Why I didn’t like my First day at University.

At some point, I will stop apologising for missing a post. But today is not that day. Last week, the anticipation of starting university built up so much I had complete bloggers block when it came to what to post. However, it turned out that I was only there two days (Monday and Tuesday) which meant I had the rest of the week to write blog posts. More importantly, time to catch up on some of my favourite bloggers –if you randomly get an influx of likes/comments from me, you’re a fave.

Overview of the First Couple of Days…

4When I arrived on the Monday, it was hand in your online enrolment form and pick up your student i.d. I actually started talking to a couple girls who were waiting in line, we then stuck together and went for a drink. They were both so lovely and I thought the day was off to a good start. Unfortunately, neither of them are doing the same course as I am.

At 10, we had to go to a Welcome Talk, where we received a bag of free stuff (which was appreciated). We were sat at the back and I couldn’t really see who was talking, nor could I really hear what they were saying but that happens sometimes. Anyways, after that everyone had to go to the right tutor that was holding the sign up for your course. The afternoon was spent getting bombarded with information- that was expected– and one of the tutors had very kindly reserved a table for us at one of the café’s and had ordered us pizza, wraps and chips for lunch. It was such a lovely gesture but it was quite awkward because no one really knew each other.

The second day we were given a task to make a ‘Linda Apron’ to try to settle us in and get us talking to the rest of the group.

Why I was Disappointed…

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One of the main factors I chose the University I did was because of what I was told in the interview stage. It was the first time they were doing the course, but with how strong the rest of the department was I thought it would be fine. If not an advantage to have access to more attention from tutors. However, from what it seems they have just added Fashion students with Textiles. Not the biggest of problems but not what I was told. Also the space I was shown I would be working in, it was a really great room, large floor to ceiling windows and just in general large and airy. However, now that’s gone and I know none of these are really big issues but I just couldn’t help feeling a little disappointed.

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Overall there is 15 of us in a group, possibly a couple more starting next week. I know with what the university is like, they do generally have smaller classes. But I thought there would be more of us (especially from what I can gather from the group, around 5 including myself are doing Fashion). Honestly, after the first day I genuinely felt I had no one that I’d end up being friends with, which making friends at uni was a worry. After the second day I have started talking to a couple of people, but I was/am worried I’m not going to fit in with the group.

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Over the Summer, I received a letter that included work that should be completed over the break. It was to do a self portrait (4 A1 pieces of paper stuck together) and a sketchbook that was almost supposed to be a visual summer diary- but it was up for your own interpretation. Anyways, on day 2 when it came to handing it in, I thought from the letter I got the impression I was going to have to present my work. Which I was fine about because I knew I’d worked hard. However, if it wasn’t for me handing it in, I don’t think ‘Summer work’ would have even been spoken of. I did get my work looked at, but in general the topic wasn’t a talking point like I thought it would be. This wasn’t me being selfish and wanting to brag, but more that I thought as a group I’m sure we had put in a lot of work and kind of wanted it to be acknowledged. I’m not sure what I’m trying to say, other than I guess University is a different ball game. (I also realise I’m not going to get praise for everything I do. nor do I want it).

Anyways, I’m intrigued to experience the workshops and I’m excited to start working (the latter probably won’t take long to turn into stress). I’m sure it will only get better and the things I’ve vented about aren’t the end of the world. It’s just been a case of accepting when things don’t turn out as expected and realising things seem heightened when stressed.

How is September going for you? Have you started anything new?

Lots of Love,        

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I Moved 104 miles from ‘Home’.

Where do I start? After a 1 month hiatus from this blog, my life has drastically changed.

Given the title, I moved house. Unfortunately, when the time came, I thought I would have had a few scheduled posts to go up. But it all happened so quick, Its only now I feel I can breathe again.

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To put it into perspective, we had a viewing for the house on Tuesday 7th August, and then we MOVED in on Thursday 16th August. Obviously, I didn’t really get to celebrate my A- Level results that day with everything being so hectic. But I was happy with them nonetheless.

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I really didn’t have a direction for this post. My main thought was to just upload an update (which is a rare occurrence on this blog). Talk about what’s happened, what’s coming up and feelings (ugh feelings).

