Sunday, 27 March 2016

March Favourites

It's that time again! I swear, these last three months have gone so quickly - which I guess is a good thing, it's just a bit terrifying!

Anyway, on with the post! It's been a quiet month in terms of favourites; I've been really busy with end-of-term things for university: essays and exam prep, etc., so haven't had a lot of time to focus on anything else. However, here are some things I've been loving this month:

My iPod
I found this buried at the bottom of my bag and I've rediscovered my love for it. I nearly always listen to music on my walk into university, however the memory on my phone isn't that great so I'm normally limited to a very short list. With this however, I can have all of my songs on there and still have space left over. The battery isn't great on it as it is pretty old now, but it does just fine.

Tina Sekis - When We Were Friends
As I'm coming up to the end of term, I'm hoping to have time to read some of my own books again. Despite having a pile of 'to-read' books nearly as tall as me, I always find myself buying more. I can't help it, guys. Seriously. It's an obsession.

Nail Polish
I go through phases of being really into painting my nails, and this month has definitely been one. I am terrible for biting my nails, so by painting them I'm hoping to train myself out of the habit. It seems to be working so far - my nails are the longest they've been for years. The two new colours I bought this month are 'Prickly Pear' (the purple one) and 'Papaya' (the coral/peach one), both from BarryM. They do the best nail polishes. Like, for real.

MaltEaster Mini Bunnies
What with it being Easter this month (it's actually Easter Sunday as I write this, Happy Easter guys!), I just couldn't write a favourites post without including chocolate of some description. I love Malteasers, so these were sure to be a hit.

What have you been loving this month?

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Review: Seed and Bean Organic Milk and White Chocolate Collection

I've got something a little bit different for the blog today! I received these chocolates for Christmas, and I thought the packaging alone was so gorgeous that I felt that they were worthy of a review. I've personally never heard of this brand before, and I have a massive sweet tooth, so I was very excited about them.

Despite being a huge chocoholic, I'm not a fan of fancy chocolate generally. I'm perfectly happy with the cheap stuff; in my mind it will always be the best. However, this chocolate is really good. As you can see from the packaging, you get four different flavours: Sicilian Hazelnut and Almond, Cornish Sea Salt and Lime, Lemon and Poppy Seed and Raspberry and Vanilla.

I'll admit, the flavours are a little bit odd, however they do really work for something a little bit different. My favourite was the Raspberry and Vanilla, as I'm really loving white chocolate right now. As this was a Christmas present, I have absolutely no idea how much they are, but personally I believe that the Raspberry and White Chocolate one alone is worth that money.

Have you ever tried this brand? What did you think?

Sunday, 13 March 2016

10 Things I Learned During My First Year of University

1) It's very different to school
Once you get to university, you are in charge of your own education. There will be no one breathing down your neck about deadlines and there will be no one to drag you out of bed for your lectures. This may sound good, but if you've got a 9am after a heavy night, it is completely up to you to make sure you get there on time.

2) Chances are, you won't get on with your flatmates
Not all of them at least. Living in halls is a massive change, and you have no control over who your flatmates are. But this is all part of the university experience. Some of my friends got on really well with all of their flatmates, and some, myself included, did not. But don't worry about it, it's only for a year, and then you can live with whoever you like. Yay! :)

3) You'll either love or hate halls
No doubt you've probably read some horror stories about the state of some halls of residence. But let me tell you, I loved mine. My university has three separate halls of residence, and none of them were as awful as what you read online. I'm currently over halfway through my second year, and I miss halls. I would have stayed there the entire three years if I could, despite not getting on with all of my flatmates.

4) Talking in seminars really isn't a big deal
If you're anything like me and 99% of the rest of the population, the thought of speaking in front of other people terrifies you. But I'm here to tell you that it's really not a big deal. Everyone else is just as scared as you are, and it'll be over before you know it. Volunteering answers in seminar discussions makes a good impression on your lecturers too, and by talking to the people in your seminar groups, it is easier to make friends with them. Don't be that person who refuses to say anything in every seminar, those people get old quickly.

5) 9am's will be the bane of your life
Especially in the winter, when it's dark. Chances are, your halls of residence are on campus so you don't have to walk that far, but when you have to walk for 20 minutes in the dark, it's really not fun.

6) There will always be someone who likes the same things as you
No matter what it is: sports, TV, obscure hobbies, there will be someone who likes it too. I promise. Depending on just how obscure it is, it might take you a little while to find them, but they're there.

7) All-nighters will become a regular thing the day before deadlines
If you're organised and motivated, you can get your assignments done a few days before the deadline. However chances are, at least one assignment will have you up until 3am the night before, downing gallons of coffee and praying that the marker is in a good mood.

8) Unplanned nights are always the best
As someone who doesn't really drink, nights out are always just okay for me, but by far the best ones are the ones that no one plans on happening. Whether it's going out or staying in with a takeaway and having a movie night, unplanned nights are the best.

9) It's nothing like you expected
No matter how you are imagining university to be, it will be completely different. You will have good days, you will have bad days but it will be the best thing you ever do.

10) You'll meet some of the most amazing people ever and make friends for life
I can honestly say that the people I've met at university are the best people ever. One of my flatmates from halls is now one of my best friends, and I couldn't do this without her. The three girls that I'm closest with on my course are amazing, and I'm so glad that I met them. I have my days when I wonder whether I made the right decision in coming to uni, but then I think about the friends I've made and the people I've met and know that I've made the right decision.