My Dad had cancer.

This time last year, Tom Grant got the shock of his life when told his dad, Tony had cancer.

My parents first new something was wrong when my dad started bleeding when he went to the toilet. But they didn’t tell us for months because they had all the pre-checks. They sat us down and told us, just around when I was supposed to be going back to finish University.”

Tom, 22,  from Milton Keynes, is the eldest of three children alongside his brother Charlie, 20 and sister Shannon, 14. His dad Tony, 51, runs his own building company; Thomas Charles Grant, named after his sons. He was diagnosed with ‘colorectal cancer’ or cancer of the lower bowel last February.

Tony before his illness.

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Debt: ‘I often find it hard to get to sleep’

Money is always an issue at the moment; I spoke to a university student (who wishes to remain anonymous so for the purpose of the article I will call him Chris) who finds that he is living off of tinned food most months because he can’t afford anything else.

Chris has a job and attends university, a lot of people would think that he would make enough to sustain himself comfortably, however Chris is a compulsive spender;

Food Chris finds himself living off

“I find that every month when I get paid I just need to buy things, whether it be new clothes or fast food. By the second week of the month I’m usually skint.” Continue reading

UK Muslim students: “People don’t understand why we don’t celebrate Christmas.”

Chilling out on the Xbox

Shaan, Haris and Tanzeel chilling out on the Xbox

   Britain today is one of the most multi-cultural countries on the planet. This inevitably leads to barriers of understanding different ways of life.  Shaan Chaudry, Tanzeel Ali and Haris Bhatti are three friends brought together at university in Sheffield. 

    They have all experienced the same difficulties when it comes to explaining their religion, cultural differences and way of life to friends that come from completely different backgrounds.

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Living with Lads: “Keeping George out of mischief is IMPOSSIBLE!”

(l-r) Robin, Piers, Harry and George

A mantle piece ordained with alcohol in various stages of consumption, pizza menus ripped up to provide filters for fags, mugs growing insulin, anally organised stacks of DVDS and video games. Welcome to the house of Harry, George, Robin and Piers, students at Sheffield Hallam University. The Awkward Pint digs out the Dettol for their dirty kitchen and even dirtier minds.

Harry, 22, says: “Keeping the place clean is a battle. But it’s fun, we always have guest.”

All four boys are in committee for Hallam’s Snow sports club, SHU Snow. They live together, work together and play together.

“Our house is pretty much the hub for SHU Snow. It’s a shelter for our veteran members and fresher’s obviously,” says Piers, 20.
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“I quit University because I don’t drink alcohol”

Staffordshire University student, James Hulson, reveals how he quit his Computing and Engineering course two years ago because he  “couldn’t fit in” without consuming alcohol.

It is widely regarded that University and consuming alcohol go hand-in-hand. Most adults seem to think that students spend approximately 10% of their time studying, 40% of their time in bed, and 50% of their time in the pub.

However, this is not always the case, and it certainly was not the case for James Hulson. James, now 20 years-old, went to Staffordshire University two years ago to study Computing and Engineering.

Despite him moving to University full of hope and optimism, he never managed to settle in within his halls of residence, and lasted just nine days before returning home.

“It was pretty evident straight away that all anybody was interested in was how much you could drink on a night out” said James.

“I understood that maybe it was just a freshers’ thing so I tried to wait it out, but it was too much to handle. I went out with them for the first couple of nights, drinking soft drinks, but the atmosphere and the people themselves just weren’t for me.”

James often felt left out on visits to the Students’ Union bar

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I’m Going To Be A Dad!

“Little Mundo”

Fatherhood: The one thing guaranteed is change… A daunting prospect for some.

Your just trying to find your feet in life. Thinking about starting a career, going to university, getting a promotion or even finishing school, and out comes the line “I think I’m pregnant.”

At this point your heart sinks into your stomach and your head is filled with questions and thoughts.

Joe 'Mundo' Parker centre of the picture gets serious when he is captaining his local team in the cup final.

Joe ‘Mundo’ Parker centre of the picture gets serious when he is captaining his local team in the cup final.

‘Mundo’ Parker, 24, a typical ‘lad’ from Mansfield is going through that exact process. To ’Mundo’ there is nothing better than a night out with the boys, a game of football at the weekend and a fair amount of time on his Xbox.

A late comer to university, he is currently just in his first year studying Graphic Design in Sheffield. Everything is about to change.
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Living as a university student with epilepsy

There are many different types of epilepsy and each case can create different problems for the men that have it.  But does it really control a person’s life? 

The answer is both yes and no according to mature student James Barter, but he believes that guys shouldn’t be put off going to university just because they have epilepsy.

James, 26, is a third year student studying Biomedical Sciences at Sheffield Hallam University.  I interviewed him to find out how having epilepsy has had an impact on his life and, in particular, his decision to go to university.
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