Things I’d like to have known before I started university

cutmypicIt completely blows my mind to think that this time last year, I was about to start my first year at university. To anyone who is about to start and doesn’t quite believe people who say your first year will fly by – trust me, it will!

As I approach my second year, I have all the excitement I had before I started my first year, but without the nerves and trepidation. I felt so many mixed emotions before I started university, and I’d love it if I had a time machine so I could go back and tell myself a few things. Instead, I thought I’d get it out in a blog post – who knows, it may come in handy for anyone reading this who hasn’t yet started university. Continue reading

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Five hobbies that I’ve gotten into recently

cutmypicIn the past year or so, I’ve been quite keen on trying new hobbies and interests that I’ve never given consideration to. It’s been a really good experience for me, as now I have some really fun, relaxing ways to spend my free time – previously, I’d have just been aimlessly browsing the internet or watching TV (not that I don’t still do those things!).

I thought I’d write my 5 favourite new hobbies down into a blog post in case you may be looking for something new to try. I’d definitely recommend all of the below! Continue reading

What to take to university – and what NOT to take!

cutmypicSo, you just got your results and you’re off to university. Now you’ve done the celebrating, it’s time to think about what you’d like to take. This can seem incredibly daunting – after all, this is probably the first time you’ve ever moved out! However, most people (including me) go in with an attitude as if they’re off to live on a desert island for three years and massively overpack. In this list, I’d like to tell you about some items you definitely should take to uni, and some items that you may be considering taking, but likely don’t need! Continue reading

Self care: 5 things you should do today

cutmypicAs a psychology student and someone who has struggled with anxiety, I am very interested in mental health and how we can look after ourselves. I don’t think self care needs to be a massive, time-consuming commitment – I think it can be achieved by simply taking a few minutes out of each day to focus purely on your own well-being. Here, I will share 5 small lifestyle changes that help me feel happier, healthier and more positive.  Continue reading

The day before you get your A-level results

cutmypicThis time two years ago, I was a bit of a wreck. I was anxiously awaiting my A-level results, so I could see whether I’d gotten into my first choice university. I distinctly remember the wait for my results being really grueling, but I adopted some coping mechanisms to try and make it as pain-free as possible. So without further ado, here are my tips for trying to relax the day before you get your results…

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Psychological thrillers: my top 5 reads

cutmypicSince I started university, I’ve really gotten into reading again. After a long day on campus, I love to run a hot bubbly bath and read a good book in there. I particularly enjoy psychological thrillers as I love their tense, twisty stories. I’ve read several books over the past year or so, and many have been utterly magnificent. I wanted to share my favourites here to give you a chance to discover them too! Continue reading

Enjoying photos the old fashioned way

cutmypicNearly everyone has a powerful camera on their phone these days, and yet less people seem to be printing their photos. Digital copies are great for sharing and being able to send to anyone with the tap of a finger, but I personally missed physically holding my photos, giving people copies, and most of all, putting them up in my house. Also, if you get a new phone or lose your password to your cloud storage, you may find that you’ve lost pictures of cherished memories.

The other day, I came across an app called FreePrints, which offered free 6×4 inch photographs, just for the cost of postage (which is never more than £3.99). To me, that sounded too good to be true, but I downloaded it anyway to see what it was all about.

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