Life, Uncategorized

WHERE THE HELL HAVE I BEEN?

Almost 5 months…. sorry. That’s a new record for me being lazy.

This post is gonna be completely honest so I’ll start by saying I just haven’t been feeling like blogging in a long time. I nearly gave up on writing this post multiple times.

Today marks an important day in my life, I’m free from education!

Today I sat my last exam and finished sixth form which seemed like a far fetched dream a year ago, I wasn’t sure I’d make it out alive. A-levels drained me so bad, no one gives people enough credit for getting through it.

I also passed my driving test yesterday morning after 2 previous failed attempts which I am so pleased about because I was starting to think I’d never do it.

I don’t have anything else to say, not that much has happened. I turned 18,got myself some new besties and planned some really fun summer trips before uni in September. I’m also going back into performing this summer which will be great.

I’ll keep you updated.

Abby x

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Life, Uncategorized

Should you go to University?

It’s drilled into our heads throughout our education that it is expected of us to go to university and get a degree before getting a job. It’s not until it actually comes to applying for university that you realise for yourself that actually it isn’t necessary and there is a lot more that you could be doing with your life. That then leads to the question that I think everybody asks themselves, should I go to university?

Unfortunately, I can’t answer that question for you, everyone is different and what may be right for you may be different for someone else. You have to assess your situation and discover whether or not university would be best for you. I thought that I’d share with you my process of deciding to go to university and the application process so far. Hopefully my experiences will help you when deciding what is right.

I’ve always said that I was going to go to uni, I thought I had to! Until I was 15 and finishing my GCSE’s I didn’t know that colleges, apprenticeships and internships were a legitimate thing that you could do. I’m not sure if it was the overly academic focused school that I went to or just the area that I grew up in but my education was all about getting the high grades to move on to the next stage of education. When I decided not to go to my secondary school’s sixth form and go to an independent one in the city centre, thats when I saw a new side to education. Everyone was so different, equality was celebrated and you were encouraged to achieve whatever it was that you wanted to do in life (and get the grades to achieve it obviously). It was more fun and as I’m here moping around because one of my teachers is leaving on Friday I’m realising how much I’ve enjoyed my past two years at the sixth form. That’s how education should be, fun and enjoyable. This is what inspired my decision to apply for social universities rather than the Russell group academic, high achievers universities. If you would prefer to attend these universities, go ahead and apply! As long as you work hard for it then theres nothing to stop you going but you have to look at your history with education and evaluate whether you’ll enjoy that, after all it is the next 3 or more years of your life.

I have applied for Film and Media based degrees as this is the subject that I’m most passionate about and I would love to work in social media or journalism when I graduate. I’m not too sure what specific profession I’d like to go into so don’t ask me, the main reason I’m going to uni is to give me more time to think about that. If you need more time then why not apply for a subject you love, even if you think its unlikely that you’ll get a job in that subject. I personally think that its better to have the time to think and get a degree in anything rather than have a gap in your life of not doing anything and not knowing where to go from there, I’m sure employers in the future will agree with me on that one. Of course its not impossible to get a good job without a degree but it does provide some security as most employers do look for a degree on your CV.

Actually applying for university is an extensive and stressful activity but UCAS makes it as simple as possible. Next week I will be confirming my film and insurance offers which is nerve-wracking as I haven’t fully decided yet. Everything has to be taken into account, one uni might have a good course but shocking accommodation, another may be in the most perfect town ever but have a weak course, which sacrifice do you make?

The point of this article is to ensure you that its completely normal to not know yet, everyone has doubts and indecisiveness when it comes to one of the biggest decisions of your life, of course its stressful! Looking online for people in the same situation is great therapy for this and there are so many great sources for advise such as thestudentroom.com which comes from students themselves from the past and future.

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Travel, Uncategorized

A Trip to Normandy, France

Monday 8th August 2016

Dear Diary,

First of all, apologies for not posting whilst away. There was literally not one drop of WiFi anywhere and I was gone for just under two weeks, safe to say I almost died.

Also an unexpected thing happened.. WE WENT TO DISNEYLAND! It was the best surprise ever and my mental age of 7 went absolutely mad with excitement. I’m doing a post about the trip to Disneyland on Wednesday which will include videos as I actually half vlogged it, if you want to see what I got up to.

Posts will now be more frequent as I want to work on developing this blog over the next year. Expect a new post on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening, I’m excited to see where this blog goes. Enjoy the post 🙂 x

So, as you may know from my last post, the first day was an early one. I spent 8 HOURS in a car with my family which nearly drove me (literally) insane. Then a 4 hour ferry. Then guess what.. ANOTHER 3 HOUR DRIVE. I will not be doing that trip ever again. We stayed on a campsite owned by the company Siblu in Normandy, France. I’m not sure of the exact location but it was in between the cities of Saint-Lo and Bayeux.

