Homesickness at University

Good Morning World!

There comes a time in all our lives when we have to fly the nest, leaving everything and everyone we love behind. A time when all our loved ones worry about us and if we are able to survive by ourselves in the outside world. At this point in my life, it has happened. I’m currently sat in my University room with a glass of water and a few biscuits in the middle of the day, thinking and worrying about what life is going to throw at me next, constantly playing a loop in my head about everything that has happened and if it was the right thing to have done. I am a very home-ly person, and my whole life centres around my little village in the middle of Oxfordshire, but here I am in a strange city, living with strangers in my strange little house I now have to call home.

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I moved here 4 days ago, so I haven’t quite settled into my little routine yet, nor have I made any friends. I’m just floating along in my lifeboat waiting for someone to pick me up. It still doesn’t feel real to me yet, but at the same time it feels too real. I have had so many up and down moments that I still don’t know where my heart is at. On one hand I want to go home, not do my degree and live in the shelter of my mums house for the rest of my days, but then on the other there is something in me that’s telling me to stay. Its telling me that this is going to be the best 3 years of my life, I’m going to make lifelong friends and my degree is going to change how I view my career. I’ve had moments of low, I’ll shamefully admit that I’ve cried in my bedroom every day since arriving, but I’ll also admit to having a few great times, but at the moment the bad does outweigh the good.

Homesickness is real, and although I have been told that it affects everyone at different times, I wish I would’ve got it later. Everything I do from the point of moving here and onwards was thinking about home, talking to people has been harder because of it and the whole situation has heightened my realisation of how much I love home. I’m not good company. Being this way has made me miss out on so many opportunities to seize the university experience but instead my anxiety towards the situation has stopped me from doing anything. Don’t get me wrong I have been out but not as much as I would’ve like to have done, in the whole week I’ve been here I’m spent half of them having the time for my life with my housemates and the other sobbing in my bed feeling sorry for myself. I think its safe to say which one I would prefer to be doing, but it isn’t something I can help.

Although this post may seem like such a downer, and it doesn’t reflect the same positivity that I try to show off on my blog, but its a personal one, one for me to look back on and see how much my life has changed in a few months. When I read this again I want to think what a massive baby I was, and how if I would’ve quitted now, like I do want to, then I wouldn’t have forgiven myself for ruining my whole experience that can change my life. I don’t however want to read this again still agreeing with myself and wishing I stopped when I could.

There are so many things running through my head at this moment and although I know what my heart is longing for I have to be head smart and choose the decision that is going to have the most positive impact on my life. I’m staying. Please let me know how you feel about this situation; maybe you have been through this before or maybe you are going through it now like I. Leave some discussion down below.

Love Georgina xxx

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50 Questions You’ve Never Been Asked

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Its been a good while since I have posted a tag post and its something that I should really start doing more often. I haven’t actually been tagged by anyone but I saw it on the blogosphere and thought I would give it a go.

1. What is your favourite candle scent?

I wouldn’t say I have an ideal candle scent, I usually prefer a range, however, I do reach for floral scents more than anything.

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2. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?

I have always wished that I had Emma Watson as my sister, ever since I first discovered the Harry Potter series. She is not only a childhood love of mine but shes an inspiring and driven woman that I could learn from. (Also her parents live 10 minutes away from me).

3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother?

This question has me stumped, I left it until last and I’ve thought and I’ve thought and nothing. So I don’t think there is any male celebrity that I wish was my brother.

4. How old do you think you’ll be when you get married?

I would love to be in my mid-to-late twenties when I get married. I would say I have very traditional views on marriage and I only want to do this once, so I want to be 100% sure.

5. Do you know a hoarder?

No I don’t.

6. Can you do the splits?

Yes I can! I never use to be able to when I was little but when I was 12 I decided that this is such a cool skill to have so I worked everyday to stretch my leg muscles and now I still can.

7. How old were you when you learnt to ride a bike?

I was very late to the whole ‘riding a bike’ game, in fact I was about 9 or 10 when I learnt to ride a bike. Mostly because every time my dad tried to teach me he use to shout at me for not being able to do it first time, so mum said I was never interested in it because of that.

8. How many oceans have you swam in?

Just the one I believe.

9. How many countries have you visited?

I am not that adventurous yet however I do want to visit every continent before I’m 30. I have mostly been to European countries, and once to Zambia in Africa when I was 5.

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10. Is anyone in your family in the army?

No.

11. What would you name your daughter is you had one?

I would name her Grace. This name is so gorgeous and has been on my baby name list for years.

12. What would you name your son if you had one?

I find naming boys easier than girls, so I would either call my son Jacob and Jake for short, or Dylan.

13. What is the worst grade you got in a test?

Probably a U, but never in a real exam.

14. What was your favourite TV show as a kid?

I use to be obsessed with Postman Pat when I was younger, and use to call it ‘Pat Pat’.

15. What did you dress up as on Halloween when you were 8?

I dressed up as a witch, I wore a long haired green wig, and purple striped tights, I looked incredible.

