Friday, 23 September 2011

Exciting Upcoming Months!

As I have now finished uni and completely moved into the house in Manchester with my boyfriend and his friends, I can settle down and try to get my life sorted! 

Recent  big things that have happened for me are of course:

- Moving into the house in Manchester - can't quite believe that I am all moved in now!

- Getting my hair done, might not seem a big thing to you but this was the first time since April I had had it done!!

My new hair! (excuse the naked ladies in the is liams room i have moved into after all!)
- Almost completing a fourth freshers week!-Although we did not go out every night, we still took part in it...I am of course keeping up the pretence that I am still a full time student!

Other exciting things coming up...

Tomorrow - Saturday 24th September

We are going to watch Tottenham Hotspur at Wigan...last time Liam and I went here, we met players and got our programme signed, I am soo hoping we can meet Rafael Van Der Vaart again...he is soo yummy!! and I want to meet Bale too as he was injured last time! I am really looking forward to wearing my new spurs shirt which was given to me from Liam as I am not allowed to buy anything until christmas! (I managed to fit into an XL boys so saved £10 woohoo! haha.)
Bale (monkey faaace!) with his heart celebration!
Van Der Vaart-mmm! :)

Tuesday 27th September

My evening course in digital photography starts. Although I did a bit of photography at uni, I didn't learn all the technical side to it, so am really excited to get started on this for the next 16 weeks, and hopefully meet some new friends!

Late September / Early October

I start my new job at Sports Direct. I am very lucky that I have managed to just walk into a job with the help of my boyfriend (as he already works there!) I was getting very disheartened not hearing back from any other companies, even just any rejections when this opportunity arose, so am looking forward to some extra pennies!

Every other weekend between now and Christmas

I will be travelling back home to the Co-op which I work at when I am home to complete my NVQ qualification in retail.

Tuesday 8th November

Liam and I have tickets to go to see Lee Evans at the MEN arena! I am soo excited as they were a present from Liam and we have been waiting for ages to go!

Friday 25th November

My graduation!! I am soo excited for this! and have finally got my tickets on hold and ordered the hire of my gown etc. Although I really wanted my graduation to be in the summer which would be great for the photos, I am excited that it is the end of November as will be a great catch up with everyone that was on my course, and we are all staying over an extra night for a final night out in Leeds!

Early December

I will be starting to get people's Christmas presents ready. As much as I love summer, I also loooove the winter season and get so so excited for christmas! 13 weeks and 2 days to go! What's more, I am still on my spending ban and so love being able to buy things for others as I'm not allowed for myself! Liam and I just need to decide where we are spending christmas day and boxing day...eek!

Have you got anything planned for the next upcoming months? xxx

Monday, 19 September 2011

New Selling Page!

It needs to be updated with all my things, but I now have a selling page on facebook, as have wayy too much stuff to list on ebay (I'm not allowed to list anything else on there, else they class me as a business seller!!) 

Take a look, like and share please! :) xx

Sunday, 18 September 2011


Soo it comes to this time of year again when people disappear off to uni and start new beginnings. As I am someone that has just completed my three years at uni, I thought what would be better than to tell people about my experience along with advice and what to expect!

The Beginning:

When I said I wanted to go to university I think everyone (especially my family) were quite shocked. I have alwaysss been someone that loves home, and although I enjoyed going to people's houses and on holidays with others etc, home is where I'm used to. I knew I wanted to do something different though and decided on uni. However, leading up to going to uni, I cried and cried and cried. I thought I had made a HUGE mistake in deciding to go and the weeks leading up to September everyone assumed I'd last just 5minutes and be on my way home again. Nevertheless, I did what I'd heard other people doing and what UCAS advised, and joined a site called yougofurther 
Through this site, I could search for people at my uni, in my halls etc and quite quickly found people. Do not get disheartened if you can't find many / any though as I now know lots didn't..I suppose I was just lucky. This is where I met my flatmate and now one of my best friends Zara. She was on my course and living in my flat, so felt like I had already made a friend before I started.

Once arriving in Leeds, I was sooo nervous! I am always so shy in front of new people but one thing I would advise is even if you're quiet, make sure you talk. People are feeling exactly the same as you, they just express it in different ways. I was quite surprised.. although I felt homesick, I didn't cry and sit in my room all of the time, and I am glad about that. I just thought what's the point...mum had told me to at least try it out until christmas else you'll never have a proper experience of it. This is true. I know people that quit wayyyy before christmas, within a month infact. People are still just getting to know one another then so there is no way you'll have a proper idea on if you'd like it or not by then. (Just my opinion.)


