My University Experience

I’ve officially finished my three years at university, which is incredibly scary looking back. My graduation is approaching and I’m both looking forward to it but also dreading it. I wanted to write a blog post, to sum up, my university journey and reflect on the ups and downs of this crazy experience.

The First Year of university is arguably one of the hardest years that I’ve ever had to face. I left home for the first time, I was forced into an environment where I had to make new friends, discover a new way of learning and settle into a brand new city, which I had only visited a total of twice before I moved here. Stupidly, I had only visited the campus, I hadn’t ventured out into the city on those open days I attended. My Dad and my step-mum Jo dropped me off at my new accommodation and I remember feeling so scared on the drive up, with the car packed full of stuff. I remember seeing plenty of other students, similarly with their cars full driving up the A1 to their university destinations.

The first year was certainly an experience, exploring Lincoln and often getting lost on my way to lectures, went on many nights out and met some incredible people and characters.

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Flat 14 (minus Lauren) 

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My Journalism Gal 

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First Year Night Out 

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The lovely Emma & Michaela 

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Elliot on one of his many trips to Lincoln 

The second year was overall better, I was more settled and familiar and I had moved into the second student accommodation, Brayford Quays. Which I’d highly recommend, the staff are lovely and my room looked out onto the water which I love. The university work in the second year peaked. It was more challenging and lectures became harder and you were no longer spoon-fed information like you were when you were a first year.

Friendships that I had built had certainly strengthened too which was lovely to build on after the first year. I did love my flat in second year, it was so much fun and we were always out doing something.

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House Girls 

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Flat 14 (Minus Connor) 

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Liam and I at the Journalism School Ball 

I have a lot of good memories from the second year. It was a good balance between doing university work, working part-time as well as having a good social life.

The final and third year was obviously, the most challenging. The work itself really stepped up and the idea of the future, getting a real-life job began to loom. I spent the majority of my time in the library, living off Boots meal deals and when I wasn’t in the library, I was at home, likely in bed. I also spent a significant amount of time in Waterstones cafe, writing my dissertation and meeting up with friends. Michaela, Emma, Claire and Hannah would often meet me and it was a space I felt really calm and relaxed in. Ryan, Nathan, Reece and Michaela would usually meet me in Waterstones too and inevitably get dragged to spoons for a drink.

I went through some tough times and I was lucky to have such understanding house girls as well as Lauren who would sit with me for hours in Angel cafe until I felt a little better.

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Bierkeller

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House Girls 

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Pre-Night Out Photo 

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BBQ life

Overall, looking back I did enjoy my university experience. I wish I chose a better course and I wish university didn’t cost as much as it did but I’m glad I went and Lincoln will always have a place in my heart (cringe).

Thank you for reading this rather long post.

Jas x

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Butter London Nail Tinted Moisturiser Review

If you struggle with brittle nails that constantly break or you just have nails that need a little love, the Butter London Sheer Wisdom Nail Tinted moisturiser is what you need.

I had never heard of tinted moisturiser for your nails before and I was excited to try the new innovation from Butter London. I have always struggled with having brittle nails, especially as I’ve had acrylics frequently in the past.

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It comes in 6 different shades: fair, light, neutral, medium, tan and deep. I went for the light colour which is described as ‘sheer vanilla with golden tones’ upon application, it doesn’t look like you have anything on your nails, it took around 3 coats to get the desired look that I wanted.

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It made my nails look super healthy and I love how subtle it looks too. After removing the polish after around a week, I couldn’t believe how much healthier my nails looked. It did really well not to chip throughout the week and I didn’t have to reapply at all. My nails felt stronger and aren’t as brittle as they were before.

The product uses ‘Micro Smart Active Technology’ which delivers a controlled release of ingredients to lock in moisture and repair nails over time.

“Fortified with innovative Micro Smart Active Technology, the formula delivers nourishing ingredients to repair and condition nails, including Vitamin E for antioxidant protection, Keratin for strengthening nails, Tea Tree Oil to combat brittleness, and Arginine to prevent breakage.”

It’s certainly a product which I will use often and will continue to buy into the future, the difference in my nails was incredible!

Available from M&S for £15.00.

*Review also posted on Amor Magazine*

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Incredibly Motivating Books You Should Read

Sometimes I struggle with motivating myself and there are some amazing books out there to help and send you in a different direction. I love self-help and motivational books as I really feel they help me get out of a slog when I’m feeling a little lost.

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The Little Book of Hygge & The Little Book of Lykke 

These are two of my favourite books on my shelf which I often return to again and again. The first book being ‘The Little Book of Hygge’ this was then followed by ‘The Little Book of Lykke’ both written by Meik Wiking. Meik is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying the magic of Danish life. It’s well-known for being the happiest country in the world and I was lucky enough to visit Copenhagen earlier this year.

