HELLO to yet another year! Time is passing so quickly I can barely keep up with it! Today is my Birthday, I’ve made the big jump from being a teenager to a full fledged member of the twenties club. It scares me to think that my teenage years are behind me, there are no excuses now, I’m an ADULT! Jokes aside though… I am happy to be moving into this new phase in my life, and I hope life as a twenty year old suits me well.
The last 365 days have probably been one of the best ones yet. I have loved my time blogging and creating content. I have really gotten into the whole photography element recently, hopefully you’ve noticed. My biggest change from last year has to be my transition from living at home to living independently at University, I have really come into myself and I owe this year to that.
This new time in my life is going to be one of the best ones yet, your twenties are the years where you really come into yourself and I’m excited to find out who Georgina really is. Just thinking about what could happen is unimaginable, but I’m ready to put my best foot forward and begin to adult in a way I didn’t realise I knew how.
We all love a good case of the giggles, the kind where your stomach starts to hurt, or the kind that makes you run to the toilet in fear, or the silent laughter you do while pulling a face for radio. The latter being my unconcious go-to. It’s a great love in all of us.
There is nothing I love more than the company of people who can make me laugh uncontrollably. If you can find someone who can make you forget about the boring parts of life and create a new happiness. Those are the people you want to spend time with, and those are the people you want to surround yourself with.
I have only recently realised this!
A couple of months ago a big thing happened between me and another individual, it was no ones faul, it just happened. As a result of this, I lost a lot of friends. I lost people who I used to call my best friends, people I use to spend my entire summer with; just gone. It made me realise the importance of real friendship and I how when you went to school you were friends with the people you saw everyday, for no other reason than that; you saw them everyday. My first semester at University served to be fine, but after this ‘incidence’ things just started to disolve. I noticed things I didn’t previosuly. I behaved the same before and after but it was them who ultimatly made the final decision.
The past weeks I have then only surrounded myself with the people who make me smile, the people I can truly be myself around. Going through something this difficult makes you realise who is actually there for you and who was just around for the ride. Because we both lost something, and the fact my ‘friends’ decided to make the choice for me to leave upset me, but now I know I’m better off.
The moral of this story is that laughter comes from being truly comfortable and happy, so only surround yourself with people who do that!
My first year at Univeristy has come to and end. This past Saturday I packed up my University dorm room and headed back home. It was heart breaking. Leaving a room to which I lived in for one of the most exciting years of my life. I cannot emphasise enough how fast this year has gone, or to think about how scary it will be that come September I will be a second year student.
It is true that all good things must come to an end… at least for now! I am acting like I’m leaving forever but in reality I will be back in couple of months. I just hate goodbyes.
On a serious note thought, Univeristy has taught me so much in only a year, and I have no doubt these lessons will continue. I have grown up and changed considerably since last September, it has aided not only my educational growth but my own personal growth. There are things that I have achieved this year that I never would’ve ordinarily thought would happen. Everything has been for the better.
I have come to make so many new friendships, some I know I will treasure throughout Univeristy and for many years to come. I have become part of a society which has helped me considerably with my confidence and allowed me to meet many more new people. I am surrounding myself with people who are like me and can accept me for the weird, bubbly person that I am.
I know, I know! It’s only first year! First year’s, yes do have a fair bit of work and exams, but for most Universities it counts for very little if any of their degree. I still have another couple of years before I finished this wonderful journey, but as this year has demonstrated it is approaching far sooner than I would’ve thought. It seems like less than 2 minutes have gone by when I was awkwardly standing in the halls on Freshers week trying to make friends with every face that walked by.
The end of the academic year is the time to reflect, not just our own personal development but on how others around us have shaped who we are. At the time I thought I hadn’t learnt much about myself, but the reality is looking back I have. Academically I know I could’ve done better, and there are many things that I know now that I will change going into my second year. Things like doing more outside reading, or writing up the lectures as soon as I get it, rather than just having a nap (we all do it). Saying that there are also things I am proud of this year, and hope will continue through my years, things like putting myself out there a little more and not being this shy awkward girl standing in the background.
First year was one of the best years of my life. This is one of the easiest statements I have ever had to say. I am looking forward to what the next couple of years have to offer. Bring on second year.
