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To Uni or Not to Uni? Five Reasons You Should Definitely Consider Going

Part-time work, full-time work, internship, apprenticeship, university, night school… the possibilities after finishing school are endless. The choices ahead can be very daunting to anyone who doesn’t have a very clear direction of what they want to do. If you’ve been tossing and turning over whether to go to University to further your education in a particular field, no doubt you’ll have weighed up the fees, as well as the effort you are required to dedicate to such a step. The idea of University fees can be enough to put people off the choice of Uni for good, despite there being just as many options to aid you with these costs. If you’re tossing and turning over the decision, in this post, we’ve accumulated some of the very best parts of Uni life for you to consider when making your decision.

The Social Life

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There is nothing, and we mean nothing, that compares to the social aspect of being at University. If you’re whats classed as a ‘mature’ student, you may already have your own home, maybe even a family, in which case moving away to live at Uni probably isn’t an option. For those with the option to do so, you have the choice to make student accommodation your home, living alongside other students in the same boat as you. Along with this comes the flat parties, block parties, themed nights (Mexican night is our personal favourite) and of course, living next door to some of your best and closest friends.

Most nights through the week, and weekend, you’ll experience organised Uni social events at local bars and clubs, not to mention Student Union bars which will no doubt become your favourite place throughout your studies. With your student card you’ll also get student discount at not only your local businesses, but around the country as well. This includes entry and drink discounts at many bars and clubs, shopping discounts at huge chains such as Tophop and ASOS, and even certain restaurant chains (have a look online to see exactly which).

Alcohol-based drinking aside, but there’s just something gratifying about coffee meetings on a morning, or through breaks too. Meet up with course mates, house mates or just anyone who takes your fancy for a coffee from one of the surrounding cafes (trust me, there will be tonnes around to keep you going through your studies).

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Have a passion for football? Maybe you’ve got an undying love for the Harry Potter franchise? There’s more sports teams, societies and groups than you could ever count, available for you to join and take part in. We’ve seen flourishing societies such as extreme frisbee, base jumping, blog writing, and even Quidditch.

At Uni you will never ever complain about not having a social life, even in the thick of your final year studies, there will still be so much to do to break up those long library sessions.

The Friends You Make

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University is the perfect opportunity to meet new people on a similar track to yourself. With so many channels of meeting these people, you’ll quickly make new best friends, course buddies and maybe even meet your future husband or wife! You’ll come across and share hundreds of memories and good times with house mates, people on your course, society members, team mates and just anyone you happen to come across on one of the countless social events you’ll attend.

A lot of these people you meet will become friends outside of University, and after it, you might even spend the rest of your life with one of them. There are thousands of people there for you to meet, with endless posibilities of memories to make with them. You’ll eat and drink with them, learn with them, laugh with them, cry in the library with them, but the best part of it all is you will help each other through the journey ahead.

The Networks / Links You Make

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This is probably a more important aspect than you’ll realise. Learning and living amongst thousands of other alumni, you’ll perhaps underestimate the business networks you will come across on a daily basis. Networking in University is important, and it is the perfect opportunity to meet and learn from new people, with different stories, different experiences and different advice. Not only this but you never know who may be able to help you in your working life somewhere down the line, and having a large and diverse network gives you endless channels in the working world. They can advise you, tutor you in something new, maybe even recommend you when applying for a new job, for example. Meet new people, speak to them, learn from them and most importantly, stay connected with them. You can do this very easily through the likes of LinkedIn, Twitter, even Facebook if you’re close enough.

What You Learn

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Beside the social aspects, of course, you’re at University to learn, and you’re spending a considerable amount of money, time and effort to do so! You’ll be learning from some of the best in their field, and what you learn at University is invaluable. More than likely, your university course will be very specific and tailored towards what sort of career you want to go into after your studies. You might not ever use those algebraic equations you learned back in high school ever again, but you’ll definitely be using what you learn at University, and these teachings will help you on a daily basis to forge a successful career in your chosen field. It can, and at times, will, be mind boggling and give you a real headache, but if you want to be an expert in your field, then it’s a step you must take.

Your Degree

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Last, but definitely not least, you’ll (hopefully) come out of it with a University Degree! A large number of high-skilled or high expertise positions within the working world will at minimum, require at least a University Degree. This achievement will give you a very valuable stepping stone towards finding and forging your career, often giving you a head start against others who you may be competing against.

Not only this, but the degree will give you a proven ‘track record’ of your commitment and determination towards your goals. After all, you’ve spent a considerable amount of time and effort working towards an achievement that is difficult to achieve without such hard work. Employers appreciate and admire this, aiding you in job searches and promotion opportunities.

 

Such a huge and life changing step needs to be very carefully considered, with every advantage and disadvantage being considered and weighed up to find the decision and direction that is right for YOU.

Five Great First Date Locations in Leeds

Congratulations, most people don’t even reach this point. You’ve received that all important three letter word; YES, they would love to go on a date with you! Whether it’s a Tinder match you’ve been working on, that saucy little number you met at the bar last weekend, or that special someone you’ve had ‘a thing’ for as long as you can remember… first dates are sure to bring out those palm sweating, voice wobbling, thumb twiddling moments that make these things so nerve wracking but exhilarating at the same time. Dating is anything but easy, but luckily for you, Leeds has all you could ever wish for on the dating scene, and these great locations will be sure to set you off in the right direction.

