Plan Ahead

Good afternoon fellow bloggers!


I hope everyone is having a lovely Thursday. We’ve nearly made it another week and can almost cross off another day with that red pen above our calendar. Related image


Now, I don’t know about you, but I always like to have something to look forward to so I have a little goal between my working weeks keeping me sane. Whether that be small or big, it really helps me get through the days.

What kind of goals do I look forward to?

  1. My boyfriend coming down to visit me: 

Every two weeks, my boyfriend who lives over 100 miles away gets on a train and starts his 4 hour journey over to my house. I do sometimes feel bad that he does it more than I do, but I would probably have a breakdown if I attempted to drive over there more than once a month (I get tired easily).

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This may seem like a small thing to look forward to, but when you jump into working full-time and hardly being able to see each other, it becomes something of a luxury. Since being at university together where you’re only down the road, we realise how long distance is definitely not the way forward for us.

  2. Holiday days off work:

We are all entitled to a certain number of days holiday when employed. For me I started with 25 to use however I want across my year working. As it stands, I have 10 left, which is actually pretty good. My aim was to save as many as I could without having a break down so that I can have a big blow out towards the end of my term.

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It’s around now that I have started to plan some more days off and making the most of my time. Having these to look forward to makes a huge difference to me. Not having to wake up to my alarm, not having to make the same commute in I do most days of the week and most of all, not having to sit at my desk ruining my eyes in front of a computer screen…bliss.

 3. Returning to University:

This is one of the bigger goals I very much look forward to. I’ve mentioned before how I can’t wait to get back into the lifestyle of an independent student, but I really CANNOT WAIT! If you’ve attended University at any point in your life, you will understand how it feels to be plunged into your own little world and be responsible for everything you do. That may sound scary, but I very much enjoy it.

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Living with your friends, being around thousands of other people your own age, seeing something or someone new every day…at no other point in your life do you experience anything like this. With my end of work placement looming I will be able to relax for a month or so before actually returning which in itself will be amazing.


I have some bigger life goals I am working towards, but for me, right now, the short-term things are what I’m focusing on. Keeping a level-head and not over boiling my mind is so important. Being on top of my work recently has given me an extra boost and I think to myself ‘I can do it’, despite previously thinking that I really couldn’t.


If you feel like your plate is about to over spill then have a think about how you can line up some of your own goals to keep yourself going….it really helps!

My life as a student…so far

Good morning fellow bloggers! 


For those of you who have read some of my other posts, you will know that I am a student currently on a year out work placement. How did I get here?

To be honest I struggled to get here, but I fought my way through and am more determined than ever to get to the top.


My more life changing decisions began when I was in sixth form (I have already written a post about this so I’ll keep it brief). I had to complete two years of study before I could pick my profession for university. In my first year I had chosen Maths, Economics, Government and Politics, and Art & Design. Sounds impressive, but due to health issues I missed almost half a year of study which dramatically affected my grades. In fact, I was close to not being let back in to continue my second year. After fighting my corner, I ended up studying Art & Design, Economics and Film Studies (2 years of work in 1 year). My final year was probably one of the toughest experiences I have faced in life so far (all 21 years of it). Having to come back to what I saw was a place of anxiety and put all my energy into my work without dwelling on the past (a lot of past) is something I wouldn’t wish upon anyone.

Anyway we won’t talk about the grades I received (highly embarrassing), but we will talk about how I resolved what seemed like the end of the world (not getting my desired university place). After going through a such rigorous selection process to secure a potential position at UCL Bartlett School of Architecture only to have it torn away from me, I found myself in a dark ditch I thought I could never dig my way out of. What was I to do? Where do I turn?

Well, there’s always another option which is something I think we all need to remember in life no matter what stage we are at. For me, the best option was to go through clearing…in turn turned out to be the best decision I’ve made so far.


Where am I today?

Today, I sit at a desk with an amazing support system surrounding me. This being my family, work colleagues, friends and tutors. I have gone on a few journeys from a young age, this one has been the most educational and life changing one. I felt like I just floated around and got by in my first a second year at university simply trying my best and learning as much as I could having never studied the subject before.

But what has really made me who I am? The answer is this placement. By putting in 7 months of time and effort to secure it I believe I’ve landed firmly on my feet and they’re not moving anywhere. Not only have I matured as a person, but my skills have grown exponentially, more than I could have imagined before starting here!

They say that taking a placement year is the best thing you can do for yourself and your university studies…I can confirm, they’re right!

I cannot wait to start my third year and put my new skills to the test, I’ll be blogging my journeys all the way through so stick with me because we can do this!


 

Moral: If at first you fail, try and try again, you can do it, I believe in you!

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