May 5th, 2014

So for the past few days I have been going out a lot to take a breather from studying. I’m a very active person, no one can ever make me sit at home the whole day (haha) so you will always see me in Bridges, Winter Gardens, the beach, Murray Library etc. I just need to get out there for some fresh air! Winter Gardens just launched the “Mapping the City” gallery last week so it was really knowledgeable getting to know more about Sunderland and its history. I’ve also walked around town and the public library just opposite Wilkinson offers great prices for books! Non-fiction, fiction, biographies you name it, they have it! Have gotten myself a couple of them all ready for my summer to begin.:) Also, the Student Reps Award took place in Northshore a few days ago and I will be attending an award for Volunteers next week as I’ve helped Connect out with the Diversity events last year. Hope to see some of you over there! xxx


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  • Name: Natasha Kam
  • Age: 23
  • Studying: Pharmacy MPharm
  • Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Ambitions: I would love to set up my own pharmaceutical company.

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