Finishing my First Semester of University | Blogmas Day 9

Hey everyone!

I am officially done my first semester of university! That’s actually so crazy, I can’t believe it. All in all this semester has been fantastic – obviously there’s been ups and downs (slaying my courses and feeling like I fit in, as well as bad veggie options and stressful study nights)  but would it really be worth it without them?

I love university, it’s absolutely where I am meant to be right now; I couldn’t be happier about it. I have worked so hard this semester because I love what I’m doing! It’s such a beautiful combination! Falling in love with the subjects I was taking was a huge part of my success this semester – and was a huge reason I wasn’t as successful as I feel I could have been in high school .

But that’s totally okay. I’ve realized that if I hadn’t struggled in high school with a lot of my classes, I wouldn’t have known what I wanted to do when I went on to uni. So I’m grateful for that.

I’m also grateful for all the support that my new uni friends have given me. As I’ve heard from most other university students, the friends that you meet here are game changers. They have made this semester so much fun, pushing me outside of my comfort zone in the best ways possible.

So, I still have a long way to go in terms of finding myself, figuring out what I want to do with my life, and all that hard life stuff – yet right in this moment it doesn’t matter.

Right in this moment I am so pleased with where I am

Right in this moment I am proud of what I have accomplished

Right now, in this moment, I am happy.

 

Happy Blogmas babes and cheers for 1 semester down and 7 more to go,

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High school Friends | Blogmas Day 7

Hey everyone!

When you go away to university, everyone tells you that everything is going to be different. And they’re totally right.

If university is the right place for you then you’re going to know, I promise. You’re going to fall in love with your classes (and you’re probably going to hate some as well). You’re going to make new friends and you’re probably not going to talk to a ton of your old ones.

There we go I said it

NOBODY TALKS TO ALL OF THEIR OLD HIGHSCHOOL FRIENDS

I talk to two of my friends from high school. And it’s totally okay. When you get to your university you’re going to realize that some of the people you hung out with all the time were your friends out of convenience – you saw them every day right? And you took all the same classes?

Don’t worry, it’s not like they we’re real friendships, and good for you at the time, but uni is a place where you call the shots. I’ve met people who have the same interests and totally opposite interests and I’ve been able to choose exactly who I want to spend my time with! If there’s a person that I don’t really click with then GUESS WHAT?! I don’t  have to hang out with them or see them every day.

What a concept.

So just remember not to set high expectations regarding the friendships you currently have in high school; it’s going to be okay, you’ll find new and healthier friendships when you go off to school.

 

 

Happy Blogmas babes,

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Get to know me! | Blogmas Day 5

Hey everyone!

I hope your Mondays weren’t too manic!  It’s late again so I think for this post I’m going to tell you eight things about myself. I want to get to know you guys, so I’ll start off by telling you a little bit more about me 🙂

  1. I’m a first year uni student in Nova Scotia, Canada. I’m taking business and so far I’m absolutely in love with it. I’ve never felt as invested and interested in my studies as I do right now.
  2. I was born in The Netherlands, but I’m not Dutch (bet you didn’t see that one coming did you?). My parents were both there on work visas so I, unfortunately, wasn’t able to get my Dutch citizenship.
  3. I love to travel. Like seriously, I have a severe case of the travel bug. I’ve been moving ever since I was born and I moved again to go to university. (P.S I can’t wait to blog when I get to London, England over the Christmas break!!).
  4. Music means a lot to me. I love to listen to music and play it! I have a confession though: I’m garbage at guitar. Give me a flute, piano, banjo, ukulele, or harmonica and I’m your girl but the second a guitar is in my hands it sounds like people are dying a very painful death.
  5. I apply makeup when I’m stressed; weird right? I don’t wear that much makeup out on a daily basis, yet somehow whenever I’m stressed I end up with a full face of makeup, winged eyeliner and all!
  6. Okay this one might seem kind of lame, but here we go: I’m a member of Girl Guides (wait… what?! Isn’t that only for 10 year olds??). This is actually my 13th year and I love it. I’m helping out in a Guide unit close to my university and I couldn’t be happier with it.
  7. Camping is my jam! There is no place I’d rather be than in the woods, roasting veggie dogs over the fire (except when my allergies act up ugh)
  8. I’m all about body modifications! Yay tattoos and piercings!! I have a septum piercing and I’m so in love with it. I also can’t wait to get tattoos later on in life!

