I want THAT silicone turner!

The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today. Elbert Hubbard

If you know me personally, you’ll know that I’m the type of person who will plan something in advance, and then keep checking every day until then to make sure that everything will plan along smoothly. Yes of course, changes in my schedule get me rattled but this only really happens when there’s lack of communication between two parties (my worst nightmare).
Well, what’s going on in my life right now?

 

1. Victoria, B.C.

With the very high possibility of me packing up my life and moving to Canada in just over a month, my brain is causing even my sleeping patterns to crash! I’ve been waking up at all sorts of time, just remembering random things I’ll need to pack, or e-mails I need to send. Someone just come sing me ‘soft kitty’ (from the Big Bang Theory).

 

2. Please can I get your approval?

Although I sent in my prerequisite forms over a month ago, some of the departments at my exchange university haven’t gotten back to me on whether or not they’ve been approved. This worries me. I really don’t want to fly all the way to Canada only to fly home because they decide they don’t want to approve my courses. This would definitely be the worst case scenario. Oh, my £1000 plane ticket RIP.

 

3. Communi…wait what…oh yeah, cation.

One thing that I’ve learnt from working with the world of ‘work’ is that you have to read your e-mails really carefully. I know that a lot of people get volumes and volumes of e-mails a day, and they just flick through them and reply generic replies to the sender because they think it’s just some same old e-mail that they get every day. Sometimes this isn’t the case, and it’s annoyed me for a while now. Having been e-mailing a LOT of people everyday, I’ve noticed that a lot of the time, people don’t read – and when they reply, it’s not even read-worthy. That’s all I’m going to say.

 

4. I want that bent silicon turner for my kitchen!

Given that I’ll be heading back up to Keele to work the Open Day on the 16th, I’ve decided I want to actually decorate my room this time. For the past two years, I’ve been living in a double bedroom, otherwise known as my family home’s converted loft, and so all my stuff was just spread all over the floor, into the ensuite bathroom floor, and then piled on top of each other. Last year, I packed a hella lot of stuff for my room in halls, but I never really bothered to unpack because there wasn’t much room in the first place despite getting the premier ensuite, and everything was just crammed into the underneath bed storage (the lifesaver).
On Tuesday, I logged back into my @pinterest (follow me @enngigi) and got sidetracked with all these amazing college dorm pins. I really want to be able to do that type of feature on my blog one day, and I thought, well, why not start preparing now?
Since Hicks will be heading back with me, it means I’ll be more…tempted to buy more stuff so hopefully I might even do a homeware haul whaaaaaaaa(!) on enngigi.wordpress.com as we all know that when I shop, I either go big, or go home.

 

5. Meet I, the weakling.

Having only recently discovered that I can only just about lift the XS bowling ball, taking my first steps into Canada, holding my passport, bag, lists, a cabin sized suitcase, and a medium sized suitcase may actually pose a problem for a weakling like myself.
Yes, I can carry home £20 worth of groceries and walk a mile; I can walk from the new house back to campus; but venturing into an unknown territory with bags of my belongings will definitely throw me off my balance.
You may be thinking ‘well, then prepare silly…‘ – and the truth? I am. I’ve been preparing for this moment for a while now, but some how I still don’t feel 100% confident about what I’ll be getting myself into. And considering that I own about 12 suitcases-worth of clothes, I’ll definitely be in for a treat when I start packing for UVic.

 

6. Is this what it’s like to live at home?

Having been living back at home for just exactly two months now, it now actually feels as if I never left London in the first place! In retrospect:
    • I still get told off for not soaking my cutlery (though I never seemed to have this problem when living in halls).
    • I ALWAYS get told to do the dishes – and yes, even if I wasn’t present for the meal…
    • I’m still quite amused at the fact that there are three people in our household, yet when we cook, we use about 9 bowls and plates, and about three pans. Wait, HOLD IT – ahem yes, I am responsible for washing all this up too.
    • I’m still responsible for doing my own laundry. Yes, I am back at home. Yes, my parents do wash their clothes weekly. However, upon returning home, I’ve found that I actually have enough clothes to go without doing the laundry for a month. Yes, I did just try this out. A month. I probably have enough to go two months – but hey, who’s counting?
    • But hey, I don’t pay rent (…not hinting that I want to pay rent either), and I still get served mouthwateringly tasty Sunday breakfasts!

