Being a Fresher

“It will be the best 2 weeks of your life” they said, “It’s the most amazing thing you’ll ever experience” they said…and were they right? NO!

So in the UK people in their first year of University are referred to as ‘freshers’ and in our first week of university the university’s student union plans a whole load of themed nights, club visits etc.in order for us to meet the people we’re going to be studying for the next few years.

I had high hopes for freshers, hopes of me going out every night and having a crazy time with all the fun new people I’d met and not at any point when imagining what my freshers would be like did I see myself: throwing up in my new room, getting the flu, literally drowning in work or having to wait an hour in the rain for a bus to take me back to my accommodation but guess what? all of these things happened.

Freshers is an actual nightmare, most nights had terrible music and the club-nights involved A LOT of waiting in the rain for buses. Also my university sneakily planned talks and lectures at 8 or 9am meaning I spent the whole fortnight sleep deprived…then ill (fresher’s flu is not a myth people! I’m writing this from bed with a box of tissues on my lap).

Then there’s the big ‘A’- alcohol. Give a bunch of young adults alcohol and what will they do? make fools of themselves and then throw up. I’m usually very good at holding my drink and have never thrown up because of alcohol… well never until freshers-the first night of freshers to be precise (there’s nothing like throwing up in your room and waking up on the floor with your plastic handcuffs still attached to your wrist to help you make a good first impression to your new house-mates).

After all these obviously pleasant experiences in the past fortnight I asked myself “why did everyone tell me it was going to be so amazing? Am I the only one who thinks fresher’s is more messy than fun?” then it hit me, of course not. Fresher’s week is not amazing (I cant speak for everyone but almost every fresher I know has said the same thing) the reason people have such fond memories of it is not because of how great the parties and clubs and music were but because in 3 years time when they graduate we wont remember the puke, the flu or the way-too early morning starts…they’ll be left with the memories and stories and hell! During the past 2 weeks I’ve found myself quite a collection of stories.

So all in all freshers was a bit of a disaster, nothing at all like I expected and university is still pretty new, big and scary but I’m loving it. who knew getting a degree would prove so messy?

Tes.

Sorting out my karma

The beauty of having an imagination is that you’re able to experience things you normally wouldn’t if you were simply living your normal life. Some people are leading these amazing inspiring lives and yet here I am, sitting at my computer writing this instead of going out in the world inspiring someone. I like to think I have a good imagination, every night before I go to sleep I conjure up thoughts of what I want to happen in the future and dream of what could be. That’s not to say that I’m unhappy with my life at the moment but I think that I could be happier, that I could make the beautiful moments I imagine become a reality.

“We live in the hope of becoming a memory”

I’m not quite sure who said that but I remember coming across it once and that’s exactly my view on life. It sounds stupid but if I die having made no impact in the world, then what was the point of me living at all? I want people to read my obituary and think “damn. She’s amazing” but in order to that, I’m going to have to do something amazing and I think it’s best to do this whilst I’m still young. I turn 18 in a month and instead of spending my first year as a legal adult clubbing, drinking and spending way too much time thinking about boys (although I guarantee I’ll probably be doing that too) I vow that I will also be doing things worth doing and at least making someone’s life a little bit happier.

I haven’t thought of just how yet and I’m honestly not much of a carpe dium person so I urge anyone who reads this to give me some suggestions. As Anne Frank wrote “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” I’m not saying that I’m powerful enough to improve the world because honestly I am so insignificant. Yet, anyone can make a little difference and I’m starting small but at least I’m starting to make a change to my life and hopefully that will possibly affect someone else’s.

Share your stories, ideas and thoughts please!

Tes.

My “Bucket List”

When I was eight I was given a book called “101 things to do before you die” for Christmas. Whilst tidying up my room earlier this week I found this book among many of other exciting and embarrassing trinkets. What excited me the most about finding this book is my younger self’s sheer dedication to completing the “101 things” that I had accepted should be done before my death. At the end of the book there is a checklist where you can track how many ‘things’ you have completed and I had completed about 40 of these. Honestly most of the things on the checklist where trivial and suited to a younger audience but it’s hard to forget that I had this book on my bedside table for about a year and was ecstatic whenever I could tick another activity off. And so, with some nostalgia I decided to create my own bucket list.

So this is what I’ve come up with so far:

  1. Run some kind of marathon
  2. Go horseback riding along the beach
  3. Learn how to use a gun
  4. Learn sign language
  5. Teach abroad
  6. Sing on a Broadway stage
  7. Slow dance with someone
  8. Ride in a helicopter
  9. Swim with dolphins
  10. Adopt a dog from a shelter
  11. Ride a camel
  12. Ride an elephant
  13. See the Amazon rainforest
  14. See the Taj-Mahal
  15. Build a doll house
  16. Take up calligraphy
  17. Walk on the red carpet
  18. Have a spa weekend
  19. Fall in love
  20. Paint a mural
  21. Write a book
  22. Learn to make cocktails
  23. See a psychic
  24. Get a tattoo
  25. Throw someone a surprise party
  26. Ride in a hot air balloon
  27. See the northern lights
  28. Go to a wine tasting
  29. Sing a duet with a famous singer
  30. Ride in a police car
  31. Spend a night in the Ice hotel
  32. Gamble in Vegas
  33. Ride a banana boat
  34. Be kissed in the pouring rain
  35. Star in a movie
  36. Wear a wedding dress I designed to my wedding
  37. Climb Everest
  38. Illustrate a children’s book
  39. Host a dinner party
  40. Be fluent in another language

I know a lot of the list seems unadventurous and boring but I guess these things are personal, any suggestions for me? what would be top of your list? I’m hoping I still have a while left to complete my list and anything else I add to it!

Tes.