So there you have it, eight things you didn’t know about me! Feel free to talk to me anytime, I’d love to get to know you guys better 🙂

 

Happy Blogmas babes,

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Dealing with Exam Stress | Blogmas day 4

Hey everyone!

Since I’m in the middle of my first set of university exams I thought I’d share with you some of the ways that I’ve come up with to help me tackle them.

Keep your room tidy

This definitely doesn’t seem like something super important, but it doesn’t matter if you’re trying to study or get ready before an exam, having a messy room is bound to stress you out. Taking 20 minutes out of your studying (or procrastinating – no judgement 🙂 ) isn’t going to kill you, and it’s going to help you out in the long run.

Have a calendar 

Make sure you have a calendar with all of your exams and their times on it! Missing an exam would be the worst thing so make sure you check the times and room numbers twice, maybe even three times.

Sleep 

This is a super obvious one but make sure you’re getting enough sleep. A really important thing to remember is that getting a consistent amount of sleep is going to ensure that you don’t feel exhausted when you wake up.

Take breaks

Okay, it’s so important to take breaks from studying. Take a break, get a get some food, breathe a little bit, and get ready to get back into the studying zone (just make sure it’s a break, not a full day).

Happy Blogmas babes,

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Dealing with Disappointing Yourself

Okay so, I just came out of one of my exams. An exam that I have been preparing for weeks and was completely prepared for. I had been getting nearly perfect in this class yet as I was working through my MS Access query for my mail merge I just couldn’t get part of it to work.

And I was sitting in that exam the worst thing for me was that I was disappointing myself. I knew how to do all of the material and I had very high expectations for myself. Honestly, disappointing yourself is one of the hardest things to come to terms with…

But I realized that not getting perfect didn’t matter. In university the A+ range is 90-100. That’s a huge… there is a ton of room to not get 100% and that’s a good thing.

Real life isn’t about 100%, seriously, no one gets everything right all the time

So I guess I just wanted to tell you guys that it’s very okay to not get 100%. It’s more than okay.

 

IT’S TOTALLY NORMAL

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Why is the bar way up there ^ instead of here where the normal people are.

Why do we set the bar higher for ourselves than we should?

Sometimes we all need to step back, reevaluate, and know that as long as we’re trying our best that’s all we can do.

 

All in all, I hope you guys don’t have to come to this conclusion during the middle of your exams (because it took like 7 minutes out of my exam time so like learn it now hun) – please please try to learn from my lesson?

 

Natasha

 

 

Just Another Manic Monday

Good morning all and welcome to another definitely manic Monday.

Unfortunately, Mondays continue to come and go, leaving in a fit of “what the heck just happened today”. To try and grant myself some clarity I wanted to give you my rundown of the top 10 things you absolutely NEED for your first few months away at university.

  1. Power bar
    • Dorm rooms never have enough power outlets and its absurd. So do yourself a major favour and pick up two power bars so you can have all the outlets you’ll need (and trust, you will)
  2. Lamp
    • Whoever said dorms had great lighting was a flat out liar. Get a lamp for your desk because the one attached to it sucks so much, I’m not even sure it can be considered a lamp.
  3. Scissors
    • This is one thing that nobody thinks they’re going to need, however when you’re the only person who’s mum forced them to bring scissors you get really popular, really fast.
  4. Tape
    • Literally, the exact same reason I gave for scissors: someone always needs some
  5. Decorations
    • Okay so just saying decorations is super broad, I know. But seriously, make your dorm room your own! It’s going to seem kind of similar to a prison cell unless you spice up your life with some decorations. (I personally love cheap prints of artwork and postcards)
  6. Fridge
    • Mainstream? Yes. But do it. Everyone needs a fridge
  7. Kettle
    • Noodles? Tea? Instant coffee? Kettles are extremely useful
  8. Extra storage bins
    • Just because the residence page says it has lots of storage does not mean it does! You’re definitely going to overpack and need more space everything. My personal favourite is the stackable drawers.
  9. Printer
    • The university will have places where you can pay money to print your assignments, however, it’s super expensive and inconvenient. Buying a printer and all of the printer accessories on sale will cost less in the long run and you won’t have to wait in super long lines to print your assignment that’s due in 15 minutes!
  10. Spirit
    • Do I mean alcohol or hope?? You decide 😂

