Friends

The older I’ve become, the more I’ve realised how important friends are and how important it is to have the best friends that you can.

In primary school, you have so many friends that you can’t count them all on one hand, it’s party time every single weekend with presents to give and party bags to receive, but they’re not all friends that are going to stick with you forever.

When you get to high school, you keep some of the friends you had in primary school, but others move on with their lives and you drift apart. This is also when you find a whole new set of friends and you all grow up together within the next five years.

Leaving school is probably one of the biggest shocks to your friendship circle. Whether your friendship group all splits off to different colleges and sixth-forms or not, you will most probably drift apart into new groups.

Coming to university, I’ve created a whole new set of friends who I adore and wouldn’t change for the world. Living in a completely different part of the country to all your friends at home, gives you the opportunity to learn who your true friends are. The ones that still make an effort to see you and keep in contact are the ones that you will treasure forever. There are friends that I expected to be in my life forever, who I have drifted apart from since starting uni.

Everything is always changing, but it’s okay to embrace the change.

Ellen x

Living in Brighton

Brighton is another world compared to anywhere else I’ve been in England. It’s so quirky and liberal, anything goes. You could wear a bin bag for all people here care, expression is definitely the key in this seaside town.

Alongside that, it’s the gay capital of Britain, so the city is thriving with pride. Whether you’re a girl who likes girls, a boy who likes boys, attracted to the opposite sex, doing drag, transgender, pansexual, literally anything, you will be welcomed with open arms into this city’s community.

Brighton is amazing, not only for it’s acceptance but what it has to offer. The beach and the pier are iconic, and are still so widely loved across the country. As soon as the sun comes out, everyone comes down to Brighton beach!

There’s also the famous Brighton Lanes to get those extra quirky purchases. Whether you’re looking for clothing, music, home essentials, or jewellery, the lanes will never fail you.

I can’t wait to see the city come alive for Pride in August!! Lots of fun to come!

Ellen x

My University Experience So Far…

I’m now coming to the end of my first year of university and it’s been interesting, to say the least. It hasn’t been exactly how I expected it to be.

For starters, I thought majority of my fellow students would be the same as me, straight out of a-levels and into uni, but most of them finished their a-levels at least 1 or 2 years ago and worked in-between. I partly wish I’d done this because then I would be able to enjoy my uni experience without having to manage a part-time job alongside. But unfortunately I’ve got to manage my university work, part-time job and social life, which is much crazier than I thought it would be, and it can all get a bit much sometimes.

Especially in the run up to deadlines and exams, it’s a very stressful time. It makes it so much harder to focus when you’re living with your friends. You’ve just got to put your foot down and try your best not to get distracted by everything around you.

But despite all that, I have made some amazing friends here who are like family now and I would change how this first year has gone for the world. Here’s to the next 3 years of this crazy life!

Ellen x

 

I’m at University now?!

It’s been a few years since I posted on here but I’m now a student at the University of Brighton! I thought I would recover this blog and document  my uni experience! I’m studying Digital Media Development so this blog can also potentially help with my Industrial Placement and future careers. So, I’m back and excited to start this back up!

Ellen x

December!

Merry Christmas Month!!!

It all starts now! The Christmas jumpers are out and people are putting up their trees. Suddenly everything looks better dressed in tinsel and we’re all frantically running around the shops.

ITS DECEMBER!!!!! I hope you all have an advent calender so that you can open a little door of magic every morning! Everything is becoming very very exciting!

I can almost feel the love and excitement around me, ahhhh Christmas!

I hope you all have the best Christmas ever!!!!

Public Transport

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As a British citizen, we have all come across some strange public transport situations. I definitely have within the past month on my bus rides to and from college.

There is one smell that I cannot stand, no matter what. Liquorice. I used to have an allotment with my Dad and whenever fennel started growing, which smells like liquorice, I would refuse to touch it or go near it, in fear of being sick. So when a woman who stank of liquorice sat down next to me at the beginning of my 20 minute bus journey, I was not impressed. I don’t know whether it was just her perfume or that she is addicted to it, but I was internally gagging. I tried breathing through my mouth but nothing could get rid of this smell, that was a horrific journey.

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A few days ago, I was waiting at the bus stop and a woman said something to me and I laughed but I didn’t think much of it. When I got on the bus, however, she came and sat next to me, which was okay until she started talking to me. She was asking me about where I go to college and if I party a lot. This woman had crazy white hair and rotting teeth which she clearly doesn’t brush. I must admit, I was feeling very anxious for the entirety of the journey.

