Friday, 13 December 2013

Run Santa Run!

Hey Guys and Gals,


Christmas is coming (if you hadn’t noticed) and I am really really excited, I am one of those people that you see that goes all out and is usually very O.T.T about it all. I LOVE it. I have been watching the Christmas films already including:
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Elf
  • The Muppets Christmas Carol
  • Prancer
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
  • Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (they’ve made a few haha)
  • The Grinch

Yes I have watched all of these already, but I’ve needed something to get me through all this revision because I have not one, but two exams coming up, which I’m not ecstatic about so I’ve needed these films to ‘calm’ me down from the stresses, that’s the excuse I’m using anyway.

So during all the festivities I took part in a 5k Santa Fun Run for charity dressed as SANTA, Me and my friend Beste decided to jog/walk it as it is a known fact that I can’t run but I am now aching head to toe and just about made it. However- I am really happy because me and my boyfriend managed to raise £1095 for the Elimination of Leukaemia Fund. J So a HUGE thank you to everyone that sponsored us, in return here are some stunning pictures from the run:


It was a great day and a brilliant way to raise money for such a fantastic cause!

So the end of term 1 is almost here – where did that time go? :O But before I can truly get into the Christmas spirit I have two exams as I mentioned, one is in Health Psychology and the other is in Exceptional Human Experience Psychology, so I am living in the library at Avery Hill pretty much for the whole of this week and next, so if you see me say Hello and also more importantly make sure I am awake and haven’t fallen asleep on the desk, which I can assure you has happened on more than one occasion beforehand.

I will be blogging once again before Christmas break, but if you don’t get a chance to see my blog I hope you all have an amazing holiday break and don’t eat too much Christmas turkey – I’m only advising because that’s what I do- every year – I never learn! Take care guys & speak to you soon J

Xoxo


Laura

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Now Recruiting For My Study :)

Hey Guys and Gals.

So I have a massive favour to ask you all, I can now say my study is up and running for my dissertation – YAY! I can now officially confirm the name of my study which is: The Relationship between Tattoos and/or piercings with Risk Taking Behaviours and Decision Making Styles.


If you guys wouldn't mind doing my study that would be great, you don’t have to have tattoos or piercings to do it, all you have to do is follow the link and it is expected to take 15-30 minutes of your time, it is open until the end of January so there is no major rush, but I would be so grateful if you would fill it in for me, if you get a spare few minutes:

If you are not a psychology student it is fine for you to take part in my study , you will be asked to put your personal code- it is important you make up a 4 digit code (either letters or numbers) so you can be identified anonymously if need be. Please take care in reading the information consent forms and the debrief form at the end of the study, and a massive thank you in advance for your participation.


If you are a psychology student then you probably know by now but you can sign up for my study via SONA and use your SONA ID as the personal code.

I’m not going to go into the ins and outs about what my study involves but it is all explained online, and if you have any further questions you can email me on the address provided on the consent forms. I will keep you posted about how it goes and what other uni things I have been up to- ‘cause I have been a busy bee!


Take Care Guys, I hope you are all good!

Xoxo  


Laura

Monday, 11 November 2013

The Where to go from Here Plan!

Hello Lovelies,

I hope you have all been okay since we last spoke, which was only last week but seems like ages ago already- this year needs to slow down! I only have 6 months left on my programme and it is scaring me so so much, I have kind of come up with a plan for myself for once I finish but it really depends on what happens this year as to whether or not I can follow it. Here it is so far:
  • Pass my course.
  • Don’t Panic or Freak Out!
  • Try very hard to get some voluntary work experience
  • Save up as many pennies as I can.
  • Apply for a counselling Master’s (preferably the one at Greenwich)
  • Hopefully get in and stay at Greenwich for three more years, as to be quite honest I’m not ready to leave yet, as you all know.
  • BE A COUNSELLOR!!!!


So I mean the above isn't impossible, but it also isn't certain, so it is a bit daunting but all big decisions in life are and it’s best just to be as optimistic as you can, if my plan doesn't work out then I will take a year off to work towards getting me on a master’s programme, as I've said before I do need to be on an accredited one in order to allow me to be a counsellor, so I’m keeping them crossed.


But first I need to really focus on my last 6 months as there is a lot of work I still need to do.

