Life after uni – what’s next?

2018, lifestyle, student

Hello!

At the beginning of May I handed in my final university project, next week I’ll receive my final results and on July 10th I will be fully gowned up and walking across that stage to collect a fake scroll (to get the real one in the post three months later).

And for the first time in my life, I don’t know what’s next.

Sure, when you’re picking your GCSEs you think the possibilities are endless, and the same when choosing A Levels or Sixth Form or College. Then when choosing a university course and a university and whether to go to university and sure those are all big decisions, but it was a natural progression – from Primary School, to Secondary School, to A Levels, to university it’s all been a fairly easy ladder to climb. Now I’m at the top and there’s isn’t an obvious step but if I don’t pick one I’m falling on my ass.

It’s scary – I’ve been in education since I was 4 years old and at 21, I now have to make a life for myself. There was a point where I found this exciting but now it’s absolutely terrifying.

But I’ve got to do something about it – I’ve got about five weeks between now and graduation and I’ve got to balance sorting out the details of moving home, deciding what stuff to put into storage and what I need to take with me, alongside building my portfolio on instagram and my blog (both a work in progress but I’ve put days of work into this thing so far) alongside applying for jobs and trying my best to get myself started on life in the real world.

I’d hoped to not have to move home – where I’m from is in the middle of nowhere and I know I’m going to have to move out again whenever I do get a job but it’s just not worked out that way as of yet. My boyfriend is just waiting to hear back from a couple of companies about potential jobs and I’m waiting back to hear from a bunch of applications but currently not holding out a lot of hope. I have so many ideas of projects I’m so passionate about but they’re just not an option right now.

So what’s next? It’s a waiting game – doing everything I can to build a portfolio that’s truly reflective of me and my skill and make a dent in the worlds I’d love to be a part of. I have a lot of big ideas and I feel I could really make a good addition to a creative, digital media team but I just need to find something that’s fit me and that I fit in to. A waiting game and a work in progress.

It’s all very scary – I’m feeling very overwhelmed and lost by the whole situation which then makes it even more difficult to feel motivated to keep applying and keep doing the best I can. There’s a lot going on in my brain right now and I’m trying to work through it – I’m making lots of blog and YouTube content and this portfolio is going to take another week or two to finish. But I think there’s progress. At least I hope there is.

If and when I do get a job, I’ll probably post about it on Twitter or Instagram first so be sure to follow me there if you want to know as soon as. My socials are always linked down below!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

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I finished my degree!

2018, lifestyle, photography, student

Hi there!

It’s been a while since I wrote or uploaded anything really isn’t it? I’m pretty sure in my last post I said ‘I’ll keep uploading as usual in the month leading up to my final hand in’.

Well, that went well didn’t it.

Moving on, that final hand in has been and gone – my FMP is uploaded, submitted and ready for marking. ‘FMP’ stands for Final Major Project, it’s the practical equivalent to a dissertation and it’s what I’ve spent three years working towards and it’s all done.

The day of hand in was a pretty dramatic one – the day before I realised how much work I had to do and knew I’d be taking my last chance to do an all nighter in the library. It wasn’t even like I left it all last minute – I finished my project, it was boring stuff like transcripts, formatting the document and annotating my pictures I hadn’t done, but I was finished by about 7.30am so I went for breakfast, met up with some friends and we submitted our projects around 10.30am. It still doesn’t feel real that it’s gone and it’s over typing it now.

So while a normal and sane person would have gone home for a nap, I watched Zac Efron musicals with my best mate and went to the pub with some really great people from my course.

And with that long winded spiel of an explanation over, the obvious question is what next? What now? Do I have a job lined up? What are my plans?

Well that answers are I don’t know, I wish I knew, definitely not and I don’t really have any – I’m currently at home, spending a few days with my mum and chilling out at ‘home’ home then I’ll go back to Southampton, tie up some loose ends with the society I used to run, find a job and work on my personal goals and projects.

I’ve got a pretty intense workout plan (not only do I want to lose weight for graduation but I need to get fit again because it’s laughable how unfit I am right now), I want to stick do writing blog posts and uploading YouTube videos somewhat regularly and above all I want to chill out for a little bit.

It doesn’t feel real – basically every step of my life so far has been mapped out in education; 16 years of compulsory education, two years of Sixth Form and three years of University. Now the template of education has run out and I have to figure the rest out for myself. I know vaguely what I want to do but it’s whether I can find a job, whether I’m good enough to get that job and somehow figuring out somewhere to live in this whole process.

It’s all a bit overwhelming (hence the desire to chill out for a little bit) but it will all work itself out.

At least, I hope it will.

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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What’s In My Backpack

2016, lifestyle

Hello!

This is the third time I have schedule to write this post but then Wind in the Willows popped up then Pokemon Moon came out and now we’re here, finally writing this very stereotypically lifestyle vlogger post, but I thought it could be fun.

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I don’t have a handbag, I have this space backpack that I take literally everywhere and I’ve used for years now and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made, whenever I try to transition to a ‘proper handbag’ I regret it. It’s basically a cheap, knockoff Hype bag but no one can judge you for having a Hype bag.

And this is what I carry in it.

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One of the only designer items I own is this Radley purse that I got for my 18th birthday and I’m pretty sure my mum got it because it has an elephant on it. Either way it’s very practical and I love it a lot.

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I mean, it’s just the fob to get into my building but I like my lanyard because it’s from the first festival I worked and I’ve also got headphone splitters that I barely use and my student card which conveniently has the photo covered. It’s not a great photo.

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I’ve mentioned my Ted Baker headphones before, that was the present I bought myself after my birthday and I leave them in my bag for whenever I fancy listening to music or editing a video on the go, they’re beautiful. I wear them at the gym sometimes too.

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This isn’t the actual notebook I use but it’s prettier and gets the point across – it’s where I write my to do lists and make any notes I need for uni and often I just write stuff out to try and organise my brain. I can’t function without this book. Well, not this book but I’ve already done that.

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A lil pencil case to go with my little notebook, I need a variety of pens. Obviously.

I’m a stationery nerd, what would I be without a little pencil case?

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Sometimes I have my laptop and my charger but it depends what I’m doing and if I’m working but more often than not, I do have it.

And then I’ve got lots of little bits and bobs in the front pocket of my backpack:

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My hard drive that basically never works and I’m going into the Apple store next week because either my computer or my hard drive is broken. Hopefully Santa will bring me one for Christmas. Fingers crossed.

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My SD card case that I’ve half filled. I have a lot of SD cards. I’m the one that always remembers SD cards. Works out well whenever I go out with my camera and don’t have an SD card in my camera.

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A bunch of bracelets that I shoved in my bag when we were moving and they’ve stayed there since but I feel like they’re safest in their.

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Something most girls have – a spare tampon and painkillers, ironically, I have period pain relief right now.

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And then my collection of miscellaneous things, normally with Apple headphones and hair pins, alongside a phone charger, an elephant finger puppet and two lipsticks. The other random crap I throw in there for ‘easy access’.

I also have a pin on the front pocket that says ‘In love with my best friend’ which I love a lot because it makes me think of Lucas and I got it for free from Summer in the City. It’s cute.

I don’t like to take anything in my bag unless I’m going to use it, so let me know if there’s anything you think I’m missing from my bag!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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