Wednesday, 18 December 2013

I’m done! For now…

Hello there everyone, I hope you are well. As the title of this blog would indicate, I have finished all my term one assignments! I haven’t received any grades back for the work I’ve submitted, but I did have my dissertation ethics form approved, so I can go ahead and conduct my research for my dissertation once my literature feedback has been returned. Speaking of which, I don’t think I’ve discussed what my dissertation topic is.

As you may or may not know, my degree is human resource management, and my dissertation will be looking into praise and reward relating to motivation in the workplace. It may not sound like the most interesting of topics, but it is important for managers to know the most effective ways of motivating their employees, and someone needs to do the research!

Steering the topic away from university for a while, it doesn’t feel like it is Christmas next week! I have found that the older I have gotten, the less I enjoy Christmas. As most of you will probably know, as a student you often do not have a lot of spare money, and as soon as December rolls around, I just sigh knowing that I have to buy presents. This year I have only gotten presents for the important people, and I’ve tried to spend under £10 per person, and it seems to have worked.

To the people I didn’t buy presents for, I sent them a personalised card. This brings me onto my next topic of post delivery. I don’t know about anyone else, but the post seems to be really slow recently. I don’t know if it’s the time of the year, but I sent a card to one of my friends who lives in the south of Germany, and at the same time sent a card to someone in Manchester. The card sent to Germany took 2 days to arrive, and the card to Manchester took 5… both sent first class.

This will most likely be the last entry of 2013, so I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, and I hope you all have a pleasant entry into 2014. Until next year everyone, and the best of luck with any work you may have remaining!

Thursday, 12 December 2013

The year so far and plans for 2014

Hello again everyone, I hope you are all well and keeping your stress levels low, I can’t believe that it’s December already, there aren’t many days left now until it’s 2014! I’ve decided that things are going to be much better in 2014, and I will have a think about what resolutions I can make and aim to stick to them. 

So how has 2013 been for me. Well, as I’m sure every person at some point in the year, 2013 had its ups and downs. I managed to travel to two different places, Amsterdam in The Netherlands back in April, and California in the USA in June. Hopefully in 2014 I can expand upon my travel map which I wrote a blog about in August. I hope next year that I can do the inter-railing thing I spoke about and get to see more of Europe, and I would like to go to Canada at some point. This is all dependent on how my finances look for next year of course…

2013 is also the year that I passed the second year of my degree, and could continue into my final year. Hopefully I should be able to do the same this year to achieve my undergraduate degree in Human Resource Management. I’m hoping that I will be able to find a job upon completion of my degree so that I can have some money to do some travelling, but who knows what the future holds really.

The low points of 2013 include losing some important people in my life simply through drifting apart, which is an inevitable part of life, and as with the majority of students, there have also been points where I have had nearly no money and worried about how I would manage. Just because I don’t want to put a massive downer on this entry, I have also met some amazing new people this year who I hope will remain a part of my life for a long time, I have also become closer with some people who were at one point mere acquaintances. I hope they remain good friends with them into 2014. I also work as much as I can to make a bit of extra cash, and in 2014, I will be extra strict on my financial outgoings.

All in all, 2013 has not been a bad year, but I aim to make 2014 an even better one. I hope that you all have had a pleasant 2013, and if not, 2014 is a time for change. And as that saying goes, if you believe in yourself, you can achieve anything. 

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

November blues

Hello again everyone, I hope you are keeping well, and also keeping warm with the change in the

weather. November for me is turning out to be rather draining. Not only do I have my dissertation to do, I also have 5 other assignments to work on, and have been working as much as I can to try and get some extra money, which is leaving me feeling sleepy. That’s student life for you I guess, work work work!

Regarding the title for this blog entry, November really is a melancholy month. It is the lead up to winter, so it gets dark super early, it starts to get cold and wet. It’s also a rather busy period in terms of assignment submissions. Sticking to the cold theme, I really wish that my flatmate anpid I could afford to put the heating on. The one thing I miss about living in halls, all the bills are included, so you don’t have to worry about paying for the heating. We pretty much wear thick clothing all the time, as well as our pyjamas whenever possible.

