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.

 

It’s not even 5… I blame law.

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It’s not even 5pm. It’s ten minutes to 5. Today I have written half on my Equity and Trust coursework (1500 words), I have eaten a mince pie, I am half way through a bottle of mulled wine, I have done 1 research record on standard leases and have at least two attendance notes to write and I’m hoping if I pop to Sainsburys to get my required tipple I can start a second research record on liability.

Happy Christmas!

I love you mulled wine. I drink it like it’s fruit punch. Please do not judge.

Surprise weekend away!

Happy Saturday! I haven’t done a cutesie type adventure post in a little while so I thought I’d make the most of it and snap away! I apologise in advance that some of these images are admittedly from my Snapchat so the quality might be questionable.

Anyway!

I was given instructions by Will to pack a bag on Friday. I was given a further clue later on in the day that the place we were going to began with the letter ‘H’.

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So we set off around 4ish on Friday afternoon. As we got further along into our journey I was starting to vaguely recognise the direction in which we were travelling. I then saw signs for Bristol and Wales and thought well it must be either one of those places. Will has also just bought a house in Bristol so it seemed like a likely choice! I still had no idea where we were staying as Will had jokingly grabbed the tent when he said I better pack some stuff (what a tinker!) Do not fear, we were not camping.

It turned out he had booked a hotel on the edge of Bristol so we checked in a dumped our things. I was then given further instructions that we were to catch a train to Bristol Templemead where his bestie was waiting for us at a pub relatively near the station. We walked from the hotel to the station and made our way towards the city where Will’s friend was waiting. It was the first time the two of us had met! His friends and his work colleagues were all at the pub when we turned up but we grabbed a table and chatted for a good few hours. We had the intention of getting the last train back but of course plans can and do change. In actual fact we ended up in a gay club in Bristol (not sure why) the majority of us were straight and we kind of just followed the crowd and ended up in OMG. I can’r say I’ve ever been to a gay club before… first time for everything. We got back to the hotel at like 2:30 and headed over to the 24 hr Asda where we ran around look for food and most importantly houmous. I settled with sandwiches and I think Will went with pasta pots. In our drunken haste we’d also picked up a ridiculous amount of McCoys… Don’t judge. It was great.

Let’s just say I normally stick to 3 beverages: G&T, wine and Ale.

So when you say it quickly 5 double G&T’s, shots of sambuca and tequila and copious amounts of vodka red bulls… I was feeling a little fragile this morning. It’s the mixing that got me.

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We got back to the hotel at like 3am after our drunken trip to Asda. Admittedly in the morning we were both feeling a little rough and passed on breakfast. We got up, washed and dressed and checked out of the hotel and headed towards the area where Will has bought his house! We went past it! He’s done so incredibly well, bless him! We both agreed that maybe coffee would help so we headed to the town centre and found a Costa coffee.

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Seemed like a fab idea at the time… however it made us feel worse aha! Kids don’t mix your drinks. We battled on however and headed over the border into Wales! The first place we went to was Chepstow Castle. I think it was about £6 to get in but it was worth it! We love exploring so this was right up our street!

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We then stopped for a juice at a nearby pub before we headed into the Wye Valley! I had been when I was younger but it is so beautiful! In the end we turned the satnav off and went on a little adventure! I feel like you always stumble across the prettiest of places when you have no intention of even going in that direction! It was so tranquil and peaceful! We both love getting down with nature and being outside! I absolutely love autumn, we both agreed how beautiful the trees were looking in their gorgeous vibrant red and firry orange with specks of green to break it all up.

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He really is the best and I absolutely adore going on adventures with my best friend.

Thank you Will for a magical weekend ❤

Here is a tipsy update written at 1am

Hello dear readers (who I have neglected) much like the shaving of my legs.

I am back at 1am with a real fabby treat *more like drunken spiel… exams are killing me and after spending the wholeeee blooming day revising I felt I was losing the absolute will to live and couldnt even fathom the emeaning of consent. I’m aware this will be littered with typos (thankfully I’m not doing a drafting exercise in the hopes of gaining a lucrative TC! I think cabin fever has set in and maybe I’ll become this wild uncontainable thing or just become increasingly more drained as the days pass by. Anyway lets just say the wine doubled in strength and I am fairly relaxed right now and human rights, Eu and criminal is not at the forefront of my mind. This my dear little friendligns is a musing. A drunken one at that. I’ve jsut been singing my heart out to Wham, Tina Turner, Madonna and the guy that sings karma karma and build me up butter cup baby! It’s been quite the drunken sing along. I posted an instragram earlier saying my life was together because post it notes matched me bed. See exhibit 1 (someone has been doing too much pro bono work lately)

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Look at that pastel goodness. If only my lfie was together hey! On other notes Ihave been working myself into a state of deliriousness and decided to sporadicly set up a mock exam at 11pm last night in my kitchen.

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My life is all the fun and games atm. What else have I got to talk to you about? Well I am going back home to the glorious sunny island in like less than two weeks which is fabulous because I am a ghostly white colour and requrie sun on this skin pronto! It’s a tad risky I am legit legging it from the exam hall to the airport (taking all my belongings with me which will be stressful). Ugh I feel a tad queasy probably because the wine was ‘off’ not that wine reallty ever goes off and due to the constant thinking and writing up of pre seen questions it’s such an ache in the ballsies. I think my problem is it that I am a gulper. I am charlotte and I gulp wine and get a red wine tach every single time then I attractively lick my lips which is clearly my way to seduce. I had an indian for tea it was the highlight of the day, that and facetiming my mum because I am boring and went from being the wild one to the one that does nothing but facetime and revise. Oh how life changes. I got another care package with the cutest of post it ntoes in various shapes and pretty things

 

So that was cute. Note the ripples have lost their lives already and Im not sure if I am ready to write on the animals quite yet. 21 year old me. I could probably keep mumbling on forever and ever but I need to do one of those gratitude posts which always makes me sound super thankful when in reality I’m probably twiddling my thumbs on what to post… I can assure you that the care package will be making an appearance again very soon (like 5 mins soz). I should maybe be asleep because I have a zillion things to conquer tomorrow but I have a lamb pasanda so all is ok in the world and I have enough low carb high fat foods in to sink a blooming ship! Eat up CW. This all has to go within two weeks. I’m trying to think of something really witty and ingenious to include but I’m all idea-ed out. No ideas left in this 21 year old. I should admit defeat and say that the wine won ebcause let’s face it… it kind of did. I’m sure I will cringe at all the drunkenly spelt words when I have the time to realise this even ever happened. Denial. It is a beautiful thing. I highly recommend it. Stay tuned for a drunk gratitudes I can guarantee it won’t be nicely alligned and will be displeasing on the eyes but this girl don’t give a hoot.

Don’t drink wine that has been festering away for weeks kids. It’s not a good idea.

Goodnight you beautiful specimens <£ xxxxxxx