Summer 2017 Bucketlist

During my last week of university, I had the harsh realisation that this is my final summer still in education. This time next year I’ll (hopefully) have completed my full honours degree and be about to step fully into the scary world of full time work. Therefore, I know I need to make the most of this final summer so I took to Pinterest to find some inspiration for my own Summer 17 bucketlist.

  1. Go a day without technology

This one sounds ridiculous to the average person but I literally spend 12 hours a day with my eyes glued to my phone or laptop. I always tell myself that I’ll delete the Facebook app to give myself a social media detox but never actually stick to it.

  1. Go to/book as many concerts as I can

I LOVE going to gigs and concerts and this is something which I try and do as much as I can each year with my student budget. Even just having them booked for the future gives me something to look forward to. I am going to The Wombats in June with one of my best friends, and Little Mix at the end of the month with another. Both completely different genres but both I’m extremely excited about!

  1. Take more pictures

I know everyone laughs when they see that girl in Nando’s doing a whole photoshoot with her butterfly chicken, but I love looking back on images of important events or even just stuff that reminds me of certain people or places. I have so many albums on my laptop from my teenage years which I still look back on fondly. It’s my 21st in a few weeks so thats definitely a photo opp!

  1. Start a scrapbook

Following on from above, I want to channel my inner Art Attack and start a scrapbook of all my favourite memories from this summer. This would give me something physical to look back on and remember!

  1. Have a girls holiday

I’ve booked to go to Ibiza with two of my best friends in July and I honestly cannot wait for a week of sunbathing, cocktails and laughter.

  1. Book a city break

Whether it be abroad somewhere like Amsterdam or Berlin or simply to Newcastle for a few nights, I want to be able to explore various places whilst I still have the free time!

  1. Push myself out my comfort zone with my style

I’m 100% a play it safe kinda girl when it comes to my hair and the way I dress. I’ve always wanted balayage in my hair and I’m finally going to push the boat out and do it this summer. I have SO many palettes and lipsticks in my collection but I always stick to the same general tones, so I’ll be hitting up Youtube for some serious inspiration for new looks this summer.

  1. Go a road trip

I love the freedom my car gives me and there’s nothing better than being behind the wheel, best friends in the back seats and a throwback playlist on travelling somewhere for the day.

  1. Read more books

I used to be an absolute book work as a child whos highlight of the week was my Saturday trip to the library with my dad. As I’ve became older, its been less Jaqueline Wilson and more reading tweets. I’m so keen to get my nose in a few good books on holiday and also at home as a way to unwind. Ay recommendations, please pass them my way!

  1. Get work experience

As a journalism student, the paths I can go down are so wide and varied that I want to try and get as much experience in them all this summer before I chose which avenue to take this time next year. Plus, some can be really fun such as my previous placement at STV.

  1. Practise self-care

Both mentally, physically and emotionally. I’m a definite stress head and worry extraordinaire and this is something which at times just takes over everything I do. I’ve recently started back the gym and this has given me such breathing space to clear my head and feel better in myself.

  1. Do something kind everyday

Again, such a simple little thing but something I’ve been trying over the last few weeks and honestly the impact is so refreshing. This could literally be from telling a stranger that you love their shoes or helping someone who is in need. Little things each day can make a huge impact on someone’s life.

What are your summer plans for 2017?

C x

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Study Hacks for the Stressed Student

With teaching now finished at my University, it’s the time for intense revision and final deadlines to come rolling around scarily fast. As I try to cram in as much revision as possible in the next few weeks, here’s my top tips for a stressed out student like me!

Plan, Plan, Plan

Usually university doesn’t just leave you a few exams to deal with at the end of term. There’s always a good few pieces of coursework conveniently slotted in too, such as a 3,000 research proposal which I’m currently attempting to tackle. It’s important to find the balancing act between doing this coursework and still setting time aside to study so neither side suffers. I tend to write down at the start of the week when I’m working, if I have any other things planned and then set aside a good few hours a day for uni work. This way I can wake up knowing what I need to do each day and find it motivates me to actually get it done.

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Find a study space

It’s so important to find somewhere where you can actually concentrate when it comes to revision. I find studying in my bedroom far too distracting, so I tend to sit in the dining room and leave my phone upstairs or at the opposite side of the room to stop me scrolling Instagram endlessly. Everyone focuses in a different way so find a space where you feel most comfortable, whether that be outside in the garden, on the sofa or in the local library. We have a 24 hour study lab available on campus which is also fantastic for getting yourself in the zone.

Study in groups

Chances are your classmates are stressing just as much as you about the dreaded final exam, so why not put together a study group to revise together? I find this to be so helpful to cover any topics you’re all struggling with, as you can help one another and give each other any quirky tips you’ve got to help you remember it. My friend Jade makes up stories to try and remember legislation, something I’d never have thought of before!

GCU have private study rooms located in the Student Association which are great for getting a group together. There’s also study rooms available in the Saltire centre which can be booked via the library desk. I’ve used both and find them fantastic for group studying. Have a look on your Universities website for similar study spaces available to you.

Find what works for you

Everyone takes information in in a different way, so it’s important to work out what works for your brain. I tend to write my notes out in my own words using coloured pens, which I then stuck to the walls in my room. I also really like making flashcards for each topic which I can then ask my dad or a friend to run over with me.