Firstly, what I selfishly want to mention is how well my driving has come along. I don’t think I’ve ever been a bad driver, there’s a biased opinion for you, but amidst moving I had to drive nearly 3 hours on the motorway. Which if you’ve never done before, can be quite daunting. Surprisingly, I actually really enjoyed it and I was so CHILLED. As if that wasn’t enough, I’ve been driving around a whole new, unfamiliar area which is much busier than where I used to live. Jheez I wonder when people will learn to get off the roads when I’m about?!

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I’m not quite sure how we’re suddenly into September, but I do know that means I have just over two weeks before I start University. I think I’m excited for a bit more structure in my day, I highly doubt that will last. Anyways, the way that will affect my blog is that I’ll go back to posting once a week, not that I was that successful at twice a week. I’m excited because it means I can put a lot of energy into that one post, with the text and photography. With the time I’ve had off, I have had time to think about posts I could write, an obvious one is Old & New House Tours. I say that because I know I’m nosey enough to want that type of thing from someone else.

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The last thing I wanted to talk about was something I’m not certain how to articulate correctly. Okay, so with the move, I’d say I haven’t adapted as quick as I thought I would. We moved into such a beautiful home, in a picturesque village. But I lived in the last house for 10 years, I knew the area like the back of my hand, it was close to family and 90% of the time when you passed someone in the street, at the minimum, recognised them and most importantly, it was my comfort zone.

Clearly, moving 104 miles away is obviously going to be far from comfort, but at the same time I’m so grateful to be here. It’s just a change in lifestyle I’ll get used to, something that’s still processing in my mind. However, still being in the transition period, I’m sometimes struggling to sleep, having nightmares and sporadically hit with a pang of grief? Is it right to say you can grieve the loss of a house that was once your home?

To not end on a complete negative note, I am very happy to get back to blogging. Its been a part of my life for almost 4 years, it’s a platform that no matter where I am in the country its always there. Wherever ‘there’ is.

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Top (Miss Selfridge)

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See you next Saturday for an August Favourites.

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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What Happened when I tried to go Vegetarian for a Week

In the midst of Summer, I was brainstorming ideas of things I could try out. Things that would be a challenge but also make for an interesting blog post (priorities). Vegetarianism was definitely top of that list. Ashamedly, I was a pretty big meat-eater and in the current day, I feel that that’s becoming more and more frowned upon. I believed that if anyone were to struggle with a Vegetarian diet, it would be me, which gave me all the more reason to try. So after thoroughly searching the internet, visiting one veggie forum to another, I finally ventured into the vegetarian world for 1 week…

5In all honesty, if it wasn’t for my Mum reminding me to take pictures of what I was eating, this post would be non existent- not-a-food-blogger-in-the-making. Even this was Tuesdays dinner; Spinach and mushroom crispbake. It was okay, since this I’ve found better meals so probably wouldn’t buy again. Monday’s meal was a vegetarian country pie, probably not something I’d have again, it was just a taste I don’t think I’d get used to. Although, the first two days weren’t as successful as I had thought, I had had no meat cravings, which was a plus in itself.

4Wednesday, I experienced how difficult it is to eat out as a vegetarian. Firstly, I checked three different menus online (which I never have to do) and I was quite disappointed with the variation of vegetarian options they had, or lack of variation would be more accurate. We ended up at Frankie & Benny’s and I just had a margherita pizza. It was nice, I don’t think you can go far wrong with a pizza.

I did consider that because of where I live, a small town with not that much around it, there was limited options compared to maybe a more built up area. It would be interesting to know how other people get on with eating out with food requirements.

3As part of the research I did, I found a really useful website on BBC, it has a plethora of vegetarian recipes. Some I’m still so excited to try, but just as a quick and easy meal we tried the ‘Healthy Egg & Chips’  for Thursday’s dinner. I enjoyed it, I like mushrooms and got the source of protein from the egg.

2If at any point this week I thought I’d cave, it was going to be with the quiche. My Mum and I make the best quiches and I always have chopped bacon in mine. This time around for Friday’s dinner, it was mushroom and onion quiche. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it just as much.

