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Places I will be visiting this year

Good Morning babes’ (or evening depending on where some of you are.)

2019 for me is going to be defined by three events.

  1. I’m turning 21 this year (I am so old yet so young).
  2.  In September I’ll be entering the final year of my Bachelor degree (I really don’t want to leave college, I adore it so much.)
  3.  I’m traveling a lot this year.

I can’t wait to turn twenty-one. I hated the decade that was the ages of ten to nineteen. I felt awkward and out of place in my life. When I turned twenty last year, I felt like I had been reborn. I was suddenly confident and outgoing in ways which I had never been capable of. One of my co-workers once told me that being an extravert is part of becoming an adult, and I guess he was right. My sister is coming home for my twenty-first too, which makes the event even more exciting for me!!!

In one way, I can’t wait to graduate college and in another way I want to spend another four years doing my degree. In college I have really discovered myself and I have made friends who I can say confidently say will be my friends for life. I have discovered interests in college which I never thought I would have and I have felt inspired throughout my college career. However I feel tired with my degree. I love one of my majors (politics) but the other I struggle to love (history). Yet I am already planning my masters to start straight after my graduation (have to keep my gpa up this year lol).

Ever since I was thirteen and I visited London for the first time, I’ve had the desire to constantly explore the world. I love the feeling of awe of being in another country and enjoying the culture, the history, and the cuisine of course. Unfortunately I come from a family where travel has never been the priority (my parents love to travel too but it’s expensive). I feel this is a universal concept for many people. Now that I work part time, I try to budget (badly) my money towards travel and experiences. Memories are more value to me than money. Next year, I probably won’t be traveling much so I’m trying to get the travel bug out of my system.

Read on below for the beautiful places which I’ll be visiting and see my reasons why i chose these places.

Disclaimer: I own none of these photos.

Bucharest: 

The first place which I will be visiting in the next couple of months will be the capital of Romania, Bucharest. I’m actually going with one of the societies which I am a part of in my University. Some of my closest friends are going as well and the members of the society are all so friendly, that I’m super excited to visit this city. Known as the Paris of the East, this city looks super beautiful, and I’ve never been to Romania before. My group is staying in the old town, and as a history student, I am super excited to visit all the museums and learn about the history of Romania from the prospective of Romanians themselves. I know very little about Bucharest so I’m going in to learn a lot about the city.

 

Edinburgh:

The next city I will be visiting after Bucharest will be Edinburgh. I will be traveling there in late April as an early birthday gift from my mother for my twenty-first birthday. For this city, I will be traveling with my mother, which I am looking forward to as we’ve never gone anywhere just the two of us. As one of five, and the middle child, time alone with my mother is always a sacred thing to have. We have so many plans of what we want to do over the three days we’ll be staying in Edinburgh. In general, Edinburgh looks so beautiful and I can’t wait to stare at all the architecture (especially since some of it inspired Harry Potter spots.). We are definitely planning to visit the Edinburgh castle and probably the old vaults, and the old town. We’re both pretty easy going so we’re probably take our time visiting and enjoying this city.

 

Oslo:

I will be visiting Oslo as one of my summer travels. My best friend is from Norway and I can’t process the thought of not seeing her everyday during the summer so I decided to visit her for two weeks. This is going to be my longest trip in 2019. I’m currently trying to learn a little bit of Norwegian (I know everyone in Norway can probably speak English better than I can, I just think it’s polite to be able speak a bit of a country’s language when visiting it). I know have many plans of what I will be seeing in Norway. My friend lives twenty minutes from the city centre, by the sea, so swimming and visiting the city will probably be two of main things I’ll do. I definitely am relying on my friend to steer me away from the touristy things and instead show me a more authentic side of Norway, I.E. how the locals spend their time and where the locals like to eat.

