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Stanislava Ponjevic – Livesonline

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Still Feeling Like a Fresher

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Freshers Week during my first year still remains in my top memorable moments of the last year. I remember moving in to The Forge on that Sunday night, not knowing anyone, while everyone else was out socializing. I later that night met my flatmates and our neighbors (who remained our close friends for the rest of the year) and for the rest of that week we spent our time going to events such as the Silent Disco, Rob the Hypnotist and student nights out! That week brought our ‘flat family’ so much closer together; it allowed us to spend time together before our university work started taking over.

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This year, Freshers Week was different for many reasons, one of which being that I’m no longer a Fresher! It’s an interesting feeling I have to say, it feels almost as if you’re passing a torch to the new students hoping they never make the same mistakes as you, whether its procrastinating on assignments or spending far too much money on clothing when loan day comes around. I came back to Sunderland in the middle of Freshers Week and sadly missed the foam party, which I’ve heard from many people was one of the best events of the week. The week for me mainly consisted of trying to furnish my new digs with my mom so I didn’t get a chance to attend as many events as I had planned.

 

Trying to find furniture on a student budget was challenging, especially considering you want to find pieces that are durable but you don’t want to put yourself in debt over a chair (for example!). The majority of my furniture that I haddesk bought ended up being from Gumtree; this site has loads of second-hand/used furniture that is sometimes in brand new condition for a decent price. My most impressive find is my desk; as my course is very heavily based on revision and assignments, I needed a good workspace that was large enough so I could spread out all of my things as I slave away. The desk I bought only cost me £35 and as you can tell from the picture, its massive! If you’re a student like me living in an unfurnished flat or if you’re just looking for something to add to your room, I highly recommend this site- the prices are affordable and most of the time the ones who are selling these pieces of furniture are willing to deliver.

 

As for the Freshers events, I ended up heading to Revolution on the Wednesday to meet up with two of the other Lives Online bloggers: Liam and Scott (a photo of this can be seen on Scott’s blog). Wednesday night meant I was heading to the typical student spot, Basement. Student nights are especially busy because of the great deals on drinks, but I hadn’t quite anticipated just how busy it was going to be. It was great being back and seeing all of my friends that night and just soaking up the university atmosphere.

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I spent my Friday during Freshers trekking around Sunderland and showing my mom some local attractions. We ended up going all the way to the beach and walking on the sand, we even found a jellyfish on the beach! A mandatory trip to a fish n’ chip shop was made before we went to the National Glass Center. It was mine and my mom’s first time in there and we enjoyed walking through the galleries and learning a bit about glass-making history in Sunderland. Our tourist-like day finished off with a climb up the stairs of the Wearmouth bridge; talk about a workout! That day made me realize that there’s still many places left to discover in Sunderland- be it a new restaurant, cafe or attraction. I’m hoping to share some of these ‘hidden gems’ with you guys as the year goes on and I’d love to hear any suggestions of new spots to check out; so send me a message on any of my social media outlets!

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My Trip to Serbia

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

I’m exhausted and finally back in my flat in Sunderland but I’m going share with you some main highlights of what I saw and did during my stay. During my mini trip to visit my family, I had the pleasure of doing some sightseeing in the capital city Belgrade and in Novi Sad.

I spent the first half of the trip in the city Novi Sad; this is the second largest city in Serbia and one of my favorites to visit for its smaller city charm. I spent an evening climbing through the Petrovaradin fortress, which is one of the most popular tourist spots in the city. The fortress overlooks the Danube River and has many underground tunnels that I’ve explored before, but due to my time constraint, did not have a chance to this time. It has ties to Austrian-Turkish wars and many other historical events that are worth reading about. Situated on the top of the fortress is the clock tower in which the long hand normally shows hours and the short hand shows minutes (said by locals that it helps fishermen see the time from afar). Nowadays it is most well known for hosting the EXIT festival, which is a music festival that takes place every July and has had artists such as Billy Idol, Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg, Guns N’ Roses, David Guetta, Axwell and Carl Cox perform. Speaking from personal experience it is a festival that must be experienced at least once as it mixes the rustic scenery of the fortress with a diverse range of music that will please any listener. Our walk through the fortress ended with a slice of pizza from Caribic (located in the city center) and authentic Serbian Jelen Fresh beer that is infused with lemon flavoring.

