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“To the well organised mind…..”

2 Apr

As Albus Dumbledore once said “After all, to the well-organised mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

Smart man, that Dumbledore in’ ‘e?

But to be honest, I want to have a decent-ish adventure before I die so I’ve finally got around to writing my bucket-travel list-y thing. Most of the things on my list will be places you see, and then hopefully things will spring from them. So in not particular order.

    1. After that smashing Harry Potter introduction, I’ll carry on the theme.  I want to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I’ve already done the Warner Bros Studio Tour down near London (And came away with a scarf and wand to mark the occasion) But tWWoHP looks amazing!
    2. Another place I’d like to travel to is Rome. The Colosseum,  Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, vespas, and great food. Who wouldn’t want to go?

    3. Learn and become fluent in sign language. To be honest, the most I can do at the minute is sign my name and the odd word, I have a fair way to go with that one.
    4. See the Northern Lights. I think it’s because it’s so “out of this world” really. I mean they look brilliant. Well from the photos I’ve seen anyway.
    5. Be the boss, of what I don’t know yet, but at some point I want to be the one who ends up calling the shots. (Bit power-hungry with this one)

 

So how’s that for the first five, I do have a lot more, but I didn’t want this to be a huge post, who know’s what will happen at a later date? 🙂

Laters

-C

Printers – Scum of the Earth

26 Mar

I hate printers! Despise the buggers. Within the last week alone I’ve had issues with more than one of the bloody things. First off, trying to use the library printers to print something in colour, first it was in colour, but double sided( which isn’t aloud when handing work in) then it was black and white not double sided, then black and white double sided and finally I managed to get it right. Cost me a bomb in printer credit, and considering I’m low on money that was shitter.  And just today I tired printing off a job application and my CV and my own printers buggered. It keeps shouting at me that there’s a cartridge jam. There isn’t!

It seems like this post is going to be a bit of a rant post. Well a lot of a rant post really.

  • I can’t find my holdall to pack my stuff (I’m heading home at the end of the week.)
  • I’m short on boxes to use because I can’t find my hold all.
  • I need to get an essay done in the next two days, or at least the majority of it and all of the library work, and my work ethic at the moment is less than zilch.
  • I need to use the bloody printers again. Stupid bloody things.
  • Hypocrites all around at the moment too.
  • And selfishness, can’t stand it.
  • I’m going to have to spend my last couple of quid on printer credits because of that faff with the printers the other day.
  • And finally last night I whacked my leg on the heater and have a massive bruise.

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I’m right in the mood for a row. A right slinging match!

I’m going to go calm down now.

-C

If I got any busier, I’d be the M1 at rush hour.

21 Mar

Chopstick here!

Honest to God, if I do any more stuff, I’m at risk of expiring. Let me give you a run-down of why there’s a frown in Becki Town:

  • The Lincoln Award – Chunks and I recently signed up to do the LA, an award which asks students to do 40+ hours of volunteering or part-time work, as well as joining workshops and undertaking training (like St. John’s Ambulance or sign-language lessons, both of which we’re interested in). That, straight away, asks us to do a lot of extra work on top of our university stuff.
  • Deadlines – I’ve got a few bits of work coming up, so I’m in the process of writing essays at the minute. They’re all fairly inaccessible  based on specialist reporting in the media and on the dislocations of society in literature. Hmm.
  • Library – (see above reasons) I’ve spent around 50-70 hours in the library this semester. Frankly, that is an unnecessary amount of bookishness.
  • Training – Because I’m looking into doing a PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate of Education) following the completion of my second year, I’ve been doing quite a lot of extra stuff in order to make me look like a more rounded individual. This includes some extra training for:
  1. My current job with Clear Links. I work as a transcription facilitator (or note-taker, for the uninitiated) with people with disabilities, and I recently attended a training session to see whether  I have the capacity to be an examination facilitator – I essentially take notes in lectures!
  2. My new volunteering position. I recently applied to Urban Times for an editor position, ad was given a phone interview the other day on how to write for the site. One of my articles has since been published and even made it to the front page. For a read about press freedom, click here.
This is me at the minute... Full of traffic. (source: Highways Agency / Flickr)

This is me at the minute… Full of traffic. (source: Highways Agency / Flickr)

There’s seems to be little and less time in the day for relaxing, but the fact I can write a blog today suggests that things are beginning to slow up which is particularly good news. Hopefully, I’ll come to you next Thursday with a more interesting, less listy blog for you to read.

