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“You’re Not Smart Enough”

“You’re Not Smart Enough”

I’ve mentioned before I previously dropped out at university – at 18 I thought it was uni or nothing, even though I really wasn’t ready. So the second time around I’ve really had to prove myself. And I like to think I have. I put myself first in every instance of my degree and really pulled it out of the bag. Which is amazing, because recent memories saw me reminded that several people thought I’d never be where I am now, and it’s time to address that. Because young people, especially women, can be often told they don’t know enough. That they aren’t good enough. And that can really dent your confidence.

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Orcadian is a State of Mind…

Orcadian is a State of Mind…

That night we had a museum tour, and got to know some of the stories of the most remarkable people who came from Stromness over the years. The curator said something that night that stuck with me: “You’re all Orcadian now. Orcadian is a state of mind!” My classmate mentioned a few things too, having moved from Belgium to Orkney. She found that in Orkney, time stands still no matter where you are. It’s never busy or bustling, and you can take your time to do things. There are also no social pressures in Orkney – no pressure to wear the right outfit or do your makeup a certain way.

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What It’s Really Like – Not Making Close Friends at University

What It’s Really Like – Not Making …

In life, and particularly when you’re young, the focus seems to be on having a big group of friends and seeming “cool”. I’ve had people shocked to the core when I admitted I sat in lectures alone, claiming a lecture wasn’t worth going to if you weren’t there to socialise. But a lecture is always worth going to. After all, they exist as a teaching tool. University is primarily about getting a degree. And if you make friends, great! But if not, that doesn’t mean you’ve failed. No matter how hard society pushes on you that a social life is more important than anything else at that point.

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Post Graduation – My Anxiety and Mental Health

Post Graduation – My Anxiety and Mental Health

On my graduation day I was a picture of pure happiness. Surrounded by my family, I chatted to my classmates comfortably and spent the whole day with a massive grin on my face. I was perfectly happy until a few days afterwards, when photos started popping up on Facebook. I started to realise that, in spending time with my family, I’d missed out on getting involved in group photos with my classmates… And whilst that didn’t really matter, it did make me feel pretty lonely. All through uni you’re told about making those “friend’s for life”. And in that moment I just felt like I’d failed.

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Making a House a Home with BoConcept (AD)

Making a House a Home with BoConcept (…

BoConcept’s home accessories section is where I’ve been directing my search for the perfect little details to make me feel more at home in my little cottage in Orkney. I love the Scandinavian attention to detail, and so each piece creates a real talking point in any room.

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Summer Plans and Embracing my Post University Freedom

Summer Plans and Embracing my Post University …

This summer will be busy, including preparations to move to a whole new place for a whole new degree. So I thought it would be a good reminder to myself to write down everything I have planned, for a little springboard of excitement, and a little preview of incoming content to my blog in the next couple of months.

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Everyone You’ll Definitely Meet in a University Freshers Facebook Group

Everyone You’ll Definitely Meet in a …

The lead up to university is an exciting time. No longer will you be an awkward teenager, bound by the curfews of mum and dad, and unable to do what you want without permission. You’ll…

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My Master’s Applications – My Journey

My Master’s Applications – My Journey

About this time last year, I started looking at masters programs to get a better idea of which ones I wanted to do. This term alone, I planned to apply to about 8 masters programs. I’ve ended up applying to 2. My priorities have changed, and I needed to start thinking practically.

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Your Average University Ball

Your Average University Ball

As it’s my final year, I’m going to all the balls I can. I’ve already been to my university’s Sports Ball, and next up is the Biological Sciences Ball. They’ll also be a graduation ball, but that’s to think about at a later date. So many balls, so little time…

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Prioritizing Self Care – Should You Skip Lectures at University?

Prioritizing Self Care – Should You Skip Lectures …

So I suppose what I want to discuss is when can you really justify skipping lectures? I’m not defending myself not going because it’s cold and I want more sleep – that’s just me being selfish! But it definitely happens to everyone. I can’t justify it. But I can justify not going to a lecture when, in all honesty, you need to put yourself first.

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