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 wish he was mine. #cat #releaseyourinnercatlady #helikesheadbutts #scattycat

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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

Shows I’m Loving Right Now

If there’s one thing to know about my entertainment-watching habits, it’s that I haven’t watched live TV regularly since approximately early 2014. At first I was just watching recorded programmes from the TV planner, and then we got Netflix too, and then I got Amazon Student Prime, and of course there’s YouTube…

Either way, I tend to pick one show at a time to binge-watch, often as background noise while I do other things (like write this blog post, for instance). In no particular order, here’s some of the shows I’ve been loving recently!


Z: The Beginning of Everything

Amazon Prime Video

If you love everything 1920s New York, this is for you. Z was released last year, and so far only has one season – though I believe they’re bringing out the second soon. It focuses on the tale of the ‘original flapper’, Zelda Sayre, who married F. Scott Fitzgerald: the man behind The Great Gatsby.

This show is great because it’s just so fascinating as a modern-day viewer. I think it’s difficult not to be enthralled by the idea of the Prohibition era, and all the extravagance and splendour it’s known for. But with all that comes something sinister, and that’s explored brilliantly in Z.

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13 Reasons Why

Netflix

This one has been getting around recently, but I hadn’t actually seen anything about it online until after I watched it. It’s based on the book of the same name, written by Jay Asher in 2007, and was produced by Selena Gomez. I haven’t read the book, but the show is one that gets you so invested that you just need to know how it ends.

Essentially, Hannah Baker has committed suicide, and left behind 13 tapes she recorded to explain her reasons for doing it. At the point where the show picks up, the tapes are given to Clay Jensen, who brings us through the narrative. This programme touches on some really important topics, like cyberbullying and mental health, and I haven’t seen anything that’s tackled these issues in this way before.

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Riverdale

Netflix

I had heard of Riverdale before I started watching it, and I only jumped on the bandwagon earlier this week. It’s set in a high school in the US, in a small town (because small towns are sinister towns, we should all know this by now). A student at the school has died, and now the town is left with the question of how.

I’ll admit, the main reason I started watching was because I found out Cole Sprouse is on it (y’know, Cody from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody back in the day), but it’s actually turned out to be pretty cool. If you like detective-type shows, and don’t mind the high school setting, you should give this a shot.

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The SacconeJolys

YouTube

This is sort of in a different category to the others, as it’s vlogs rather than TV shows. The SacconeJolys are an Irish family living in England, and they’ve just had their third child (literally – she was only born on 30th March!). I’ve been watching them for a couple of years now, I think, and they’re just so cute! They vlog every day, post the videos at 6pm, and it’s just so heartwarming. I’m a sucker for an Irish accent anyway, so I always like to make time to watch their videos.

Life right now 💞

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And that’s it! Let me know if you’ve watched any of these – comment below or talk to me on Twitter – and if you’ve got any recommendations, please share them!

Katy x

All About Uni

At the amusing wish of the university library, today’s post will be about how I’ve found university so far – workload, uni life, what the studying’s like, etc. So without further ado…

My Course

First off, I’ll start by saying what exactly it is that I do. I am a joint honours student on an English and History BA degree course at the University of Liverpool, which lasts three years. I started in September 2016 and will graduate in summer 2019.

Joint honours means that each year, I take half my module credits in the English department and the other half in the History department. There’s a lot of speculation that joint honours students get twice as much work as single honours (one subject), but while I would say that it is more work, it isn’t double. It just means you need to get to grips with time management and developing two skills sets at once.

My Days

In terms of what I spend my days doing, thus far I have only had up to eight hours per week in lectures and seminars – usually four hours in English and three to four in History, so it does work out fairly equally. However, over the next two years of my course I believe my time in lectures will increase, but it’s still far fewer hours in uni than science students etc.

Sunshine and shadows 😍 #blueskydays #spring #sunismyfriend

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The rest of my study time is spent on researching, reading, and writing essays, so there’s a lot of independent study. I personally love the fact that, as joint honours, I get the most flexibility out of my course – I don’t have to do all the compulsory modules that single honours students do, and I can choose the ones that are most interesting to me. I was particularly happy when this meant I could avoid the semester two English language module (not a favourite area of mine haha!).

I’ll give a nod to the library here. It’s basically my second home. I’ve yet to fail to find something in there, so that’s great. Also they just got rid of the late fees if nobody’s reserved the book, so that’s cool too! In all seriousness though, it is probably more than twice the size of my secondary school, which is INSANE. (Just don’t tweet them about the heating. Apparently they don’t control the heating.)

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My Workload

In my experiences so far, I haven’t had to hand in tonnes of essays. In my first semester (twelve weeks), I handed in:

  • One piece of English language coursework
  • One practise and one assessed literature essay
  • Two critical pieces for history
  • One history essay
  • A group presentation

This semester, as I’m doing two literature modules, I’ve had to hand in:

  • One practise literature essay (I missed the other one as it was optional and I had history deadlines – see what I mean about time management?)
  • One assessed literature essay
  • One history essay
  • One critical piece for history

After Easter there will be another group presentation and a group logbook for history, and the other assessed literature essay.

The tricky part about being joint honours is that the deadlines often end up coinciding, so where single honours students may have one deadline in week four, one in week seven, and one in week nine, for example, you might end up with two deadlines for week four and two in week nine.

Up to and including 31st March, I had one deadline per week for five weeks. The first was a Monday, and then it was consecutive Fridays – alternating subjects, too. English – history – English – history – English. As far as I know, my single honours friends haven’t had the joys of experiencing that. It was difficult, but you do get into a rhythm. My weeks tend to alternate between a heavier workload in one subject and then the other anyway, depending on the urgency of the work.

Uni Life

If you’re after a Liverpool life for clubbing and nights out, I’m probably not the person to ask about it – I can’t drink alcohol and prefer to sleep when the stars are up, so I’ll skate over that side of things for now (but you’re unlikely to run out of clubs to visit, that’s for sure).

Dreary days on campus #rain #spring #springequilux

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On campus, there’s plenty of places to get food and drink. Every week there’s a few stands by the Guild which sell things like “exotic burgers” (I think they sell camel…), cake, pancakes, and things like that. There’s a couple of pubs, at least three Subways, a Nero either end of campus, a Costa and a Starbucks. Then there’s the Greggs, the Tesco Expresses… Essentially, you can have a field day when it comes to lunch. There’s just TONNES.

There’s also tonnes of entertainment all within walking distance of campus. Believe me when I say that, because I still haven’t even attempted to figure out the bus system and I pretty much go everywhere on foot. (It helps that I live on campus.) The main shopping area, Liverpool One, is about a twentyish minute walk or so from campus, the Albert Dock is about half an hour away, and Sefton Park is about forty minutes away. Between the museums, galleries, and places outdoors, there’s loads to do when you’re broke and bored.

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I think that about covers the basics. I’ve managed to survive so far, anyway! There’s loads of societies to join, one of which is the Film Society who shows films at the Guild for free every week. There’s also various events throughout the year, like this Enchanted Forest summer formal the history society is planning for after Easter at the moment, and the Give it a Go trips. I went to the Peak District for a day on one of those last semester.

If you want to know anything else, let me know!

Katy x