My first semester at Bournemouth University!

My first semester at University has officially ended and I am driving back to Somerset today. It has been such a journey over the past 3 months and I don’t know what to think about it, how has the first semester already ended? Time has flown by. I remember my first day arriving at University. I was only with my mum and to be honest I wasn’t even nervous. Throughout the Summer I had been so busy to even think about stating University, until I actually arrived. It was Sunday 17th September, Mum and I unloaded all my stuff out of the car and I entered into my new home. As soon as I walked in the flat was a tip and that was when I realised that I had arrived a day late. I was so upset about it because I was thinking I am the odd one out, they all had a group chat before we started that I was not in, where they all bonded and I just felt so left out. I went into bathroom and just cried my eyes out. My first impressions of my flat mates were not the best, I was not similar to anybody and my first night out was horrific. We went to watch Lethal Bizzle and Cameo and I spent most of the night all on my own.

Something that I have learnt in my first semester a University is to not judge a book by its cover, the people I first met at University I am not even friends with now. But through the months I have bonded with some great people. On my first day at University I met this girl called Bethan and we spent the whole day together. When she went off to a different seminar group, I sat on the smoking area step, all on my own and rang my best friend Jess. She goes to Aberyswyth University and I just needed to speak to a friendly voice. I had never felt so lonely and on my own through the whole first week, but that was when I bonded with my flat mate Katie. You have probably seen her on my blog before but we are now the best of friends. I have made many course friends who I spend a lot of my time with and other girls from around Bournemouth.

University is a huge huge step up from College and I am very glad I have stuck it out. If I could do anything different, I would of spent a lot more time out mingling through freshers, because that is when everybody is out to make friends. The only problem I had was that at that point I did not have anybody that I really enjoyed the night out with. Everybody bigged up freshers as if it would be the best week/2 weeks of your life but it really is not. I have had so many amazing nights out afterwards because now I have so many people in my life that I love to spend time with.

I have never had this much freedom in my life and to be honest I didn’t know how to handle it. When I was at college I had a part time job which filled up a lot of my time, where as Uni I am only in 3 days a week, with not that much work. So on my days off I don’t know what to do with myself and unfortunately this has made me extremely lazy. I am finding it very hard to fill up my time, where as at home I am very motivated. A tip to give any Uni students is to not waste your time, if you don’t have any work to do or you are bored, go and socialise. Don’t spend lots of time on your own in your room, because to be honest you do go into a bit of a rut.

2 weeks a go, the girls and I found a house together! I am living with Katie (my flatmate), Maddi (I kind of knew Maddi from home due to mutual friends) and Ellie (Ellie is also from my area.) I am so excited for us all to move in together next year as we have become the best of friends. We have even decided to go on a girls holiday in the Summer! Although I have only lived in my accommodation for 3 months, living with people with such different personalities can be very draining. So moving in with girls I have so much in common with, will be amazing!

Coming to University has made me realise who is my real friends back at home. Because I have made so many girl friends at University it makes me see who has my back. I have definitely matured through University, although I do rely a lot on my parents, I can now look after myself and feel very secure. I believe this is probably the best place in my life I have ever been (apart from the amount of weight I have put on).

I have wanted to go to university ever since I was a little girl and it is the best decision I have made. Leaving my home town has made me realise the world is a bigger place and I am excited for life!

 

COCA – COLA CHRISTMAS TRUCK IN BOURNEMOUTH

The Coca – Cola truck came to Bournemouth on the 23rd – 24th September and even though it came through my home town I have never been to it before. There was always this massive hype about how cool it is so I thought I should check it out. We actually went on the 24th which was Black Friday. Katie and I decided to go into town so I could buy Sollys Christmas present (which unfortunately was not on sale) and on route we bumped into Ellie, who we are living with next year.

It was parked up in The Triangle which is right at the top of town and a huge trek up a hill. When we got there, we were offered a free can of coke by a group of boys and girls who travelled around with the bus. The organisation is such a sweet idea to spread Christmas joy and get people into the spirit. They play Christmas songs, spray fake snow and spread the joy.

“The holidays are coming”

10 (MUST HAVE) Stocking Filler Ideas

1d1ba7719a1fda331738b07ba273ed6f--gold-christmas-christmas-holidaysI thought this would be a good blog post to do as I know it must be so hard to think of tiny presents to use as stocking fillers. I know there is always room for chocolate coins and satsumas, but lets be honest we can all do better than that. It is the season of love and giving and it will be worth the forward planning and the late night wrapping sessions, just to see the excitement on your loved ones faces. These are all acceptable stocking fillers for children, teenagers, women and men.

