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Stanislava Ponjevic – Livesonline

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Motivating Yourself

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Hey everyone!

Today I spent some time talking with one of my close friends about our motivations and goals after graduation; as my second year is coming to a close I find myself thinking about what’s in store for me in these last 2 years of my degree. Our conversation empowered me, as it reminded of the reasons for which I am continuously pushing myself in my life and in my education. Motivation can be a hard thing to muster up especially during exam time and we can all sometimes enter a ‘slump’ from which we feel it is hard to come out of. Motivation can come from many places, mine recently came from the conversation I had with my friend, but it also comes from my family, quotes from people I look up to, images of the things I strive for in life and even videos! I decided to attach my 3 favorite motivational videos that I keep in my bookmarks and frequently go back to when I feel I need that extra bit of motivation. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do and have a look as there are many others that may motivate you more than the one’s I have included below. Find what works for you, that is the most important thing. Once you’ve captured that feeling, that energy, nothing will be able to stop you. Happy studies!


What Exams To Expect in the Pharmacy Course II

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Hey everyone!

So here is the rest of the summarized exams that can be expected; this post outlines the exams for Level 3 and 4. I tried to make this as detailed as I could by asking friends from the above years, hopefully this gives you all an idea of what you can expect!


Level 3

  1. Pharmacy calculations exam; pass grade is 70%
    -15 questions, 1 hr 15 minutes to complete
  2. OSCE for MPH 322
    -5 stations: legal check, clinical check, POM counseling, medical examination and medication history (related to material learned in 322)
    – December, before the Christmas break
  3. MPH 322 written exam
    – During the May exam period
    – MCQ and long answer questions; 3 hours to complete
  4. OSCE for MPH 327
    – 4 stations: clinical check, POM counseling, medical examination and medication history (related to material learned in 327)
    – May exam period
  5. MPH 327 written exam
    – During the May exam period
    – MCQ and long answer questions; 3 hours to complete
  6. VIVA for MPH 328
    – Oral examination; defending thesis project
    – Roughly 20 minute discussion with your tutor and a moderator


Level 4

  1. Numeracy exam; pass grade is 70%
  2. OSCE
    – Only one to complete for the whole year; 8 stations
    – Clinical and pharmacy practice
  3. MPH M13 written exam
    – During the May exam period
    – 3 hours to complete
  4. MPH M07 written exam
    – During the May exam period
    – 3 hours to complete



What Exams To Expect in the Pharmacy Course Part I

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Hello everyone!

I’ve had quite a few people messaging me asking me about the types (and amount of exams) they can expect to be doing if they decide to take the pharmacy course here at the University of Sunderland. To make it clearer for everyone, I’ve decided to outline in bullet points the exams you can expect for each level (1-4).

Level 1

  1. Multiple choice exam (MCQ): 40 questions; 2 hours to complete
    – Two of these will be done in Term 1 (MPH 116); each exam will test on 5 weeks worth of lectures
  2. MCQ for MPH 117: 40 questions; 2 hours to complete
    – Only one for Term 2, also based on 5 weeks of lectures
  3. OSCE (practical) exam; during the May examination period
    – 4 stations, 7 minutes per station; includes systems review (medical history), medication review, manual blood pressure and
  4. Oral defense; short 15 minute oral examination with your tutor
  5. MPH 116 written exam
    – May exam period; tests all material from Term 1
    – 3 hours to complete
  6. MPH 117 written exam
    – May exam period; tests all material from Term 2
    – One week after MPH 116 exam
    – 3 hours to complete


Level 2

  1. MCQ for MPH 209: 45 questions, 2 hours to complete
  2. MCQ for MPH 210: 45 questions, 2 hours to complete
  3. OSCE for MPH 209
    – 3 stations, 7 minutes per station; includes the cardiovascular examination, medical history and data station (written)
    – During the January examination period
  4. Law exam MPH 209: 40 multiple choice questions and 4 written questions, 3 hours to complete
    – During the January examination period
  5. OSCE for MPH 210
    – 4 stations, 7 minutes per station; includes respiratory examination, history taking, data station and medicines use review.
    – During the last week of classes for Term 2
  6. VIVA (oral exam)
    – During the May exam period
    – Roughly 20 minutes; discussion about MPH 210 project with your tutor
  7. Dispensing exam
    – 8 prescriptions; 3 hours to correct and fill all prescriptions ensuring there are no errors
  8. MPH 209 written exam
    – May exam period; tests all material from Term 1
    – 3 hours to complete
  9. MPH 210 written exam
    – May exam period; tests all material from Term 2
    – 3 hours to complete


I’ll be posting the exams for Level 2 and 3 tomorrow so stay tuned! Hope this answers some of your questions and if you have anymore feel free to message me or comment below!



How To Make Healthy Nutella

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Hey everyone!

