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I apologise for my brief absence from this blog, I haven’t been very good have I? Basically I’ve been a very busy bee, with my head playing all sorts of tricks on me lately. I’ve not really been sleeping so I have gotten quite ill over the past week. I don’t know if it’s all linked but it might be and that sucks. So I’m writing my book. Well, one of the many. This time I want it to be about something close to my heart or subconscious this time. I love writing fiction but with my brain doing its usual and with the recent death of Robin Williams I thought I should put my experience with mental health into words and let people tell their stories too. So I’m starting to write down what happens with me and if you want to get involved please do. I’ve set up an email account email@example.com and if you have ever experienced mental health disorders first hand, second hand or even if it’s just a story you were once told about mental health disorders it would be massively helpful to me for my book. If you are okay with me possibly publishing your story, under a pseudonym obviously, then I would appreciate you letting me know in the email that you are okay with this. If not, not to worry, it is all research at the least.
I know this is shorter than usual but I don’t want to deter from the information I have given you above.
For now I will leave you with this fact…
1 in 4 people in Britain suffer from some form of mental health disorder. This is mainly anxiety or depression.
It’s okay not to be okay.
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Hello my lovelies,
This is Elena – the freshman newbie (an awful combination, if you ask me!) But it’s all the more exciting too as we all start from somewhere, right? So this is my starting point, destination: unknown. But let us not talk about destinations (which are very far from my reach currently) but let us talk of that starting point. For some this is just another year, for some others this may be their last year but for a freshman this is a new beginning. I mean, whose stomach doesn’t tie up in a knot while waiting for the results? Ηοwever, after they get those results they realize that they are indeed in, the train of daydreaming departs until the actual train to Aberystwyth (or in my case – airplane ) comes.
And needless to say, there are things to look forward to but they are also things that appear to be dreadful (finding a job, cough, cough). Probably each and every one of us looks forward to different things, after all Aberystwyth comes with so many possibilities you don’t know from where to start. At least, that is how I was when I first visited the society’s page; I found myself just gazing at the awesomeness and the first thought I had was “but I want to join most of them!” I ended up deciding it against it, so I thought about joining 8 societies instead. I can see you raising your eyebrow, beloved reader, but the temptation was far too great and what does Lord Henry Wotton say by Oscar Wilde’s pen? The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.
And who can even forget the first week also known as Freshers Week, huh?! It’s just before the courses start, a week of no responsibilities, a week of fun! It is another thing to look forward to but if I am being honest with myself, I am rather looking forward to visiting all the libraries in Aber (and I can’t wait for my courses to begin as well!) ; I just want to read all the literary books there are to read and hey, do not give me judgmental glances! I am pretty sure you must be quite passionate about your object of studying as well – you will be stuck with it for the rest of your life after all!
And then of course, I am looking forward to the experience as a whole; the possibilities are quite limitless and now it is the time to pursue hobbies that you never thought of before. For instance, apart from literature, creative writing, debating and theatre which are the things I find more joy in, I am also looking forward to start vlogging with a friend of mine. Ah! The delights of the 21st century!
P.S: 41 DAYS LEFT!
So things to look forward to?
- Courses (heh, I have been waiting this moment
ever since I set my foot in High School)
- Kittens (rumor has it that they roam freely around in Aber
and they actually can be petted!)
Question is, what are you looking forward to?
Until next time, folks, I hope you have an amazing week!
Well, it’s been a while since I wrote a post because I have just been so incredibly busy so I’ll give you a bit of an update!
In the past month (since 4th July) I…
Passed my driving test
Had my Hen do
(this is me in a toilet-paper wedding dress made by my hens!)
Bought my first car
Went on my honeymoon
Applied for about a bajillion jobs…
And I’ve been invited for one interview!
It’s been a really crazy time for me with everything happening at once, but it has been absolutely wonderful. I’ve had some of the best moments of my life all crammed together and honestly I feel so incredibly lucky right now.
The end of University can be a bit alarming – when life has always been safely wrapped up in timetables and education it seems scary to step out into the big world! But this month has really shown me how exciting and amazing life still is, and how much better it might just get! Uni really has given me the confidence to do a lot more – and most of the great things that have happened to me recently are direct results of my going to Aberystwyth. Yes, even getting married!
I am a very, very happy Sarah right now. I hope you are all happy, and I wish you huge luck with results and whatever else comes your way!
I’ll be back in a week or so to tell you all about my interview.
This one is mostly for the Freshers who will be joining us in September! I present to you the Aber Bucket List: Things you must do before your first year is over. (Or rather things you might like to do. No pressure!)
- Go on a night out in a onesie: There is nothing quite like dancing to heavy techno whilst dressed like a toddler.
- Stay up all night and watch the sun coming up from the top of Consti. The world is amazing and you will feel like the only person left in it for a few brief moments.
- Go star gazing at the Castle Ruins. Pick a clear night and you will see everything.
- Order £300 worth of Pizza from Dominos and only pay thirty quid for it. Be cunning with your Freshers’ vouchers.