1Saturday’s dinner was a cheese and leek plait with pasta and vegetables. The plait was definitely a personal favourite and we already have more stocked up in the freezer.

6Finally, for the last meal of the week I had dippers, DIPPERS?? Vegetarian of course, but guaranteed I would not be able to tell the difference between the veggie version and the meat version. I had it with a mushroom stir fry which was very filling. Out of the whole week, this was probably my favourite.

Overall, I was so proud of myself for not eating any meat and I was surprised at how I just didn’t think about it. It wasn’t difficult, I didn’t crave any meat and I enjoyed trying a different selection of food. Granted, there was a few freezer meals but I was going into this a bit blind, so I needed a starting point.

Its been a few days since I’ve finished the week of vegetarian meals but I already know I want it to stay a good part of my diet. I also want to do a follow up post to this about other vegetarian foods I’ve loved but didn’t have chance to include in this post and some more stuff on the topic.

I hope you’re having a great Summer!

Lots of Love, Sophie

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How I’m revising for A Level Psychology

It has been a LONG week of exams, I still have 6 hours of Photography to go and then Psychology exams left in early June. So with my art exams basically close to finishing, I know my attention will be focused into psychology revision. I thought this weeks post would be a brief one, going through how I am revising.

1. My Study Life App

I think an important place to start is to actually allocate time to revise. Recently, I downloaded an app ‘My Study Life’ so I had set times to revise. I find it super helpful to know I have particular times in the day to get revision done and if I don’t get revision done in those slots, I’d just feel guilty. I would also not be doing anything else because I’ve scheduled in the time, so it makes me motivated to do work.

32.  Organisation

You’re really never going to feel productive if you don’t know how much you need to revise. I try to be as organised as possible, not to make life easier for myself (although that helps) but because I like lists, I like being able to see I’m getting through work. Otherwise I would never get anything done.

2Firstly, I have my list of everything I need to revise. Split into topics; core studies; mental health; child and criminal psychology. I like that its all there (apart from research methods yet) and it means I can tick it off as I go.

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Here I have my two week plan. Its very satisfying to be able to rub off what you have written because if you’ve been productive you end up with a clear board. Anyways, I can use it to decide what I want to get done each day depending on how much I have on. For example, Tuesdays I have a psychology lesson and a revision class so I’ve tried giving myself easier less time consuming topics. WIMB– stands for ‘What is meant by’ and then I have a ton of definitions to remember. So trying to do a little bit each day so its easier to remember it all.

3. Focus Keeper

Another app I use is Focus Keeper, I find it helpful to use during revision. You work in 25 minute slots and take a 5 minute break in between. After 4, 25 minute slots you can take a longer break. You decide how many sessions you want to aim for in a day. I feel that this definitely helps a lot, sometimes I just don’t stop revising and end up burning out. Whereas using this tells me when I should take a break and I end up being able to revise for longer.

44. Practice Questions

Finally answering questions. Its great learning all the information but if you can’t apply your knowledge, the revision is going to be for nothing. They’re not the most fun things to do, but the more you practice and improve the more motivation you’ll have to do them.

Good luck if you have any exams! We just need to remember they won’t consume our lives forever.

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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Sophie’s Book Club #7 & GIVEAWAY

It has been an embarrassingly long time since I have done a book post. However, to make up for the loss, I am making this one extra special. You’ll see how, at the end.

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Jojo Moyes- The Girl you left behind

‘In 1916 French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to go fight at the front. When her town falls into German hands, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything…Nearly a century later, Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting’s dark and passion torn history is revealed, Liv discovers that the first spark of love she has felt since she lost him is threatened. ‘ Copied from the back of the book, so you really get a feel for what its about and don’t have to guess from my what-would-not-do-it-justice-summary.

I LOVED this book. Having read a couple of Jojo Moyes’ books before I knew I wasn’t going to be disappointed. I really loved how it was set in two different time periods and I really got attached to the characters. It got to a point in the book where I was really torn and could see the situation from both sides. I didn’t know what the outcome would be and that’s what made it such an addictive read.

