I’m baaackkkkk!! I’ve had a long break during which I battled mental health issues, rinsed my bank account, attended a blog event and completed first semester exams. To kick off my new found inspiration for blogging, lets talk student life. More specifically, I’ll be telling you 5 things that I think every student MUST do in 2018.
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I’m very tempted to say things like ‘go clubbing every night for a week’ and ‘get with someone new every year’ but in all honesty, that isn’t me. I want to write about things that reflect my opinion and not what is considered the ‘norm’ or popular. However, if that’s what you want to do, then do it! Whatever floats your boat!
Master cooking a gourmet meal
Or basic pasta. Or Something! Let’s face it, being in university means you’re now an adult who needs to learn to look after themselves, and that involves cooking your own meals. Wether you live at home, or in student halls, cooking (in my opinion) is an essential skill. I mean, yes mums spag bowl is THE BOMB, but you gotta cook for yo’self! Master a dish, wether it be simple or super complex, but have your speciality! It’ll make a great treat for date nights, or to surprise your friends with your amazing culinary skills by inviting them over.
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Attend a protest / march
Again, this ones different. This year there will be many, MANY controversial discussions across the UK (and across the world!) so why not use this opportunity to stand for something you are passionate about. Not only does this develop your personality, it provides excellent experience and could really help make a difference. A protest I can think of that I would love to be a part of is #StandUpToTrump , I do not agree with a sexist, racist, homophobic and misogynist (big word, I know) coming to the UK for a visit. Stand up for what you believe in!
Take a social media detox
Odds are, if you do this, it will probably be around exam period. I mean, I can’t be the only one scrolling through my twitter feed laughing at memes for hours on end, can I? Social media can be super toxic, from silly societal rules and expectations, to the perfect body portrayed everywhere, to ridiculous anti-men ‘feminist’ blow ups. Things we see and read can really have a bad impact on our mental health, and we should always put that first. Taking a break from social media and focussing on yourself, university, family and friends can prove super beneficial. You may rekindle an old flame, may find a new hobby, or simply may just hate not being able to snap that guy sleeping in the 9am lecture (I mean, it’s not on snap, it didn’t happen?). It is well worth the try.
Add a stamp to your passport
AKA, Travel. At least once. There are so many good deals for students to travel to different countries, so not making the most of your time just seems ridiculous to me. I mean, you can go to Paris for less than £100 for a weekend. See a new country, experience the culture and try some ridiculous food. Considering you can see a whole new city for the amount some trainers cost seems like an adventure to grab when you get the chance. Icelolly.com, lastminute.com and Love Holidays always have some amazing deals on, so why not take them up on it? And whilst you do, get cashback too! Save some dolla!
Be a tourist in your own city
Now this one is mainly for students who live in halls, but can easily be completed by those who live at home too. University life is hectic, that is something every student can agree on. Between nights out, last-minute revision, early morning lectures and stressing over your bank balance, we rarely actually get to see the city/town we live in. Almost every city has guided/self guided tours. Heck, a tour bus looks like fun too! It may be one of them super cheesy touristy things, but the odds are that you will see and learn something new, and have a great day out. I don’t see a downside here, just make sure to double the weather. You wouldn’t want it to put a damper on things (pun intended).
What is on your bucket list for 2018? Is there something you think every student should do this year? Let me know in the comments xx
Lots of love,