 

7. Travelling to Canada

What’s more difficult than going on holiday to Canada? Since my parents will not be flying into Canada with me when I embark on my semester abroad, I have the delightful job of finding a place to live all by myself – with the possibility of having to live in a hostel/bnb for the duration of my exchange programme. Since we (exchange students) were told the wrong deadlines for on-campus housing applications, I’ve now been placed close to the bottom of the waitlist. I don’t know what is scarier – not having a place to live, or the idea that my courses might not be approved.

 

8. I LIKE THIS I LIKE THAT I WANT THIS I WANT THAT

I think the only thing keeping me sane is the fact that I still have £23.42 left from my ‘£100/3 week spending’ challenge that I set myself! WHAHEYYYYY.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been organising brunches, working, blogging, tweeting a lot, eating out, watching movies (OMG the new Ant-man is amazing & so is Trainwreck), starting new TV-series, and generally just embracing my homeware addiction side of life.
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Yes. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I visited another branch of Banana Tree which is much closer to home than I thought it was (a quid in oyster card money away) – and yup, since it’s my favourite restaurant, I WILL be blogging about it on enngigi.wordpress.com later this week! Subscribe using the buttons on the right to keep updated! WEEEEE!

 

9. To think that all my decisions will have been made in less than a month to this day is terrifying me.

Will the right decisions be made? DUN DUN DUNNNNNNN. And yes, I may have had a few too many fruit pastilles today.
Natalie

Is your heel high enough?

So every now and then you do something, and a weeks on, you wonder if you regret it, or not.

Sometimes it isn’t easy to bounce back from something you’ve done and regretted, but then is it the sign of regret, or do you still wish to continue on, and stand by your decisions?

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Is it worth dropping everything, all the eggs in the basket, just to put all your eggs into another basket? It’s an awful concept, but it happens, and sometimes it works out, and other times, where more than most, you live to regret it. Oh no, here, I’m not talking about Easter Eggs, not at all. I’m talking about putting all the things you’ve worked towards, in the past years and months, and essentially putting it down the drain.

You want to find something that is easy to do, something that is harder to come by, but then sometimes you just want to settle down, and snuggle, and see if you actually made your choice. But sometimes it is hard to see right from wrong at that moment in time. You want the best for yourself, and albeit calling it selfish, sometimes it’s something you have to do, regret, or no regrets.

Evidently, if you do something, you need to be able to abide by the outcome – whatever it is. Sometimes you make the choice to wear your decisions, and it works out well. Other times, you have to endure the pain that goes along with it. Is it all black and white? Is it worth it? Heh, we shall see.

8 Steps to Choosing the Perfect University For You

So I think it’s about time I posted this blog post. I’ve had it pending for a good few weeks now, but after having a lot of people ask me questions about the topic, it’s time.

‘LOL. Who does that?’

1. Don’t just ‘go with the flow’

So the most important part of applying to university, is applying to the universities that suits YOU. I know so many people who have gone to university and have hated it so far. Why? They chose the university that was at the top of the ranks, and they didn’t even consider whether or not they think they’d actually enjoy it there. I know your parents will want you to go to the best university so that maybe they can even boast around to their friends, but when you make your application choices, you need to think about what is best for YOU, and not for everyone else. Don’t apply to a university simply because other people apply there and don’t apply to a university just because your parent’s know someone else’s kid who is really clever and goes to that university too.

  • TIP #1: I know you’re probably thinking ‘LOL. Who does that?’ but I know so many people who have made decisions in their upper sixth year, and have ended up regretting it. They realised a few months into their first year, that they should have chosen a university that they actually liked, and not a university that liked sitting at the top of the league tables each year.
  • Sometimes the best university for someone else, isn’t necessarily the best university for you. University is the time that you get to shine – so make the most out of that opportunity and embrace that you have the options to go to whichever university you think you’d love the most.
  • Explore your course options guys! Does this university let you go on an industrial placement year? Can you also get an undergraduate masters with this course? Explore explore explore! We live in a day and age where we have internet – sometimes universities provide more up to date information on their websites and student blogs! Make it your night time reading!

