Student Life

How to stay motivated during distance learning

We get it, distance learning sucks. While it can be an appealing idea at first because you don’t have to commute and wake up early, it inevitably gets boring and tedious. And a huge let-down especially for freshmen who can’t experience real university life. How to stay motivated and not go crazy? 1. Follow a …

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Beware of predatory journals

Are you a PhD student or a junior scientist? And have you ever heard of predatory journals? If not, read on so that you know how to avoid dangers waiting for young inexperienced authors. Simply said, the term ‘predatory journals’ refers to fraudulent publications and it’s a growing issue recently. These deceitful publishers want to …

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Upcoming conferences in 2021

Even though normal student life is pretty much brought to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, various university conferences are still up and running. Of course, they mainly switched to the virtual environment. If you’re interested in attending but you’re not sure how it all works, consider reading our previous article while bearing in …

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How to write good essays as a freshman

Writing good essays can be difficult and even scary especially in your freshmen year when you don’t know what your professors expect of you. Essays at university are very different from the papers you were producing at secondary school so some preparation is necessary. However, when you get the hang of it, writing essays will …

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Attending university conferences

If you’re considering applying for PhD study programmes, for instance at Faculty of Science at Charles University in Prague, you should know that PhD students are expected to attend conferences from time to time. There might be some differences based on your specific study programme but generally you have to attend a conference at least …

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New Year’s resolutions for students

A new year—a fresh start. Many of us certainly feel this way about January; like we’re finally ready for a big change. New Year’s resolutions aren’t only for sensible working adults; students can try to adopt them as well. While some general resolutions (stop smoking, start exercising) are good for everybody, there’re a few resolutions …

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New Year in the Czech Republic

We described Advent season followed by Christmas, now is time for the last big event of each year—New Year’s Eve. While Czech Christmas is predominantly spent with one’s closest family, New Year celebration in the Czech Republic is mainly a thing for friends. January the 1st is a bank holiday but 31st of December isn’t. …

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Christmas in the Czech Republic

Winter holiday usually starts on the 23rd of December for school children and university students but it might start a few days sooner based on a weekday Christmas Day falls on each year. Adults usually work even on the 23rd but most take a day off if they can. In Czech, Christmas is called “Vánoce.” …

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Advent season in the Czech Republic

If you’re spending your first winter in the Czech Republic, you might be interested in how Czech people celebrate winter holidays. Even though Czechia is known to be one of the most atheistic countries in the world, Czech people still follow many traditions and like their Christmas to be very festive. Advent season is four …

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Freshmen welcome ceremonies

The first-year student welcome ceremony, the first-bell ringing or a so-called “freshmen baptism.” All these terms refer to the same event that takes place at almost every university in the Czech Republic. You shouldn’t miss it. In many Czech cities, this event became a tradition accompanied with a spectacular celebration during which university freshmen are …

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