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I’ve Graduated!!

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Yesterday was magical!

Grad

Photography credit: Sarah Warsaw

It is a firm belief of mine that you have to earn your cap and gown – through hard work, long hours, and questionable cooking as is customary of the university experience.  After all, it is the mark of the end of your academic education and your achievement!  So now, I can finally say that I DID IT!

“…Remain humble, be passionate, and attribute importance to what you do, not what you are.”

– Honorary Graduate, Judge Cuno Jakob Tarfusser of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

 

 

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SURPRISE

Guess who’s back from an unintentionally long hiatus!!! My hotly anticipated return to blogging has arrived!!

After months of working long hours on all my final pieces of university work, including my dissertation, today is my deadline for all my work. 

…so uni has gone scarily fast…

Here’s a few pictures of what I’ve been up to… 

Trip to Chirk Castle

Easter cake 🙂

My proud face handing in my dissertation!!


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Heartbeat in Covent Garden

While in London last week, I heard about an installation by French photographer Charles Pétillion, which is in Covent Garden.

On Wednesday afternoon, we ventured into Central to see over 100,000 white balloons, each with their own dimensions and lit from within.  Entitled Heartbeat, it’s part of a photograph series called Invasions, in which these white balloons occupy unusual spaces.

Heartbeat

 

It is by Péttillion’s design that the slowly pulsating light from within the balloons, which stretch down the length of the Market Building, represents how it is the beating heart of the locality; vibrant and alive with energy!

I can certainly feel this energy; Covent Garden is one of my favourites places in the whole of London!

The installation is on display until the 27th of September, so if you get chance do check it out and let me know what you think!


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Keeping Busy!

Such a successful week:

1. Monday morning saw me take on motorway driving without bringing harm to others!

2. I spent Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday down in London Town. My friend and I walked across the city, ate too much delicious food, drank the infamous Pumpkin Spice Lattes (FYI, amazing), and visited the National Archives in Kew. 

Pumpkin Spice Lattes are definately worth the hype

Strolls in St James’ Park with the bestie

3. On Friday I packed up my clothes and extra bits and pieces to move properly into my university room on Saturday, ready for Fresher’s Week and the start of term! 
4. This week I have also started my second Blogging U course, Blogging 201; a free and casually timed series of assignments to improve the blogging experience for both blogger and reader. Such a busy week means I’m super behind on this whole course, but who’s checking, right?! 

Have you been busy too? Sharing is caring…


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New Term Essentials: What To Take and What To Leave Behind

My new university room!

   September brings the smell of anticipation, Pringles and cheap alcohol as thousands of almost adults leave for their triumphant return to university. 

Thousands too are starting at university for the first time, full of enthusiasm and nerves. It’s a bit of a cliché that University is the best time of your life and that Fresher’s Week is amazing. 

My personal experience of Fresher’s was horrendous, but university life has certainly improved and is so much better than just one week at the very beginning. It’s taken two years, but I’ve learnt to eat healthier, balance work and play, and have a small group of amazing friends. Give university life time. 

As a somewhat seasoned packer of university essentials going in to my third and final year, here are my top five items of what to take and what to leave behind, from my own meandering experience. 
You won’t need;

  • Full 10 piece dinner set: you need two of each thing, maximum. One clean, one dirty. 
  • Iron: despite best intentions, you won’t iron your clothes. Hang them up and hope for the best.
  • Your entire wardrobe: pack sensibly and seasonly. Remember, by the time summer comes around, chances are you’ll be back at home for the holidays!
  • Corkscrew: screw top wine bottles are a gift to embrace.
  • Negativity: A bad attitude doesn’t get you anywhere, and other people can sense them a mile off. Give everyone a chance, you never know who you’ll meet, and remember: university is completely different to the drama of high school! 

You will need;

  • Laundry essentials: you’ll have to learn to use a washing machine, either in your halls or the local laundrette. Remember detergent! I always managed to forget it. 
  • First Aid Basics: gather a little box of plaster, antiseptic cream, tablets and stepsils to see you through the grazed knees of drunken antics and the notorious Fresher’s Flu (living in such close proximity with new people means you’re bound to get ill)
  • Photos, blankets and cushions: take the time to make your room your home. It’ll help you settle in, especially when inevitable homesickness hits and make a comfortable space for you and your new friends.
  • Door Stop: this is one of the most important items in your possession during Fresher’s. Propping your door open means you can target new flatmates as they walk past and make them into new friends. Offer cookies for bonus results.
  • Positivity: Being a positive person makes university a brilliant experience. You’re paying for the education, try to embrace and enjoy all aspects. 

   

Love fresh coloured bedding.


 

Wardrobe and pull down desk

  

Bookcase corner

 Check out these other great articles:

My Experience of and Tips for Fresher’s Week by PollyCatContemplates

Essential University Checklist  
What Not To Take To University
13 Common Myths about University
Fresher’s Flu: Causes and Cures
23 Things Grads Wished They’d Known In Their First Year


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Three Face Masks Review

Three Face Masks; No7, Lush, and Quick Fix Facials

 

Lush Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask £6.50

  • I dubiously bought Cosmetic Warrior last week upon the reassurance that it was good for prone-to-nasty-breakout-skin, a stereotypically teenage problem which unfortunately didn’t disappear overnight as I turned 20. I say dubiously, because it contains garlic.
  • However, I need not have worries. The garlic and tee tree active ingredients in this mask are subtle; it doesn’t overpoweringly smell of garlic, and applies on easily (be generous).  Actually, it’s rather pleasant. It dries well and so is not as easy as some to wash away, but I believe it’s benefiting my skin; it definitely looks clearer than before!

No7 Heavenly Hydration Moisture Mask £12.50

  • I apply two or three pumps of the bottle like a face wash, before leaving it on for a couple of minutes. Beware though, the mixture is oily and when easily washed away it separates from the water, leaving mask particles behind.
  • Although at the higher end of the price range, (at least on my budget) this looks pretty in the bottle, all corkscrew curls, and works wonders for making your skin seriously soft!

Quick Fix Facials Purifying Charcoal Mask £4.99

  •  Simply designed tube with up to 10 masks in?! Brilliant! Apply generously though the easy squeeze bottle and leave for a few minutes. It’s pleasantly cool on your skin, and washes off easily afterwards. Active ingredients are; Charcoal to rid the skin of impurities, Dragon fruit for vitamin C, and antiseptic cinnamon.
  • The slightly cheaper option, but just as good at making your skin feel clean and fresh without drying or tightness.

Remember to avoid delicate eye areas with all facial masks!!