Thursday, 20 September 2018

Thoughts about Going to Uni

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!

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...!

Let me know your thoughts on going to university!

Friday, 14 September 2018

My Favourite Netflix Shows

I'm not quite sure what my life would be without Netflix nowadays. You cannot beat a good sofa day with one of your favourite TV shows, so for that reason I thought I'd show you what some of my absolute favourite Netflix shows are...

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 it's basically about a group of teenagers in college and you watch them trying to navigate the world of drink, drugs and school.
Generation 1 will always be the best generation in my opinion (followed by generation 3 and then generation 2). I honestly love it so much, and I'm considering re-watching it again.

2. Stranger Things
Stranger Things was probably one of the most hyped TV shows, and after a while I decided to give into the hype and watch it and boy was 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 never fails to make me feel tense.

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. 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 - they will forever be one of my OTPs now.

4. Safe
I actually heard about Safe through Nicole and I am so so glad I watched it. 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.

What are your favourite things to watch on Netflix? 

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

My 'To Read' List

Having spent what can only be described as years upon years of only reading textbooks and revision guides, the end of exams also signalled the return to reading for fun?!? What a strange concept, but it is one that has most definitely been welcomed.

Before a life of revision took hold I had been an avid book reader and a huge fan of reading, however, school did get in the way of this, but now I have once again found my love of reading returning and I have been devouring my way through books. For that reason, I thought it would be nice for you to see what's on my 'To Read' list and you may find something that you also fancy reading.

From top to bottom...
1. The Sky is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson
2. As Good as it Gets? - Fiona Gibson
3. Girlhood - Cat Clarke
4. One of us is Lying - Karen M McManus
5. Letters to the Lost -
6. It Only Happens in the Movies - Holly Bourne
7. The Sun is also a Star - Nicola Yoon

8. The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
9. Kiss Heaven Goodbye - Tasmina Perry
10. Beneath the Skin - Caroline England
11. Trust Me - Zosia Wand

I also have a huge pile of classics that I would love to get through, mainly due to the fact that as I am hoping to study Literature at uni I feel it can't be harmful to get a headstart on some of the books I could be studying.

12. To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
13. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
14. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
15. Persuasion - Jane Austen
16. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
17. Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
18. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
19. Emma - Jane Austen

As you can see, I have a fair amount of books that I want to work my way through across the summer. As I'm writing this I've read 9 on this list. I have about 3 weeks left of summer so I'm hoping to get through a few more on the list.

What's on your 'To Read' list? I'm always looking for recommendations!

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