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Undergraduate Survival Guide

Undergraduate Survival Guide

By Jordan Ebert
A non intrusive and open space for young people to explore themes surrounding their times at university, ranging from relationships and finances to studies and mental health!

If you'd like to discuss any topics or have an undergraduate story you'd like to share, please email us at: - or DM us on Instagram @_ugsg1

We're currently surviving on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube and more - tune in now!

Hosted by Jordan Ebert - @_EbertJ
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Medicine, Bristol and Vaccines with Chanelle Smith - Bristol Medicine Graduate
We're back with an exciting new episode with (doctor!) Chanelle Smith, a Medicine Graduate from the University of Bristol! After deciding on a career in ophthalmology, Chanelle completed her placement in Gloucester during the COVID-19 pandemic, where she found herself getting countless opportunities to discuss her experiences on air! In this episode, we talk about technological developments in the medical industry, completing your placement as a medical student and our thoughts on the COVID-19 vaccination programmes.
July 04, 2021
Wilmington Communications Major: Julia on Unconventional Study Routes and Dealing with Setbacks
We are checking in with an interim episode to get you through exams where we're in conversation with Julia Darling, a Communications Major from Wilmington University. After starting her academic journey in Political Science, Julia took a year to help rebuild parts of Texas after hurricane Harvey before working at Disneyland Resort for a year and landing a fully-funded opportunity to Major in Communications! In this episode, we talk about having to complete 12 units in 3 months before her funding expired, starting her Instagram Live series Darling Live and helping others in Texas to rebuild their homes and communities after a natural disaster!
May 06, 2021
UCL Chemical Engineering Grad: Khalid on Founding Ignite and Discovering Careers in Consulting
We're finally back in the studio with a new episode with UCL Chemical Engineering Graduate, Khalid Muse! After starting his Chemical Engineering degree, Khalid took a step back and started learning about the financial services sector before starting a social enterprise (Ignite Network) and landing a great job in Consulting! In this episode, we talk about studying in at UCL in London, building the Ignite Network and helping others into a successful career in finance and consulting.
April 26, 2021
Bristol CS Grad: Adam on Software in the Finance Industry and Being a Christian at University
This week on UGSG we speak to University of Bristol Computer Science Graduate, Adam Sadiq! After completing his CS degree, Adam pursued a career in finance as a software engineer! In this episode, we talk about studying Computer Science and working in the finance industry before we explore his experiences at uni as a Christian.
April 08, 2021
Bournemouth Media Grad: Jack on Growing as A Creative, New Media and School Memories
We're finally back in the studio with a new episode with University of Bournemouth Media Production Graduate, Jack Gilbert! After finishing his Media degree, Jack has started growing his YouTube channel while working full time! He's also moved to from London to Bristol to enjoy his freedoms in a new city with refreshed ambitions in the creative space. In this episode, we talk about studying Media Production and building your own assets as we reminisce over memories from our time in school together.
April 01, 2021
Aston Maths & Econ Students: Emmanuel and Mo on Industry Placement Applications
We're back this week with our first EVER double episode featuring Aston Uni Mathematics and Economics students, Emmanuel Kumapayi and Mohamed Sheikh! Throughout their second years at university, Emmanuel and Mo have been applying to several summer internship and year-long industry placements to supplement their degrees, with varying success. In this episode, we talk to them about studying at Aston, a non-Russel Group uni, their application process in this Internship Game and how their journies through lower school changed their perspectives and approaches to education.
February 18, 2021
Bristol Chemistry Grad: Vonn on Teaching as Grad, His A-Level Choices and Personal Growth
You thought exams would slow us down? Well, they will, just not this week. In the meantime, this week on the Undergraduate Survival Guide, we sit down with University of Bristol Chemistry Graduate, Vonn Carlo Abeabe! As a standout student in school, Vonn earned his place as head boy before embarking on a Chemistry Masters degree at a top UK university, where he completed an industry placement and went on to achieve a First Class Honours! In this episode, we talk about the significance of experience, how Vonn's perspective on teaching and education has changed throughout his academic career and whether he regretted dropping the A-Level subject I still believe he was destined to do (RIP Further Maths)
January 14, 2021
2021 Interlude
In absence of real content this week, Jordan sits down for 10 minutes to deliver a little bonus, 2021 interlude before we get back to work in the new year! We hope you enjoyed everything from 2020, here's to another prosperous year for the UGSG family!
