University Life

My guide to all things university


August 2015

Forever Young

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Forever Young.”

‘If there were a real Fountain of Youth, would you drink the water?’

At 18 I’m both old (legal adult status!) and young (I hopefully have another 70 years ahead, maybe more). But that doesn’t mean I get to act young. I’m off to university, I’ll have to cook, clean, shop, iron and many other things myself. I’m going to be responsible for keeping myself alive. That’s a lot of responsibility at the tender age of 18 – which is both adult and teenager.

I think the real problem is that we grow up too fast, at 18 we leave school in the UK and are cast out into the real world for either life as a uni student, work or hanging around the house. Then we’re in our 20s, then 30s, then 40s, then 50s. Not until our 60s do we get a pension and the freedom of children who have left home to do as we want. We spend such a short time being young and care free, then the world calls us into adulthood. I wouldn’t want to be young forever, though, I like the idea of getting old, being surrounded by grand children with laughter lines on my face, but I would like to be young for longer, with fewer responsibilities and a chance to see the world before I get a job and a mortgage and become an adult adult.


Books that bite, sting and punch

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “That Stings!.”

“we ought to read only books that bite and sting us.”

This prompt is pretty perfect for me, the future English lit student. Sorry, I’m just really excited that I’m going to be a student soon!

Anyway, it depends what you want ‘bite and sting’ to mean. Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ stings because I just don’t see the big deal so found it a boring read that took far too long. I can normally accept the language of old/classic plays/novels/poems but this is one that I couldn’t get into no matter how hard I tried.

John Green’s ‘Looking for Alaska’ not only bit and stung me, but punched me right in the face. I love that first part of the book, I do, but then after *mumble mumble* I felt so betrayed, it takes a turn that I didn’t see coming. Although, I would definitely suggest it to anyone, it’s meant as a young adult book but I think that it’s something that anyone could enjoy due to the realistic characters and amusing (until *mumble mumble*) story.

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My Views On The Media Age

I can’t remember not having a mobile phone. I can’t remember not having a computer. I can’t remember not having a DVD player.

At 18 this is probably pretty normal for those of us whose memories aren’t all that wonderful – I’m always forgetting what I’m doing – but it’s also very strange. I remember getting my first phone (Year 5, my dad’s old Nokia, me and my best friend were the only people who had mobiles and we hardly ever used them), I remember getting the first family computer (my Granddad gave it to us because he’s lovely and completely into tech stuff) and I still have some video tapes, but the only TV with a video player is in the loft (this TV also happens to be the first one I had in my room). As I’ve grown taller the tech and social media has grown in quantity and (arguably) quality along side me.

And that isn’t just strange, it’s downright scary.

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I’ll eat all the pies. And cake. And popcorn. And everything.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Red Pill, Blue Pill.”

‘If you could get all the nutrition you needed in a day with a pill — no worrying about what to eat, no food preparation — would you do it?’

Nutrition is important, of course it is, and I’m learning to cook (see Blue plasters and a glass of wine) so I don’t become a scurvy dog (sorry, being half pirate is a Hastings thing, see here). I really don’t want to be the student that lives off of pot noodles and crackers. However, a pill that gave you all the nutrition you needed a day would be cool – as long as it didn’t stop you from getting hungry sometimes. I’m 5ft 2.5″ (that .5 is very important to me) and a healthy weight (you don’t actually expect me to tell you my weight, right?) but I LOVE all things dessert related! Honestly, as far as I’m concerned restaurants were designed for the pudding!

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Where I Live (For) Now

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “West End Girls.”

Every city and town contains people of different classes: rich, poor, and somewhere in between. What’s it like where you live? If it’s difficult for you to discern and describe the different types of classes in your locale, describe what it was like where you grew up — was it swimming pools and movie stars, industrial and working class, somewhere in between or something completely different?’

