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What you should have learned at school: self-care hacks for students

Ashleigh Nefdt

Every week, Perdeby takes a look at something you should have learned at school to assist you in day to day life. This week, we take a look at self-care hacks for students.

The student life has never been accused of being a glamourous one. Trying to balance getting good grades, attending all your lectures, maintaining a social life, avoiding any mental breakdowns and still getting enough sleep at night can all seem impossible to achieve within the measly 24 hours we are given in a day. Unless you somehow got ahold of Hermione’s time turner, you probably feel just as burnt out as we do. And so, here are a few simple sweet and cheap self-care hacks to ease your burnt out-ness.


Calm down
After a long day, the first and best thing to do to is to remind yourself that it is okay to not have 1 000 thoughts racing through your mind. A great way to expel any lasting worries is by listening to white or pink noise, both of which you can find on the app, Calm. Sounds like rain falling, fires blazing or birds chirping will make you remember that it’s okay to be calm.


Switch off
It has also been scientifically proven that turning off your phone and disconnecting yourself from social media is a sure way to wind down your mind, so try your best to stay off your phone for a while.

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Perdeby Party Guide: 16 April – 22 April

Alycia Hibbert



Aandklas at 20:00. Karaoke. Sometimes we all need some drunken singing in our lives. Entrance is free and Happy Hour is between 20:00 and 21:00.

Arcade Empire at 19:00: Quiz Night. Bar tabs are up for grabs and tables of 4 to 6 people can be booked via WhatsApp on 079 805 2447. No entry fee.



Aandklas at 20:00. Quiz Night. A place where you can finally make use of your useless general knowledge. Entry is free and the maximum team size is eight people. You also stand a chance to win tickets to the Misty Waters Festival.

Blue Room at 19:00: Student Night Wednesdays. R12 beer specials. Free entry when a valid student card is presented.



Madison Avenue at 20:00. Tuks - Partyfest Synergy 2018, presented by Southern Comfort. The theme is Chicago and the best-dressed prize will win R1 000 cash on the night. Pre-sale tickets are R20 while tickets at the door will be R30 for students and R40 for the public. Remember your student card or else you will have to pay the public rate.

Aandklas at 18:00. Hard Rock Thursday. Happy Hour between 20:00 and 21:00. Entrance is R10 after 20:00.

Read more: Perdeby Party Guide: 16 April – 22 April

Perdeby Party Guide 11– 16 April

Rebecca Woodrow

Blue Room at 19:00: Student Night Wednesdays will be in full swing with R12 beer specials. Free entry when a valid student card is presented.

Arcade Empire at 20:30. Jack Acoustic Wednesdays with live performances from Tiaan Nienaber, Niel Marx and Ember.



Madison Avenue at 19:00: Phuza Thursday. Give yourself the night you deserve by enjoying an all-night free entry and R5 drinks between 20:00 and 22:00. Other drinks specials include Madison Mugs: single and mixer for R15, double and mixer for R20.

Urbanite Lounge: Rock’it Man Birthday celebration featuring DJ Fresh and Lamiez. Remember to dress smart casual for this event.



Urbanite Lounge: Dom Mathii Birthday Celebration featuring Sweet Candy. Dress code is smart casual.

Madison Avenue at 20:00: Friday the 13th featuring Roger Goode. Satisfy your Halloween cravings by enjoying the free entry all night given to people in horror costumes.

Drinks special for the night include Madison Mugs with a single and mixer at R18 and double and mixer at R24. A buy-one-get-one-free Shooter Special runs from 22:00-00:00.

Arcade Empire at 19:00: Secrets Tour SA 2018. The heavy metal band will be performing with supporting acts Facing the Gallows, CrashCarBurn, OneDaySky and I AM and proceeds from ticket sales aid Rhino conservation.

Read more: Perdeby Party Guide 11– 16 April

Hidden Gems to discover on Hatfield Campus

Ashleigh Nefdt

We all have a place where we like to spend our time on campus, maybe it is sitting on the grass or wasting time in an empty lecture hall. Wherever it may be, if you seek to dive deeper, there are a whole lot of hidden gems only waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.


The Old Arts Building
You know that huge building with the crystal blue water fountain that you always seem to walk past but never dare go inside due to its super mysterious aura? That building hides a beautiful, old and enlightening museum with beautiful artworks from all around Africa, including the Golden Rhinoceros of Mapungubwe. It is a go-to treasure hunt for a historical and cultural explorer.


Hidden Gardens
The Manie van der Schijff Botanical Garden is a beautiful gem hidden on the West side of Campus. Boasting an incredible collection of around 3 000 different kind of flora. This very peaceful area is perfect for when you want to escape the stresses of university life and just fade away with nature. It is often also a perfect place for couples to have some quiet time.

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Perdeby Experience: Vegan for a month

Once in a while, Perdeby, sends their journalists to experience something truly different and outside of their comfort zone. This month, Shaun Sproule became Vegan for a month.

Shaun Sproule

Every year around the Lent period, I give up something I really like in memory of my grandparents. Usually it’s something small, like sweets or bread, but this year I decided I would do something much more difficult and get an article out of it along the way. Little did I know it would be a bit more than that.

I have never understood vegans. Why do they have to rub it in everyone’s noses and why is it such a big deal. I mean bacon! So, I decided I would not only become a vegan for a little over a month, I would also try to learn as much about veganism as possible.

The day before Lent started (on 14 February), I organised to go with a group of friends to a popular all-you-can-eat sushi bar where I ate more than my moneys worth of fashion sandwiches, fried dumplings and prawn spring rolls. The next morning was my first day and I had all my meals planned and prepped. I had done quite a bit of research before the change to make sure I got enough protein in my diet.

Sadly, the abrupt change to my diet made me quite sick for the first few days, but I pushed through and came out unscathed. Now the hard times started, and I began to understand the struggles a vegan has to face on the daily.

First off, I eat on campus every day. A sandwich or a pie and a cooldrink is usually what I have for lunch, but when pressed to find foods without any animal products in, I really struggled. Apart from chips from the various food vendors on campus, there is nothing to eat without confusing the kitchen staff with ingredients that I can’t have. I even made friends with some of the kitchen staff at my favourite campus restaurants who kindly allow me to look at the ingredients in some of their products. I got used to reading every label before putting something in my mouth and I made many mistakes by eating things I would never have thought contain animal products. Eventually I gave up and started bringing my own chickpea salads or beans and rice to campus.

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