Life has been a little chaotic recently. Big changes have occurred and ultimately my little blog has taken a back seat, apologies. But here I am finding the time to blog (something I have been yarning for) a thing that has become a treat and not a dependency these last couple of months. The main reason for my loss of time has been that I started university. I have moved to another part of the country and I’m living in a flat with 6 other people. This concept is still very bizarre to me, and I have only now started to adopt my own routine with these lovely people in my life. Its so crazy the amount of things we take for granted when living with our parents that we now have to do yourself, including the obvious’ like food shopping down to more unthought-of chores like de-scaling the shower head. My life has changed so much in such a small amount of time.
I first moved to university in September, moving day is such a blur to me; although so is the first semester, little things like having to do a food shop, meal plan and budgeting have been a bore. The assentation into adulthood became a little more real. Who knew flying the nest was going to be this complicated? I’m only talking about the sheer entity of living without my parents and I haven’t even started to think about the idea of work and university in general, but let me tell you it is a lot more work than I thought it would entail, but thank heavens for first year. I don’t know what I would do if this year did actually count towards my degree.
Although this new chapter in my life is amazing and I am enjoying every minute of it now that I have gotten over the initial homesickness phase, there are still so many things that I miss about being at home and there are still times when I long to be cuddled up on the sofa with a hot chocolate watching some silly gameshow with my family but as I have come to realise those special moments are getting fewer and fewer. I guess this is part of growing up, having to fend for yourself and realising that those moments should be treasured more than you think, (a little deeper than I intended for our morning catch up but heart types what it wants). It has been lovely though coming back over the last couple of holidays and I have realised that my relationship with my family has matured and there are less petty disputes that use to take up 75% of general conversation.
In addition, due to my Seasonal Affective Mood I have only just come to realise how much love I have for University and how much I have missed blogging. Like every year my blog gets a start up at the beginning of spring and my memory of winter becomes a black hole. But now, I couldn’t think of anywhere I would rather be than sat in my flat with all my lovely new university friends. Its fair to say that since the weather has been nice I’m a happy little bean. Its gotten so bad that I don’t even want to go home for summer, my love for constant company as become a love and my once thought introverted self as disappeared.
I thought this general catch up would be quite fitting considering I’ve been in hibernation all winter, but there is so much more going on which I will reveal in later posts.
So as it would seem, Saturday marks my first day at University! Well that isn’t strictly true as that is only my move in day, and my first day of lectures doesn’t actually start until the 25th but it is my first time in a new city, and my first time living on my own with a house full of strangers. Sounds neat! Not! Its scary!
There are so many things that University has to offer, and so many exciting new changes. I have been waiting longer than most to go off to University, I’ve had a gap year and I’ve spend said year contemplating my future, figuring out what I want out of life and living and working in the real world. This past year has been more than beneficial to me and although I cannot wait to jump into my University experience, I wouldn’t have changed anything about that year, because without it, I wouldn’t be where I am.
Looking at what others have achieved out of University got me thinking what I want out of this first year, and how I want to achieve it. So, without further ado, in no particular order, here are a few things I want to achieve in my first year at University.
Make lifelong friends
Get on with my housemates
Not be in my overdraft
Although try not to worry about money
Be certain I am studying the right subject for me
Keep up a high grade average through the year
Get a first in my degree, although a 2:1 is great too
Attend every lecture
Feel proud of every assignment I do
Find somewhere I fit in
Join a society
Step out of my comfort zone
Don’t live off microwavable meals and frozen pizza
Join a gym
Don’t miss out on anything
Go with the flow
Be the person everyone wants to be friends with
Don’t be background noise
Keep up to date with blogging
Without letting it affect my studies
Don’t let distance ruin my relationship
See my family as much as I can
Stay in touch with old friends
Don’t be afraid of what others think
Let others know about my blog, its nothing to hide
There are so many things I want for my first year, and there is nothing I want more than them all to come true. Its a big step in my life but I’m so exciting to begin this journey. I have waiting for this all year, and feel more than ready to start this experience knowing exactly what I want out of it.
