UCAS Revision Tips

Procrastination got the better of me, however I knew I had to do the work, yet I didn’t want to so I turned to Google.
A quick Google search of ‘I can’t revise’ and within milli seconds, numerous results appeared.
One of which looked very eye catching…
‘Can’t revise? Then listen to this’ – I thought UCAS was going to tell me off by explaining why I should go back to revising and work away! Quite the opposite actually, UCAS have a blog with music!
Although it isn’t the classical music to help with revision, like I thought it would be, I think it’s more of a ‘listen to this for a while and then go back to revising’ something to motivate you to revise I guess.

Happy Studying 🙂
(Could I say revising any more times?) REVISING!!

UCAS music playlist
http://mob.ucas.com/blogs/cant-revise-then-listen

Monthly Highlights | February

Hello! This time has rolled around once more! Lets get straight down to it..

Highlights 

I attended a wedding this weekend and it was amazing!

At that event that, seeing my family was great, some I haven’t seen for a couple of years so it was nice to chat 🙂

I’ve had a great time recently working with my student union and feel like i’ve achieved stuff

New Shoes 😀

Lowlights 

Being in a long distance relationship is tricky

Some awful foot scrub (dets to come)

Stand outs 

The Wedding

I’ve had a few weekends at home which have been quite relaxing

Cuddling with my adorable dog!

Laughing with my amazing housemates about random rubbish

 

Whats you’re month been like?

The Top 5: YouTube

Claire Marshall: clairemarshall
If your looking for beauty/fashion/life videos then this is the place to be. The editing is phenomenal with music that you find yourself singing later in the day. LOVE!

Jenn Im: clothesencounters
Great fashion advice, What Would Jenn Wear (WWJW). The outfits that she puts together are very daring, girly, edgy and practical. Funny tag videos and amazing travel vlogs.

Kelsey and Becky: thesorrygirls
DIY projects which you didn’t even know you needed, from fashion, home and travel to halloween DIY’s and FAQ’s about their pet hedgehog Harley. I personaly love the home, card and plant pot DIY’s.

Vivianna: vivianaadoesmakeup
The weekly vlogs are my personal favourite, but she does many fashion, beauty videos with the occasional fitness, get ready with me and cooking videos.

Greys Anatomy Music: galover4ever
Full length songs from Greys Anatomy episodes! BRILL!

BONUS!!
Hannah Maggs: hannahmaggs
Such cute little vlogs, and although I’ve just discovered her channel, I know it’s going to be one I love.

Representation

Apologies for my recent absence, deadlines are great aren’t they?

Anyway, I have been meaning to write a post about representation for ages now since it has become quite a big part of my semester. I got a job working for my student union (yey! I can now afford to get a weekly hot chocolate) and I now go to faculty level meetings and discuss issues, problems, suggestions and ideas for the future of the faculty – and I then represent all of the students of science on these meetings (kinda scary when I think about it) but every idea I take to these meetings I get from students and school student led meetings.

My point is that I wasn’t aware of how important representation is and how it can affect my life so drastically until now. A lot of decisions and procedures my university implements has to be shown to students, staff and so many committees until it is actually put in place, and because it takes so long I didn’t care and didn’t actually think it would impact me. But things that I say at meetings are taken seriously, noted down (eek…) and I have actually changed some stuff for the better for students across science. I didn’t realise I could have this power to change policies and new procedures are being put in place for next semester!

So this is my plea for more people to get involved in representation. You may not have to represent a body of people but at least take an interest in what those people are saying because chances are, stuff they talk about will affect you and you could change it to make your experience even better.

2015

So… Resolutions… Here goes

ONe
be more organised
Although throughout the year I go through many lists, I think I should be even more productive and attempt to do more things in my day and organise the days better so that I’m not wasting time. Leading on to my next point nicely.

TWo
become a morning person
I can tell this will be difficult and i don’t plan to wake up everyday at 6am and do yoga, but just to wake up earlier and make the most of my day.

THree
learn to put my phone down
I’m not the type of person who is glued to my phone at all times, but when there is an awkward situation I do tend to reach for it. What i aim to do to avoid that, is to simply just talk to people more. Be the one to maybe start a conversation, and show that I’m happy to talk to someone even if I’m really trying to remember where i put my phone.

FOur
friday free day
All TV shows that I love will just be watched on Friday, this way I make myself work on the other days. (An exception to this when I have exams, the TV shows will have to wait…)

FIve
love myself
Although it sounds quite vain, I’ve never truly been happy with how I look and I think I need to stop caring about what other people want me to do and just do whatever I feel is right. I could go further into this but I’ll keep it short and save it for another blog perhaps.

That concludes it then, my resolutions.
I hope you all have a great year!

A good start to the new year (ish?)

Happy 2015!

