Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Hack your Student Accommodation with Sugru*

Let's face it. Student housing is rubbish. Lack of matching furniture and storage space, units with missing shelves and the inability to stick anything to the walls (although we all do it anyway!) makes it hard to think of it as our home for the next 9 months.

When the people at Sugru got in touch with me about hacking your student room, I was intrigued. I had heard about Sugru before, it's mouldable glue that you can make into anything. It's not only used to fix things, but make things, so of course, I put it to the test.

Whilst I am not as creative as some people as I scoured through Pinterest for some ideas, I first started with making some hooks. I have a shelf next to my desk, and thought it would be nice to make some hooks for my keys, or necklaces so my desk isn't cluttered.

You have 30 minutes to mould the Sugru into something before it starts to set. You then leave for 24 hours and the next day, it would have hardened into rubber. Pretty cool right? It took me a while to get it into the shape that I wanted, and then attach it to the bottom of my shelf. So they don't look perfect, but it was my first try okay! Somewhat sceptical, I left them overnight. And this morning, I have hard, rubbery hooks that hold my keys and necklaces - and they're still there a week later! I then went on to fix our bathroom towel rail which was coming away from the wall!

Sugru is definitely one to check out. If you're into hacking your life, or just want to fix those hard to fix things, it is one to try.
Plus, they have loads of student tips and hacks for you to get started (check it out HERE!), including an example of a beer can table? So I'm definitely not that creative (and I don't drink that much beer!), but, I think it's pretty cool!


Monday, 19 October 2015

What Bridget Jones taught me about life.

It's a Sunday night. I'm currently celebrating the fact that my only lecture has been cancelled tomorrow with a decaf tea, some scented candles, and watching clips of Bridget Jones on youtube. If that isn't a fun Sunday night, I don't know what is. #singlelife #foreveralone

 I'm definitely looking like this right now as I jam out to I'm every woman

Amongst all the news and pictures of the filming of the new Bridget Jones film (I'm literally googling and checking everyday, I can't get enough, I'm like a woman obsessed), I find myself going back to the film and even the soundtrack a lot. Actually, they are the only DVDs I bought with me to uni this year. So here's a few things that Bridget Jones taught me about life.

1. You'll definitely make mistakes, and that's okay.

2. Nobody is perfect and you shouldn't try to be either. It's better to accept your flaws than pretend they don't exist. 

3. Life is too short for uncomfortable underwear

4. Had a bad day? Did someone say icecream for dinner? 

5. You always need that friend who gives you the best advice

6. It's actually pretty fun being single 

7. Not everyone is an amazing cook 

8. Someone will love you just as you are... Mark Darcy, I'm still waiting 

Come on ladies, embrace your inner Bridget!! 


Saturday, 17 October 2015

An Update - Third Year

Here, have a picture of what I was hoping would look super autumnal, instead, very limited leaves - and what looks like a cigarette - and a dirty pavement. Oops!

Well hello there. Long time no see. It feels like forever that I sat down and wrote a proper post. I have been back in my uni town for about 3 weeks, although I only properly started lectures and seminars last week. I can't believe that this time two years ago, I was starting first year, not knowing what the future held, and now the end is really in sight, and it is so scary!

The first few weeks have been spent trying to get on my feet. Luckily my house mates are amazing, and I actually live in a proper house rather than a rubbish cold flat. No longer do I have to worry about being kept awake all night by noisy neighbours. And I can actually walk around in my room without bumping into or having to walk over something, which is an absolute delight. So it's still very studenty (you know the feeling), but we have done loads to make it a proper home - which included an amazing ikea trip!

I feel like third year has so much added pressure to it. Besides studying for my degree (and the dreaded dissertation!), applying for graduate schemes and wanting to volunteer and join all the clubs as it is your final year just adds so much pressure to it all, and I'm worried that I'm going to cave. I'm scared.

In other news though, like I said on my third year bucket list, I auditioned, and got into a choir. Not any choir... but an a cappella choir. My Pitch Perfect dreams can now finally come true. Don't laugh, I know it's cheesy as hell, but man am I excited! Also, isn't the weather getting dreamy. I love the smell of Autumn/Winter. Please don't tell me that I am the only one who LOVES winter. The cold doesn't bother me anyway.

Things may be a little quiet around these parts for a little while - no longer do I have time to sit all day on twitter! But please bear with me.. and don't forget about me!

Here's to a great first term of university. And here's to hoping that my house will be warm enough that I don't see my own breath whilst sitting in bed. 


Sunday, 11 October 2015

Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

Long time no see! If you have been reading before, you will know that I went to the Edinburgh Fringe festival this summer. I have already written a little post about it on here before, but when Enterprise Magazine asked me to write an article for their "Schools Out For Summer" feature where they asked bloggers about their best summer memories, of course, I had to write about this summer.

Check out the article HERE, or have a read below - and please let me know what you think! Even though I have been writing on here for about a year, I am still trying to find my writing style, so any feedback would be great!  


1 City, 25 days and over 3000 shows in 313 venues. Over the entire month of August, theatre and arts lovers flock to Edinburgh to take part in the largest arts festival in the world. And of course, I was one of them.

Choosing to spend the majority of my university summer holidays in Edinburgh was an easy decision. Having the chance to see some amazing (and some questionable) theatre and meet likeminded people is such an amazing opportunity that I couldn't turn it down. However, venturing to Edinburgh for an entire month may seem to some as a relaxing holiday, but honestly, it was anything but.

My Edinburgh Fringe journey started way before the beginning of August. As the producer of a show, as soon as I got the go ahead, I was booking accommodation, renting cars, sorting out budgets and overseeing the rest of the team. Although most of my hard work was over by the time we arrived, it honestly didn't stop there! Once the festival got into full swing, myself and the rest of the cast and crew would head out for what felt like hours flyering on the Royal Mile. Trying to sell your show to unenthusiastic members of the general public was not a fun task - you have to get over the fear of rejection instantly.

The festival is incredibly demanding and hard work, something that people don't realise. I spent ever waking hour worrying about something, whether it was budget or making sure that set and equipment was being couriered to the right places. But would I have changed my summer plans? No! It was all worth it when everything falls into place.

Between busy schedules, time was allowed to see some amazing shows. My particular highlights were Christina Bianco, a youtube sensation and incredibly talented impressionist and singer. Her one woman show of Party of One described how she got into impressions, singing some of her favourite songs and telling her story. It was inspirational and I could only sit in awe of her incredible vocal chords. Additionally, Baby Wants Candy, a company from America bringing a full band improvised musical to the Fringe were equally amazing. Their improvisation skills and voices were stunning and their comedy timing was absolutely perfect. I don't think I have laughed so much watching a show before.

The Edinburgh Fringe was the perfect way to spend my summer holidays. I got the chance to hang out with my best friends and do something that I love. I would also love to get into arts management/production, so also, whilst not the most conventional way to carry out work experience, I also have something amazing to put on my CV whilst having fun.

When people come up to you in the street and say how much they enjoyed the show, commending the cast and making them feel like celebrities, walking up to the top of Arthur's Seat with your best friends feeling like you can concur anything, and when you see that piece of theatre that made you cry with laughter, you realise that Edinburgh is really the best place to be.


Thursday, 1 October 2015

3rd Year Bucketlist

1. Go to a firework display
2. Visit Warwick Castle
3. Have a shopping trip in Birmingham
4. Visit Birmingham Christmas Marketing
5. Dress up for Halloween
6. Have one crazy night
7. Get a first in an essay
8. Keep my room neat and tidy
9. Visit another university
10. Audition for a choir
11. Go to a blogger event

What do you want to do this academic year? 

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