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.

 

Y’know… it’s not so bad living alone.

Hiya!

I get quite a lot of questions from people about whether I get lonely seeing as I live in a studio? I guess at points I do, but that’s not because I’m missing living with people it’s just a bit of a blip where I’m wanting some home comforts, TLC or beard rubs. In actual fact however, I think those who are closest to me can actually see that I am much happier living alone this year than with flat mates. It’s not because I like to be alone and in isolation, far from the truth, I guess I just don’t mind my own company.

Instead of sharing my studio with people, I share it with the stuffed kind and the pretty hard to kill kind.

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A rather lovely Orchid which was a gift from Will for my birthday!
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The stuffed kind: Robbie the sheep, Baymax and Olaf
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Finally the triplets: Prickly, spikey and Spotty!

Maybe it’s sad to still have cuddly toys in your twenties? and maybe students are not meant to have orchids and aptly named plants but I do!

I love my little buddies that I share my humble abode with. They are all special. On a serious note all joking aside the benefits of living alone without flatmates are pretty darn good. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • It’s your mess, no one else’s mess which means you are responsible for cleaning and tidying your own mess and not everyone else’s.
  • The shower no longer blocks! I’m not a girl with a lot of hair and I can now safely say that it was not my hair last year that was causing the shower to overflow and cleaning other peoples hair in order to shower was NOT cool.
  • There are always clean dishes, it’s only me, if I fail to wash my dishes I only have myself to blame.
  • No one eats your food, you don’t have to determine who is the serial milk borrower or who ate your pack of burgers anymore.
  • I don’t get woken up from flatmates stumbling in after a night out- result! It’s so quiet here which means I sleep really well!
  • No charge for broken items that you didn’t break- it’s great, I’m super careful and treat things with respect. No problems here.
  • Toilet paper is no longer rationed. Last year toilet paper was sacred. Toilet paper was like gold dust. Now, I can use my spiced/christmas scented toilet paper without keeping it locked away in my room… result!
  • If you don’t want to talk to anyone, you don’t have to, you get to be selfish because the plants won’t back chat you and the gang just know better than talking to you when you are tired and it’s that time of the month.
  • I have so much more space! It is amazing how minimal my apartment looks in comparison to last year (I’ve leave a photo)
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Last year…
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This year…
  • Will’s coming to stay bag no longer takes up the entire room… result
  • I no longer share my abode with unwanted friends like horrible silverfish, spiders and a range of creepy crawlies.
  • I’m no longer on the ground floor and I love it.
  • I now have room for a coat rack… those who know me well should know how much this means to me.
  • The sound proofing here is amazing in comparison to last year, do not have to put up with the neighbours awful R&B at stupid o’clock.
  • The TV license belongs to me and only me. I chose what I want to watch and when I want to watch it.
  • When Will comes to stay it’s a private affair and it’s so so so much better here because we can both work comfortably.
  • I can finally have a coffee machine because I know it’s only me using it!
  • I can have private chats on the phone without fearing whether XY or Z can hear what I’m saying.

All in all… it’s not that bad! I think particularly in third year it’s quite a viable option! I would say I get a lot of work done without being distracted too often! If any of you are thinking about going solo (student wise) and studio flat living… I’d highly recommend it!

Until next time chicas ❤

Studio tour!

It’s a Friday and I’m off uni and feel like it’s a good time to do a tour of my studio! I am going to be crazy busy soon enough and literally won’t have time to do one and seeing as it’s looking fairly clean and tidy I thought I’d share my little home with you!

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So yessss! This is my little home! I absolutely love it! Also what do you recon about picture quality? All photos were taken on my new Huawei p9! So yes as you can see the colour scheme is yellow, grey, cream and duck egg blue! I think it works perfectly! In case any of you are interested in where I got any of my pieces I’ll attempt to make a list below (if I know/remember!) Anyway I hope you liked checking out my little place and if you have any ideas let me know in the comments ❤

Post stand: B&M

Striped boxes: B&M

Cacti & Succulent: B&Q

Tequila print: Not on the highstreet

Towels: John Lewis

Dressing gown: Tesco

Jam jars: Wilkinsons & country shop in Bakewell

Big spoon, little spoon pillow cases: Not on the highstreet

Whicker light up star: Primark

Bedding: John Lewis

Yellow bedside table/storage: Ikea

Grey large rug: Aladins Cave

Cushions: Shops in Guernsey

Kettle: Morphy Richards

Toaster, Russel Hobbs: Wilkinsons

Wine rack: Ikea

Heart chalkboard: B&Q

Smaller grey rug: Ikea

Throw on bed: Ikea

Back to uni: Haul

Afternoon!

I am back with a bit of a haul type post! Yes it’s that time where I pack up my goodies and head back to the North! This is however the final time! So let’s get going!

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Meet the triplets! Prickly, Spikey and Spotty 😉 these are the only three I’m sharing with! I hope they behave! I really really wanted cacti and succulents so I bought these cutie patooties ❤ I also picked up this cute whicker heart and this mini heart shaped chalk board which I plan to hang in the kitchen and when people come and visit they have to leave a little message!
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I LOVE cushions! I had most of these from last year but as you can tell I am going for a yellow, blue and grey theme and these beauties go perfectly together! I can just envisage them on my fresh white bedding. Oh my! The tartan grey and yellow on the left is new as is the blue and white/grey chevron on the far right!
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These beauties were soooo cheap! They ranged from £1 – £2.50! I had stupid sized plates so felt some cute ‘normal’ sized crockery would be a fabulous idea! They are also super duper cute!
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This beautiful glass heart was a present from my Auntie and her partner and it’s absolutely gorgeous and so classy! The quote is so incredibly true and will make a welcome addition to my studio and one day a house! It also matches perfectly with my set of heart mirrors!
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A gorgeous plain but fluffy grey rug which is super simple but goes with everything! It will be super cosy! Especially during the winter months!
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These handy baskets will be incredibly useful to use in the bathroom! Especially as they are plastic.
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A photo frame containing photos of my wonderful family!
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A photo frame with some of my fave photos of me and Will.

I also have some bits that I features in my Christmas haul that I am taking with me such as my lovely colour changing lamp, comical mug and an array of candles! I’m sure I’ll be doing a studio tour in the very near future… so stay tuned for that! Anyway over and out!

Love C xx