 

Lisbon:

For our family holiday this year (first family holiday in years) I am traveling to Lisbon with my parents and two little sisters. I love going away with my family. In general, I love to spend time with my family so I can’t wait to experience this city. Something I am really looking forward to is the heat of Portugal. I love visiting hot countries like Spain and France, so I know that I’m gonna bask in the rays of the sun in Lisbon. We’re going for five nights so we’re going to get a lot of things done. One of the days we plan to leave the city and travel to one of the coasts beaches, which is one of the reasons we chose to visit Lisbon. We wanted to visit a city which was by the sea as we wanted a combination of sea and city. Lisbon is another city which has an intriguing history which both my dad and myself will be interested in.

 

Cologne:

One of the last trips that I have planned is to Cologne. One of my very close friends has been accepted to do her Erasmus in Cologne, starting in October 2019. It was without question that I’m going to visit her many times over the next year, so while I don’t have flights booked, I know that I’ll be aiming to visit this German town two or three times over the next twelve months.

Well that is the current list of the places which I will be visiting this year. Where will you be visiting this year? Leave me a comment and let me know!!!


If you like this post, please have a read of my last travel post which you can read here!!

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How to be Organised In Uni

Today for my University series, I am talking about how to stay organised in University/College. This is my second official post in my University series!! My first post was about making friends in Uni and you can read it here!! I also posted a haul for Uni which you can read here!!

When going to University, being organised is essential for a good experience. From knowing where your seminars are to making sure that you get all your work done in time, my University series will focus on how to actually get organised. I tend to find that it’s very easy to get disorganised in Uni because of how busy life tends to get. One moment you’re enjoying the early days of college and the next, you have ten assignments due in the next week. Don’t fret, here are my tips for staying organised.

1. Get to the Library:

This first bit of advice is probably the most obvious tip of all. However, I’ve noticed that students tend to procrastinate when it comes to the library. For me, it is currently week two of my first semester and I’m already researching my essays which are due in week six/seven. Last year I found that I didn’t give myself enough time to write a good essay for my modules. Getting to the library early in the semester is also important because the good books can very quickly disappear.

2. Get a planner or a Planner app

My 2018 planner is essential to my everyday life. I quite literally schedule everything into it- from my classes to my social life to my blog posts to my workout plan- and it keeps me on the top of my game. My planner was a cheap one euro blue little A3 book from Dealz. While I think it’s an important buy, I think a cheap one does the same job as an expensive planner. I open my planner and my whole life is planned out for me. I don’t need to look at my phone to discover what class I have next.

3. Use the Syllabus. 

I know this may seem obvious, but many of friends think the module syllabus is useless. They go their lectures, so why would they need to keep the syllabus? I for one probably look at my module syllabi once a day or more. They’re an essential part of my learning schedule. They contain all the necessary information which I need to do well in my modules. From my lecture schedule to my assignment details, there is very important details that I would forget if I didn’t have my syllabus to remind me.

4. Make a list of your essays

This is something I’ve done this year. On a small piece of paper I’ve written out all of my due in assignments in the order they’re due with all the details like word count. It’s a messy little list but it allows me to be organised when I’m planning what books to get out of the library each week. I will often look at this list to make sure that I’m not forgetting anything important that I need to do.

5. Look after yourself:

The most important tip of all is to look after yourself. It’s very tempting to pull all-nighters and do a lot of study. However in the long run, getting very little sleep is not worth good grades. Getting good grades is not the most important thing – happiness is. Even when I have a big essay or test, losing sleep is one of the few things which I’m not willing to give up. I know myself too well – I’ll be miserable without sleep and sloppy. Eating well and putting your mental health is also very important. If your feeling stressed, talk to your tutors, friends or family.

Does anyone else know of any tips for staying organised while in Uni? Let me know, I could use them!! Thank you for reading!!

Read my previous post here!!

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Stationary Haul!!

