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Out of my comfort zone…

Yesterday I did something completely not like me. I voluntarily got on the exercise bike and did a work-out while someone observed me. I do enjoy exercising, classes more than the gym as I’m not very confident and get bored after a while if I’m not motivated. Granted they were actually observing how my boyfriend instructs someone in the gym but I still felt very self-conscious. My boyfriend is studying to be a gym instructor and eventually a personal trainer and needed someone to use as a guinea pig for his practical assessment; lucky me! After all the worry I actually enjoyed it and more importantly he passed 😀 He had asked me to do a few things wrong so that he could correct me however the wobbling during the lunges was completely accidental. The point of this post is to say that sometimes it can be good for you to do something that puts you out of your comfort zone as it can help someone else as well as being fun.

Emma: Some Sense and Ability, and a lot of Persuasion

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Feeling old now….

A couple of days ago I saw students from my old secondary school on their last day of school, polo shirts covered in writing from friends and teachers alike and I was taken back to mine. It’s been seven years(!?!) since I was at school and I can still remember it like it was yesterday. Talking about yesterday I saw a friend of mine announce on Facebook that she has now finished her degree and is officially a doctor! When did we all get so grown-up?  Feel like I should really be achieving more than I am now. It’s also amazing how quickly you see sixteen year olds and think ‘I don’t feel much older than you but I definitely act like it’. Were we all like that? I do still get a little excited however when I get asked for ID at a bar or supermarket, you’re supposed to ‘think 25’ and I don’t think I look that old 😛  Anything else that makes you feel more like an adult now? Let me know 🙂

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Top Things They Don’t Tell You About Being a Graduate

There are many things I thought graduate life would be and so far in these last two years it has not lived up to my expectations. I don’t feel more intelligent let alone anywhere near feeling like an adult. I have also struggled to find what people call a ‘proper job’. Here are what I believe to be the top things I wish I’d known before:

  • You will believe a degree opens all these doors for you. For some lucky people this is true but for others you will find that experience is key and that in order to get experience you need previous experience. What? I’m currently struggling with this particular conundrum myself.
  • You will also think that a degree holds the answers and makes you super intelligent. You should see me at the local pub quiz having to use my fingers to add up our score. Not doing maths since school definitely shows.
  • At some point you will end up in unfulfilling job. This could be at bar or a supermarket or an office and you might enjoy it but there will be a point where try as you might the thought will pop into your head: I could do better than this. The trick to this I have found is to appreciate what you are getting from that job; be that good friends, building up experience in a recognised company or just the economic benefits.
  • A lot of TV will be consumed. Sky+ is my saviour and nemesis at the same time. The amount of new or repeated tv shows I have stumbled across is ridiculous. What is worse is the show has to be awful for me not to get hooked. When I learnt that Revenge was ending I was inconsolable.
  • You will feel like giving up sometimes and wondering how those who messed around at school are seemingly doing better than you. However, everyone keeps telling me that good things come to those who wait and I will get there in the end. Fingers crossed!

So that’s basically summed up where I am at the moment. Hope you enjoyed and if you have any tips or other things that are not what you expected about being a  graduate do comment below 🙂

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Hello world!

Bit nervous writing this as am completely new to blogging and have no idea who will want to read what I write. I’m a 22 year old English and History graduate from the South-West of England and am trying to get into some kind of writing or history related career. I’m going to try and use this blog to improve my writing and hopefully entertain people as I go along. I won’t bore anyone by filling you in on every aspect of my currently boring life but might slip in a few book reviews here and there and anything else I get up to.