Sunday, 31 January 2016

How to make the most of university

how to make the most of uni

Having a 4 year course and a year out is a bit like having a gap year, just with all the work. But in some ways its good to have a year out from uni. While all my friends back in England are completing their final year and writing their dissertations and revising hard and partying hard and applying for grad schemes and masters, I've still got all that to come. First year of uni was really good, second year was even better. I really want to make the most of my final year, and here's how I think you can get the most out of your time at university:

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Book Review: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Book review Gillian Flynn Dark Places Kindle bedroom cosy
One of the presents Tom got me for Christmas was a Kindle, which has been perfect for me. My office is not in the city centre of Frankfurt, so I have a little bit of a commute to work. When we were looking at flats, we decided to live in the middle of Frankfurt, within walking distance to Tom's work so only one of us had to buy a monthly travel card, and so we were close to our friends, shops, and everything else we needed. It's worked out really well so far and I actually look forward to my commute as I can get stuck into my book with a flask of coffee while flying through the snowy fields on freezing, misty mornings and a mountain backdrop. Yeah, it's quite nice.

The first book I bought on my Kindle was Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. I absolutely loved her book Gone Girl and it was well worth the hype (read it if you haven't already!), so I was eager to see what another one of her novels would be like.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

How to be more confident

studying macbook desk
Confidence is always something I've struggled with. I've always been a quiet, introverted person, but my confidence was knocked a lot by a poor choice of friends in high school. They dragged my self esteem down so, so much. I've since learned better than to surround myself full of negative people that are bad for me, but it doesn't bring your confidence back overnight. 

I've just finished my second week of my new internship in Germany and so far it's been scary as hell, but really fun and a great experience too. I know that a few years ago, I probably would not have been able to cope, I wouldn't have been able to get on a train that morning and walk into an office filled with new people who speak a different language in a new environment. I was nervous my first day, who wouldn't be? But I am proud of myself too and how far I've come since my days at school when I was painfully shy, had regular panic attacks and would skip days of school just to avoid people.   

Here are some of the ways that help me to feel more confident: