Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Student Life || packing for uni take two

This time last year I wrote this post on packing for uni, not sure why I did, I had no freaking clue what I was on about! I did seem to get some good points across to be fair... and maybe some not so good points haha. So after a years experience, here's a second go at packing for uni!

1. Same as I said last year, you're not packing to go on holiday, so bring all the things.

2. I said last year as well "don't forget your student cookbook" but scratch that, do forget it, you'll never use it. Trust me.

3. Whether you are in a house or halls you need to know what is already in the house, things like pans and mugs. I was in a house for first year and basically all the kitchen stuff was provided but we bought more bits anyway.

4. Last year I brought the bare minimum to uni with me, but this year I'm bringing any books to read, all my art stuff and my ukele. Not that I even can play ukele but it's good to know it's there.

5. If it's your first year do make sure you have what you need for maybe one night, so bring some food, or most students do a shop with their parents when they get there. You won't know where everything is. If you're second year or older, fuck it you know where everything is! Be lazy man. (If you're second year or older why are you even reading this post...?)

6. Bring stuff to make your room homey - fairy lights, photos, I actually have a cotch lampshade for my room as well :)

7. I'm super cool and keep all my painkillers and plasters in a lil bag as my first aid kit. This is not a bad idea, as much as I hate to be admitting to it on my blog where I'm trying my best to be cool (failing LOLZ).

8. Don't bother bringing or buying stupid food you won't eat. I know when you're parents are buying your first food shop it's tempting to buy all the things, and they will want to buy all the things for you too, but don't. You do not need five packets of powdered soup that you will probably never actually use (I still had packets of mushroom soup at the end of last year from my first shop).

9. A lil toolkit. Ok this is not essential but having just moved into my second year house on my own I realised I needed some pliers or something along those lines! Just a few bits would be handy!

10. Shot glasses. 'Nuff said.

Sorry for being a crappy blogger and not posting as regularly but it's freshers week for me so has been pretty busy! When I say busy I mean a lot of sitting around watching skins with the housemates.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

This week happiness is... #10

Not cooking for myself all week thanks to my housemate cooking amazing healthy dinners every night, and going round to a friends for fish n' chips.

Getting hooked on The 4400. Oh my stars it's amazing. The acting is awful, it's so cheesy, but we're so hooked on it!

Walking through Fratton and Southsea carrying a coat rack between four of us at two in the morning. And also stealing all the cutlery from our friends house. It's good to be home.

Taking coat rack selfies. It's a thing.

Sunbathing on the beach, and trying to swim in the sea just ten minutes from the house. The sea was so rough though it nearly knocked me over and I thought I'd never see my jelly sandal again.

So many cups of tea.

Listening to cheesy music and reminding ourselves of those school discos where everyone would go mad when crazy frog came on.

Salty popcorn. We went through a stupid amount of pringles and salted popcorn this week.

It's been a really good week but I'm ill now so all bundled up in blankets drinking a lot of lemsip *sadface* hopefully I'll get better 'cos next week is fresher's week for me! Tell me what you got up to this week? What was the best bit? :)

Friday, 12 September 2014

Blogging becomes cool

When I started blogging, the only other people I knew who blogged were just other bloggers that I was chatting to through twitter. It was not something that was popular, or considered 'cool' and only a few were professional bloggers. Now I've never given a crap about being cool, and never understood people who do, I just want to do what I love. I honestly pity people who have no true passions and follow the crowd and do something just 'cos it is 'cool' at the time. Then they just give it all up once it isn't the in thing again.

These are the people who will laugh at you when those hobbies are considered uncool, and they'll laugh at you for being passionate and caring about things. You know those kids who thought extra curricular activities were sooo lame?

I never told anyone I knew personally that I blogged, I was too ashamed, knowing how incredibly uncool it was to be writing what I thought of things. The only people who 'got it' were other bloggers. Many bloggers have experienced real life 'friends' being dickheads about their blogs, I did. Now fast forward nearly two years and everyone is writing a blog. Suddenly it's 'cool' to have an opinion and to share what you think all over the internet. This is all great, and it's inspiring to see that my generation actually give a shit about making a difference, and have big aspirations and believe in what they have to say... BUT I will not forget those people who made fun of it and made me feel small for being passionate about something. If you are passionate about anything, like I am about a lot of things, that is a good thing and no one should be making you feel small for it. 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Student Life || Introduction

Finally back in Portsmouth and I can't wait to get stuck back into uni! So many bloggers write up 'student life' tips etc posts coming up to the start of uni, and to be honest, I find them all very generic and samey. Except from actual student bloggers whose main focus on their blog is student life, I like these blogs! I want to add my own to the web world but not just the same old lists, 'cos to be honest a lot of these "what to pack" posts are mostly common sense! Although saying that, I didn't pack too well when I started last year...

I have ideas jotted down for a new series of student life posts that will hopefully get started in the next week! They're going to be more advice based on things I didn't get right, or maybe I did get right, along with all the sarcasm in the world. The point of this post was to get it introduced and to share these few random student life posts that I wrote last year, and they are far from great, but they are a bit different and if you are new around here you might like to catch up :) 

Packing for uni

Parents house Vs Uni house

Things no one tells you about student life
This is another sarky list, and is actually things no one tells you. They're also mostly unimportant, naming house ghosts is the standard these days.

Things I've learnt at university

How to make your uni house more homely

My biggest bit of advice to be honest is do it yourself! Everyone's experience is different and no one can tell you what to do to make it better, it's something you just gotta muddle through! There's no right or wrong way to do it! And good luck if you're starting this year! So jealous of you freshers!