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Laura Marshall- Friend Request

‘Maria Weston wants to be friends with me. Maybe that had been the problem all along: Maria Weston had wanted to be friends with me, but I let her down. She’s been hovering at the edge of my consciousness for all of my adult life, although I’ve been good at keeping her out, just a blurred shadow in the corner of my eye, almost but not quite out of sight. Maria Weston wants to be friends. But Maria Weston has been dead for more than twenty five years.’

I actually bought this book at the airport but because the flight wasn’t very long I didn’t get a good way through it. When we got home, my Mum started reading it too. Let me tell you, its difficult to share an addictive book. Neither of us wanted to put it down. Of course, I finished first, I just had to have a couple late nights. One thing we could agree on is that we both LOVED the book and neither of us were expecting the ending. We also had a few debates about our opinions on the characters. Honestly, thriller type books aren’t usually my go to but Laura Marshall has swayed me.

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On to the exciting part of this post, I want to start giving away the books I’ve read so you can enjoy them too! Starting with this one.

Heres the situation in bullet points to make it clearer…

  • Pick either ‘The Girl You Left Behind’ or ‘Friend Request’
  • Let me know in the comments which book you’d like. Leaving me a social media username (or email) so I can contact you.
  • After 24 hours (Sunday GMT 18:00). I’ll use a random name generator to pick a winner for each book.
  • You can only enter if you live in the U.K (not quite ready to do international giveaways just yet)
  • Would be much appreciated if you were following my blog. (I’m so close to 900 followers!)

Hope that all makes sense! 

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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My 18th Birthday

This time last week I turned 18. It was such a beautiful day, so I thought I’d write a post all about the occasion.

I actually started off my birthday with some yoga. If you’re interested it was the Happy Birthday Yoga- Yoga with Adriene. It was so much fun to do and a great way to start the day.

I don’t want to do a full What I got for my Birthday post because I’m sure the majority of things will end up in a favourites post. But I opened my cards and presents before going shopping.

On the Evening, I had a family meal. So this is what I wore. I tried to link the outfit but H&M are down for maintenance. But basically that’s where the whole outfit is from.

IMG_0387So even after everything my Parents had already got me, they topped it off with a cake. I was really grateful and appreciated being able to spend the evening with family.

For the run up to my birthday, I had started to collect food and toys. When I started to think about what I should do for my birthday, I realised I had everything I needed and that I should donate. So now my birthday is over, I’m going to be donating this to the Salvation Army in the next week. I’m so glad I’ve done this and will be definitely doing it again soon. I was definitely surprised how much food I could get for a little price.

2My main birthday present was a Spa day. It was on Thursday and I think its safe to say I’ve found what I want to do every time I want to treat myself. The day started off with Tea and Pastries. The spa day included; shoulder, back massage, facial, hand, arm and foot massage. I was one very lucky girl. We finished the day off with a meal. And I honestly don’t think I could have been more grateful for the whole experience. My Mum and I have already decided we need to do it again for her Birthday.

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Lots of Love,

Sophie

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What I got for Christmas 2017

I’ve been wondering how to start this post because quite frankly, I’m a tad saddened Christmas is over. However, thinking positively, I have an exciting year ahead. Before the New Year I did want to share what I received for Christmas. I’m EXTREMELY grateful and didn’t expect any of it. 

IMG_4519I’ve really wanted to try some products from La Roche-Posay for a while now so I was very grateful when family had bought me a couple bits. And ever since I’d watched Lydia Millen’s vlog I really wanted to read ‘How to Be An Overnight Success’  by Maria Hatzistefanis. One present I’ve been surprised with is this Champneys Detox Facial Cleansing brush. It leaves my skin feeling 1000x cleaner and super soft.

IMG_4520My Mum asked me to write a list of things I’d want for Christmas. I couldn’t really think of much because I didn’t need anything, so I wrote a couple things I wanted to try. For example the Maybelline Lash Sensational, because I feel I’m the only person who hasn’t tried it. I’ve hit pan on most of the shades in the Sleek Precious metals Highlighting Palette so I appreciated getting another one. I also received this SEVENTEEN Skin Wow Primer, which is so cool because you can mix it with your foundation, use it as a primer or as a highlighter. I used it as a highlighter yesterday and its a lovely subtle glow. My best friend also bought me this HUGE eyeshadow palette, it has the most beautiful shades and I can’t wait to try them.

