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Graduation

So two weeks ago I graduated from university. I’m extremely pleased to be able to say I graduated from the University of Liverpool with a first in law with accounting and finance.

I didn’t put too much weight on choosing a university, and pretty much just chose one that was close to home. I’m very lucky that this paid off, it could have been a terrible mistake, but I realised just how much I love Liverpool, even if I was pretty familiar with it beforehand, and I found a solid group of brilliant people I’m proud to call friends.

It’s funny, I felt like I knew Liverpool before I lived there, but it turns out I really didn’t. Even after two years of living there, I don’t know if I can say I truly know it- new places pop up all the time, and there’s just so much to do that it’s impossible to do it all, but I think I make a pretty damn good effort.

Anyway, because I’m a narcissistic piece of trash, here’s a snapchat of the suit I wore to graduation. I love this suit more than anything, even more so because I got it on sale. It’s actually a three piece but I have only worn it as a three piece once!

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Graduating

My entire life has been set out in my head since I was young. I’ve always known my next step; in primary school, I knew I would be going to high school, from there I knew I’d be going to college, and from there to university.

Now I’m finally coming towards the end of my education after 16 years, and I couldn’t be more excited to move onto something new, but what?! That’s the exciting part! Whenever I tell people younger than me that I have no plans fully decided on for after university, they seem terrified and shocked! I get it, I felt that way at one point! But also 1) it’s my life and I ain’t worried so why are you? 2) get to this point and you’ll long for having the entire world open for you.

I have so many paths open to me, here are a few I’ve been considering for a while:

1) Do Camp America, Camp Thailand, Camp Cambodia, or something

Even if I don’t do that this year, I might next.

2) Get a real job straight away, and move back to Liverpool

I don’t really want to do this one. I want to make the most of not being desperate for a full-time job just yet. But I will miss living in Liverpool so much. It sounds cheesy, but city life agrees with me. I love how busy it is, I love the buildings, I love that there are always new places to go, and everything is so close by. It’s gonna suck not living in a city.

3) Take a few weeks to relax like the summer holidays, then get into real life.

4) Work part-time (3/4 days a week) and use the rest of the time to do things I never do

This includes all the skills I always say I want. To just get my life in order a bit. I want to continue playing the piano, learning Japanese, learning to sew, to cook, to edit better, to take photos better, to learn how to act, to sing, write a book, who cares. I want to be a person of many talents!

5)Work part time, save money, use the long weekends I have to travel

Buzzfeed recently did a post on holidays that cost £100 or less, and I am down.

6) Pray the Star Wars bar in Manchester becomes a permanent feature

I could work there a few nights a week as the resident Obi-Wan Kenobi

7) Get experience in new things

The things I’ve began to really enjoy and would like to continue aren’t related to my degree. Whilst I enjoy law, I’ve began to take pleasure in much more creative things.

8) Apply for jobs in London

Lol. Graduate jobs are hard enough to find, especially when I’ll probably be applying to jobs outside of what my degree covers, plus ANY job in London is hard to find. And London is expensive to live in. Ideally, I’d like to move to London sometime in 2017, but part of me wants to go ASAP.

Since typing these 8 out, I’ve began to lean towards a combo of numbers 4 + 5. I want to work 3 days a week or something, use the rest of my days off for myself, to do things I never get around to doing, and then seeing if I can take a 4 day break in Europe on a budget a fair bit. I have no true responsibilities, nor do I have anyone depending on me financially or otherwise, so now is the only time in my life that I can spend as much time as I want, doing what I want, and enriching myself. Travel is something I’ve always craved, and it would be amazing to be able to do it every couple of weeks.

But hey, who knows, life changes, situations change, these things might not be the right thing for me come the time. But I feel relieved that I have a bit of a plan now.

If you’re graduating soon, what are you planning on doing? And if you don’t know, that’s super common. People seem to think having your life sorted at age 21 is the standard, but for me and many others, that’s almost our worst nightmare!

Thanks for reading, and I’m sorry I disappeared for a while, exams and coursework ruled my life for a while, but I have a ton more posts planned for the coming weeks, plus ones with more photos than this one!

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Update: I’m a ball of stress.

Life has been so busy at the minute. And not so much in the good way. Partly in the good way, but at the same time I spread so incredibly thin right now, and I’m really sad that I haven’t updated since last Sunday.

I mean the last time I updated, this wasn’t even out yet:

I did not tear up and freak out at all. That’s a complete lie, I watched it and then bought tickets to go to the midnight premiere because it’s gonna be great. I’m classing ‘great’ as better than the prequels. Let’s be real, that isn’t gonna be hard when you have the original cast, the amazing new cast (Gwendoline Christie could stand in silence for 2 hours and you’d still find me starting a hashtag for her to receive an Oscar) and J.J. Abrams.

I had an incredibly great weekend, I travelled to Birmingham, a city I have somehow never been to before, to celebrate one of my best friend’s 21st birthday! That was so much fun, and then the next day I went to a Halloween party that I have been to every year for the past three now! And I had an incredible time there too.

Plus I was dressed as Han Solo and that was so much fun, this is my favourite costume that I’ve ever made/worn:

I need to do a whole post on that bloody belt, it was not easy to make and it’s still not completely accurate. I had the best time putting this costume together, it was surprisingly hard to find all of the things for it, but I loved it.

Plus this weekend will be fun, as it’s Halloween, one of my favourite holidays!

However it’s the 5 days in between the weekends that are killing me at the minute. I know third year of uni is hard, it’s supposed to be hard, it’s degree level and it’s the end of the degree, on no planet is that going to be easy. And if there is a planet where that is easy, someone let me know when the next space bus (also known as a rocket) is leaving the station.

Law is a notoriously hard thing to study, and I am truly feeling it right now. The best way to describe it is that I am paddling so hard and so much yet I’m somehow stuck with water up to my neck. It’s taking all of my effort to stay that much afloat. The key thing is that I am staying afloat right now. I have the capability to do it, and I am, so I’m happy about that, and I have been doing all of the work I have to, and all of the work I want to. I just sometimes long to be that student who lies in bed and watches daytime TV all day, though I know that isn’t me. That could’ve been me in first year when it didn’t count towards my degree but I still worked my ass off, however I did spend almost every Wednesday afternoon watching old Daily Grace videos. It’s such a shame some company makes money off of those videos now.

This was more just to get a few things off of my chest rather than to write a stellar blogpost, as this truly is not that. And also to be a ‘hey i’m still alive just my degree is taking all of my effort right now, and I’m a little bummed I put a lot of effort into getting a job at a place I really love and fell at the last hurdle and didn’t get the job, but that’s life! Things happen for a reason and all that jazz. Plus losing out on that job means that I’ll be able to spend more time with my friends and family over the next 8-10 weeks or whatever.

Thanks for putting up with me and my constant lulls when life gets too much, and for sticking with me on my continuous journey to being able to balance my blog, YouTube, and 3D world commitments.

Seeing people reading my blog even when I’ve not been posting on it or promoting it really makes me happy everyday, so thank you all for that. I would put all the heart emojis here if I could.

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Making student accommodation a home!

Hello again everyone, blogging twice in a week! It’s like old times. Or rather, the occasional times when I have my shit together.

So, as you know I moved back to Liverpool this week after 3 months at home, I have moved into a new room, in a new flat with (mostly) new flatmates. One thing that is a must for me, is making my room feel like my room. I’m going to be spending a lot of the next 9 months living here, so even though there’s an end in sight, it is still my full time home for the time being!

So why not put that little bit of extra effort in! Here are a few bits of advice on how to make your room feel like a home:

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