Reflections on University: First Year

With my first year exams over in a few days, I can’t help but think of how fast this year has come and gone; I’ve met people I would consider friends for life, and made memories that will be treasured. I remember starting, being terrified yet excited about living alone for the first time, wondering how I’d get by. As with anything, it’s had its ups and downs, but I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. However, there are small bits of knowledge I’ve gained in this year about first year that I think is important for all new students going to university to consider- some advice and reassurances that I’d like to have known at the beginning of the year. With the year coming to a close, and new students soon arriving, I think this is the perfect time to share this information. Continue reading

Long journeys and too much time

I’ve never been good on long journeys. In cars, I usually feel ill after five minutes and train rides seem to go on forever. Part of me wishes that, much like in the Harry Potter universe, I could apparate everywhere and skip the journey. I could cut out the stuffiness and babies crying – it’d be perfect. However, the more often I’ve taken my six-hour train ride home, I’ve learnt to appreciate this time.

Here are my top five things to do to pass the time, so you can begin to appreciate this time too. Continue reading

Love is…?

As we’ve raced through these first few months of 2018, it’s hit me how many different portrayals of love we see at each holiday. January saw New Years Day, a time for family and new resolutions; February saw Valentine’s Day, with romantic love being the primary focus; in March, we see Mother’s Day approaching, emphasising familial love. Continue reading

Empty-headedness during exam season

Anyone who knows me can tell you that I’m notoriously empty-headed. Most of the time, I’m too busy thinking about one thing to even consider the possibility of another – trust me, it’s led to many mistakes and injuries. Around exam season, I always end up stocking up on plasters only to go through half a packet, but I’ve already accepted I’m probably a danger to myself. Although I know I’m bound to make the same mistakes again, hopefully by sharing some of them, we can learn together and prevent further injuries (and maybe Morrisons won’t have to restock their plasters quite so often). Continue reading

Meeting new people and making the most

Before Sheffield, I’d never lived in a city before.

I’m from Cornwall, where there’s only one city and before a year ago, my closest Primark wasn’t even in the same county, so it’s rather accurate to say that moving to the fifth largest city in England was rather daunting. Instead of farms and beaches, there’s shops that seem to spread for miles, whilst parks and green space are dotted about, providing a gentle balance between shops and shrubs. Continue reading