 

Take care, CS. x

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Live in Pride with our Survival Guide – Part 4: Getting your shit done

19 Mar

Good start on the ‘blogging on certain days of the week’ thing. I’d totally forgot that I’d been nominated for Tuesdays and I don’t have anything prepared. So going off the survival guide theme we’ve had in the past few weeks and as deadline time is fast approaching I’ll write a continuation.

How to get through deadline time

1. Don’t leave it until the last minute – You’d think that this was an obvious one, but a fair portion of the people I know do just that. (*Cough cough* Benson There’s a deadline for our creative portfolio module on Friday and Chopstick is currently sat in the library coaching him through getting it done.) You need to get the work done as soon as possible, or at least the bulk of the prep work and plans. It just makes it so much easier when you come to write it.

2. Decide on a topic or question and stick with it – Don’t go changing your question half way through, or even worse just before the deadline, again I know people who have done this and then they panic when they’re still writing an hour before deadline cut off and then are rushing to get to the office to get in it.

3. Actually go to the lectures/seminars – They help. Not only do you get straight up information from the lectures, in seminars you get discussion from not only the teacher, but the other students too. These discussions are really good for getting different interpretations and totally new points you’ve not thought of and that you can discuss in the essay, giving you much more scope.

4. Find a place where you can actually work – Some people work better at home, others outside, and some work better in the library. Personally I work better in the library, less distractions. The xbox isn’t there for a start, there’s no TV, you can watch Youtube and what have you in ours I suppose, but still there are less distractions.

5. Use resources – There’ll be a library at the university. Use it. Our university – if not all – have online resources too, which means you can access journals and whatnot at home. if you’re one of those who works better in comfort. Online recourse’s are particularly good as you have the CTRL+F function where you can search for a certain word without having to faff wading through everything. Plus, take a look at this infographic on how to use google search effectively.

So, that’s my contribution for this week.

Good luck to all those suffering with Deadlines at the moment too.

-C

 

Live in Pride with our Survival Guide! – Part 2: Freshers Week.

6 Mar

Okay, so you’ve arrived at Uni, you’ve somehow managed to fit all of your crap from home into the car and then get it all set up in your new room. Now, it’s time to get the ball rolling, so here’s some tips for your Freshers week.

To do:

  • Meet and get to know your House/Flat mates – These are the people that you are likely to hang around with for the most part of the first few months. Plus you’ll be living with them for at least a year, so it’s good to get to know them anyway. 
  • Claim your kitchen space – Depending on the type of accommodation you have you may have a shared kitchen so you’ll want to get in there first and ‘bagsy’ a decent cupboard, I’ve learnt this one through experience. This year I was the last to arrive and ended up getting the cupboards under the sink, and I know Chopstick was also give the shitty cupboards in her house too, in the little alcove with a sloping roof and the ice cube tray for her freezer space. It’s not fun.

One shelf per person usually works out best

  • Have a wander around – It’s likely that you’ve come to a new place in order to go to Uni, so having the foresight to get to know where things are is a good idea. Look for the nearest corner shop, offy, supermarket, the town center, library, park (or somewhere to chill for a while), find out how far away you are from Uni so that you’re not late on your first day – again I learnt this one through experience. 
  • Find course mates – If possible find at least one person who is on your course, or on a joint with your course, this one just gives you a heads up on going to seminars and lectures, it’s a lot less daunting when you know someone and can get lost on the first day together.
  • Try to find your Freshers Week timetable – If you’re Uni has a Freshers Week set of lectures (I assume most do) find out when and where they are as soon as possible, and for gods sake go to them! The are extremely useful, you may think them pointless, but they do help. Even if it’s only to help you find course mates.  Anecdote: With one of my Freshers Lec’s we were meant to split off into groups based upon or region, fair enough. Well it would have been if I wasn’t trapped within the middle of the row and couldn’t get out, so naturally I missed the window to go with the North West and ended up just following a random group which turned out to be the East Midlands room. So I couldn’t really contribute all that well. The upside of being a complete twat is that Chopstick was one also and ended up doing the same thing. Thus a friendship was formed. 