So as well as all of the work I have also this year decided to become a student representative for the third year of Psychology with Counselling, thanks to the encouragement of my friend Jack who also became one. The student rep role involves us being a go-between for students and academics, there are three of us for the course altogether. We also voice the thoughts and feelings of the students on the programme to the academics and suggest changes if the students feel there are any which need to be made. So this role is one I am excited about doing and if you guys get the opportunity to put yourselves forward then I would recommend it.

Right guys, that’s all from me today, I need to go and revise and sort out my survey which will soon be posted for my dissertation – der der dern. So if you do read my blogs please keep your eyes peeled for my next one as all the information will be posted there about my project and it will also provide the link to my survey and I may be asking you to help out.


Thanks Guys, take care!

Xoxo


Laura

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

My Busy, Spooky, Sporty Weekend…

Hey Guys n Gals

How are you all doing? I hope you were all ok what with the storm damage yesterday, I personally didn’t think it was that bad but then again I did sleep like a log on Sunday night, we could have had a tornado and I probably wouldn’t have noticed! But hope you are all safe and sound and weren’t too badly affected with the transport being mucked up so bad.
So on Saturday my boyfriend’s parents held their Halloween party which I spoke about in my last blog. It was a really fun night, despite the dodgy weather - it was amazing, everyone made a real effort to get dressed up and all looked great. As promised I have included some photos…




So as you can see my hair should never ever be dyed black it really does not suit me but does make me look a bit spooky due to my very pale skin ha-ha (Please note: I am wearing dolls eye contact lenses in the photos and my eyes aren't usually that scary looking). Also this Sunday, I went to the NFL (American Football) game at Wembley Stadium and saw the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Francisco 49ers (the team I support), despite the fact the game wasn’t that close it was such an incredible atmosphere and NeYo was there performing as well, so all in all I had a really great weekend.

But now it’s time for me to focus as I have two in-class tests coming up in November – yay, which means its revision time for me. They shouldn't be too bad, it’s the essays due in January which will be a lot of work, but I’m sure it will all pay off in the end. I can’t believe this time next year I will be graduating, that’s too scary for me to even think about. Time has flown by way too quickly- I don’t want to leave, when the time comes I may have to tie myself to the gates of Greenwich. But right now I’m just trying to focus on taking each day as it comes and do all the work I need to do to get me there. The good news is the library are extending their hours soon which is probably for the best as I can never get any work done at home, not because it’s noisy but because I have my ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ box sets sitting there which I’d almost definitely end up watching, so at least at the library I won’t have any distractions, so if you’re like me and find you get distracted way to easy I’d say the library is probably the place for you too, when you need to get work done.

As well as doing this university work I have also been continuing my job at the Enquiry Unit which I absolutely love – not only is it a great way for students to earn money but it also is just a generally great place to work, and I also have been working for the open days team. It’s great working for the university because you can work around your lectures and seminars and you also get to meet lots of your fellow students which you may not have done before. If you are a new or continuing student and want to see if any jobs are available for you at the university, check out: http://greenwich.prospects.ac.uk ---I would recommend it J

Right my lovelies, that’s it from me today as I have to get cracking with some work but I will speak to you in November – ah how is it almost Christmas already?

Speak to you soon, and as always if you have any questions on my blogs or the course I’m on, leave comments under and I will get back to you.

Xoxo


Laura

Monday, 14 October 2013

Halloween is on its Way :)


Hey Lovelies,

Hope you are all well and weren't taken down by the annual ‘Fresher’s flu’, I am a little bit sad following on from my last blog as the 90’s kid in me didn't get to go to the Fresher’s ball and relive her younger days watching S Club 7 perform, because she forgot to buy a ticket- but I’m sure I will get over it lol. For those of you who did go, how was it?

One thing I am really excited about is Halloween, which as a child I always used to dress up for every year, but when I turned 12 I stopped, who am I kidding? When I turned 16 I stopped! But this year I have been invited to my boyfriend’s families Halloween party and I can’t wait to go all out. I have decided to dress up as a scary doll and am going to wear a black plaited wig, now I’m not sure if you have seen my previous photos of me, but you will notice I am VERY pale naturally and I have been blonde my whole life, so when I wear this wig that in itself makes me look terrifying and really doesn't suit me, so with the rest of the costume I am going to look very scary. I will be sure to post some photos once we have had the party so you can see just what I mean


Kind of along the line of Halloween I wanted to talk to you all about a module I am doing in my third year which is one of the ones which I have chosen which is named ‘Exceptional Human Experience’ and is basically a course on peoples experiences which are exceptional to everyday life (basically what it says in the name haha). It covers experiences such as poltergeists’, spirits, mediumship, hypnosis, experiences during sleep, alien encounters, near death experiences etc. The course is really unique and I wasn't sure what to expect from it, but I am really enjoying it and it has been interesting to see what experiences some individuals have, it’s good because as well as exploring the paranormal explanations we look at the normal explanations for these experiences so we get to look at both sides. So if any of you first years or second years on the psychology programme are wondering what to do in your third year, this is a course I’d recommend. It’s usually taught by Dr David Luke but this year it is being taught by Dr Simon Sherwood.

