When The Going Get’s Tough…

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Good Evening Readers,

A massive thank you for all the support I had yesterday with the previous article, if you have not already read it, you can find it here. Tonight, it is going to get a little personal and extremely truthful in regards to university. Buckle up Freshers (or students), truth bomb coming at you!

The title of this article as you will have already read is ‘When The Going Gets Tough…’, now, many of you will already know the end to that saying, but for now, we shall save it. What do I mean by this?

Simply, university is going to get tough. Whether at the beginning, in the middle or at the end. University will be tough for you. You are going to experience that time that 99.9% of students go through. The stress, the tears, the defeat, the hopelessness, the pure exhaustion of doing what you are doing. It is going to hit you. Guess what? That’s okay. It is natural.

Now, throughout my time of writing my student blog I have often touched upon the idea that the media portrays student life and university life as a complete facade to what it actually is. It is either at two ends of the spectrum – glorifying student life as they study towards their achievements or the other end of the spectrum, e.g. drugs and the scandal around them and student drinking. However, there is no in between, the truth is not presented. That being that student life is bloody hard. It is hurdles and challenges and sometimes, not succeeding in jumping or facing them. It’s being completely exhausted and having breakdowns over deadlines and word counts. It’s having to work basically full-time and balance studying just so you can eat. It’s stressing you out that much that you actually make yourself ill. It’s having late nights and early mornings equalling in very little sleep just to catch up on work and make it to lectures. It’s having breakdowns to your lecturers about life because you are just struggling to juggle it all. It is constantly worrying about money and how you are going to afford rent. It is facing high school drama that should have ended by now but never did. It’s having to attempt to remain in a social circle and keep your friends and even dipping your toe in the relationship pool and doing all of this whilst trying not to fall apart because you desperately want that degree. It is the physical embodiment of ‘the good, the bad and the ugly.’

I do not make it sound glamorous or welcoming at all, do I? Okay, let me rectify that with the point of this article.

Despite all of this, it is these times where the memories are created and when you realise what university is all about. Yes, at the end of the day, university is always going to be about your degree, but, it’s about how you experience this degree. During all those moments that I mentioned above, that is when you come together as students. Those late nights in the library where you are having a breakdown are the moments your friends bring you a McDonalds, those times when you can’t afford food, those are the moments when friends lend you money or cook for you. When you are ill, your friends nurse you. When you’re having a breakdown, your friends give you a break. When you feel like you’re drifting when your friends, they pull you back in. Being students is a unity. As cliche as that sounds. You stick together.

Because you know when the going gets tough…

The tough get going.

Remember this Freshers, when you down in the dumps and feel like you want to drop out, stick at it. These are where the memories of university are made. You are being tested, keep pushing.

student worries: independence

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Good Afternoon Prospective Students (and students),

Whilst struggling to conceive an idea of what I could write about today, I did something I do rarely. This was going back and looking at my old work. Therefore, I dived into the pages of my blog and went back to the ‘beginning’ and remembered I was very passionate about doing a collection of articles called ‘student worries’ and therefore, I thought I’d do one that I’d never done before! Therefore, I welcome you to ‘student worries: independence’!

Through my time on ‘The Student Roon’ in the early part of 2016 and previous and then my time on Campus since the beginning of this year… and my entire three years at university, independence is something that is two-fold. 45% of students are dying for it, 45% are terrified of it and 10% are both. It is fair to say that when we are starting university, putting the studying aspect aside for a moment, it is all about independence.

Personally, I believe you have more independence when moving out of home and actually living in halls/student housing. Purely because, I feel, if you stay at home – you are stuck between two worlds. A world of routine you have always known and then a world of study and socialism that you have never experienced before and I believe to truly immerse yourself in the independence of being a student, you have to move on. This is not to say that students living at home are not independent because they can be, but, I just believe there is a huge amount of growth to be said for moving out of your family home, paying your own way and supporting yourself. Each to their own though.

Anyway, independence! The idea of being independent as a student is accumulated with several reasons. It is the idea, as said above, that you are paying your own way and supporting yourself. You have taken the step of moving away from home and doing your own cooking; cleaning; shopping and more. Also, learning to be alone away from your family and friends that you have grown up with and loved. Now, to some people, it does not affect them and they are just ready to move out and begin living ‘their’ life, but for some people, it is quite heavy and there is nothing wrong with this.

Independence; The Scary Side

Let us, for a moment, focus on being scared of having independence.

From what I have experienced in my three years, being scared of having independence is again, two-fold. So, firstly, you can be scared of independence because you have led an extremely sheltered existence and never really learned to ‘stand on your own two feet’ metaphorically speaking. This means that you have led a very ‘laid back’ lifestyle whilst living at home and had a lot done for you, or, purely decided not to actively learn the skills you need to survive in life. This means, you have very limited knowledge of cooking, cleaning is commonly known as ‘hide all the junk under the bed’ and shopping is something only your parents do. If you are one of those people, going to university and living in halls is going to be a shock. Like jumping in an ice-cold river.