You need to gather your thoughts together BEFORE you submit your UCAS form.

2. Ordering prospectuses isn’t classified as ‘exploring’ your options

I could just order a prospectus right now – but this doesn’t mean that I’ve visited the university, and experienced what life could be like if I were to be admitted into that university. Of course it doesn’t. Ordering a prospectus in only the first step towards applying to university. You need to gather your thoughts together BEFORE you submit your UCAS form so that you don’t end up regretting it later on. Now, I’m not telling you to go and visit every single university up and down the country. I’m telling you to select about seven/eight universities that you think you’d love to go to. In reality, you only need to choose five choices for your application, but you never know – even if you visit a few more than the five, you’d really be broadening your options.

  • TIP #2: Do your own research first. Companies do it. You can also do it. Search online and have a look at student reviews – what do they think about the university? Does the university offer you much support? What other programmes do they offer? Is the student life good? Are the people there nice? Is it in the city or is in the suburbs? Just having a look at TSR, Google, and even Twitter/Instagram can sometimes really make a huge impact on how you think you’ll go about choosing which universities you want to go visit.
  • TIP #3: Visit the universities. The most important thing you need to do is think with a clear mind. Don’t lie to yourself when you visit the university. Do you truthfully like the university? Can you see yourself studying there? Yes – that’s amazing, now put that on your list. No – move on, and choose a different university. There really is no point in trying to force yourself to like a particular university – it will make you depressed, and that is something that will not allow you to think clearly. Don’t be ashamed that maybe other people liked the university, and you didn’t. You obviously need to choose a university that YOU will love. You need a university that you KNOW you will enjoy being at. Don’t you ever let other people convince you otherwise.

[Update 28/10/16: Following the sale of Taste Uni Ltd, my posts from 2014 on the site will no longer be available; however, due to the increased interest and the number of e-mails I’ve received asking to be re-linked to the post, I will thereby be editing and updating my previously published posts from the website, and reposting them onto enngigi.wordpress.com and theperfectdilemma.wordpress.com in late November!]

3. Believe in yourself

You’ll spend about a few hours of so each week preparing your application – and maybe even more just before you send your UCAS form off. But one thing you need to remember is that your studies do come first. In order to get to university, you need to try your best to get the grades. You CAN do it.

  • TIP #4: Don’t hide. As a student ambassador at Keele, I’ve worked on about three open days already as a first year. I’ve found that everyone actually hides behind their parents when we guide them around the university and around university accommodation. The more you ask, the more you’ll be able to get a feel for whether or not you will like the university. Don’t be afraid to ask – and don’t just make your parents do it! It’s quite funny when we see applicants hiding behind their parents, but when you do get over it, just Tweet at the university with your question – they’ll be sure to answer it, and you don’t need to be there in person (HA)!

You think writing your personal statement for UCAS was bad?! HA!

4. Applying to North American Universities

I applied to a number of universities ranging from Fordham (Waitlisted), Agnes Scott College (offered w/ scholarship), St Louis University (offered w/ scholarship), Cornell, Vanderbilt, and Drexel University (offered w/ scholarship) during my A2 year.

  • Why? Because the majority of them offered a lot of scholarships and financial aid options that I was actually eligible for, and I really wanted the opportunity to be different from everyone else, and to study abroad.
  • But why didn’t I go to them in the end? The scholarship they offered was simply not enough, and after interviews, I realised the only one I had really wanted admission to, was Vanderbilt.
  • TIP #5: Applying to American universities is expensive. I think I spent just over £1000 applying to the US; you have to sit SAT College Admission Exams, about 3 Subject Tests, buy the textbooks/preparation courses, and spend about USD $60 applying to each university you want to go to.
  • Therefore, don’t waste your money if you know you aren’t going to be willing to put the effort in. Here in the UK, colleges and universities look at your references, your grades, and your personal statement. In the States however, their process is very similar yet much more vigorous. They look at everything ranging from your extra curricular activities, your involvement in school, how well you did in the interview they’ve offered you, as well as how much you want to be admitted to their university.
  • You think writing your personal statement for UCAS was bad? Well, the American’s use the Common Application, and if you apply to their top universities, you’ll be asked to write a LOT more (yes, that will range from writing a 1500 word essay on one place you love the most, or even make a list of all the books you’ve ever read for non-academic reasons).
  • TIP #6: Know your competition. In the UK, we prepare for applying to university in our final two years of high school. In America, they’ve been preparing for University their entire life. They even have college funds where we mainly just have student finance. If you can, in the summer before you start sixth form, sign up to do some volunteering; search for work experience placements; get a job; get some experience doing things that you love.
  • I know a small handful of people who have gone to University in the US, and they’re loving it. Therefore, if you are willing to put the effort in, and you have the grades and references, definitely consider applying (though be sure to let your school know WELL in advance – they might not know about the Common Application process, and this will definitely take time to sort out).