  1. A fun mug – There are a lot of these on Amazon. Ones that you can hold your biscuit in, ones that stir themselves or even ones with funny quotes on. Everyone loves a hot drink, especially a fancy hot chocolate or ginger bread latte to celebrate this special season.
  2. Card games – Especially at Christmas, everyone loves card games. Whether you are a teenager wanting to play drinking games or a child learning how to play snap, this is a perfect stocking filler.
  3. Mini make up sets – Brands such as Benefits make up or Mac make mini make up set from Christmas stocking fillers. This can be mainly for teenagers.
  4. A portable speaker – This present will mainly for teenagers but a portable speak can always be useful. The JBL speakers are the perfect size for stocking fillers.
  5. Skin care – Any skin care products are good stocking fillers, especially travel sized ones. Charcoal is very popular at the moment and is good for all skin types.
  6. Travel mug – You can buy travel mugs nearly everywhere around this time of the year. Like I have already said,  everyone loves a hot drink especially on a cold winter morning. So to have a drink on the go with a reusable cup can be very useful.
  7. Nail varnish – My favourite nail varnish is Estee Lauder and again it is the perfect size for a stocking filler. You can also get them in packs of around 3 or 5.
  8. Key ring – You can get personalised key rings in many places, like tourist shops or online.
  9. Nail kit – You can get many different patterned nail kits which can be useful. Especially when at Uni. They include nail scissors, tweezers, nail clippers, a file and others.
  10. Headphones – Any sort of headphones can come in handy to any ages.

I hope these stocking fillers help you out this Christmas. I have only bought one Christmas present yet this year, so I am very behind.

How to get over those Monday morning blues…

I have had a very exciting weekend spending it with my close University friends and then my boyfriend coming to visit. Every week at Uni I am always busy doing crazy things that I wish I shared more with you guys. I spent most of last week at home as I was very ill. Last Sunday I spent the whole day in bed being sick repeatedly and all I wanted was to be at home being looked after by my mum, eating her home – made soup. I caught a late train back Thursday evening so that I was able to go to all my seminar and lectures on Friday, and to catch up with my course friends. On Friday night I went to lollipop with some course friends which is an event on every Friday night at a club called The Old Fire Station, which is just around the corner from my accommodation. It was a lot of fun yet it was extremely cold. So the walk there and back was not too much fun!

On Saturday morning Solly, my boyfriend got the train down to Bournemouth so we could spend the weekend together. We did lots of Christmassy things and just chilled, it was nice to be together away from home, like a little winter get away.

So after a lush weekend, I have major Monday blues and I am here to help you all through yours.

1.WRITE A TO – DO LIST

One of the main things I have to do before I start my week is write a to – do list and update my diary. I have a deadline this week so I find it easier to schedule in a time to do it, so that it will definitely get done. I write one list of what I need to get done that week, then write one for the day. Such as saying when I need to go the gym, blog, write up notes ect.

2. USE MONDAY AS A FRESH START

Whenever my day has not been productive I really feel bad about it and beat myself up. Although I do not have much to get done at the moment, I get upset with myself when I don’t spend my time wisely, so this is why I use Monday as a fresh start. When you begin your week well, hopefully it will end well too. It is time to be productive.

3. EAT A GOOD HEALTHY BREAKFAST

I have always been that person who skips breakfast, especially when being at University. But I have come to realise that this is very unhealthy. Starting your week with a healthy breakfast will kick start your Monday and make you feel fresh.

4. MAKE SURE YOU INCLUDE SOMETHING ‘FUN’ IN YOUR TO – DO LIST

Although you want to be productive, especially when you are at Uni, you want to keep yourself entertained. If you are trying to have a productive day, even getting a bit of fresh air will split up your time. University is meant for socialising, so meeting your friend for a coffee or popping round to there flat will lift you mood a lot.

5. GO TO BED EARLY SUNDAY NIGHT

Even on a Sunday night at University there is always something going on, but try and get an early nigth. It is easy for me to say but it will really kick start your week to be a great one.

Do you have anyways to over come Monday blues?

 

BOURNEMOUTH WITH MY BOYFRIEND

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A weekend away with my boyfriend

Although I spent a lot of last week at home, I thought it would be a good idea for Solly to come to Bournemouth and visit me for the weekend. He caught the train up Saturday morning and arrived at around 1:00PM. I picked him up from the train station which is just a 5 minute walk from my accommodation, then we came back and watched a film and had a bit of lunch.

At around 4:30PM we got the bus into town where we walked around the Christmas market, looked in a couple of shops and then stopped to have a drink. The next available slot to go ice skating wasn’t until around 8:00PM, so we had a long wait. Ice skating was so funny, the whole set up in Bournemouth gardens is so beautiful and festive. For dinner we got a TGI Fridays which neither of us have ever had before. I got a lush cheese burger with sweet potato fries, where as so got a steak and ribs. TGI Fridays is Sollys ideal restaurant.

Because we started drinking so early, we made an impulsive decision to go on a night out with my girl friends. But by the time it got down to actually going we were completely sober, yet we went to show our faces which I am glad we did. Sasas and Nicky Blackmarket were playing at The Old Firestation and we found 2 tickets for £5.

The next day we had a nice lye in and I cooked him up a big full English breakfast, before we went back down into the Christmas Markets for the afternoon. Sol then got the train home at 4:30PM and I won’t see him again until I am home for Christmas.

