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Writing your CV

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It’s obviously important to have a good CV. This is what your employer will be looking at before they meet you and you can win them over with your dazzling personality. In this CV you really have to sell yourself and don’t have a lot of words to do it in. I really struggle with writing about myself and I know a lot of other people do too.

When writing my own CV I used a guide I found on the University of Kent’s website (which can be found here) and found it extremely useful, I would highly recommend it for any one struggling to write their own. They have a very easy to follow guide to help you know exactly what to (and what not to) put in your CV, breaking the process down into easy to follow points.

I actually visited the university of Kent when writing my dissertation as well so they have definitely helped me a lot in life, despite never attending their university.  All the staff I dealt with were extremely friendly and useful, they have definitely earned my respect and gratitude.

‘Till next time!

Claire


1920’s Prohibition Era Ball

My boyfriend has finally started University! Unfortunately his loan hasn’t come through yet, but hopefully it wont be long.

His Freshers Ball was in the Theme of the Prohibition Era. Luckily I had the night of work because I was so excited to dress up in tassels and big feathery head pieces!

Unfortunately I ended up working a lot before going (4 people have just left my work including one of the managers meaning we’re pretty low on staff) so I didn’t have time to buy the amazing outfit I had envisioned.

Instead we had a quick run to Camden on the day to of the ball as we figured it would be the best place to find some vintage looking outfits. I did see some lovely and perfect outfits but unfortunately my budget would not allow for them. I also saw some cheaper outfits which again would have been perfect but I just couldn’t justify spending £20 on them when I knew I wouldn’t wear them again.

In the end I settled for a cheap cream lace number. It didn’t quite fit the style (it had too much shape to it really) but I figured I could make it more 1920’s with some accessories and make-up. I knew I had some shoes somewhere that we’re very 1920’s, but unfortunately I seem to have left them in the north so I settled with some matching lace heels.

I ended up tying a ribbon round my waist, not all that 1920’s but it looked pretty and gave me a big bow on the back (I love big bows!). I also wore a few long, beaded necklaces to try and make up for the lack of tassels. For the headpiece I used an old sparkly headband I wore when I danced the charleston with my old dance school (how appropriate!) and attached a big flower to it as I didn’t have any feathers.

For my make-up I made it quite simple just adding some eyeliner and then bright red lipstick. I wasn’t about to cut all my hair off into a 1920’s bob, so I just left it as it was, straight and long.

Considering my lack of time and money I think I actually looked pretty good!

It turned out to be a really good night. Just him and I dancing like idiots whilst getting a little merry.

It’s a shame the journey back wasn’t quite so fun. Our flat is really hard to get to with the night buses. This meant we had to take 2 buses and then walk for 40 minutes, which wouldn’t be too bad if it wasn’t freezing and absolutely pouring it down with rain.

Hopefully there’ll be many more good nights out soon, if I’m not working too much that is.

‘Till next time!!


Exciting News for my Boyfriend

Recently money’s been extremely tight, i’m only working roughly 20 hours a week minimum wage and my boyfriend can’t seem to get a job no matter how hard he tries, although he’s good at getting interviews for jobs he’s not completely qualified for surprisingly. When we first met he was in his first year of University and I was in my last, he quit his course though as he didn’t really enjoy it, I don’t think it was exactly what he was expecting.

Since then he’s been working at a sales job, basically being one of those annoying people who come to your door and try to sell you insulation. He didn’t really enjoy it and the long hours (he would usually work 10 to 12 hours in a day if not more) to make little to no money were just draining him. We knew he just couldn’t keep it up any longer. He decided to quit so he would have time to look for a new job, but hasn’t really had any luck.

Then he started thinking about university again. Maybe there’s a course more suitable out there? He began looking and almost immediately found a course right by us which sounds like exactly what he wanted to do in the first place! Unfortunately by this time applications had already closed and so we had to wait until clearing started. Luckily we heard that his course would be available when clearing opened so then it was a mad rush to get all his UCAS and Student Finance things filled in asap, followed by waiting. A lot of waiting.

Eventually it was time to ring up for clearance. The first day they were having trouble with their lines, he couldn’t get through. Then there was a bank holiday and so they were closed. It was so frustrating just having to sit and wait, not knowing if the course would be filled up or not.

Then yesterday he tried again. He kept ringing and ringing but the phone lines were busy and every time he managed to get through he’d give some of his details before being accidentally cut off! At one point he was left on hold for 40 minutes only to be cut off when the person came back…We were really not very impressed by this point.