Where’s that?

5. It doesn’t hurt to be different

When I applied to Keele, everyone was like ‘Where’s that?’ Little did they know, Keele was actually ranked #1 on the National Student Survey for Student Satisfaction – and it isn’t at all difficult to see why.

  • Why Keele? In short, I chose to study at Keele University because I fell in love with the campus the moment I stepped out of the car in Keele. I’ve always known that I didn’t want to study in London because I wanted the chance to be able to go to a smaller university, and study at a university where lecturers are really passionate towards their specialism. I know lots of universities out there do care, but Keele has offered a lot of support in the application process, and as I’m entering second year, I feel like the university has really supported us in trying to make our transition less stressful.
  • The course: Honestly, I never thought that I’d get accepted into Keele when I applied. I had quite low predicted grades, but without being really biased and all that, my personal statement was quite awesome. I hands-down had managed to get myself so much work experience over the summer, volunteering placements, and I was, and still am, so passionate about my studies.
  • TIP #7: If you need help with your personal statement, ask people (or even ask me/via email). As someone who has worked as a mentor for younger students, and as a tutor, I’ve found that a lot of people have come to me and asked for help with their personal statement, and even interview techniques. Everybody finds it difficult to write about their amazing qualities because they’re afraid to come across as really annoying and arrogant – however, there is always a way to get around that. If you need help, just ask. In the end, everybody wants you to do your best, so make everyone proud.

Don’t apply to somewhere you don’t want to go just because they have lower grade requirements.

6. Choosing which is your first, and which is your insurance choice.

[Update 28/10/16: Following the sale of Taste Uni Ltd, my posts from 2014 on the site will no longer be available; however, due to the increased interest and the number of e-mails I’ve received asking to be re-linked to the post, I will thereby be editing and updating my previously published posts from the website, and reposting them onto enngigi.wordpress.com and theperfectdilemma.wordpress.com in late November!]

  • TIP #8: Don’t apply to somewhere you don’t want to go just because they have lower grade requirements. If something were to happen to you on an exam day, and you don’t get the results you wanted, you’ll be gutted that you’ll have to go to your ‘fall back’ option. You have to prepare for the worst. I know a few people who didn’t get their first choice come results day, but only then did they realise that they didn’t want to go to X university (their insurance university) in the first place, and that they only applied so that they could get all 5 of their offers. If you look at it now, doesn’t it seem really redundant to apply to there in the first place?
  • TIP #9: There are MANY universities out there that you will love. Find one that has a lower grade requirement than your first choice, and is a university that you can see yourself studying at. It is not only the best option for every A2 student, but will definitely help you if results day doesn’t go as planned. It is definitely better to be more prepared (and then chucking all your preparation in the bin when the results are good) than to be underprepared and making the wrong decisions because you can’t think clearly under pressure.

There is always going to be a perfect university out there for you to study abroad at.

7. Studying abroad

If you had come across this blog post because you want to be able to study abroad at some point during your university studies, you’ve come to the right place! Most universities around the UK offer the study abroad and study exchange programme to a number of amazing universities across the world.

  • I know handfuls of people from Keele who will either be coming to Canada with me to study for a semester, to other students who will be heading off to Korea and Norway for the entire year! There is always going to be a perfect university out there for you to study abroad at.
  • If you’re interested in the study abroad programme, just ask during open days about this amazing opportunity – don’t be scared, they can’t bite you at an Open Day! You can even search online for your future university’s curriculum and see if they offer this opportunity.

