I’m Back!

Sooooo…it’s been a while, huh? Almost half a year if we want to be specific. I’ve been so busy and stressed the past few months, but now that everything has died down for a while, I realised just how much I miss blogging. It’s been so long but now I’m back and (hopefully) I’ll be around for a very long time yet.

So what’s happened since I last posted? I went to London for a few days (which was amazing), my birthday was in February (which was also amazing) and I had my end of year exams (which were…exams). I bought myself a new camera for my birthday – a Nikon D3300 – which I’ve been getting to grips with. It’s my baby and I love it so much. I think I’m getting rather good too!

This summer’s exam period was one of the worst, most stressful I’ve ever been through – makes sense seeing as the stakes are getting steadily higher. I really hope I’ve done well though – I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

And now for the most exciting news of my year – I’M GOING TO PARIS!!! On Friday, actually. I’ve never been to Paris before (in fact, I’ve never been to France unless you count docking at CalaisĀ on a school coach trip to Germany) and I could not be more excited. I’m going with one of my best friends, and we’re spending the weekend at the Bite Me I’m Famous convention in Paris, for the TV show The Vampire Diaries. Then we have until Wednesday to sightsee. We want to go to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, and the Notre Dame cathedral. I want to go to the Shakespeare and Co bookshop and the graveyard where Oscar Wilde is buried, and my friend wants to go to the huge department store. It’s going to be so exciting!!

I leave you now with promises that I will return shortly, and a plea for help. I’ve compiled a little list of cheap-to-cheapish cafes and restaurants that we can eat in when we’re in Paris, but if any of you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them!! Comment below with suggestions. Speak soon!

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Rant: Stress and Pressure

We all have stress in our lives, whether you’re a student or you work. Lately I’ve been feeling this stress A LOT. This is just a little rant to try and let out my feelings and work out what I can do about the whole situation.

I’ve just finished the first week and a half of of my second semester at university. One of my exams went brilliantly, the other not so much but not TOO bad. Ditto my two assignments. This Thursday I have to hand in another assignment and I’m freaking out. I’ve always been a bit dodgy in time management, and I’ve now found myself with far too much to do and far too little time to do it in. I sense that tonight will be a sleepless night.

I’m only in first year. This is only my first Linguistics assignment. Strictly speaking I could not hand this in and still pass if I work damn hard on my second assignment and exam. But the thing is, I don’t want to fail any of my assignments, or any of my exams, regardless of how “worthless” they are in the long run. This year doesn’t count for anything towards my degree. But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try, right?

I’ve always been my own biggest critic. I heap pressure on myself and then get completely dejected and freaked out when it seems like things aren’t turning out right. And it’s not like there’s a lot of pressure from anywhere else – my parents are supportive and so are my friends. It’s just me. I always want to be better and better and it ends up burning me out. Hopefully somewhere in the course of my degree I’ll learn how to manage myself and my life much better. I guess until then I’ll just have to…keep going and try to relax while I can?