Thursday, 20 September 2018

How I Felt about Going to University

Post Updated October 2020

As I write this post I have 1 week until I go to university and the thought is both simultaneously one of excitement and equally one of terror. The fact that in only 7 days my whole life is going to change completely is quite a scary thought and the amount of change that is about to come fills me with excitement and anxiety.

On the one hand, I am completely ready to move onto university. I've spent 3 months off of school and, as someone who enjoys learning and school, I'm ready to start learning the next thing. I've had an amazing summer - I've been to Amsterdam, Dublin and Leeds and spent so much time with friends and family. I've experienced the rush of emotions that comes with results day and have been out and bought the entirety of IKEA and an enormous supply of kitchen stuff that I have no idea how to use. But.. I've spent the last 2 weeks at home bored as I've run out of things to do and I'm ready for the challenge of university, and therefore I'm hugely looking forward to it. I've been talking to people in my accommodation and course that I'm so excited to actually meet them and begin the uni experience!

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However, the flip side of the feelings of excitement are the feelings of nervousness. I'm naturally a very shy person so the thought of having to actually socialise with strangers is a scary one. I'm not the biggest drinker or a late-night person so freshers week could be quite daunting - I'm hoping to find the people who are like me stood in a corner wishing they could be in bed cause that is almost definitely what I'm going to be doing. Although I'm quite an independent person and when my parents tell me they're going away for a while it's the best news, I'm still nervous about actually living alone. I'm praying that I don't end up giving myself food poisoning by the end of the first week. If I'm still alive by Christmas it will be a miracle. I have some amazing friends either going off to uni themselves or having a gap year that I will miss a lot, but hopefully we'll keep in touch and I'll see them when I'm back.

University is going to be an experience. I'm looking forward to learning new skills, studying for a degree that interests me, living alone and in a completely new place and making new friends. It won't be without its difficulties but it's something that I'm going to embrace and by the end of 3 years I'll actually have to start doing something with my life which is an even scarier thought...!

How did you feel about going to university?

Friday, 14 September 2018

The Best Underrated Netflix Shows

Post Updated October 020

Netflix is something that we all love to watch nowadays and I'm not quite sure what my life would be without Netflix. You cannot beat a good sofa day with one of your favourite TV shows, a load of snacks and a blanket. Netflix is perfect as the nights get longer and the cold Autumnal evenings start to come in. Sometimes there are shows that get so much hype and everyone seems to watch them but there are some absolute gems on Netflix waiting to be discovered so I thought I'd share the best underrated Netflix shows for if you fancy something a bit different to watch!

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Underrated Show 1: Skins

If you know me, then you know that Skins is one of my ultimate favourite TV shows of all time. I've watched it twice now and every time it just gets better. If you don't know the story it follows a group of teenagers through college as they navigate the world of drinking, drugs, school and relationship. However, Skins is not afraid to tackle some hard-hitting issues and handles some sensitive topics throughout such as eating disorders, family relations, illness, death, grief and mental illness. Generation one will always be the best generation in my opinion (followed by generation three which gets an unfair reputation and then generation two). I honestly love it so much, and I'm considering re-watching it again!

Underrated Show 2: Stranger Things

Stranger Things was probably one of the most hyped TV shows, and after a while, I decided to give in to the hype and watch it and I not disappointed! I loved it so much that I got my parents to watch it and I watched the entire thing again with them. Steve will always have a special place in my heart and I just love the whole plot behind it, it will definitely have you on the edge of your seat throughout!

Underrated Show 3: Reign

I began watching Reign because it was about Mary Queen of Scots and I was studying the Tudors in history, so, naturally, it was educational, right? I've got to admit it's one of the least factually accurate shows I've ever watched but that doesn't make it any less interesting. There are so many avenues that the show explores from real life to supernatural threats, but one of my favourite things to watch was the relationship between Mary and Francis - I loved watching them onscreen together throughout all the ups and downs of their relationship and the final episode made me cry a lot!

Underrated Show 4: Safe

The story centres around Tom as he tries to find out what happened to his teenage daughter and her boyfriend who have both gone missing... It's one of those shows that regardless of what you think is coming next you'll probably be wrong which is one of the things I loved about it. It was so completely unpredictable and just when you thought you knew a character they said or did something that made you suspect them. Needless to say, I would not have predicted the ending straight away. I'd love another season but, sadly, I don't quite know where they'd go with it.

Those are some of my favourite underrated shows on Netflix. There are so many amazing shows to watch that aren't always hyped up and the next big thing but that doesn't always mean they are any less brilliant. Sometimes it's nicer to watch something that no-one knows about before it becomes a big thing as you were a fan from the start!

What are your favourite things to watch on Netflix? Have you watched any of these?


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