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The next day I had managed to take another trek to Fruska Gora, which is a mountain that is home to several small towns with wineries and Orthodox monasteries. I had gone into the Velika Remeta Monastery to light a candle for my family and buy some literature that I could bring back with me to Sunderland. It was stunning how serene the area was and I even managed to find some interesting brick lay on the path through the garden (as seen on my Instagram!). Before we left we went down to road to the local fountain; people from neighboring towns and cities usually come to this fountain with empty water bottles and fill them with natural flowing water from the mountain.

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My last few days were spent in the capital city Belgrade; which holds a great place in my heart as the majority of my family resides here and I recognize its streets like I had never left all those years ago. I watched the sun set along the Danube River in a neighborhood called Dorcol; it is one of Belgrade’s oldest areas that is lined with numerous cafes and restaurants and is located near the Kalemegdan fortress. There are stairs and also an elevator for cyclists that gets you from the edge of the waterfront area up onto Brankov most (Branko’s Bridge). From Branko’s bridge you continue into the core of the city called Zeleni Venac; from here sprouts the main walkway down Knez Mihaila (Prince Michael Street). Zeleni Venac is also where most of the cities buses can be found that extend to suburban living areas such as Kotez, Zvezdara, Novi Beograd and Zemun. Knez Mihaila street leads into the Kalemegdan fortress where tourists and locals can be found enjoying the sights at all times of day. These areas, including the Republic Square (commonly known as the “Trg”) are heavily populated during the night, to my surprise with more tourists than in previous years. Although I did not have a chance to visit all of my favorite spots, here are some worth mentioning:

  • Skadarlija: a vintage cobblestone street located just outside of the city centre. It is considered to be Bohemian and is often compared to being similar to Paris’ Monmartre. Here you can find authentic Serbian cuisine at more than reasonable prices.
  • Ada Ciganlija: if you’re visiting Belgrade during the summer, venture here for a swim, water skiing drinks or even bungee jumping.
  • Usce Shopping centre: this mall is located just before the start of Branko’s bridge. It has a wide variety of stores that include: Marks & Spencer, Sephora, Diesel, Bershka, MANGO, Zara and Levi’s.
  • Splavs: these docked restaurants and clubs are located on the Sava and Danube River and provide exciting live music during the summers.

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If you have any questions about Serbia or travel, feel free to post a comment below. Stay tuned because the next post will be about how I spent Freshers Week!

Hello! Zdravo! Bonjour!

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Hey everyone,

My name is Stanislava, and I’ll be one of the students who will be blogging for the University of Sunderland for the 2014/15 year.

Stanislava Ponjevic—A preview

Obviously you all now know my name, but I’m sure most of you probably aren’t sure how to say it so here’s a tip; my name is three complete words put together: stan… is… lava. I’m hoping that helps most of you, but if I’m honest people hardly ever call me by my full name and most of my friends call me Stan or Stannie, so feel free to use whichever one you like! I was born in Jajce, in the former country Yugoslavia and lived in Serbia until I moved to Canada with my family in 1998. Since then I’ve been living in Alberta’s capital city, Edmonton. I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing two different cultures and when I moved to Sunderland I had the opportunity to relish in yet another wonderful culture: full of tea and fish n’ chips! I previously studied at the University of Alberta for three years and was working toward a Bachelor of Science degree so I suppose you could say I’m very comfortable with university life. I’m now studying Pharmacy and couldn’t be happier with my course and living in beautiful Sunderand; I’m hoping to show you all what university life is typically like with my personal touch.

Summer 2014—What was I up to?

This summer I worked at a pharmacy in Canada to gain some work experience for the coming year. It was nice to be able to put the knowledge I learned in my classes into my practical work and I enjoyed having interactions with patients. I also managed to do a bit of travelling; this included a few weekends away to neighboring cities and a girls trip with my close friends to Las Vegas (these photos can be seen on my instagram account: stannielivesonline).

So what now?

I’m currently in Serbia visiting my family in Novi Sad and the capital city, Belgrade. I’ll be posting another blog soon outlining some stuff I did while I was gone and some local attractions that are worth exploring if you are ever in the area.

You can also follow me on twitter: stan_islava to get a daily dose of my random thoughts and things that are occurring in pharmacy or the city of Sunderland. I’m hoping you’ll all enjoy and be kind, as this is my first time blogging, but I promise I won’t let you down! If there’s anything you’d be interested in me writing about regarding pharmacy or student life feel free to post a comment below or send me an email at stanniep@gmail.com.

Vidimo se! (translation: see you soon!)

  • 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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