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12 Tips For Sharing A Fridge At University

12 Tips For Sharing A Fridge At University

Sharing a common space can be difficult, especially in regards to food. We’re all guilty of being ‘hangry’ at times which can lead to some major arguments!

After a long day of lectures or work, you or your housemates may be guilty of raiding the one fridge in the house, with somebody ‘accidentally’ taking another’s content. With the opportunity for people to get heated when missing food is involved, it is important that ‘by-laws’ are set.

To ease any tension, we’ve put together a list of top refrigerator tips to get you through your university year unscathed and food intact.

1. Divide Shelves Equally

If your fridge has enough shelves, why not use a shelf each? Perhaps not ideal depending on the number of housemates, but it is the easiest option to keep food separated, leaving no excuses.

2. Create A Fridge Cleaning Rota

While it may not appeal initially, it will save arguments. Anything dodgy will be thrown out before it affects any other food, and your friendships!

3. Contain Those Smelly Foods

Takeaway leftovers? Don’t just it leave half open in the fridge. Transfer it to an airtight container to conceal the smell and as an added bonus, save space. Containing the food will also contain any mould if left for too long.

fish

4. Label Your Food

Purchase a label maker, use stickers or even just a sharpie and get your name on your food! That way there is no excuse for people ‘mistakenly’ taking your food, and if you add use by dates to the label, you won’t be in for a nasty shock if left too long.

5. Cook The Leftovers

If you have leftovers at the end of the week, why not pool them together and create a large evening meal to share? This will then clear the fridge before your weekly shop, and bring everyone together for a great evening in.

6. Set Rules For Sharing Condiments

Share those condiments! Items like tomato sauce and butter are mostly going to be used by everyone so take turns in purchasing new ones. Set up rules in deciding what foods and condiments are a free for all and which ones are yours and yours alone.

tomato ketchup

7. Clean Your Spills

Don’t be that person! If you’ve spilled something out of a container or bottle, clean it straight away before it sticks and leaves an unwanted smell. Make sure to clean it even if it is not your turn on the rota to clean the fridge.

8. Remove And Replace

If you’re the one that has just finished the last of the tomato sauce or milk that you’re all sharing, replace it! There’s nothing worse then going to make a cup of tea and finding your housemate has used the last of the milk.

9. Share Your Perishable Foods

If you have fruit or other perishable items in the fridge that you know are going to go bad, why not offer it to your housemates? It saves wastage and they may return the favour the next week!

berries bowl

10. Say It Outright

Except for labeling your food with your name, what’s a more obvious statement then just saying outright what people can and can’t take? If you’re dying to eat that leftover pizza the next evening, then be blunt with your housemates and say it can’t be taken. Maybe you’re happy to share it! In which case let them know so they too can enjoy it the second time around.

11. Make Use Of The Freezer

Refrain from taking up unnecessary space. Could you put your airtight contained leftovers in the freezer rather than the fridge? Save space and use that freezer compartment; even better if you have a standalone freezer!

12. Don’t Leave Messages

One of the worst things you could do is leave a passive aggressive (or fully aggressive!) note on the fridge door. Yes it can be heartbreaking if someone has stolen your last beer, but it will make for a very awkward time if you and your housemates are at eachothers throats over a magnetic letter message you left. Speak up, make the point, and you never know, you may get bought a few more as an apology.

 

Do you have any other vital tips for sharing a fridge with your housemates? Do you pool together your money for one big shopping trip, or do you prefer to just shop for yourself? Leave a comment below!

 

What Do I Need To Take To University?

When you’re starting out as a student, choosing what to take to university can be a little stressful. After all, you can’t be entirely sure what you need until you get there.

Everyone will have a word of advice for you. Your Mum will probably have you take everything you might possibly need, ever. If you’re lucky, she’ll also buy most of it for you!

Your student friends or older siblings, being a year or two wiser than you, will offer suggestions based on their experience. University welcome packs come with their own guidance.