Don’t sit at home and watch day-time TV.

8. Taking a break with a Gap Year

Many people at my sixth form took a gap year despite having really high grades. Contrary to what your parents may think, it is definitely nothing to be ashamed of. It might not be the norm, but in a few years time, it probably will be. Go travelling, get a job, blog! There are so many things you can do with a gap year, and it’ll give you even more time to realise what you want to do with your life – whether it be to go travelling, or whether it is trying to discover what course you want to do at university. Sometimes breaks are good – but one thing you need to make sure you do is: something. Don’t sit at home and watch day-time TV. Get out there and explore (…& maybe even follow some of your friends to their Fresher’s weeks)!

By the time it’s your upper sixth year, and if you still don’t know what you want to study, and/or if you’re not sure where you want to go, despite researching and visiting a lot of universities up and down the country, consider taking a gap year. Taking a gap year will definitely be a difficult decision for you, and will definitely take a toll of your preparation for university if you choose not to apply for deferred entry because you may not have the full support of your sixth form behind you during your gap year. So:

  • If you feel you need a break from being all academic (but if you know where you want to apply to university, and you know what course you want to study): Apply to University, but instead of entering the following academic year, apply for ‘deferred entry’. This will allow you to take a gap year, but still hold a conditional offer from them, based on your results from your A2 year. If you get the grades you need to hold that offer, you can do whatever you need to do during your gap year, knowing that at the end of the day, you have a place at university in the following year.
  • If you don’t know where you want to go to study, but you want to study next year on a course you really love: Continue looking around at universities. There are so many choices to choose from out there and there is bound to be one there waiting for you! Ask your parents to take weekend trips with you up north, or down south, just so you can visit the universities out there!
  • If you don’t know where you want to study, want a gap year, and know what you want to study: Prepare during your Upper Sixth year. You will get the most support with your application when you’re still in your school – because you are a priority to them at this point. Get your personal statement written, checked and signed off on – however, if you are not applying to UCAS this year, make sure you still have your teacher’s contact emails so that you can send them updated versions of your personal statement throughout the year/during the summer.
  • If you wanted to apply to UCAS really last minute: I think about five of my close friends decided they wanted to go to university really last minute. It was just before results day when they turned to me and was like ‘Imagine if I went to university next year…’, BAM – they changed their mind. What were their options now? Just after results day, many universities who have places for students in clearing, through adjustment, or from UCAS extra, have open days for potential clearing applicants. Many of my friends rang up the clearing hotlines and bagged themselves a place. You have to be careful though – when you ring clearing, you have to be really prepared to hold the line for hours – but getting a course at a university you want will definitely be a worthwhile result of this.
  • Note: you might think that clearing is essentially the easiest plan in the world, but you need to remember that NOT ALL universities up and down the country will have spaces at clearing – especially those courses such as medicine, and those universities such as Cambridge and Oxford etc.

I would say the most important thing in applying to university, alongside choosing the perfect university, is to choose a course that you know you will love. But hey, maybe I’ll write a blog post on it later too!

TIP #10: Be happy. Once you’ve made your choice, you’ve done good. Provided that you’re willing to try, you will meet your best friends at university, you might even meet the love of your life, and you will have the best time of your life!

I really hope that this blog post really helps all you sixth form students out there because I really think I could have done with a blog post like this when I was applying to university! Good luck guys!

Natalie

Disclaimer: I am in no way an expert in applying to university through UCAS since I’ve only been through this process once. But having also applied to the US and been through the study abroad application process (for 2nd exchange programmes at Keele), this blog post is entirely representative of my true thoughts towards applying for the university that suits you.

[Update 28/10/16: Following the sale of Taste Uni Ltd, my posts from 2014 on the site will no longer be available; however, due to the increased interest and the number of e-mails I’ve received asking to be re-linked to the post, I will thereby be editing and updating my previously published posts from the website, and reposting them onto enngigi.wordpress.com and theperfectdilemma.wordpress.com in late November!]