The place I grew up is the place I live now – same house, same town. WP_000421

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Lots and Lots of Little Boxes

Little Miss Organised

One of the most stressful things about going to university (apart from exams and deciding where you want to spend the next 3 years of your life) is the packing. Your whole life, all the things that are spread throughout the house, suddenly needs to fit into a small bedroom, a shared or small en-suite bathroom and a shared kitchen. I have a lot of lists of things I need to get, things I can buy there and packing check lists. But, there are a few things that I would have forgotten if I wasn’t so organised, so, here’s my list of things that you might forget to take:

  • Winter clothes – unless you’re able to go home around October and switch your whole wardrobe you need to take some warm jumpers, it’s easy to forget that summer will end but it will, and you don’t want to have to splash out on new winter clothes when there are plenty of good ones back in your wardrobe at home.
  • Towels – bath towels, hand towels, tea towels, you need them all unless you’re planning to turn into a mermaid and permanently be dripping water everywhere.
  • Laundry equipment – Invest in a laundry basket (it’ll help keep your room tidy), a laundry bag (to take all of your clothes to the laundry room) and an airer (this isn’t a must but can be useful). Also, once you’re there see if the need powder or liquid for the washing machines, you could even offer to go halves with a new flatmate.

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The Disorganised Chaos

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Sweeping Motions.”

‘What’s messier right now — your bedroom or you computer’s desktop (or your favorite device’s home screen)? Tell us how and why it got to that state.’

Right now my room is sort of tidy – the clothes from last night’s celebratory night out are on the floor and my make-up is scattered about but that’s about it. My desk, though, hasn’t been tidy for a few years. I hardly ever use my laptop at my desk or use my desk to lean on for writing. So my desk has become a holder of all things random – there are photo frames, my perfume cage (see My Little World), piece of paper that I should sort, hair-bands are breeding like rabbits there and things from my travels. It’s a mess.

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Results Day Ahead!

As & A Level Results Day: 13th August

GCSE Results Day: 20th August

Here’s some advice to those of us that are only days away from results day 2015/ knowing the fate of our academic careers and possibly the course of our whole lives.

  1. Have everything you need: UCAS logins, phone numbers for universities, the lot. You might not be planning to fail, but that doesn’t mean you need to fail to plan.
  2. Understand clearing and adjustment. Clearing – when you don’t get into either of your universities or reject them both. Adjustment – when you do better than your first choice so can contact other universities to see if the have places whilst holding onto your place at your 1st choice
  3. Know the whens and wheres. Do you need to go into college to collect your results? Do you know how you’re getting there? Are you going to have to make plans for someone to cover your shift at work? These aren’t things you want to be worrying about 48hours before results day. Make a plan and stick to it, it will make the 13th go as smoothly as possible.
  4. Talk to your teachers. If things don’t go as well as you’d hoped talk to your teachers, they’ll be able to give you the best information about remarks, resits, clearing and adjustment. They’ll also often be willing to call universities for you and help out with any other questions you have.
  5. You’re not alone. So many people have been through this stress, so talk to them, it might be your parents, your friends, older siblings.
  6. Tell the world. I don’t mean interrupt a news presenter, but tell your family and friends pretty soon after finding out the (hopefully) good news!

Yep, this is essentially a repost of Exam Results Day – AKA the journey to hell and back. But if you want links to other sites about results day that post has them, just follow the link.

Summer Bucket List

Bodiam Castle 2015
Bodiam Castle

My summer probably started off like every summer ever – big plans. And followed like most summers ever – mainly fun, but also a bit of boredom.

The problem with summer starting straight after your last A2 exam is that you have SO MUCH TIME. Months and months and months of nothing stretched out before you, and it’s made worse by the fact that you’re suddenly no longer timetabling every minute of the day so you can revise as much as possible.

So, when I restarted this blog I talked about summer in this post, this post,  and this post. Among many, many others. And even though I’d had some time between adventures, I’ve been having fun. Plus, for once the weather has been pretty nice so far, making it enjoyable to just sit in the garden and read or listen to music.

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