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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

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

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

4 Things to Kick Start your Day

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Ever wake up feeling like just remaining in bed all day? You know you have a lot to do but just can't seem to summon the strength to get up. You are not alone. I have those moments too. A hectic previous day may call for this. I may just want an extra hour of sleep, breakfast in bed, browse my phone, read a book, do anything as long as it can be done in bed. A lazy day it is. But some days are too important to spend snoozing. Here are "4 things I do to kick-start  my day" , although not religiously. 1. Prayer Prayer is very powerful. It not only energises my spirit, which is the most important part of me, but it puts my body to work by getting  me talking. I may have to get out of bed to kneel or stand or walk to my prayer room.  I find that lying in bed to pray is a scam. I would have added an extra hour of sleep by my last Amen.  Commit your day to the Lord and he will order your steps. If your spirit is down, your body will be down as well. 2. A kiss A kiss can give me

Spiritual Warfare - How to Deal With Your Enemies

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Recently in a group Bible study, a question was raised regarding how to deal with enemies, those we have confirmed through accurate prophecy are working against us and want our downfall. Another  discussion with someone on the same topic also got me answering these questions: Is it right to pray for the death of our enemies?  Can we specifically name a person and demand their death within a given period? The most quoted scripture to back this method of prayer is in  Exodus 22:18 which says, "Suffer not a witch to live." Note that I am not referring to spiritual warfare of binding and casting of spirits and taking spiritual authority by our words. I am only referring to the practice of planning and projecting the physical death (through spiritual warfare) of human beings whom have been considered "witches" or enemies of progress. Here are my thoughts. With regards to the above scripture, let's look at the context. The two verses after

The Mind of the Rich versus The Mind of the Poor

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Recently, I have been learning a lot on Biblical financial prosperity from Apostle Joshua Selman. My most important lesson is that I must be wealthy in my mind before I can attract physical wealth. This is one of my notes from his message. You can listen to the full sermon here . The Difference Between The Mind of the Rich and the Mind of the Poor 1. The rich believe in taking responsibility for the outcome of their lives. They believe they have a role to play in their wealth. The poor believe in luck and chance. They just hope that one day their situation will change.  2. The rich are very disciplined and patient people. The poor are very indisciplined and impatient. The poor want get-rich-quick schemes. They cannot wait to build their wealth before  they begin to display it. Never be under pressure to prove to people you have made it. 3. The rich believe in the law of process. They know that it takes time to build wealth. The poor always want results without p

Superman by Radiant (with lyrics)

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Click here to listen Love doesn't keep a man from his destiny Real men go to fight fight for their families You're a strong girl waiting behind doors Praying that your man won't be out long Cheer up pretty woman, guess who's coming soon It's your Superman. It's your Superman Cheer up. It's your Superman It's your Superman. It's your Superman. Cheer up. It's your Superman It's your Superman. It's your Superman. When it gets tough on the battlefield It's your love that gets him over the hills Grenades and a gunshot wound Won't take the place where your heart once stood Cheer up. Pretty woman. Guess who is coming soon It's your Superman. It's your Superman. Cheer up. It's your Superman It's your Superman. It's your Superman. Cheer up. It's your Superman It's your Superman. It's your Superman. Your Superman can't wait to get home girl. You're the girl of his dreams