22 things that I learnt whilst being an undergrad at university!

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Oh Hiya! It’s me.

  1. Embrace first year, be hellish wild, do irresponsible things BUT (always stay safe).

 

  1. In halls you are normally paired with an absolute bunch of misfits, your characters will clash, one flatmate will ALWAYS come back and wreck something and whilst doing so will no doubt set the fire alarm off whilst attempting to ‘cook’ popcorn chicken.

 

  1. You will be loving the whole ‘freedom’ from your parents, responsibilities and your actions may sometimes be questionable. You’ll learn that Ryan and Ed were not your true loves but never the less you’ll still cry over the what ifs at 2am in the morning whilst sipping cheap and nasty alcohol straight from the bottle.

 

  1. Fast food is your friend! Perhaps it was a saving grace that I was vegetarian and therefore my choices were extremely limited i.e. cheesy chips or veggie pizza which meant that I did not become the size of a small whale. Kebabish was life.

 

  1. Second year, where do I even begin. I like to call it the ‘odd one out’. I don’t know about you but I felt a tad lost in second year, I felt like it was an odd period of time and the home sickness and Will sickness most definitely struck… BUT if you can push through second year woes there’s only 1 more year to go my loves!

 

  1. Please never leave your drinks unattended or accept drinks from strangers… it will backfire and you will throw up repeatedly down yourself and struggle to remember your own name. Also, just for a heads up don’t be that idiot that spikes people’s drinks and preys on vulnerable ‘I’m totally an adult now’ girls… it’s just NOT cool.

 

  1. Third year will feel like a freight train has literally come and smacked you full on and you are currently fighting for your life with a mangled body. Yes, it’s as hard and full on as EVERYONE says. Yes, there is a LOT of work to do. Yes, you may want to eat a full 123g of Twix bites or a full tube of pringles and that is ok because girl/boy you sure as hell deserve it!

 

  1. The whole 9am lectures are not as bad as 5pm/6pm ones, believe me! After having to sit through a 2 hour lecture on European Union Law and 6pm I’d rather drag myself out of bed at an ungodly hour that cry and fight the urge to fall asleep (let’s face it we should already be in bed).

 

  1. Earplugs are friends, it’s no lie that walls in student houses are THIN. I’m most definitely not going into the gory deets but for your own sake… PLEASE invest in a good set of earplugs for both you and your significant other when visiting. It will avoid a lot of heated early morning chats regarding your flat mates at an elevated tone.

 

  1. Milk is sacred, don’t think just because you got semi skimmed milk when your flatmate drinks skimmed milk that precious cargo is safe!!! Milk always goes missing as does a 12 pack of burgers that you have been fantasizing over since last night when you rolled in at 4am and in a bid to save money you avoided walking into a notorious fas food establishment to only discover that those sodding burgers are no where to be seen and you are too far gone to return to the goodness that was London road.

 

  1. Drinks in the North are cheap! Note to self don’t go out with a £50 note on a night out in Sheffield… you will be absolutely trollied with as little as £10 … a triple is £2 (WINNING)

 

  1. There will always be one person that you live with during your time at uni that will screw up the dynamics. They will turn everyone against each other and they basically just try and **** up the close tight knit group. Be the bigger person and try to basically pretend this person does NOT exist! I know it’s easier said than done!

 

  1. Just a heads up… but… during your time at uni you will live in some god awful places, some will be infested in bugs, mould, broken appliances, rodents, and unsavoury characters. I wish I could tell you it’s all part of the fun but sharing my room with silverfish an an array of monster spiders was most definitely not on my agenda.

 

  1. Letting agents are never fair, read your contract carefully, whatever you do… DO NOT turn up still intoxicated, fighting the urge to vom to sign for your property. You will miss the fine details i.e. the £60 call out charge and the £20 charge for changing lightbulbs (what a bloody rip off)

 

  1. You think you’ll be friends with those people you met in the first week till the very end. You’ll think you’ll all meet up in each others home cities and they will most definitely be top of the list at your wedding… hate to break it to you BUT people change! To be brutally honest, you might not even talk to some of these people past first year!