We spent the week on the rural campsite. It was relatively quiet but that may be because the Brits were a serious minority. No one spoke English which was quite hard but the beauty of the place saved it from being a crap time. We visited the Bayeux Tapestry and had a picnic after exploring the village around the Tapestry museum. There was a river flowing all around the village and the streets were filled with colour and liveliness. Bayeux is one of the only places in Normandy that was not left ruined by the second world war and there is so much history everywhere, it is a lovely place to visit if you want to experience culture and learn the history of new places.

Experiencing the history meant that we had to visit the D-Day landing beaches and the war cemetery. We went to three different beaches and saw the tributes that have been left for those who lost their lives during that time, its very overwhelming but beautiful. I saw a remembrance stone tributed to a 17 year old male. That has stuck with me to this day because that poor boy was the same age of me and that completely shocked me and woke me up from the day dream that we all have of ‘I’m fine, the world is fine‘ because that’s just not the truth. There are still soldiers loosing their lives fighting for our peace and safety, I’m so glad I have seen this as I feel like now I respect the topic a whole lot more than I did before. I defiantly recommend visiting if you ever have the chance.

Also, I made a video of all I got up to in the week I was in Normandy, the link is here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq9Pt6sFT_Y (it is unlisted, so only you guys with the link can watch it. Let me know if I should make it public or not)

New Disney themed post on Wednesday, till then,

Abby x

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A little University talk

Monday 4th July,

Dear Diary,

Let’s start with an update. First things first (I’m the realest), I finish my first year of sixth form on Thursday. That’s 3 DAYS WHATT!!! I honestly still feel 12 years old no way do I only have one year of education left. Its been a crazy year and in 2 weeks time I will be writing a post on everything I have learnt from my first year there, so look forward to that. Secondly, I have over 100 followers WOW thank you. That’s amazing I couldn’t have asked for more. Thirdly, and for me the most exciting, I WILL be starting my own YouTube channel! I will be uploading on a Saturday at around 7pm from the 16th July so head on over and subscribe please, I will sub back of course. I have literally wanted to do this since 2012 and so any support is greatly appreciated. Last;y, this summer is a summer of change. Starting from this Friday, I am going to live a much more healthy lifestyle and hopefully shift some unwanted weight. I will be recording my progress through this blog and hope to be a transformed person by the end of the summer. Now onto the actual post…

So I am now at the end of my AS to A2 transition weeks (the time between the first year and summer where we are introduced to the second year of sixth form- which is intense). Throughout these 4 weeks I have been bombarded with coursework and content for next years exams and its driving me crazy. I have had to complete an application to do an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) which just requires more work and I’ve already had to write my first draft of my personal statement for university (OMG). I have applied for UCAS and shortlisted my universites and courses that I’m applying for, that’s terrifying!

Writing my personal statement was tough because you have to think about yourself and what makes you so great. All fun and games until you realise you’re a boring nerd who’s talents include: Finishing an entire season on netflix in one sitting, eating a whole tub of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream in one sitting and being able to cry on demand. Actually not on demand, or by choice, just all the time. hahhahah i’m kidding (a little).

I actually ended up asking for help with my first paragraph, seen as the furthest I could get was writing my name. Once I was past the dreaded first paragraph I was on a roll. The maximum was 4,000 characters and mine is near 5,000. Good luck future me on cutting that down. I had too much to write about ans my fingers actually ached from typing so fast. As the woman in the UCAS video says “no one knows you better than you do”, so write everything you can think of, even if you thing you’re the most boring person in the planet, some one else won’t. There’s always someone who finds you captivating even if its only your mam, so ask around and find out why you’re interesting! You’ll probably get some amazing answers.

If you are going into your last year of sixth form and are in the same position as me, leave a comment or message me on any of my social media that I’ll leave at the bottom of the page. Also if you are currently going to or at university (especially Leeds, Sunderland, York St.John or Newcastle) let me know what its like because maybe it’ll calm me down a bit. I’d love to hear whats happening at your schools or universities/colleges wherever you are in the world so don’t be a stranger!

Sorry for the crappy post this week but I’m suffering with hayfever (a petty illness i know but I get it really bad okay!) so I’m not feeling great and I’ve typed this whole post with a “I’M GONNA SNEEZE” face which I’m sure you all know of and my head hurts so goodnight and till next time,

Abby x

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