10 Things I wish I Knew before going to University

10 Things I wish I Knew before going to University

Going to University is such an exciting time, I loved my first year. Although there are definitely some things I wish I’d known before that might be a bit helpful to other people now.

  1. If you think you’ve avoided freshers flu, you haven’t – I thought I was invincible as I’d survived the first month of uni without getting ill but if only I knew what was to come. When February came round I got so ill I had to go home for 2 weeks with quite bad tonsillitis as I couldn’t eat. I don’t think burning the candle at both ends helped this so stock up on the paracetamol and some vitamins too.
  2. Meeting people isn’t as awkward as you worry it will be – I was the first to arrive in my flat, I sat there all nervous and working myself up about when other people arrived what I was going to do. I wish I hadn’t spent my time doing this as everyone is in the same boat and because of that there is so much to talk about.
  3. Utilise the Facebook Groups – for accommodation, freshers and your course, this is a great way to meet people. I met 3 out of 5 of my flatmates from the groups and it really helped knowing when others were moving in and being able to see if people were buying freshers wrist bands or not (don’t do it – it’s a waste of money). Knowing each other a little bit really helped calm my nerves before moving in.
  4. GP Registration – I cannot stress this point enough – look at the GP reviews!! We didn’t do this and selected the closest, most convenient one and that was a mistake. Long waits and bad service resulted in having to go to the walk in centre all the time to see a Doctor instead. I have now re-registered back home and will go home or to the walk in depending on the urgency.
  5. Be kind to yourself – Moving out of home, living with strangers, living in a new city, having new responsibilities, the list goes on. It’s ok for you to struggle at times and miss home, it’s completely normal to feel this way. It’s important to remind yourself that despite the pressure to have an amazing first year there will be times you feel a bit down, like any time in life.
  6. Counselling Services – Following on from my last point, if you want to reach out for help. The sooner you do this the better, both for your own health and because the University counselling teams tend to have long waits so the sooner you get on the waiting list the sooner you can get access to the help you need.
  7. You don’t have to join societies – Before starting Uni I watched all the study-tubers who said how important it was to join a society so that you can make friends but after going to the freshers fair there were none that really appealed to me. I’m glad I didn’t just join one for the sake of it and instead found friends in my flat and on my course who were really like minded.
  8. Recipes – If you have certain recipes that are made for you at home, ask for a copy of them to take to uni with you. This helps you feel more at home and is a nice change from eating pasta for the 72nd day in a row.
  9. Pres – a great way to make friends in freshers, I have so many memories from them. It is important to keep in mind that if you’re hosting strangers might be in your room to use the toilet. So maybe hide certain things that you don’t want to go missing as this happened a few times in our flat. It’s better to be safe.
  10. Turn up early – A great way to make friends is to turn up early to your lectures and talk to people, it’s a great way to meet like minded people and gives you people to sit with too.

The most important thing is to enjoy every moment, take lots of pictures and stay safe!

Eve x

My Bucket List

My Bucket List

I’m personally a fan of any kind of list, it helps me feel like I’ve got everything under control even when I really haven’t. Following on from my last post 21 things I’ve done in 21 years. I thought it’s now time to start thinking about what I want to do in the future rather than what I’ve done in the past.

Right now I feel like I’ve been struggling to think about and plan for the future as it feels like the current climate is a bit of a barrier, but there is no time better than now to plan. Day dreaming about travelling and all of the things I want to do is the closest I’m getting right now so here we go…

Personal

  1. Run a marathon – This is something that isn’t going to happen next week and needs a lot of time and effort but I really want to complete this one day.
  2. Reach 100 followers on my blog – Another goal that seems quite far off right now but hopefully with a lot of time and hard work I’ll get there.
  3. Learn to play the piano – This is something I’ve wanted to be able to do since I was little, never know I might be the next Ludwig Van Beethoven. Well a girl can dream anyway!
  4. Read 1 book a month – Even though this doesn’t seem like a lot, for someone who never puts time aside to read anymore I’d like to start with an easy goal.
  5. Become comfortable in myself – I know this one will take a while but it starts with being kinder to myself which I’m working on.
  6. Learn a language – Duo lingo is my new best friend for this one!
  7. Buy my first home – Even though it’s a few years away I’m so excited for the day I get keys to my first home!
  8. Get my own dog – Anyone who knows me knows I’m a dog person and how much I adore my Dad’s dog, Stan. As someone who grew up with dogs, I want my children to do the same.
  9. Learn how to knit – My Grandma taught me how to knit when I was little but sadly I have forgotten over the years so this is a skill that I would like to re-learn.
  10. Do a 30 productivity challenge – I am the biggest procrastinator ever so I think this challenge is more of a need than a want.

