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Stanislava Ponjevic | University of Sunderland

Pharmacy MPharm

  • Name: Stanislava Ponjevic
  • Age: 22
  • Studying: Pharmacy MPharm
  • Hometown: Alberta, Canada
  • Ambitions: To explore as many countries as I can, promote healthy lifestyle choices and get a PharmD degree to teach at a university level.
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August 1st, 2015

How to Make a Simple Baby Kale Smoothie (For Students!)

Hey everyone!

During the summer when a scorching day comes along I’m looking for everything and anything cold and refreshing, especially if I’m not near a pool. My go-to drinks during these days are either fruit-infused water or… smoothies! This smoothie can be made year round but I love it during the summer months as it tastes so fresh and the coconut in it reminds me of beach holidays. The great thing about smoothies is that you can change them and make them personalized to your taste buds therefore the following recipe is what I found to taste best for me (and for my family as well apparently!).

 

Summer Baby Kale Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 handfuls of baby kale
  • 1.5 cups of frozen pineapple chunks (add more if you want the smoothie to be sweeter)
  • 0.5 cup of frozen strawberries (again add more if you want it to be sweeter)
  • 1/4 of an avocado
  • Coconut water (as needed to get a smooth consistency)
  • Lemon juice (squeeze fresh lemon as needed for taste)

Blend the ingredients together until smooth! Top with coconut flakes and hemp hearts… maybe even some chocolate shavings if you’re feeling indulgent!

 

Stanislava

July 9th, 2015

Exploring Banff National Park, AB

Hey everyone!

Last weekend I took a spontaneous trip to the mountains with some good friends of mine to get some fresh air and of course I’m never one to pass up traveling… anywhere! The first day we arrived, we decided to bike the Legacy Trail from Canmore to Banff. We biked about 15 km there and back which was a good portion of the trail but unfortunately not all of it; we had got lost somewhere along the way and couldn’t find the trail that extended out of Banff. Regardless, it was one of the best bike rides I’ve had in a while and I definitely felt the burn in my quads the next day. Day 2 included a big breakfast at a local diner in Canmore before we took on a hike through Johnston Canyon. We hiked to the very top to see the ink pots and in total we covered nearly 12 km that day! I was so proud of us; it’s nice to use mother nature as your gym sometimes and we definitely took advantage of that opportunity. Watch the video below and see our adventures throughout the weekend. I definitely recommend the bike/hike to anyone who’s outdoorsy (or hoping to become so) and looking for a fun activity to do with friends.

 

Stanislava

July 6th, 2015

My Favorite Restaurants in Sunderland

Hello everyone!

Today’s post is yet another about food, but really can there ever be enough posts on such a topic! Although I’m very passionate about cooking for myself and clean-eating, on my cheat days I enjoy going out and trying new restaurants in the city. The past two years I’ve come upon some of my favorite restaurants that I visit often throughout the year; be it for birthdays, casual drinks or my notorious cheat days! This video post includes those favorites and some pictures of the food so you can get an idea of what it’s like. Some restaurants that weren’t included but are worth mentioning: Serendipity; best for afternoon lunch or tea and cakes and Roma Italian Restaurant; delicious Italian food for a reasonable price and some of the best risotto in the city. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

 

Stanislava

July 4th, 2015

How To Make Almond Crusted Chicken

Hey everyone!

The one thing I find hardest when sticking to a clean diet is trying to find good seasonings for chicken! After a while, eating the same spices and seasonings can make your palate quite bland so I’m always searching for new recipes to change things up while maintaining my healthy eating. I got the inspiration for this recipe from one of my good friends at home (shout out to you Justina) and decided to make my own version of it. This recipe is gluten and grain free and is a great alternative to flour battered or breaded chicken. Although I’m not a fan of breading my chicken, I enjoyed this version as it was much crispier and cinnamon is one of my favorite spices so I couldn’t resist! Watch the How-To video below and try it for yourself, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

Stanislava

June 20th, 2015

Travelling Through the Alberta Rockies

Hello everyone!

Last week I spent a couple of days travelling through Alberta and doing some sightseeing. I always consider myself lucky to live so close to the Rockies and be able to go skiing/snowshoeing during the winter and hiking and other such activities during the summer. We drove roughly 4 hours from Edmonton to Jasper National Park and went up the gondola (Jasper Skytram) and were able to see some amazing mountain views at the top… We even managed to get some hiking in! I hadn’t anticipated how cold it was going to be at the top so you’ll notice in the videos that I’m not quite dressed for the weather. We ended our day by going to the Athabasca Falls which are also located in Jasper National Park and one of the best parts was that it allowed me and my brother to try out our new GoPro Hero 4 camera! Hopefully I’ll be able to take it with me during the rest of my travels this summer. I hope you guys enjoy the video and get the chance to see it for yourselves!

