Saturday, November 11, 2017

3 Things University Taught Me

Hey everyone!

So far in my first week of my four months of holidays, I’ve managed to be rejected from the job I interviewed for, live without a deadline, unlike my exam-having friends, and not much else. Sure, I’ve been reading, but that’s about the most productive I’ve been. Oh, and I washed my hair this morning. That’s something, right? It’s nice to not have dirty, greasy hair. I definitely left it far too long between washes, but at least it’s clean now. From all my not-doing-anything, I haven’t been writing at all. I’ve not even come up with any ideas for any posts. I’m sitting here writing this, struggling to get words down. It’s like trying to fill out a 280-character tweet. It takes planning, effort, and absolute determination. But I will push through. I will. Today I wanna talk to you about what I’ve learned from my first year at uni, other than what my classes taught me.

First off, I learned that I am rubbish with time management and that I need to get better at it. There have been so many close calls when it comes to deadlines. I always made the deadline, but it was almost always down to the very last minute. Now, every morning, I write a to-do list, even if there is nothing I have due. I even put things down like ‘make bed’ and ‘eat’, because sometimes I forget. I find the to-do list insanely helpful with remaining on top of things. It doesn’t always work to get me to do work, but for the most part, it does its job well.

I have also learned that I’m not as rubbish as making friends as I thought. Sure, I don’t have their phone numbers or know where they live (that sounds a bit more ominous than I intended it to), but I know their names and can talk to them about uni and stuff. It’s nice to not feel so alone at uni, especially when the rest of your school friends go to different universities. I haven’t seen them since I last went to uni two weeks ago, but that’s okay, at least I’m not alone when I go there.

Another thing that university has unintentionally taught me is that I am better at things than I thought I would be. I never thought I’d be able to deal with all the assignments at university, especially because of my lacking time management skills (that I’m trying to improve). I think that I’ve proved to myself many times over that I can juggle six assignments at once, and get at least a passing grade on each of them. I’d thought before going into uni that I would drown in the massive workload, as everyone else stood on the boat, SS We’re Better Than You, watching and laughing at me sinking further and further under the waves of task sheets. Wow, that was an image. Don’t know where that came from. Anyway, I’ve learned that I can swim through the waves of assessments with a bit of difficulty, but considering I thought I’d drown, staying afloat is an achievement.

I guess you could say I’ve learned a lot in my first year of university, even if all of it wasn’t entirely intended. I did learn things that were set, obviously, but that wouldn’t make for an interesting post, now would it?

What have you learned about yourself this year? Do you go to uni as well?

Love, Nicky x

Saturday, November 4, 2017

October Favourites

Hey lovelies!

I can’t believe it’s already November. This year has just flown by; how is there only two months left in 2017?! I submitted my last university assignment two days ago, so I am officially a free agent (yay!). I haven’t got all my marks back yet, but I’m sure I’ve done alright (at least enough to pass). Also, I had a job interview last Friday so I might be getting a job soon (squee!). I haven’t had many new favourites this month as I simply haven’t had time to go shopping, but I still found some new things that I already own to love.

I recently ran out of my face cleanser, so I dug through the bathroom cupboard to find another. I found the Garnier PureActive 3-in-1 and it works really well for me. It can be used in three separate ways: as a cleanser, as a scrub, and as a mask. In the mornings, I smear it all over my face and leave it there while I wash my body to give the mask time to work its magic. In the evenings, I use it as a normal cleanser since I don’t think you should really do more than one face mask a day. my skin has really thanked me for this. I have only gotten very few pimples since I’ve been using it and my skin feels smoother than it used to. It does promise to get rid of blackheads, and I still have quite a few of them on my nose, but I can use some pore strips for that. Overall, great cleanser!

Nintendo has very recently released a new mobile app called Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, where you go around catching fish and bugs, crafting furniture and setting up a campground for the animals that live there. I have been absolutely addicted to this game since I downloaded it two days ago. My phone says I have played it for a total of 5 hours and 6 minutes in the past 2 days. When I was little, I used to play Animal Crossing on my DS for hours and hours every day, so getting the app just seemed like a logical next step. I really enjoy playing it, even if there is no museum and very limited shops. Everything works seamlessly and has the same adorable art-style that made me fall in love with it in the first place.