Travel

  1. Visit the Great Wall of china
  2. Visit Victoria falls
  3. Visit the Grand Canyon
  4. Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef – I have never been to Australia but once I do this is at the top of my list of things to do!
  5. See the great pyramids of Egypt
  6. Go swimming with dolphins
  7. Ride in a hot air balloon- I have seen people setting off in these across the Knavesmire before and I always wish it was me up there.
  8. Skydive – This is one of my more out there ones, the idea of it scares me but I’ve done a few things that I’ve been terrified of and ended up loving so why not try this one too.
  9. Go to Bali – Bali has been at the top of my travel list for a while, I’d love to go to Uluwatu Temple and the sacred monkey forest sanctuary, seeing pictures of my friends there has made me want to go even more!
  10. Visit 50 countries

I am going to keep updating this post, adding and ticking things off as I do them. What’s on your bucket list?

Eve x

21 things I’ve done in 21 years

21 things I’ve done in 21 years

After all of the twists and turns that 2020 has put us all through it’s given me more thinking time than ever. At the end of the year it’ll be my 22nd birthday, which makes me feel rather old! But it has made me start to think about all the things I’ve done in the past 21 years and be grateful for how much I’ve been able to do.

  1. Went to University – If you’ve seen my last blog post you’d know that I’m going into my second year of a Business Management degree. Sometimes I forget how much of a privilege it is to be able to get an education, especially at this level. Going to Newcastle has had it’s ups and downs but I’m so glad I am here now.
  2. Ran a half marathon – In 2015 I ran the Great North Run whilst raising money for Alzheimers Society which is a cause very close to my heart. I managed to raise £500 and learnt that I can do a lot more than I thought I could. The feeling crossing the finish line made all of the hard work worth it.
  3. Went solo travelling – This time last year I headed off to London to start my European Experience Contiki trip, I knew hardly anything about the trip just that I’d be gone for 3 weeks. It was an amazing time, I made great friends and memories that will last a lifetime.
  4. Went Paragliding in Turkey – In July last year I went to Turkey and decided to face my fear of heights by going paragliding, the whole journey driving up the mountain was so scary with steep cliffs at both sides. It was the most exciting experience, I would recommend anyone to do it!
  5. Had lots of jobs – from working in offices to waitressing to selling on a market stall – some I’ve loved, others not so much but it’s taught me a lot.
  6. Learnt to ski – When I was 13 my dad taught me how to ski at our local dry ski slope, since then we have been on a few holidays and have a lot of memories to go with them!
  7. Went on the fastest zip wire in the world – This was my first attempt at getting over my fear of heights. We went to ZipWorld in Wales despite my arse being in my mouth I somehow managed to convince myself to do it and the feeling afterwards was well worth it.
  8. Learnt to horse ride – I got horse riding lessons as a present from my godparents when I was little, I ended up falling in love with it. I rode for 9 years and ended up loaning two horse to compete.
  9. Lived through a pandemic – Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’d know we’re in the middle of a pandemic right now. It’s meant that I’ve had ups and downs but I’ve been lucky enough to live with my boyfriend for 5 months which we were so grateful for!
  10. Learnt to drive – I come from a small village with only a few buses a day meaning that as soon as everyone turns 17 they learn to drive and thank goodness I did, I remember being so glad at the time that I finally had freedom.
  11. Got a tattoo – Much to my mum’s dislike when I was 19 I got a tattoo that I’d wanted since I was 13, it means a lot to me and was well worth the pain!
  12. Got over my fear of the gym – A few years ago I remember driving to the gym, having a panic attack in my car, turning round and heading home. It’s now turned into something that I’m learning to enjoy and not forcing myself to go and putting no pressure on it has really helped.
  13. Did a ballet show – When I was little I used to go to ballet and tap dance classes, at the end of each year we did a show at the Grand Opera House in York. Mum has a DVD of the show from 2008 and I was so scared on the stage that I barely moved!
  14. Moved out of home – Despite moving house a lot when I was younger finally moving out of home to go to uni was scary. I’d only been to Newcastle once before for the course open day. I remember being sat on my bed not even knowing where the supermarket was and being really nervous to meet my flatmates. Once the first day worries had passed I ended up having the best first year and made so many great friends!
  15. Worked on myself – Going to counselling was a hard thing for me to come to terms with but getting help was the best thing I ever did (special shout out to my friends for their endless support). Trauma doesn’t go away and I’m glad my friends guided me towards the help I needed.
  16. Went to New York for my 18th with my besties – I was lucky enough to get to go to New York with my best pals back in 2016 we did the typical touristy things, we have so many great memories from that holiday!
  17. Went to see lots of my favourite bands live – From Foo fighters to Fleetwood Mac to Arctic Monkeys. I keep a list on my phone of everyone I’ve seen and looking through it always fills me with so much happiness of all the times I’ve had and also gets me excited for the next.
  18. Went to the gardens by the bay in Singapore – Last august I went to Singapore, I’d never been before so we did all of the touristy things and it was beautiful and so well maintained.
  19. Went to my first festival – In 2015 I went to Leeds Festival for the first time, which from where I live is basically a right of passage. Since then I’ve been to a few different festivals, my favourite so far being Transmt in 2018.
  20. Went wine tasting in France – Rhone Valley, This was one I could tick off my bucket list, I went with my friends last summer we had such a good host who made it such a unique experience.
  21. Saw so many landmarks from the Dam Square to the Statue of Liberty to Trevi founation, I can’t pick a favourite but I’m lucky enough to have been to 22 different countries. I can’t wait till we can travel more freely again so I can add some more to my list!