When it came to our stop, I rushed off the bus, happy to finally be free. Of course she followed me to where I meet my friends. She asked for the time and then started hysterically laughing about how she always has trouble with the time…BUT THEN the weirdest part…she asked me if I would like some breakfast!! I was really starting to panic then and I politely declined, luckily at that moment my friend came and she left.

Weird.

Trust Yourself

Over the past few weeks something really exciting has started working its way into my life, but with all great things comes doubts and nerves.

I’ve been pulled in a million different directions being told what I should and shouldn’t be feeling, and what I should and shouldn’t be believing. The opinions that seem the strongest and scariest are the ones that my heart doesn’t believe. I don’t know whether it doesn’t want to believe them or whether it actually doesn’t, but regardless, I’ve decided to listen to my heart.

I’ve spent my entire life caring more about what everyone else says than what I feel is right and its never worked out very well for me. This time is different, this time I’m taking control and everyone else can take their opinions elsewhere. I feel like this is the start of something great and I won’t let anyone push me around anymore.

Your own instincts should be the ones you trust and don’t let people run your emotions, sometimes you’ve got to stop trying to please everyone and actually think of yourself for once.

Not My Day

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This morning was erm, interesting!

I got myself up and dressed and my hair washed and my makeup done (not in that order XD) and I left the house. It was all downhill from there.

My bus was running late, great! So, I waited and waited for it and eventually it arrived. I got on and got comfy when….OH CRAP I LEFT MY NOTEBOOK AT HOME, AND MY MATHS HOMEWORK THAT IS DUE FIRST LESSON IS IN THERE!

The bus had already pulled away when the realisation sunk in, I was screwed. So I had to re-do my maths homework throughout my bus journey, that’s always fun.

Then when I got off my bus where I usually meet my friends, they’d already left me cause I was late so that was brilliant!

I walked off on my own to start the 30 minute walk that I had left to get to college…I got half way there when…

A SMUG LITTLE BIRD SAW ME AND THOUGHT I LOOKED LIKE I WOULD BE A BRILLIANT TOILET. Yes, I got pooed on by a bird. It was horrific.

I managed to get to college with 1 minute to spare before my Maths class started.

My morning was very eventful and unlucky, I’m glad that’s over!

Moving House!

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This is a complicated story…

For the past 5 years we’ve been renting, so I’ve lived in my childhood house which we owned, then we moved to a rented house for about 18months, and then to another rented house for 3 years and now we’ve moved into another rented house for about 5 months…

5 months? What’s the point? I know!

Basically, we decided a few months back that we wanted to finally own a house again and we found some houses that are currently being built and bought one (in the simplest way of putting it). The houses won’t be finished being built until February. Then, without even knowing anything about us moving, the landlords of our current home at the time, announced that they wanted to sell the house and they wanted us out in 2 months. Oh gosh.

So we have a temporary 6 month rent in this little house until February. However, we are basically living out of boxes because there’s not much point unpacking much, so yeah, there’s boxes everywhere! It’s crazy!

Everything has been so manic recently with starting college, the move, and I got a job at Primark! I started today, so that’s also been stressful to sort out

Crazy, crazy times! I hope you’re all doing well 😀

College?

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The Monday that has just gone marked my first day of college! It’s all very exciting and overwhelming with all the brand new experiences, people, opportunities, it’s crazy.

My first lesson was Computer Science, and it was weird enough that I didn’t have first period and so I didn’t have to be in college until 10am, but then walking in and having the teacher introduce themselves by their first name was even more weird.

As it’s Computer Science, you may have guessed that I’m the only girl in the class. This doesn’t bother me in the slightest. Majority of my classes are male dominated, as would be expected in Computer Science, Maths and Physics, Latin is the only one that isn’t!

I’ve found that even after two days, I feel like I’ve been sucked into a whole new universe. All the new people around and the fact that we all wear our own clothes, it’s weird not having everyone looking the same. So when you’re walking through the corridor you can judge exactly what people’s personalities are like and what subjects they’re taking from their clothes. The art students all wear really quirky clothes and you can almost instinctively get to know a person from their appearance. This does make me worry what people think of me but then again, I don’t really care.

If anyone is starting college soon, or has just started, or is starting next year, or whatever, and you’re worried about anything or want to find out some stuff then I’m always here to answer any of your questions (if I know the answer XD)!

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