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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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March 6th, 2015

How to Make Carrot Cake

Hey guys!

Yesterday was my friend Meadhbh’s 21st birthday, so I (along with my two friends, Jen and Baz) decided to surprise her with carrot cake (which is her favourite!). I will be posting another video shortly which shows how we decorated the cake and the night of the surprise so stay tuned!


Carrot Cake Recipe (from Canadian Living)

1.Peel and grate carrots 2 cups of carrots.

2. Mix together dry ingredients

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder and 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg (we didn’t include this)

3. In a separate bowl, beat wet ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar & 3/4 brown sugar

4. Combine wet and dry ingredients, mix until just wet. Add grated carrots and 1 cup drained, crushed pineapple.

5. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease your pan and add the batter. Then pop in the oven for 40 minutes! Make sure to do the cake test; dip a toothpick into the cake, if it comes out clean (no residual batter) its done!

Hope you enjoy here’s the video!




March 1st, 2015

Top 5 Study Tips

Hey everyone,

It’s officially March and exams are quickly approaching! I know many of you are going to have to start putting in long hours at the library so I decided to make a video to help you make the most of this study season. Here are my 5 favorite tips for studying for exams; hope they help you out as much as they help me!


February 9th, 2015

University of Sunderland #ItBlewMyMind

Hello everyone,

So there’s a contest that the university is promoting called #ItBlewMyMind. All you have to do is create a short clip about what blew your mind about university and hashtag #ItBlewMyMind, then post it to the university’s Facebook page. You could have the chance to win a hoodie! Here’s my video for the contest below.



February 8th, 2015

City Break in London Part 2

Hey everyone!

Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend so far. It’s officially been 2 weeks since I was in London and making this video has made me miss it all the more! Part 2 of the London city break series is about the nightlife; we managed to go to a few clubs that are highly acclaimed (and visited by a variety of celebrities… eek!). The nightclubs in London are very over-the-top and reminded me of my trip to Vegas over the summer; loud music, lots of flashing lights and everyone around you taking pictures. It’s something that should definitely be experienced at least once and what better time to do that than when in university! I hope you guys enjoy the video and if you ever have time, visit the beautiful city of London. I guarantee you won’t regret it. Until next time!




February 1st, 2015

City Break in London, England Part 1

Hey guys!

Last weekend I went to London with some friends to do some sight-seeing and celebrate my friend Katia’s belated birthday! The nice thing about living in England is that you can go to various cities in the UK over the weekend; it took us 3.5 hours on the Grand Central line (direct from Sunderland) to get to London King’s Cross Station. Thanks to my 16-25 Railcard, I’ve been getting around 30% off my train tickets for my various travel escapades… all the more reason to plan some more trips right! Part 1 includes the sights during the day and stay tuned as Part 2 is all about nights out in fabulous London.




January 26th, 2015

University Student Night out in Sunderland

Hello everyone!

One of the perks of being a student means that the local bars and clubs where you study always organize “Student nights out” that include drinks specials and bar-hopping. For Sunderland University students, Wednesday nights are the best to go out and celebrate with your friends! Last week, my fellow pharmacy classmates and I finished our 3 hour Pharmacy Law exam so we decided to go out on Wednesday and celebrate in typical student fashion and here’s a video that documents our student night out.





January 12th, 2015

Meal Planning While in University Part II

Step 3:

The above steps refer to lunch and dinner meals but you can also meal plan for breakfast! Oatmeal (or porridge as said in the UK) can be prepared the night before and then refrigerated for the next day. Simply add honey (and peanut butter in my case), fruit, chia seeds and various other nuts to increase fiber intake! Another great meal planning option for breakfast is hard boiled eggs. As a pharmacy student, we occasionally have labs that are 3 hours long which is almost always a recipe for hunger halfway through. On my meal planning day, I place eggs (enough for a couple days that week) in boiling water for 15-20 minutes, then pop them in the fridge for a later day. I like to combine them with toasted 100 calorie sandwich thins, avocado, spinach and prosciutto.

Step 4:

Don’t be afraid to have a cheat meal! If anything this is the most important step as it will allow you to indulge every once in a while (not too often though) and keep you on track throughout the rest of the week. For me, Sunday is my cheat meal day and a guilty pleasure is definitely crepes with Nutella.

If you have any other questions about meal planning or about exercise/workout tips send me a message or comment below!


January 12th, 2015

Meal Planning While in University Part I

Hello everyone!

It’s that month where everyone has started coming up with resolutions they wish to keep in the New Year and the one I’ve been hearing most often (in Canada and England) is to eat healthy and exercise. Therefore, I wanted to give everyone some tips I personally use (as a student) to eat healthy especially during busy weeks and exams. I’ll break down the most important features for meal planning stepwise so its easier to follow; here we go!


Step 1:

When food shopping, make a list of the foods you need in order to prepare meals that contain protein, carbohydrates and vegetables. My most bought items are: brown rice, wholewheat pasta, quinoa, frozen green beans, asparagus, cucumber, tomatoes, celery, avocado, turkey and chicken. You can also substitute the meat for a vegetarian option such as tofu, lentils/legumes or any Quorn product that you enjoy. These items will make your main meals but do not include any snacks that you’ll want to have throughout the day, I like options such as almonds, cashews, apples, bananas, oranges and other various sliced fruits.

Step 2:

Set aside one day a week that you have an extra hour or two prepare food for the week. My go-to day is Sunday, it helps me get organized for the week. Preparing in bulk allows you to save time throughout the week because you don’t have to cook everyday and you won’t have an excuse to eat that pizza from Domino’s! If you are meal planning for a week make sure to pack your food into a container and freeze it (where it will be safe to eat for at least a month), then reheat when ready to eat. Don’t forget to add variety to the flavoring of your meals. My favorite planned meals are brown rice with chicken and green beans and pesto pasta salad made with whole wheat pasta and loads of vegetables.

Wild rice, garlic shrimp, assorted salad with avocado and feta cheese. #foodporn #supper #cooking

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January 11th, 2015

Christmas in Edmonton, Canada

Hey everyone!

So I know its been a while since I’ve posted anything on here but I finally managed to put together a video of my Christmas break at home in Edmonton, Alberta. I had an incredible break (and although I still had to work and study) I managed to take a ski trip to a mountain village I had never been to before called Kimberley in British Columbia. Its a tradition in my family that we ski or snowboard every season and since Sunderland hardly ever has snow (which is mostly a good thing) I had to take advantage of the opportunity to get some practice on the powdery slopes. If you have any questions about traveling in Western Canada, feel free to comment below or on my Facebook page.




December 9th, 2014

Edinburgh Christmas Markets

Hey everyone.

It’s the last week of classes and I’m feeling busier than ever. Just this past weekend I took a day trip with some friends to Edinburgh, Scotland to see the notorious Christmas markets. My inner child was giddy as ever because Christmas markets aren’t that big of a thing in Canada. With my 16-25 railcard, I paid roughly £20 for my round-trip train from Newcastle central station. We spent the whole day there, although we didn’t really account for the rain and cold so we had to pop into a cafe every couple of hours to warm up; it was -4 degrees C which is the coldest I’ve experienced in Europe so far! I’ve put together a video to show you all how incredible the city and the Christmas markets are so I hope you enjoy (and maybe even visit yourself!).