That’s all today guys, I will blog at the end of the month with pictures from the Halloween party we had. I’ll speak to all of you soon,

Take Care

Xoxo


Laura 

Thursday, 26 September 2013

The Counselling Side of the Course

Hello Hello Hello Lovelies!

I hope you are all happy and enjoying your programmes now we are back in business. I have had one lecture so far and it has been on counselling theory, as an aspiring counsellor I’m very happy that we now have the counselling modules back in the third year as in the second year we don’t do any counselling because of the BPS (The British Psychological Society) requirements for all of us students getting our accreditation  Anyways so far so good as far as the course goes it seems like it is going to be quite an intensive one as we have so much to learn in so little time – eek- but I’m sure it’s all going to be worth it.

My main set back is going to be the role playing which is involved in the counselling skills module that I am taking in term 2, which obviously we have to do a lot of as both the therapist and the client, to prepare my incredible acting skills I volunteered myself to read a transcript out in front of the seminar which I was slightly nervous about because as much as I am loud socially I don’t tend to be in front of big crowds, however I did it as I know next term will be a challenge as we won’t have a script to read from. It is embarrassing but the key thing is to remember we are all in it together and have to do it as part of the module, so I decided to launch myself into it (but I didn't pretend to cry or anything like that, as much as I am a drama queen I’m definitely not ready to do that just yet.)


The counselling side is really interesting and has lots of different approaches which are good to get an idea of because then I can get an idea for what approach I want to train in to become a counsellor. What I didn't know was how there is no set criteria as to what is needed to become a counsellor. I myself do want the BACP accreditation which would mean me taking a masters recognised by the organisation, which our university does have which is the MSc Therapeutic Counselling course.


The only thing with the masters’ programmes is they require voluntary experience in the field which I sadly at the moment am lacking; I've tried quite a few places such as Place2Be, Mind and Childline but unfortunately although I have done well in the interviews I haven’t been able to commit the time they need on a weekly basis. But hopefully soon that will all change and I can apply again as all of them are great places to volunteer for and really do make a difference.

So the road to becoming a counsellor isn't the easiest but I know it will all be worth it in the end, so for those of you also wishing to pursue careers in counselling I would say stick at it because it will be rewarding and we will all get there :)


Anyways how are all you lovely fresher’s doing? I went to the Fresher’s fair on Avery Hill campus which was so busy but also really fun, I hope you all enjoyed yourselves and joined some societies. Every year I sign up for at least one even though I’m not a Fresher, my problem is I can’t say no to people so I sign up for loads, if I’m being honest this year I went for the freebies ha-ha. And BIG NEWS s-club 7 are going to be at the fresher’s ball! As a 90’s kid I can’t even begin to express how excited I am about that ha-ha I really want to go!

That’s it from me today guys and gals I will chat to you soon. Speak to you soon.

Xoxo
L
P.S. Avoid Fresher’s flu!!!

Friday, 13 September 2013

WELCOME FRESHERS of 2013! :)




Hey lovelies, I hope you are all well and ready for this academic year which is almost underway. A big welcome to all of University of Greenwich’s new students, I hope you are all excited to be starting your courses and that you enjoy your time here. I look forward to hopefully meeting some of you soon. In fact I know I will meet some of you because the Fresher’s events are coming up from next week and I am totally planning on gate crashing them even though I know they are meant for first years only!  For all of the events planned by the SUUG just for you check out the following link:


I look forward to seeing you at some of them. Also if you are a new student on psychology/psychology with counselling – be sure to join the society and check out the Facebook page setup, as lots of updates on the course will be posted J

During my summer I have been working full time at the Clearing reception in Avery Hill and also at  Greenwich which I have loved and has meant I have got to meet lots of our new students, which has been really good. For those of you experiencing those first day nerves – don’t panic, trust me when I say we have all been there and you’ll be surprised just how quickly you can get settled. Clearing has been a lot of fun this year we had an annual Theme Your Team competition and this year it was ‘Going to the Movies’ so me and the others on the team dressed up as T-birds and the pink ladies from Grease and performed a whole musical medley for the judges, which was hilarious. We also had a bake off which I got pretty competitive in and went all out and made a topsy turvy cake with lollies in and everything – it was so OTT haha. Unfortunately I didn't win either of those contests but came a respectable second place both times lol.