Natasha

Journal: Athletics Attempts

Since the beginning of September, I have been struggling with wanting to go to the gym and not having any motivation to do so. Of course, everyone goes through this at some point in their life and I’ve been trying to think of how I can do it; how do I make that kind of commitment to myself?

So I think I’m going to use my blog to force me into it. I don’t care what day of the week or how long I spend working out – but I’m going to do it. Once a week I’m going to give you guys an update on what I did and how I’m feeling because of it.

Oh my goodness when I took a break to start writing this I was scrolling through my facebook and saw this:14724626_10208665318334441_4182607880997232620_n

THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE ME I SWEAR MAYBE I’M GOING TO TRY RIGHT

Let’s see how this goes,

Natasha

Life at Uni: Month 1

Wow.

14285158_1044327342347456_1753738708_oI can’t believe I’ve been here for over a month. University is such a huge rollercoaster.

So far most things have been great! My love for my floor is incomprehensible; these girls are people that I can genuinely see myself being friends with for a long time. The thing about uni is that you’re not forced to see the same group of people every single day, six hours a day, five days a week, like high school friends. (Now, I’m not saying that all high school friendships aren’t going to last, but I also experienced what reevaluating friendships after high school finishes felt like. Trust me – you realize that some people were friends out of convenience, and that isn’t a bad thing! It just is what it is, you know?) But yeah, the people that I have CHOSEN to spend my time with have proven, already, to be better friends than most of my high school friends were. I think part of that was the decision to choose an all girls floor in my residence. Being on an all girls floor mad me feel a lot less stressed in September when I first started trying to scope out potential friendships!

So, friends are great in 14315593_1044375255675998_109845402_ouni. Classes are also great. They are stressful (like microeconomics my gosh I want to cry a little bit sometimes but I’m working on it). High school teachers like to threaten you with the ominous ‘professor’ looming in your near future because they will be meaner, harder markers, etc. I have found this to be completely untrue. Yes, the class sizes are bigger so that does mean that your prof won’t always recognize who you are – but if you put in the effort to go to their office hours, or ask questions after class they are ALWAYS willing to help you! Profs want you to succeed and I have no idea where high school teachers get the notion that they don’t. Don’t get me wrong though – the workload is intense. (but I 300% think that IB had me overprepared for uni – I’ll rant about that in a separate post though). Honestly managing the workload is jut understanding how to prioritize your time and effort so that you don’t overwork yourself or leave everything and get super overwhelmed by everything.

Speaking of being overwhelmed! Everyone is. During this first month and a half, I have been overwhelmed on several occasions and it’s still a work in progress. I definitely still have a lot of work to do in the stress management category, but I being here gives me a lot of motivation to do so – I’m paying for this, the majority of people here are actually interested in learning, I chose all of the classes I’m in because I wanted to not because of high school requirements. All of these things are a reminder that not only do I need to get my shit together but that I also need to step back sometimes. Knowing your limits [and playing within it] is a HUGE THING. People tell you that small things like taking breaks or missing a class or even big things like switching majors are THE WORST THING IN THE WORLD TO DO. But seriously, I’ve only been here for a month and I already know that making decisions based on what is best for me is so important.

Anyways, I can feel myself starting to ramble so I’m going to wrap up this update with a six-word summary:

Uni offers great opportunities – take them 

 

Bye for now,

Natasha