First Two Weeks of University

First Two Weeks of University

Hello everybody!

The last weeks has been such a bundle of emotions. I’ve been moving into the flat with the girls, celebrating 21st birthdays, getting back into the gym, pre-reading non-stop- aaaand eating a lot of chips from a lovely little kebab shop called ‘Viallis’ (that I totally recommend to anyone wanting to pile on the calories!).

I thought I would share with you a few photos and give a little life update as we go!

I moved in two days before University started, so that I could be super prepared for third year! This year I am lucky enough to be living just round the corner from my boyfriend which meant that we (Hannah and I) went round his house for a big catch up and a few drinks.

(Little heads-up: I live with two Hannah’s! Do I have a way of differentiating? Nope- we’re just winging it! At least I know if I call out, someone will come!)

On our way out, we took some photos up against the lovely brick wall of our block of flats.

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Just want to point out- I probably won’t be taking more photos out in the hall, because some moron has dragged bin juice down the stairs. The entire hallways stinks and lordy does it make me mad. It’s a bit of a standing joke with my friends that I have a hyper-sensitive nose- so the smell is mega offensive. 
I thought to myself, we’re all trying to be friends, so I wrote a little (very polite!) note and stuck it in the hallway. I’m yet to have a response. But after following the Bin-Juice trail #callmesherlock, I know who’s done it. Safe to say I won’t take any parcels in for them. Ultimate sass. 

The following day we did a little bit of shopping, bought a gym membership and waited for other Hannah to move in. It was super rainy so we decorated our little flat! Living with two girls is awesome.

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On the Monday (aka first day of Uni!) it was Hannah’s 21st Birthday and we all went out to Kasbah. Kasbah is in Coventry, and we live in Leamington Spa, so we bought UniExpress tickets. It was super fun, getting all glammed up with the girls. I shall insert some pictures here.

We got some really cute face paints at Kasbah and some lufferly chips from a kebab shop (hence the need for the gym membership!)

We then had a standard first week of University. The usual- ‘this year is the most important year of your life’ lecture that I am pretty certain I have had nearly every year since the age of 13. Though, this time I believe them! So I booked myself a careers appointment for next week. One thing that does surprise me is how few career’s appointments there are on campus- Warwick University offers less than 10 slots a day for 24,000 students! Plus you can only book them 1 week in advance. I was sat on my laptop at 8am fighting for an appointment. Pretty frustrating.

So note to future or current Freshers- see a careers officer early on- get an idea of where to look and who to go to!

Here is a little picture I uploaded to my instagram (@abeesworldblog) of the beautiful autumnal leaves on the floor. LOVE IT.

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Sort of sad story: I loved these shoes, I wore them almost every day on the cruise excursions and summer. A week before University I thought- they dont look as white as they used to, so I washed them. Rooky mistake- don’t do it! I melted the plastic and the soles fell off -.- so I used my sisters hot glue gun to glue them back together. I walked away feeling like a boss. Well, 2 days ago I was walking along and my big toe fell out of the side. Hot glue guns are overrated guys. RIP favourite, well travelled white shoes.

I posted a little bit about feeling homesick during my first week on my Instagram. If you’re someone feeling homesick, please do check it out. Whether you’re at University or started a new job away from home- it’s totally normal. So being brutally honest, I did feel a little bit homesick during my first week. Even as a third year! But one of my favourite things is getting little life updates from my family. So, incase you’re new to my blog (hello!), over the Summer we got a little/ actually rather huge golden-doodle puppy called Amber! And the little updates from my family are so funny! Top-tip for feeling homesick- get whatsapp, skype and keep in touch.

Here is a little picture of Amber and Jim from today:

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The little brown dot, yup, that’s Jim- our ten year old border terrier. Amber loves him so frickin much- it’s adorable. When I first saw this today, I thought the brown dot was part of the dog bed!

After my little homesick spell and at the end of our first week, we all went out again. Which was also great! I am usually not one to go out clubbing. I have always been more of a coffee shop girl (and still am!) but we had such a lovely time and took some more pictures!

