Planning, Positivity, Pass!

Good morning fellow bloggers!


 

HUMP DAY! We’re nearly at the end of the week and I have officially got 84 work days left of my placement (minus 19 holiday days) so actually I have 65 days that I have to come into the office! Not that I’m counting or anything!


 

As excited as I am to have freedom again, I have 6 months until I go back to university to start my final year of study. That’s amazing, but also terrifying.

How am I going to approach my final year?

POSITIVITY! This is so important for me, mainly because I come across a lot of things that I struggle to understand. I tend to feel quite low when I can’t do something, so maintaining that positive attitude is imperative to keep my motivation through the roof. One thing that I have been doing for a while now, and this may sound silly, but I follow a lot of architectural Instagram pages. Simply by saving the innovative ideas that tickle my fancy I can look back on them and use them in my projects to give me that edge to stand out from the others.

I have yet again bought more notebooks. If you have been with me from the beginning of my blog then you’ll know that I love my notebooks and I swear by them. So yes, a notebook for all occasions is necessary. This time I have one to start planning my final year project. By doing this in advance I really want to nail everything I want to incorporate into it. My first 2 years were quite slack and I can now look back and to be honest I see how awful I was and how much I have improved since then.

Advice for students like me!

If I was to give any advice for students who aren’t very good under pressure and need to study a bit more than others to achieve the same result then ‘plan plan plan’. It is so important to get down as many ideas as you can when they pop into your head and to spread the work load. I know no uni student actually starts their work early, but if you have a spare moment or two just get on it, you’ll feel so rewarded. Even just sit in front of the TV and write a few sentences, it’s better than nothing. I think I only managed to do this once throughout my 2 years so far, but that one time I got everything done to a high standard which felt so so good. Not only that, but watching your course mates scrambling around doing all nighters gives me a warm feeling (evil I know).


 

Moral: Reflect on your experiences so you can plan ahead to improve your future.

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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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