Friday, March 31, 2017

My Outlook on Life - Why I work so hard

Hey guys,

 My life is finally getting some structure again. As soon as I finished with my uni work I rested for 2 days and then went straight back to blogging and vlogging. This provoked questions among my friends and readers. Why am I always up to something? Am I a workaholic? Do I like staying busy? Does it not affect my grades?

This post is dedicated to my readers Gayu and Rosshani who had asked me these questions a while ago. Their questions were:
Gayu: What/who made you want to be in this place you are right now? What's your motivation?
Rosshani: What do your friends/family think about you having a blog?

I started blogging at a really young age I reckon I was 11 years old when I first started. What my motivation was? To this day I don't think it is anyone specific who made me want to start blogging. I always had a drive within me to do something in my spare time. Whenever we had school holidays I would get bored really quickly, both my parents were always busy at work providing for the family and being at home doing nothing can get repetitive and boring. That is when I started browsing on the internet. At that time I watched shows like iCarly and Zoey 101 and these shows always motivated me to do something in my time like have a youtube channel, make videos, sing - I even attempted to set up my own radio station once!! I did it for a few weeks but nobody really listened in to the channel ahah. I learned a lot though and I always managed to download viruses! I broke so many of our computers while being curious.

What's your motivation?

My motivation are the goals I have set myself. Don't get me wrong I don't have a specific aim in life but I know what I want to be known for. For me life is not just about "being alive", when I die I want to be known for something I have achieved as a human. I don't want to be just here and then leave. In the time I have I want to do as much as I can - travel the world, explore cultures, get to know people, have a family, look after my parents, be successful and leave a mark in the world. This means I will take ANY opportunity that comes my way, if you don't try then you're missing out on an experience you could've made in your lifetime.

My definition of success?
Everyone's definition of success is different and everyone has the right to do so. I don't want to live to complete my degree get a good job and have a family. I know in fact if that is all I did I would be disappointed with myself.  I am doing a degree right now but I am doing so many other things on the side. If these things affect me in a negative way, my grades suffer I would know and try to save myself from failing. However, I wouldn't cut things out of my life just to make sure I get 90% in my tests. I am not living to complete tests and get satisfaction from those grades. I live to become a well rounded person in all aspects not just academically.

 The things I have as hobbies and are things that make me who I am. The things that make me stand out, the things that shape me as a person and prepare me for the future.
If I wasn't curious enough to explore the internet and set up a blog 10 years ago, I wouldn't be here today writing this post right now.

What my family thinks about me blogging? The reason I am the way I am is my mum. She is very supportive with whatever I do. She has taught me a great set of values and morals without me even realising. To my family me blogging is nothing special, it's just a hobby, something I do when I'm not studying.

What my friends think? I don't get treated any differently by them. They are very supportive and help me, give me tips but they know me for me not because I am a girl who writes a blog and makes youtube videos.

Hope this gives you guys an insight to my brain but as you can see I am not philosophical but I have thought about life very deeply.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

University accommodation and How To Finance It

Hey guys,

Its been a while but I have been updating my youtube channel regularly. If you haven't yet don't forget to subscribe to undercoverchick! I have been uploading university life vlogs and ever since I frequently receive questions about uni life on instagram and to my email and please continue doing this, I am open to any questions and would love to help my readers and viewers!

This post is specifically dedicated to one of my readers  - Saumya who messaged me on Instagram.
She read my budgeting post and wanted to know how I managed to pay for my uni accommodation as well as have spending money left.

First of all please make sure you apply for your Student Finance as quickly as you can. I applied for mine as early as January. If you leave it till last minute then your payments will get delayed. Although I started mine early enough I didn't get approved till August as there were some issues regarding how much finance to allocate as I am a EU national but have lived long enough in the UK to get the same rights. As Brexit has been started off today things may change for you and please do get it done.

Now that you have an approved application and know how much you will roughly receive - look at your accommodation fee and calculate how much and IF you will have any left over. In my first year  I had almost no money left, roughly 100 pounds which was meant to last me over 12 weeks which is obviously impossible! Throughout sixth form I worked at KFC and managed to scrape together some money to survive in the first term. I didn't want to start freshers week with no money and limit myself to what I can do. Luckily my parents cooperated with me and funded and helped a lot in my first year. If you know you are not going to get the support and are not eligible for any other loans best shot is to get a job over the summer holiday.

IF you have the option to apply for a cheaper accommodation and know you will be needing the money then please do so! In my second year, I chose a much cheaper accommodation and it is nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be. I even have enough money left to spend on going out and eating out which I didn't in my first year. I also found a job which helped me a lot.

My point is it is not impossible to survive uni broke. Don't let finances put you off the idea of going to university, you will find a way and you can succeed as long as you work hard enough. My best advise would be to save your money as much as you can, try find a job and apply for any loans within the university if you are eligible.

I hope this helped!

Please feel free to message me with any questions.


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