35 Things I learnt in my final year at university

Every year it has been a sort of tradition that when my university year comes to a close I write a list of all the random silly things I have learnt along the way!

If you fancy reading the list from first year click here or if you want to read the list from second year click here.

Here is the final year’s list…

  • Having my feet dangling over the edge of a plane 13000 feet up made me laugh not cry

  • Never ever ever ever will I have another chilli vodka shot as long as I live
  • Even after three years the Yorkshire accent is still a novelty to 99.9% of people
  • And even after three years the midland’s water doesn’t taste any better
  • Tabata fitness classes hurt so bad (but are so worth it)
  • Cycling on campus is actually quite fun
  • Having my own en-suite for the first time is the best
  • Work experience at one of the top UK newspapers gave me a taste of the busy London working life
  • MAC and Sephora shopping sprees are very addictive (and also an expensive habit)
  • The fireworks at Regent Street Christmas lights switch on were amazing
  • Having a takeaway after a night out in Paris means chocolate crepes (which I could get used to)
  • Being a librarian is awesome

  • The best bookshop in the entire world is situated in Carlisle, Cumbria
  • It’s still acceptable to dress up for Halloween (even if it is as a zombie school girl)

  • Third year means the nights out (although lesser )are bigger, better and crazier
  • Dark purple lipstick is chic
  • Working in a job with your best friend is never dull

  • My homemade cottage pie is now perfected
  • The notebook made me cry more than any other film EVER
  • Neo-Victorianism is one of my favourite book genres
  • Zoella’s vlogs are addictive
  • Dissertation takes over your life but you learn to (secretly) love it
  • There are no sport facilities like my uni’s (skyping on a treadmill say whaaaaat?!)
  • Pigeon Detectives and Professor Green are fantastic live
  • Having a chocolate fountain in a club is a genius idea
  • Receiving my degree certificate was the proudest moment of my life

  • Visiting London, Liverpool, Paris, Prague and Budapest all in my final year was incredible!
  • My parents surprising me at uni on my 21st birthday was the sweetest thing!
  • Liverpool is the place to go for a class night out

  • Having five inches cut off my hair in one go was definitely for the greater good
  • The novel Dracula is now one of my all-time favourites ever!
  • Leaving university was the saddest thing I have ever had to do

  • After three years at uni I am now a pro at packing and unpacking in record time
  • Arthur Conan Doyle’s publishing history is really fascinating
  • Loughborough will always be my second home
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Finding Graduate Jobs Doesn’t Have To Be Scary

I thought I’d write this piece to voice my opinon and help everyone out there in a similiar situation to me. Being a finalist at university it is time for me to find a grad job. When a lot people hear the words ‘grad jobs’ they freak out. And why shouldn’t they? Being in the comforts of education your whole life it is scary to venture out alone into the big wide world. But it doesn’t have to be frightening. For me, I’m excited. Excited at all the possible opportunities out there. I could be anything, work anywhere in the world, meet so many different people. All the opportunities out there for graduates are phenomenal. It’s just about finding something that would suit you personally.

Through observation, many people have taken different approaches to this, whether it be to put it off, block it from your mind and not attend any careers events or to presume there aren’t any jobs for them or their subject so don’t bother looking. These approaches may work for some people but definitely won’t work long term. It can be stressful when people are around you saying ‘I have applied to five how many have you applied to?!?!’ But everyone goes at their own pace and is interested in different things – an engineering student won’t necessarily want the same things as a fashion student for instance.

My advice to you guys (especially the worriers of the world) would be to research. Start researching companies and from there develop a plan of where you want to apply and work through them systematically. Look at it as a vast amount of opportunities waiting to be taken. Perspective is everything.

Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That

I decided to make a casual blog post about stuff nobody has time for in their day.There are a lot of annoying things you find yourself doing that you really just don’t have the time for.  

1- Untangling earphones. My earphones literally tangle themselves into an intricate ball overnight JUST WHY.

2- My phone battery dying right in the middle of a text.

3- Dropping toothpaste down your shirt..jumper it is…

4- People who sit in the aisle seats on public transport with their bag just chilling on the window seat.

