Wednesday, 27 July 2016

The Graduate Diaries - Chapter 3


An Update

It's been a while since I've done one of these, and let's just say a lot of things have happened since then. In my last blog post, I was sad, feeling really low, worrying about the future and generally feeling rubbish about the whole university system and the lack of experience that I have to enter the working world. 

Well, fast forward a week, and things are looking very very different. 

First up, I had my graduation on Friday. I was definitely worried about the day. The potential of looking like an idiot, falling on stage or my hat coming off gave me nightmares for days. Combine that with the stress of trying to keep the peace between my whole family, and I was a bag of nerves. 

Luckily, the day went off without a hitch. I didn't look too much like a potato (I hope), my family were on their best behavior, I celebrated with all my friends, and although it was absolutely boiling, Ifelt as though I had accomplished a huge achievement. I am now officially a graduate with a 2:1 degree with a BA (with honours) in Sociology. Hooray!
And secondly onto the big news is that I have a job, and it is my absolute dream job! I'm still a little bit in shock! I was expecting to be working in a really boring job for at least a year, but this allows me to kick start my career in the arts, and goodness I am excited! This also means spending the wages that I have not yet earned on new work clothes. Zara, I'm coming for you!


I start after going up to the Edinburgh Fringe for the final time (sob) with my best friends producing our amazing show for the second time. Just planning it all is getting me very very excited. 

I can't believe how much this week has turned around. It is so true that in the matter of a few days, your whole perspective can change. The funk won't last forever. And for those of you who told me not to give up, all I can say is thank you. 

Here's to the next exciting chapter! 




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Sunday, 17 July 2016

The Graduate Diaries - Chapter 2


I've now been home a week, and let's just say there have been a lot of ups and downs. The downs being arguments between me and my brother mainly, but they have been absolutely petty, but still not pleasant. Another downside is that my house is like a sauna. I don't think I've had a decent night's sleep since I have been here due to the heat. And I get super grumpy when I am tired and hot! Bring back winter!

The first few days were the hardest. I was tired, angry and clearly didn't want to be at home. But, I did meet up with a friend for coffee and cake which was nice. But apart from that, I haven't really left the house, which also put me in a bad mood.

But, over the last few days, things have got better. I've got my mum eating a lot healthier. No more frozen meals and ready made dinners, but I've cooked her loads of things such as sweet potato fries, bolognase from scratch instead of a jar and even gave her some avacado and toast which she actually ate. Slowly, but surely, we're eating healthier, and that really helps my anxiety. I also went out for a run this morning, and it wasn't that bad! I can't wait to make it a regular thing until I have a job and can afford to go back to a gym!

But, what has tainted this week is the dreaded job search. 

Job hunting is probably the most degrading activity. I spend most of my days browsing all the different websites I can find and trying different keywords, 'marketing jobs' 'marketing assistant' 'events coordinator' 'arts marketing', the list continues. Nothing at all jumps out at me.

But also, all those memes joking about the ridiculous experience criteria are actually true. Jobs that are already a junior or assistant level, and the pay reflects this, also require a year to two years experience.

I don't think I ever realized, when starting university, how hard it would be to find a job that you think you would enjoy, have the requirements to do it, and then be able to get there. Some of the jobs are great, but getting to London, whilst doable, is hugely expensive. I feel like I am at a total dead end, with no real help or guidance. I guess the only thing to do is keep applying for things that look vaguely interesting and useful, and wait.

Maybe I was expecting to find this amazing job that paid well and enjoyed, but I'll have to put those dreams on hold for a little while.

Graduate life is hard. I've already had one too many crying sessions over the last few days! Role on graduation next week! 


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Sunday, 10 July 2016

The Graduate Diaries - Chapter 1


I am no longer a student! My library card has expired and I only have until October to get my NUS extra discounts (let's be honest, I am very very sad about this!).

But before I get into the sad things about leaving my university house for the last time, let's start with the good. I got a 2:1 in my degree! All I can say is thank goodness. Spending all my Easter holidays in the Library, plus all the tears and stress really were worth it. I ended up getting a 65 in my Dissertation which I was incredibly happy with when you take into consideration that I thought I was going to get something in the region of 55! I graduate on the 22nd July and I am so excited to have a last minute celebration before leaving my university career behind.

And now onto the sadder parts of finishing uni. I've now packed up my university room and have moved back home. I always knew this would come as I can't afford to move out, but it still didn't make it any easier.

Moving home for holidays is always a bittersweet moment. I am close to my family and like being able to relax, but I don't have a my independence and freedom. I also don't have many friends at home either which is making this whole unemployment thing even worse. I'm not especially looking forward to graduate life at the moment, but I am hoping that once I get a job, things will get a lot easier. Hopefully I will get some of my freedom back and be able to save enough money to eventually move out.

But in slightly better news, I do have an interview next week, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to look forward too!

Let's see what the next chapter of life brings!



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Monday, 4 July 2016

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ Review


My skin is a disaster. I never got spots during secondary school, but as soon as I hit my second year of uni, my skin has got worse. I went to the doctors about it a very long time ago, and they cleared up for a while, but came back with a vengeance - and I don't think I have had clear skin since. Please tell me I can't be the only 21 year old going through this! If skincare has taught me anything, it's that a product cannot be a miracle worker, which sucks for people like me who expect to start using a new product and your face be clear the next day.

I mainly turn to beauty blogs to see what the latest product is to try. One product that came up a lot was the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ with some bloggers claiming it got rid of their adult acne. I ordered a tube from Boots and decided to have a go. 

I've been using this for about a month and have almost finished the tube. For me, this is not a miracle product. When I started using it, it made my spots that I thought were now just scars, reactivate, and I have had some of the sorest and largest red spots on my face. I hoped that this would decrease slightly, and whilst it has, I still have extremely red and painful spots on my chin on a daily basis. 

The product also says it is for sensitive skin. I have never usually had sensitive skin, but this burned and stung when I put it on the first few times, something I definitely wasn't expecting. I didn't use this on my whole face for that reason, just on my chin and around my nose. 

Now, for the results. As I said, I have had some of the largest spots since using this, and whilst I don't know if it is this product, hormones, stress or lifestyle factors, I'm not sure this has made a huge amount of progress, especially when some of the reviews say it has been successful over a few days. I do think that some of my scars, those who didn't reactivate, are beginning to fade, but nothing amazingly noticeable. 

I'm still unsure about whether to buy another tube and see how things go. Because it was such a wonder product for others, I kind of want to keep going. That said, do I want to spend another £10+ on something that I don't know will ever work? 

Have you tried La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo +? 

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