This post has been so fun to write, reminiscing about old memories. It’s made me want to travel again which sadly won’t be happening for a while. I might make a bucket list post soon. Let me know if you’d be interested and what’s on your bucket list down below.

Eve x

University Homewear Haul

University Homewear Haul

Next week I’m moving back to Newcastle to start my second year of University. As all lectures are going to be online this year and mainly done from the comfort of my own room I wanted to make sure that it feels as comfortable as possible. It needs to be a good working environment but also a space where I can switch off at the end of the day. Which also gave me an excuse to do some online shopping!

Candles 

Now obviously this depends on your landlord but candles really are great for helping me switch off at the end of the day and try and pretend I’m in a spa or somewhere relaxing.

I’ve bought two new ones for this year, the first I picked up at H&M – this smells amazing, and it’s huge. It’s so good that I might go back and get another, especially as it’s only £12.99!

H&M Candle

The second candle I bought from an etsy store and I love it. I’m really trying to make an active effort at the moment to support small businesses and it’s easy when they sell such cute pieces like this! I got the Venus Bust Candle in the scent Rose, it’s so pretty I don’t want to light it!

Sonder Candles Etsy Shop

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For this candle I also needed something to put it on which I also got from Etsy!

Candle/ Jewellery Plate

Pillows 

Now anyone who knows me will know that this was a slightly unnecessary purchase as I already have lots of scatter cushions but they can change up a room so easily and for a low price if you shop around. I decided to go for some yellow ones this year!

I got my cushion covers from H&M for £6.99 each, the inner cushions were also £6.99 each.

Yellow Velvet Cushion Cover

Inner Cushion

Lights 

Again this depends on your landlord but a well used way to dress up your room is with fairy lights, mine are curtain ones! I actually bought these last year and they’re amazing.  I’ve have lots of people ask me where they are from when they have used my toilet at pres! They’re great for when I work on an evening for giving some soft light.

I got these from Amazon for £22.99 and they made my room feel so cozy.

Curtain Fairy Lights

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Organisation 

I am also trying to limit the mess in my room so that it’s not distracting while I’m working. I was getting fed up tripping over the wire of my hair drier, curler and straighteners so decided to go on a hunt to find some storage for them. I came across this on amazon and it has been a game changer and was only £14.23!

They come in a range of colours  too but I went with the rose gold one.

Styling Accessories Holder

Art

For the past two years art has been something that I’ve really lacked in my room so I decided to go on a hunt to find some. Luckily I have some really talented friends, which is where I got the print below from – Check out her instagram @georgepaints_

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Shopping for my new home stuff has made me excited to get back to Uni now. It’ll be an odd year to say the least with all the working from home but don’t worry a post will be coming about that soon!  Let me know if you’re at uni and what your essentials are to making your room relaxing but also feel like a productive work space?

Eve x

A Beginning

A Beginning

Hey, I’m Eve. I am 21 and about to go into my second year of a Business Management degree at Newcastle University.

After a few boring months in lockdown I decided it was finally time to gain the courage to start a blog after years of wanting to do so. All this free time has made me aware of my limited hobbies and I thought this was an opportunity to try something that I’ve always wanted to do, that also lets me have a place to write freely!

I actually started a blog when I was 13 but thankfully that is archived to save myself from a lot of embarrassment and you from cringing.

I just thought I’d hop on to introduce myself. I have lots of ideas coming soon so I hope you stay around to have a read and enjoy what there is to come.

Eve x