I have the warmest dressing gown ever, and I love it! I wish it were socially acceptable to wear dressing gowns and pyjamas out on the street. Although saying that, several times when I have ventured out into the cold, I have seen several people wearing their pyjamas to do a bit of shopping. Clearly these are some people who have no shame. I mean don’t get me wrong; I enjoy pyjamas as much as the next person, but I wouldn’t actually wear them out in public.

At least I have managed to keep on top of my work so far… although I can picture myself over the upcoming month getting super stressed about everything. As long as I keep on track and don’t take days off, I should be fine.

I hope you are all managing your workload and are trying to keep warm. I also hope that your pyjamas are only being worn inside the house… Until next time, take care everyone!

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Winter is coming!

Happy November everyone, I hope you’re all well. It’s finally November, and you know what that

means, that there are no longer Halloween things in the shops (well, there is the clearance bins) and Christmas stuff is EVERYWHERE! Soon enough shops will be playing Christmas songs on repeat, it will begin to get colder (and hopefully snow) and an abundance of soup will be consumed. I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but doesn't seem to be chicken noodle soup on sale. I cannot seem to find it anywhere in the supermarkets, it’s almost as if they have simply stopped selling it. Sad times!

Because November is mainly associated with the beginning of winter, it means that winter drinks are available. For those of you who have read my previous entries, you will be aware that I do not like the coffee in Costa, it just doesn't taste right! However, the other day I went in there with a couple of friends, and I noticed there was warm spiced apple on the menu. I know it isn't coffee, but surprisingly enough I do like beverages that aren't coffee. Shocking, I know! Warm spiced apple is a personal favourite of mine, and to see it on the menu made me very happy. It was rather tasty, and a perfect winter warmer; I would recommend it to anyone who likes the taste of spiced apples.

So what have I been doing so far then this November? At the weekend I went to the Natural History Museum to look at some natural history (why else would I be there I hear you ask). The dinosaur section of the museum was far too busy, so we didn't get a chance to have a look around there, but the other parts of the museum were interesting enough. I also have my first assignment deadline coming up this month. This deadline has come around far too quickly if you ask me, and perhaps I should start looking into starting said assignment… At least I seem to have everything under control for now; hopefully November will be a good month.

Until next time everyone, take care!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The Joys of final year

So it’s the sixth week of term already… where has the time gone? It is really strange how as a culture we are always time keeping and always want to know what the time is. I myself am guilty of this; I am always looking at the time, and figuring out the best way to manage my time. I’m one of those people that am always early to something, and I couldn't think of anything worse than being late. People who are late really bother me. For example, the other day I was sat in a lecture, and bearing in mind I was in a 50 minute lecture, someone wandered in 30 minutes into the session… why? I really don’t understand how someone could be so late and why they would bother to go in, the person had missed the important parts of the lecture and just sat there texting. People, seriously!

Anyway, that’s my rant over for the time being. As the title suggests, the joy of final year is upon me, as I’m sure you’re aware by now. The other day I submitted my dissertation proposal, which was the beginning of actually getting my dissertation started. Between now and March, there are 10,000 words, plenty of research to gather, and most likely a lot of stress along the way, as well as 17,000 words from other assignments that I have to complete.

In coffee related news, I now live very close to a Starbucks, which for those of you who read my blogs from last year will remember, I practically lived there. This is very dangerous for me, as I have to pass it every day on my way into uni, I have to have some self-control when I walk past it so I don’t go in. This often fails though and I’ll often be sat on the bus holding my coffee cup. I’m so weak.

That’s it for now, I hope all is going well for you all, take care everyone, until next time!

Monday, 30 September 2013

An update from September

Hello again everyone! Sorry that it’s been a while since my last update. Things have just been so hectic this month! September didn't start for me so well, I had food poisoning which lasted for what felt like forever, and then soon after I caught that illness that seems to be floating around, which only now do I seem to be getting over. I also turned 21 in September! How exciting! Well, it wasn't really, as I couldn't celebrate much due to my aforementioned illness, but I did manage to celebrate the weekend after by meeting up with some friends for a night out, which was pretty fun.

