A life update: University, writing and everything else

February 18, 2018
I've been meaning to do one of these little life updates for a while, not just because they are one of my favourite posts to write but because, it's always helpful for me to look back on them and see how my year is going when I feel like I haven't achieved anything at all. In fact, I've achieved a lot this year already and I need to remember that.

I'm just over a month through my second term of university and it's crazy that in a month or so, my lectures will be finished until second year. I have exams around May but then, that's it. I keep wondering what I'm going to do all summer, what with my incapability to take on a conventional part time job and not being in the financial position to do something great like travelling, my options are limited. I'll probably try and get as much writing work experience as I can and try to make the most of the time off after a very busy first year. Let's be honest though, I don't have a clue how to take "time off" and I'll probably be working on stuff constantly but that's fine too.

I posted in January about my exams and how I was basically convinced that I had failed them all. However, I received the results this week and I have managed to obtain three 1sts and two 2:1's in my first set of modules which is so much better than I expected and it makes me feel a little less panicked about the year as a whole. Overall, university is going ok. My modules this term feel a lot harder than last term which isn't great but as I only have about 10 contact hours per week, it's giving me plenty of time to make sure that I understand everything.

On to my writing. The last couple of months, I've achieved quite a lot regarding my writing and my blog. So, back at the beginning of this month, I hit 50,000 page views which I'm still in shock about as I still struggle to believe that people are actually interested in my writing. As well as this, I entered a blogging competition which was run by Liberty Living and I won! This was such a big thing for me as I was that kid who never really won anything so to have my writing awarded was so great. The prize was a £250 ASOS voucher and the chance to be part of the Liberty Living blogging team. As well as this, I succeeded in my application to become a Unite Students student content producer and my first article for them will be going up soon, which you'll be able to find on my social media! Also, I have another internship interview this week for a content and social media assistant so fingers crossed for that as it is something that I would really like to do.

This takes me on to career talk and wondering what on earth I'm going to do with my life. I don't think anybody really knows exactly what they are doing but I am a very organised person and so, the thought of not really having a clue what I want to do after University (Yes, I know I'm only in first year) really terrified me. I've had lots of ideas circling round in my head for the last couple of years about all sorts of careers; first it was a teacher, then a doctor (haha, I couldn't even do AS Chemistry), then a clinical psychologist and then I went through a stage of just winging it. I'm not a 'winging it' person. I'm the person who has spreadsheets and plans for absolutely everything. So, after a lot of research into different types of careers, I've decided that I want to do something that allows me to write and be creative as this is something that I enjoy and I like to think that I'm good at. I'm not sure exactly what path I want to take yet but I've been taking up as many opportunities as possible, I've started to put together my portfolio, increase my knowledge of SEO and all technical things and really work out what I'm doing. I think I'd quite like to be an editor, or maybe a SEO analyst or something like that... who knows? At least, I've kind of decided which field I want to go into. Maybe? I'm also thinking that I want to do a Masters. I definitely want to do a Masters at some point but as my mother stated "You're just scared of leaving the education safety net" which is definitely true. I know that I won't do a masters as soon as I've finished my undergraduate degree but it's something to think about for the future.

So, regarding everything else in my life, not much has changed. I go to university, I write, I see my boyfriend and I meet up with my friends. I don't have the most eventful of lives. If you follow me on social media, you may have seen that I started my weight loss journey a couple of weeks ago and I have now lost 7 pounds! I'm aware that some people lose weight a lot faster than this but I'm just taking it slowly and doing it in a way that suits me so if you're interested in a blog post on this, let me know.

I've also started bullet journalling after contemplating it for months, it's definitely helping me to stay more organised and keep on track with everything that I need to do. I can't believe I never did this before!

One of the most exciting things that has happened over the past month or so is that Josh and I got Hamilton tickets! If you know me, you know that Hamilton is one of my favourite things ever. At first, we thought that we didn't get them because ticketmaster kept kicking us off of the site but we finally got them and I actually cried! We are going at the beginning of September, to celebrate our 5 year anniversary (5 years!!!) and I am so excited.

I can't honestly think of anything else that has happened recently other than the fact that I keep thinking about how I'm 20 this year and time goes so quickly and it's so odd. I clearly remember becoming a teenager and having an energy drink and too much sugar fuelled sleepover with all of my friends for my 13th birthday and now here I am, nearly 20. What's worse is that I still look about 14. I remember starting my teenage years and thinking "At 20, I'll have my life together, 20 is so grown up" which makes me laugh now because I don't really have a clue what I'm doing.

What's been happening in your life?


  1. Wow, just wow. I could barely cope with the study at uni buy to achieve all that too, it's amazing. Hope you continue to enjoy uni and all your other activities 😊😊

    1. Thank you!! It's so full on but I keep telling myself that it'll be worth it in the end!

  2. Congratulation on your exams results! I totally understand the feeling of thinking you've failed then actually finding out you've done alright... that's me all the time!
    Aleeha xXx

    1. Thank you!! I always have that feeling during exams!! xxx

  3. Congratulations on your results and winning the competition!!


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