STARTING MY THIRD YEAR OF UNI… TIPS TO MYSELF

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Going into my third and final year of my degree is a daunting thought. Now I’m studying Fashion Journalism so I know it’s not as taxing as perhaps studying medicine or criminal psychology would be, however it does come with certain stresses. I still have no idea what kind of job I wish to have at the end of it – or if I’ll even go into paid employment at the end, I might have to intern for free until something paid comes up. There are no guarantees.
But before the employment (or unemployment) prospect comes to light, I wrote down a few tips for myself on dealing with the stresses that come along with my final year at university and I thought I’d share them here for anyone else who is a stress head like me.

  1. Keep a countdown app on your phone.
    Might seem strange to countdown the days until you are no longer reliant upon education, however it makes me feel good in the knowledge that I don’t have long left until I can be free and my life is finally mine.
  2. Make a conscious effort to stay on top of the workload.
    Every time I go back after a break I make a point of aiming to be better at keeping on top of work and not leaving it to the last minute, but I always procrastinate and it just ends up piling up. I’ve never handed anything in late and it’s always done to the best of my ability, but I always wish that I’d just done it EARLIER to save from panic-writing towards the end of a deadline. This year I’m making a real conscious effort to do work within a decent time frame. WORK DONE = LESS STRESS.
  3. Save money.
    Not exactly a fun topic, or one that I’m enjoying typing out now, but saving money really does save stress. With everyone around my making plans for this holiday, that day out, or even that lunch; all I’m thinking about is my dwindling bank account and increased sense of FOMO. Budget, budget, budget and selling unwanted crap on eBay has become my best friend over the summer and I’ve even got money in SAVINGS. Who knew I could be so proactive?
  4. Socialise. 
    I’ve never been much of a party-er. I like the getting ready process, and the drunk bit, but everything around that is just a bit bluh. But I feel that this year I’m going to need a social life in order to keep me sane. Making an effort to make time for friends over the next several months is high up on my list of priorities. We don’t know where we’ll all be by the time we graduate in terms of employment/location so we might as well make the most of the time that we do see each other every day. *sob*
  5. Use every opportunity.
    Every person you meet, every email you send, every Instagram comment – treat them as contacts. Get talking to people on Twitter, you don’t know who they know who could possibly set you up with someone who has a friend who needs an assistant. And that could be you. And if you don’t get a job, or at least an opportunity, then at leafs you made another friend, right?

Starting my third year isn’t exactly filling me with joy, however I can try and make the best it possibly can be. I may moan to my friends and family, but at the end of it, I’ll have a degree. A DEGREE! And that’s something I never thought would happen for me. And if i can make that happen, then I can make this year a decent one.

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DARK ENCHANTMENT

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Better late than never…

A selection of photos from my Vogue Scrapbook layout, as exhibited in the post below. By no means do I consider myself a photographer… The proof is in the pudding. However I did get an A for this assignment so I thought I’d share the fruit of my labour. The model is Maddy, follow her instagram here.

HEAD PIECEHandmade
DRESS |  Topshop
JEWELLERY/BELT | H&M
TIGHTS | Wolford
BOOTS | Dunlop

MY INSTAWEEK

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Top row: [left] selfie just before #BLFW [centre] my meal before #BLFW looked more amazing on camera than it did in real life! [right] Meeting Sue Kreitzman for a uni project! There’ll be more about that later on my blog!                                                                     Middle row: [left] Found this on Pinterest, are they just gorgeous?! [centre] I want a black bathroom like this. [right] Spring/Summer is finally making a slight appearance here in the UK, but I’d love to be whisked away to wherever this is.                                                             Bottom row: [left] I bought the Benefit Gimme Brow and Estee Lauder Doublewear foundation which is incredible. [centre] Jared Leto on the cover of the Evening Standard magazine last Friday… [right] Another selfie just because.

MY INSTAWEEK!

TOP ROW: [left] H&M Regent Street, London. [middle] Double rainbow on my last day at home! [right] first night at university. MIDDLE ROW: [left] my uni bedroom. [middle] specialist fashion magazines bought in Soho, London. [right] Beautiful scene found on Pinterest. BOTTON ROW: [left] Fashion show at LFWend. [middle] The uni I'm studying at! [right] Quote to live by.

TOP ROW: [left] H&M Regent Street, London. [middle] Double rainbow on my last day at home! [right] first night at university.
MIDDLE ROW: [left] my uni bedroom. [middle] specialist fashion magazines bought in Soho, London. [right] Beautiful scene found on Pinterest.
BOTTON ROW: [left] Fashion show at LFWend. [middle] The uni I’m studying at! [right] Quote to live by.

LONDON FASHION WEEKEND

So yesterday I attended London Fashion Week with some friends from my Fashion Journalism course at uni, and we had such a good time. We arrived at Somerset House for our dedicated 1pm-4pm slot and started off with a bit of shopping….. By bit I mean a lot. I bought myself two Balmain t-shirts, two Wishlist London necklaces and a Tasha Metcalfe necklace crafted from a real pigeon’s foot!

 

Balmain t-shirt.

Balmain t-shirt.

Balmain safety-pin t-shirt.