Not mine, but you get the gist.

  • Sort out course books – If you haven’t already got ahead with this one, try and find reading lists and get your books ordered, you don’t necessarily have to start reading them Freshers week, I imagine you’d be in one of two states all that week – drunk or hanging – neither conducive to study. But you’ll need to be at least somewhat ahead of the game.
  • Ground Rules – Without sounding like an arse hole try and set some ground rules for communal spaces. If you don’t get this sorted early on people will start to take liberties. A good example here is washing up once you’ve finished cooking, you don’t want mushrooms growing on things and the sides being covered in toast crumbs – been there done that.

Mine never got this bad – but it was close.

So that’s Freshers in the day time – Freshers After Dark is on it’s way.

Laters! C.

Live in Pride with our Survival Guide! – Part 1: What to bring?

5 Mar

Chopstick here!

Recently, we had a friend come to Lincoln for the day as he’s due to start university here with us next year. We were discussing things that, as a new university student, you should be aware of. There are so many things to list that it actually became impossible to keep track of all the things that were going on. As a result, we’re going to post a few lists over the next couple of days which – if you’re planning on going to university this year – you should really keep in mind.

This will be you in your first university week!

To bring:

  •  Spare bedding – Blankets, duvets, pillows and under-sheets. If you get wasted during Freshers and you vomit all over your only set of sheets, you will not be a happy bunny.
  • Tin openers – Some houses supply them, some don’t. However, if you intend to buy cheap foods, many of the cans don’t have ring-pulls – thus, need for tin opener. Beware!
  • Wet wipes – What if your shower packs up working? What if you need  to get clean quick but don’t have time to shower? What if you’re getting intimate and need a quick wash? All these ‘what if’s can be solved with a wet wipe.
  • All your important documents – when you first enroll into university, chances are you’re going to need some key documents. Include your birth certificate, a bank statement from the last three months and all your housing documentation. You may not want it, but you’ll probably need it. When travelling to university, it would also be wise to bring it up in the car with you!
  • Stationary – During the first week of uni, all of the good stuff gets snapped up. Get it early!
  • Stamps – They sound like an unnecessary thing, but they last forever and sending off forms becomes vastly easier when you have stamps to hand.
  • Food – Fresher’s Week wipes out the supermarkets and clogs up the roads, so you aren’t going to want to go shopping for a tonne of food when you’ve spent all day unpacking. At the least, bring pasta, bread, milk and butter.
  • Alcohol – It can be awkward meeting new people for the first time. As soon as you start drinking, you don’t need to worry about awkwardness.
  • Basic tools – This can range from person to person, but I’ve found bringing an Allan key, a flat-headed screw driver, Blutak, lightbulbs and sellotape to be the most effective kit.
  • Washing-up liquid and toilet roll – Many houses share these products, but you can’t be presumptuous; strangers might not want to share their necessities.

There are so many things people use to bring to university with them that they consider an essential, it’s difficult to compile an accurate list! For more information – or a To Do List – for when you get there, read Chunk’s post here.

WHAT DID YOU BRING?

Take care! CS. c

If you know me..

21 Feb

I was bored tonight and decided I wanted to make a new blog, one with a specific subject, but I couldn’t decide one one, till I asked Chopstick that is. If you know me, well both of us really, you’d know we like to write lists. So why not produce a blog full of lists. So it’s exactly what I’ve done. You could even have a look at it if you want to.

CLICK HERE

Tah guys.

-C