Friday, 15 August 2014

Advice for Freshers

The results are in, your place has been confirmed and you're nursing a celebratory hangover. But what happens now? Soon you'll be moving into halls, meeting the people you'll share space with for at least a year. Before you know it Freshers Week will be over and all you know is that there is some incriminating evidence against you on a couple of people's phones. Ah freshers, how I wish I could be you again . . . 

Now, the details of it all are different for every uni (move in dates, start dates, events, etc., they all vary) but here are some tips from my experience as a fresher:

  • Make friends with your flat mates
    If you're anything like me and making friends isn't your strong suit (I have an intimidating perma bitch face apparently and crippling anxiety, sigh) then your flat mates are key! I was very lucky and got along great with all of mine (there was 8 of us) and they are literally stay-at-home friends. You don't have to worry about the whole making a fantastic first impression thing because you have a week of living together before classes start - get drunk, get to know them - you will not regret it!
  • Hang out with other flats/people
    Again, I was very lucky and my flat happened to be pretty close with a flat above ours and we all hung out together. It's great to have another dynamic join yours and yay more friends. Make sure to hangout with people outside of those you live with, it can get . . . incestuous(?).
  • Talk to the people on your course
    This is something I wish I did more, but like I said, not great at it. You'll see these people a lot, why not befriend them, you know you already have some things in common (you are studying the same thing).
  • Get the Freshers pack
    Just do it, everyone will go, it'll be fun. Just don't give in to 'Lad Culture' and scream 'DOWN IT FRESHER' at every poor soul that happens to be holding a drink.
  • Kitchen stuffYou don't need an arsenal of cooking equipment. Everyone will bring at least two tea towels. Take a shelf in the fridge each. Wash up your shit, don't leave it in the sink. You may need to bring a toaster.
  • Vodka
    Glen's is always at hand and even when you can't push the boat out that far, supermarket brands get you just as drunk.
  • Make sure to see the city you live in
    So many people get caught up in the day to day uni life and always put off seeing where they've moved to 'eh, we'll go next week, let's just go to the place down the road' (R.I.P Redrum, gone but not forgotten).
  • You're only a Fresher once
    It's highly likely that your first year doesn't count towards your degree and you usually only need 40% to pass(you'll soon be reminding yourself of that when it's 4AM and you still haven't finished your essay in for 10AM). Don't fret when you don't make it to every lecture and seminar (because you wont), they'll probably put it online - I was a mark off a first in a subject I literally never went to, not even once.
So, yeah, just some stuff I lived and learned. Remember that your experience will be so different to mine, so don't take any of this as gospel. Have fun and don't be an idiot (at least try not to be an idiot)

p.s. if you want to ask me anything about my experience at uni or about the process of moving in etc. (especially if you're coming to the University of Manchester, hey) feel free to leave it in the comments or you message me on tumblr or you can send me an email (just check the contact page).

Sunday, 10 August 2014


So, recently I've been feeling a little down. Feeling a little powerless and useless in life lead me to seek out motivation. After trolling the internet I've found a few videos that have been really helpful in lifting my spirits and encouraging to my morale. Think of this post as a checkpoint to come back to when you're feeling down and in need of some inspiration/encouragement/motivation.

Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

Inspirational Running Video

Be Phenomenal

Quiet Desperation

Sunday, 3 August 2014

July Favourites 2014 (We'll see how this goes)

This past month I've been introduced to a few new things that I've really enjoyed. So, saving you the time of reading individual posts (and me writing them), I thought I'd group them all together in this 'Favourites' post. I don't really know what I'm doing.

- Admittedly ,they tend to divide people's opinions, but love 'em or hate 'em, they are super comfortable. I'm really liking them because they satisfy both my extremes of all-black-everything-super-fashionable-don't-fuck-with-me and being the dirty, dirty hippie I truly am. I also got mine 10% off because of that student discount hashtag blessed.

- Now, I was first introduced to Keith Haring at about 14 and have loved his work ever since, so when I saw that Next had a bunch of t-shirts with Haring designs on, I got pretty excited. I love the design and the t-shirt itself is super comfortable and great quality. There's no link to this on the website but mine was £18 and I'm pretty sure it's in aid of The Keith Haring Foundation.

- Oily skin is the bane of my existence. I hate it. So when it comes to moisturiser I'm very hesitant as they usually just leave my skin feeling oilier than ever - but not this guy! I decided to try it after using the Botanics face washes, they're great and leave my skin feeling great and so does this moisturiser. It's oil balancing and while I'm not too sure what that means I do know that it doesn't make my skin feel too oily at all. To top it all off it has SPF 15 so gives you protection from the sun. Also, it lasts a really long time which is great.

- July has been a hot month here in ol' Blighty and these face wipes have come in really handy to cleanse my face of all the grime after an afternoon in the sun. They cool you down a little, clean up all of the gunk of the day and don't leave that weird film-like feeling that face wipes often do (does that make sense? Who knows).

- I dedicated the latter half of July to rereading Harry Potter and, if you follow me on my other social media you'll know, I've been feeling the feels. Idk guys, it hit me really hard this time around. I cried a bunch. Even when Mrs Weasley kills Belatrix, I was just so overwhelemed by feelings.

So yeah, that's been my top 5 'favourite' things from July . . . this was a thing, idk.

p.s. Let me know how I did with a 'favourites' post because I honestly don't know what I'm doing.