Balmain safety-pin t-shirt.

Evil eye necklace and silver ring necklace by Wishlist London.

Evil eye necklace and silver ring necklace by Wishlist London.

 

 

 

Necklace crafted from a real pigeon's foot. Grasping a pearl which turns endlessly in in the claw.

Necklace crafted from a real pigeon’s foot. Grasping a pearl which turns endlessly in in the claw.

 

Necklace by Tessa Metcalfe.

Necklace by Tessa Metcalfe.


We also watched the London Fashion Weekend trend fashion show presented by Vodafone, which we were front row for. All the photos from it are on my Instagram @_hannahstocking but here’s a couple of my favourites:

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I really enjoyed myself yesterday, even if my bank balance is crying out for help! Being a student isn’t easy. Taking after Carrie Bradshaw, I’d rather buy Vogue than dinner.

UPCOMING LIFE CHANGES: GETTING READY FOR UNIVERSITY!

So in the space of two weeks I moved to university in Epsom where I’m studying Fashion Journalism. That is one of the most exhilarating, exciting, scary, ridiculous and utterly fabulous sentences I’ve ever really written about myself. For me, uni has always been something that I’ve never really been all that interested in. The career path I want to go down (fashion journalism) doesn’t actually require a degree; more so experience. But I applied for uni anyway not even all that confident that I would even be accepted; but my school kind of forced the application process on us (because it clearly makes them look better the more of us that get into uni) and so I went along with it, not COMPLETELY keen with the idea, but not knowing what else I would do at that point. So I applied to three places, was invited to interviews and created portfolios (with one helluva fiasco involving my whole portfolio and a broken motherboard ONE WEEK before my interview at my first choice university!!!)

The universities I applied to were:

– The University for the Creative Arts – BA Hons Fashion Journalism
This was my first choice uni, I went to the open day and really felt a good “vibe” from it, the course looked perfect and the points expectation weren’t that high, which was appealing. (I only need a minimum of 240 points or three C’s at A Level)

– Southampton Solent University – BA Hons Writing Fashion and Culture
This was my second choice uni, I really liked it; the course leader was really friendly, the uni had a nice atmosphere and it was centrally located. However it was a looooong way from home which is why it was my second choice.

– Northbrook College – BA Hons Fashion Media and Promotion
I was offered a place at this uni which I ultimately declined. The course seemed fine, but it wasn’t a proper university, just a college with some degree level courses. It was situated in a sleepy-town and had no student accommodation, it was also a looooong way from home.

So to cut a long story short, as I mentioned earlier, I declined my place at Northbrook and had UCA as my first choice with Solent as my second choice with an unconditional offer from UCA. I always planned on taking a gap year out of education to earn money, gain CV recognition and also gain self esteem and come into myself more. School kind of took the life out of me and I needed a break to become more of myself. So having taken that gap year I can now fully vouch for the fact that I am a much more confident person than I was a year ago, much more motivated and emotionally stronger than I ever thought I could be.

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So now I’ve been at uni for a week. What are my first thoughts?

Well…. The run-up to the “big day” (i.e moving day) wasn’t as nerve-wracking as I thought it’d be. At this point, I was really looking forward to going to uni to actually study and gain a degree in something that I absolutely love. As of right now I feel very motivated and excited with, I’m not going to lie, a bit of anxiety mixed in! The first 5 days of being here I suffered with really bad nausea; to the point where even standing up was vomit-inducing. Luckily, all traces of my vomit and pre-vomit have disappeared and I can now enjoy my first weekend as a student! (Sadly, no alcohol for me!)

As much as I miss home comforts such as the security of having my parents around, home cooked meals (!!!), my bed, familiar surroundings and a job with a steady pay; I really do love the idea of living (semi) independently. I’m loving the course, made some cool new fwends, and living 30 mins away from London is a MASSIVE bonus!

Any comments or questions about my course, other fashion-related courses or just uni in general, just leave below or drop me an e-mail! I’d be more than happy to help in such a tiresome and stress-ridden process!

xoxo

p.s. I apologise for the long rambling post!!

BUSY LIFE AND MACBOOK SUICIDE

So it seems like bleedin’ ages since I last posted on here! 2 weeks is a long time in the fashion blogosphere! So first of all, my life is all up in the air right now; I’m heading off to uni in a couple of weeks’ time and I’ve been busy sorting everything out for that, sorting accommodation, fees, things I need to buy, and enrolment blah blah blah etc etc etc.

So while all of that has been happening (on top of working 40 hours a week) my MacBook Pro (which is only 4 months old, might I add) decided to end it’s life on me. My laptop, in terms, committed technological suicide and I will now be without my beloved MacBook for *at least* a week while Apple and their ‘Genius’ *cough* team figure out what’s wrong with it.

*big sigh*

So all in all it’s been a crazy couple of weeks and the next couple of weeks are looking just as cray so I apologise for my imminent lack of posting! I will be back into the swing of things (hopefully) when I get my laptop back next week!

I will hopefully be doing a blog post on my starting uni; what I’m taking, the course I’m doing, my personal thoughts etc. in the next couple of weeks so stay tuned!

xoxo