May Update


Hey friends, the blogging vibes have come my way and I’m once again trying to get into the habits of a good blogger, student, person, and human in general.

May is a big month for me because I have seven exams!!! I’m also turning the big 21 at the end of May too (after my exams thankfully). 

Seeing as it is the first day of May, I thought it be nice to have a chat and talk about where I am in life, and what my goals are for the future (no just goals for May, but in general). I read somewhere that writing down goals makes you 40% more likely to actually succeed in said goals. While I’m sure that stat referred to physically writing goals down on paper, I felt it could work electronically as well.

My blog

First of all, it’s probably best to talk about my plans as a blogger, seeing as anyone who will bother to read this post will most likely be someone else who also has a blog.

One of the main things with this blog, is that I am planning in the future to take my blog to the next level. I feel like I am currently at a stalemate.

I don’t spend enough time on this blog yet I feel regretful that I didn’t research other servers when first setting up this blog.

For this reason, I often struggle to write on this blog as I feel I might be better off starting from scratch elsewhere. Yet I feel as if I should be writing. I also don’t want to jump the gun and invest in a paid plan on another site when I may never have any guarantee of being able to commit to such a plan.

University

I guess the next stalemate in my life would be my education.

For anyone who doesn’t know, I am currently doing an undergrad in Politics and History, which I adore. I love both of my subjects and I have a year left in my actual degree before I graduate. However I have one question in particular which has been haunting me for the past few months, which everyone I know has been asking me (friends and family included).

“Are you doing a masters?”

I have no clue about that question.

What masters would I even do if I decide to do a masters?

As said above, I love my subjects, but, I question the necessity of further education in either area. It could be a bad investment. The majority of students in my areas tend to join the civil service where a masters is not currently a requirement (nor is a undergrad degree, although I’m sure both would look nice on a CV.).

It is to my opinion that I need to both work and travel, before I decide whether or not a masters is actually the right decision for me. Masters in my speciality in Ireland can cost up to ten grand per year which is money I do not have (like most students who work before they can pay for their masters).

I also feel like I need a break from education. I am burnt out. I need to foster my brain in other areas.

My Summer plans

The next topic which I think I should be my summer plans…

This summer like all of my summers since I was 17, I shall be working fulltime for 40 hours a week. I love working. I am a hard worker and I love my job as I get to learn practical skills which will look good on my CV (I run the Saturday shift currently at my job).

Last year I learnt how to use realex for lapsed payments and how to set up direct debits which I think will boast my skill set (could benefit the blog in the future). I would love to learn more about the business side of my company this summer. I also can’t wait to get closer to the other employees.

I also plan a lot of self-improvement this year. I will buying a flyfit gym membership this summer as I hope to get more active so that in forty years, I have prevented health problems my parents have. I also am currently attempting to learn Irish so that is fun.

 


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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!!

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!!!!

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!!

September Goals 2018

Oh September, how lovely it is to see you again! Although I really enjoyed my summer, I can’t wait till the temperature drops some more and the autumn days kick in. Autumn is probably one of my favourite seasons. From Halloween to the changing of the leaves, I love it all. With University starting back up soon, I know that this month is going to be amazing but busy. I of course want to make goals for this month as I’m the type of person who needs set goals or the month flies by. Read below for this month’s goals.

University:

I’m the type of person who procrastinates a lot. It’s a bad habit which I’ve developed over the years. It’s a habit which I need to break out of. This year, my gpa score starts to actually count towards my final grade. Last year, I only needed to pass my modules, but this year, I need to actually put more work into my university work. I’m pretty good when it comes to going to lectures, so that isn’t an area that I need to work on. What I do need to do is to start my essays and projects earlier. That way I can make sure that my work is always my best. A rushed essay never guarantees a good grade so this year I hope to do my best work and get the best grades that I’m capable of getting.

I will also be going to my Uni’s resource centre for advice on how to be a better student. I’m lucky, my uni has a great resource centre. Last year, I ignored it’s presence but this year, I’m going to make the most of everything my Uni offers me. I also plan to approach my tutors more and ask them what I need to do to write the best work which I’m capable of. They correct the essays so I would love to find out what they in particular are looking for when marking. I’ve already downloaded past exam papers so I definitely plan to use them to guide me in my studies this month.

My Blog:

This month I will be putting a lot of work into my blog. Now, I know that many other blogs would probably recommend sticking to a schedule when it comes to posting but that really isn’t for me. I’ve tried in the past to set up a pattern on when I would post. It tended to put unnecessary pressure on me when I was trying to write something and I always ended up burning out, and, in the end I would abandon my blog for a further couple of months. I won’t even be trying that this month. Maybe next month if I manage to regularly post this month. I do intend to post more and most likely it will have a pattern, I’m just not going to commit myself to a pattern like “oh I’ll post every second day” when I know that in the past, this never worked for me.

I also intend to start having a monthly theme where I would write one or two posts a week on something which is important on that month. This month is obviously going to be back to school/university. While everyone posts about going back to school, my own experiences might or might not help someone. Next month I’ll be doing Halloween as I am a big fan of it (or Samhain as it’s called in Ireland.)

Social Life:

I intend to make my social life the best this month. With Uni starting back up and assignments not being due in yet, September tends to be a great month for night outs in Uni and for society events. As I’m on a society committee this year, I will have to run events every week so I will already be going to those. I plan to say yes to any nightouts which my friends propose as I don’t want to regret any untaken opportunities. Having predrinks with my friends and then going to a club is possibly one of my favourite things to do as I’ve made so many memories and taken so many pictures. Although I’m not a fresher this year, my friends want to go on the freshers nightouts so I’ll be going on a few of those too.

Fitness:

Before summer started, I had set up a regular workout cycle. I’m a big fan of pilates and yoga because I find that they work best for me (I have back issues so I can’t do running or much cardio). However when I started my summer job, I got so drained that I had very little time or energy to work out after a long workday of 9-5.30. I would get up at 6.30 am and get home at 6.30 pm after commuting. It drained me.

However now that I’ve finished up for the summer, I have a lot more free time and a lot more energy. I plan to start working out again for three or four days a week with my favourite routines. I’ll probably make a post later on this month about my favourite workout apps and my favourite routines (gotta love an all rounder which can make my abs and my thighs hurt.)

Well that was my goals for this month! Does anyone have any similar goals? Let me know!