Another one of my favourite things that has been happening this month is that my cat, Stanley, has been sleeping on my bed. I love watching him curl up at the end of my bed. He stays there for hours. When I’m sitting on my bed not paying attention to the rest of the room (probably on my phone) and I feel a little dip in the bed, I look around and he’s walking around finding a good spot to settle down. Right now, as I’m writing this, he’s laying down on my pillow, looking as relaxed as can be. He woke me up this morning and as soon as I lifted my head off the pillow, he began making himself comfortable on it. Today is sheets changing day, but I can’t move him; he looks so happy, but also he’ll hiss at me if I try to move him. I love him so much. He’s so cute.

My final favourite this month is finishing my first year of university. In my final week, I had five things due, three on one day, two on another. I managed to survive that week, getting everything in on time, so now I think I can do pretty much anything. I have enjoyed this year at uni, even with all the assessment struggles and speech nerves. I’ve made new friends and learnt new things about writing and about myself as a person. I’m really looking forward to my second year, but I’m very happy to have a four-month break in between. I’ll have a lot of time to read and write and relax and hang out with my friends (unless I get that job!) and not to mention Christmas!

That’s all my favourites for this month. I do hope you enjoyed this post.

What have you been loving this October? Do you like my favourites?

Love, Nicky x

Saturday, October 14, 2017

My Anti-Bucket List

Hey everyone!

Did you know that this is my 150th post? Me neither, until I looked at the numbers. I lost track of how many times I’ve posted and 150 has just come out of nowhere, you know? I’m not doing anything special to celebrate, though, since I’m so busy with uni stuff (which I’m currently procrastinating from doing by writing this. I’m still being productive, right?). I’m a bit scared of doing a giveaway because I’m not entirely sure how they work and I also have nothing to give away nor any money to buy something to give away. Instead of that, I thought I’d tell you about some things I never ever want to do in my entire life. An anti-bucket list, if you will.

    1.  I never want to go skydiving.

I don’t see the appeal in jumping out of a plane. I am a generally anxious person and putting me in a situation where I could die heightens it beyond belief. What if the parachute doesn’t work? What if the plane crashes? What if I land weirdly and injure myself and/or die? Why would you jump out of a perfectly functional plane when you can just, you know, not?

    2.  I never want to go bungee jumping.

Why would you willingly throw yourself off a bridge? That does not sound like my idea of fun. I know some people find this very fun and exciting, but what if the rope snaps? What if you drop too far and hit your head at the bottom?

    3.  I never want to lose my love for reading.

That would absolutely crush me. I would hate to hate reading and struggle to understand the people that do. I already know people who hate Harry Potter, which makes me really sad. I also know people who don’t read. One of them said, “What’s the point of reading if there aren’t any pictures?”. Also, I was just reminded of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone movie where Hermione says, “Honestly, don’t you two read?”.

    4.  I never want to go to prison.

Not that I’ve done anything to get me there, but I’d hate to imagine little tiny me in a prison with big scary lawbreakers. What would I even do to go to prison? I’m one of the most goody-goody people I know. I’d probably end up going to jail for something really stupid. Or straight up murder. For hating books, obviously.

    5.  I never want to watch a horror movie.

My mind already assumes everything that goes bump in the night to be a demon. I don’t need any more nightmare fuel thank you very much. I hate being scared and I jump at a lot of things, even if they’re not scary. I also don’t like seeing blood and gore all that much, and would much rather watch a Disney movie, or Harry Potter.

    6.  I never want to have to worry about money.

I want to be able to live comfortably without having to worry about if I can afford things. Of course, at the moment I have it pretty sweet. Living with my parents and not having to worry about anything, but it won’t always be that way. I want to be able to support myself once I move out of home (which I hope to do before I turn 25).

    7.  I never want to get a tattoo.

I’m not even that good at deciding what to order at a restaurant, so deciding what to have permanently inked on my skin would be impossible. Also, I have a very low pain tolerance so it would be absolute hell. If I was to get a tattoo, it would have to mean a really lot to me. I’m not gonna go and get my significant other’s name on my bicep, then later have to cross it out when we inevitably break up. I don’t have anything that means enough to me that I want to permanently display on my body.

And that’s my anti-bucket list. I do hope you enjoyed it!

Do you agree with me? What do you never want to do in your life?

Love, Nicky x