I am a mixture of nerves and excitement at the moment because of the dreaded dissertation dun dun durrrn but it should be fine, I've started work on getting it prepared to be sent to ethics for approval which is what is needed for the psychology projects so soon it may well be underway. I won’t go into too much detail as to what I’m going to be doing for my project as I may well be asking you guys to help me out and take part in my study, but it is basically on body modification (tattoos & piercings) and has a few other variables alongside it. But that’s all that’s being revealed – for now- as it may change ;).

Right Boys and Girls that’s all from me for today I will talk to you soon and watch out sometime very soon you may be forced to take part in a study of mine, alright I won’t force you but I may beg. Haha.

Take Care,

Xoxo


Laura


Monday, 19 August 2013

Part 2 of the American Adventure!

Hey Lovelies,

So I am going to continue talking to you about my recent road trip of America and also talk to you about my week last week working for Clearing, which was manic and has left me very tired but at the same time it was an incredible success for the Enquiry Unit.


Right so picking up from where I left off after Yosemite Park we moved on to San Francisco which was a really great city that was also really chilly, which I wasn't expecting it to be at all. Haha I was freezing and had only packed summer clothes so my mum went out and bought us coats and hoodies, the embarrassing thing was though as she bought the four of us matching coats. I mean I realise no one was going to see me there but I do have morals, a family of 4 in matching coats is just plain embarrassing. The fact was I had to wear it because it was so cold. So anyways in San Francisco we did an open top bus tour which was hilarious just because at some stages it was so windy that I came off looking like I’d been dragged through a bush backwards. I also ate in an official Cheesecake Factory, which up until then I hadn't realised was even real (only fans The Big Bang Theory will know what I mean.) We also visited Alcatraz Island and took a look round the prison which has been left exactly how it used to be, which is really eerie and gives you the chills knowing who stayed there not so long ago, but again was a great experience. We also went on a sunset cruise of San Francisco bay and went under the golden gate bridge which was one of the best moments of my holiday, I just felt I was calm for the first time in so long and it was just such a great experience.










We visited Monterry Bay after and went whale watching and I thought we wouldn’t see any but we actually ended up seeing 12 humpback whales!!! And then we arrived at our final destination L.A. and went to Disney California and as you guys know from my previous blogs me being the biggest Disney fan to exist loved every single second of that. Me & Mum stayed to watch their night time water show ‘World of Colour’ which had me in tears purely because at one stage they showed a scene from my favourite movie The Lion King, but they showed the sad scene where Mufasa dies which still to this day makes me cry EVERY SINGLE TIME. On the very last day I did my favourite part of all, I went on a tour of the Warner Bro. studios and amongst seeing lots of other amazing things- I sat down on the actual Friends couch – eeek. Also on the way back we saw some costumes being carried in and our tour guide said it was the lot where The Big Bang Theory was filmed and I looked and saw Sheldon’s outfit being carried in! :O I wanted to run out and grab it but I think I may have got arrested – not a great way to end the trip lol.


And now I’m back here in sunny old England, whilst I wish I’d stayed in America forever I am glad to be back and am looking forward to my third year. We had clearing last week and my word we got a lot of interest which is great for Greenwich we took so many calls and Live Chats which was brilliant. I am currently based on the Mansion Site @ Avery Hill on the clearing reception with my lovely colleagues Danielle and Holly, so if you have any queries about uni and want to speak face to face come down to Avery Hill campus or go and see my colleague Rima at the Greenwich campus, and we will be happy to answer any queries you have J

Speak soon guys,

Xoxo

Laura R

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Waking Up in Vegas…

Hi Lovelies,

How have you all been? It feels like absolutely years ago since I last wrote a blog for you guys but it was actually just last month. Since last time, I have been on my amazing trip to America which truly was unbelievable, so I thought I would tell you all about it, in two parts because I did quite a bit. I just went for two weeks in the end but it feels like I was gone for ages because we just did so so much.