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Copenhagen 

Hygge in a basic Danish translation means “cosiness” and each book teaches you to take a little time, appreciate the small things and take care of yourself. The book itself is filled with pretty images but plenty of rich text you can learn from.

“Whether you’re cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends, hygge is about creating an atmosphere where we can let your guard down.”

 

Notes on a Nervous Planet written by Matt Haig 

Notes on a Nervous Planet is the latest Matt Haig book and I loved it even more than his first book ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’. The book tackles important subjects such as internet anxieties, life overload and how a stressed out world affects us in our everyday life. It provides insightful knowledge, tips and lists to get through certain struggles in life. His style of writing makes it an easy read and doesn’t overwhelm you with too much information which is great if you’re wanting insightful reading with little time.

“After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him. Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the twenty-first century.”

 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying written by Marie Kondo 

I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying as I felt it might help with my serious clutter problem. I often feel like I own so much stuff and baggage that I really don’t need. The biggest takeaway from this book is the focus on joy – does this object give you joy? If not, discard it. She speaks about discarding mental clutter as well as real life objects which is really helpful if you’re feeling overwhelmed and surrounded by chaos.

“The KonMari Method will not just transform your space. Once you have your house in order you will find that your whole life will change. You can feel more confident, you can become more successful, and you can have the energy and motivation to create the life you want. You will also have the courage to move on from the negative aspects of your life: you can recognise and finish a bad relationship; you can stop feeling anxious; you can finally lose weight.”

 

#GirlBoss written by Sophia Amoruso 

#GirlBoss shows the struggles and successes of Sophia Amoruso, CEO of NastyGal. It’s certainly an inspiring and motivating book and the way she moves through her struggles and problems is likely the most motivating part.

“Filled with brazen wake-up calls, cunning and frank observations, and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal’s meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSScovers a lot of ground. It proves that success doesn’t come from where you went to college or how popular you were in school. Success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.”

 

Thank you for reading.

Jas x

 

Amor’s 30 Under 30 – I’m a published co-author!

“Empowered women, empower women.”

“The Amor’s 30 under 30, is a celebratory collection of biographical stories from 30 inspirational young women, carefully selected and portrayed by the Amor team.

The book explores the lives of women across multiple disciplines who are pioneers in carving their futures through creative disruption, innovation and persistence.”

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Amor’s 30 Under 30 book is a selection of memoirs which feature some incredible, empowering and inspirational women. When Ruby Mae Moore (Editor-in-Chief of Amor Magazine) emailed me about the book and asking if I could write up a piece for it, I was incredibly excited about it and honoured to help in such an important book.

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The book features a variety of different women from all different backgrounds and it’s truly inspiring to read how far each individual has come, especially all under the age of 30.

Below is my written piece with Megan Jane Crabbe, a body positive person and best-selling author, Youtuber and blogger.

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The book was written and put together by the Amor Magazine team and designed and edited by both Ruby and Amy Jo.

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If you would like to buy the book visit here.

 

Hope you enjoyed this post

Jas x

5 Things That Are Making Me Happy Right Now

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.” 
― Audrey Hepburn

I’ve found myself in somewhat of a rut over the past few days with the stresses of final university deadlines and just life, in general, has been getting me down, so I thought I would write a positive blog post and talk about a few things that are making me happy right now and the things I have been enjoying, however small.

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I’ve been really enjoying listening to music and having a good sing song. Whether I’m in the shower, relaxing in my room or on a walk I always seem to have music on at the moment. I’ve been finding new artists, bands and creating Spotify playlists for pretty much any mood I’m in.

Being more creative, more often. I’ve started taking time out of my day to draw, sketch and sometimes paint if I have the energy.

Writing in my journal at least once a day is something that has been really making me feel good recently. Having an outlet for any thoughts and scribbles is really important to me, especially when my mind feels foggy it really helps clear my head.

Having interesting conversations over coffee. There is something about meeting with friends and talking about anything and everything that really makes me feel happy.

Having time away from my phone and technology. I’ve been trying to spend less time on my phone and getting sucked into social media for hours on end and I’ve found that it really makes me feel good so this is definitely something I will be doing more often.

What have you all been doing that makes you happy? Comment below or tweet me!

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Jas x

 

 

 

Coping with University Stress

The final year of university has been one of the most stressful experiences for me. Writing my dissertation, assignments, applying for jobs and attempting to plan a future is a lot of pressure, especially when you’ve been stuck in the university bubble for three years. It’s really strange to think that it’s all coming to an end soon and I’ll be saying goodbye to Lincoln and the place I have called home for the past few years. I’m excited about the future and all it has to offer though.

