5 things I would tell myself as a fresher

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PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE

University is the start of a whole new adventure and if I could change the way I went into freshers week is to of put myself out there. By that I mean get involved in everything. Freshers fairs, flat parties or even just sitting with your flat mates, you always want to make a good first impression and not miss out on anything. Starting University is very difficult, you are suddenly on your own in this tiny bedroom with nobody you know. It is a lot. But putting yourself out there will help with the loneliness and open so many more doors for the rest of the year.

THE PEOPLE YOU FIRST MEET WILL NOT NECESSARILY BE THE PEOPLE YOU HANG OUT WITH ALL YEAR

This is something that I really struggled with. I basically moved into my halls a day late so everybody had already had a night out together, leaving me feeling extremely left out. But i seriously tried my hardest to get involved with everybody but the people I hung out with through freshers (apart from Katie) just were not my kind of people. They were lush and sweet don’t get me wrong but extremely cliquey and coming in a day late it seemed as if they did not have the time of day for me. I got really upset that I was not going to make anymore friends but I was lucky enough to through out the year of met the best girls and boys I know. DO not think you won’t meet anyone else, because you will. You have all year to make best friends.

DON’T ARGUE WITH YOUR FLAT MATES

Unfortunately through out my first year at University my flat mates began to argue with each other due to nobody having my respect for people things. I learnt through the year to just not get involved, when somebody has something wrong wit somebody else, lend an ear but maybe not an opinion. You are living with these people for the whole year so to make it easier get on with everybody even if you don’t agree with what they do. You begin to realise that everybody is completely different so respect each other.

PUT LESS PRESSURE ON YOURSELF

Freshers is bigged up massively whether you are a student or not, this is what University is known for. A whole week of clubbing, socialising and drinking, but this could be new to some people. All I am saying is don’t put pressure on yourself to live up the the freshers expectations. The build up to freshers is huge but it is not the make or break of University life. If you miss a couple of nights out it is not the end of the world, you will be going out socialising for the whole year, so there is no rush to meet lots of people.

MAKE UNIVERSITY YOUR HOME

Because I have a boyfriend and lots of very close friends at home I spent a lot of my weekends travelling back to hang out with them, but although I don’t regret it I wish I made my halls more like my home. Although I was comfortable in my room, I wasn’t that comfortable in my flat. My top tip is to spend as much time there as possible because before you know it you will be back home again for the Summer, and let me tell you know… I am bored!! I can’t wait to go back.

Good luck to all you first years, I am jealous of you all! First year is the best!!

a weekend in hollands wood, new forest

Camping in the New Forest, Dorset

I would massively recommend a weekend away at the New Forest. It is very relaxing and a lot of fun. The place is filled with horses, on the first morning a shetland pony came charging at us for our food! Although there is not that much to do around us bar cycling and long walks it is a very pretty area. I would go back again!

Bag – SHEIN (buy here)

Solly and I were not able to go on a holiday this year due to him being super busy with work and us both having so many other things planned, so we thought we should spend a weekend in a tent instead. We have now both spent 2 weekends in a row in a tent, the first weekend being in a smelly, muddy field with lots of other people to the second weekend doing it properly. We borrowed my mums Glastonbury Festival tent that has one pod with a huge middle bit to keep all of our stuff in. We bought a gas cooker to make ourselves cups of tea and breakfast every morning, I stocked us up on food and beer and made our sleeping area extremely snug.

Newquay

Weekend In Bournemouth

Weekend in Watford

On Friday evening Sol did not finish work until 6:30PM so we did not get to the campsite until it was pitch black. Putting the tent up in the dark was a struggle, especially when we had people taking the micky out of us when they walked passed.

On Saturday we had a long morning, relaxing outside the tent and trying to figure out how to cook some sausages without burning them. In the afternoon we went to Hurst Castle which is Henry VIII castle, a prison of Charles and a World War 2 theatre. To get to it we either had to get a ferry or walk for a couple miles along the sea front. Stupidly we decided to walk, forgetting how windy it would be being right by the seaside, but when we got there we were glad we visited. Solly loves things like this.

In the evening we went for dinner at The Snake Catcher which was not amazing. I got whitebait to start and before I had even finished they bought out my burger. It seemed like they were in a massive rush, but I did hear that they had been packed all day. On Sunday we went to Christchurch Harbour which I loved!! It was so cute, people were crabbing, paddle boarding and it was filled with lots of boats. Thankfully it was actually sunny so we were able to sit on the rocks and eat fish and chips.

I am getting my disposable cameras printed of today and I can not wait to share with you the craziness of Boomtown, bits of London and some cute pictures from camping. Disposable camera photos are my favourite, they look so nice when they are printed out. Was thinking of carrying one around all the time so I can hang the photos up in my University room!

In need of vitamin sea

Sao Marinho Do Porto beach on a beautifully sunny day.

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Jack and I getting out of the sea in the Golden Hour!

Cute little shops below and  surrounding Obidos Castle.

There were decorated bikes everywhere in Portugal. We came to the conclusion that they were our version on scarecrows or something, haha!

The best spaghetti carbonara I have had in a very long time!! After a day at the beach we were all desperate for Italian food (apart from my brother who just craves meat.) We found the cutest little resturent just by the beach with the nicest waitresses and the best food.

Alice and I ‘paddle boarding,’ haha! The tide was so strong this day that my Mum and Dad pulled us along on there kaiak, how lazy are we.

My brother and I enjoying the freezing cold sea. The waves were massive this day we were being completely swept away.

Our family villa. What a beautiful view!!

Another picture from Obidos Castle, the place was so beautiful and filled with colour.

BBQ time!! 

The first day at the beach, obviously holding a nice, cold mojito!