Decorating my room with photos of people at home and things that just brought a smile to my face definitely made me happier. Just make sure in the first few weeks, you keep yourself busy. No one wants to be friends with someone that just sits in their room with the door closed acting as though they don't want any friends. People can only do so much to help. A huge piece of advice I would give is stay strong. Just try to be confident even if you don't feel it inside. Prop your door open so that people can just pop their head in to say hi..this is how lots of friends were made in my halls! Chances are, people you have met will have met other people and this is how everyone generally gets introduced.

Freshers Week:

Is just like a holiday. Yes, you spend a lot of money, but you have fun! (Or at least make sure you do!) You will end up spending hours getting ready for nights out, pre-drinking and having fun and games, then going out, getting some food on the way back home, getting to bed about 3 at the earliest and sleeping for most of the next day...possibly fit some shopping in to the day time (which I did far too much of!!)

My brother has just gone off to uni and I remember him saying to me, "isn't it awkward introducing yourself though?!" Yes and no...obviously it's a bit forced as everyone is saying it, but you get very used to asking, "What's your name?", "Where do you come from?" "Where are you living?" "What are you studying?"....Questions pretty similar to meeting someone when abroad!

The main advice I would give anyone about Freshers Week is just TALK. I tried my hardest not to be shy and to make friends. These are the first couple of weeks that people are making their friends and will be the easiest weeks to do so.

First year freshers tops we had made!
First year freshers (L-R) Oceana, School Girls fancy dress, Gatecrasher, Halo, Chilli Whites, Bottom right..first night out ever in Leeds! x


When I went to university, I began a long distance relationship. This lasted for the first year, but due to reasons not to do with me being at uni, it ended. I then began a new relationship which was also long distance with my boyfriend, Liam. He was at home for a bit of the first few months together and then moved to Manchester to start uni for himself. Although Manchester is a lot closer to Leeds, it is still an hour away and still what I would class as a long distance relationship. Yes, we were lucky and saw each other a lot more than other couples I know, but it was still every weekend, or every other weekend we saw one another. 

Every relationship takes work, but these kinds of relationships take a lot more work. A lot of people say that long distance relationships don't last, they certainly do if you want them to and you try hard enough. I am not at all saying they're easy..infact, they're the opposite. It's very tough when the times you're free to call, they're busy, when they're making new friends and are out in evenings and you just want someone to chat to, but you get over that. Do not worry. You just need to communicate as frequently as possible, even if this means planning times when you're both free. Trust plays a huge part in this too, if you don't 100% trust your partner, things are not going to go smoothly.But whatever you do, please do not worry. It is just the two of you important in your relationship and if you both want it to work, it will :)


As soon as you move out, money plays a huge part in your life. It sounds silly but I never realised quite how expensive things I took for granted cost in the long run, and how much Mum and Dad spend on in what I think are pretty standard things for me and my brother! Going to uni, I had a bit of savings from my part time job that I was going to use towards treats for me..(shopping trips, alcohol, that kinda thing).

The main thing students need to do is to budget. I know so many people, who as soon as their student loan came in, just went on a shopping spree and it disappeared. Yes, I shopped a lot, a little too much as I have recently realised, but I have never been in the position where I have spent it all and not had enough for essentials!

Although in my overdraft now, (as the majority are when finishing uni), there are ways to stop this. Many people I know had a part time job at uni, but I didn't want this to get in the way of my social life and university work so I chose not to do this. Make sure you look out for any student offers, an NUS card was an essential for me as it gave soo many discounts and is only £11 a year! 16-25 Railcards were also a must have as it saves 1/3 off your travel, and only costs £28 (free with my Natwest student account!) Also, when doing fancy dress nights, primark becomes your best friend!!

University and work:

I was quite shocked how unlike school university was. You do not have someone telling you to do a piece of homework and bring it in the next day. You don't have people sat pretty much guiding you along. They let you get on with it. If you don't pass, you haven't worked hard enough. You will only get good marks if you work hard. My university course was an art one and so was a little different but for more academic subjects, I would suggest taking something to record the lecture, or if you type faster than you write, take in your laptop / notebook to make notes. Lecturers talk fast. Make sure you ask for help if you need it. Just remember although you are at uni to have fun, you are paying a lot of money for an education so you want to get something worth remembering out of it....a good grade as well as good friends! 

