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Top 10 Most Popular Babies’ Names Revealed

27 Oct

The most popular names given to babies born in England and Wales in 2009 have been revealed. And the winners are….drum roll please… Oliver for the boys and Olivia for the girls.

Oliver has risen from 2nd in 2008, to knock Jack off the top spot for the first time in 14 years. Olivia meanwhile is the most popular girls’ name, just beating Ruby for the second year running.

Here at ForeignStudents.com we have been trying to think of celebrities who may have inspired the two winners to victory, but there are slim pickings. For the boys there is director Oliver Stone, (though we can’t think of many people who would name their baby after him), whilst for the girls there is ‘House’ actress Olivia Wilde. Not exactly A-listers I think you’ll agree.

Here are the full lists:

Boys Names:                         Girls Names:

1. Oliver                                    1. Olivia

2. Jack                                      2. Ruby

3. Harry                                    3. Chloe

4. Alfie                                     4. Emily

5. Joshua                                  5. Sophie

6. Thomas                                6. Jessica

7. Charlie                                 7. Grace

8. William                                 8. Lily

9. James                                   9. Amelia

10. Daniel                                10. Evie





Inspiring Words: University, an Important Step

26 Oct

Photo by – partie traumatic

An inspirational quote can say a lot about a person’s outlook on life, many great figures in history leave us with words which inspire the world, as a student, one is often told that the time at university will be the ‘best years of your life’.

So what shapes and develops our time at university? Is it our studies or the friends we meet?

For an International Student, it may be a mixture of the two; as gaining new friends in a foreign country is a touching and important connection to make, as well as this the desire to study abroad indicates a high level of passion in a specific academic area – which is fulfilled by attending a course in the UK.

Both these aspects (the studying and socialising), involve the exchange of many ideas which will mould a future student’s outlook on life. While at Harvard University in the USA, Mark Zuckerberg created the online social phenomenon Facebook

Mark did this with the aid of his college dormitory roommates, inspired in-part by his own experiences of ‘student life’ and the knowledge gained from his lectures.

On his Facebook profile he lists one of his favourite quotes as ‘Make things as simple as possible but no simpler’, maybe this sentiment is reflected in the simplicity of the design of his own social network. 

About.com has compiled a great ‘Top 15’ list of popular quotes, here’s a few:


(1) “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~ Thomas Edison

(10) “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt 

(14) “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~Albert Einstein 


The real question is, will you be the next generation of great thinkers quoted in a blog post?

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