One week done and dusted of my 21 day carb-free challenge! I’ve really had to step out of my comfort zone with meal preparation and I’ve learned how to substitute vegetables for their starchy counterparts. One of my favorite new discoveries is recipes with cauliflower; stay tuned for a later post about this! Since the start of the challenge I’ve been doing research to give myself some ideas of carb-free meals that I can prepare; although this one may be slightly unrelated I figured it’s one that a lot of people will enjoy… So I give you, the recipe for healthy Nutella!


Healthy Nutella:

Ingredients (purchased from Tesco, except for the coconut oil)

  • 250 g of roasted hazelnuts (£3.40)
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla (£0.98 for 35ml)
  • 30 g of dark cocoa powder (£2.20 for 125 g)
  • 80 g of honey (£1.45 for 454 g)
  • 70 ml unsweetened almond milk (£1 for 1 L)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Blend well! It make take a bit depending on the strength of your blender or food processor. Once finished, store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge until finished. I’m not sure of the expiry date but I’m sure it’ll be eaten before it has the chance to expire! Perfect for protein pancakes or a spoonful when cravings arise.

Original recipe



SAFC Match Day

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Hello everyone!

Today was derby day in Sunderland (a match where the two rival teams; SAFC and NUFC play) and the town was absolutely packed with SAFC supporters. I decided to post a throwback video showing my very first match day experience; it shows footage from the SAFC v. AVFC match from a couple weeks ago. Hope you enjoy and make sure to go to a match day… the energy from the crowd is crazy!



No Carb Challenge

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Hey guys!

So I’ve decided to try a no-carb challenge for the next 3 weeks, I’m doing this as part of my fitness plan through Pure Gym Sunderland. This is my first week and I have to say it’s been a struggle so far. Along with my no-carb diet, I’ve been going to high intensity classes called LES MILLS GRIT, 2-3 times a week. In these classes we do high intensity cardio or strength training with minimal breaks for 30-45 minutes.

Here is a list of the foods that are currently in my fridge according to the plan:


  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Kale
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumber
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Avocado
  • Cherry tomatoes


  • Irish beef steak
  • Chicken breast
  • Diced lamb
  • Salmon fillets
  • Tuna steak and canned
  • Turkey mince
  • Mussels (frozen)
  • Cod fillets (frozen)

Others: eggs, almonds, cashews, hot sauce, and almond milk.

During this plan I’m avoiding diary (milk, cheese etc), therefore I’ve been drinking my coffee with almond milk! I’m also meant to avoid eating any fruit as it is high in sugar and carbs; this will be the hardest challenge for me. I’ve also included whey protein isolate shakes from Myprotein as a post-workout drink. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be including some carb-free recipes so stay tuned! Here are a few pictures of the meals I’ve been preparing.


Baked steak, lightly seasoned with sea salt and pepper. Fried mushroom and courgette with garlic seasoning and a side of fresh cucumber.



Stress Management While in University

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Hey everyone!

It’s the end of the year and we’re all gearing up for the start of exams; therefore I wanted to talk about something I find fairly important to us as students. Many people don’t realize the stresses that can pile up while you are completing your studies but as I’ve seen (and experienced myself) they are innumerable and range from personal issues, to deadlines and even living situations!

I recently attended a pharmacist support seminar that was aimed at helping students (not only pharmacy students) and pharmacists deal with stress. The seminar focused on these 5 main concepts: connecting with those around you; being active; being aware of the world around you and what you are feeling; trying/learning something new and giving back. Here are some main points from the seminar that I found to be most useful:

  • When you are feeling stressed, write down 5 things that make you feel happy and that you are thankful for… this will increase the flow of positive thoughts and will be guaranteed to make you smile!
  • Recognize your patterns of behavior; understand when you are reaching a level of unnecessary stress and do something to counteract it. This may include a coffee break, walk, reading a book or even a bath.
  • If you experience anxiety that accompanies your stress, try some breathing exercises. Concentrating on your breathing will take your mind away from the initial anxiety, then incorporate positive thoughts.
  • My favorite tips of the seminar… healthy eating! I’m known to consume more than a recommended amount of coffee when I get stressed but by recognizing this habit, I can avoid any negative effects and swap my coffee for green tea.
  • It is proven that exercise releases endorphins which are positive hormones that give you the “happy” factor. Other benefits of exercise include: deeper sleep, increased confidence and motivation, stress relief (especially when kickboxing) and improved concentration.

I hope that these tips help in the next 2 months as everyone is preparing for exams, I plan on including many of the tips in an attempt to avoid stress in the first place! Wishing everyone luck all their assignments and exams!


For additional support services:

Samaritans – talk about whatever you want, whenever, in confidence

Anxiety UK – supporting those with anxiety

Pharmacist Support – for any further information for pharmacy students/pharmacists




  • 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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