5- People that walk really slowly in front of you and/or take up the whole of the pavement so you have to make a lil unexpected detour onto the road to swerve them.

6- Receiving snapchat videos of the inside of a club on a night out. You can have a fun night out without taking six 10 second videos and sending it to your whole contact list.

7- When your biscuit crumbles into your drink of tea and it is lost forever.

8- People parking so wonky that they take up not one but TWO spaces in the car park.

9- Wearing matching socks.

10- Daily emails off all the sites you have ever made a purchase from. 

Day 15 – 10 of the Best Presents for Students

1- Literally ANY food. Students always need more food. Whether it is chocolate or snacks to a voucher for Sainsbury’s or Tescos for their next shop.

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2- A flask so they can take tea/coffee/hot chocolate to their gruelling 9am lectures.

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3- A Kindle. As an English student I know that there is nothing worse than lugging tonnes of textbooks around so a Kindle solves all of that.

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4- The obvious one – ALCOHOL. Trust me it will be used. 

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5- Student houses aren’t the warmest so a good blanket/ onesie/ hot water bottle will definitely come in handy.

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6- A whiteboard. Whether it is for house/ hall messages or for organisation they come in really handy!

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7- Anything to decorate their rooms with. So posters of their favourite bands or photoframes etc.

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8- Jokey presents like scrabble fridge magnets that will make their accommodation more cosy.

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9- A student cook book. My grandma bought me one when I went to uni and it came in soo handy.

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10- Anything that will save them money. For Christmas my relatives get me a load of stationary and toiletries because I will use them and it saves me buying them.

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Day 9 – 30 Things I learnt from My Second Year at University

1- If someone says ‘Tequila time’ it is never a good sign
2- Making meals from scratch tastes soo much better
3- The correct way to boil a potato (no joke)
4- That Shawshank Redeption is an awesome movie
5- It is perfectly acceptable to be a big kid and go on the swings
6- Water speakers are amazing and mesmerizing (also great for procrastinating)
7- ‘The Monk’ by Matthew Lewis is a weird weird novel
8- The Midlands is crap compared to Yorkshire
9- Toffee crisp cereal is amazing
10- Uni is full of the weird and wonderful so don’t be surprised if you see a boy wearing his gf’s dressing gown in broad daylight around town
11- Passing my driving test was the BEST feeling
12- Every writer should own a pretenstious writing notebook
13- Spinning hurts so bad buuut is worth the pain
14- Anne Bronte is so underrated
15- I love christmas markets
16- Kangaroo tastes really good
17- Flip flops are still a necessity to life
18- Having Dave Franco and Zac Efron in the same movie was a genius idea
19 – Squid is really yummy
20- The Fault in our Stars is one of the best books
21- Converting to Kindle is actually beneficial
22- Real christmas trees are better than fake ones
23- I still and will always refuse to admit my favourite band have split up (JLS)
24- Having a cinema trip, 2 meals out, a birthday pres AND nightout is not excessive for a birthday at all…
25- Being 20 feels no different
26- Inventing the nicknames ‘Soccor Mom, Prowl, Taken, Yorkshire and Hottie’ for my girls was hilarious
27- Never again do I (or any other english students) want to hear the sentence ‘the car is parked on the bridge near the pub’
28- If you keep trying you will eventually find the best work experience/ placement you want
29- I love writing poetry
30- Doing the photoshoot for carnival magazine was really fun
 
Bring on final year!

Interview with Dancer and Loughborough University’s Dance Show Coordinator, Hannah Redfern

Hannah is currently in her third year of studying Sport and Exercise Science. She has been dancing since she was four years old. Hannah has done a variety of dance styles including ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary along with some others!

1)      What is your favourite type of dance and why?

Ballet is without a doubt my favourite style of dance to both watch and perform. I think ballet dancers are incredible athletes and it’s such a beautiful art form.

2)      What do you love most about dancing and why?

Shows!! I absolutely love performing on stage, hence why I took on the role of show co-ordinator- I really wanted to have a go at creating my own! I am a really arty person so loved getting creative when producing the show- not something I usually get to do on a science course!