I hope that this year will be the best yet, and that this will finally be the year I stop accidentally writing 2012 as the date…

I have to admit that during my first day of 2015 (I accidentally write 2013, clearly my brain is trying to work up from 2012) I actually spent it in bed recovering from New Years Eve – and no not hungover, I drank one glass of champagne and then only drank water and coke. It was more the late night and the sofa bed that I was recovering from. But still, the best New Years Eve I’ve ever had 🙂

I was going to write this post yesterday for my usual Wednesday slot however, I have got caught up with all the festivities and ironically discussing my resolutions, instead of writing about them, for the New Year. So anyway, my resolutions this year are:

1. One week in each month I will have a vegetarian diet

2. I will run a mile in under 8 minutes

3. Travel to a place I have never been before

Hope you have a great New Year! 🙂

Our Anniversary!

Chummy! Exciting news! We have now been blogging for a whole year! Isn’t that crazy! So many !!!!

Time has flown by – I mean think of everything that has changed in our lives since last December when we went to see the Feeling! (Here is our first blog post if you wanted a read of it: https://chucklechums.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/the-feeling-christmas-party/)

I feel really proud of us that we have kept this going and I think its a great way for us to not miss out on our little ramblings that we so often used to have in our breaks and lunch times at the tech room 😉 (long story people)

Therefore has 12 months have passed, I feel we should say 12 things on how our lives have changed

1. My Life Plan

2. My Career Plan

3. View on University

4. Taste buds

5. Mindset

6. Some friends

7. Hobbies

8. Job

9. Moved into a house!

10. Cooking skills

11. Confidence

12. Hair!

Bring on the next great year!

Reflections

Hi Chummy,

Glad you’re back, I was getting lonely. Today I was on the bus chatting with my lovely friend Lauren and we were chatting about how much things have changed from a year or two ago. Its crazy how much my life has changed in such a short space of time and none of it I saw coming.

Which not gunna lie, terrifies me slightly.

However, we were on the bus to see Brit Floyd (who were great btw) and while they were playing I saw a couple standing next to us and they were probably my age when this particular song came out. When they recognized it they counted down till the band started singing the lyrics together. It was adorable! And it just happily reminded me that although things change, the important things stay the same – even over a 30 year period.

I’m Back

So it came to my attention that my scheduled posts had run out, but fear not, I’m back on the bandwagon hopefully. Uni has been very busy, learning more stuff, difficult stuff, and things I knew but have actually forgotten, things I have no idea about and really should know, and things I just have no clue about. So the past month has probably been a big catch up and sticking my head in the books. I have now emerged as a beautiful butterfly, or shall we say a dying hobbit, because that’s a closer representation about how feel.

Anyways, many exciting things to come, there’s a nail tutorial, a ‘what I wore the most in October’ post and many more…

Ways to distress you ask? Well having a bath, reading fiction and listening to music would be the first ones that come to my mind. Maybe some window shopping, watch a movie, a horror movie alone, a stupid movie with friends, sit in a coffee shop, order something you’ve never tried before, paint your nails, buy candles and make your room smell like a cupcake, do some yoga… that’s all I can think off, hope it helps.

Also I LOVE Taylor Swift’s new album, it’s a good one to dance around to.

Busy Busy Busy Busy Busy Busy…

Hello!

Not going to lie this week I have been feeling exceptionally stressed and busy with university assignments. They just seem to keep piling up much to my annoyance.

I know that university is supposed to be busy and I am happy to do the work.. (well theoretically) but the dilemma of what to do with my free time now that is so scarce is now vital. Do I watch YouTube? Do I hang out with friends? And the all important question – Do I just fall asleep?

One thing I have found that is the greatest thing to do in my free time is take a bath. Never been a bath person but the opportunity arose for me to have the house to myself so I whacked up the music, sang along to Taylor Swift (among other, some would argue better artists), had a facial and painted my nails. BEST HOUR EVER.

Anyway, I want to know what you do in your free time. It could give me some ideas to de-stress the next time submission week is upon me (may the next four weeks go snail pace slow)

A Night I will Never Forget

A couple of weeks ago I had the fortunate chance to go to an event where Stephen Fry was talking and it was such an amazing evening that I wanted to share it with you. Two things he said I feel will always stick with me.

Firstly, it was his descriptions of his mental illness. I do not wish to turn this into a rant about how we should change mental health care, or spotting signs early on in children, but it was the best description I’ve ever heard of someone trying to explain being bi-polar to someone who has never experienced it. Quite frankly the way he spoke about the darkness descending, the utter feeling of hopelessness and complete loss of motivation to help yourself just made me want to stand up and give him a hug, not because i felt sorry for him i quickly add, but because I couldn’t believe that anyone having gone through that is willing and brave enough to talk about it to a room full of strangers. It has made me review my life and want to help those who are struggling this problem but also made me feel incredibly lucky that the problems I have faced seem incomparable and minuscule.  It has also made me respect him so much more.