A little TB of my family holiday in Portugal. I can not wait to go away in September with my friends!! Although England is sunny, there is nothing like a holiday. Summer is the best!

A sunset dinner & a day in Lisbon

Sunday 1st July

Dress – TopShop

As you would of seen in my post A beautiful day for a beautiful beach, my family and I stopped at a new restaurant, right on the sea front. So we thought one evening we should definitely show our support and check it out.

The whole restaurant is windows, making it extremely picturesque. The sun sets all around you while sipping on wine and eating beautiful food. I had a cod fish, which was battered, covered in onions, cheese and potato wedges. For me, the portion size was perfect but my family thought it was too small. It is a new restaurant which opened a couple days before we went there for dinner so nobody was expecting perfection, but I really enjoyed it!

Tuesday 3rd July

For the last day of our holiday we spent the afternoon in Lisbon. We had to be out of the villa by 10:00AM and were catching a flight home from Lisbon airport at 5:00PM, so spending the day in the city seemed like the best idea.

Personally, I absolutely loved Lisbon. it reminded me of being in Barcelona (my favourite city in the world.) There were people everywhere, restaurants throughout the streets and a lot of atmosphere.

By the time we had travelled and parked in Lisbon it was already 12:00PM, so the first thing we decided to do was EAT! As it was the last day of the holiday, I treated myself to an amazing hawaiian pizza. While waiting for the food I had a little peep in Zara because I needed to buy some clothes for work in London. Shopping in Lisbon is really good!!

After this we travelled to the airport, before flying back to England. What an amazing holiday!!

Berlinga Island

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Monday 2nd July

We all spent out last day on Berlinga Island, a tiny island off the coast of Portugal. At 2:00PM we caught a boat over the crazy seas. My dad and brother were desperate to try out the surfing while we were away but unfortunately the waves were never big enough, but typically we choice to get a boat over the ocean on a day where the waves are crazy. It was a very windy boat ride, ahahaha! But at least it was only a 20 – 30 minute ride.

When we got there none of us could believe it. It seemed as if people were on holiday there, with girls washing in the sea, a tiny beach, boat everywhere, it was a completely different culture and was very interesting!

First of all we walked to the castle on the other side of the island. It was right over the hills and down hundreds of steps. My mum, sister and I did not come prepared when we wore flip – flops and carried huge handbags. When we got there we had a look around, a quick drink before heading back to the little beach. I was desperate to go snorkelling.

Unfortunately, when my cousin, Jack and I went snorkelling we did not see many fish but we did climb into a cave. It had its own private beach inside but the waves were crashing in so heavily that I got scared.

If you are staying near Lisbon in Portugal I would recommend spending the day at Berlinga Island, it is a great experience and beautiful place.

 

A morning at a Market & a touch on kindness

Thursday 28th June

As my brother, sister and cousin Kieran wanted to spend the morning at a gym, the rest of us thought we would go and pick up some fruit and vegetables from a local market. I love markets!! They are so pretty and a great place to people watch. Looking at the difference in culture is crazy, but I find it extremely interesting. The market was so pretty, even the buildings around it were coated in lovely pastel colours. Colours like this are my favourite, I just love looking at bright places.

Alice and I cooked for everybody in the evening, a delicious bolognese just after the England World Cup match. What did you all think of it? Pretty boring?

Top – Urban Outfitters

KINDNESS

I have wanted to talk about something like this for a while, and I think while being away from home it is a great time to do so. It is always good to get away from any negativity.

“The world is filled with nice people, if you can’t find one, be one”

Kindness is extremely underrated. For me, there is one trait I try my hardest to always be and a trait I look for in other people – that is to be kind.

According to the latest research, people who are generous benefit from their behaviour, from lower stress levels to happier relationship and it can also reduce the risk of heart disease. Being kind is a simple concept that we take for granted in those that we surround ourselves with. The most obvious benefit is that is makes others feel good, and while making others happy, you also inspire them to want to do something kind for somebody else. When you commit to such a simple act, those around you will take note and it becomes contagious.

“A more kindness, a little less judgmental”

It is about less finger pointing and more smiling. Give a compliment to the girl who’s dress you like, say good morning to the guy who is making your coffee in Starbucks, tell your parents that you love them. But most of all, learn to say thank you to those who do their best to help you. It is about less judgment on other peoples lives and a bit more kindness.

“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted”

You know people who feel appreciated will do so much more than they are wiling to, we all have our bad days and we all have mood swings, so just a few kind words coming from you will probably make them feel better. Everyone is going through their own struggle, no matter how big or small. It doesn’t give you the right to judge people on their own insecurities, because do you honestly, does it make you feel better when you are pointing out somebodies weakness?

I am just trying to say that a pinch of kindness never hurt nobody. It is time that people learn the importance of self love, why they should be kind to themselves and then understanding that everybody deserves happiness.

Remember… your smile is contagious.

Óbidos Castle: a different day, a different beach

Wednesday 27th June

On our way too a new beach my Dad wanted to go the rural way and stop at a castle. I am glad we did, the place was beautiful. Filled with colours, flowers and culture. It was like walking the Great Wall of China, ahah. You had to walk along a wall that was extremely high in the air, with no wall on one side, to get to the castle, as you can see in my second photograph.

After we walked around around the shops and got a coffee in a cute cafe. It was very hot so by the time we had finished, we were ready for the beach.

We went to the other side of Peniche beach, where there were a lot more people, bars and rocks to climb on. My family and I love to just sit on the beach, especially when it is sunny. My brother is like a fish so he gets very bored, but loves it when someone actually gets in the sea with him, haha!

Nearly everyday we have been travelling to a different beach that Dad discovers on google maps. It is always exciting to try new things.