3)      As the shows coordinator what did your role entail? Was it challenging?

My role included designing and producing all the promotional aspects of the performance so things like posters, programmes and T-shirts as well as choreographing the opening and closing routines for the whole club. I also had to hire venues and staff, create a theme, liaise with teachers and random other bits of organising such as DVDs and tickets! It was definitely more fun than stressful (except the last week!). The amazing people I had supporting me certainly made my life alot easier! The staff from LSU Media and the LSU Tech Crew have been particularly great so a massive thank you to those guys!

4)      What was your favourite part of the dance show?

From an organisational point of view I loved seeing all of my ideas and designs coming together in the flesh, which was so rewarding! The fact that we sold out twice and were almost full on the remaining night was really great to see and all the hype and support on social media was overwhelming- nice to see people appreciating all the effort everyone from LSUDC put into the show!

5)      How were the rehearsals?

Rehearsals were long and tiring! I worked out I did 48 hours of dance the week before/of the show and I would just like to thank all the dancers again for the time and hard work they put in! The teachers and committee also deserve a massive thank you for their dedication all year round and to making the club as successful as it is!

6)      What is your favourite thing about being in LSU Dance?

The people without a doubt, everyone is so lovely and friendly- we are a very sociable club! I have also loved having the opportunity to teach and be a part of the committee. From organising the show I have learnt just how lucky we are to have such an amazing Students Union here in Loughborough and it is lovely to have gained more insight into areas which I didn’t know much about before!

7)      Now it is over what is next in store? The competition coming up?

Yes we have our competition soon! If you enjoyed ‘Let’s go to the Movies!’ and want to see your favourite dances again, make sure you come along to our LSU Dance Competition in Sir David Wallace on Sat 8th and Sunday 9th March. It is the biggest university Dance competition in Britain and its always such a great weekend, there is a big social in Room 1 on Saturday night too which is open to all!

8)      What was your favourite dance on the night and why?

Matilda was my favourite one to dance in as I loved acting like a child every night! However I also loved watching the ‘Happy Feet’ Penguin tappers choreographed by our award winning tap teacher and vice chair Faye!

9)      How was it on the night and being on stage?

The show nights ran really smoothly actually which was nice as it meant I wasn’t panicking before going on stage! Dancing was so much fun but the weekend just went way too quickly! Again, a HUGE thank you to anyone involved in any way, it has been an incredible experience and I have loved every second of it! Anyone thinking of joining LSUDC next year, you would be MAD not too! 

Interview with Dancer, Natasha Tavani after the Loughborough University Dance Show

Natasha is a second year student, studying English at Loughborough University. She recently participated in the fabulous LSU Dance Show. Natasha started dancing at the young age of three doing baby ballet. She then picked up modern and tap which she did until thirteen years old. Then she moved onto doing GCSE Dance which was mainly contemporary. She did this for two years then took a short break before starting again with LSU Dance.

What is your favourite type of dance?

I really like  watching ballet, but I think I enjoy performing jazz and hip-hop most.

What was your favourite type of dance in the dance show?

Tricky one! All the dances had different parts which I loved doing, but I guess Jazz was my favourite to dance.

What was the atmosphere like backstage at the dance show?

There were lots of nerves! But so much fun, everybody was supportive! There were lots of quick changes, so it was all very manic.

How was being onstage on the night?

It was terrifying but exhilarating. I get really nervous but it was very fast paced and you didn’t really get time to think about what you were doing! It was so much fun though, the cheers from the audience were great!

What was your favourite part?

My favourite part was the finale as everybody was on stage. It was really fun and relaxed with everyone dancing, cheering and bowing. It was great.

How were rehearsals?

They were really fun! It was great to see what everyone else had been up to since October! All of the girls in the club are so talented.

Any dance events coming up?

There is a competition in two weeks time. So many universities from all over the country are involved. There will be over 1000 students competing. It is held here, at Loughborough University.

Are you excited for it?

I’m really excited. It should be so much fun! We’ve got a social planned for the Saturday as well, which will be absolutely great.