Lessons we can all learn from the Earthquake in Nepal

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On the 25th April 2015, Nepal was hit with a deadly earthquake causing the lives of many. Over 5,000 people have been confirmed dead while thousands have been left destitute and homeless. Unaware and living their lives as normal as anyone else, the nation now grieves the loss of it’s people and destruction of homes and infrastructure.

As the coming weeks, months and years to restore the pain and loss of a beautiful country, takes place, what can we all learn from this tragedy. If anything, this tragic event should sadden us all and give us the opportunity to reflect on ourselves and how the love for humanity can be the saviour.

Love thy neighbour 

During a crisis like this, it is important to help out those who have been affected by the quake. It is heartwarming to hear that the Nepalese community- regardless of race or religion, are helping one another to build make-shift shelters out of bamboo sticks. Likewise, we too, can help our Nepalese brothers and sisters. Although we may be far away, distance should not hinder us from showing kindness and compassion. There are plenty of appeals that we can donate to such as the Disaster & Emergency Committee (DEC) dec.org.uk to help make a difference. Regardless of the passing comments people make about donating, trust me, the money you donate will be needed for the scarce resources, lack of medical equipment and emergency shelter.

Gratitude 

This is an important time for us all to reflect on our own lives and be thankful for the luxuries that we enjoy. They might not be luxuries or privileges in our eyes, but look at your life through the lens of someone who has just lost their loved ones, their home and have very little to eat and drink.

Stop Complaining 

It’s natural for all of us human beings to complain. We complain about minor things such as the weather, our jobs, livelihood- we are all guilty of it. This is the moment where we should stop complaining and start living!

Appreciate your loved ones

How often do we tell our loved ones how much we love them? Not very much! Life is too short to not appreciate the people around you. We are very lucky to have the relationships that we do, and admittedly, no-ones relationships are perfect and everyone has their circumstances, but we should put in more effort and treat everyone with kindness.

Humanity 

The earthquake that took place was a natural disaster and took the lives of thousands. A forceful shaking of plates below the earth is what has caused this and that is the natural justification for it. What about man-made destruction such as wars which have been taking place for centuries? Where is the justification for shedding blood there? There is none. Therefore, as much as we are all saddened by this natural occurrence, we as humanity have a responsibility towards one another too.

Reflect and Take Action.

Shaista Ali

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Endure the Stress and Achieve Exam Success

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It’s that time of year again where people are rejoicing over Spring and enjoying the lovely weather. But for many, mainly students, this is the most dreaded time of the year- exam time! As students wait in anticipation to sit their finals, the stress levels rise, as well as the shots of caffeine and ‘all nighters’… Sound familiar?


Can’t remember the last time you did something fun? Forgot what freedom smelt like? Constantly stuck your head in a book or on a computer? We have all been through this and can empathise your struggle. For someone who has been to university for 5 years, having achieved a Masters at the end of it, let me tell give you some tips:


1. #BYOB

You heard it dude, ‘Be your own boss!’ Exam revision is a process which is entirely dependent on you. You need to be strategic and productive about how…

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Endure the Stress and Achieve Exam Success


It’s that time of year again where people are rejoicing over Spring and enjoying the lovely weather. But for many, mainly students, this is the most dreaded time of the year- exam time! As students wait in anticipation to sit their finals, the stress levels rise, as well as the shots of caffeine and ‘all nighters’… Sound familiar? 


Can’t remember the last time you did something fun? Forgot what freedom smelt like? Constantly stuck your head in a book or on a computer? We have all been through this and can empathise your struggle. For someone who has been to university for 5 years, having achieved a Masters at the end of it, let me tell give you some tips: 


1. #BYOB 

You heard it dude, ‘Be your own boss!’ Exam revision is a process which is entirely dependent on you. You need to be strategic and productive about how you’re going to tackle your revision and what you want to achieve! 


2. The Right Attitude 

As stressful and daunting exams are, you need to be positive that you are going to do well. Obviously that doesn’t mean you don’t work at all. But you need to attract the positivity and eliminate any bad feelings about these exams. The simple law of attraction states otherwise. 


3. Managing your time 

As much as this sounds like your school teacher or parent lecturing you, trust me, you need to be on it like a car bonnet! Use your time effectively to schedule in your revision for each of your exams. This will help you to identify whether you’re being productive or not. 


4. Reduce your caffeine intake

You’re probably laughing at this tip right? I know caffeine gives students the much needed adrenaline in order to compete with one another in those all-nighters and cram in so much revision. But you MUST and I say it in caps blocks for reinforcement; reduce your caffeine intake. Try drinking water to feel revitalised and continue the momentum of studying. 


5. Alternate Study Environments 

It could get very boring and lethargic being in the same place to study- whether it’s in your room or that quiet corner in the library that looks like suffocation in a box! Changing your place of study will actually help you remember your topic more clearly when you enter that exam hall. 


6. TLC

And lastly, there is only so much studying you can do before you drive yourself to the edge of sanity, therefore chill and give yourself some much needed tender loving care. Whether it’s a sport or hobby you have, don’t deprive yourself from the pleasures of life. #DontDepriveButPrioritize 


7. Self-Belief 

Exam revision can make you feel like you haven’t learnt anything enough to convey it or be assessed on. Stop, breathe and be confident in your potential! 


All the best! 


By Shaista Ali