The Maven

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Having recommended this quaint little gem, I was shocked to discover just how many people had never even heard of it. At the very top of Call Lane, past the Corn Exchange, is where you will come across The Maven. Situated upstairs, through a small and otherwise easily missable entrance, this quirky and fashionable location is a great way to start off an easy-going, comfortable evening. Featuring quaint and picturesque decoration and set-up, it offers an interesting and uniquely refreshing style to more common, busier date choices in the city. The bar is usually busy enough to provide a relaxing bustle in the background to set you both at ease, without being too loud or invasive so that you can enjoy a successful conversation with candle lit seating areas rounding off the all important atmosphere.

Moving onto my favourite part; the drinks! There is something for everyone here as the bar prides itself on the extensive variety of cocktails on offer, with as many spirits and mixers as you both could hope for. However, the choice doesn’t end there! Can’t find what you want on the menu? You simply have to tell them what you like, and they will whip it up for you with no hesitation, with their own specialised and unique Maven twist. This bar is especially great if you were thinking of moving onto food later into the date, allowing you to calm those initial nerves over a more easy going vibe with some of the best cocktails in town.

The Botanist

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Now, if you’re a Leeds regular, I know for a fact you’ll know about this place. Situated on the outside of Leeds Trinity, down the side of the chapel, is The Botanist. This lively bar and restaurant is a definite eyebrow raiser, especially if your date hasn’t had the opportunity to visit before. With beautifully styled rustic surroundings, and an extensive drinks and food selection, The Botanist is a great choice for both first dates and recurring. I’d highly recommend the food, and with a delicious choice of tapas and light bites, you both can share a number of small dishes whilst the conversation and laughs (hopefully) flow. At only £10.75 for your pick of four items from the Deli board, you can’t go wrong.

Take your pick from craft beers, celebratory fizz or unusual cocktail mixtures, whilst enjoying the live music that creates a lively and up-beat vibe. Booking a table is highly recommended, especially on a weekend, as saying this place gets busy is an understatement. If the loud and vibrant atmosphere inside isn’t doing it for you, there’s also an attractive and quieter outdoor seating area that is perfect for warmer summer evenings.

Roxy Ball Room

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This one might even come to a surprise to some, but yes, Roxy Ball Room. Perfect to break the ice, or liven things up a bit from the typical date genre. You can find this just off Boar Lane, opposite Hotel Chocolat. Edgy street-style decor give this location a great informal feel and allow you and your date to relax and let your hair down a little. Roxy Ball Room have regular live music on a weekend, and enough entertainment to take your mind away from any nerves or mental strain you have from trying to think of what to talk about next.

Get the ball rolling with a game of beer pong, which is always a great shout to bring the fun factor to any date or night out. If that’s not your forte, you can always have a dabble of table tennis or pool, or just enjoy the busy atmosphere of the bar and chat the night away. This is a really great location to have a breather, and break up the night between the quieter, more up close and personal styles of other bars.

Jake’s Bar

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Back to Call Lane now for one of my personal favourites; Jake’s Bar. Situated amongst some of the busiest bars in Leeds on a weekend, here you can find not only a great date location, but a great location for almost any type of excursion. As the night goes on, particularly on a weekend, it is essential to time this visit correctly depending on the atmosphere or style you hope to experience on the date. The later the night gets, the busier and more lively this bar will get. If you’re hoping for a more relaxed time, where you can converse and share stories over a drink, you’d be best to schedule this one into an earlier slot. Candle lit loungers are scattered throughout this basement-style attraction, with a delicious variety of cocktails to accompany. If you like gin, I’d recommend the Singapore Sling.

Like I said, this place gets busy, with a capital B, and the music only gets louder and more dance-orientated, so if you’re lucky enough to have made it to a stage in the date where you’re both a little jolly, and you both have a little itch for a dance, then head over to Jake’s bar a little later on. Experience their fine cocktail selection as you get your dancing shoes on, with two smaller but cosy dancing areas. There’s still plenty of seating areas both in the thick of the action, and quieter, more secluded areas situated just on the outside of the fray. Not that you wouldn’t be on a date, but be sure you’ve scrubbed up nicely because Call Lane bars are notoriously difficult to get into unless you’re in your best, and the door men take no excuses.

Sky Lounge

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Last but not at all least, Sky Lounge. You’ll find this amazing location on the 13th floor of the hotel, The DoubleTree by Hilton. Sky Lounge offers a panoramic and breath-taking view of Leeds, and the city lights on a dark evening are something you just NEED to experience! You might find that the prices here are slightly above the locations mentioned prior to this, but the location itself, and the view on offer are definitely worth it. If sipping bubbly in the heated outdoor seating area, overlooking the vibrant and colourful city of Leeds from thirteen floors up, isn’t enough to knock your dates socks off… then I’m not sure that much will.

With a generous selection of wine, beers, cocktails or even shorts (if you’re feeling that way inclined), you’ll both be able to find something you can enjoy. Similarly to The Botanist, this lounge has a brilliant choice of light bites and deli boards to choose from that you can share including meats, cheeses and breads, at reasonable prices. This is definitely the opportunity to dress to impress, and treat your date to a luxurious and classy location.

 

Create a powerful concoction of these locations, or use them alongside your own favourites to blow your date away! The best part about Leeds is that your possibilities are endless, no matter what your taste. I really hope these help you in future, they sure helped me.

Have you visited any of these locations, I’d love to hear your stories and experiences! Maybe you know somewhere that could be part of this list, share it! Follow my blog uHumanKind on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, I can’t wait to hear from you.