Also, I have started my final year this year! It has only been a week, and I am already shocked at how many assignments I have to do, as well as my dissertation. I’m pretty sure that I’m going to have a very limited social life this year with all the work I have to do. I will have to try my best though to have some form of social life, because I’m sure you remember what happened to Jack with all work and no play… he became a dull boy.

I don’t think I mentioned it before, but I went to a festival at the end of August, which was an experience… I've been to festivals before, but this was the first and only for this year. The festival was Lodestar, in Cambridgeshire. It was good, apart from almost freezing to death at night… I need to invest in a better sleeping bag, should I ever wish to go camping again.

It actually seems that not an awful lot has happened to me during September; hopefully this month will be a bit more eventful! And, whilst I have you, the best of luck in your studies this year, and for all you fresher’s, I hope you are settling in well. Until next time everyone!

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Final year… and puppies!

Hello again everyone! These upcoming weeks are going to be a bit strange, simply because not only will it be my 21st birthday, but I will also be entering the final year of my degree… I can’t believe that’s here already! Turning 21 will also be a bit strange, it’s almost like the age where you are finally an adult, there are more things you can do, and it just feels like a proper age, if that makes any sense at all.

I’m not entirely sure what I would like to do after I graduate though. As I said in my previous blog, I would love to travel more, but it’s a case of what my situation is when I graduate. If I have the available funds, and the spare time, I will happily do some travelling. But if I’m lucky enough, I could possibly have a job, or possibly something else! As they say, the world is your oyster, and a lot can change in a year.

That is one thing I've noticed as I've gotten older, people change, and situations change. Sometimes for the best, sometimes not, but change is inevitable and happens whether we like it or not. I certainly am not the same person I was a year ago, and I’m sure this also applies to most people. A saying I quite like which I think applies well here “we learn to accept the things we cannot change”.

This update does seem to be a bit serious, so I will try to end it on a more pleasant note…

I found out that Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada has a puppy room for stressed students! Who else thinks that that is something Greenwich should install? If I had a room full of puppies during my exams, I would have had very little stress, but I could have also been too relaxed to not revise… swings and roundabouts as they say…

Until next time, take care everyone!

Monday, 19 August 2013

Travel, and work…

Hello again everyone, I hope you've all been keeping well in what feels like a while since I last gave you an update. So what’s new with me? Not a great deal to be honest, I've been working full time at the University, which takes up most of my week. I really hope that I can adjust to the 9 to 5 mentality soon, because this time next year I will hopefully have my degree and be looking for work!

Anyway, enough about work, I've been considering going away again over Christmas, ever since I went to California for my holiday, I feel more confident travelling alone. I would like to see more of Europe as well; apparently I've only seen 17% of it (according to an app I just downloaded to my phone called “been”). One of my friends and myself were discussing the idea of going Interrailing, which should make it easier to see more of Europe, and for a decent price too!

By looking at this map it looks like I've not been to many places, but I have just been to some countries several times. I would certainly like to change that and see more of the world. All I need now is some money… does anyone fancy lending me several thousands of pounds? If only it were that easy to get money, just have someone give it to you. Obviously that is not how it works, and if you want anything in life, to work for it. A lottery win about now would be great.

I have managed to put away £400 into a savings account though, which I am trying not to touch… how easy that will be, only time will tell…

Anyway, until next time, take care everyone!

Monday, 29 July 2013

Work, work, work…

Hello everyone! Hope you are all well; it certainly has been a tiring month! As you may remember from my last blog entry, I had just gotten back from my holiday to California. I really wish I was still there, having time to relax, none of this full time work malarkey!

Not a great deal has happened to me this month; I haven’t been able to do anything, because I've not had the money to do so. That was the only downside to going away, because I wasn't working, I wasn't earning any money, so the pay for this month was… well, only enough to cover my phone bill and a few other direct debits I have. To be fair, I've been so tired from both working 9 until 5, and from the hot, humid weather, that I've not really wanted to go out.