January 07, 2021
Kent Chemistry Finalist: Gareth Kroon on Maximising a Foundation Year and Living With Friends
You thought New Years would slow us down? Not in 2020, baby! This week on the Undergraduate Survival Guide, we sit down with University of Kent Chemistry Finalist, Gareth Kroon! Following an underwhelming A-Level turnover, Gareth started anew with a foundation course in chemistry and is steam rolling through university towards his potential First Class degree! In this episode, we talk about living with friends at uni and whether guys are actually messier than girls, re-inventing yourself and maintaining your schoolhood relationships.
December 31, 2020
Warwick Maths Grad: James Holland on Philosophy and Living on Campus
You thought Christmas would slow us down? Not in 2020, baby! This week on the Undergraduate Survival Guide, we sit down with Warwick Maths and Philosophy Graduate, James Holland! Following the successes of his further maths class, James attended one of the best institutions in the world for Mathematics and graduated with an Upper Second Class Honours!  In this episode, we talk about the University of Warwick and how it compares to the elite, attending a campus uni and the similarities between mathematics and philosophy.
December 24, 2020
SOAS Econ Grad: Gafar Bey on Surviving Uni, Studying in London and Escapism
This week on the Undergraduate Survival Guide, we sit down with SOAS Economics Graduate, Gafar Shitta-Bey! Shortly after starting at SOAS University of London in Economics, Gafar knew uni wasn't for him but he battled through and graduated before getting a grad job in the finance industry! In this episode, we talk about surviving at uni through adversity, staying at home while studying in London and the differences between escapism and expressionism.
December 17, 2020
Bristol Econ Grad: Miyaz Ehsan on Where to Work After Uni
This week on the Undergraduate Survival Guide, we sit down with Unversity of Bristol Economics Graduate, Miyaz Ehsan! After graduating with a First Class Honours in Economics, Miyaz started a thrilling journey working for a FinTech (financial technology) company before quitting to pursue his own business ventures! In this episode, we talk about the career market after uni and whether big companies are the best option for everyone.
December 10, 2020
Bristol Mech Eng Grad: Karl de Menezes on Job Applications, Engineering and Selling Sweets in School
This week on the Undergraduate Survival Guide, we sit down with Unversity of Bristol Mechanical Engineering Graduate, Karl de Menezes! After dominating his school's underground sweet selling network, Karl completed A-Level Mathematics and Further Maths with the highest scores in our school before going to university and graduating with a First Class Honours! In this episode, we talk about job applications, selling sweets in school and the benefits of mechanical engineering.
December 03, 2020
Google Apprentice: Anthony Owusu-ansah on Dropping Out and His Apprenticeship Journey
This week on the Undergraduate Survival Guide, we sit down with Google Digital Marketing Apprentice, Anthony Owusu-ansah! After decided against going to university, Anthony applied for several apprenticeships before finally landing his dream job at Google! In this episode, we talk about the importance of being persistent and purposeful, the real value of university and apprenticeships!
November 26, 2020
Human Entrepreneur Founder Varun Balsara on Community Building and Entrepreneurship
Kicking off season 2, we sit down with Warwick Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Final Year Student, Varun Balsara! After founding ConnectUs at the University of Warwick, he co-founded The Human Entrepreneur to connect like-minded young entrepreneurs. In this episode, we talk about the importance of being part of a community, time management at university and entrepreneurship!
November 12, 2020
Bristol Engineering Maths Student: Jordan on UGSG and his University Journey so far
Our Host, Jordan Ebert, discusses the progress we've made at UGSG and what to expect moving forward, while tackling his own interview questions as we bring an end to Season One of the Undergraduate Survival Guide! 
November 05, 2020
Kent Law Grad: Daniel Fernandes on Breaking into Law and Getting Through University
The University of Kent's finest Law Graduate, Daniel Fernandes, calls in to discuss his time at uni and his commitment to the legal sector. He also drops some gems about minimising stress, his take on Russel Group uni's and finding his role in his relationship.
October 15, 2020
Bristol Econ Grad: Seye Ibare-Akinsan on Self-Improvement and Flourish Creatively
The University of Bristol's finest Economics Graduate, Seye Ibare-Akinsan, joins us to discuss his time at uni and his commitment to self-improvement. He also drops some gems about balancing multiple things, flirting with the creative industry and finding his purpose within the black community.
October 08, 2020
Bristol Aero Grad: Moses Ola on Inner Confidence and Self-Belief
The University of Bristol's finest Aerospace Engineering Graduate, Moses Ola, joins us to discuss his time at uni and his battles with internal confidence. He also drops some gems about balancing multiple things, moving into the world of finance and finding his identity as a black man.