The 9 Types Of Personalities In Your Friendship Group

After a very uneventful start to the summer, I finally decided to post about the most stressful things about friendships!

1. The one who always seems to be busy

We’ve all been there. You’ve planned the perfect day out to go to Place X, but then Person A turns around and says ‘Sorry guys, can’t do that day. I have to go to Place Y with Person B’. Well, crap.

2. The one who can’t stand last minute changes and who decides to rant at you

It might not be your fault, but it might as well be.

3. The one who organises the event

If you’re reading this, it’s most likely to be you who can relate to the rest of these numbers the most.

Shopping with the besties #bf #ukig #hkig #oxfordstreet #london #carnabystreet #hot

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4. The one who is always there for you

There’s only one of them in your group usually. They’re always on time. They’re never late. You take them for granted. They reply promptly, and they’re reliable. We like this person mucho! WE LOVE THIS PERSON.

5. The one who has all these awesome ideas…but never puts them into practice.

They think ‘Let’s head to Edinburgh…Soho…Brighton…for the day’; but you never even bother pencilling it down into your diary because know that you’ll never be there with them. Ever.

6. The one who cancels ten minutes before you guys order food

YUP. They’re ill (are they really though?). Is it stretching your friendship to ask them for a doctor’s note as evidence?

Just under a week until I'm back in London…can't wait to eat at #bananatree #soho #watford

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7. The one that never replies

It’s the morning on the friendly meet up, and the person still hasn’t replied. You want them to come because you haven’t seen them since their holiday or something, but you know somehow they won’t reply.

8. The one that is over an hour late

HA. Don’t lie. We all know who these people are, and we dislike their bad habits. We even tell them a time an hour earlier, but they still rock up much later than everyone else. But how on earth did the manage to go to school on time every morning? It’s astonishing.

9. The one who never turns up anyway

You guys know this person so well. You know what they’re never going to come anyway, but it has turned into some sort of common courtesy to invite them nonetheless.

Disclaimer: Although I do have a great bunch of friends, we’ve learnt to adapt to everyone’s special type of personalities because well, otherwise none of us would really be able to meet up. Anyone else relate?

Natalie

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7 Excuses Everyone Makes When Working At Home

1. The room is too quiet

Ever noticed that whenever you go to work at home you always get distracted by…well, everything? You just stare at the blank wall, and try to convince yourself that you’re actually going to be doing some work whilst staring at that famous and boring wall.

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Sometimes hiding in the library is the best option.

2. There isn’t enough room for my blanket on my desk chair

Admit it. We’ve all tried it. The chair gets too heavy…then you can’t spin around.

3. My bed is more comfy than my desk chair

I actually noticed this much more when I was living in Halls. The depth of the desk was really…not deep. I could literally only put one open folder on one part of the desk when I was in Halls, and it just really annoyed me because it meant I either had to work over my folder, or I had to remove the papers out of the folder. Dilemma much? Home is much better though as the depth of my desk is like 70cm – which is almost definitely easier to work with.

Bed is much more comfy. We like bed.

4. My desk is too far from the kitchen

When I work or study, I need food. However, the kitchen is two flights of stairs away from all my delicious food.

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When you need a cup of tea but the kitchen is too far.

5. Whenever I start working, I get sleepy.

Anyone else with me on this one? There better be a Masters course in ‘Procrastination’ by the time I finish my degree. However, all things considered, I pretty much deserve an honorary doctorate as well in this. Revising on the floor is sometimes usually easier as it means I can take usual naps every now and then. But I have noticed that without taking short naps, you’ll be left trying to revise. You’d be wasting your precious revision time trying to pretend that you’re not sleepy.

6. My desk is full of too many things that I get in the post

Just a little bit of mess on my desk (from my blog posts in September 2014)

Just a little bit of mess on my desk [from my blog posts in September 2014]

7. Nothing encourages you to work other than an elephant load of other people in the same office as you working their butts off

Have you ever noticed that when you’re at college or at uni, when other people are doing work, you will tend to try and make yourself work too? That people will ignore you when they’re working simply because they want to get work done? I think this usually encourages me to work a lot. When I’m working in a bigger environment, say a coffee shop, where other people are also sipping on their coffees and typing away of their keyboard (hopefully not just replying to comments on social media sites etc.), I tend to try to force myself to also work, otherwise I’d feel like I was the one distracting them from their life.

