Clubs and societies, Course, Free time, The Galleon, Travels

Super busy.

Well, the past months of university, and life in general, have been ridiculously busy. I guess this is what being an actual proper grown up feels like (turning 22 in November has definitely reminded me I’m getting older now)! Third year has been a whirlwind of reading, essays, editing, going to gigs, reviewing, socialising, and applying for jobs, and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down.

My course

Whilst attempting my dissertation work, there’s been work for other units to contend with and it always seems like time is just slipping away and there aren’t enough hours in the day to fit everything in. Thankfully, a few (a lot of) lengthy days in the library paid off and I managed to do all my work in the end. I haven’t been happy with results I’ve been getting so far this year but a good friend of mine reminded me if I’d tried my hardest then I should be proud of whatever I’ve achieved. I know I’ve been working super hard so if I’m heading for a 2.2 then I’m proud of that in itself, especially with the amount of work experience I’ve been doing.

The Galleon

Speaking of work experience, I can’t believe we’re halfway through The Galleon issues for the year. I’ve had a blast so far in my position of Music Editor and I’ve no doubt at the end of the year I’ll be really sad to let it go. It’s not too late to get involved so if you fancy writing for the music section e-mail me at music@galleonnews.com. Otherwise, check out http://www.quarterdeck.galleonnews.com for more info on other sections, meetings, etc.

Career

As soon as you hit third year there’s a lot of pressure on to apply for jobs for after university, in the form of graduate schemes, placements, and internships. Unfortunately, unless you’re interested in engineering, finance, business or IT you’ll struggle to find a role you’d like to apply for in these sorts of jobs. All I can suggest is if you want to do something just make sure you do whatever you can to make yourself stand out from the crowd. I’ve just started applying for highly-competitive work experience but I’m hoping, because of all the writing I’ve done (unpaid!) so far, I’ll get accepted somewhere eventually. Yes, your degree is important but remember to think about what’s going to happen after uni.

Life

I’ve had a brilliant Christmas holidays and I’m very fortunate to have had an amazing group of friends at home for over ten years. When you’re at uni it’s tricky to keep in touch with old friends, especially if, like me, you’ve made some great new ones at uni, but it’s definitely worth the effort. We’ve had some great nights this holiday and it’s like we’ve never been apart.

Otherwise, I’ve just been relaxing and procrastinating A LOT. I know, it’s terrible, but I’ve desperately needed after burning the candle at both ends since September.  I’m going back to Portsmouth to celebrate New Year’s Eve with my friends but then I’m off to Scotland to visit my family, before rushing back to Portsmouth again ready for my final semester at uni.

It’s emotional, but it’s growing up.

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Christmas, Free time, Work experience

Christmas break.

So Christmas is finally here! I was really looking forward to the break, but when I think about how much work I need to be doing over the three suposedly free weeks, it makes me sad…

The last week of term was busy, but I actually had a lot of fun. On Tuesday I did my last shift of the year at the Salisbury hospital. I’m glad I don’t have to wake up so early anymore, but at the same time it has become a routine thing, so it feels weird when I wake up every Tuesday morning and the clock doesn’t say 6.30am…

Wednesday was the day when I had an induction for my new placement, which I am hoping to start as soon as I can in the new year. The placement is at the Kingston prison in Portsmouth, where I will be assisting with art sessions. Because this will involve working with so called “vulnerable population”, I need to undergo a thorough security check, which can take quite a long time (usually around 4-6 weeks). I am very excited about doing this.

Thursday consisted of another trip to Salisbury for a team meeting, which I thought was really worth attending as everyone got to say what they thought of the project, and we found out about the new developments. Later that evening my friends and I had a lovely Christmas dinner which involved very nice food (cooked by Maria and Richard – thank you!), christmas games, colouring in, dragon and A LOT of mulled wine. It felt like real Christmas and at that moment I honestly didn’t want to go back home.

But the real Christmas is now here and it feels equally as good. For my family, Christmas starts on Christmas Eve, so we are starting our feast tonight! This also means I get to open my presents tonight!

While I’m typing this, I can smell all the amazing food that my mum has been cooking over the last couple of days. I guess it’s time to set the table…

I wish you all  Merry Christmas! Make sure you spend quality time with your family!

