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Uni and Blogging

For so many of us, there’s that constant choice between university stuff and taking time out for our blog. I mean, I planned to have this post written on Sunday so I could focus on university this week, but I spent so long doing university work that I ended up not getting to spend as much time blogging as I would’ve liked. Sound familiar?

 

Everyone makes promises to themselves that as of the new academic year we will do our best with our workload, and try and keep to the blogging pattern we’ve fallen into over the summer. In fact, it may take me another 3 months to figure out how frequently to post! Honestly. Did a blogging challenge last month and had amazing stats (well, amazing for me anyway, I’m no big blogger) and then this week hits and I’ve noticed a decrease. Is it because everyone’s back to university and school now? Or has my writing actually just gone downhill recently? By the way, these are rhetorical questions.

 

Also, I must apologise, my wifi is misbehaving tonight and the GRLPOWR girls and I are trying to organise Christmas on the account – exciting times ahead so make sure you’re following us on @GRLPOWRCHAT!

 

But yes, I’m getting distracted. As is often the case when blogging. It’s a hobby, somewhere to relax and something to do to pass time, which is why – for me – it’s important to keep it up while back at university. But the struggle of balance is hard.

 

It’s important to find that balance. You don’t want to risk grades dropping, nor do you want to lose any followers or stats. I mean, here I am on my 5th day in a row posting and I’ve got a planned break tomorrow, but I couldn’t not post today otherwise I’d have ruined my posting streak. See what I mean?

 

It’s for this reason that blogging is now what I do just before sleep. I’m really trying this year with university, doing all the extra work and making sure I know everything I’m being told. We’ll see if it’s made any difference come Christmas exams. Even today, hungover as I was from the GULGBTQ+ Launch Night last night, I dragged my rather sleepy and nauseous backside to my lectures and I actually felt better having been to them. I wasn’t lying moping in bed. Instead, I got a good walk, I saw friends who really should’ve been equally as hungover as me, and I felt if I had achieved that then I could achieve anything today!

 

So, while this isn’t a great post on how to juggle the two (yet), I hope you understand now why I may disappear every now and again, and if I don’t make a 9am post I will try and get one up asap.

 

But yes, advice. All I can advise is have a bit of a routine when it comes to how many hours of university work you have to do before you can blog, and keep a diary or planner of what’s happening when so that you can try and move things around better if you need to change plans last minute. I also find it helpful to always have one spare post saved as a draft for if I’ve forgotten to write one or haven’t had time to write the planned one for that day.

 

Now, if you’ll excuse me, there are several blogmas posts needing written!

Ktkinnes xx

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What to take to Uni

The Stationery Edition

Well, it’s that time of year again when teenagers across the country begin that mad search online to figure out what to take to university. If you’re anything like I was, you won’t care about the practical stuff like pots and pans, you’ll be as excited as I was about going stationery shopping! So before you begin to panic, I’ve made a brief list of my uni stationery essentials. Feel free to add anything I might’ve missed in the comments below!

  • Notebooks or file blocks. You’ve no idea how much paper you’ll go through between notes in lectures, revision notes, and making that all important shopping list to keep you within your budget.
  • Comfortable pens. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be writing a lot of notes at a fast pace and so pens that are comfy in your hands are a must. Of course this doesn’t mean they can’t be cute! 
  • Colouring pens/pencils can be useful for your revision notes, and they’re also great for the anti-stress colouring books you can get everywhere now.
  • Something to hold all these in. I personally used an old makeup bag, but just because you aren’t in primary school anymore doesn’t mean you can’t get a cute fluffy pencil case!
  • A usb stick or external hard drive. Whatever intranet system your university uses, you’ll want to have somewhere to store past papers and your lectures for easy access. I got a great external hard drive (2TB) from Amazon during some of their sales, but remember to shop around as often you can get great cheap stuff at the beginning of September.
  • Ring binders. I used one per subject as in Scotland we take 3 subjects for the first 2 years. A lot of people would recommend one per module or at least one per semester as there is a lot of information covered. Saying this, you may want dividers, I chose to just use post it notes. Which reminds me!
  • Post it notes are your new best friends. They work for everything.
  • A planner of some kind. I tried both the Palgrave student planner and the Pearson student planner, however I found a simple calendar worked for first year deadlines. Second year I invested in a magnetic whiteboard that I could write everything on!
  • Highlighters are helpful, even if it’s just for highlighting key dates in your planner. 
  • Drawing pins. The likelihood is your student accommodation will have a cork board of some kind so these are great for making it feel a little more homely.
  • Washi tape. Again, your student accommodation probably won’t let you hang things with blutac or pins as these can leave marks and cost you your deposit. If you’ve never used washi tape before, it’s like fancy duct tape that looks really pretty and doesn’t leave any marks.

Have I forgotten anything important? Or is there something you actually think isn’t important? Let me know below! And good luck for university!
Ktkinnes xx