Anyone else have this problem?

HAVE A NICE SUMMER GUYS!

Natalie

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And now I’ve even checked off another bucket list point! https://enngigi.wordpress.com/summerbucket2015/

•*• 10 ways Laundrapp could save your life •*•

This is technically a lifestyle hack right – best way to do your laundry! #Laundrapp

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So after surviving a year at University, I’ve noticed that a lot of people still hate doing their own washing – and I can understand why…especially when you see what other people shove into their washing machines. Our only alternative to the parents-doing-everything-for-us is: letting the professionals at http://laundrapp.com do it!

1. Firstly, you may have spent an entire year at university, but instead of using washing tablets and the launderette, you bought new clothes.

For £15/8kg of clothes, prove to your parents that the £9k you’re paying to go to university has really managed to change you for the better! If you’re living off campus next year, and within Laundrapp’s collection and delivery radius, and you think your time should definitely be spent just revising and whatnot, definitely consider this app – you won’t need to sit around waiting for the dryers to finish, and you might even be able to…

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The difference between home and university halls…plus a list

THINGS I’VE DONE AS A RESULT OF THE CHAOS THAT WENT ON IN OUR FLOOR FOUR KITCHENS THIS SEMESTER

  • Visited A&E with my roommates
  • Cleaned up balsamic vinegar off the floor because it was not my fault, but it was disgusting
  • Threw up because the kitchen was disgusting and I needed to throw up because it was like OH MY…
  • Cleaned up the entire kitchen using 4 hours of my own time…
  • As a kitchen, we received quite a few threats from cleaners letting us know that if we didn’t clean up our acts, we would lose our deposits and get fined…heheheheheheehehehehehehehee….
  • Tried to throw food that had gone off out of the fridge
  • Squished the cucumber that had gone off
  • Threw up because of the cucumber and how disgusting it felt
  • Asked someone else to throw the cucumber away
  • Realised that there were many more fresh foods that were no longer fresh in the fridge
  • Witnessed screams at there being some next insect in the fridge
  • Threw away so many pieces of my cutlery because of the fact that they were on the guys side of the kitchen and I didn’t want to end up with some sort of disease or poisoning because well, yeah
  • I could definitely go on for ages, but it’s too hot for this…

So I’ve been home for just under a month now (+/- 9 days umm) and there are actually so many differences that I’ve been noticing about home, and surviving in university halls. When I first moved off to university last September, I thought to myself that nothing would change. I would come home in the holidays and everything would be exactly the same as it was before I left. And then I also thought that the transition between home and university would also be quite easy.

I have to admit, I was really naive. I guess you could say that the transition between home and university was quite easy, but there are times during the semester that I really wished I was closer to home, or actually, was commuting to university instead. My parents definitely wanted me to stay in London for university, but I always knew that if I had decided to do so, I would just be sitting at home doing absolutely nothing, and then my personality would mean that I would just not be bothered to study and go to lectures because it would have meant going all the way into Central each day. I knew that if I had actually chosen to stay at home, it would have been cheaper (since my parents would not actually charge me rent like student halls do), and I wouldn’t need to worry about cooking and cleaning since my parents would try and do that for me as well…