To help you choose what to pack and what to leave at home, we’ve put together this short guide to deciding what to take to university.

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5 Ways to Prepare for Medical School

Well done on getting a place at medical school! You worked hard to get the right results and now you’re looking forward to a new life opening up.

How are you feeling? Nervous? Excited? Both?

Leaving home for university means massive change. When that university is medical school, the challenge can appear overwhelming. Continue reading 5 Ways to Prepare for Medical School

How to Write a Personal Statement for Medical School

Writing your personal statement is probably the hardest part of applying for a university place to study medicine.

But don’t let that put you off! Every year, thousands of students take up their places in medical school, which means their personal statements were good enough to help get them through the application process.

If they can do it, so can you.

We’ve put some tips together to help you craft a personal statement that scores highly with the admissions team.

Write the beginning at the end

Outstanding personal statements have a powerful opening. They capture motivation, passion and commitment in a single sentence.

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Be Prepared for Your GP Placement

When they enter medical school, most students don’t plan on becoming a GP (nine out of ten according to the BMA). Even if you’re part of that majority, you’re very likely to get experience of general practice through placements, ranging from a few hours to several weeks over the course of your studies.

So what can you expect from your exposure to GP work as an ‘insider’?

Discover the excitement of the unknown

When an unfamiliar patient steps through the door of a GP’s surgery, the doctor has no idea what medical issues they’ll be faced with. For many, this role as the first point of contact between the community and the wider healthcare service makes the job rewarding.

For some, the uncertainty of what’s coming next can be an exciting challenge. Admittedly, for others, the mix of medical issues that are presented can become a little predictable.

As a student on a GP placement, you’re also dealing with an unfamiliar community in, probably, an unfamiliar location. There will be no shortage of unknowns to keep your attention, at least at the start.

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How to Use a Stethoscope

cardiology_III_symbols_redYour stethoscope is your constant companion in medicine, so it’s really important to know how to use it.

While the technology required to listen in on our internal noises is very simple, learning how to perform effective auscultation takes a while. The sooner you learn to use a stethoscope effectively, the sooner you’ll be on your way to understanding the sounds made by the human body.

Different types of stethoscope

While they all perform the same function, a variety of different stethoscopes have been developed for various specialties. Some are designed specifically for cardiology or paediatricians. General purpose stethoscopes are ideal for students and nurses, while electronic stethoscopes can enhance traditional auscultation through the use of digital technology. Continue reading How to Use a Stethoscope

7 Top Tips for Your First Term at Medical School

Well done on getting a place at medical school! You achieved outstanding A-level results and you’ve made it through the tough application and interview process. Now you’re about to embark on the exciting journey to becoming a fully qualified doctor.

Getting through medical school is going to be hard work. The first few weeks could be particularly tough as you get used to a university life so very different from what you’ve known before. Continue reading 7 Top Tips for Your First Term at Medical School

Medical Students Benefit from New Interactive Littmann Stethoscope App

728x90-Littmann-bannerLike so many tools of the trade, your stethoscope is really easy to use but takes practice to master.

Auscultation (listening to internal sounds made by the body) has been medical practice for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years, but the science advanced rapidly with the invention of the stethoscope in the early nineteenth century.

Now Littmann, pioneers in stethoscope design and use for over 50 years, have launched a unique, interactive learning experience that will benefit a new generation of medical students.

For a limited period, this new experience, the 3M Littmann Learning App, is entirely free when you buy a new Littmann stethoscope. Continue reading Medical Students Benefit from New Interactive Littmann Stethoscope App

Graduation Gift Ideas for Medical Students

What do you buy for someone who’s finishing their medical degree this year?

Graduating from medical school is a massive milestone on what can be a ten-year journey from excited fresher to highly respected and experienced medical professional. So what sort of gift will reflect the exhilaration and anticipation of the moment, while being appropriate for the person you’re buying for?

Does that sound like a tough call? To help you decide, we’ve put together a list of graduation gift ideas for the medical student in your life. They’re a mix of practical, fun and the unexpected.

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