The only thing I've done this month is going to the house of one of my flatmates for her birthday weekend. It was only in Surrey, so it didn't cost me much in train fare, and the club we went to on one of the nights was in Kingston, and wasn't too expensive when it came to entry and alcoholic beverages.  Overall it was a fun weekend, even though it did leave me feeling quite hung-over (I've not been drunk for a while, and I hadn't eaten much on the day). The only downside to the weekend was I couldn't afford to go to Thorpe Park, so whilst everyone else went there, I had to make my way home… it was sad times, but I can always go another time.

At least next month I will be able to actually do things, as I will have some money from all the work I've been doing this month, and I also should have gotten used to working a 35 hour week, meaning I should have more energy to be a more sociable person!

Hope you are all having a good summer so far and are keeping cool, or if you are away on holiday, I hope that you’re having a great time wherever you are!

Until next time, take care!

Monday, 8 July 2013

Back from California

Hello everyone, it sure has been a while since my last blog entry. As you may remember, I was going away to California on holiday for 3 weeks, and unfortunately I am now back. I say unfortunately, as like most holidays, I was having too much of a good time to want to come back.

So let me tell you a little bit about my time away. The first thing to any holiday is getting there, obviously. My journey to Los Angeles International was sadly not direct, and I had to go to Dallas first, and then catch another flight. Because Heathrow doesn't seem to have many runways, there was a queue on the runway for a before the plane could took off, which meant that there was a delay taking off. I was already worried, because I only had 2 hours between landing and catching my next flight. The journey to Dallas wasn’t the best experience I had, it was just under 10 hours, and I had to sit behind someone who had their seat reclined for the entire length of the flight, meaning I had very little room. Well, less than you normally get in economy.

Fortunately for me (but unfortunate for some) my flight from Dallas to Los Angeles was delayed due to bad weather… bearing in mind when I arrived in Dallas, it was 32°C, with a clear blue sky. But apparently there had been thunder storms earlier in the day which had delayed all flights for 2 hours, which did work in my favour.

I didn’t do a great deal of travelling, in the sense that I only visited a few places during my stay, including: Santa Barbara, Bakersfield, Fresno, and ending up in San Luis Obispo, which was my favourite of all the places I visited. The view in the evening of all the places I went to was stunning; this is more or less the view I had in all locations.

Whilst I was in San Luis Obispo, there were a couple of places worth taking a picture of. One was of an alleyway full of chewing gum. That’s right, you read that correctly. It was amazing to see, but at the same time was incredibly gross.

And the last one is of a theatre called the Fremont, which is one of those amazing movie theatre places that look like it’s from a film in the 50’s, this was my attempt at trying to take a photo of it (I was in a hurry to catch a bus that comes every 40 minutes). If you want to see a better version of it, a Google image search will come up better photos.

Speaking of theatres, whilst I was away, I went to see Monsters University, which came out whilst I was there, and doesn’t come out in the UK until the 12th of July. It was an amazing film, and I would recommend it to anyone who loved Monsters Inc. Unfortunately I didn’t see it in the Fremont theatre, but the cinema that I did see it in, the ticket only cost me $7.50 (not even £5). I don’t know why this genuinely shocked me, maybe because cinema tickets here seem to cost an arm and a leg. The smell of the popcorn was also the most amazing thing ever.

Speaking of food, one thing that I discovered whilst away, and is something that I've not found in the UK (from all searches I've done) is white sauce pizza. It’s basically a white sauce similar to that found in a lasagne that replaces the usual red sauce on pizza. It has the most amazing flavour, and I can’t even describe the taste, only that it is better than any pizza I've ever had.

My holiday mainly consisted of some travelling, but mainly just of me catching up on some much needed relaxation time. There were days (especially the one where it got to 40°C) where I didn’t do anything, and just spent my time taking it easy, leaving me feeling very relaxed.

My journey home felt like a never ending journey, totaling around 18 hour’s total. The last place I was in was San Luis Obispo, which is just under 200 miles away from Los Angeles, where I had to catch my flight from. To get there, it meant getting another train (I traveled by train to each location) except this was the longest one, taking me 5hr30 station to station, with the journey starting at 6:55am. Although the trains are rather large, and had two levels, they were so slow, which was the main reason why it took so long.

