Moving House

Book Viewings!

Hey everyone, Kathryn here and for today’s tip my advice to you is to view bookings for flats.

Moving to a new flat is never easy, whether you’re moving to halls, to a shared flat or a one bedroom flat it’s never easy. There’s a lot of decisions to make including the big question, do I see myself living there?

But one thing I would encourage to do is to book viewings, in my first year of university I didn’t go to the room tours of the halls I was living. And although I don’t regret this decision because I met one of my best friends, I wish I had been able to walk around the accommodation before applying.

Although I didn’t view the halls I was living in for my first year of uni, there was a video of what it looked like and so on. While this is ideal if you can’t actually view the room, the fact that you can’t just walk in means it’s harder to picture yourself living there. More to the point I wasn’t 100% sure what it would be like and I ended up feeling like I was being overcharged for the accommodation.

When second year came around I was a bit more prepared. I choose to live in the halls that I had previously visited on one of the open days, and one that I had visited a lot due to a friend living there in my first year. I was a lot happier there since being able to visit it meant I got a feel as to what it would be like to live there.

However when it came to booking for flats for my industrial year I postponed it as much as possible but I still managed to book a couple of viewings. One of which was perfect and I was able to imagine myself living there easily. Needless to say when I got back the first thing I did was pay the deposit.

So my advice to you would be to book viewings, and see if you can imagine yourself living there, remember it’s a big decision and it’s important that you are happy with the outcome.

And that’s all from me for today, until next time, Kathryn.

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University Advice

Don’t let revision take over

My tip for this Thursday is about exam revision. Yes I know it’s ages to any exams but hearing all the news stories about the A level results last Thursday got me thinking about my own exam experiences.

So my tip is to not let revision take over. Over say a three week period have 3 ish days off or at least half days off. This helps so much with the stress (making revision far easier) and also gives your brain time to recover so it can absorb all the information.

Seriously from my experience in first year of uni, during exam period I did nothing but revise and didn’t have any time to my self. i didnt even let myself have the time off to go food shoping as I was so worried about failing. So after the first week I had to live of toast and takaway from the uni bar (nice for a few nights not long term). All I this was really hard to cope with and I was constantly very stressed. I couldn’t face doing that again, so in second year I changed how I revised and made sure I had more time to myself.  If I had done loads of revision that day I would let myself have the nights off (which would often coincide with a good TV program) . And somedays I had complete days of which were spent hanging out with my friends and relaxing. (And also doing a food shop) And I honestly did better in my exam the second year.

I hope some of you find this tip helpful during your next set of exams (if your unlucky anther to have any).

Until I post again, samara

Getting a Job Advice

Prepare for Interviews!

Hi everyone, Kathryn and today I’m going to talk about one of the sad facts about growing up: having to apply for jobs and then prepare for interviews. And that’s my tip of the day prepare for interviews.

Don’t go into an interview blind, know some facts about the company, and have some already prepared answers to the bog standard interview questions.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Interviews are important and it’s highly likely that you won’t be the only candidate their interview. So when you get into that room you need to know your stuff and convince them that you’re the right candidate for the job.

(However although it’s important to prepare dont over prepare, you want it to sound natural and not robotic).

I had my first proper interview back in January (I say proper because I had a couple of mock interviews last year). And it was very close to January exams so I ended up prioritising exam prep over my interview. Until a couple of days before when my dad asked me a couple of interview questions and I blanked.

I then spent the next few days going through interview questions and figuring out what I was going to say. Whilst in the interview room they didn’t ask me any of these questions (it was more of a programming test I.e so you said you know about databases so let’s ask you questions about that). Knowing what I was going to say helped me feel a lot calmer in the interview room.

So for today’s tip of the day I would advise you to practise answers to interview questions and walk into that interview room with a clear head. I find it helpful to make notes and read them aloud.

And that’s all from me for today, until next time, Kathryn!

Relationship

Have a Routine!

Hi everyone, Kathryn here and my tip of the day is at aimed at couples doing long distance and that is have a routine.

