LIFE HACK: 6 Ways to Study at University for ‘free’

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As of January 2018, tuition fees currently stand at £9,250. This means that after 3 years of study, the average graduate could leave university with a minimum debt of £27750.

With all this potential looming debt, it’s not surprising that some pre-university students are anxious about pursuing a degree.

So, how can you study at university for free? In reality, nothing is free, but below is a list of 6 ways to drastically cut costs.

1)    Scholarships:

The most well-known method is to apply through a scholarship scheme. When applying, it’s important to know what the scholarship will cover. Some scholarships only offer a specific amount of money, others are all-inclusive.

Check out the list of  links below  to apply or find out more:

LEARN IGBO – What to eat – Basic dialogue #6

Gini ka anyi ga eri?

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Deciding what to eat in Igbo

Basic dialogue between Chidera and her mother Amara.

Chidera:
 

Nne, gini ka anyị ga-eri n’abalị taa? Mum, what will we eat tonight?
Amara (Mother):
 

 Nwa m, anyị ga-eri  akara. My child, we will eat akara.
Chidera:
 

Mana, achoghi m akara. But, I don’t want akara.
Amara (Mother):
 

Ginikwanụ ka ị chọrọ iri? What (then)do you want to eat?
Chidera:
 

Achọrọ m iri utara. I want to eat utara.
Amara (Mother):
 

Ngwanu, a ga m esi utara. Ok then, I will cook utara

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FACT FILES: Arochukwu + the Aro Confederacy (Igbo History)

Okwu ID provide a crash course in Igbo history starting with a look at Arochukwu and the Aro Confederacy

So, What exactly is Arochukwu and what was the Aro confederacy?
Arochukwu and the Aro Confederacy

Arochukwu is a town situated in modern-day Abia State, an Igbo state located in south-eastern Nigeria. The town is positioned close to the waters of the bight of Biafra and the country Cameroon.
Arochukwu is an important historic town in Igboland, it is the home of the Aro people, an Igbo subgroup that dominated south-eastern Nigeria throughout the 18th and 19th century.

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Life Hack: Not going to university? – Breaking the apprenticeship stigma

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In 2012, aged 21 and after almost 2 years of deferred entry in to my second year. I had officially made up my mind to drop out of University. Deciding to give myself as many options as possible, I applied to low tuition English taught bachelor programmes outside the UK, as well as higher apprenticeships in project management and land surveying.

So, what are higher apprenticeships?

  • A level 6 Higher Apprenticeship is the vocational equivalent to a university degree.
  • A programme which pays for you to study a degree part time whilst working.

Over the years, I’ve noticed that a lot of young people, particularly those from the African diaspora, aren’t truly aware of the opportunities that can arise from taking the apprenticeship route. Many of our parents may disregard them as a viable option due to lack of awareness to what they entail.

My Experience

That year, I had interviews with two renowned construction companies:

1) Faithful and Gould – A Project Management Company (now part of Atkins) (https://www.fgould.com/)

Apprenticeship offered: Project Management Consultancy (for construction)

The programme was offering a paid apprenticeship (£250 a week) where you would be shadowing qualified professionals. An integrated degree (paid for by the company) would be available after the first year….

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Chinye: My University Experience – Doing Things Differently

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In 2009 I graduated from 6th form and was headed to a top 10 university to study Architectural Engineering. My parents were both beaming with pride and expectation, which was a bold contrast to how I felt. To be frank, I had no idea what I was doing. It was as if I was in limbo with a cloud of frustration over me. My conditional at UCL had been declined and I  loathed the fact my parents were making me go to my second-choice university.

I distinctly remember the journey there, squashed between my suitcases with my dad Lewis Hamilton-ing down the motorway. All I could think about were my shattered plans; I was supposed to live at home, join the skating club and somehow get my hands on an Arsenal season ticket.

My first year was met with misery, I was used to not fitting in, but this time it was exacerbated by all the middle-class, male, non-Londoners that were on my course. I was 1 of 3 black students studying a built environment subject, encompassing over 200 students. Not only were there physical differences, but it seemed as if there was a world of dissimilar cultural understandings too. I wasn’t interested in who shagged who, golf, or drinking…etc. What made it worse is that I’m different in my own respect, and my university at the time didn’t cater to those who were. All this was aggravated by the few individuals who made it their duty to challenge my intellectual capacity with snarky subtle comments, because of course, the way you articulate yourself is the best representation of your IQ. Clearly scientific…. Continue reading “Chinye: My University Experience – Doing Things Differently”