Hello strangers

Hi everyone,

Firstly, I think I should make a grovelling apology for my absence and lack of posts. University exams and revision have taken over my life, and this post is actually a form of procrastination before my last exam tomorrow so it’ll be quick. So I am very very very sorry for being so slack!

I’d like to say that I have been away on exciting adventures and enjoying the lovely sunshine that we’ve had recently. But sadly I have been sat inside, glued to my highlighters and assorted cue cards trying to remember historians and why they dislike one another for completely irrelevant reasons. But as of tomorrow all of that will change as I will be finishing my second year exams! I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone and how much has actually changed since I embarked upon my second year.

So what have I learned? I think I’ve grown up a lot this academic year, I’ve learned to prioritise work and people who really matter in life. I had a very steep learning curve which I shan’t go into detail about but I think I’ve come out a better person because of it. All I will say is that you should keep the friends around that make you feel happy and not bad about yourself and that you can never change someone who doesn’t see an issue in their actions.

What am I looking forward to in summer? Holidays and freedom!!! There is nothing like having absolutely nothing to do all day when you’ve just finished exams. So that is exactly what I shall do…I will be doing absolutely nothing (at least nothing educational for a while).

My plan though is to bring you along with me as I write my dissertation. Keep you up to date on how it is going, research and archive visits and progress reports. Maybe one or two breakdowns but fingers crossed it’ll be an enjoyable experience.

I promise I won’t go away for months at a time again!

Have a lovely Wednesday

xx

Just a little note…

Hello everyone,

For those of you who have been following me for a little while now you’ll know that I have mainly been blogging on University based subjects and advice ect. But I’ve come to enjoy my time blogging so much that I’ve decided to broaden my horizons and just blog on problems, issues, advice and life in general that I experience or want to share, I promise I won’t pollute your readers with make-up reviews and hauls! Since it’s Spring, a time of new life and new starts so I think it’s a well timed move.

But in the time of essays for me, ugh I hate this part of the term, I thought I’d share this quote I found which is so appropriate!

“If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.”- Hilary Mantel 

Enjoy your week.

xx

EXAM STRESS!!

So it’s just hit me that not only do I have to hand in two long essays at the end of this term, submit a dissertation proposal and module preferences…of course it’s also almost that horrible time of year where exams and revision begin once more. University exams are somewhat easier I think than A-Levels (at my Uni for History at least) because you can be more selective about what you learn rather than being expected to memorise the entire syllabus back to front, inside out and have the ability to recite it in greek whilst drunk (slight over exaggeration, maybe).

Revising over the Easter holidays is a very sad truth and inconvenience but it has to be done and will it will reflect in your final mark trust me! Make sure you’re taking in-depth notes throughout the term and go that extra mile and it will totally pay off in the long run, and make revision miles easier. This advice may be coming a tad too late for some of you I guess, especially since most of us are 2/3 through our second term…Oopsy.

But it is super important to remember to have time off, chill out and do something to reward yourself for all the work you’ve done. During exam time I usually revise 10-1 then have a break then from about 2-5\6ish so then I have the evening to do whatever I want knowing that I’ve worked hard all day! Take your mind off your work, play some sports, it’ll be sunny (hopefully!) Get away from that computer screen or grim textbook and give your brain a break!

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“If stress burned calories I’d be a supermodel”

I’m the kind of person who is so organised and gets stressed about the smallest thing being late or out of place so having these exams looming is the worst and sadly I do just want to start revising now to make sure I’m ready. But I think I just have to make sure that I relax and take my time with all of it otherwise I’ll end up freaking out and getting a rubbish mark (this has happened) and I do not want to have to come back and retake anything in August. NO. THANK YOU.

This wasn’t really that much of an advice post, more of a destress and diary for me…sorry guys! But I’m sure some of you might be thinking the same at the moment or starting to think about upcoming exams. Whatever happens, as long as we try our best and work hard then at least we can say we did all we could rather than regretting not working hard enough! (If that makes sense)

Mid-term Reading/Writing Week- Should I stay or should I go?

For those of you who take essay/reading based subjects such as English/History/Sociology/Law ect. you will probably get a reading or writing week in the middle of term where you have nothing timetabled. This usually falls around the middle of term and usually the last week of term. Most people ask with this week off What is the best thing to do- go home or stay at Uni?

Stay?

Lets face it you’ll probably get more work done at Uni, you’ve got the library and every possible resource at your disposal, so if you need to get those essays done in that week then I suggest you stay firmly put and get writing! Even if you haven’t got that much work to do in your week without any lectures or seminars it’ll be a great time for you to catch up on any bits and bobs that you have to do around Uni, maybe even tidy your room?! It might also be a great time just to relax a bit, especially if you’re in first year when it has all been a bit hectic since Freshers.

Go?

Other people take their reading week as an opportunity to go home or to visit their friends at other Uni’s. I will sadly admit that I am always way ahead on my work so I use my reading week to head home and relax away from the stresses of being in an all female student house (it’s hard.) I think it acts as a great way to decompress and adds a bit of a break in the middle of term, especially if it feels like its dragging. Visiting other uni’s is great too though, you can meet your friends from home and their flatmates at Uni (If they’re not too busy writing essays) and enjoy a great student night out somewhere you’ve never been before!

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you use that week well its an opportunity to catch up on everything and get yourself sorted before the last run up to the end of term. Whether it be sleeping, eating and watching Netflix to recharge those batteries or manically typing an essay before the 12pm deadline, Have a Happy Reading Week!!

-Sorry this week’s post isn’t very long, I’ve just finished writing two essays so I’m ready for my restful reading week at home- 9 days to go!

xx

Week 5/6 Stress

Its almost mid way through the term (somehow?!) and its essay time…

We all get to this point in the term where you can’t find the book you need in the library which is crucial to that awful essay your trying to finish or even start in some cases. I think everyone starts to feel a bit tired, maybe homesick and fed up of the workload that constantly hits you in the face every time you open your university email.

One of the best ways I like to destress around this time is making sure I spend time with my friends/housemates in the evenings, we’re all in the same boat so releasing the stress and having a laugh over a film, dominoes or even I’ve found find a buddy and get to the gym where you can work together (so much more fun!) Once you’ve relaxed a bit, you’ll find you can come back to your essay with a fresh mind ready to take on that awful referencing!

Secondly, never, and I mean never underestimate the power of a cup of tea (coffee or hot chocolate if you’re that way inclined) even if it’s just a couple of minutes writing break- take a few seconds, sit back and think about what you’re trying to say with a cup of tea and I promise you it will be a lot easier.

This one may not be for everyone but I find it helps me: making lists of what I have to do, I literally consume post-its at such a rate I’m running out of space to put them. Every week, I start the week with what I want to accomplish especially around this time when everything is so busy because I know when I cross that last essay off I can feel content and happy that I’ve achieved what I wanted.

I think my absolute favourite thing about this part of the term is that I know I get to go home for a few days soon- 6 weeks has gone so quickly but theres nothing like looking forward to the comforts of home to get you working.

I hope this helps if you’re feeling a bit stressed, remember nothing is permanent and the time will eventually pass!

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