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Usman Amin | University of Sunderland

Drama BA (Hons)

  • Name: Usman Amin
  • Age: 21
  • Studying: Drama BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Birmingham
  • Ambitions: I aim to teach drama - I would love to inspire youngsters to do what I do!

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September 14th, 2014

It’s my last post!! What a year!!

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Hey all. Firstly, sorry it’s taken me a little while to get this video up. I’ve recently had an operation so been fighting to recover but I wanted to post this reel of some of my favourite moments from the past year. If I could, I would have included everything so picking just a few was actually very difficult.

I would just like to take this moment to say how much I have enjoyed my time as a Lives Online Blogger. Last year, I had no experience in blogging whatsover and I can honestly say I’ve learnt so much in such a short space of time. When I look back on everything I’ve done, it makes me feel incredibly lucky and greatful for this opportunity. Every year, students have the chance to apply and my advice is to go for it. Not only is it such a good experience, for me personally, it looked really good on my CV and actually when I applied for my teaching course which I’m starting this month, I was able to use Lives Online in my interview and show just how much I had achieved.

I would like to thank everyone involved and those who have helped me along the way. My fellow bloggers have been amazing and it’s been a privilige just to get to know you all!! I’m sure wherever life takes you guys, you’ll be amazing!! Finally, I want to wish all of the new bloggers starting this month every bit of success!! I can’t wait to follow you all!! Shout out to Laura Blackett who I met on a recent Open Day for the University of Sunderland. She is one of the new Lives Online Bloggers for this year and is studying Social Work!! Make sure you check her out and if you haven’t already you can follow her on twitter (@lau_swstudent) and instagram (lauralivesonline) too!!

So yeah, I guess this is me signing off. I will miss this and to all who have taken to time to read my blogs or watch my videos I don’t have enough words to express how grateful I am. Take care all and thanks for the memories!! :’)


September 9th, 2014

Everything has Changed/Trumpets Mash Up

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Hey guys. It’s getting close to the end of my time with Lives Online this year!! It’s been amazing so I thought I would post this cover that me and Anth Davison did earlier on this year. Dueting with him has been one of the highlights of my time in Sunderland and I am going to miss it dearly. Hope you guys enjoy!! Stay tuned for my last video which will be a highlight reel of my time with Lives Online.


August 22nd, 2014

Ed Sheeran – I See Fire

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Here is my second cover from Ed Sheeran’s new album X. This song also featured in the latest instalment of The Hobbit. It’s called I See Fire and hope you guys like it!! Sunderland University is one of the main reasons I enjoy singing so much today and I cannot recommend it enough. If you love the arts and have a passion for performance then please come to the University of Sunderland for a visit!!

August 21st, 2014

Cover – Ed Sheeran – Afire Love

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Hi everyone. This is a cover of a song from Ed Sheeran’s new album X. It’s called Afire Love. At the moment its only a working progress but really hope you guys like it, it is one of my favourites. Enjoy!! 😀

August 13th, 2014

A/AS Level Results, Clearing and Open Days

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Hey all. So if you’ve been studying all year for your A Levels you will more than likely be aware that results come out tomorrow. Every year this is a nervous time for a number of students; for many this is the first time there is something riding on the outcome, whether that be a place at University or even an apprenticeship. I want to try and give you guys some advice and let you all know that whatever happens, it will all be ok!!

You guys will know that if you are looking to go to University next year then you will need to achieve a certain number of UCAS points in order to gain an unconditional offer. Now if you get the results you need that’s great!! Congratulations!! However, this doesn’t always happen and for those that maybe fall short of that required boundary, there is a way that you can still go to University and study a course that you want.

This process is called clearing. Universities offer out any spare places that they have to students who need them. You can only apply on and after results day and my advice is, if you have to go through clearing, you should do it sooner rather than later as places do fill up quickly. Just remember to stay calm, there will more than likely be something out there for you.

Above, I have attached a short video which shows how clearing works in a bit more detail which I’ve found from the UCAS YouTube channel. I hope it helps and remember if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. One last thing to remind you guys about is open days. It is so important to make sure that the place you go to study is the right place for you. Three years is the average time that most students spend at University and this is a long time to invest, especially if you are moving away from home. You will want to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible.

I will be at the forthcoming open day for the University of Sunderland and will be based at Priestman Building giving students tours around the Performing Arts Department. For anyone that is coming along and wants to come and say, I am always happy to help and if you are interested in getting one of the tours I’ve just mentioned, there are two available. One starts at 10:30 and the other at 13:30. Each tour lasts about 2 hours maximum but this can vary. You will more than likely start off at St Peter’s Campus and if you ask at the Drama Desk in the main Prospect Building, there will be staff there to help you. There are normally buses that will take you to the various buildings and bring you back so you don’t need to worry about transport.

Like I say, I really hope anyone interested in coming to Sunderland comes to have a look. It really is a fantastic place to study and it’s given me three of the best years in my life!! Anyway, that’s it for me. To all those awaiting results, I wish you the best of luck and every success in the future!!

August 10th, 2014

SunFest 2014 – Scaoilte a Fhail (Irish for lose to gain)

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Choreographer: Aisling Nally

Staging Director: Sarah Kenny

Stage 3 Performers: Carrie Richardson, Gabrielle White, Leah Whitson and Sarah Kenny

Here is another staging the dance performance from this year’s SunFest. The theme centres on the human need for success and the steps taken or sacrifices made to attain this. The idea came from personal experience of leaving Ireland in order to achieve a BA (Hons) Degree in Dance.

August 5th, 2014

I’ve received my degree!!

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This is just a short video where I share with you the degree that I gained whilst studying the Drama course at the University of Sunderland. If you guys have any questions at all about the course or the university please do not hesitate to ask via my blog or Facebook page and I would be more than happy to help. I’m also going to be at the next open day which is on 19th August 2014. Feel free to come and say hello and I look forward to meeting some of you!!

July 29th, 2014

My Life Changing Moment – Graduation

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Hi everyone. This video was edited by one of the staff members involved with Lives Online. He also creates some great videos for the university generally as well. I’d like to say a massive thankyou to Edward. Anyway, here is a video of myself and my good friend Rachael Bell talking about graduation and our time on the course. I hope you find it useful!!

July 14th, 2014

A recap on the past

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Hi everyone. Hope you are all well. Well after Graduating this week I felt very nostalgic and was looking through all of my old things. It got me thinking about the video that I had ever produced for Lives Online this year. So for old times sakes, I thought I would re post this as I don’t think I’ve shared it with you guys before. It was my audition video for my application and if anyone is thinking of applying for Lives Online this year, maybe this video will give you some inspiration. Also, I have loads more video’s coming your way including a look back at my graduation and the rest of the dance performances from SunFest 2014. Watch this space!!

June 29th, 2014

A Journey Cut Short

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Choreographer: Lorrell Palmer

Staging Director: Steffanie Ward

Stage 1 Performers: Tine Kristensen

Stage 3 Performers: Aimee Green, Amy Dickinson, Beth Fisher, Elysia Byrne, Steffanie Ward and Naomi Chiswell

The choreography is based on the journey, process and emotions of a suicidal person. It consists of three sections which reveal how people are overcome with pain and darkness.