Today I had to go into my university to pick up a couple of books from the library and to get my student leap card (I would recommend them to any student in Dublin). On my way home, I popped into Easons as I needed notebooks for this years lectures. I had decided to not buy much stationary this year as a few pens is all I need.

However when I walked into the store and saw that all the back to school pen sets were half price, that minimalist plan leaped out of the store. I went a tiny bit crazy and bought a lot of pretty pens. So I said to myself, why not write a post on it for my University series? This is my second post for this series and I’m so excited to share with all of you what I bought!!!

One of the most important thing that I bought was a five set of A5 refill pads for €5.99. I probably could have gone for the better quality paper but I feel at the end of the day, paper is paper. Why pay 8.99 for three expensive refill pads when I can get five for cheaper? I also bought a three set A5 of hardback copies as seen in the above picture. I really like using these A5 sized copies for taking notes during lectures as their small size makes them easy to transport between lectures.

Now onto the more interesting items- pretty coloured pens! Scroll on down to see what pens I bought!!

Did anyone else buy nice stationary recently? Let me know in the comments!!

Thanks for reading!!

Read my previous post Here!!!!

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Tips for making friends in Uni

University is said to be some of the best years of a persons life. With opportunities to make great friends and to further one’s education, it’s easy to see why. Yet despite making many friends in my first year of University, I’ve noticed many people from my Uni complain on twitter about how hard it was for them to make friends. Making new friends can be difficult, especially if you’re going into University with no friends like I did. So I decided to write a post for those who may need it- for people who are like how I was last year, shy or unsure of themselves. This can also be used by people who wish to branch outside of the friends they already have.

I myself made amazing friends last year and I can’t wait to make more friends this year. I’m going back to Uni next week and I can’t wait for the year that is ahead of me. I discovered last year that by putting myself out there, and, taking all opportunities, I really allowed myself to meet new people. This post was written for anyone starting University this year looking for tips on how to make friends. However this guide can also be used by anyone returning to University- it’s never too late to make a new friend.

1. Student Union

One of the things that I would really recommend to do is to get involved with your University’s Student Union. There are so many ways to do this too! From becoming a class rep to volunteering at Union events to helping out at charity events. I made so many friends by just going to night outs hosted by the Student Union. I also went out on a couple of trips with some of the class reps. The student union is a great foundation base for making friends and expanding with those friends. My student union hosted S Club 7 last year which was one of the highlights of my year.

2. Societies

Societies in University is another way to make amazing new friends with similar interests to you. In my university, we have a wide range of societies from Filmsoc to Harry Potter Soc. The choices were endless and I joined so many. I would really recommend joining as many societies as possible and then sticking with a few that suits you best. Most societies host a couple of events a week which are great opportunities to meet people. They also tend to host a ball and a trip once a year. For example, the Harry Potter society on my campus held coffee morning, movie nights, and even a sorting ceremony. Their trip was to London.

Another thing I would really recommend is going away on any society trips if your university has them. The trips are often subsided and way cheaper than a trip usually would cost. A friend of mine went to Rome with the History Society and only paid for her flight and accommodation. All trips and events were paid for by the society. Trips are also a great opportunity to meet new people and bond with them quickly. There’s no better bonding experience than rooming with three people in Berlin. My personal favourite society was the Arts Society.

3. Join Sports Clubs:

I am probably one of the most un-athletic people ever to live. I lack both coordination and balance. However that didn’t stop me from joining a sports club in my university. I had a bouncing time at my university’s Trampolining club. I did this purely for the chance to jump around but friends of mine competed and even won prizes.

Every university has sports clubs. Most are the general sports clubs like hockey or football, but there also tend to be cool sports clubs which are very expensive to have as a hobby outside of university. For example, my university had Cave climbing, surfing, and of course trampolining as already mentioned. Just like the societies, these clubs also host events like coffee morning, balls and trips. There is definitely a sports club for everyone. Although it was a bit more expensive to sign up to a club, I felt that it was worth it. I got to go to Trampoline classes twice a week and I made lots of new friends.