 

  1. Tea is friend. Tea will always be friend in every circumstance. I.e. whether you have done something extremely silly or received bad news. Just grab a cup of tea and the world will be aaaa ok once again!.

 

  1. Always be yourself! Don’t try and be someone else… i.e. if you love bright colours and clashing prints bloody wear it! Don’t mould yourself into the generic girl that you see everywhere you sodding go. Be you! Believe me it pays off in the long run!

 

  1. Aldi will most definitely be your friend, you can grab a basket of stuff and it is still bound to come under the £20 mark… WINNING!

 

  1. Cocktails and G&T is just not a think to drink, y’know all those fancy cocktails you consume back home with the girls… don’t expect it at uni! People will judge you for your choices and so will your bank account.

 

  1. Find yourself a secret chef… i.e. someone that is bloody good at making pancakes and who won’t mind being called over mid morning to make you and the girls a massive bunch of pancakes and also offers a full English? You heard me right… these people actually exist!.

 

  1. You’ll come back to see some down right disturbing things (especially in halls) i.e. knife throwing, sexual encounters, illegal substances (you name it you see it all)…so don’t be surprised when the police are banging on your door at 2am looking for a certain someone who may or may not be dealing drugs (yes these people do exist and for all you know you might be sharing a flat with them!)

 

  1. You’ll look back at when it’s all over with fond memories of the messy nights out, the photos with the people you no longer talk to or have moved on or away, you’ll remember the cringey moments when you were most definitely not planning your life with some random but hot guy from a club. You’ll look back and think… I regret absolutely nothing.

 

Late night chats! Let’s start adulting…

Helloooooo!

I should probably say good evening! Oh my it’s been a busy old time! If any of you follow me on instagram you would know that I spent Easter in sunny Tenerife and I most definitely had a well of a time! Long gone are the days where I can spend hours writing holiday posts! However that will soon be changing! In fact quite a lot of things are changing in my life. I can’t quite believe that my law degree is basically over. I have one exam on Thursday and then I have a one way ticket to Bristol!

Big heckie.

Looking back at my time spent in Sheffield, I don’t think I’d change any of it! I don’t think I’d even change the cringe worthy/bad bits because, well they were all part of this journey! I have changed unbelievable amounts since first year and it is crazy to think of all the things I did during my student years! First year me had to kiss an awful lot of frogs till I found my match.

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Yeah for some crazy reason I thought dying my hair bleach blond was a fabulous idea and let’s not comment on the proportions of the frog (the frogs I kissed ranged in size…). I also moved into a lot of different properties (some of which were better than others), I’ve lived with people and I’ve lived on my own. I feel like I’ve done it all! At times I’ve felt overwhelmed with the amount of work and felt completely out of my depth but despite this I have done it!!! It is crazy that I’m pretty much no longer a student and that I will not walk through those doors again! I feel like I’ll spend Friday wandering around Sheffield and just remembering all that has happened! Now comes the inevitable question?

What comes next? 

Well I’m starting all over again in Bristol, taking a rather big heckie step and moving in with my boy (we didn’t think we’d ever get there). So I guess I need to decide what to do next. I feel currently a tad overwhelmed.

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So erm yeah, this is where we currently are! And I feel like the stick drawing really does resemble how I feel about deciding what I should be doing for the rest of my life. I mean it’s ok to feel overwhelmed so I have been told so let’s roll with it! Who knows what the next chapter of the story will be and what it will contain! Perhaps this will be the beginning of depicting myself through stick drawings! Oh the possibilities are endless. All I know is that I blooming hate covenants and land law and I am very much forward to 4:10 on Thursday when I will officially be as free as a bird and then I need to figure out what this little lady (age 22.5) wants to do for the rest of her life. Not a hard decision to make really!… Will is off to Norway again for work and I need to push forward with this land malarky. I am so looking forward to buying a book and sitting on the train not having to think about anything related to law! I think once I’ve actually sorted myself out and do not feel in a constant state of limbo I’ll feel a lot more prepared to do some serious adulting.

