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 —->

A year ago today!

Exactly a year ago today I was living in student halls and my parents had just flown into Manchester airport and were making their way to see me! We were reunited and of course it meant lots of yummy food and shopping! I’m incredibly close with my parents and Facebook likes to remind you about what you were doing exactly a year ago!

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I had super long hair in comparison to now… If I remember correctly I think I was wearing a black playsuit with my brown leather riding boots and my tweed purple coat from Whitestuff!

My parents had chosen a hotel which was literally just across the road from where I used to live! Super convenient and seeing as they’d flown it was easy for me to get to and vice versa! They met me at my student halls and then it was off to Meadowhall for yummy food and shopping!

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One of our favourite haunts…

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We obviously went for hot drinks (because let’s face it February is chilly!)

We ate at the hotel restaurant most nights (food is love after-all!)

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I really am incredibly lucky to have such wonderful parents!

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The view from their hotel overlooking the bustling city of Sheffield!

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Oh of course their trip resulted in the purchase of a new coat…

Talking about visits… My wonderful parents are visiting on the 1st March for a few days which is VERY exciting and I cannot wait to see them and receive lots of cuddles and TLC in abundance! Another beautiful memory that will never fade

Love C xx

 

Meaningful Monday: weekend adventures with Will part one!

I have realised that there is just NO way I can post every day with uni and other commitments but nevertheless I will stick to my routine whenever I do post

This weekend has also been dreamy! I’ve been having such lovely weekend as of late! I love spending time with Will, we just get each other and enjoy doing the things we do and like to visit new places, learn new things and go on adventures! I have been very lucky to have spent as much time as I have done with my lovely one! This weekend involved geocaching around my local area and a very educational but dreamy trip to York so without further a do I shall spam you all with photograph upon photograph! I’m most likely going to split it into parts!

Part one:

On Saturday me and Will headed out to find some caches in the area I live! We of course headed to the beautiful Botanical Gardens in Sheffield and wandered around the glorious plants, tress and wildlife! It was so quiet and relaxing and it is a real gem right on my doorstep! We opened the caching app and off we went! We went via tesco to pick up a sandwich and then we found a bench and sat down and ate before we started our geocaching adventures!

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Sheffield Botanical Gardens are surprisingly large yet incredibly beautiful!
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Our first cache was to do with this fossilised tree, in order to receive the cache you had to answer several questions about the tree, it’s history, appearance and use! It was quite fun scavenging around for clues in order to ask it! It’s quite an educational place to visit if you ever get the chance!
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Sheffield is known for it’s hills but it just makes this place even more magical and magnificent because it is so undisturbed and well maintained and beautiful! It is definitely a place to go when you need to gather your thoughts!
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There was a lot of old historical trees which had plaques explaining their importance and significance and it went into great deal how their state has changed over time due to the changes the Steel City has faced over the years!
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Sheffield is actually the greenest city in the UK, this place is brimming with different species of plants and trees! I just love how incredibly lush this city is! It’s just extremely pretty! I love the contrast of the red token tree against all the other shades of green!
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There are flowers absolutely everywhere and they are buzzing with life (I hope you got my bee pun) and they just look and smell absolutely amazing! I absolutely love flowers in my opinion they literally brighten up your day!
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Yet more beautiful foliage and flowers growing alongside the cute little bark paths!
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An example of the incredibly tame and friendly wildlife that reside there!
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Yes… even more greenery! It’s just so tranquil and pretty and a really nice place to visit for a ‘romantic’ stroll or geocaching sesh 😉
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More flowers, flowers in an absolute abundance!
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It is just stunning.
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Finally here is will getting down with nature and embracing how beautiful it is! It was an incredibly meaningful place to go with an incredibly meaningful person who never fails to make me smile!

After exploring the beautiful gardens we then headed to a little wooded area not far from where I live to retrieve another geocache!

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I have to admit it wasn’t half as pretty as the gardens but me and Will both agree that geo caching takes you places that you just wouldn’t know about which means it is a real adventure! I have lived here for over a year now and I had no idea Sheffield had so many quirky little wooded areas! This is why we’d highly recommend geocaching!
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This cache was hidden down a steep bank by a stream near the root of a tree! Of course Will being the gentlemen he is went and get it because let’s face it I’m just not THAT adventurous! We had to be extremely careful of muggles!
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Here’s the little box of caching goodness! It didn’t contain a lot of fun things unfortunately but we have now found 40 caches!

After finding that cache we of course went via the pub! Let’s be honest we both like a drink or three… Then off we went to find another cache which was hidden very closed to where I live and then we headed back to a famous cache that appeared to have defeated us every time we went to look for it… BUT this time we found it! Will was incredibly happy because we had spent AGES looking for it! BUT now we have logged it and signed it off! We headed back to mine, bought fish and chips and went to watch the rugby at the student union! So the night ended with double vodkas and tequila shots with lemon (which FYI is SO much better)

It was a fun Saturday! We discovered meaningful places with meaningful people which is always a bonus!

Stay tuned for part two & maybe three!

Love and hugs

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