The Christmas Tag

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS FILM?

My favourite will definitely have to be Elf. It is the kind of film you could watch on repeat and never get bored. I also LOVE Love Actually. The film is so heart warming and just such a good film to watch on Christmas Eve or on the evening of Christmas.

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A WHITE CHRISTMAS?

Yes I have, once! It was so funny, we went sledging on Christmas Day at a steep hill at the top of our road. I can’t remember what year it was but I was very young. I feel like this year could be a white Christmas, I can’t believe how cold it is!

WHERE DO YOU USUALLY SPEND YOUR HOLIDAY?

Well I am only 19 so I have always spent it with my family. Last Christmas Day I spent working at the pub which was actually really fun and festive but I would prefer to have lots of free time this Christmas. That way I am able to get in the festive spirit and maybe even do blogmas.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SONG?

My favourite is 100% Fairy tale of New York, I listen to this song even when it is not Christmas!

DO YOU OPEN ANY PRESENTS ON CHRISTMAS EVE?

Yes, when I was younger we always used to open 1 present on Christmas Eve as we were always too excited. I don’t know if I will be doing that again this year. As we are all growing up we will all be doing different things, such as celebrating with friends or being with my boyfriend on Christmas Eve.

CAN YOU NAME ALL OF SANTA’S REINDEER’S?

Rudolph, Dasher, Prancer, Vixen… that is all I know.

WHAT HOLIDAY TRADITION ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST?

On Christmas morning we all wake up early and have salmon and egg for breakfast and open our presents from Santa. We also have a glass of champagne. I am just excited to spend a long period of time at home with family and friends getting into the Christmas spirit, listening to Christmas songs, going to Christmas markets and spending time with my boyfriend when he doesn’t have to work.

IS YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE REAL OR FAKE?

Our Christmas tree is always real we would never buy a fake one! Maybe in my Uni flat we could get a small fake one, but we would never at home.

WHAT IS YOUR ALL TIME FAVOURITE HOLIDAY FOOD TREATS?

Honestly anything festive! I love having a big roast and eating lots of chocolate. I am not the biggest fan on mince pies.

DO YOU LIKE GIVING GIFTS OR RECEIVING GIFTS BETTER?

I honestly do not know. I could not tell you how much I love love love shopping for other people, wrapping it up, making it look pretty. But then everybody loves having presents bought for them, who doesn’t.

WHAT IS THE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?

Most of the presents I get are all amazing. My parents always spoil me. I would probably have to say that my favourite present would be the Pandora bracelet that my boyfriend Solly got me for our first proper Christmas together. I put it on that day and haven’t taken it off since.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM PLACE TO VISIT FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON?

New York! That would be my absolute dream. Maybe not to spend Christmas Day there but how amazing would it be to spend a couple of days before there or even New Years!

ARE YOU A PRO PRESENT WRAPPER OR DO YOU FAIL AT IT?

I would say I was a proper as you will end up seeing!

MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY MOMENT?

The most memorable Christmas would probably have to be our white Christmas. It was so much fun. Also when we spend Christmas Day with our close cousins, that was always fun.

WHAT MADE YOU REALISE THE TRUTH ABOUT SANTA?

Hahaha, well one Christmas, I think I was in Year 6, my brother and I were having a sleepover and I saw my mum come into the room and put our presents in. I kept it a secret from my brother and sister for a couple more years.

DO YOU MAKE NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS AND DO YOU STICK TO THEM?

Yes I do make New Years resolutions every year and no I do not stick to them at all, they end after about 3 days.

WHEN DO YOU START GETTING EXCITED FOR CHRISTMAS?

Middle of November, when all the Christmas lights go on and everybody starts thinking about presents.

WHAT MAKES THE HOLIDAYS SPECIAL FOR YOU?

Just being at home with close friends and family. I love it because everyone is always happy!

AS A KID, DID A SIBLING EVER RECEIVE A PRESENT THAT YOU WANTED?

My sister always used to get the pink stuff and I always got purple which made me jealous because my favourite colour is pink. That is all that I can think of.

YOU HAVE BEEN GRANTED ONE CHRISTMAS WISH… WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Honestly just for everybody to be safe and happy.

 

Family in Bournemouth | The Stable Restaurant 

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On Tuesday evening, my mum and sister drove down to Bournemouth from home so Alice could join me on a night out at Toast Tuesdays. She arrived to my accommodation at around 6:30, I gathered all my Uni girls together for pre drinks and we had the best night!

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The next day mum picked us up from my accommodation and we went for lunch at The Stables Restaurant. They sell dishes such as thin pizzas, pies, wraps and big salads. All 3 of us got the pizzas and they were lush. I love thin pizzas because they don’t fill you up to much, so it meant were able to do a bit of shopping before I went back to my halls. Luckily I have found a lot of my Christmas presents which I am going to shop for on Black Friday.

I really love it when any of my friends and family  come to visit me, although I am home a lot it is still so nice to take them around Bournemouth. It is definitely somewhere I can see myself living in the future, or even a big city.