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Don’t Let Exams Get You Down

It’s that time of year… coursework has been finished and handed in, the Easter Holidays are about to start and summer is only just around the corner. So everything’s great… right?

Wrong.

For students across the country this is probably the worst time of year for one reason and one reason only. Exams. Silly, stupid, stressful exams.

Yep that’s right exams are looming right behind the end of the Easter holidays for many of us here at Glasgow University. If you’re not already it won’t be long before you’re tearing your hair out or crying in frustration because you can’t find that set of notes that have suddenly become vital in your revision and without them you will, most definitely, fail everything.

The tears, the rants, the screams and even the panic attacks- I have experienced them all, from myself or from my friends. I understand the pain of exam stress.

The thing is we all laugh and joke about them, about how little we know and how we’ve done no revision and how we are completely and utterly screwed, maybe hoping that our smiles will hide the fact that we are freaking out on the inside.

Maybe you aren’t like that; maybe you are chilled out and confident about the upcoming assessments. However, I know, from personal experience, that this isn’t often the case.

Exam stress has become a far more serious and noticed issue in the last few years. The pressure students are under, either from themselves or from others has only increased if anything, making the weight of exam time all the heavier. It’s fine to joke but when students stress themselves out to the point of depression or panic attacks or worse, then things get a little less laughable.

So what’s the point in me getting all serious about this? After all you don’t need anything more to bring you down at this time of year and exam stress is an inevitable part of student life.

But we should all be aware of the potential detriments. Student Beans found in a survey of 1000 students that it affects a fair few even enough affect their health. They discovered that 92% of students said they felt worried during exam time whilst one fifth revealed they had suffered anxiety attacks before their exams as a result of the stress. Furthermore 61% cited lack of sleep or insomnia as a result of their worry, 51% claimed to suffer from headaches and migraines and 47% admitted turning to food to relieve their stress (53% obviously lied about that one).

There are even those that begin to suffer from depression as a result of the intensity of the exam period.

So, as we all knew, exams are not fun and games, in fact they are seriously stressful and can affect a student’s health and mental well-being.

So as hard as it is don’t let exams get you down. Do your best not to cry, scream or have a panic attack, either before the exam or during it, and having to be led out of the exam hall (that actually happened to a friend of mine last year). Get through them and I’ll see you for a drink on the other side.

-Claire Flynn

-Image courtesy of Xavi (https://www.flickr.com/photos/18614695@N00/)

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A Musical Map of Glasgow

You have now arrived at Glasgow University. You and your peers will vary in the reasons for your decision to come here. Some of you will have made the sensible option of selecting university on the basis of what is best for your degree; others may have selected this wonderful city for the drinking opportunities, what with the array of cheap bars and nightclubs. Having previously spent countless train fares coming through to Glasgow every other weekend to watch my favourite bands play, I like to think that I selected the city for the music (although the cheap booze factor did play its part).

For with its plentiful gig venues, big and small, Glasgow is the musical hub of Scotland. Paulo Nuttini, The Fratellis and Twin Atlantic are just a few of the big names to have emerged from this city in the past decade.

So where do you begin to discover music in Glasgow; a city with venues and new bands round every other corner? I’ve tried to fashion somewhat of a guide for those of you new to the city to start your induction into the Glasgow music scene…

For those with a taste simply for chart music or big name acts, it would be best to first turn to the SECC, a venue which has seen the likes of Rihanna take to the stage. However, you’re likely to pay around £25 to £40 for a ticket here, which, if you don’t know already, isn’t always a feasible option for a student.

So those of you that are a little more limited in the cash area and have a bit of a taste for the indie side of life you should try the ABC or the O2 Academy. These venues have featured rock bands such as Frightened Rabbit and We Are Scientists as well as numerous artists of different genres . You’re likely to pay £15 to £25 a ticket for a gig at one of these venues

However, the guys who are seriously struggling to stretch the student loan out past food and rent and who fancy something a little more unknown should stick to the small venues dotted about the city. A good one to start with is Nice N Sleazys, which has been host to a range of different acts, including Linlithgow-raised band Penguins Kill Polar Bears. You’re likely to pay less than £10 for the majority of the shows here and with the best White Russians in town at only £3 there’s not much to complain about.

But if you are truly at the end of your overdraft get yourself to Bar Bloc, which hosts a variety of alternative music acts, and it’s free entry to all concerts before 12am. In the past Bloc has been party to Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison and slow-paced, melodic rock band Jeniferever.

Lastly, no one can discuss music in Glasgow without mentioning “Britain’s best small venue” as NME described it in 2011. It is, of course, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. It has been at the forefront of the Scottish live music scene since its creation in 1990 and is a showcase for new bands. Tickets for gigs tend to cost between five and fifteen pounds and recently, it has featured the happy, jangly sounds of Tango in the Attic and the rather lovely acoustic singer/songwriter Michael Cassidy.

So whether you’re a mad punk rocker or someone who likes to chill out with some acoustic guitar melodies you’ll be able to find something in Glasgow’s deep dark streets to satisfy your musical thirst. But, just to get you started, here are a few gigs to look out for:

King Tuts: 21st September- Three Blind Wolves and Carnivores- £7

Nice and Sleazys: 27th September- Raymond Meade (Fables and Follies album launch) – £5

O2 ABC:  29th September- Azealia Banks- £15.50

SECC: 10th November- Bon Iver, £25

-Claire Flynn

-Image courtesy of Katy Stoddard (https://www.flickr.com/photos/katy_bird/)