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COLLEGE SPECIAL

7 September 2001

COLLEGE SPECIAL

When students are phoning home, they employ

a language all of their own. So, whether youre a

student wondering how best to conceal from mum and

dad what youve really been up to – or a parent trying

to decipher what your kids have been doing, heres a

few tips. Tim Relf phones home

Pauline Addis, 20

What are you studying?

A BSc degree in Equine Science at Imperial College at Wye. Ive just finished the first year.

How many hours of lectures do you have a week?

Too many… It varies from term to term. In the winter term its about 20 hours, down to five or six in the summer term. Plus practicals and occasional tutor groups.

Whats your favourite subject?

Introduction to Equine Science. The subject covers quite a bit of background, such as evolution and behaviour. We do a fair amount on what can go wrong (like we need to be told!) and the science behind the traditional cures.

What subject do you like least?

I found biochemistry hard, but once Id made an effort to learn and understand it was easier. We had to do microbiology which I couldnt really see the relevance of but was quite fun – in one practical we had to identify a strain of bacteria by submitting it to various tests.

What are you hobbies?

You have to be pretty strict with your time but I do manage to pack in riding every day, competing most weekends. My horse and I event at pre-novice/novice level and I hope to take him Intermediate next year. Im also social secretary for the ladies football team which is a great laugh.

The beach is only an hour away and weve had some good times there… Not going to reveal the things we get up to after a trip to the union!

Where do you live?

I was in halls in main college for this year and am in a flat in Dunstan Skilbeck hall next year. Its around £70/week catered which is reasonable.

Whats a typical night out?

On a week night its always down the union. We have an amazing exec committee which organises fantastic nights. Weve had bouncy castles, bucking bronco, human table football, a foam party, Caribbean night, schoolgirls night… then sports night on a Wednesday, which involves meeting with your sports group (footie for me) and submitting yourself to the drinking games. Outside Wye theres a brand new club in Ashford where half the regulars are Wye students, and theres a couple of other clubs in the area and a few pubs and bars in Ashford. But Canterbury is great for posh restaurants, not-so-posh restaurants plus great bars and a theatre.

Whats your favourite CD?

All of them! Probably the Ministrys Chillout session or anything loud. I also love Moby, Ash and even classical music.

Whats the best thing about college?

Meeting some incredible people, having to push yourself, actually learning about something Im fascinated by – finally I can actually understand my horse.

Whats the worst thing about college?

Because Wye is so small, it can get claustrophobic. You

need to be careful to have some time to yourself. Also making yourself study when youd rather be sunbathing!

William Curtis, 18

What are you studying?

I am currently studying a National Diploma in Agriculture at Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire. I will be beginning the second year of the two year course in October.

How many hours of lectures do you have a week?

During the first year of the course there were 15 lectures/week and the rest of the time was taken up by practical sessions on the farm and in the workshops. Wednesdays were free.

Whats your favourite subject?

My favourite lectures during year one were Ruminants and Crop Production but I most enjoyed the practical sessions which consisted of arable duties, livestock duties/practicals, welding and building. Arable and livestock practicals teach you a wide span of new skills.

What subject do you like least?

I least enjoyed pig lectures probably because I am not really interested in pigs.

What are you hobbies?

My hobbies include all sports, computer games and listening to music. I play cricket for a local team on Saturdays during the season.

Where do you live?

During the college year I live in the halls of residence which in year one were average rooms. I did have a room to myself with studying facilities but shared bathroom facilities. On the whole, facilities were good with laundry facilities, shop, etc on campus. The price of a room in my particular block was approx £40 a week but there are other more expensive rooms. We buy a food card at the beginning of term for approximately £260 but you can buy extra if you need to. There is a self-service refectory serving all types of meals.

Whats a typical night out?

A few beers at the college bar or the local pub, talking/playing snooker and enjoying myself with friends. Bishop Burton is a very friendly close community.

Whats your favourite CD?

Bon Jovis Crush.

Whats the best thing about college?

I would say the College provides excellent sports and social facilities which allows you to make a lot of new friends. Also, when the farm is open (it has been closed due to foot-and-mouth which has disrupted the practical side of things this year) the practical sessions are helpful and very informative. There is an excellent mix of theory and practical study.

Whats the worst thing about college?

I cant find a bad thing to say about college – its great!

THE biggest reunion ever is promised at Harper Adams this month as part of the Shropshire colleges centenary celebrations. Students past and present will converge on the campus on the afternoon and evening of Sat, Sept 22. "Dont miss out on this opportunity of a lifetime," a college spokesperson says. "One hundred years is a long time to wait for the next one."

Tickets for the event, which must be booked in advance, can be obtained on 01952-815297 or 01952-815407.

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COLLEGE SPECIAL

7 September 2001

MANAGINGYOURMONEY

COLLEGE SPECIAL

Its that time of the year again. College is looming. So, whether youre heading off for your first year or are further into your

studies, check out the next four pages. Theyre packed with information on everything from courses and cash to cars and kettles

Pants! Thats what the

current funding situation is

for students, according to

Ben Lewis and Edward

Youngman from Aberystwyth

Universitys Student Advice

and Counselling Centre.

Here, they provide a few tips

on money management

GOING to university is the second biggest investment youll make (after buying a house) and costs on average £12,000 if you live frugally, according to figures from the National Union of Students.

This is bad news – especially at a time when you are less likely to get a job when you graduate as the economy begins to slow down. So what can you do to make your time at college more bearable financially?

Firstly, remember that while your student loan cheque might seem like a lot of money when you first get it, that it has to last for a long time.

&#42 Temptation

Some students cant resist temptation purchases and, as soon as they get the cash, go off and buy, say, a wide-screen telly. "Then theyve run out of money come the end of term."

Its a similar principle with the "spend now, pay later" philosophy of an overdraft. "Remember, youll have to pay off that overdraft one day."

Say No to credit card offers. "They want you to spend loads now and pay back tons of interest in a couple of years time." The debts you incur can be big, and the interest payments can become extortionate. And dont be tempted by deals that offer you, for example, £10 free. "It can be false economy."

Access and hardship funds, meanwhile, are there to help you. "Some people have an issue with taking what they see as charity – which it isnt. The worst they can do is say No."

So dont be shy about applying for these funds – they are means-tested by your institution so if you think you are not eligible, then let the institution be the judge of that. "If you dont apply you wont even have the chance to benefit from these funds."

&#42 Budgeting

Budgeting is a necessary discipline. Your loan cheque is different for each term – so set budgets a term at a time. (Your Student Union may be able to supply you with a simple pro forma to fill in.)

Part-time work, meanwhile, is becoming more common among students. Although most institutions recognise students may need a part-time job, most say they would prefer you not to work more than 15 hours a week, though they recognise they have no way of enforcing this.

Remember, though, that you are there to get a qualification and spending too much time working may mean you dont do yourself justice.

If you do need part-time work, look early and use your campus "job shop" if you have one.

&#42 Harvesting job?

Generally, the more vocational the job, the better – particularly holiday work. So if you want to go into farming, take a harvest job. "Bar work may pay the bills but it might not help you get a full-time job when your course ends."

And if, at any time, you have any queries about money, take advice. There will probably be an advice centre on the campus, where youll find specialists in student finance issues. They may also know about scholarships and awards that you can apply for.

Try, too, to take advice before you get into trouble. "Its easier to give advice then. We would prefer to advise earlier rather than later."

Finally, bear in mind that being prudent with cash doesnt mean doing nothing. Living doesnt have to be expensive.

"Dont be so prudent that you dont have fun. Thats part of the reason why youre at college – to have fun."

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