When he eventually managed to get through again it went a lot faster. The guy on the other end seemed a lot more competent than the one who had left him on hold for 40 minutes! I tensely watched Ash’s face during the conversation until i heard ‘That’s great thank you!’ and saw probably the biggest smile i’d ever seen on his face.

After he hung up i asked ‘Well?’

His reply: ‘I got in’

It was so much of a relief, after so long just having to wait and so many annoyances and things seemingly going wrong. Now we just have to wait for the offer to come through on ucas and for Student Loans to confirm.

So as of October Ash will be enrolled on ‘Internet Application Development BSC’ (or to you and me – web development).

We celebrated by buying chocolate bars.

‘Till next time!


A little bit of drama…

Pretty Smiles!

A lot has happened since my last post…I’m definitely managing to live my life to the full, only hopefully i wont create a bad name for myself.

This wasn't such a good idea...

Sunday night a guy came over for a few films. Unfortunately he’s a friends ex and she got word that he’d stayed over.  It’s not like i’m getting with him or anything, he’s not exactly my type. She came up to me last night and started having a go at me because you ‘never get with a friends ex’. Personally i’ve never understood that rule, i mean Ok if they’re like your best friend and theres a lot of animosity between them and the guy, but seriously, i barely talk to this girl anyway. I really felt like i was back in secondary school again. Surely if two people fall for each other then no-ones got a right to break them apart. I would never dream telling the Ex’s new girlfriend (who was kind of a friend) to back off despite how much they’ve hurt me, i don’t have that right. Nobody does.

Boob is trying to escape...

Yesterday was average, just at uni doing uni things. Then i went out to party. Unfortunately i was on wine, which i’ve figured really does not end well. I barely remember anything, and the things i do remember are really fuzzy.  I did how ever manage to get with a guy i’d been talking to all winter. I hope he’s not just after one thing as i actually think i could really like him. I guess i’ll find out.

Today has been a typical hangover day. Didn’t get up till late, didn’t get dressed for quite a while, failed at doing any work in the library. Now i’m having to quickly do 1000 words for our Choreography Proposal which needs to be handed in tomorrow. I’m so tired it’s likely to be crap, but oh well. I don’t think it goes towards my grade. Lets hope not anyway.

Better actually get on and write this proposal so i can go to bed.

It is going to be so hard to get up for a 9 O’clock tomorrow.

Stay happy!


Moving Southwards

Today i was woken up at 8am (after going to bed at 1am? 2am? Who knows) by the mother as she was going away for the weekend and it would be the last chance to see her before I go back to Uni. I figured whilst i was already awake i may as well get up and finish off the packing i had ignored…

And when i say ‘finish off’ i mean ‘start’.

I’m far too good at procrastinating. In fact i’m procrastinating right now. I’m meant to be unpacking. Something i hate nearly as much as packing.

Nearly.

However, half way through changing i realised that i had packed all my T-Shirts at the bottom of my bag.  Luckily there was some clean washing in the spare room that hadn’t been packed yet so i went to rummage through that to grab my things. Then i heard a noise…I was confused at first, i knew i recognised it but just couldn’t figure out where from. Then it dawned on me. It was the terrifying sound of a window cleaners ladder! And i was stood in only my underwear! I quickly dashed from the room back to my bedroom and got changed into a random tshirt and jeans. Safe.

Surprisingly this isn’t the first time this has happened. Window cleaners always seem to pounce on me whilst i’m naked/scantily clad/in the shower. Thus i have gained a small dislike for window cleaners. I swear they have some kind of ‘naked claire sensor’ so they know when to come over…

Later i went to help the grandparents put all their christmas stuff back in their loft. It was relatively uneventful but just before going i told them both i loved them, something i’ve realised i don’t do often enough. And not just with them, with other family members too. I shout at my mum far too much (what? She annoys me sometimes!) and then feel pretty guilty. I think i’m going to add this to my list of  New Years Resolutions. I don’t want my family thinking I don’t love them! And it actually felt pretty good to say it… strangely awkward to actually feel it coming out of my mouth (I’m not the soppy kind ok!) but the smile on my grandma’s face said it all! 🙂

Then it was back home to finish packing, load up the car and set off for Bedford!