Main points of advice I would give having done it all before:

Make your room homely. This is where you are living for the next year so you want to make it pretty, full of things you love and not somewhere you don't enjoy being. - I had photos and heart objects everywhereee as these are things I am mad about, and they just made me feel right at home!

For the first few weeks, make sure you have lots of ready meals, things that are easy to make (pot noodles!) but that fill you up. You want to be eating a good size meal so you don't end up throwing up! but you won't have time in the first few weeks to start going through the student cook books you have no doubt been given or bought whilst preparing for uni!

Second Year at uni - (L-R)
Peter Andre at Evolution, group of friends, Sailor night out, Carnage Doctors & Nurses, Evo.

Buy your alcohol before going out. This comes under budgeting! Although drinks at student events are dirt cheap, you will save a lot by pre-drinking with friends in someones flat. - It also helps you learn a lot about some people if you play drinking games such as 'I have never...!'

Stay smiley and friendly. Keep your bedroom door open when you want company / want to meet others. People will take the hint :)

Go to lectures-you haven't paid thousands of pounds to get into debt andddd get nothing from it!

As Corrie has stated on her uni guide..get used to taking naps!! Before uni, you think they are for old people. Whilst at uni, you realise you cannot live without them!!

Take loads of photos! You want to remember uni for the good reasons :) - memories and friendships made through uni are priceless!

Lastly, have fun! Although my time at uni was tough..the actual uni course turning out to be a course I did not enjoy, and massive fall outs in second year and 3 of us having to move flats, I got through it! I especially enjoyed my first year, meeting new people and have some of the greatest friends that I spent three years with! Uni has definitely changed me for the better, and that I will always be glad of.

Year 3 (L-R) Pre-drinks in the flat, Kayla's LBD themed 21st, Pre-drinking before out for kay's 21st, out for birthday, Carnage PJ party, Carnage Beach babes xx

Just remember as much as you want to do well at university, don't spend every spare minute studying. I should have taken my own advice on this part in my last year, that everyone needs to cut loose once in a while. Always being surrounded by uni work can drain you, but don't forget that the studying is the main reason you are there!

Wowww I have stopped rambling on...hope it has helped a little though! If anyone wants any tips / advice at any time, just message me at and I will try to help out. I have been through and survived my 3 years at uni..just wish I had had something like this to tell me everything would be okay so am here if anyone needs me! xx

Gina xoxo

Saturday, 17 September 2011

I’m back!x

Wow! I cannot believe how long it has been since I last posted...although I haven't been especially busy over the summer I have at the same time (if that makes any sense)..I kind of got to the point that I didn't know what to write about, as wasn't doing anything that interesting and didn't want to bore you all! But I think I have my spark back!! :) I have been working loadsss over the summer to try to get rid of my overdraft after just finishing uni. I am still on my shopping ban which is making the money situation a little easier, but just the cost of travelling to and from work is meaning that I am still heavily in my overdraft :( 

I actually cannot believe I have done this shopping ban for 6 weeks so far!! I am really trying my hardest to hold out until christmas, as after all the packing and unpacking I have done, I know for a fact that I do not need any new clothes or accessories for a long while! I am the worst person as well for making lists of what I would like for christmas / birthdays etc, so if anyone else has this problem, just do a ban for a while - there will be lots you suddenly want! (well, there is for me and it is still 98 days til christmas!!-as technically now it would be christmas day)...yes, I did just sit there and work that out!

For those of you who don't know, I am / have been moving into a house in Manchester for the best part of the summer. This is to live in my boyfriend's room..hope it doesn't become too claustrophobic! But am looking forward to there being 2 other boys and a girl in the house for company and to continue a type of student life on! I have just managed to get a job at Sports Direct in the Arndale centre in Manchester thanks to Liam's help, which means hopefully the pennies should finally start building up! - What's even better is that I may actually have money when going out with other students and perhaps continuing on the lifestyle! I am soo excited for Monday night as it is freshers week in Manchester...I had my problems at uni in Leeds in which I will explain in a future post, so this makes me want to enjoy this one even more! :)

That is a brief overview on what has been going on in my life recently!...I am thinking about writing a Fresher's guide to university soon as Corrie's blogpost about it over at certainly brought memories back about my time as a newbie!-My brother is going through it all for the first time too, and Liam is starting the first of three years on his course as well so I am surrounded by it all at the moment!

Sorry for rambling on a little! - The blogging bug seems to be returning! :)

Would people like to read about what to expect / challenges at uni? Any other posts they would like to read about?

Gina xoxo