My advice for you people. Despite the fact this sounds like a harsh dig at you, it is not. It is trying to get you to open your eyes early so you do not have a meltdown when you first get to university. My advice is this; take control of your life and learn the skills you need to learn. There a student cookbooks out there that guide you through even the most complex of recipes and they are very easy to follow. Take pride in cleaning your space – it is really rewarding knowing that you have cleaned up! And finally, GO SHOPPING. Even if it is just joining your parents, go out shopping. Understand how much you are going to be spending on a certain time period, learn how to bargain and where to shop. It is not as easy as you think. Just, PREPARE. As they say, fail to prepare, prepare to fail and that applies to every aspect of university.

Secondly, you are scared of independence purely because it is a massive change. These are the people that are perfectly competent in looking after themselves and being able to cook, clean and shop – however – they are about to break out of a routine they have known for a long time and submerge into a way of living that they have never really experienced before. ‘Flying the nest’ is actually a lot more stressful than it looks. You are looking forward to being away from family and friends and being able to ‘do you’ when you want, but, you do not really know how you are going to deal with it or how you are going to adapt, but again, is perfectly fine.

My advice for you people. As bad as it sounds, you just have to take the plunge and get there. There is no real ‘trial run’ you can do before you go to prepare yourself. You can get everything prepared and know the skills, but to truly know how you’ll fair once you are there, you just have to take the plunge and do it. I will not lie to you, it is not for everyone. Some people cannot handle it and end up moving back up and commuting and again, that is okay. Some people just are not ready for that. However, the majority pick it up straight away or as we students like to call it, you learn how to ‘scrape on by’.

Independence; Being Ready For It

Now, this is the one I relate to the most and purely because it was me when I started university.

These people are the ones that are just ready and again, arguably, they are two-fold. With the amount of ‘two-folds’ that go into independence, it’s got to be like 16 folds by now! Anywho, these people are two-fold. Like previous; they are either unprepared and ready for whatever comes their way with an ‘I’ll learn as I go along’ attitude or they are like the latter ones where they have all the skills they need and are ready to face whatever comes their way. Equally, both fine. However, going in with this attitude can be slightly dangerous. You may be thinking, ‘why is it dangerous?’, well, if you go in with this attitude (and there is nothing wrong with confidence) you can be a bit oblivious to the things you may not be prepared for and at the end of the day, it is always better to be prepared, as they say ‘expect the unexpected’… however, if you expect the unexpected, does that not make the unexpected, expected? Wow, trippy.

ANYDOODLE, MY ADVICE FOR YOU PEOPLE IS… do you, just be prepared a little. Be confident, as confident as you want too because I was. I was ready to move out, I had lived out my time at home, I had the skills and I was ready to move onto the next chapter of my life and when I got there, there were a few hiccups at the beginning but, it is a learning curve – as it is for everyone. Enjoy it!

And for now, that is student worries: independence!

I hope you were able to take even a small something away from this post!

 

GS 2017 – 07/07/2017

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Greetings Readers,

How are we all? I trust we are well! Again, I let my writing slip again in the last week across my blogs and it has purely been down to the fact that I have been so busy! However, all will be explained in this entry!

Here we go! So, recently most of my articles have been about my upcoming graduation. Which is no surprise, it’s a big deal for me! It’s going to be the end of one big chapter of my life and one hell of a celebration!

In regards to my graduation, you’ll know that everything was pretty much in place and ready and waiting to go. Now, all my tickets and everything have arrived which is FANTASTIC and also, finally, I have my graduation suit!

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It’s this lovely grey suit here! It was even cheaper than I was anitipating and the best part? I actually paid for it myself! That may not sound like a big deal to a lot of you but my parents have always supported me a lot and this time, this was something I purchased myself. After a lot of time working with my parents to earn the money, I did it! I earned enough to afford to buy my suit!

That is the final piece, everything is now ready for graduation! I’ve just got to graduate now! Which is fairly terrifying! And exciting… but, we’ve covered this before.

Anyway, that should hopefully explain why I haven’t posted much in the last week. I have been travelling here, there and everywhere and working a lot in order to save up money and then, any down time that I have had, I’ve just slept as I’ve been so exhausted!

Now I have a lot more free time, apart from my usual job, therefore, I’ll be able to post more over the next coming days and weeks! Watch this space!

 

GS 2017 – 26/06/2017

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Good Evening Readers,

Again, as usual in these recent updates, I do not have a lot to tell you as my graduate summer – at the moment – is not that exciting. However, I do have exciting news!

Today, I received my final marks back from university and now know what I am graduating with…

I am very happy to announce that I will be graduating from Bishop Grosseteste University with an Upper Second Class degree in BA (Hons) Drama in the Community.

E.g. I graduated with a 2:1!

This is also good news because it means after three years of hard work, breakdowns, tears and more, I have achieved the classification I need in order to go onto study my Master’s!

Literally, the relief and excitement that came over me today when I received my grades were unbelievable. Relief; this is because I can finally relax knowing that I have safely got the grades to get into the University of Lincoln and the fact that my hard work has actually paid off. Excitement; this has the same reasons as before really but also down to the fact that I can actually graduate with my friends next month!

