It’s Ending Already?! | DTD3

Hello and welcome to my first post of May! I honestly didn’t intend to take this recent break, I just had a super bad week when I got back to uni which sucked all creativity out of me, and then a deadline which took up the whole of this last week. I didn’t want to not post, but I didn’t want to post totally miserable or totally boring things either.

But, my final essay of my first year at uni has been submitted, I’m almost finished with one of my four modules, and then I’ll just have 3 exams to contend with and that’s it! First year over!

It’s mad to think that one third of my time at uni is almost over. A whole third. And I’m kind of happy about it, not because I’m desperate for it to be over by any means, but because if it’s going quickly, it means I’m enjoying it. I don’t want this period of my life to drag out, I want it to be something I achieve because I’ve always wanted to, and that I look back on with pride.

BUT. It is not over yet. I have a long slog of revision ahead of me (I mean, I have just over two weeks to my first exam and have only just started revising… It’s a tad nerve-wracking, but I’ll deal).

One thing I am really glad about though, is that I’ve chosen my modules for next year and I’m halving the amount of exams I’ll have to take! This year I had three after my first semester, and I’ve got three coming up. Next year I’ll have two after my first semester and only one after my second.

I realise that to anyone taking GCSEs currently, that will sound like a miniscule amount of exams, and I sympathise completely with your plight. My academic year was the first to have linear GCSEs rather than modular, and I had 22 exams at the end of year 11. The great thing about uni is that after first year, it’s largely up to you how you get assessed – prefer exams? Choose exam modules. Hate exams like the plague? Choose coursework modules.

Quick FYI, though: most exam modules include coursework anyway so if you’re trying to avoid coursework then good luck to ya.

Anyway, to get back on topic, I was thinking the other night about how I’m so close to the end of this year at uni, and it was just one of those moments where you realise what you’ve actually done. This time last year I was desperate to leave my town, I was doubting even getting in to uni, and everything was so pressured. Now I’ve spent the last nine months living in Liverpool, studying what I want, with way more freedom than I’ve ever had.

It is quite funny though – you’ll be going about your day at uni, feeling like your standard student, a bit incompetent when it comes to actual life – you know, dishes from two days ago sitting on your windowsill etc – and then something happens that reminds you about your actual responsibilities. For me it was buying Mr Muscle Drain Gel and a book of stamps. Stamps. I’ve never bought either of those in my lifetime before.

I’ve spent a while recently planning/writing blog posts so I’ll be back again on Thursday!

Katy x

Day to Day #2

Today is exactly half way through my time at home over the Easter break, and so far it’s not been anywhere near as productive as I’d have liked. I don’t know what it is, but I really hate working at home – I usually end up staying in my bedroom at my tiny desk (which is actually a dressing table and my chair doesn’t even fit between the legs). I find it really hard to get into the mindset of being productive while I’m here.

What have I managed to do so far? I’ve met up with friends twice. We’ve had a party for my brother’s birthday which involved a heck of a lot of cake. I’ve reread Heart of Darkness, which I did read a few weeks ago but I did it so quickly I had literally no memory of it. I’ve read a few journals about Heart of Darkness, none of which seem to be particularly helpful for the essay I’m writing. Oh, and I had a haircut.

So far, I haven’t managed to make it out with the camera. I have done some workouts, but not as many as I should’ve. And I haven’t even opened the book I’m meant to be writing.

BUT I mustn’t let this all get me down. Eleven days is a long time to have passed, but it can be a long time to go, too. Tomorrow I’m going shopping with my mum, and on Thursday I’m going to Kew Gardens – where I actually will take photos – and then I’ll have from Friday to the following Saturday relatively plans-free.

Although I might meet up with some friends for the F1 race again. Some things you just have to do!

I think one of my problems at the moment is that everything I need to do is sort of muddled in the back of my mind somewhere, so after I finish writing this I’ll probably go and make a proper list of what needs doing and when. I feel a bit like I’ve been thrown a curveball though, as I’ve just found out when my exam dates are for this semester – thankfully they’re not until the end of May, but still.

Another thing that’s been playing on my mind is that I really need to sort out healthier breakfasts for myself at university. I’ve been thinking this for a while, but it’s really something I should sort out. My issue is that because of various dietary things, I can’t do the standard granola and yoghurt, or whatever. I’m thinking I’ll try to make healthy pancakes from time to time, eat apples more (they’re my go-to fruit alongside grapes), and maybe Ready-Brek. I can eat that one.

I don’t really have much else to say today! I’m sorry if this has been a bit boring, I just wanted to get something up. I probably won’t be posting on Thursday because I’ll probably still be in London, so this is kind of it until Saturday. But hopefully that one will be a good one!

If you feel like helping a gal out, I’d appreciate a good ol’ follow over on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook… I promise my posts are usually better than this. Thank you muchly!

Katy x

Day to Day #1

Last Wednesday, I woke up feeling kind of “meh”. Not really sure how else to describe it. I rolled slowly out of bed, sluggishly got ready and wasted some time, then shuffled off to my seminar. I actually apologised in the seminar for how useless I was that morning, but the cogs simply weren’t spinning.

When the seminar finished, I walked down the stairs and out of the door, turned the corner, and walked into the sunlight. It was one of the first times the sun had properly been out this year – not just peeking through a cloud, not a five-minute window of brightness, but the sun had actually come out, and the sky was blue. And at that moment I remembered – February had ended! It was March: a new month, a new season.

Midday amblings 😊 #uni

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I think February must surely be one of the most universally disliked months – it’s dark, dreary and wet (at least in the UK, anyway), there’s no Christmas lights, the new year excitement has long since worn off… Either way, it’s definitely my least favourite month, so when I realised it had finally ended I was instantly excited.

March means many things: I have four deadlines on four consecutive Fridays starting on the 10th, and quite a few events coming up – two of which are tomorrow, and I may have a blog post about them coming on Thursday. This is also the run down to the Easter break: I’m going home on the 1st April, which will be a full 12 weeks after I came back to uni, and I’m so excited to be seeing my friends from home again. Plus I can finally get my hair cut.

March also means we’re getting somewhat scarily close to the summer break, where I am in desperate need of finding something to do for three months. Over the last couple of days I’ve really been trying to find anything that will save me from working in a clothes shop -internships, summer camps, anything. It’s quite hard to find something that works with a humanities degree sometimes, because you search for “summer intern” and it comes up with a tonne of banking, accounting, finance, law and business management summer associate positions.

As such, I’ve been updating my LinkedIn profile and stalking far too many websites. I want my summers at university to be worthwhile experiences, not just three months stuck in my hometown wishing I was anywhere but. I’m determined not to waste my time. Incidentally, if anyone knows of any positions within the media/publishing/travelling/editing/anything-like-this area I could go for, do let me know… But that’s a long shot.

Meanwhile, I seem to have run through most of the blog post ideas I planned at the end of January – there are a few I just haven’t gotten around to writing yet, but it’s definitely time for another planning session. I’ve got a few drafts which are just stuck to time constraints, like posts about events I’ll be going to, or one that I can’t even start until September (look forward to that one, if all works out it’ll be a series of posts about a sort of experiment with a friend). But other than that, I definitely need to set some time aside for this. Posting three times a week for the last month has been a lot more rewarding than I’d have thought!

I think that’s almost all I’ve got to say for now, though I will just mention that this post does say “#1” in the title for a reason – I’ve added a Day to Day section to my blog, where every now and again I’ll just post something like this, a general life update type of thing. I quite like relaxed posts like these, a bit rambly, just talking about what’s going on. Let me know what you think.

Happy springtime!

Katy x