October 01, 2020
Barts Dental Student: TJ Kadiyo on Studying Dentistry in London and Being Purposeful
Barts Dental Student and fellow podcaster, TJ Kadiyo, pulled up to discuss dentistry and why he chose to study it plus studying in London as a Northerner, while dropping some gems about mastering multiple things, balancing his time and being purposeful. Catch up on The Unravelling Show here:
August 07, 2020
UCL Physics Grad: Osman Omar on Work Ethic and The Power of Tech in Social Media
Osman Omar, University College London Physics Graduate, came through to discuss what drives his work ethic, his love for Hackney plus good and bad sides of social media and data privacy, including some gems on making the most out of his time at university. Half Time Tangerines:
July 24, 2020
Bristol CS Grad: Ashwinder Khurana on the Working Class and Breaking into Tech
We got to talking with Ashwinder Khurana, University of Bristol Computer Science Graduate, about affording university, accepting changes in life and breaking into tech, plus some tidbits on thriving as an ethnic minority.
July 09, 2020
Electrician Apprentice Sean Hyland on his Apprenticeship and the Education System
We reminisced with an old school friend, Sean Hyland, and discussed his decision to skip university and do an apprenticeship as an electrician, the frailty of the education system, plus the importance of working on yourself and learning how to ask for help!
July 02, 2020
Bristol Econ Grad: Ayo Anibaba on Starting a Clothing Line and Building Self Confidence
We sat down with Ayo Anibaba, University of Bristol Economics Graduate and Co-Founder of clothing brands CanvasbyCanvas and Prosper. We discussed having side hustles at uni and learning how to use your time effectively, plus the importance of working on yourself and your abilities to achieve your goals! Follow Ayo on Instagram at @jiggy_babz, also support Canvas and Prosper at @canvasbycanvas and
June 25, 2020
CPL Brenden Christian on Identity and Life in the SAF
We interview Brenden Noel Christian, a Singapore Armed Force Corporal, on his experience with the SAF and living in Singapore, his thoughts on missing university and discovering his identity. 
June 18, 2020
Bristol Medicine Student: Precious Ejimonyeabala on COVID and Time Management
For the tenth and final episode for the moment, we interview Precious Ejimonyeabala, a Medical Student at the University of Bristol. We discuss the appeal of a career in medicine given COVID-19, staying fit and balancing your time at university.
May 14, 2020
Queen Maths Grad: Adetayo Akinyemi on Protecting your Mental and Maintaining Relationships
In episode 9 of The Undergraduate Survival Guide, we interview Adetayo Akinyemi, a Queen Mary's University of London Mathematics Graduate, about protecting your mental health, life after COVID-19 and maintaining relationships.
May 07, 2020
Leeds Beckett Sociology Grad: Josh Crowe on Founding Babystep and Pursuing your Passion
We're starting May with a bang on The Undergraduate Survival Guide, as we interview entrepreneur Josh Crowe, a Leeds Beckett Sociology Graduate and the founder of Babystep Magazine, about starting a business, pursuing your passion and breaking out of London.
May 02, 2020
Pitzer Computer Science Major: Rachel Miller on UK vs US and Diversity in Tech
We take things across borders today on The Undergraduate Survival Guide as we interview Texan Rachel Miller, a Pitzer College CS Major, about her semester in Europe, diversity in the tech space and comparing Europe to the States.
April 30, 2020
Bristol Econ Grad: Philip Mokuolu on Networking and Founding FinFoc & Open Mic
In ep 6 of The Undergraduate Survival Guide, we interview entrepreneur Philip Mokuolu, a University of Bristol Economics Graduate and Founder of Open Mic and (co) Finance Focused, about breaking into Wall Street, pursuing your passion and the power of networking.
April 25, 2020
Westminster Music Grad: Evan de Roeper on Living with Parents and Growing as an Artist
For episode five of The Undergraduate Survival Guide we interview a local upcoming artist, Evan de Roeper, a University of Westminster Music Graduate, about his experience living at home for university, studying the arts and growing as an artist.
April 23, 2020
Bristol Econ Grad: Sameer Kabir on Perseverance and Taking a Gap Year After University
Today on The Undergraduate Survival Guide, we are joined by recent University of Bristol graduate, Sameer Kabir! We talk about life after uni, persevering through challenging times and the power of unconventional skillsets.
April 18, 2020
Cambridge Engineering Grad: Michael Harvey on Studying at Cambridge, Black Excellence and Individualism
For episode two of The Undergraduate Survival Guide, we interview Michael Harvey, a University of Cambridge Engineering Graduate, about his experience at the university, individualism and excellence in the black community and dating in school.
April 11, 2020
Bristol Econ Grad: Ndubisi Offonry on his Year Abroad, Black Leaders and SFW
In the first EVER episode of The Undergraduate Survival Guide, we interview Ndubisi Offonry, a University of Bristol Economics Graduate, about his experience at the university, leadership in the black community and whether a year abroad is worth it. 
April 09, 2020