- Have a Death Star in The Cambrian: Words cannot describe this drink. It will ruin you.
- Go to an Open Mic night at Rummers. Some seriously good local musicians for free! (And have a go yourself if you feel so inclined.)
- Jump in the sea with your clothes on. (Everyone does it. Just maybe not in January or during a storm? Stay safe guys.)
- Attempt to eat: The Hulk Burger from Lord Beechings and The Big Breakfast from the Station Cafe. (Not on the same day!) You’re young, you have your whole lives ahead of you to burn off the calories.
- Spend all night in Yokos, Pier and The Angel and toddle home as it is getting light.
- Go to the War Memorial and pay your respects. Some of the guys on there were the same age as you and were students at the University. They gave their today for your tomorrow.
- Pull an all nighter in Rosser Lounge (especially if you are doing Interpol!)
- University is the only time after your fifth birthday where it is acceptable to go out dressed as your favourite superhero in the day time. DO NOT waste this opportunity.
- Walk to Borth by the coast path.
- Take a train to Dovey Junction. (For no other reason than you can!)
- Take the Funicular Railway up Consti, stand in the front, you will feel like a Bond Villain.
- Have an Ice Cream Milkshake from Sophie’s. (They make almost everything better.)
- Chocolate & Churros from Ultracomida (’nuff said.)
- Have a bonfire on the Beach. (Attempt to make a sandcastle as well.)
That time of year has come once again and is leaving us all quaking in our boots about the prospects of our future. Results day has invoked fear across many a student yet this year seems to be the most important and thus, by default, the most terrifying. We, as a collective mass of A-level students, have had a tough year; with Michael Gove piece by piece destroying the British Educational system, the destruction of January Exams and, if you’re anything like I am, the repeated mental breakdowns over the last year and as results day looms around the corner we sit, most likely vegetating, worrying we won’t make it to the next level.
For those of us lucky enough to have received an unconditional offer many seem to believe that we are not worried or we don’t have the right. To this I say utter codswallop. Yes I wasn’t worried about the actual exams in the end but now I’m about 10 times more scared because I don’t know if I tried my best or just winged it. So I join you in the state of apprehension as we near the end.
To those of us who are not worried you are unbelievably lucky. And to those of us who relate to everything I have previously mentioned then here are some tips to get you ready for the big day and to help you remain calm.
- Enjoy the summer, the weather is fab so have some fun, take your mind off of things for a while.
- Read if you enjoy it. I find that reading or even watching something on TV or Youtube helps me to escape for a while.
- If you feel yourself panicking, breathe. It sounds simple but I know it helps.
- Don’t Worry. I know this completely contradicts what I’m saying but if you worry then you’ll just get yourself more worked up. You’ve done the hard work. All that you’ll be getting in August is a piece of paper telling you some letters and some marks and that’s it.
I know it seems like the be-all-end-all but you have to understand that whatever happens, whatever grade you get, you tried your best and no-one can ask you for any more than that. Ever.
In the words of Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady of the United States: ‘You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don’t win, at least you can be satisfied that you’ve tried. If you don’t accept failure as a possibility, you don’t set high goals, you don’t branch out, you don’t try – you don’t take the risk.’
So take the risk.
For A Level students everywhere, this is potentially the most stressful day of your life. This day is a massive judge of whats going to happen for the next 3-7 years of your life. This day is the result of 2/3 years of hard work(maybe), and time and effort. This day is the armageddon, judgement day, the end of the world, the day God judges all (or UCAS judges you, same thing really) It’s all out of your power now. The papers have been sat, the courseworks been marked, the assignments have been handed in. With it only being 9 days away now for us 2014 applicants, it’s a ticking time bomb. Here’s a few of my tips and advice for those with a VIP invite to the stress-inducing judgement day.
- Plan ahead. Start your research on Clearing and Adjustment if you think you have either overachieved or underachieved. Start your research if you are even the tiniest bit uncertain as it’s better to be on the ball when it comes to these two little demons.
- Adjustment – You can apply for this if you have excelled the grade requirements for your firm choice. So if you’re firm choice asked for a BBB from you, and you got an ABB, then you can go through Adjustment to find a course at another university for these grades. However, if you got an AAC, you can’t go through Adjustment as all of your grades did not excel the firm choices’ requirements. Confusing stuff. To find Adjustment places, you need to go on the individual universities websites to find out if they’ll be on Adjustment and contact them via there. However, if you’ve exceeded you’re requirements for your firm and you still want to go there, then you’re allowed to just stick at that place. They won’t kick you off for getting high grades.
- Clearing – Clearing is for those who’ve either missed their offers, or changed their mind despite being accepted by their firm/insurance university. It basically gives any UCAS applicants who don’t have an offer currently the chance to get one. There’s more information on it here. Find out before results day ideally if another university you like the look of has space for you on their course through clearing. This saves the emotional hustle and bustle once you’ve got your results to go through all the university websites and find your course. If you’ve done it at home already, you’re already ahead of the game and can get started as soon as you open that envelope.
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