Secondly, he said something that struck a cord a chord with me. And that was “curiosity killed the cat but it created homosapians” and for someone who is constantly curious it was a relief to find another person like me. My school experience was positive and I enjoyed myself however I wouldn’t say that some fellow students also had my curiosity and enjoyment for learning, which at times made it difficult for me. Similarly, when Stephen got to the University of Cambridge, he didn’t always enjoy himself as he felt he thought and saw things differently than others. That is me to a T sometimes. I am very glad that I have met many people like me and I cherish them greatly, and this evening highlighted to me once again that it is okay to be curious and it should be enough couraged more.

34 Fun Random Questions

  • 1:What color(s) are you socks?
    • Grey with blue, green, yellow and pink dinosaurs
  • 2:What book are you currently reading?
    • The Celestine Prophecy
  • 3:What’s the weather like right now?
    • Sunny but cold
  • 4:Were you named after anyone?
    • No
  • 5:Bullet your whole day so far.
    • Awake
    • Breakfast at Greggs
    • Voluntary at hosp
    • Bus home
    • Home – eat
    • Uni work
    • Blog
  • 6:Do you play any instruments?
    • Violin & harmonium
  • 7:What is your religion?
    • Oneness
  • 8:Do you believe in love at first sight?
    • It depends
  • 9:Sate 5 facts about yourself.
    • Look at ’25 facts about me’ post
  • 10:Do you think you’d make a good parent?
    • Yea, i hope so
  • 11:Would you ever consider adopting kids?
    • Maybe
  • 12:Do you have a good relationship with your siblings?
    • Yea
  • 13:Do you have a good relationship with your parents?
    • Yea
  • 14:What was the last cd you bought?
    • Wow, umm maybe leona lewis’s first cd?
  • 15:Do you own any vinyl records?
    • No, but my mum did
  • 16:How many songs do you have on your ipod/music device?
    • 400 and something
  • 17:Do you have/want any tattoos?
    • I want but currently do not have
  • 18:How many piercings do you have?
    • 2
  • 19:Can you sing?
    • Ya
  • 20:Do you consider yourself a good student?
    • Yep
  • 21:What was the worst trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
    • I had my phone out, it got taken away until the end of the day – rebel
  • 22:What’s a favorite movie someone else introduced you to?
    • Divergent was pretty good
  • 23:Do you know anyone your age who’s had a kid already?
    • Old school peer/acquaintance, and she’s had 2
  • 24:Do you like where you live? Where would you move?
    • Love where i live
  • 25:Are you more similar or different to your best friend?
    • Very similar
  • 26:How long is your hair?
    • LONG
  • 27:What was the last thing you drew?
    • Designed a dress on a mannequin (all drawn)
  • 28:Are you the type to make lists?
    • Yess
  • 29:What’s your morning routine like?
    • Out of bed, shower, wash face, brush teeth, moisturise, clothes, bag, downstairs, eat…
  • 30:Were you involved in sports in school?
    • HAHAHAA no, mm maybe netball at one point..
  • 31:Who is/was your favorite teacher?
    • Mr Aylett was fit but i think i would say Miss Williams
  • 32:Did you ever have to wear braces?
    • Yea
  • 33:What are things you do when you’re nervous?
    • Shake, chew lip, go cold,
  • 34:Do you like going out to eat?
    • Yes
Source: http://downtonabbeyonline.com/countess-dowager-violet-grantham-quotes/

New Obsession

Okay okay…I know I’m late to the game but… DOWNTON ABBEY ANYONE?!

It has now been 6 days and I have finished the first two seasons and each episode is over an hour long. Oh dear. What has my life become? It just has such good lines despite the little plot ideas like “who stole the lord’s snuffbox?!” although they still make me chuckle.

To pay respect to my new found favourite tv show I thought I would accumulate all of the best lines from the show from my favourite character, Countess Violet, so far to make up for my lateness in loving it and to try and make other people downton-ites

“What is a weekend?”

[In reference to the telephone] “Is this an instrument of communication or torture?”

“Things are different in America, they live in Wig Wams.”

“Last night! He looked so well. Of course it would happen to a foreigner. No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else’s house.”

“I was right about my maid. She’s leaving – to get married! How could she be so selfish?”

“First electricity, now telephones. Sometimes I feel as if I’m living in an H.G. Wells novel.”

“We’ll have to take her abroad, in these moments you can usually find an Italian who’s not too picky.”

“I don’t dislike him, I just don’t like him. Which is quite different.”

“Wasn’t there a masked ball in Paris when cholera broke out? Half the guests were dead before they left the ballroom.”

Sir Richard: “I’m leaving in the morning Lady Grantham. I doubt we’ll meet again.”
Countess Violet: “Do you promise?”

All quotes and images from: http://downtonabbeyonline.com/countess-dowager-violet-grantham-quotes/

Source: http://downtonabbeyonline.com/countess-dowager-violet-grantham-quotes/