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International Student: Why You Should Pursue Your Masters Degree in the UK

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My Masters graduation day When I decided to pursue a Masters degree, I wanted one that I could do in the shortest time possible, as cheaply as possible, yet with high quality. I knew I had to get a scholarship to make it possible. I searched the internet, asked questions, and shortly concluded I had to make applications to schools in the United Kingdom.  Some international graduates might be in the same shoes as I was. So in this post I would like to help you answer the question -  Why come to UK for your Masters programme? The Pros 1 . High quality world-class education. The   UK is known for its high quality education. Just google "Top Universities in the World" and see for yourself. Degrees from the UK are highly respected by employers. Check out QS Graduate employability rankings. 2. 1 year programme . Unlike programmes in the US that require 2 years, a UK Masters degree programme is typically for 1 year. Also, being an English speaking country, I did not need to take up

How to make Coconut Rice

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Coconut rice is one of my favourite rice dishes. There are different ways to cook it.  Here is the way I make my mouth-watering coconut rice. How to cook Coconut rice 3 cups of rice 10 Chicken drumsticks  2 Onion bulbs 1 tomato 3 bell peppers (green, yellow, red) 3 garlic cloves Ginger powder  2 scotch bonnets  1 table spoon curry powder  1 table spoon thyme 3 seasoning cubes Salt to taste 400g coconut cream 3 tablespoons ground crayfish (optional) Desiccated coconut (to sprinkle) 1 cup of Vegetable/coconut oil Cook chicken with blended onion and garlic, ginger powder, curry powder, thyme, one seasoning cube and salt. Separate the cooked chicken from the stock. You could fry or grill the chicken. Parboil rice. Do not parboil if using Basmatti rice. Wash and set aside. Fry diced onions in oil with thyme and salt. Add diced bell peppers and tomato. Fry. Pour  chicken stock, coconut cream and blended scotch bonnet.   Bring to boil. Add seasoning cubes and salt to taste. Pour parboil

About Radiant's blog

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The blogging sphere has crowded up very quickly in the past decade and it even looks like YouTube is taking over. Starting a blog in 2021 seems almost pointless. Yet some say if you find a tight niche, you could thrive. Where then does that leave memoir bloggers like me who write about practically anything going on in their lives? So that I am not  perceived as jack-of-all-trade-and-master-of-none, here is what this blog is about. Radiant’s blog is about ME - Chidiogo Nwosu a.k.a Radiant. I am my own mastery. I have been blogging here since November 2013. I started it as an outlet for my creativity, an online diary. Surprisingly, I got quite some faithful followers. My mission is to be a social influencer, to inspire people through my life's experiences.  Hopefully this post will help you navigate easily through many of my wonderful write-ups.  About Radiant's Blog I was born in a rich yet poor diverse country called Nigeria - popularly known as the giant of Africa.  Much of my

New Year Resolutions: 10 Goals for 2021

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  The start of a new year for many is an opportunity to set new goals or resolutions. Though wise and useful, some have lost hope in this activity as they tend to give up on their new year goals by the first quarter of the year. Sometimes, this is because they do not set monthly, weekly or daily targets to achieve their goals. So these resolutions never materialise. Research shows that those that set goals achieve more than those who do not. So here are 10 examples of goals to set for the new year. 10 goals to aspire to in the year 2021 1. Make or keep more money It is said that money answers all things. Little wonder it makes the top of the list for most people. What if you also made contentment your goal for 2021? A man's life is more than the abundance of his possessions. Another goal could be to reduce expenses. What's the use of making more money if you are going to put them in leaking purses? You could target to keep an account of your daily expenses, review this account

