Wednesday 19th July 2017, 9:19am, I sit here in my disturbingly tidy room in my beloved first home in Sheffield, R3, where I’ve created so many memories with so many lifelong friends. Even though I am the last of the four of us to leave this flat, it still feels like our flat. Once I’ve gone, it isn’t our home anymore. Since the beginning of June, myself and Bex have had two Malaysian students live with us and fill the two bedrooms at the end of the hall left by our amazing boys – it’s never felt quite right (they never speak a word to us anyway). I’m the only one still left in Sheffield since Saturday and I’ve filled my days with packing and watching Death Note with no human contact; I’m going insane. Although I attach feelings of anxiety and sadness with my home town of Norwich, I can’t wait to go home as I’m getting a cat – Nelson – on Friday!
I will miss my little flat and living beside so many shops, bars, clubs and restaurants but it’ll be nice (for me and my bank account) to live a slight bit further out of the city centre where it’ll be quieter; we’re only moving from an S1 to an S2 postcode so we’re not too far away!
Things I won’t miss about living in this flat however are:
- The alley that my window looks over where the brewery insist on hurtling bins and emptying stupid amounts of glass bottles at unearthly hours (it kept me up at 3am then woke me up at 6:00am this morning…not happy).
- The pathetic management that we have here. They claim to give us the best security yet anyone can just walk in without ID, and the gates don’t even work half the time. We’ve also had 3 mice living in our kitchen since we moved in, 2 of them are dead but one is definitely alive…I look forward to having a long chat with pest control about this.
- Living beside clubs can be a negative as you get all of the screaming every night from midnight – 3am. Being beside the alley is more disturbing as I can often hear people having sex or peeing against my wall…
Bye R3! Thanks for putting up with the 4am banana fights, the ridiculous amount of Bucks Fizz that we spilt on the floor at Christmas, Matt throwing chicken everywhere when he was drunk, Ewan throwing up black in freshers, Bex launching Twinkies at the wall in rage, and myself for injuring every part of my body on every given surface. Good luck to its next tenants, who will love it nowhere as much as we did.
As my first year of University draws to a close (thank god), I thought I’d share my top tips from what I’ve learnt as being a newbie Student:
- Start looking as early as you can. Going on lots of open days and reading up about the variations of courses is the best way that I can advise choosing where to go. When you arrive somewhere, you’ll know straight away if you want to live there or not.
- Apply for accommodation early!
- When you know which flat you’ve been allocated, post it in the Facebook group for your accommodation and find your flatmates ASAP – talk to these people!! You’ll be living with them for a year, maybe more!
- Figure out who is bringing what for the kitchen, we ended up with 8 bottles of fairy liquid, 4 sets of pans and loads of tuppawares.
- Apply for student finance as soon as possible so you don’t forget it and you get it out of the way – another thing ticked.
This weekend, my parents came up from Norwich to visit me in Sheffield and we took the day-trip to Matlock Bath in Derbyshire to visit the Heights of Abraham (which were closed when my parents last came to visit). The guided tours around the underground caverns were amazing!! Our guides turned off all of the lights at certain points so we could get an idea of how dark it was for the miners when they were only guided by candlelight – it’s very hard to see, let me tell you that. Even though I only live an hour away from Matlock, it’s hard to believe that I’ve never been here or expected to see views like this (especially as I come from Norwich which is basically the flattest place in England). Word of warning, you get a leg and back ache after visiting here because you have to duck down in the caves and walk up a lot of hills!
As I sit here in bed at 3:19pm after oversleeping and missing todays lecture, I had a sort-of epiphany. I was casually scrolling down Facebook when I saw a video montage of this man who’d visited 50 countries at the age of 19. It just made me think, there’s so much out there that I want to see and I can get there if I go the right way about it.
I’ve come to the realisation that I have enough money leftover from my student loan in April that I can go Interrail-ing next summer – something I wanted to do last summer but didn’t get round to doing. Going on the Interrail would allow me to tick off many of those countries I’ve always wanted to go to; especially Vienna in Austria! I’m approaching my 19th birthday (in 10 days!) and I’ve visited 10 countries in my youth which puts me at the halfway position. This gives me confidence that I can do this. Dublin with my housemates is already in the pipeline so hopefully Ireland will be on this list!
Countries I have visited:
- The Netherlands
Countries I endeavour to visit (realistically):
Ireland (April 2017)
Austria (June 2017)
Slovenia (June 2017)
Croatia (June 2017)
Hungary (June 2017)
Italy (June 2017)
Czech Republic (June 2017)
Whilst stressing over all my bloody A2 exams (that’s the second year of A-Levels…y’know, those important ones that determine whether you get into University), I found some useful resources to revise Psychology on which helped me a lot and will most likely help you too!