This is loosely based on an episode I recently watched of How I met your Mother. In the episode Victoria gets an offer to go on a culinary course… in Germany. During the episode both Ted and Victoria have to decide whether they should break up and Victoria moves to Germany or stay together in New York.However what irked me is that all the characters in the show seem to think long distance won’t work. (With the exception of Lily who says that the only way she got through long distance was by knowing her soulmate was back in New York).

The thing is long distance can work. I’ve been in a long distance relationship for two and a half months and it’s still going okay. All you need is to be able to trust the other person.

However another thing that I think helps is having a routine. Without really knowing it me and my boyfriend starting a routine when we started look distance.

In the mornings he’ll phone to make sure I’m awake (normally I’m having breakfast and my phone is on silent). Then when I’m getting the bus I’ll text him, and we’ll send a few occasional texts before speaking too each other lunchtime. Then after work we’ll phone again in the evening.

Personally I like having this routine because it makes the distance feel so much shorter when I hear his voice.

It is also important to put in the effort when starting a long distance relationship. The two of us take in turns of visiting each other every two weeks. Remember a relationship is a two way thing and you both need to put in the effort.

So, have a routine and it’ll make your relationship feel more secure and it’ll help make long distance less scary. And that’s all from me for today, until next time, Kathryn.

University Advice

Saving Money

Hello all, my tip for this Thursday is take time a search the student discounts. If your going to uni, you are a student you might as well make use of it.
Especially in the first few week of term, when you start to settle in and realise what you will really need/forgot to bring. This is the time to look in to what student discounts are the most useful. Saving money early on.

There are many you can sign up for, a few of these I have used are NUS card, unidays, save the student and student beans. All three of these have many different discount which you can search through at your own leisure.

Out of these three I would say definitely go for uni days, save the student and student beans as these are all free and it only takes seconds to sign up (so is there really any reason not too). They also all have Facebook pages advising all the discounts and sometimes competitions (again why not you might see something you want). Only downside is you do get many emails.                                                                                            When you apply though UCAS you will probably have seen many adverts for the NUS discount card it looks great doesn’t it, with so many of discounts which you can use. But the only thing I would say is don’t get carried away, sit down and think about how many of them you would really will use, from experience I paid for the card (for one year luckily) and didn’t get my money worth out of it.

There are even some discounts you can get without haven to sign up for anything, you can just use your student card. So if your buying anything in store it takes a few seconds to ask at the till if they have any student discount.

Until I post again, Samara 😀

Friendship

Organise things!

Hi everyone, Kathryn here and today I’m going to refer back to a post I wrote a while back where I wrote (or rather ranted) about how it’s important not to allow people to take advantage of you. 

However today’s tip of the day is to organise things to do with your friends. Yes, one problem of organising things is that people can start to expect you to organise anything.

But if you don’t organise things, then… how can you make brilliant memories? Yes, it’s all well and good to hang out with your friends and order takeout and watch films but sometimes it’s nice to go out. Sometimes organising things is a good way to make brilliant memories.

I remember last January during my second semester, I got the courage to ask the people I had been sitting with in lectures for about three months if they wanted to hang out of lectures. There were four of us and we were all very introverted. 

If I hadn’t suggested that we all hung out then we probably wouldn’t be as good friends as we are now. And sometimes you just need to be that person who suggests hanging out.

After all if you don’t ask then you’ll never know. So my advice is to organise things and start making memories that you’ll cherish forever.

And that’s all from me for today, until next time, Kathryn.

University Advice

Hope on Results Day

Results.

A horrible time of the year I know, where you open it up and see the letter that will determine how the rest of you life goes, or does it?

You see, that’s all it is, at the end of the day. A simple bit of paper that just tells the government that on a certain day in complete silence you can write down an answer to a question you will probably never have to face ever again in your life.

For some however, like me, I failed time and time again. My teachers got to the stage where they started to say to me whether college was the best option for me and whether I should go straight into work instead (this was of course before the UK government declared that you needed schooling until you were 18) but you can’t give up hope. If you want to do something, you do it. I wanted to go to College and do a BTEC in Computing, because it was the best option for me. My college never did the A-Level computing and even so, I wouldn’t have taken it. I preferred my BTEC because I learnt a lot more practically than I did mentally.