I feel like I have blinked and summer has disappeared! I think that a lot of people will be feeling the same as I am right now, but for me its more than just summer.
I don’t know if many of you may be aware but this time last year I finished my A-levels and decided to have a gap year before my deferred place at University. I didn’t feel ready to move away from my family just yet, and mostly because I didn’t really know what I wanted. I spent the year working full time at the job I already had prior to starting my gap year, I work in my local Care Home looking after the elderly which is a very fulfilling job. Along with having a job I have gone back and forth over the idea of going to University in the first place; I would say I am a very indecisive person especially when it comes to big decisions that will ultimately change my future, so after looking at countless different Universities, Colleges, Apprenticeships and jobs, I came to my final conclusion.
My gap year has benefited me as it meant that could not only save for Uni and have more money behind me, but it also meant that I am sure on my future and what I want to get out of my degree. I cant speak for everyone but when I have something to work for and something that I want to achieve, I work harder than if I’m just doing it for a “what if” reason. For example, my GCSE grades and my AS grades don’t reflect what I can do, I had no drive, nothing to work towards, nothing I wanted to do. About halfway though my second year at Sixth Form I knew I wanted to do Psychology at University and I worked my butt off, and it paid off. It just goes to show you how much goals really do help drive you.
So after I’ve finished rambling on, I am going to post one picture for every month of my gap year to illustrate how I have changed and what I have done this past year, starting last September.
Thank you for reading, I’ve had the most amazing year and I cant wait to begin the next chapter of my life at University next month.
There are many things that you learn in your teenage years. So when a friend of mine asked, ‘What is the biggest thing you’ve learn this year?’ it got me thinking of all the amazing life lessons that I’ve come to know, that I, myself have independently learnt.
1. Not Everyone is a Nice Person
Growing up in a village surrounded by friendly people was a beautiful upbringing, but though my older teenage years I learnt that what you see on the outside isn’t always someone’s greatest intensions. Most people are selfish, and they don’t have your best interests at heart.
2. Money isn’t Everything
My gap year has taught me a lot about saving and spending money, but mostly it has taught me that its better to have the memories rather than the paper notes.
3. Nothing is Worth Being Unhappy
You’ll never remember those small upsets in a year to come, so why waste a chance to laugh and smile.
4. You Wont Get Everything You Wish For
Being a child is great, you have very basic wants and needs and they’re usually met by your parents, but as we age these things widen and more people want them and they’re harder to achieve.
5. Embrace Your Inner Child
Be silly, sing louder, don’t rush to grow up, being old is boring.
6. Don’t Stop Doing What You Love
Never let anyone tell you what your passionate about, or what you love. Let that drive you forward and not push you back.
7. Always Say YES To Pudding
Life is too short to not eat the chocolate cake.
8. Not Everyone Will Want to Stay in Your Life
The friends you make at school wont always be there for you when you’re gone. But if they want to leave, let them. Its better to have a few close friends, quality over quantity.
9. Having a Job Teaches You a Lot
I am a massive advocate for having a part-time job while in your teenage years, it teaches you so much about life, and ultimately you’ve learnt lessons that others wont have thought about yet.
10. You Still Need Your Parents
As much as we don’t want to admit it, our parents are still a big part of our lives, and we do need them more than we think.
11. Be Thankful For What You Have
There are many people who have it worse than you, appreciate what you’ve got.
12. Read Lots
Knowledge is power.
13. Popularity Means Nothing
Once you’ve left school, no one cares about that stuff, you should want to be friends with someone for the person they are, not because of who they know.
14. Happy Girls are the Prettiest
You will ALWAYS look your best with a smile on your face, and everyone will see it.
15. Appreciate Nature
This is your planet and you have to look after it. After learning about how destructive humans are, I cant not recycle, and I cant not re-use bags. We make nature a happy place is we look after it.
16. Don’t Change Yourself for a Boy
…or girl. I learnt the hard way, but if they don’t like you for who you are, then they’re not right for you, and you will find someone who does.
17. Take Care of Yourself
You should never feel guilty for being selfish once in a while. You deserve the world!
18. Stress Less
Don’t beat yourself up over the little things, you’ll only get lines. HAHA!