You could also record yourself saying a particular topic or key points on your voice memos on your phone or iPod and listen to it back whilst commuting. I’ve done this before and as much as I detested the sound of my own voice by the end of the week, it really helped pass the time when I was stuck in traffic in the car. You might just do past papers or tests online, or by simply looking at your notes. If you’re a visual learner and like mindmaps, try MindMup which was recommended to me by my friend Amy. This allows you to create as many mindmaps as you wish which can be shared on social media with friends or converted from PDF so you can print it.

Use a playlist

I find sometimes a bit of background noise helps me focus more on what I’m studying. As much as I’d love to be able to blast Beyoncé for motivation, I end up spending more time perfecting my vocals and doing the Single Ladies dance than actually studying. Spotify have a whole “Focus” playlist section specifically for studying and concentrating, with my favourite being the Music for Concentration playlist.

Take a break

I’m definitely the kind of person who will spend hours trying to cram stuff in, but there comes to a point where your brain will just hit a wall and won’t take anything else in. Make sure to take regular small breaks for snacks and study fuel, and if possible go get some fresh air to get a break from the laptop. By stepping away from the books for even just half an hour it can give you an instant refresh when you come back to restart. Taking a break is also so important for you mentally if you feel you’re getting stressed or anxious. Coursework is of course important, but so is your mental health, so look after both.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

If there’s a particular area you’re struggling with or you just can’t find the materials you need in your notes/online, ask for help! Your uni lecturers are there to help you pass your coursework and exams so send them a quick email or head to their office for advice. Or, create a chat with people from your course where you can all share any queries you may have. Chances are you won’t be the only one struggling with that topic, so you’ll be doing everyone a favour by asking it. You all have the same goal at University, and that’s to graduate with the best degree possible, so help each other get to end.

Just remember that the end is in sight and all this hard work will be worth it in the end!

What are your top study tips?

C x

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Let’s Chat: January Roundup

The first month of a new year always has this weird atmosphere around it. Everyone is trying so hard to make a positive start and push their new year goals (myself included) that it almost feels wrong to admit if things just aren’t going right. Things get shitty, and that’s okay to admit from January right through to December.

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January 2017 has been a complete blink and you’ll miss it month. I had exams at the start of the month which were a complete knock back to reality after an amazing festive period, and started back university for my second semester of third year. With the talk of March/April/May exams already rife I can just tell this semester is going to be a stressful one!

I travelled down to London for my amazing Soap & Glory digital ambassador training day which you can read all about here. I have never travelled further than Glasgow alone by myself, so setting myself the challenge of travelling and arriving in one piece in London was a scary mission, but I did it! It really was an amazing day and gave me such an insight more into marketing, social media and PR work. As a journalism student, these are all avenues I could explore when I graduate so it was fantastic to see how it all worked.

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January was the month I tried to make myself be more organised. I’ve found having a week to view planner a great way of setting all my tasks out. Juggling uni work/actual part-time work/blogging/exercising/socialising/sleeping has not been easy so by giving myself set goals each day has helped lots.

I watched Bridget Jones’ Baby this month and absolutely loved it. There’s a running joke between my friends and I that I will be Bridget when I’m older because a) I’m a journalist b) I love a good pair of Spanx and c) I’m ridiculously unlucky in love. I laughed as much at the third instalment as the first two, a definite recommended film for a girly night in. Jojo Vibe has been my most played song on Spotify this month, I absolutely LOVE her new album.

I bought the Two Faced Sweet Peach palette and the Kylie Cosmetics Koko Collection this month, both of which are all forms of heart eye emojis. I’m trying to put myself on a makeup spending ban for February as I did go a tiny bit overboard over the festive period…. Lets see how that one lasts!

I got an iPhone 7 towards the end of the month, so my aim is get as many great pictures as I can this month.

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So here’s to February 2017, let’s see what you have in store for me.

What are your February 2017 goals?

C x

Why Your University Friends Are Friends For Life

You get many things coming out of University: an education, a love for fast food and mainly a chunk of debt. But with Galen-tines day just around the corner (yes, a whole day to celebrate your friends) we need to appreciate the amazing friendships we make along the way.

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  1. You’ve seen each other at your best…

From acing assignments which you’ve slaved over together to spending all your student loans on dresses which make you look 10/10, you’ll be there for each other every step of the way to that big graduation.

  1. And your worst

They’ve probably held your hair back as you ran to the toilet after one too many Jagerbombs, and saw you in a sea of leftover Dominoes boxes and greasy hair as you fight your way through revision. But that’s okay, because they’re equally as minging.

  1. Surviving the hangovers (and the lectures)

Ah yes, where there’s a university, there’s always an abundance of bars and clubs close by for you to “just have a few” because you’ve a 9AM lecture in the morning. Fast forward a few hours, you and your friends are knee-deep in shots and declaring your love for each other.

  1. You’ve “grown up” together

University is a time of huge changes, from moving away from home to making new friends, it’s the time to discover who you really are. The windy path from teenager to mini-adult involves a lot of bills and responsibilities and c’mon, what bond is stronger than the joint crying over that?

  1. They never judge you for your procrastination

Mainly because they are too. Who knew re-watching an entire One Tree Hill boxset was more valuable than writing that essay?

  1. You talk about the real things

And I don’t just mean boys and makeup. I mean your five year plan, planning the dream job and aspirations, questioning how the hell you’ll ever afford your own mortgage(?!). The future is scary, but you’ll always be there cheering each other on.

  1. They know far too much

You’ve let them in all on all the juicy details of your life so you couldn’t possibly let them go. And let’s be honest, you’ve already picked out your bridesmaid dresses.

How will you be celebrating Galen-tines day?

C x

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