We started off in Las Vegas, which was crazy and incredible at the same time. Wherever you look there is something going on. All the hotels are unique and have different themes, so I saw the Treasure Island show which was kind of cheesy but totally the kind of thing I love, we saw the Mandalay Bay fountains and the gondolas in The Venetian, we also saw Queen’s We Will Rock You played on the largest TV screen in the whole world with 250 speakers blaring it out – just amazing! There were times when I feared for my life like when we took a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon which even though was beautiful and a sight I was really desperate to see, I did not like the ride one bit. As you know I am terrified of flying and the pilot thought it would be hilarious to turn us at a 90 degree angle without his hands on anything to demonstrate how safe the helicopter was and would level itself out again, whilst I appreciate he was doing this for my benefit to help me calm down. It didn’t at all as I screamed, which was muffled by my headphones but everyone else on the helicopter heard it loud and clear through their’s, including the pilot who laughed.  


Next we visited Death Valley & Yosemite National Park (the home of Yogi Bear) and we were told initially that we would be extremely unlikely to see any bears. So I decided to become my families own personal ranger and on the drive back to the hotel one day I finally spotted a bear and her cub, upon doing so I screamed ‘OMG STOP DAD IT’S A BEAR, TURN AROUND’ and so my dad conducted a U-turn and I flew out of the car with my camera and just wearing a bikini (as I had been swimming in a lake) and pelted it towards the bear, which they advise not to do because they get really aggressive and protective, especially with cubs around. But the bears actually ran away from me and up a hill, whilst some other tourists who had spotted them appeared traumatised by the sight of me running towards them in a bikini. I was so excited and happy I spotted them that I actually forgot to take a photo- my bad. And I’m not sure whether or not I should be worried about the fact I am capable of chasing off bears when it’s usually considered hard to do so. Oops.

So that is part one of my American adventure, believe me it gets worse and I scream a lot more in the next one as well. Hope you are all having a great summer and remember Main Clearing is now open so you can call us on 020 8331 9000 or come and stop by to visit us at our clearing receptions at Greenwich (QM) and Avery Hill (Mansion site).

Take Care,
Laura


PS. I’m starting to suffer with jetlag. Zzzz


Thursday, 18 July 2013

Clearing = All Systems Go…

Hey Lovelies,

How are we all keeping? I hope you are all happy and enjoying this beautiful weather, I certainly am although now I resemble a lobster because over the weekend I was in Eastbourne and no matter how much people kept stating it, I insisted that factor 8 was fine for me…turns out I was very wrong. And so now in the clearing office I am sitting here radiating heat because I am that burnt haha.


But besides that little hiccup I have been having a great few weeks. As of today I am working for clearing full time over the summer and I am really enjoying it, we have had lots of interest from prospective students which is great. The office is fairly busy and we are getting a steady intake of clearing applications which hopefully means lots of great new students for Greenwich J
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I am also planning for my trip to Americaaaaa which is only 10 days away so I am starting to get super excited now as up until now it hasn’t really sunk in. Apparently in Las Vegas at the moment it is 41 degrees, so imagine how burnt I will be then haha I will be sure to share some photos then :S

A couple of weeks ago I was reunited with some of my lovely friends from secondary school who I hadn't seen for a long old time so it was great to see them for a catch up  as we have all gone in different directions so it’s great to see what we are all doing now. It was also great because I got to see one of my best friends Grace who has been at the University of Northampton doing paramedic science, I don’t get to see her as much so it was really nice, so proud of her and all her hard work.

That’s it from me for today guys I won’t be blogging until the middle of August now as I will be away on my holidays but I hope all of you continue to have a great summer and I’m sure I will have lots of stories to tell you when I get back.

Take Care,

Xoxo


L

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Third Year Here I Come….

Hey Lovelies,

Hope you have all been good. Guess what!? I passed all of my exams, yay I am so so happy. Even more shockingly is the fact my highest grade was in statistics, I have always been totally rubbish with numbers so much so that I actually thought my results may have been a mistake, but I am really relieved and am now ready to take on the third year, but first to take a much needed break.

So far this holidays I haven’t really been relaxing as I have been mega-busy but with lots of great things.