After a flight just over 10 hours, I arrived back in rainy London, where I found out Sharon Osborne was on my flight! She was standing at baggage reclaim with her body guard who collected her bag for her. If only I had someone to do that for me!

In other news, I officially passed my second year of university! Only one more to go, hopefully! Fingers crossed that all of you manage to pass as well.

Until next time, take care!

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

End of Exams!

Hello again everyone, I hope you are all able to control your sanity and stress levels during the exam period. For those of you who still have exams going on, the best of luck to you, but for me? I’m all done! That’s my second year over. What a year it’s been, I can’t wait until I go away on my holiday, sunny California for 3 weeks should do me the world of good. If anyone else has plans for summer, I hope you have a nice time away, and if you don’t have a holiday booked, then enjoy some well-earned rest from working hard.

I am so glad that my exams are over though; I was getting far too stressed whilst revising, which led to me breaking out in anxiety rashes, and meant that I was unable to sleep. Although, being stressed was not the only thing that was keeping me awake… some selfish person had been maliciously setting off the fire alarm of an evening where I reside. Having a fire alarm going off for 30 minutes at a time is definitely not how I wish to spend my precious slumber time! Needless to say, I wrote a strongly worded email to the accommodation office in regards to the security, or rather lack of, in terms of their speed in turning off the fire alarms. I know it isn't them setting it off, but surely it doesn't take half an hour to turn off a fire alarm.

Moving swiftly on from those pesky fire alarms, it’s time for me to relax, before I have even more relaxation. Actually, during the next few weeks I am going to have to start packing up my room, and move out. That won’t be a fun task, mainly because I live on the top floor, so moving all my stuff out will require me to go up and down the stairs at least a million time! Okay, maybe that is a bit of an over exaggeration from me, but at the time, it definitely feels like it is never-ending.

Until next time, the best of luck to all of you who still have exams, and have a well-deserved rest for those of you who have finished!

Friday, 10 May 2013

California! And more revision

Hello again everyone, hope you've all been working hard with exam revision. I don’t know about you, but I certainly feel that I could have done a lot more revision than I actually have… And what is even more of a scary thought is that my first exam is next week. The next couple of weeks are going to be awful. But, I booked a flight to California this week for the beginning of June, so that’s something to look forward to for after my exams. I’m so excited! The only thing I’m not looking forward to is the length of the journey. I have a 9hr55min flight to Dallas, where I catch my connecting flight to Los Angeles which is 2hr30min… I hopefully will be able to sleep on the flight to pass the time.

One thing that still hasn't hit me yet is that I am so close to finishing my second year. Only one more to go! That, in my opinion is quite a scary thought! I am quite excited to get my degree though.

Just going back to the topic of revision (I make it sound like revision is my life at the moment, which it more or less is) earlier in the week, I made plans with a couple of my course friends to revise… big mistake! Not only did it cost me £9 in travel and took me ages to get there (they both live in Essex, so I went to them to revise) we didn't actually do any revision. Initially we went for lunch in Nando’s, and then we made our way to Costa to revise. Just for the record, Costa coffee is not coffee. As you may remember, I am a Starbucks fan, and after tasting the coffee in Costa, it just isn't the same.

Anyway, back to my point about revision, once we were in Costa, and we had our drinks sorted, we decided to attempt some revision. We had a bit of trouble getting connected to the WiFi  and then the portal wouldn’t work, and so after about what was probably 10 minutes of revision, we decided to call it a day… quite the waste of time, as you can imagine!

Anyway, I still wish you all the best of luck with your exams and revision during the exam period. Until next time!

Monday, 29 April 2013

Exams… again!

Good day everyone, I hope all is well. What a busy few weeks I've had! I know I always say that I’m busy, but I really am. It would be nice to have a bit of a break, a weekend lying on a hammock, reading a good book. To be honest, any kind of holiday would be great…

I didn't realise until the other day just how close exams were. They are quickly approaching, and I don’t feel as though I've done enough yet in preparation for it. I need to get myself in gear and actually get my head in a book. I really am not looking forward to 3 exams, 7 hours in total. Hopefully none of you have the same number of exams, and they don’t last as long. I do wish all of you the best of luck though, and for any of you who don’t have exams, I am slightly jealous. 

