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.

 

Sometimes things don’t go to plan.

Evening! It’s Monday. This is probably as close to a ‘Monday Musing’ as it gets. I just want to say that it’s ok to make mistakes. Its ok to **** up here and there. Now let me elaborate. I was in charge of cooking dinner. I had decided on salmon and we had gone out to the shops to get the ingredients. I had great intentions and envisaged making Will the most delightful dinner. Note the word intentions… I have cooked this meal loads of times without any difficulties bearing in mind. So I started doing the usual thing and did the coating and what not before wrapping them in their foil parcels and putting them in the oven at 200 oc for twenty minutes. To cut the story short let’s just say thank goodness for the potatoes and veg! What I produced was raw salmon which was slimy and inedible. At first I was pissed about******* it up. I had wanted to prove myself and when I tried it had backfired massively! Once I had stopped being the sasspot that I truly am… We laughed. Will pulled me tight and thanked me for my effort. What could have been a disaster turned out to be an absolute bonding session! It’s safe to say salmon is off my menu for the foreseeable future. We went to bed still laughing about what a liability I am and how this would only happen to me.

So, the moral of the story is to laugh otherwise you will cry over the flaming salmon.

Cat personalities

If you’ve happened to stumble across this out of the blue then you are probably thinking what on earth is this girl chatting?


Well I feel like I am allowed to talk about cats, well because I own two and after living with them for the majority of my life… I have learnt one or two or twenty things about these sassy natured creatures!

So let’s get meowving

This is Bella. She is a show off. Let me enlighten you with the knowledge that cats are show offs.
I’m trying to think of a way to politely compare a cat to a human but I doubt I’ll manage that so let’s just be brutally honest. Well in my humble opinion Bella reminds me of those girls that strut their stuff on the beach, in clubs, shopping… Basically EVERYWHERE! Y’know the ones that think they look blooming fantastic and want to show off their bod and couldn’t give two hoots about what anyone thought of them? Well that my friends is Bella.

She’s vain. She’ll look at her reflection in anything that is available. She will lie down and just stare at the furry goddess looking back. She’ll bat those green eyes and kink that killer strong tail and will sassily make her way towards you.

She will always make her presence known. When we have visitors she will attempt to distract them all with her beauty. She’ll flop in the centre of the carpet and flash that golden tummy at them in an attempt to seduce them. Whenever someone new comes along Bell is never far away!

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She likes her routine. If one single thing changes she’ll make it clear that it is most certainly not ok. For example I simply moved her water bowl about 2 cm away from its original place and the sasspot refuses to drink from it. Bella only proceeded to drink from said bowl once it was put back in its original place. Talk about fussy!!!

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Bell craves attention. All cats want and need attention! If I get waylaid or side tracker for one minute which draws my attention away from my beloved tabby I’ll know about it. Bell will proceed to interrupt whatever I was doing and would very much make her presence known and would make it all about her. After all who really enjoys scrap booking without the help of a fur ball who is actually adding to the time it takes to get the job done…

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Bell gets jealous. If I put anything on my lap that isn’t Bell she will not be pleased. She will continue to tap, claw and pick till she gets her own way. In actual fact I’m being attacked right now because I’m not paying her enough attention because of this blog post…

A particular favourite of Bell’s is to sit on the pillow behind you and tap away till you pay attention. Don’t give in to their demanding ways even if they look at you with big kitty cat eyes. Don’t fall for it!

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Cats do what they want, when they want. They will not consult you first to ask if it’s ok… Prime example^

FYI you do not control cats… They control you!!!

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Cats LOVE comfort. They are so high maintenance. They do not want to sit on a hard chair when there is a lovely blanketed chair opposite to them. This means there are often races between you and your moggy as to who can get there the quickest and claim the most coveted spot!

Cats also get hangry.  If you forget to put down another pouch at the respective hour… You soon know about it.

But most of all.


They just want to be loved and hold hands. Isn’t that what being a cat parent is all about?!

Love C xxx