 

Stanislava

 

June 8th, 2015

Top Tips for International Students Part II

Hey everyone!

So here is Part II of the Top Tips series for international students. If you have any further questions about the university or the pharmacy program feel free to comment below or send me a message through any of my social media platforms!

 

Stanislava

June 8th, 2015

Top Tips for International Students Part I

Hey guys!

I’ve been getting a lot of questions from prospective international students asking what things they needed to do before or after they arrived in the UK. Therefore I’ve done a two part video series of my top tips for international students so make sure you watch and share it with any students you know of who plan on studying in the UK! Part II will be posted shortly so stay tuned.

 

Stanislava

June 7th, 2015

Home for the summer

Hello everyone!

It’s been a week since I’ve been back home for the summer break and it feels amazing to be reunited with everyone! Here’s a short video showing my travels and a special cameo from my two adorable puppies, Kane (black dog) and Odie (brown dog). Watch for more videos over the next couple of weeks about my time in Edmonton and other posts about preparing for university.

 

Stanislava

June 3rd, 2015

5 Reasons Why I Chose the University of Sunderland

Hey everyone!

In the 2 years that I’ve lived in England, the one question I get asked most often is why I chose Sunderland University. I wanted to share these reasons with all of you so you can understand what kind of considerations are being taken into for international students and this may help some prospective students in making decisions about where they would like to study.

 

  1. The Guardian rated the pharmacy program at the University of Sunderland in the Top 10 in the country, even higher than Manchester and Liverpool! I wanted to pick a university that would guarantee me the best education with the most clinical practice and a high post-graduate employment rate; reading forums and posts such as the ones written by the Guardian allowed me to narrow down my choices for universities.
  2. International student tuition fees for pharmacy are one of the lowest in the country at Sunderland. When I had gotten a conditional offer at the University, my tuition was only £9000 and with a scholarship that I also received from the university, my fees end up being £7500, comparable to the fees that home and EU students pay at the university!
  3. Sunderland is a university city. I’m from the capital city of my province in Canada in which the population is roughly 1.2 million people. We commute long distances as everything is quite spread out and not many people live in the heart of the city (downtown). Sunderland is quite a small city that is run by students during term time; the majority of students live in accommodation that is no further than a 10-15 minute walk from the center of the city or from the university.
  4. Newcastle is only a 30 minute metro ride away! With the above being said, its always nice to have the option to venture into a metropolitan city where there are more things to see or do! I’m a city girl at heart so I needed to be able to have the option to go to museums or have cocktails at fancy bars, with Newcastle being so close you never run out of new places to go.
  5. The cost of living and prices in Northeast England are affordable and reasonable. Compared to the larger cities in England (London, Manchester, Leeds etc) the cost of living and prices at restaurants in Sunderland are very affordable and student friendly! You definitely get more for your money and when you’re a student its nice to be able to have a little bit of extra money left over to treat yourself with!

 

These are my top reasons for choosing the University of Sunderland! If you have any questions about the university or about Sunderland feel free to message me through Facebook or post a comment below! Hope this helps some of you in deciding what university to pick. Thanks for reading!

 

Stanislava

May 29th, 2015

Summer Goals

Hello everyone!

It’s been a week since my last exam and I’m still having some trouble adjusting to the summer lifestyle. I find the first couple of weeks the toughest because I don’t know what to do with myself! Since I’m an international student, I’m headed home for the summer (this weekend!) and am looking forward to seeing all my family and friends after almost 5 months. I’m relieved that my toughest year is over but at the same time I’m going to miss all my amazing friends from university. Every summer, I like to set myself some goals or a “To-do” list of things I’d like accomplish to learn to do over the summer. So here’s my list below; hope this gives you some ideas of things you want to do over the summer!

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Stanislava’s Summer Goal List

  1. Go hiking in the mountains
  2. READ; as many books as possible
  3. Learn to do a yoga head stand
  4. Go to the gym at least 3-4 times per week (optimally every day)
  5. Come up with new healthy eating recipes
  6. Learn some new photography tricks
  7. Have summer fires
  8. Go camping
  9. Travel and see my family in Europe
  10. Volunteer (as I won’t be working this summer)

 

Stay tuned to see all the things I get up to. I can’t wait to share my summer memories in my hometown with all of you. Have a great summer everyone!

 

Stanislava