All Nighter’s Anguish

Featured in a copy of Christ Church’s student newspaper UNIfied. Have a look at previous editions at

All-nighters are quite often a customary aspect of the student lifestyle.  You have a deadline looming, but you haven’t even started writing yet and to be honest, watching back to back episodes of Friends sounds far more appealing.

It doesn’t matter how many times you convince yourself that this time you will be organised and prepared, refusing to leave everything to the very last minute; you will probably still find yourself being drawn to other, more interesting things. And as a result, pulling an all-nighter is the only solution you believe you are left with, knowing that in a few precious hours you will be expected to hand in an important piece of work you are meant to have taken time and consideration over.

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Birthday celebrations

Today is 26th October. How the hell did that happen? This month has flown, and now the day’s are getting shorter, the night’s are getting longer and the weather’s getting colder.

But let’s not get into that. Far too depressing.

Quite a lot has happened since I last wrote so it’s most definitely time for an update. I am a year older since my last post, as it was my birthday last weekend! Two of my best friends came down to visit and we had such a brilliant few days together. We went to the zoo (an obvious choice if you know me well enough), failing to forget that it rains on my birthday every year with no exceptions. It’s a slight understatement to say that it was ‘muddy’ at this zoo, but it was a great little place with loads of animals and a lemur enclosure which you could go in and let the lemurs jump all over you. I also held a snake round my neck, which I was pretty proud about, but I drew a line at the tarantula.

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October News

Happy October!

We’re finally getting in to my favourite part of the year and I’m so excited! My Dad’s birthday was during the week, still to come we have my birthday on Sunday, Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year! So much going on that it’s hard to keep up with it all, but so much to look forward to.

I’ve been back at Uni for nearly 3 weeks now and still loving it. Getting back into work and routine etc. was a tiny shock to the system but one I’m sure I’ll adjust to. I’m pretty lucky that most of my classes start at 1 in the afternoon or later this year, but this is sadly supplemented with the fact that two nights a week I don’t finish till 7pm. My course modules so far have been a mixed bag, with some seminars being quite boring and others been absolutely brilliant. When I get more into the year I’m sure it’ll get much better.

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Freshers – beware of the Facebook fraudsters

Reaching out... in the book, Cass receives a Facebook message from someone purporting to be her brot

This article was originally written for my University’s newspaper but they ran out of space and it couldn’t be submitted. I thought instead of wasting it, it would be a good idea to add it to my blog for the benefit of freshers. Enjoy!

Coming to University for the first time can be an incredibly daunting experience. There is so much going on around you – names to remember, fancy dress outfits to buy and god knows what else – that you begin to forget the important things, like security.

Before I’d even arrived at University, it seemed everybody was adding as many fellow first years from Uni as possible, so you could discuss online about the freshers events you wanted to go to, how many pots and pans you were bringing, and if you were nervous, scared or excited. Most students can probably relate to this, knowing that for the majority of the time, you will never end up meeting half of these people face to face.

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Right, I have a bit of a situation. I sat down in front of my laptop to do a new blog post on Thursday evening,  typing whatever came into my head, quite like a stream of consciousness (any psychologist would actually have a field day analysing my brain), hoping that something amazing would come out. But nothing did.

I’ve now hit the point when I’ve ran out of things to discuss and I’m not really sure what to do about it. I’m sure I would if I got out of the house and did something spectacular – break a world record or climb a mountain, something like that. But sadly I don’t really have the time, or motivation. Because I am a lazy git.

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