I went to Thorpe Park last week with my boyfriend George and his family and had such a great time, it was absolutely hilarious and we managed to get on loads of rides really quickly without a fast pass which was lucky. George thought it would be a great idea for us to try out a ride called ‘The Swarm’ backwards. Now I love rides but haven’t been on any in well over a year and that was our first ride and I have never shrieked (and I do mean shrieked, not screamed) so loud and so much in my whole life, in fact I did it so much that when the ride came to a stop I turned and looked at George who was crying – literally, with laughter. Unfortunately I didn't go on the Saw Maze because it is now closed L but I went on the ride twice and was scared just as much on that.


Yesterday me and the rest of the Rumbles family went to the London Zoo to celebrate my mum & dad’s 25th wedding anniversary. I adopted a giraffe there for them and then we went for a private feeding with all three of the giraffes they have there, which was amazing. They are such gorgeous animals but those tongues were so strong when they were pulling off leaves off of the branches we held that my poor mum who is littler than me almost got catapulted at one point across their enclosure. But it was an amazing experience which I would definitely recommend doing if you get the chance :).


That’s all for today lovelies, I hope you guys got everything you hoped for in terms of your exam results and for those of you lovelies graduating, good luck for the future – don’t forget about us !

I will be blogging for you all in July about what more I've been up to, I will be talking a bit about Clearing 2013 and also telling you more about my plans for the USA, which is fast approaching eek!

Speak soon,

Xoxo


L

Monday, 10 June 2013

Summer 2013, Here we come…

Hey Guys,

We did it!!! Exams are FINALLY at long last done and dusted for everyone as far as I know so big congrats on making it through it all. Now we turn our attention to some particularly critical things which are plans for the summer haha.


As I previously said in my last blog I will be working throughout the summer at the Enquiry Unit and will be participating in the clearing team this year. But there is a lot of spare time for me to fill… now so far in the past week I have been spending my summer watching all the seasons of True Blood (I know what you’re thinking wow- what an interesting life Laura leads) but I do blame my friends Jack & Amy for getting me hooked on it even though I’m a few years too late jumping on the band wagon ha-ha :P !

Believe it or not though I don’t plan on watching TV for the whole 4 months, shocking I know. I have made a mini bucket list for all the things I plan to either achieve or get up to this summer:

  • Go to Thorpe Park and not be a chicken and actually go round the saw maze and preferably not cry.



  • Learn to apply all the chords on guitar; I’m slightly tone deaf so that may be a bit of a big ask.
  • Maybe be able to speak some Spanish by the end of the summer.
  • Feed the giraffes at London Zoo, which sounds incredibly random but I have booked it for my mum & dad’s 25th anniversary (hopefully they don’t read my blog)


I also have some USA bucket list ideas of what I want to do…


  • Go to Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, but hopefully I won’t be part of my own personal remake of The Hangover.
  • Visit Alcatraz prison in San Francisco and of course see the golden bridge.
  • See the Hollywood Sign
  • Manage to travel back to England, safely, alone and without passing out on the flight back.

So those are my P.O.A for this summer, I hope you guys have an amazing summer, I will be keeping you up to date throughout the holidays about what I’m getting up to and also Clearing and lots of other university based things J

Take Care for now lovelies, I will speak to you soon,

Xoxo


L

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Job hunting for the summer? …

Hi Lovelies,

The exam time is almost over for a majority of us and for some of us it already is, we are almost there!!! I hope you guys have been finding your exams ok and I’m sure you have done great. I have had two of my exams already, one for Statistics and one for Social Psychology and dare I say it both of them went ok, but we will have to wait and see how that actually turns out. The last one I have next Tuesday is for Individual Differences, which I am taking a break from revision wise so I can write this blog, I needed a break haha J.

The good news is once I’m done I will be having a 4 month summer which I have lots of plans for and am mega excited about. So last blog I told you guys about my trip to America which me and my family have planned and the one thing I want to do more than anything else whilst I’m there is go to the Warner Brother studios in LA, because that is where you get to see the set for where The Big Bang Theory is filmed, now if any of you are like me you will know just how big a deal that is, I am literally beside myself with excitement and will make sure to keep you posted when I go about what I get up to.


I will be flying home early by myself as I am coming back this summer to work for Clearing 2013 which I’m also very excited about as working for Clearing last year was a lot of fun, I’m just worried about the flying because I am a very bad flyer and so I may have to ask the person who has to sit next to me whether or not I can hold there hand for take off, they’d let me right?



