Monday, 31 August 2015

The things I've learnt about uni.

1) Friends are so important
My first post is something which is quite close to me. At uni I know I definitely could have made the effort to be more sociable and it has reflected on my time at uni which is quite disappointing. I am now surrounded by some great friends but it's took time to get to this point. I think it's key to understand that not everyone will be your friend, however, freshers is a great starting point so just go for it! Don't hook to one person, surround yourself with a few, it's so easy to find out someone is not who you thought they were and can be super stressy if you have no one else to hang out with!
Make extra effort to stay in touch with your friends from home too, they'll always be there in your time of need, but it may also open your eyes to who is actually your friend - I've lost contact with some people that I never imagined I would!
2) Money
WHAT EVEN IS MONEY AT UNI? haha. You'll soon get used to praying for your next student loan instalment, it becomes a dependency but don't fear most people are in the same situation as you too. I'm a person who stresses easily so I took up a part time job to take the pressure off my money situation. I still live in my student overdraft but never mind - its nice to get a pay cheque at the end of the month. I spent farrrrrr too much at my first year freshers too, just take a considerable amount and don't try and blow the richness of your bank account all at once.
3) Uni itself
Ok, yes I paid £9000 per year, but is it worth it? In my opinion no, but the uni lifestyle is SO worth it. It's such a huge experience and you'll learn things about yourself that you never knew, I certainly have. If you think you were good at attending college or school, you'll soon learn how easy it is to have a cheeky skive for that 9am lecture...every week...for 3 years. But its not impossible to still pass (I'm living proof)
I hope you liked this weeks post, something different from me and I hope some freshers may find it a little reassuring! If you are starting uni in September have a fantastic freshers and first year!
Have a funny photo of me and my housemate paul dying from uni work

-Rach x

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Cleethorpes and The Deep, Hull

Uni can be stressful at times and this summer has really not been what I imagined it to be, I've had some amazing time with friends but back in Sheffield I'm already moving out of a home that was supposed to last my whole third year. Sometimes things just don't work out and I just needed a break from the city and some family time, I joined the family on their last night at a Haven complex in Cleethorpes. Despite only being there for the night it was nice to escape a box room and bring back some childhood memories! If you know me, you will also know I'm a sucker for amusements, so it was great to spend time with my brothers.

The following day we also went to The Deep aquarium which was a great chance to use my camera, as its been gathering dust lately. It's a great aquarium but it can be quite pricey, my family paid nearly £60 for admission only, never mind food and the gift shops. If you are passing though, I would recommend going to this attraction, there's so much to see and has a different edge compared to your standard aquarium. I also wanted the giant turtle in the picture below but my Dad wouldn't let me :(

Hope you're having a great week and sorry for all my late posts!
-Rach x

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Tramlines Festival Sheffield

This was my second time at the inner city festival and it's such a great atmosphere. It has a very urban vibe and as there are so many locations the weather hardly effects the spirit. I went to the Peace Garden stage on the Saturday and then a few bars on the Sunday due to the rain. If you haven't been to a city festival I would certainly recommend if you don't like the thought of camping. If you book early enough you can get decent prices on hotels too. This festival doesn't have any age restrictions either (certain clubs may) be the outside venues were full of families too - a nice environment.
I preferred the line up last year but you cant turn down a festival, especially when its only a 30 minute walk from your house. I didn't manage to snap many pictures as I only braved my Samsung along with me as I know how much of a clumsy drunk I can be! haha
My highlight band was Smiling Ivy, if you are into music, check them out, they are worth a listen! A link to their Twitter is here:
They also have a gig lined up for the O2 in Sheffield in September, hopefully I will get my hands on some tickets.


Hope everyone had a fab weekend!
Rach x