But since moving off to university, I’ve realised that I do actually enjoy travelling by myself. I enjoy cooking my meals everyday, and I definitely enjoy doing my own washing. Why? Because I have the time to do my own washing this summer. On campus, I did my own washing, and then the times when it was so close to the holidays where I couldn’t be bothered to have to trek downstairs to the laundrette?- yeah, I just packed it into a suitcase and shoved it into the corner of my room so I could take it home for my parents to wash it using their washing machine. This blog post might actually seem quite confusing at this moment in time: maybe slightly looney, but you’ll get the point soon enough. But why did I choose to do my washing at university (at first)? Well, I wanted to learn how to be able to manage my own time; how to learn to wash my clothes; how to manage my money well enough to account for all the utility and other bills I’d have to pay once I graduate (let’s just say that I really wanted to live the university experience). And for the entire two semesters, I could definitely say that I succeeded in doing so. I managed my finances well, paid all the bills and university accommodation fees on time, I managed to sort out my house, and student finances – I also managed to earn extra money using cashback methods, and then doing surveys as a way of earn a little bit of pocket money during the term time when I had the free time. I learnt all this in the first semester, and yes, I’m feeling quite humble and proud right now. But when it had gotten to semester 2, although I had the money to do stuff such as do excessive washing machine runs, and what-not, it wasn’t really the point any more. I just didn’t see the reason in why I couldn’t wait another week so I could go home and do my washing for free. It seems stupid, but paying £7 to do a load of washing is actually quite ridiculous at university, but it has to be done sometimes. Now I’m back home, I like to do my own washing; and I’ve found that I like to hang the clothes out on the washing line instead of shoving them into the tumble dryer where they may or may not follow their own instructions and randomly shrink for no reason at all other than it wanted to.

I definitely think that the most annoying and pain staking thing about living in halls is the communal kitchens. Yes, everyone is definitely going to know what I’m going to say. Living with people who do NOT wash up, or clean up, or tidy up, or throw stuff out of the fridge before it goes all squishy is definitely something I do not want to have to go through again. Waking up in the morning, walking to the kitchen to get your morning breakfast, only to be attacked by bottles and flour of the floor in the hallway, and then balsamic vinegar all over the kitchen floor is something I do not want to see or be near ever again. I would definitely go into more detail, but I think I’ll go into that on a more…angry day of mine where I’d probably just explain my entire blog post in one disgusting photo of our kitchen. Since I’m living with the same girls next year, minus the two boys who made the majority of the mess, I have to say that I’m actually pretty looking forward to being able to cook without the future alarm. OH THE UNIVERSITY FIRE ALARMS AT 5AM. I’m definitely going to miss you (another story for another time)!

I think there definitely would have been much more stuff to talk about if Lindsay Court had such things like a communal bathroom. LUCKILY enough for me, Lindsay Court only has ensuite rooms – I think this might because the university rents out our rooms during the Easter holidays, and during the summer breaks after we have moved out to those attending the conferences at Keele Hall. Ensuites definitely work in my favour. Actually scrap that, ensuites work in EVERYBODY’S favour. It means you don’t need to share when you want to go have a shower, and you don’t need to worry about people stealing your expensive/imported from some random place, designer shampoo costing you x amounts…and so on. But not every university offers 100+ students ensuites room – quite a few of the other on campus accommodations have shared bathrooms. I’ve lived with my parents and I’ve always hated sharing a bathroom with them (moving into the loft room has definitely helped now though: we all have a bathroom each), and I could never imagine having to share a bathroom with random strangers. It would be really weird for me, but if I do decide to move back onto Campus for Third Year, I’d definitely have to consider it as most 3rd Years don’t actually get priority again, and we won’t get our beloved ensuites back! Ah well, a year to prepare for such terror.

Living in university halls has allowed me to mature and to grow up. It has allowed me to be a bit more adventurous, and learn how to deal with 2 hours of sleep. I have cooked my own meals for two semesters, and well, I’m still alive so I can’t have had been doing THAT bad of a job right? I’ve managed to do everything on time, and living in halls has definitely been a really rewarding experience. I would definitely recommend living in Halls to future university students, and students who are trying to decide whether or not to live at home for university just because their house is 1 hour away from campus. If I hadn’t had the chance to live by myself, to live independently, and to live on my own accord, I don’t think I would have been able to justify how I’ve spent my first year at university. Yes, at home, I may have been able to get away with the only child/princess treatment, but with my personality, I’d never have been able to grow up and mature. This was definitely the university experience that I’ve been looking for, and to have completed Fresher’s alive, well, and only tad skinnier, I think that I’ve made my parents, and myself quite proud.

Also, guys, once you’ve lived the university halls experience, and you’ll head back home and think WOW IT MUST BE MAGIC: THE FRIDGE IS FULL: enjoy it before you head back to uni!

Now next year I’ll be living in my own house with my current roommates. Step 1. Live in university halls. Step 2. Survive living in a house. Bring it on.

Natalie