Monday, 28 May 2012

What do I want to be when I grow up?

This question has a simple answer....I don't know! Helpful really, when I'm in my 3rd year of a Primary Education Degree isn't it! Truth is though, I don't know what I want to do, But I do know what I don't want to do, I don't want to be stuck.

I don't want to be stuck in the same job in the same city for the next 50 years or so of my life. I'd hate that. Growing up, I have wanted to be so many different things, ranging from a farmer to a butcher, a teacher to a forensic scientist, and a drama teacher to a police officer. I want to teach, I do, but not for ever! I came into my degree wanting to be a head teacher and now I know I don't want that! I want to travel to see the world! I want to do research in different countries and explore different places. I want to go skiing again, but most of all, I want to have fun.

So many of my friends are finishing uni and travelling all over the world, either for work or pleasure. A very good friend of mine is off to Korea for 6 months, my girlfriend has a 12 month work placement in the Bahamas, at least 4 people I know are off travelling America and other friends are off to Italy, Spain, etc.... These are such amazing opportunities for them all, and I would love to do something similar, but my degree doesn't allow for that much flexibility. When I graduate, chances are I'll be straight into a school for my NQT years and then full time teaching for the rest of my working career, and I don't know how to change that! I don't know if I'm brave enough to try and change that! I just know that I want to If I could write a book, research creative arts in different curriculum's across the world, teach in American or New Zealand,that would be perfect.

So if anyone would like to let me know exactly how my life is going to plan out, what is going to happen, and where I am going to end up it would be greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

20 things you should have told yourselves as freshers

I'm not gonna lie, this is an idea I have borrowed from Miss Olivia Thornton :) (check out her blog HERE she's funnier, wittier, and more grammatically correct than I am) but I'm hoping she won't mind!

Anyhoo! We've all been thinking a lot lately about uni coming to an end and how amazing the past three years have been, but if we could go back and inform our naive fresher selves about what to expect what would we say??

  • Things are never, ever as bad as they seem, it is guaranteed that at least 5 other people on your course also are writing the essay at 4 in the morning
  • Uni friends are there for life. They see you at your most vulnerable, even if you never cry, they will see you with tears and snot running down your face as you sob into a slanket around the kitchen table. They will see you at your most impressive; handing in that final essay and collecting your certificate from Freda (or who ever your uni principal is) and they will see you at your most embarrassing; incredibly drunk running around shouting about tuna sandwiches and sparkle pants while jumping top of you and whoever happens to be in your bed at that particular moment despite cries and shouts of "OH GOD NO!" and "FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T"
  • Slow cookers are heaven sent angels in disguise and an absolute must buy for any student
  • Take-away deliveries men will know you by name within a week and be able to recite your postcode to you long before you can
  • Taxi companies will scare the living shit out of you when you ring them and all you get is "Taxi for Rosie at 29st Ann's?" :-O how do they do that?
  • It is your right as second years to tell all the freshers how easy they have it. 
  • It is your right as third years to tell all the second years how easy they have it.
  • Some lecturers will become very good friends who you will keep in contact with for a long time
  • Some lecturers you will despise and be incredibly glad to see the back of.
  • Tea is wonderful, and will keep you going no matter what
  • You will reach a point in your life when you are surviving purely on digestive biscuits and juice...this is not panic
  • No matter how low your funds are, you will always have enough money for vodka and take-aways
  • Orchards is just as nice and £9 cheaper than Archers....benefit from this
  • Heating bills are terrifying and should be avoided by the purchasing of slankets and jumpers
  • No matter who you are or how straight you are, you will get with members of both sexes
  • Random people will acquire nicknames they are unaware of and they will be used for years to come E.g. Perfect Dan, Jafar, Safeside...etc
  • The 10% leeway either side of your essay word count will become your new best friend
  • Music is the answer to everything; exam stress, breakups,essay deadlines, dish washing
  • At least 5 of your closest friends will acquire ukuleles, again this is normal, not try to form a band 
  • It is perfectly normal to find yourself in final year living in a house with 4 other house-mates, a kitten, 4 goldfish and a newborn baby.
But most importantly...
  • Seize EVERY opportunity, no matter what it might be, run for student president, get a piercing, get a tattoo (or several), grab that shot at love before it disappears, go out with friends every chance you have, don't be scared to do anything!....Uni is only three years and though at times it may feel like it drags, it will go faster than you have ever expected. Don't waste it.

Final Curtain Call

So uni is winding down and the last few essays are being handed in and exams are being prepared for, which can only mean one thing....Summer is on its way!!

Now for a lot of people this is a time where we whip out the sun lotion, jet off to a random country and soak up the sun for a few weeks before heading back to the world of work. But for me this summer is going to be weird. Although I am in my third year at uni and still have another year to go, a lot of my friends are finishing dissertations and getting ready to graduate. The most obvious sign of relief when you open your bedroom door to find your house mate dancing along the hallway attempting to moonwalk while singing "I've done it!!" over and over again, make you realise the stress of the past three years is finally coming to an end.

But that's just it! Its all coming to an end. People are moving on, my house-mate (well ex house-mate) now lives in Greece, a very close friend of mine is moving to the Bahamas for 12 months on placement and a number of other friends are off travelling. It has become a running joke in the uni that everyone I touch suddenly decided to leave the country for the foreseeable future! (I would like to think this is not true, though I wouldn't be opposed to a holiday myself!) But seriously though...Some of these people I might never see again and that is a really grounding thing to say, it makes you realise how fragile everything is. Three years ago I was worried about moving from Newcastle to Leeds and not knowing anyone, and loosing friends from back home and I was very fortunate that this wasn't the case. But now I'm doing exactly the same in Leeds!

The people I have met in Leeds have been wonderful and they have changed who I am! I am 100% more comfortable with myself,  I am officially out and proud both in Leeds and back home, not only with friends but also with family too and this (especially in recent times) has been incredibly important to me and unbelievably helpful! Uni changes you, it really does! I'm more confident, I've had a girlfriend, made innumerable amounts of friends, eaten scary amounts of Sicily's and drank my body weight in alcohol several times over, and I can honestly say that despite the times I've wanted to scream and shout, sitting at a laptop at 4am on essay deadline day or dragging my hungover arse out of bed and into a Maths lecture at 9am after a night at Vodka Nationwide....I would not change it for the world, so to all you people who have known me and helped to make the past 3 years the best I've ever had. Thank you, thank you all so much and I truly hope I know you all and keep in contact with you for years to come, whether you're back next year for PGCE, sticking around for an MA or just the occasional Skype, phonecall or facebook message.

Thanks guys, and the best of luck to you all in the future! :)