IMG_4521I was super grateful with the jewellery I got this year. Specifically these absolutely gorgeous earrings my Mum bought me from GUESS. They look as if you’re wearing more than one earring and I just think they’re really different and cool.

So usually on Christmas morning, we’re all in our pyjamas, taking our time to open presents and be appreciative for what we’ve received. This year, my Mum said we all had to get dressed first and when it came to opening presents my parents were quite quick with it. Which had me baffled. Then once I’d thought all the presents were open, my Mum handed me one more and this was my reaction…

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IMG_4518To this CAR. I honestly couldn’t feel my legs all day I was so shocked. Fiat 500’s have always been my dream car (especially these coloured ones) but because of the price tag I never thought that I’d ever own one. I was speechless. I still am. I’ve already had a couple drives and will have a few more in the next few days. I’m still getting comfortable with it but it is easy to drive and has the most beautiful interior (and exterior). I’m just so grateful I’ve been at a loss for words since Christmas day.

I’m so grateful for everything I got this year and I’m still in shock. Hope you all had a lovely Christmas.

What I Got for Christmas 2016

What I got for Christmas 2015

What did you get for Christmas?

Lots of Love,

Sophie 

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University Open Day Comparison: Manchester Metropolitan vs Leeds Beckett

For the past couple of days, I haven’t been feeling great, hence why this post is up late because I have ZERO energy. Anyways, in the past couple of weeks, I’ve attended 2 University Open days and I thought I could compare the two in a post.

Before, I get into it, I wrote a post about the first Open day I went to which was Northumbria. I didn’t see the point in comparing that one as well because you can just read all about it here.

Leeds Beckett

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So I realise that the organisation of the day shouldn’t represent my overall judgement on the University. However, when it took 4 hours to drive 65 miles, it didn’t put me in the greatest of moods. I can totally understand that it was going to be busy. But to spend 2 hours in a multi-storey car park looking for a space wasn’t great. I found out that there was actually 2 University Open Days happening and a rugby match. So for me, that just seems badly planned.

Moving onto the University itself, I can’t say I felt the day got much better. Maybe because I wasn’t in the greatest of moods to begin with, because of how long it took to get there or maybe I did have valid reason to my judgement.

Here’s what I thought:

  1. There was a lack of students. Maybe there was plenty, I just didn’t see them. Yes for sure I saw Student Tour Guides. But I wanted to meet Students who did the course I was interested in to gain their insight.
  2. The lecture. I was so excited to have 40 minutes of knowledge about the Fashion course I wanted to do. However, it was only 20 minutes and the other half was about Fashion Marketing, which I’m not interested in. I couldn’t even leave discreetly because it was in the fashion classroom.
  3. The stands were unhelpful. When I found the Design stand, I was told I’m best off just going to the lecture because they personally had no information on the course.
  4. The detail into the course. At LAST I have a positive, during the talk I did appreciate the depth they went into to talk about what the course entails.
  5. The course itself. The thing I like most about the course is that they put a real emphasis on photographing the garments they make. Which is great for me as I do Photography at A- Level and it would be a shame to let that go to waste.

Overall, I liked the course but I didn’t find the University right for me.

Manchester Metropolitan

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We took advantage of the park and ride service the University had on offer and as soon as we arrived there was someone there to take us to sign in. Everyone seemed so friendly and there was a plethora of people on hand to help.

IMG_4087This fashion Lecture, didn’t disappoint. I love that there was a real emphasis on the amount of well known brands that reach out to the University and how many graduates get great jobs within the industry.

IMG_4097After the Fashion talk, we found the Fashion stand. A lady there suggested we go to the Fashion Design and Technology Lecture as well. She was so lovely she even walked us round to the exact building it was taking place.

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After the Fashion Design and Technology lecture, we had a tour around that building. And from what people had said to me during that time, I’d guessed there was another building for Fashion and art subjects.

So after having a 10 minute argument with my Dad about this second building, we found the second building…I refrained myself from saying “I told you so”.

And let me tell you, it was BEAUTIFUL. (the building not the satisfaction of being right.)

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The facilities were AMAZING. I was in awe of all the machinery. A room filled with knitting machines, another with looms, another just different types of sewing machines. I also really loved the amount of space there was for students who weren’t in lesson, that you could just grab a desk and start working.

Overall, I LOVED Manchester, it was the city I was born in and even though I now live 2 hours away, it felt like it could be home again.

Love, Sophie

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How I Organise my Wardrobe

A quick read of a post from me this week, (college has been MAJORLY hectic).

I’d consider myself to be a fairly organised/tidy person but when it comes to my wardrobe, it ALWAYS ends up in a mess. So every so often, I have to go through it to put things back on hangers, find appropriate places for my shoes and usually put one or two things away for charity.

Today, was one of those days that I had to tackle the wardrobe and thought I may as well make a post out of it.

IMG_3925I’m ashamed to say this is what it was looking like before I managed to get a hold of it all. In all honesty, don’t be thinking this ends up looking like a whole new wardrobe, I’m not that good of a tidy uperer. (not a word? ok.)

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First thing to do is obviously put your clothes in colour order? It was my first step anyways. I made sure to put all tops together, then jackets and then dressy outfits. Then when they were each in their category, I put them in a bit of a colour order. I know it won’t last, I’m definitely not a Monica from Friends.

IMG_3923Next, it was to tackle the over head bit, I’m sure it has a proper name. Oh wait, its probably just a shelf, nevermind. Anyways, I like to be able to see my shoes and take great pride in my heels I probably only wear once a year. So, I realigned them and got rid of anything on that shelf that wasn’t a shoe.

IMG_3922Finally, I had to have a place to put a couple of my favourite bags. Which had to be in the last available space which was on top of my wardrobe. I have to admit, I’m not the fondest of having things on there, but I really don’t have anywhere else to put them.

Where do you store your bags?

Love, Sophie 

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Northumbria University Open Day

On Saturday the 1st of July, I went to my first University Open day. Northumbria has been the place to appeal to me the most so I was so excited about visiting and they definitely did not disappoint.

IMG_3161We arrived at 9:30, it took us about an hour in the car to get there and it was surprisingly easy to find. I know there are two campuses and that there was shuttle buses to take you to the other one but I just stayed at the City Campus.

You also got a couple of bags that had booklets of information, a newspaper and of course a free pen.

IMG_3159This was the main hall where all the stands were, they included information about each course, accommodation, finances, studying abroad and work placement. There was also refreshments, which was handy for my Dad who seemed to have about 3 cups of coffee. Also the picture above only shows half of the hall, if that gives you a sense of how big it was.

I headed straight for the Design stand which was right in the corner.  I ended up speaking to one of the students on the stand for about 40 minutes, she was so lovely and gave me a ton of information. Everything from the course itself, preparations for the interview and even the best shops to get samples.

IMG_3160There was a fashion lecture at 12. So after talking to the people at the stand we ended up having an hour to spare to wander round. We walked round to the Design building and got speaking to another student and professor about the fashion course. Whilst my questions had been answered by the previous student at the stand, the second student seemed to have plenty more to tell me and I could actually look through other students portfolios. I found this really helpful and interesting because I got to see the amount of work that’s produced and the quality of it too.

IMG_3162Anyways, we had the Fashion lecture in the Business building which was really useful because it thoroughly explained the different courses within Fashion and just helped me to solidify which course I am actually interested in.

We then headed back to the Design building and had a tour of the studios. The facilities are amazing and are absolutely massive. Also, I just want to apologise for this picture being a bit blurry, I was on a tour with just one other family and it was really difficult to take pictures without anyone noticing.

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I was in awe at the work that has been produced by students there. It has me aspiring to one day be at that same level.

IMG_3164I had such an amazing day- not just because it was my first Saturday off work in about 3 months. But because Northumbria had been the University I liked the look of the most and to actually be able to look around the Campus, meet students and just in general have more information, it has just reassured me that its still my first choice.

Have you been to any University Open Days? Are you at University currently?

See you Soon.

Love, Sophie

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