4. Take all Opportunities

Here’s the thing, before starting university I was an extremely shy person. Half the things I did in university, I would never have dreamed of doing before. See I adopted a new mindset when entering my uni. I decided that I wasn’t going to hold myself back anymore. I was going to enjoy every moment of my college experience and so far, I have. I’ve amazed both myself and my parents at the opportunities I’ve allowed myself to take part in. So my biggest piece of advice for making friends in university, is push your limits. For example, I have a huge fear of heights so this year I am trying to battle it by joining the rock climbing sports club.

5. Go to Fresher’s Events:

Another great way which I made friends in my first year was by attending all of the events which my University hosted during Fresher’s week. From Speed Friending to Nightouts in clubs, there was plenty of opportunities to meet new people before classes actually began. My university brought in rides too. During Fresher’s week, societies often host events during this week to allow new students to taste what the societies can offer to students. A good one I went to last year was a karaoke event by the Musical Society. I would really recommend attending these events as they gives students the opportunity to become friends.

6. Host Pre-Drinks:

Don’t get me wrong, I love going to clubs. However, I much more enjoy the pre-drinking which comes before the club. It’s at Pre-Drinks (prinks) that you can have a good chat with your new Uni buddies and bond with them while singing along to your favourite songs. The nicest pictures are taken at pre-drinks along with the best memories. Like with the post club food time, pre-drinks are a perfect opportunity to make new friends- it’s intimate and much calmer than the club. At the club, the music is loud and perfect for dancing. However, in the club it’s possible to have a good chat.

Hosting pre-drinks is something I’d really recommend all Freshers try and do. If you live in dorms, invite your roommates and your neighbours. Invite the people you sat with in your seminars. Invite that person who seemed nice. Not only will hosting pre-drinks give you an opportunity to make new friends, it also will get you invited to other people’s nightouts. Often when I invite a friend to a pre-drinks, they will automatically invite me to their next event or night out. Hosting Pre-drinks allows people to consider you when they’re heading out themselves.

7. Use Social Media:

Now, some people may find this suggestion to be a bit odd, however, trust me on this one: it works. Basically my best friend from Uni I met through twitter. She had tweeted asking if anyone was doing the same course as her. I DM’d her and we hit it off. Two semesters, one holiday, and, many nights out later, we’re looking forward to sharing many lectures and seminars together (we coincidentally signed up for the same Tuesday 5pm seminar).

Social media- as many people on this website may know- is amazing for branching out and meeting new people. This can be applied to most forms of social media. You can use twitter hashtags – my uni uses hello UCD as their hashtag for incoming freshers. I would also really recommend joining any groups for your Uni which are set up with Freshers in mind. Most student Unions will set one up just for their new students to meet each-other. These facebook pages will have events and you can find people attending and befriend them. Another way which I would recommend is using Bumble. Bumble may be a dating site but it also has a friendship function. Many Uni’s now Bumble representatives as well.

Social media is great and can be a power tool when making new friends.

No matter what, making new friends at University level can be very scary so I’d recommend for anyone trying to make friends to always be themselves. People like someone who is genuine.

Got any more tips on how to make friends at University level? Comment below and let me know!!

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Reboot

When I first made this blog over three years ago, I envisioned myself as the type of person who would post constantly. Naïve of me? Maybe. Now, years later, I’ve decided to try and reboot this little blog. This time, I have a goal of this blog being my creative outlet with no big goals and no big commitments. Just a nice, calm place where I can discuss interests that I have; beauty, primark hauls, travel experiences, yoga, and, cooking.

Hi, my name is Cadhla (pronounced Kylah) and welcome! On this blog, I will be sharing my travel experiences, recipes, beauty reviews, and, college guides. I’m a college undergrad studying History and Politics from Ireland.

My main goals on this site is to share information, write, and, make friends with other people on this site.