For any of you looking for a job over the summer I’d really recommend applying for Clearing 2013 for the University, it can be quick paced and hard work at times but we also have lots of fun as well and have great support from our colleagues, so it is an amazing job to have. Plus you get to meet me which is either a bonus or a let down depending on how you decide to look at it haha ;). Be quick though as there isn’t long left to get applications in, just apply through GET Jobshop and hopefully I will see you there.

Take care guys,

Xoxo
L

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Decisions, Decisions…


Hey Lovelies,

How have you been? If you’re anything like me at the moment then majorly busy, I haven’t had time to think, the brain has frazzled.

So as well as doing some good old revision I have also been faced with some important decisions to make these past few weeks. The first decision was choosing my third year course options as for Psychology and Counselling, in the third year we can choose more specific areas/courses we want to study. My choices haven’t yet been confirmed but I chose Mental Health & Adult Development, Health Psychology and Exceptional Human Experiences, so I’m keeping everything crossed that they will be confirmed. Courses are assigned on a first come first serve basis and we had to select them via the portal which Thank God did not crash!  I am also mega excited to be getting counselling back in my studies as the second year of Psychology we don’t study it on the curriculum, so I’m finally going to be studying counselling skills – eeek.

The other choice I've had to make already is about my third year project/dissertation (makes me scared to even think about it), this week I got to choose my supervisor who luckily agreed to take me on haha she doesn't know what she has let herself in for, I’m already worried about it so come next year I will be a nightmare. It’s in its VERY early stages at the moment but I have chosen to do a project based on Body Modification (tattoos, piercings etc) but I won’t tell you more than that in case I approach you to do my study haha.



I also have some exciting news, during the summer before I go to work for clearing @ the university, I will be travelling across the West coast of AMERICCCCCCCAAAA. I literally cannot wait I will go to Vegas, San Francisco and LA. I am going with my family and just know already it will be amazing. So I’m also making plans for that tripJ. More than anything I have a really weird obsession with the American accent which my friends laugh at me about, haha I love it so I’m going to be mesmerised when I talk to people (poor them). The only downer is I have just turned 20 so still won’t be able to drink over there or actually gamble in Vegas, so I probably should have waited a year but at least I won’t be experiencing any Hangover moments haha.


Right guys that’s it from me for now, I will blog again towards the end of the month so I wish you all the luck in the world with your exams and just remember we CAN do this (I hope so anyways haha).

Take Care,

Xoxo


Monday, 22 April 2013

Laura Says Relax!



 Hey Lovelies,

Hope you are all ay okay and are all enjoying the sunshine that is finally here! Now not long until we break up for summer and for all you third years you get to graduate!!!! But unfortunately before we can think about that we have to think about the dreaded E word, last blog I spoke to you guys about revision techniques and this blog I will be talking about stress relieving and making time to relax during exam season, which trust me, I know is easier said than done.

  • The most important thing when revising is to give yourself a break, don’t sit there for all day and night because it is unlikely your brain will process a lot of information, if it is anything like mine it will start to frazzle haha. So every hour – 1 hour and a half get up and walk somewhere, go outside, get some drinks/snacks and give yourself a chance to process the info you just read.
  • Whilst exam season does include a lot of heavy hours, make sure you do assign at least a couple of days a few weeks before exams to do nothing exam related- go shopping, meet up with friends etc., I know we are students but we need to make sure we don’t overload ourselves because the chances are if we do we may start to really panic and become over anxious.
  • When it comes to just before an exam- BREATHE, soooo obvious but really important haha if we panic too much and our minds race at trying to think about what we can remember and this can cause an even bigger distraction. Stay focussed but remember the calmer you are the easier it will be to remember information. One of my biggest tips will be don’t linger right outside the exam room beforehand if you do you will become over anxious and hear what other people have revised and panic can build.


So guys those are some very simple but useful tips I can offer you in terms of not getting over-stressed. But I know you will all do great! This weekend I am giving myself a break and on Saturday I am going to Norfolk to see my lovely second cousin Rachel who I grew up with and haven’t seen for absolute years so that will be amazing and I’m really excited about it J


I hope whatever you guys get up to this weekend, you have a lovely one and if you are revising remember what I said ;) I will speak to you all again soon about how to make use of your time in exams and also my third year psychology choices which I choose on Monday – aaaah. If I don’t speak to you before good luck.

Take Care Lovelies,

Xoxo

L