This is it folks. Charzweb is entering a whole new chapter of proper real life adulting. Excitement probably outweighs the nerves (just about)

Let’s start adulting then shall we?!

NGL… I’d rather be eating dessert —->

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep: book review!

Evening, or should I say morning! Regardless of the time I am back with another book review! Also featuring my fabulous dinosaur dress otherwise known as my rawrrrr dress! 

This was quite the different genre for me! I must say it’s very different to a lot of books out there and I suppose the best word to describe it with is ‘quirky’! Now, there is nothing wrong with being quirky! I for one know that…

It was the authors first book and I must say I am looking forward to her next book which is coming out later this year! 

So enough waffle, I’ll give you a brief overview! The two main characters are two girls called Grace and Tilly who take on the role of amateur detectives when a woman from their avenue goes missing! The story takes place in a particularly hot summer in 1970’s Britain! Upon Mrs Creasey’s disappearance the two girls set out to find God as they believe God will keep everyone safe if they are successful! Let’s just say it makes you think about the way you perceive people and as I’m originally an island girl I probably related to the story more as everyone in the book knew each other and their business! 

I would say it is a really lighthearted read and definitely captivated me from the beginning! There’s some rather humourous parts (one of which contains a drainpipe) and a lot of secrets are revealed throughout! It’s most definitely a fairly feel happy book and despite it being a total different genre I blooming loved it! 

My advice? Definitely buy it if you are willing to embrace new levels of quirky and most definitely sometimes step out of your comfort zone in order to find hidden beauties like this!

Book review: My Not So Perfect Life, Sophie Kinsella

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Guess whose back? Back again!

It’s meeeeee.

I’m all about book reviews these days, in fact my book addiction will only escalate once my degree is over because you will most definitely find me curled up with a book in the lounge or when it’s sunny propped up in the garden basking in the sun with another beauty! But alas for now I am swamped with work and cannot justify too much reading!

Anyway, I’ll get distracted and start spouting utter nonsense… I mean it’s not already a regular occurrence right?

So, it might shock you to hear that this was the first book I had read by Sophie Kinsella! It’s not my normal kind of genre, I’m more of a ‘who’dun’it girl but I’ve recently been quite the dare devil! I got the book in hardback and it was so very satisfying to hold and don’t even start me on the smell! In fact Will was on about buying me a kindle but I just enjoy the holding of the book and the glorious covers!

So, the book was based upon a character called Katie Brenner, otherwise known as ‘Kat’ in her ‘other life’. She basically works in London in some form of marketing. The book explores the concept of perception verses reality which I particularly likes. Kat was infamous for posting juicy images on instagram of posh coffee that you need to take out a loan to afford, fancy restaurants and daily life in London! It was always Kat’s dream to live in London after she left university and was adamant that she did not want to return home to Somerset where her Dad and Step-mum lived. Kat lived in London is a ‘cool flat’ had a ‘glamorous job’, ‘fabulous commute’ and to the outside word everything looked tickety boo! In reality her room in the house share was so small that she had to use a hammock to store her stuff, the flatmates were questionable and the commute was diabolical! Instagram however told a different story but she was sure it was about to change!

That was till she was dismissed from her job and didn’t know what the heck to do! She headed back to sleepy Somerset when she heard of an exciting venture that her dad and Step Mum had thought of doing … glamping…

Oh I forgot. Of course there is a man on the scene, it’s a very realistic love story. It’s a very real reality for a lot of people, living in London isn’t as glam as it might sound! Another big character of the book is Katie’s boss who gave her the sack. It seems that Demeter (her now ex-boss) has the perfect life with fancy house, perfect kids and high flying career… I’m not going to spoil it but us humans are all too quick to judge at times!

It was a very enlightening read and asked one to readdress that we should not be so quick to judge and behind closed doors not everything is as peachy as it seems!

It’s mostly definitely a great representation of many people and I think a lot of readers can relate! It’s a very easy to read book and the characters are extremely memorable! I’m not one to spill the whole plot… so my advice is to read it! I would like to put it in the ‘very easy to read category’ and is absolutely ideal when your flight is cancelled and you are stranded at the airport for 12 hours…

Good book.

8/10