Thursday, September 15, 2016

My top University Fresher 'survival' tips!

Hey guys,

after the huge interest in my university packing guide I decided to make another guide for you. Many of you will be starting your first year of university next week and are so nervous, excited and don't know what to expect. I will try to give you the best description of what its like and my top tips but I won't reveal too much as I want you guys to experience for yourself and make some important memories.
First of all - what even is Freshers? If you are thinking that don't worry I was a little confused too. I have no older siblings that went to university before so I had no idea what to expect or what it is even about. Freshers week is usually a week or two organised by your university Union to bring you all together, help you find friends but also feel welcome at your new university. A lot of you will be moving out and leaving your parent home for the first time so I can guarantee you that you will have days where you feel lonely, sad or miss your family. Don't worry it all comes with it yet somehow you will end up loving university in less than a year and by the time you have your next summer holiday you'll miss university so much that you can't wait to go back. Freshers week is there to keep you distracted and stop thinking about home so here's my first tip...

Don't sit around doing nothing...
There's a reason why freshers week was organised. Use the events and go out and have a good time even if you feel homesick, once you're there it will be a great distraction and remember everyone around you is feeling the exact same way, you all just left your parent home it's not only you.
Be Social
This leads to the next tip - really be as social as possible! You may not have been a social butterfly at school but now is time if you want to try. In fact I was the kid in school who had a few groups of friends yet I wouldn't speak to certain people because I was too shy. I was quiet and at the back of the room, I'm sure at least 60% of people didn't even know what kind of person I was in school because we never communicated. Only once I left for university and started getting the confidence with blogging did people see what I was like. Point is during the first few weeks of university is when people feel the most social and would want to talk to new people because everyone's in  the same boat trying to make friends. Talk to people whenever you get the chance. If you don't know how to start a can literally say anything - I started a conversation once saying "hey you're left handed too?!" Haha guess what she's my closest mate in uni now so it works!

Don't feel pressured
For goodness sake please don't feel pressured to do anything you don't want to do at university. A lot of people do crazy things because they have nobody to control them - just because everyone is doing it doesn't mean it's the right thing to do. If you feel like you don't want to do something or it's against your morals please don't try to fit in and don't do it. 

Uni is not school
If you were a popular child at school I'm sorry but you're not anymore. Have fun starting from the beginning. Your school hierarchy doesn't exist anymore. If anything everyone is so chill at uni, don't be scared to talk to someone. Bullying shouldn't even happen there and doesn't really happen anyways. Such thing as cool kids don't exist sorry, if anything y'all are cool. 

Also forget the person you were at school! If you want to dye your hair pink, green, blue, cut your hair or get a piercing do it now before you get to uni. They're meeting a new you, that's how they will know you. It's fine changes aren't always bad. 

New Housemates
Bond with them!! Don't be the kid who has their door closed and doesn't feel like talking to them. You will live under the same roof and whether you like it or not you'll need each other trust me! If you get on well you can be of good use to each other. Get bin routine and cleaning routine sorted before you become besties! Get the important things sorted first because once you get too nice to each other you might feel awkward asking them to take out the bin. 

Take risks
Take small reasonable risks and do something fun. You'll remember freshers forever, make it good. 

Be careful
Having that said don't do anything stupid. 
Look after yourself
Don't fall ill! Please don't! Once you're ill, you're forever ill in uni. That's how it works, trust me. Freshers flue is a bitch.

Don't just party - Freshers fayre
I know there's a lot of partying on the plan but take some time to go to the freshers fayre too and find some societies you could be interested in, talk to them and go to their meet and greets. These are the places where you meet people with similar interests and meet most of your friends.

Of course you will be now and then! Skype your friends at other unis. Check if they're doing alright. I had friends who were crying during freshers because they missed home.  Be there for them. The same friends will love uni so much in 6 months time haha but that's how it is at the beginning.

That's it! I'll stop revealing too much. I really hope this helped you. If you have any questions feel free to leave a question in the comments I'm here to help. I hope you enjoy uni as much as I do and have a great year.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

How to pack for University | University packing guide

Hey guys,

School has started for most high schools kids which means that it's time for the university year to start soon. On the internet you will find so many things preparing you for the start of the school year, from what to pack to fashion advice and school survival tips. When I started university I was looking around for similar posts or videos and there really isn't many out there. So after being in university for a year I know what kind of concerns, thoughts and questions you must be having if you're going to start university soon. If you're moving out you're probably stressing about what to pack right now and at the same time busy saying bye to your friends and family at home. I know it is a very stressful time for you, trying to sort out your accommodation, figuring out what you will do once you arrive at university. This is why I have decided to have a series of posts related to university life to get through it smoothly. I really hope this helps you but as always if you have any questions please feel free to email me at I may take a few days to reply but I will definitely reply.

University Packing Guide

Check what the university provides in your room first before buying them again. Read through the safety regulations regarding candles and keeping a kettle. Don't pack too much remember your university room will be quite small and hasn't got much storage space and you'll be moving out in less than a year.

Your room
Any decoration - remember your room won't be that big and there is restrictions as to what you can keep in university halls. Candles - forbidden at most university halls and they actually check your room throughout the year at least once so don't even attempt it.