I look at where I am today and I believe that I made the best option for me. Yes, I failed English 4 times and Maths 5 times (with the certificates to prove it) and I’m at University now. Studying one of the most intense courses in the world. I’ve met people who I never thought I would get to meet, my two best friends in the world, the love of my life and I still have yet to finish my course.

So my message is this. Don’t give up hope. When you get that piece of paper, don’t look at it as a restriction, look at it as an open door. To try as hard as you can do show the world you can do what you want to do because that’s just it. You can do whatever you want to do and no one can tell you otherwise, and I hope my experience with failing my GCSE’s and other exams can help keep your spirites up regardless of whatever you get.

Until next time!
Conor ^-^

Moving House

Get out of your Flat!

Hey everyone Kathryn here and first of all sorry for not updating on Saturday, I could give you a long winded explanation as to why I didn’t update but I suspect that would be both boring for me and for you. Anyway so for today’s tip of the day I would advise you to get out of your flat. 

Living on your own, or living in university halls is no small feat, going from being dependent on your parents to being independent is a big change. However one of the biggest changes is going from living with your family to living with six other people you don’t know or living on your own.

At the university I went to I ended up sharing a flat with seven other people (who I believe were picked at random). While I made good friends with one of my flat mates, I didn’t really get on with any of my other flat mates.

This made first semester of first year really difficult when around November I felt really isolated. At the time I didn’t have any good friends, only a couple of people I hung out with at lectures. The problem was there was nothing I could do to stop feeling isolated, but what I did find helpful was getting out of that flat.

It doesn’t matter where you go, just get out of that flat: go for a walk, go shopping or even just sit on a bench somewhere. The important thing is to get out of the flat.

Another thing that helped me was that I started making more of an effort to meet up with my friends and the flatmate I was friends outside of lectures. This helped me a lot during second semester and I definitely felt less isolated.

However if you are living on your own then I’d still recommend that you get out of your flat. Personally I love going round all the charity shops on a Saturday and it takes my mind of being alone. And don’t forget, you can still talk and meet up with people!

And that’s all from me for today, until next time, Kathryn

General Advice

records !!!!

My tip for this Thursday afternoon is very boring (but very practical and has helped me out in the past) and this is to keep records.

This is never a bad thing to get in to the habit of doing but this tip is Particularly for when you spends large sums of money for say rent. If you using bank transfers your online banking is a record. But if you pay for anything in cash your have to keep receipt. (this also helps with working out budget and checking how much your spending etc.) Yes this does takes up space and most the time it unneeded but it’s always nice to have this records.

Let me tell you a story, I was all packed and ready to move stuff in to my new flat for next year,  I go to the estate agents to pick but my keys. They told me I needed to pay the deposit (and refusing to let me have the keys), but I had already paid eariler that month, I was not happy. But as I had asked for and keep a receipt for the transaction (in a safe place) I could prove that I had already paid. But If hadn’t had done this it would have been a fight with my word against theirs. (As a student I really couldn’t aford to pay twice)

Even if your luckly and never have to use that records at all. After you have kept them for about a year you have take to time shred and destory them (which is kinda fun really)

Until I post again, Samara 😀

Relationship

Say No to This!

Hey guys, Kathryn here and first of all sorry that I didn’t update yesterday, instead I’m updating today and Samara will still post later. 

So far there have been quite a few tips on relationships, but they have all been about starting a relationship. Today I’m going to dive deeper and talk about something that will ultimately happen in a relationship: sex.

Whether it’s today, tomorrow or somewhere the conversation leading to it will happen eventually.

(Also side note if your cringing at this then don’t worry I’m probably cringing twice as much while writing this).

And for today’s tip of the day I would advise you: to say no if you’re not ready. (And I wish ‘Say No to This’ from Hamilton hadn’t have just come into my head).

There’s no harm in admitting that you’re not ready, there’s no harm in admitting that things are going to fast for you. Remember you make up 50% of this relationship and it’s important that you are moving at a comfortable pace for both of you.

So if you are worrying that you aren’t ready then say so, say no, if they are the right person for you then they’ll be more happy to wait for you.

And that’s all from me for today, until next time, Kathryn!