As soon as I had my student loan in, I decided to do an online shop with ASDA. I decided to buy a lot of items so that I wouldn't have to go shopping again for a while, so I spent £122 on stuff, which may sound like a lot, but I think I’m good for a very long time. When the delivery came, I thought they had only charged me £57, as that’s what the receipt said. However, I checked my bank statement, and they had actually charged me the full amount, which was indeed a sad, sad time.

On a more serious note, I’m sure you've all heard about the Boston marathon bombings. It’s such a tragic occurrence, and my thoughts are with the families of those who have been hurt or killed during this horrific event. It’s things like this that make me question the people on this earth, and wonder what actually goes through their minds when they plan such a thing. Maybe it is just something within their heads that’s a little bit messed up, or maybe it’s the pressure of a group, but I want to know how and why people wake up one day and think that it will be a good idea to do such a thing.

To end on a cheerier note, at least the weather seems to have picked up a little. It seems that in Britain, as soon as the sun comes out, everyone just takes their clothes off. Shorts go on, t-shirts and vests come out, and everyone lies on the grass trying to get some form of a tan.

Until next time everyone, keep well and good luck with exam preparation and any coursework you have!

Tuesday, 9 April 2013


Hello there again everyone. Here’s hoping that all is well and you've been enjoying your Easter break so far. As you may remember from my last blog, I mentioned that I was going to Amsterdam for four days for one of my friend’s birthdays. Overall, we had a great time, but things didn't quite go according to plan… on the day we were due to leave, we were all sat and waiting for our airport taxi to pick us up to take us to the airport, which was due at 4am. 4am came, and 4am went, the drivers phone was off, so we couldn't contact him, no one was answering the phone at the office, and we didn't know what to do. 4:30am came and there was still no sign of him, and we really needed to leave. Luckily a few people I was going with had their cars, so we had to drive to the airport.

The airport we were flying from was Southend Airport, which I didn't even know existed. It was the smallest airport I've ever seen as well! Walking through the doors, you’ll see a check in desk, and a waiting area for arrivals, and then you go up the stairs to security, and then there is a waiting area where there are three gates, and three shops. I always hate going through security at airports, even though I know I haven’t got anything bad on me, I always feel like they’ll find something on me. I don’t even know why.

By the time we were called to our flight, I had already been awake for over 25 hours, so I was feeling pretty sleepy. All I remember of the flight was the strange noises the plane was making as we took off and thinking that I was going to die on the EasyJet flight, closing my eyes, and then waking up as the plane began its descent. To be fair, it was only a 40 minute flight from Southend to Schiphol (the airport in Amsterdam) so it’s not like I was asleep for long.

Getting to our hostel was fairly easy, as Amsterdam has a pretty good transport system. Although we couldn't check in until 3pm, and we got to the hostel at 11am, so we decided to go into the Centre of Amsterdam to have a look around. We ended up just buying a travel card and going to McDonald’s, which is so much better than in the UK. The chicken satay burger is a must if you go to The Netherlands!

Although the trip went rather quickly, we all had a great time nonetheless. I would definitely recommend Amsterdam to anyone, as it’s a great city, and there are lots of things to experience, and to see, and if you fly with EasyJet, the flights are fairly cheap as well, although Amsterdam is a lot like London in terms of the cost of going out, although in one bar I got 6 shots for €6! By the time we got back on Thursday, pretty much everyone went to sleep to catch up from the previous days.

Until next time, take care everyone!

Friday, 22 March 2013

End of the term time again

Hello again everyone, I hope all is well. It’s that time of the year again, THE END OF THE TERM! After another stressful term of assignments, working, and applying for work placements, it’s time to have 3 weeks off and have some relaxation before exams start… I knew there was something else I had to do, such fun! 

It’s not all bad though, after my 3 exams, which are over in the space of 2 weeks, there will be 3 months to do whatever I feel like. I bet you’re all looking forward to that moment, where you don’t have any assignments, any exams, just the ability to do whatever you feel like.