International Student: Funding Accommodation and Living Expenses in the UK

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Last week, we looked at how to write a winning scholarship essay . While some students will get scholarships covering all their tuition, accommodation and living expenses, others will have to find ways to fund accommodation and living expenses and probably, part of the tuition.  As at December 2020, when applying for your visa for a  Masters in the UK , you are required to show proof of available funds for your maintenance, estimated at  £1,023   per month (£1,334 for London residents) plus any outstanding tuition fees. As such, you are expected to show evidence of possessing  £9,207  (or £12,006 for London) maintenance fees in your account prior to your visa application. You must hold this amount in your account for 28 consecutive days, the date of the closing balance being within 31 days of your visa application. Finding this amount of money could prove difficult for many non-sponsored students. Some people borrow money to show proof of funds and have to pay it back before the start

International Student: How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay

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Last week, I wrote about  why you should pursue your Masters degree in the UK.   A common question I got asked was how to obtain scholarship or funding for the Masters programme. I've given bits of advice regarding this in the past. But today, I've decided to just pen down all I say to people for easy access. I'm a beneficiary of a few scholarships. First, I attended secondary school on a full scholarship by the Federal Government of Nigeria covering tuition, boarding, feeding, uniforms and exercise books.   Then in 2016, I won the Developing Solutions Masters Scholarship offered by the University of Nottingham. This scholarship covered my full tuition which was £21,200.  My husband has also benefitted from scholarships. He was a recipient of the Total Nigeria National Merit Scholarship award at undergraduate level and The Global Scholarship Award worth £10,000 which covered part of the tuition for his Masters programme.  Some scholarships require that you write exams - my

Potato omelette/Potato Frittata Recipe

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We are into another lockdown. Last lockdown many people reported learning new skills especially home making skills like baking, cooking and teaching children. You might be searching for a new recipe at this time. Being at home on maternity leave has made me research more about new recipes. Now that I'm not rushing off to work early in the morning making do with some tea and store-bought brioche rolls, I can afford to make some luxurious and healthy breakfast. So I had potatoes and carrots and was thinking of what to do with them when I stumbled on a YouTube video . I modified the recipe a little bit to suit what I had. The thing I love about cooking as against baking is that you can be more flexible with cooking recipes. So if you have potatoes, carrots and eggs, you can recreate this recipe replacing all other ingredients with whatever you have available. So let's get cooking already. List of ingredients (serves 3 adults) 3 British potatoes 3 carrots 1 green pepper 1 bulb onio

My Work And My Stammer

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The 21st century workplace is so fast-paced that it could easily turn humans into emotionless robots. Could a stammering colleague be a check carefully designed by nature to force us to slow down, think about the next person and have meaningful conversations? Medical profession is one of such fast paced environments and a very challenging one at that. Apart from the voluminous wealth of knowledge one should have, it involves thinking on one’s feet, making quick decisions of dire consequences and communicating such. Add these to the possibility of making mistakes, getting complaints, failing exams, losing one’s medical licence, being struck off the register and so on, and this explains why anxiety, stress and exhaustion are commonplace in this profession. These emotions are amplified for stammering doctors, for whom unlike professionals dealing with computers, clay or pots, verbal communication is inevitable. I am one of those. The following are some of my most challenging workplace sce

Lessons from Dr. Sunday Adelaja’s Laws of Money YouTube Series

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I have been tremendously blessed by the YouTube series on The Laws of Money by Dr. Sunday Adelaja. It is just alarming how ignorant I have been regarding money matters. My mindset has completely turned around. Things I thought that mattered, no longer matter. Things that I never thought about, are now my constant thoughts. These series along with his book “Money Won’t Make You Rich” have completely renewed my thinking and lifestyle. Among many nuggets, the following are my take away tips: Money is not to be spent but to be multiplied. These teachings have taught me not to immediately start thinking of what to spend on once I get some money in my bank account, but on how to multiply it. Only after money has been multiplied 10x am I qualified to begin spending it. Listen to the series to understand more. After paying God (tithes), pay yourself. I’ve learnt to be religious about my savings. It shouldn’t be left to the last. I should come before my bills. Don’t let them take away your m