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Other than that, I’ve been doing the shed loads of pre-reading for my course, going to the gym with the girls, taking photos of pretty Leamington houses, eating delicious lacto-free pizza, drinking Soya Hot-Chocolates and getting more and more excited about the Autumness!

I hope you enjoyed reading my little life update- I hope to be a lot more present on this blog again now that I’m all settled in University!

Have a wonderful week everyone,

I shall end this blog with an adorable picture of my gorgeous puppy 🙂

Bee

xoxox

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Blustery Walks

Blustery Walks

Today was one of those kind of unexpectedly chilled days. Working for the Nursery Agency means that I am on call between 7 am and 10 am, and if I don’t get a call between those times, I am free to spend my day how I wish. This obviously has it’s perks- having unexpected days off- but also means I have less money! So being in the latter position, Jack and I decided we would make the days productive and spend as little money as possible.

So we started the day off with driving into Fareham and collecting Jack’s suit. I haven’t really discussed Jack much on this blog, but he is in his first year of a Law Degree and has managed to get an Easter internship at a Law Firm in London- which is of course fantastic. But also requires Jack to look super smart and was the perfect excuse for a new suit. Anyway, after collecting the suit, we headed for a coffee in Whiteley and decided to bring my dog, Jim, along for the ride too!

Today was just one of those productive days, spent in the the grey and soggy england, cuddling cats and dogs, spent mostly singing to Ed Sheeran in the car and drinking coffee.

 

How I manage stress.

How I manage stress.

No matter which degree you do, there is always going to be some sort of deadline and ultimately pressure! Likewise, there is shed loads of pressure in school, college and everyday life, so I am going to show you how I manage my work load.

Side Note: I am a real worrier, I would worry about worrying if I could. Everyone deals with pressure differently, I personally go from being OK and feeling in control of my life one day, to feeling like I am drowning in work and there is nothing I can do about it. So throughout the last few years, I’ve picked up ways to avoid the intense stress.

Organisation

  • Clear Desk: even if it’s just before bed you do a quick sweep of the desk, organise paperwork, put things in their place and set up so that you can start fresh tomorrow.
  • Desk Organisers: this just makes your life easier: pots, boxes, files etc.
  • Lists: revision timetables were never really my thing, but having a list of priorities always keeps me on track.

Find a place you are comfortable working.

  • Having lived in Halls of Residence, it’s fair to say you don’t get peace and quiet all the time. I personally found that it was easier to walk to a study space and do my work there. Nobody cares if you’re in your pyjamas or even bring your slippers! Universities are usually pretty good at providing lots of study areas for Students- make the most of them.
  • If you don’t have this option (like me now that I am off of campus) then make sure you use your time wisely. It’s common knowledge University students don’t get up early, so I make the most of this, and start my work at 7am, when the house is quietest. Yes, it’s early, but if you smash an essay, it’s so worth it.

Set up Camp.

  • Whenever you are ready to work, you do it. If you get a sudden urge to write, seize the moment. Sometimes I’m just not tired and for some random reason feel buzzed- I start writing or planning. It doesn’t matter when you complete tasks as long and you get enough sleep.
  • When I know I am going to be sat at my desk for a long period of time, I make sure I am ready for it.
  • First stop- Coffee. I allow myself one every 30 to 40 minutes- that’s my revision break.
  • A snack, in case I get the munchies.
  • My paperwork and notes neatly stacked around me.
  • Be comfortable, have a shower, feel clean and fresh and put some pyjamas on.

Have realistic targets.

  • I make sure I aim to achieve something and work until I do- but be realistic.

Do things for yourself.

  • Facemasks: I personally love the L’Oreal clay masks at the moment.
  • Paint your nails.
  • Retail therapy.
  • A coffee with friends- particularly friends who are equally stressed, then you off load and feel much better.
  • Eat GOOD food. From experience pot noodles are not the best for brain power, cook something, take half an hour to make a pasta dish, or put some chicken goujons in the oven.

Email people who can help you.

  • Whether that’s mentors, tutors, teachers, bosses- even just to clarify something minor, if it means you feel good about what you’re writing its worth it.

Sleep.

  • Just means you don’t zombie your way through the essay.