Literally as soon as i got on the motorway my car started spluttering and the needle started dropping. This has happened before, the car really doesn’t like the rain, and it was raining quite a lot. Plus i was over taking a lorry and they throw up ridiculous amounts of spray. I had pull over onto the hard shoulder for a bit for my poor little micra to recover. Soon i was off again, but i had the same problem over taking every lorry (although i didn’t pull over again). I stopped at the first place I could to fix the problem. I’m no mechanic, but we do have some WD40 and that seems to do the trick…temporarily.

The rest of the journey was uneventful. I sang, i drove, it got REALLY rainy, i sang, it got really foggy, i made it my mission to stalk a particular car, i sang even more, i lost the car, i got to Bedford.

2 of my housemates are back. Had a nice chat. The Ex comes back tomorrow (yes i live with my ex…). I think that will be interesting…

Anyways, i guess i should get back to unpacking.

*sigh*


Not a lot to say…

Got up early this morning to go the the dentist, this time i didn’t miss my appointment. I was pretty lucky they could fit me in before i go back to uni really.

Anyhoo, I must have spent less than a minute in that chair and it’s cost me £16.50. Dentist are such rip offs.

Cheered up when i got home and found that I got £100 back from the tax on my pension. And then went to work and got paid loads because of working a lot, particularly on the bank holidays after christmas. Now just to get the money my housemates owe me and i’ll be rolling in it!

Well as ‘rolling in it’ as a student can be without winning the lottery…

Anyways, nothing else particularly interesting has happened today so i better go and pack ready for my 2 1/2 hour drive down to Bedford tomorrow. Fun times! :/

Lets hope i have more to write about tomorrow…


Welcome to my World

I’ve been wanting to do this for years and never quite got round to it, but with a new year comes new changes and now i’m determined to set up my own little ‘diary’ online! Hopefully it will become interesting enough to generate at least a few followers 😛

This isn’t my only new years resolution though, I’ve generally decided to be more productive and happier (despite having the nickname ‘HappySod’ for years).

1. Getting fitter, healthier and more toned

Ok ok, so i dance and i’m not exactly fat or anything but it will just make me feel better about myself ok? I’m not thinking anything drastic.

This should be an easy one to keep up with though as i’ll be off back to University at some point this week where i’m a member of the gym,  will have lots of dance lectures, and will be doing anything to avoid my dissertation. I’ve also just received Kinect for the Xbox for christmas and then gone and bought myself a fitness game, i’m sure that will become a great distraction from the diss!

 

Getting fit has never been so fun!...or deathly

I also decided to try and eat a least a little healthier…actually just eat a little less, i’m already quite healthy. Not much less though, just cut out a few of my snacks. People keep asking me how i can be so skinny when i eat so much! So whilst i’m still gonna snack myself happy, i’m not just gonna snack for the sake of it (which i do far too regularly). Unfortunately all the chocolate i got at christmas has put this off to a bad start…I’m so bad at controlling myself it’s unreal. I just see food and pounce! It’s like a knee-jerk reaction.

2. Keep up with work!

I’m so unorganised/lazy when it comes to work it’s unreal. So i’m determined to keep up to date with it this term! I guess i’m gonna have to if i want to actually graduate this year. So far this one isn’t going so well either…I haven’t even started my dissertation. I need the first chapter written very very soon. Job for tomorrow then! :/

I really worry that i don’t worry enough sometimes when it comes to work…

3. Take life with both hands!

Not that i wasn’t enjoying life before, if people asked me if i wanted to go somewhere or do something random i would most likely say yes! But i decided this isn’t enough, i need to be more daring and make myself experience some really amazing things and not care what other people think!

This ‘fuck it, i’m gonna have fun’ attitude actually started last year when i got dumped if i think about it…

My boyfriend of almost 3 years dumped me out of no where (pretty much for another girl, although he wont admit it it’s pretty obvious) and some how, despite still having to live with him, i made it the best term yet! Partied lots, met a TON of new people, made a new best friend, got out of the house as much as possible and just generally tried to avoid getting down about the whole situation!

It definitely worked. And now i feel better and more confident than i ever have! As much as i hate to admit it, being dumped was probably the best thing for me at this point in my life. I think i had got myself too comfortable where i was. I was in a rut, only i didn’t see it, and this has been the thing to give me a kick up the arse and get me doing something with my life and actually having fun!

But anyways. I think that’s enough ramblings for tonight/this morning (jeeze it’s 1.38am. I should learn to go to bed at normal times once in a while!)

Tomorrow i’ll have to give you all a little background on me, that seems like a logical place to start with a blog rather then some random rabbles about new years resolutions.