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 —->

Cacti hospital

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It’s Friday or as I like to refer to it as Fri-yay!

On a much sadder note, my poor dining table has turned into a make shift cacti hospital. I think it is safe to say that the long winter break where I was absent from my flat has taken it’s toll on one of my little prickly babies. I feel like I have grown rather attached to my little green friends and to see one of them in such a poorly condition makes me rather sad. All I can really do is wait and see if the roots sprout after being in water? Or whether I can rely on the baby sprout to take over for it’s parent? The others seem to be doing ok? Then again who knows. I mean it would be much easier to give up and admit defeat and walk approximately ten minutes to a nearby shop which sells the exact same type of cacti… but that would be a major cop out and I’m not one of those girls. I cannot believe another week has flown by? 10 weeks stand between me and the end of university. That will be the end of one huge chapter in my life. It’s on to bigger and better things however. I’m pretty darn busy till then. I have visitors coming and places to be and people to see! I also now own an Amazon Fire Stick which was in a care package from my beloved. Isn’t he a cutie?

I’ve finished my book by Samuel Bjork, it was very enjoyable and I’m now twiddling my thumbs thinking about what else I can do before I go to bed? I think I’ll end up making an emergency visit to a book shop to satisfy that craving. I can now watch Netflix on my TV which is very handy as it means I get to watch and blog at the same time? Very convenient right! I’ve just started the OA I think there’s only one season to date but I’ll let you know how it goes! On that note I think I’ll leave it there. I have a lot of updating to do what with cacti, books and TV series.

One word.

Heckie.

Cake in a mug: Blueberry Muffin!

Afternoon my loves!

I thought seeing as it was the new year I’d bring a whole new series into the mix…

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Meals/cakes in a mug!

I am currently a final year law student and to be quite honest with you I simply do not have the time to cook in between all my deadlines and commitments! So the plan is to make meals in a mug for the remaining weeks I have left of university! I’m in Bristol currently and I thought I’d try my first mug recipe! I thought I’d ease myself in gently with a cake. A blueberry muffin to be exact! I’m going to rate these honestly and I think I might prefer something chocolatey as I find the batter is similar to the texture of a Yorkshire pud! Anyway lets crack on!

Ingredients

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  • Two tablespoons soft butter
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 tablespoon semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons self raising flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon demerara sugar

Step by step

  1. Melt the butter in the microwave for 20/30s
  2. Add sugar, flour, egg, vanilla extract, cinnamon, milk and salt and whisk with a fork till smooth.
  3. Add half of the blueberries and stir, top with remaining berries.
  4. Cook in microwave for 2 mins (800w)
  5. Dust demerara sugar over the top and add optional blueberries and white chocolate chips.

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Opinion

I mean it was fairly ok! It was far from being dry and was extremely moist especially with the blueberries! The batter however in my opinion seemed a tad too similar to a Yorkshire pud or the consistency of a souffle. The batter most definitely rises and I am yet to find the perfect sized mug! I think my mug was a tad too big as the mixture was well below the rim of the mug, so I transferred the cake into a bowl and added a few more bluberries! I think it would be rather nice with some quality vanilla ice-cream. I mean it would most definitely satisfy any sweet craving and can be put together in less than 10 minutes which makes it an easy bake! This recipe also does not require a lot of ingredients and most of the things needed are typically found within the home!

Rating

3 out of 5

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Well there we have it! The first in a series!

Love C xxx