Clothes - pack for the right season - your wardrobe won't be as big as at home so the best thing to do would be to pack the clothes you need for September - December and then you'll be going back home for a one month holiday so you could just take back some clothes and bring a few new clothes back.

Basics - jeans, rain jacket, underwear, pyjamas, socks - pack as many socks as possible!!! you won't have to do your laundry as much if you never run out of the basics since you'll have plenty of clothes

- night out clothes - for house parties/clubbing
- swim wear - in case you have these kind of opprtunities
- gym outfits - sport society required clothing

Shoes: A pair of heels, sport shoes, winter boots, casual everyday shoes
Girls please don't pack too many shoes you really don't have the space for it and neither do you need your best pair of heels as a student.

Clutch bag

- laundry bag
- washing powder - I recommend the Persil capsules it's much easier and you just have to throw one in without worrying about how much to put in
- clothes conditioner
- clothing rack (if not provided)

Bed sheets
Mattress cover

Warm Blanket - one day you'll need it trust me and you'll be grateful!

Towels, toiletries and cosmetic - mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrush, make up (if you use any)
Shampoo, conditioner, face masks, shower gel etc. Anything you use for your body!
Shaving equipment - veet? Razor?
Tampons/Sanitary towels
Lip balms, body cream, face moisturizer
Glassses/contacts - cleaning liquid

First Aid Kit
- everyone needs one of these, trust me freshers flu will get you! It's real!
Whatever you take for a flu -

- uni bag, backpack?
Refill pad
Paper Clips
I wouldn't worry too much about stationary as you can buy all other items you would need once you get there after seeing what exactly you require, you don't want to be transporting too many things.

- mugs
- plates
- cutlery - cheap cutlery!! trust me it will disappear I can guarantee you that
- glasses
- tea/coffee holder tins
- saucepan
- baking tray - not provided!
- cheese grater
- bottle opener
- chopping board
- whisk
- sieve
- tea towels
- bottle opener
- vegetable peeler
- wooden spoon
- basic herbs and spices - I take my asian spices which are hard to find in Canterbury with me from London!
- mixing bowl
- pots and pans with lids
- tuperware
- sandwich bags and foil
- washing up liquid

Don't take more glasses, cutlery and plates than you need. It will encourage you to wash up straightaway.

I also recommend buying some snacks and food whilst your family can drive you around and help you with shopping. During freshers week you won't have much time to go food shopping to be honest so its best to get some food  for the first few days till you find your way to the closest supermarket - took me a while!

DO NOT throw out your boxes! You will need them in less than a year to move out of student accommodation again. Store them away somewhere if you can.

I hope this helped you guys! I will be back with more soon.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Weekend Getaway - Bristol

Hey guys,

After a long summer of working hard to save some money I went on a small weekend getaway to Bristol. Although it was only 2 days I must say it was a great weekend. Bristol is so beautiful as a city with so much to see. The shopping options are amazing there, if you live in Bristol you wouldn't have to travel all the way to London to get a great shopping experience. All the major brands are available there. As well as that Bristol has an amazing scenery as you can see from my pictures. Last time I read about Bristol was when I was 10 years old because the stories in the textbook was based on Bristol and I must say it was even better than I imagined.

    Clifton Suspension Bridge

    Bristol Harbour
Very close to Bristol Harbour there is a small authentic cafe called the Number 1 Harbourside. I absolutely loved it! The atmosphere is great in there and they have freshly made cakes there! If I lived in Bristol I'd be there at least once a week. The people there are so so nice!! I couldn't believe how lovely the people there were!


Friday, September 9, 2016

The Life of a Clumsy Girl! - Horrible First Day at Work

Hey guys!

Well what can I see I recently came to the realisation that I am extremely clumsy. You know some things are just part of your life that you don't even realise that it's something unnormal.
So let me explain what the eye opening event was. A few months ago I had my first day at my new summer job in Germany. I am now a waitress. Me being me I already knew this was going to happen at some point but never would I have thought that it would happen so soon. Well as you may have guessed already, I walked out with a serving tray filled with beer glasses. I was so focused on making my way to the right table and serving the right people and baaaam there you go - I trip, I stack,  I pour about 8 big glasses of beer all over me. I panic - I start frantically apologising to the customers in English - but wait didn't I say I was working in Germany?! Well seems like German was no longer at the tip of my tongue so my natural body reflex was to start panicking in English. I thought it was going to be the end of the world. The first day at my new job. I was definitely sure that I was going to lose the job. I apologise to my boss and had to continue working - serving customers soaked in beer head to toe!

3 months later....

I wrote about this a few months ago and I was not even sure if I was going to post this. After that day I was not sure if I was even going to continue work there today. Working there has taught me another life lesson. This is why I enjoy experiencing new things in life and trying new things. Every job I had in the past has taught me a lesson. I happened to meet very nice people at my workplace and although I had the worst first day ever I ended up having a pleasant time there and I will definitely go back and work there when I am in Germany again.

Moral of this short diary type entry is that I don't want you guys to ever give up on something just because you were having a bad day! Continue, keep trying and don't give up! I know I sound like an extremely annoying person who's always going on about motivational things but trust me it's true, if you don't give up you get amazing results!

I just wanted to let you know that I am back in London and soon back in University and will be updating my blog regularly for you guys! :)

(Got back to London and did my first blog shoot already!! It's just work work work)


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