16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series?

This is so bad, but I actually haven’t. I love reading and I don’t know why these books have been skipped over.

17. Would you rather have any American accent or a British accent?

I would rather have a British accent.

18. Did your mother go to University?

No she didn’t, but she does work at the very prestigious University of Oxford in Ornithology so I guess a degree isn’t that important.

19. Are your grandparents still married?

Yes they are.

20. Have you ever taken karate lessons?

No, but I really want to learn a type of self-defence, maybe kick-boxing because I’m better with my feet than hands.

21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is?

Who doesn’t?

22. What the first amusement park you’ve been to?

Does Disneyland count? If not then Thorpe Park

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23. What language, besides your native language would you like to be fluent in?

I would love to be able to speak French, I think the language is beautiful.

24. Do you spell the colour grey or gray?

GREY! I am English.

25. Is your father bald?

Not completely but yes he is.

26. Do you know triplets?

No.

27. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?

This is such a hard one, I love them both! But I would probably say The Notebook.

28. Have you ever had Indian food?

I have, although spice is not my thing.

29. What is the name of your favourite restaurant?

I don’t know my favourite restaurant but the restaurant that always sticks in my mind when I hear that question is The Print Room in Bournemouth, it has actually closed down now, but it was a restaurant in an old newspaper print room and it had all the old machines and architecture around the restaurant and it was the most beautiful place to eat.

30. Have you ever been to Nando’s?

Of course.

31. Do you belong to any warehouse stores (Costco, Macro, Bookers etc.)?

I really don’t know what these are?

32. What would your parents have names you if you were the opposite gender?

I would have either been called Ben or Cameron.

33. If you have a nickname, what is it?

I get called so many nicknames; G, GG, Georgie, George. I guess Georgina is very easy to shorten.

34. Who’s you favourite person in the world?

Either my mum or my boyfriend.

35. Would you rather live in the countryside or in the city?

I would hands down rather be in the countryside. I don’t mind visiting a city for a day but I’m a country girl at heart. There is nothing better than going on a long walk over the fields.

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36. Can you whistle?

Barely.

37. Do you sleep with a nightlight?

Not since I was 6.

38. Do you eat breakfast every morning?

No I don’t, this is something I need to work on.

39. Do you take any pills or medication daily?

I do, only the contraceptive pill.

40. What medical conditions do you have?

None.

41. How many times have you been to the hospital?

Without counting when I was born, twice. Once when one of my dad work machines fell on my leg, and another when I broke my arm.

42. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo?

42 Walaby Way, Sydney. Does that answer your question?

43. Where do you buy your jeans?

I am very loyal, and all my jeans are from Topshop, I just find they fit better than anywhere else.

44. What is the last compliment you got?

The last compliment I got was actually on a pair of shoes I recently purchased, they’re a light beige and have golden studded hearts all over them. I love them dearly, so expect to see a blog post on them soon.

45. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning?

I usually remember parts of my dreams, and let me tell you, I dream some weird sh*t. I once dreamt that my friend and I swapped boyfriends and we were sat on a big rocking boat in the air which only had one side to it, and it was swinging over lava while we were watching a rock concert. I don’t even like rock music.

46. What flavour tea do you enjoy?

I am not an avid tea drinker (wow I must be the only Brit to utter those words), I actually don’t drink caffeine at all.

47. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own?

Too many to count, but probably around 30.

48. What religion will you raise your children to practice?

I am not a religious person myself, and nor are my family despite being Christened. I wouldn’t raise my children to worship any religion, but if they want to when they’re older, it doesn’t bother me.

49. How old were you when you found out Santa wasn’t real?

I think I was around 9, I was in Primary school and my friend told me that Santa wasn’t real because one year she saw her mum laying out all her Christmas presents. I was distraught.

50. Why do you have a blog?

There are so many reasons in which I decided to start a blog, most of which are written on a separate blog post, but long story short, I started the blog for myself to read and write what I love.

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I hope you have found more about me that you didn’t already know. Let me know what you think about this tag, and let me know if you have already or are going to give it a go.

Love Georgina xx

Ruffle Waist Trousers | Autumn Transition Look

Good Morning World!

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As we enter a new season, fashions as well as many other things change. As the months get colder and the leaves start to drop from the trees its time to change your style into something warmer and comfier. This season, according to Vogue, is all about the wide leg trousers. They’re an excellent clothing piece for these transitional months into winter, they offer more insulation due to the extended space in the leg and not to mention comfort, (I felt like I was wearing pyjamas).

I found these candy blue striped trousers in Topshop for £39, and paired it with a burgundy top to illustrate Autumn. However, as the British cold weather decides to visit us once again, I will start wearing these trousers with cropped jumpers, this is so the ruffled waistline is still accentuated and gives the perception of a more hourglass figure.

Love Georgina xx

My First Year at University Goals

Good Morning World!

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!