On a course related note, I got an email the other day regarding an option for my course next year. For those of you who don’t know, Human Resource Management is a programme that doesn't allow you to choose a module of your choice, which really sucks, because there are a few changes I would like to make. However, next year, there is the potential to select an option course! Which I was thrilled about, especially as it is a psychology module. So next year, I could be doing Business and Management Psychology as one of my options, as long as I get 60% overall for this year, which I really hope I do get anyway…

I’m looking forward to going away during the Easter break, as you may remember me talking about last time; I’m going to Amsterdam for 4 days for one of my flatmates birthday. This will actually be the first time I’ve been abroad, or on a plane, since 2009! I can’t believe it has been so long, but I’m sure it’ll be fine, even if it is with Easy Jet… At least it can’t be as bad as the last flight I was on, which ran out of fuel mid-flight… yeah, that was not fun.

I look forward to seeing you all back here after the Easter break, hopefully all refreshed and ready to go again for the final length of the academic year. Have a good break everyone! 

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Exams, and jobs (once again)

Hello once again everyone! I trust that you are all keeping well. Can you believe that there are only two weeks remaining of the term? And then it’s exam season come the final term of the year… I don’t know about you, but I really hate exams, there is just something about them I hate. Before an exam, I can be as calm as can be, and as soon as I open the paper, I forget everything. I don’t know if that’s me panicking, or what it is, but I just hate exams so much! And I have 3 of them as well, which isn't fun…

Well aside from boring exams, which I’m sure none of you really want to think about, let me fill you in on what is new with me. Well as you may or may not remember, I was in Rugby last week visiting an old friend from secondary school. It was a really good weekend, and I had fun. One thing I did notice about the place was how much cheaper it was than London… I mean don’t get me wrong, I enjoy London, but I always seem to have no money. And it’s because London is so expensive! I mean part of the reason as to why I’m so poor is because I seem to have an expensive taste. I checked my bank balance today and almost wept, at least it’s payday on Thursday!

Hopefully none of you are in the same situation as me, and are far better with your money than I am, or maybe you are, in which case, it would probably be advisable to get a part time job! Speaking of which, ages ago I applied for a job in the Village Shop on Avery Hill. I didn't hear anything so assumed I had been unsuccessful, which was fair enough. And then last week someone rang me to ask if I was still interested, and if I wanted to attend an interview, which I had last Wednesday. Unfortunately I didn't get it, but they said that I would remain on their records if anything else were to come up. It’s something!

 Until next time! Take care everyone.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Procrastination, a student’s best friend

Hello again everyone, hope you've all been keeping well during this dreary short month that we call February. The bad thing about February being a shorter month means that March deadlines come around sooner… which isn't so good. You know how I always go on about time flying by, I always see on Moodle that my deadlines are 32 days away, and then before I know it, they are due in a week’s time. One thing I have found, and something I thought I would learn to break the habit, is procrastination, a students biggest downfall.

Speaking of procrastination, there have been two different mediums that have taken up my attention, the first one is 9gag, which for those of you who don’t know is a sharing website of funny pictures and that around the internet, I can sit there for hours scrolling down chuckling to myself, and for the times that I’m not scrolling through 9gag, there is a game called Candy Crush, which I’m sure many of you have heard of, which also takes up a lot of my time, simply because it is so frustrating.

Despite what it sounds like, I have actually been productive this week. I managed to get my hair cut, buy some new clothes, paid for my trip to Amsterdam in Easter, as well as applied for a replacement debit card (I use mine too much and it has worn away slightly and doesn't always work). Maybe it’s a sign that I shouldn’t spend so much money…

At least I have something to look forward to again this weekend; I will be visiting an old friend of mine in Rugby. I haven’t seen him in almost two years! It doesn't feel like two years, but as I always say, and even have mentioned already here, time really flies by.

Have a great week and weekend everyone, until next time!