Therefore, with all of that in mind, it is time to get back to working with my parents to earn some money to buy my graduation suit! Also today, I booked in for my hair/beard to be cut at a ‘fancy pants’ place in Lincoln, all in order to be ready for graduation!

Until next time!

Life Without Uni

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Good Evening Readers,

As you can tell from the title of this article, I am going to write about what it is like to go back to life without university… it’s interesting, to say the least.

It’s been a couple of days since I finished university, well, since I finished the last of my work. I’ll have officially finished university once I’ve graduated, in my eyes anyway. However, so far, I’ve had a couple of days of doing nothing… literally, nothing. Before I could do nothing and I knew that I still actually had university work to do so I knew deep down that I could be doing something, even if I wasn’t. Though now, I literally have nothing to do… I have no work to prepare for, no next year of university to look forward too… well, I do. I have my Masters but due to the fact I don’t know what that will entail yet, I do not know how I can begin to prepare for that. Therefore, I just have to sit around and wait.

What have I done with my past few days? Not an awful lot. At the minute, I am job hunting. I am desperately attempting to find some sort of job that will allow me to work through summer and save up a bit of money so I can actually afford to live throughout next year. However, that is proving extremely difficult. No matter where I apply too or what I apply for, I am just not successful and therefore, it’s an ongoing battle to actually find something. Hopefully, something will come up.

I would love to be able to tell you that finishing university and leaving all that stress of assignments and exams behind is glorious… but from what I’ve experienced so far, it isn’t. It’s both calming and unsettling that I’ve finished and I’m still adjusting to it. I think as stressful and challenging as university has been, it also has been a major learning curve and one hell of a life experience and it’s weird that it’s all over – I don’t really know what to do with myself. Like most things, at the beginning of the journey, three years seemed like years, it felt like a lifetime when it reality it went by in the blink of an eye. I do not really want it to end but I know I’ve got to move onto bigger and better things.

Bigger and better things would be my Masters…. something I can not stop thinking about and something I am excited for, I just wish I could be more prepared, however.

 

Moving In Day 2015

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Moving in day 2015! It’s fair to say this day has been very different when comparing it to how first years moving in day went. This yeah, it was less stress and to be honest, more fun. Time for a little self post on how it’s been moving into this new house share. 

Let’s start by looking at how first year went. For those of you that don’t know I started first year by living in halls. Moving in day then was stressful and tiring yet exciting and thrilling all at the same time! This time last year I wouldn’t have moved in yet, it would have been around the 19th of September. On the day I moved in I had taken three cars with me, full to the brim of belongings (granted, probably a lot of stuff I didn’t need) and I gained the nickname ‘Three car George’ from the third years – which stuck for a while. Once I got there, these said third years showed me to my room and then me, mum, nan, my best friend and girlfriend of the time started moving everything in – this took along time. I remember being deflated due to the fact that my room was a lot smaller than we originally thought, therefore, it was a tight squeeze. However, there was a ‘safety meeting talk’ in one of the lecture halls so my mum sent me off to go to that and the rest of them unpacked the basics in my room to make it easier for me. By the time I came back, they stayed a little bit longer and then left, then it was Freshers!

Moving into this house share has been completely different.

Luckily when getting this house, my group was spilt however we ended up getting houses right across from each other. So, for the past couple of days I’ve been at my girlfriends, transporting stuff up slowly but surely. Today we finally got our keys so I was about to get all my stuff in quickly and spend more time getting my room set up, as you’ll be able to see some what in my cover photo for this article.

I started the day by waking up early in anticipation to go and pick up the keys for the new house. However, plans change and one of my house mates went to get them. Once he’d got them we started to move our stuff in.

Once in the house we checked it over for any damages so we could photograph them and report them to the landlord and then just spent a good few hours focusing on putting our rooms together and unpacking. My room is an L-Shape. As you walk in you have the desk on your left (a decent size, having my electronics on it) and then directly ahead of you is the window, the mouted TV is on the wall to the right and the wardrobe is the right and then the bed is round the corner to the left. All a decent size, it’s fitted all of my stuff nicely, so, I can’t complain.

It was a long day yesterday, to say the least.

However, we ended it with a group chinese in the new house.

Now, moving in day will bring with it a lot of memories and you’ll never forget it. It’s now time for some tips about moving in day!

  • Make sure you start looking early, that is key. Do not leave it until the last minute.
  • Don’t you think you have to move in with your whole flat, keep it to just a few.
  • Make sure you look at plenty of different options, don’t go for the first one you see.
  • Make sure you listen to what people say about different agencys, some are terrible and they won’t look after you or help, do your research.
  • Make sure you where you decide to live isn’t miles away from your university and going to end up costing you a hundred times more in travel costs.
  • Make sure you feel comfortable in the area and it’s worth the money.
  • Make it as homely as possible, make it feel like your home. 
  • Just remember you and your flat mates are living together so if you think the house is missing something that everyone could benefit from then suggest it and all chip in together.

These are my tips for you when it comes to moving in!