Uni life – Library memories

So, I finished uni in May. What can I say? It was the most incredible experience, and beyond anything I could have ever imagined. I met friends for life and I accomplished more than I thought I was capable of!

DissertationLet me take you back to March, April and May of this year…

At time I had the biggest bags under my eyes, had the caffeine shakes and basically looked like a crackwhore. Attractive, I know. My appearance and nuttiness was all down to the pressure of my dissertation and about 10 other assignments. Thinking back, I remember wondering how the hell am I going to get through this?! It just felt like a never ending cycle, but in reality, so what? The pressure I was under for those few months seemed tough at the time, but it was only the smaller picture. I am now so proud that I pushed myself and I succeeded with the grade I wanted.

coffee loveLooking back now and even speaking to my good friend Jude Law (Harding), we began talking about how much we missed the library days! I know, how sad can our lives be right now to actually miss it? Honestly though, sure we were on work mode…well most of the time. But, the library was also where we would mess around, be in hysterics over our jokes, our twitter and spotify frapes on ella, mine and sock’s badly drawn sexual snapchats, the trips to the vending machines and the copious amounts of coffee, pro plus and haribo we got through.

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Me and JudeOur ‘library circle/safe zone’ was even competitive. We would use the online timer www.mytomatoes.com (hugely recommend this) to constantly compete to see who could write the most in those 25 minutes. We were just that wild! During those times, it was the simple things that would entertain you, I definitely made sure I still had some fun and went on my standard ‘mad ones’. It probably worked out well for me, as I was the night owl of the group and could make up the time, even if it was around 5am.

Basically, our time during those months brought us all 10 times closer. I even feel emotional reflecting back. We were always each others support during the times we were low and didn’t think we could do it, our jobs were to encourage one another, helping where we could, even if it was just with a to-do list, or whether it was staying a couple more hours at the library…so there was no late night walking alone. We all did it together. Friendship, that’s what that is!

The moral of my experience is…Just because a situation seems tough at the time, and you feel like you can’t see the light and desperately want to give up. DON’T DO IT. The satisfaction you get after you have proved that you can accomplish a goal is unbelievable; it’s a reward that can only be given by your strength and ambition. If you have the support around you, then you’re pretty much half way there!

Hello again…

We are already coming to the end of February and my blogging for 2013 resolution just didn’t happen.

2013 New Year resolution – Blogging

Being in my final year at uni, and the amount of work being thrown at me has definitely started to kick in. I’ve been feeling nervous and anxious about it all, especially as my uni experience will be over in May! 😥 Where did the past 2 and half years go?! I will soon be entering the big wide world…which is pretty scary to even think about!

As I’ve said before I study Public Relations and Communication, as part of my course I am required to blog, so last term you may have read the Ethical Angles blog that I worked on with two friends, it was all about current ethical issues. This term I will be blogging again, but this time about conflict and negotiation issues. So I thought, why not kill two birds with one stone and post them on this blog.

I want to make them as relevant as possible, using my personal experience and giving advice. Get involved with the discussions, as your opinion matters!

Keep a look out for my post coming soon…

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Valencia what did you do to me?

Right, so you know when people say that they have visited a place that is AMAZING and It stole their heart. Well, before I never really understood what people meant..Obviously, I could appreciate the beauty and scenery of a place, but I would never say I had FALLEN IN LOVE.

This summer that all changed…

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After living in Valencia for 3 months I realised that I never wanted to leave. It was absolutely my ideal city. It is the third largest city in Spain, so it is perfect for work, yet I would never say it was hectic like London.

My dream city would be one that has both a working environment, as well as a neighbourly feel to it. That was exactly what Valencia was in my eyes. I had the local Mercadona, market and bakery right at my doorstep and in a 15 minutes walk I would arrive at the land of work.

I just loved it so much that I wanted to move there! Of course I do want to see more of the world and travel, but after leaving I really did feel like Valencia was my home and that I was leaving it to go back to cold and rainy England….(Very true considering it rained all day today and it was 35 degrees in Valencia…yes in October!!)

Whenever I have spoken to someone who wants to or has dropped out of uni, I would always think to myself WHY?! It is a minimum of 3 years, before I seriously could not comprehend why someone would want to just give up and pursue something else, when they could be getting a degree with a little bit of time and effort. I know people change their minds and believe uni may not be for them, but I just always thought after so much time and the amount of money going towards it, that it would be a wise choice just to stick it out.

I won’t lie and say that I didn’t think about quitting university and staying in Valencia, especially, after being offered to stay longer and even to go back after uni. I had thoughts that I didn’t think I would have ever considered.

During my final 3 weeks I was already feeling sad knowing that I was going to have to leave and go back to uni. It’s not that I don’t like my uni, it’s just that I felt I had grown up in a way and that my uni experience was over. The thought of going back to lectures made me want to cry, it just really felt like I would be taking a step backwards. I got to the point where I had to persuade myself daily ‘One more year Saby! Just one more year!! It will all be worth it in the future’

And it is true, I do stand by that, and I would think it would be irresponsible of me to just quit when I am so very close to the finishing line! I can say my experience has motivated me to do well, graduate and then focus on my PR career.

I met some friends for life….of course MERCEDES and I can honestly say that it was the best experience of my life to date and it really did help me grow as a person, mature and think about all the opportunities I have. I am one lucky girl, and I definitely did realise like many people, I do take my life for granted.

Remember: Don’t take your opportunities for granted!

Love Saby