Friday, 15 February 2013

Looking forward

Hello again everyone, I hope you’ve all had a good week. Is it just me or does time seem to be flying past rather quickly these days… I mean we’re already halfway through February! I know I’ve probably said this before, but when they say your time at university flies by, they weren’t lying. I hope you all had a good Valentine’s Day as well, whether you were single, or in a relationship. The day itself wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be, I went in for my lectures as normal, and then in the evening me and my flatmates (the ones who were single) ordered Chinese food, watched a scary film, and just had a fun night, we all forgot that it was Valentine’s Day from all the fun we were having…

Enough about Valentine’s Day, once again it has been quite a busy few weeks for me. I’ve still been applying for work placements, which are driving me mad, and psychometric tests are my new hatred in life. For those of you who don’t know, psychometric tests are evil creations used by organisations to test people’s suitability for the role. For a few of the places I have applied for, I was unsuccessful because the questions were just too confusing. For one organisation, one part of the test was to find the next number in the sequence, which is something I am usually quite good at, and in the practice questions, I had no problem with them, but as soon as it came to the actual timed test, I was completely lost. I think the thing that I found so frustrating is the questions in some of the tests were things I would never have to do in the role I was applying for. 

At least it hasn’t been all doom and gloom this week, I have a trip to Amsterdam to look forward to, along with various other things that I have planned in the upcoming months. I shall keep you up to date with them as they come along. In the meantime, I have several assignments that I can be getting on with (at least it’s not eight all at once like it was in the first term), and some more applications that I can be completing. 

I hope you’re all working hard and are all ok, until next time!

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Job Applications

Wow, what a busy few weeks it has been! Over the past few weeks I've been filling out job applications for my placement year, as many of the deadlines are the end of January. I wish I had started the applications sooner though; the majority of them are really long and take ages to fill out. I don’t think I've ever had to answer the question “so why do you want to work for ____” so many times. A few of the companies that I've applied to have had quite short forms, which are always nice to complete.

Because there are lots of people applying for the positions, there are lots of processes to go through in order to actually get the place, like all jobs really. There is the application form, then some companies ask you to complete an online test, and if you complete that there is an interview and maybe some other tests to complete, it’s just so annoying!

But apart from all the job applications, things have been plodding along as usual. I have gained yet another free drink at Starbucks, and it seems as though I gained that one rather quickly, but I’m not going to complain, who doesn't like free things?

At least February is a short month, with only 28 days in it, and right in the middle of it is Valentines Day… Those of you who have a partner, I hope you have a lovely day, but for people who are single, it is one of those days that reminds you of your singleness, forever alone as that one internet meme goes. Of course we all know we won’t be forever alone, but I’m sure it feels like that at times. There is an upside to not having a valentine though; it means you don’t have to buy an expensive present (I got an email reminding me to buy an iPad for my loved one, who would do that?) and you don’t eat lots of chocolate.

Until next time, have a good week everyone!

Friday, 18 January 2013

Happy January Everyone!

Happy January everyone, hope you all had a nice rest over the Christmas break, and entered 2013 positively. I don’t know if it was me, but those 3 weeks we had off seemed to fly by really quickly, and here we are again in the first week of the second term. At least this term isn't as long as the last one, that seemed to go on for an eternity! I’m so glad that I didn't have any work to do over the break, I don’t know if you remember, but I had eight assignments due in last term, and by the end of it I had lost the will to live.

Speaking of 2013, how many of you have already broken your new years resolutions? If you had made any to begin with that is. I figured that seeing as I can never stick to a resolution for the entire year, there was no point in having one. I thought about cutting down on coffee, and then I realised how much of a silly idea that would have been and quickly dismissed the idea. I mean today I made two trips to Starbucks to get my fix.

I did however think it would be an idea to try and not spend as much money this year, and maybe try to save, as I always seem to run out of money.  The reason as to why I always run out of money probably has something to do with the fact I seem to have expensive taste… for example, when the majority of my flatmates are buying own branded products from the supermarket and going to places such as Lidl and Aldi, I am buying all the branded items from Sainsbury’s. This is why I need to either marry into money, or find a well-paid job.

I wish you all the best for the new term, and hope you’re all settling back in, until next time…