These websites have either downloadable pre-written notes, breakdowns and/or model answers.
Plus these videos are amazing in helping to understand Modules!
Good luck on your exams and I hope this helped!
Eugh it’s that time of the year again, exams month. I feel like my eyes are burning out of my head and my brain is on fire. I’m scoffing Ben & Jerrys like the world’s going to end and drinking orange juice like it’s going out of fashion. I felt like I had to upload some form of post to shove in my lifestyle tab (hint hint click that tab above) since I have hardly anything on there! My first Psychology exam is in 5 days and I’m terrified then my other 5 exams follow quickly after and I don’t feel prepared for them at all:( The next 3 months are so exciting and I can’t wait to get there – Fuerteventura, V Festival, Rhodes then finally moving to Sheffield…and maybe getting my first tattoo AGH. I just want everything to be over and done with so I can be in Sheffield with all my lovely friends that I just made.
Hope everyone else who’s got exams feels better than I do!
We did it! After a few weeks of mayhem buying WAY TOO MANY multi-packs of Walkers crisps and entering codes at midnight, myself and Scott won a free holiday to Corfu! Here’s how it works: Walkers (a UK crisps company) are giving away 20,000 holidays in partnership with last minute.com, there is a code on the reverse of all special packs which can be entered onto your account on the website- each code reveals a letter and you have to spell out the location of one of the destinations e.g. New York, Barcelona, Phuket and many more! After looking into the Spell & Go hashtag on Twitter, it became evident that getting C, K and D was rare…and we had a C sitting in our dashboard! All of the short-haul holidays have a C or D in their title, and the long-hauls have a K- meaning that we pretty much had it in the bag once we’d got the C!
We nervously put in our 5 codes per day waiting for the final F that we needed for Corfu, it just wasn’t happening! This kind man on Twitter offered to swap his F with us for one of our spare letters and I couldn’t say no (this all occurred whilst I was at work). Over the power of the internet, he sent me the swap code and we finally had the F in our hands! Seeing the ‘Congratulations! You’ve won a holiday to Corfu!’ made me physically scream and my Supervisor had to come and check if I was ok! We haven’t booked the holiday yet since we’re still unsure on dates but myself, Scott, Spencer and Tara will be off to Corfu in Summer; the prize includes round trip flights and a 7 night stay in a 4* hotel for 4.
If anyone is interested in the competition, it’s running until the end of July!
Good luck! x
In the Riverside area of Norwich is Chiquito, the cheap and cheerful Mexican Cantina. After only visiting a few times, I can safely say that it’s one of my fave restaurants around.
Following an upgrade to their menu, this ‘Street Food’ tapas style selection was created. Myself and Tara went for mini quesadillas, mini tacos, halloumi bites, epinadas and a mini burrito…YUM. Also, the lighting on the tables is top notch and very aesthetic for instagrams.
10/10 Hannah x
(iPhone quality pictures guys, sorry!) About a month ago, myself and my friend Ben went to the Blacklight Run went it came to the Norwich Showground. As this was one of my Bucket List things to do, I was all over it- even if it was VERY cold.
The first throw!
Me and Ben in the crowd- very early in the night so this wasn’t the ‘messiest’ I got.
One of the best snaps I got!
I will admit, the actual ‘run’ part of this event was very disappointing as I didn’t really want to walk 3 miles in the dark, cold and rain…but the music event afterwards was AMAZING.
Phew! What a stressful few months I’ve been having! UCAS is one of the most difficult processes I’ve ever had to go through and I’m still in the midst of it- but I’m through the hard bit. Here’s my story. I applied to do BSc Psychology at Sheffield Hallam, De Montfort, Lincoln and Anglia Ruskin. Of these four, I UNBELIEVABLY received unconditional offers from Sheffield, Lincoln and Anglia Ruskin which is such a massive achievement which I can’t believe!! After going to open days at these universities, I fell in love with Sheffield Hallam and the city itself- I quickly accepted my unconditional to Sheffield Hallam and I’ve now got a guaranteed place at University!
Sheffield Hallam Collegiate Campus
Collegiate Campus where I’ll be studying!
As the Sheffield Hallam accommodation website is experiencing technical difficulties, I won’t be able to apply for my apartment until January. But hopefully I will be moving into the West End area of Sheffield where my dream flat lies. After visiting Sheffield twice in the space of a fortnight, I can safely say I’ve fallen in love with the city and I can hopefully manage myself there for 3 years (2 if I end up taking a year in Canada!). Moving 150 miles away from Norwich to Sheffield on my own will be difficult, but here goes!
Now i have an unconditional, I don’t have any academic requirements to fulfil upon A Level results day- massive weight off my shoulders! Still can’t believe it.