A Day in the Life

University is full of exciting opportunities and experiences – in the last year I’ve been to Berlin, been on the radio, listened to Rowan Williams speak, experienced the joy of ‘Pets as Therapy’ , explored Norwich, visited Great Yarmouth and Cromer to name just a few things.

But unfortunately, day-to-day life as a student does involve more typical things like attending lectures and seminars and working in the library. To give you a flavour of what an average day of university work is like, myself and some of the other student bloggers from UEA have each written a short piece about our average days for The Student Room. You can check out what we’ve written here.

If you want to read more from the other student bloggers, you can find their blogs through the UEA website.

UEA Choir Christmas Carol Concert

My deadlines were officially over on Monday, and that meant it was time to start getting into the Christmas spirit – and what better way to do so than a carol concert? On Wednesday evening, my housemate Susanna and I attended the UEA Choir Christmas carol concert at the Roman Catholic Cathedral. I’d never been inside the Roman Catholic Cathedral before, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s such a beautiful building and makes for a stunning venue for a carol service.

The concert itself included performances by UEA Choir and UEA Chamber Choir and they were SO GOOD. As someone who isn’t blessed with the gift of tuneful singing, hearing choirs perform never ceases to amaze me. The choirs included students, staff and members of the local community – so it was nice to see a few of my university friends perform.

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The programme was a mix of choir performances and some classic Christmas carols for audience participation. The Director of UEA Choir, Tom Primrose, gave some interesting background on a few of the songs between pieces. My particular favourite was finding out that about the carol ‘Quelle est cetter odeur agreable?’, which roughly translates as ‘what’s that nice smell?’! How Christmassy.

It was a really lovely evening – it doesn’t get much better than singing Christmas Carols in a Cathedral with a choir. It’s an annual concert, so definitely keep an eye out for it next year! My tip would be arrive early because seats fill up quick and the cathedral was packed full. Also, if you want to avoid waiting for refreshments in the interval some people cleverly brought along a flask and mince pies of their own which saved them a queue.

Thanks to UEA Music Centre for inviting me, I had a great time! If you might be interested in being a part of a choir, or if you want to find out more about music opportunities at UEA, check out the Music Centre page on the website. Also a big shout out to my housemate Susanna for bringing along her camera to take some wonderful pictures for me!

 

Student Cookbook: Bacon Pasta

Today’s recipe post in my Student Cookbook series is courtesy of my lovely housemate Tara! This recipe can feed about four, so you can either make it with friends, or simply increase or decrease the ingredients as you need.

You will need:

  • 1-2 onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 carrots
  • bacon lardons
  • one tin of chopped tomatoes
  • tomato puree
  • pasta
  • herbs

Method:

  1. Chop the onion and garlic. Peel and grate the carrots.
  2. In a large pan (we used a casserole dish but a large saucepan with a lid would work fine) fry the bacon lardons in a bit of oil until cooked on the outsidebacon
  3. Stir in the onion, garlic and carrots. Cover the pan and leave to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the veg softens.
  4. Put the pasta on to boil
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes and a good squirt of tomato puree to the veg and bacon mix. Add seasoning and herbs – we used pepper, basil, thyme and oregano.
  6. Cover the pan and leave to simmer, stirring occasionally.
  7. When the pasta is cooked, drain it and mix it in with the bacon and veg pasta
  8. Serve up! We used a sprinkling of cheese to finish it off.finished