Stress is something that is expected when you think about a degree and finding coping strategies for the stress is really important. Personally, I try to get myself out of the house and into a space that I find comfortable to work in. This might be the library, a cafe or at a friends house. Instead of rambling on too much I thought I would reach out to a few other students to get their opinions and tips.

Charlotte Olivia / @SimplyLottie / www.simplylottie.co.uk – “People always say that university is the best years of your life, which is true, but they are also some of the most stressful! Juggling workload, finances and making solid friendships can be really hard and I’ve definitely suffered badly from stress at university.

Although it sounds obvious, one thing is finding a place where you can work really well in, not just where your mates like to work, because you might work well in different environments, and a change of scenery can sometimes do the world of good. For me, I tend to relax and get to work in coffee shops by myself and places where there are things going on around me, so I feel less daunted by the prospect of a million pages of reading! I have also found that listening to piano music, or music with no words is really helpful to block out background noise without being distracting, which again helps me to feel a lot calmer. Try not to stress too much, you’re doing great! University is not a time to be too serious, and don’t worry if you get one assignment back that’s not as good as you hoped, or you can’t go out one night because you can’t afford it, there’s ALWAYS next time, and your tutors and friends will be there to help you have the time if your life!”

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Michaela Omrod / @MysticalMickey “I often find myself becoming overwhelmed with deadlines, money stress and future concerns at uni but when everything starts to get too much I take a step back and ask myself how important each of my issues are in the huge spectrum of things and I rationalise each of my problems one by one, even the tiny little concerns I have. It also really helps to talk everything through with friends, family and housemates, because what you see as a huge mountain is often just a tiny stumble in the road. I always remember to take time to myself when I can feel everything becoming too overwhelming and I find having an outlet (mine is painting or writing) is really important! Take time for you, meditate and remember all of the stress is temporary, these feelings will pass.”

Liam O’Dell / @LifeofaThinker / www.thelifeofathinker.wordpress.com – “One thing I’ve learned recently about tackling university stress is that a change of scenery really does help. Over the past three years, in a weird sense, I’ve come to associate my flat with the stress of exams and assignments. Going to the library with a friend and working together can be a great alternative, as it’s not so restrictive and – provided it doesn’t distract you too much – it’s a bit more laidback. Not only that but working at home could also offer the same benefits. The other thing I’d add is that planning is key and a great way of preventing things from being last-minute or spontaneous.”

Nathan Brown / @brownn95 “Surviving at university is all about mindset. Letting the small things clog up can bring you down further than you’d believe. Don’t be in the mindset that it’s make or break at university, work hard but don’t overwork. Enjoy yourself but don’t push it either. University is also more than just educating you academically. It’s about growing up beyond what you’ve accumulated as a teenager before your degree. It’s about developing internally, emotionally, socially, politically, and in all other walks of personal progression. Always remember that and keep smiling.”

Saffron Watson / @SaffronWatson_ / www.saffronwatson.com – “I was one of those people who really didn’t cope with the stress of university well. At many times throughout my second year, I wanted to quit or finish with a foundation degree. What helped me get back up on my feet was my support network. I had my boyfriend (who was on the same course and we’d been together six years at that point) my mum, dad and my step mum. They were my core support group. They’d listen to my woes, comfort me, and guide me back to my path. I also recommend checking out your university counselling service, they can provide some insight into dealing with stress and workloads. Make sure you can take some time out, I find that having a day “off grid” helps me. I won’t look at my phone or social media, I’ll either catch up on Netflix or do a deep clean of my room/house as I find cleaning to be therapeutic and it clears my head. And I think most importantly preparation is key to anything but set yourself realistic goals for your work.”

Emma Louise / @idgidigital / www.idGi.co.uk  – “It is important to do as much exercise as possible, even if it is just walking to uni instead of getting the bus. When I started to feel a bit stressed and overwhelmed going out and exercising was the perfect way to release endorphins. I always did so much and spent a lot of time writing in my small uni room and I was more productive once I’d had a bit of exercise first! It is miraculous!”

I hope you enjoyed this post and the wise words of all these lovely people! What are your coping strategies? Comment below or tweet me @jasminwbu

Jas x

A Day In York

York is somewhere that I have always wanted to visit. So when Lauren and I decided to book a day trip (over a coffee of course) I was so excited to explore a new place and have a change of scenery. If you don’t know where York is it’s in Northeast England, the furthest North I have ever been! We barely even made a dent on all of the things that York has to offer. We started the day with a coffee from The Perky Peacock (thank you to Nathan for the recommendation).

I hope you enjoy this little gallery I’ve put together! Jas x