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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
  • Be healthy
  • 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
  • Budget
  • 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
  • Stay fashionable
  • 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 am ready for anything.

Love Georgina xxx

Parisian Adventures | Paris Diaries | Day 5

Good Morning World!

So its our last day in Paris, and the last day of the most amazing holiday I have ever been on. The whole experience was perfect even down to the weather which is an odd thing for a Brit to say. Truly one to remember.

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We’re actually heading off home today, and our train is at 16:00 local time, which meant that today we only have the morning. We decided earlier in the week that we would do the Louvre Museum on the last day as they have baggage lockers that store your stuff, as you aren’t allowed to bring anything with you into the museum. The lockers hold a standard cabin size case, so if you are planning on doing the same make sure it fits the measurements shown on their website (however mine was slightly bigger and it still fit).

We arrived at the Louvre Museum at around 11, slightly later than we planned on arriving but the late night from Disneyland yesterday really took a toll on us. This was still enough time for us to have a quick look around, but we got to see the Mona Lisa, so we’re not exactly complaining.

They say that it takes 9 months to fully get around the Louvre Museum, including reading every label on every floor. This to me is ridiculous and just shows how big the building actually is, because at first I thought the museum was just the pyramid, lol I was wrong. Everything in the building was so interesting and it was full of many different artefacts from many time periods, my favourite being the Egyptians. However, because of time issues we skimmed most of the museum and didn’t read any of the labels (mostly because they were in French). If we would’ve had more time I would’ve loved to have seen more of the museum and taken the time to examine each object. We still enjoyed our visit and even though it was short we were glad we got to see it.

 

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This is me trying to copy the statue.

 

After leaving the Louvre it was time to say goodbye to our temporary home, one in which I did not want to leave for at least another few days. On the train journey back I felt so down about my holiday being over but despite everything I had created so many great memories and travelled to one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world!

Thank you for having me Paris,

Love Georgina xx

Parisian Adventures | Paris Diaries | Day 4

Good Morning World!

Lets visit the place where dreams come true! DISNEYLAND!

Before even booking our holiday to Paris I knew that Disneyland would an essential stop, much to my boyfriends dismay (although he enjoyed it a lot more than he thought he would).

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Our day began very early, with an 8 o clock start (7 in British time) so that we could get to the park as soon as it opened. However, everyone around us seemed to have had the same idea and the queue to get in was impeccably long, so if any of you are thinking about visiting Disneyland any time soon I would suggest booking your tickets in advance or getting printable tickets like we did because it just saved us waiting in another very long line.

I have only been to Disneyland once before, and it was at Christmas time when I was around 6, and my memory of the holiday was very limited, in fact the only thing I do remember was the ice rink outside our hotel (so not actually in the park) and the gift shop. So walking into Disney felt like the first time and it was unbelievably magical. The attention to detail though out the park was mind blowing and the way they made every experience for each individual special.

I felt like the variety of activities in the park was inclusive for the whole family, it goes without saying that Disney is primarily marketed at young children but there is a substantial amount for older children and adults as well. The variety of amusement park rides was vast, too much so that we failed to get round them all. The level of intensity per ride was also given on the booklet which meant that finding the ideal ride was made easy and not time consuming, waiting in line however was. I would recommend this to anyone, especially those only going for a weekend or for the day to invest in a ‘FastPass’ ticket for the rides. It just makes getting on them so much easier and you can do what you have to do before and then you can just hop on the ride of choice. This cuts your queuing time by more than 75% and therefore you have more time to enjoy your day. Trust me the extra money is worth it.

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There was many events happening throughout the day including plays and musicals in massive tent theatres, and also a daily parade which all the characters ride in floats around the Disneyland park. But the main event in my eyes was the evening show, which is a show of lights projected onto castle. This light show happens every night just before closing at 11pm. This was by far one of my favourite elements of the day, every detail was timed and imagined perfectly, and there was a mixture languages in the end show which meant that all children will feel as though they are involved. They definitely spoke in French and English, and I believe they also spoke Spanish, but don’t quote me.

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My overall experience of Disney was mind blowing and I was truly in my element, the magic of the park brings out the happiness in everyone. The involvement from every member of staff was lovely to see and they all looked very happy to help. Each staff member spoke a minimum of 2 languages which is very helpful for tourists like myself.

Have a happy day!

Love Georgina xx

 

 

Gap Year Photo Calendar

Good Morning World!

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.

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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.

September

 

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October

 

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This photo was taken at the Roman Baths in Bath.

 

November

 

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This was taken at the Birmingham Christmas Market, in Birmingham.

 

December

 

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This picture was taken moments after passing my driving test! FIRST TIME!

 

January

 

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February

 

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Valentines Day

March

 

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April

 

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May

 

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June

 

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This photo was taken at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

 

 

July

 

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This was taken at Burton Dassett Hills in Warwickshire.

 

August

 

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This is a picture of me rowing at the Palace of Versailles in Paris.

 

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.

Love Georgina xxx