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Clubs and societies, Free time, Island Experience, Nightlife, The city

Merry Christmas 2012

Congratulations! I’m pleased to report that we survived the apocalypse of 21 December 2012. I was grabbing some last minute Christmas presents in Commercial Road when doomsday failed to occur. A brass band was playing some festive tunes and there was a cheerful atmosphere around the town centre – but I still took a glance at the skies, just in case there were any meteors about to strike. Perhaps I was mistaken in doing this – I was never quite sure what exactly was meant to happen. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, aliens – maybe all of them at once? Either way, the sky seemed the best place to look, but there was nothing of interest to be seen.

I guess we should count ourselves fortunate that life has proceeded as normal, though ‘normal’ never seems the right word to use!

It doesn’t seem possible that we have already had a whole week away from Uni. Buying presents, meeting friends, eating out, taking a few fleeting moments to relax. Where has the time gone? Today has been pleasant: eating a roast dinner out at a country pub followed by a muddy stroll in the outdoors, seeing relatives for the annual gift-exchange, wrapping presents (and realising that I’ve missed a few family members off my list!)

Christmas Eve (tomorrow!) will consist of the final preparations in the house, getting those last few gifts, meeting an old school friend, and perhaps sitting down to a Christmas film. And then the big day will be upon us!

I’m really feeling in the Christmas spirit and I’m so excited about all the new things I’ll be doing in the new year.

I can only finish by bidding you a Merry Christmas, and all the best for 2013!

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First Term

After a busy first term I can safely say I am relieved to be going home for Christmas, the idea of spending three weeks with a dishwasher and someone to cook for me is delightful, leaving me to relax and see some of my friends who have also come home for the holidays.

Thinking back over my first 12 weeks at University it strangely feels like I have been here for longer and that the day my parents dropped me off was a lifetime ago, but at the same time it has gone so quickly! I can’t believe how much I have managed to fit into these 12 weeks, I spent one of them in Venice on a course trip, which was brilliant and I made some wonderful friends (who I’m coincidently going to be living with next year!) I’ve also completed several projects, proved that I actually CAN make models – something I always thought I was hopeless at in school, been to see Madness in concert and to see War Horse in the west end, on top of all my studies! I also went on a trip to Milton Keyes Ski Slope with Pompey Snow, the ski and snowboard society, which was really good fun!

So far I have thoroughly enjoyed my first weeks of University (almost half way through the year -scary!) I actually really like cooking for myself and having to take a bit more responsibility in my life, though I could do with a dishwasher and someone to sort my washing out for me!

Its good to be home!

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Course, Free time, Nightlife, Study, The city

It’s Christmas!

December again, and who knew it.

A Christmas tree has appeared in Park Building, and an even larger one in the Guildhall. I even saw an evening carol service there the other night. It really got me into the festive mood!

My weekend was spent pulling boxes of decorations from isolated attic cupboards, and this week our house has started on an internal transformation of tinsel and lights. Of course, I should have been working on the mountain of presentation and essay work which is looming over me. I think I will need to start spending every available second for frantic research and skim reading.

But no matter how much work there is to be done, I am going to ensure that there is still time to spend catching up with friends, a night by the fireplace and a mince pie after dinner. I live in the positive assumption that my work, somehow, will come together.

This Christmas, the best miracle will be handing in some decent work before the deadlines. Merry Christmas everyone!

You can see below the nicely decorated tree in Park Building (left) and the outdoor carol service in the Guildhall (right).

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What a Semester?!

I apoligise for not writing much this term but it has been a crazy period for me.

Living in this student house has highlighted several problems. I am extremely far out from uni which makes it difficult and an effort to get in. The buses arent reliable so I guess Im getting fitter that way 😉 I dont get on with one of my house mates which has pushed me out a bit but it has also made me a very busy person.

Being events organiser for show choir is keeping me on my toes and Ive just signed myself up for coorindator for one of my uni projects so more stress. All my deadlines are due in the next week so Ive got little time to go over them and make them expectable if I want my first. 

Lets just say theres alot in my head at the moment and remembering everything is turning out to be impossible. Paying bills and finance issues are common amongst students this term, money is being stretched and christmas present buying just doesnt help. Overall STRESSED! Bring on the three week christmas period!

Just Time to do a bit of advertising 🙂

Sunday 9th December – BAR 38 between 2pm – 5pm, Show Choir are performing some Christmas songs to spread the festive spirit! We are performing for READ Charity so please come on down and show your support.

Many Thanks!

 

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