๐Ÿ˜ Uganda: Trip of a Lifetime ๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿ˜ Uganda: Trip of a Lifetime ๐Ÿ˜

At the beginning of July, I was lucky enough to spend two weeks exploring the South of Uganda, the country that Winston Churchill named โ€˜the Pearl of Africaโ€™. Although I was unsure of what to expect, it has now become my favourite country and I have already confirmed to a friend who lives there that I will be returning as soon as I can! With my family, we spent our days searching for lions on safari, trekking through mountains and rainforest, exploring the local communities and their beautiful people and, of course, tracking gorillas in their natural habitat.

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๐Ÿ‘ Why do a Masters? ๐Ÿ‘

๐Ÿ‘ Why do a Masters? ๐Ÿ‘

I think if you had asked me at the beginning of my undergraduate degree whether I was going to consider doing a masters, I probably would have told you, โ€˜not a chance - Iโ€™ve had 21 years of education letโ€™s not add on anymoreโ€™. But my three years of studying English here at Plymouth Uni has changed that for me. Earlier this year, I decided that I loved the study of literature too much to quit learning about it just yet, and went in search of a Masters programme. As much as I have loved studying in Plymouth, I become restless and want to explore somewhere new! I also felt that my swimming could benefit from a change of programme, as it did dramatically when I moved to Plymouth. Luckily, I found both the course and the swimming programme at Edinburgh University, and come September I will be pursuing my interest in cross-cultural literature on their Comparative Literature course. I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED!

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๐Ÿ“š The Dissertation โ€“ Some Words of Advice ๐Ÿ“š

๐Ÿ“š The Dissertation โ€“ Some Words of Advice ๐Ÿ“š

Probably the most daunting word in the vocabulary of university degrees, the dissertation is rarely looked upon with glee and excitement. After months of structuring, writing, reviewing, re-writing and editing, finally submitting the finished 10,000 words back in April was such a great feeling. And recently finding out I got a first for it was all the more rewarding. Even though it was a long process that wasnโ€™t always smooth sailing, it brought me so many important life skills and, rather than killing my enthusiasm, it has in fact heightened my interest in the topic that I was studying.

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๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ Sporting Excellence Scholarship ๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ

๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ Sporting Excellence Scholarship ๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ

When I first started my degree as an English student, I thought that balancing student life with the athlete life of a swimmer was going to be tough. But coming to the end of my time here at the University of Plymouth, I can easily say it has been the best three years of my life, and I owe a great part of that to the Sporting Excellence Scholarship programme.

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๐Ÿฆ Julesโ€™ Recipe Of The Monthย ๐Ÿฆ

๐Ÿฆ Julesโ€™ Recipe Of The Monthย ๐Ÿฆ

With the stress of completing a dissertation during these past few weeks, my diet has taken a pretty questionable turn for the worst. A lot of coffee, a lot of ready meals and a lot of sugary snacks were needed for those all-nighters. But having submitted my 10,000 words on Monday (YAYYYY!!) I am now determined to get my healthy eating regime and love for cooking back on track! And what better way to kick it off with these amaaaazing prawn fajitas with homemade guacamole? Quick, cheap and so delicious, impress your housemates at your next fajita night.  

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๐Ÿ˜– Getting Through Third Year ๐Ÿ˜–

๐Ÿ˜– Getting Through Third Year ๐Ÿ˜–

After what seems like a lifetime since Christmas, weโ€™ve made it to the Easter holidays! Unfortunately, for third year students in particular, these holidays arenโ€™t really a period of rest and recuperation. But even though the majority of my time will be spent finalising and perfecting my dissertation, I have discovered some ways to help me to enjoy the work Iโ€™m doing and that help me to work more efficiently! Hopefully they can help you as wellโ€ฆ

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๐Ÿณ Favourite Places to Eat in Plymouth (The Breakfast Club Edition)

๐Ÿณ Favourite Places to Eat in Plymouth (The Breakfast Club Edition)

If you know it well enough, Plymouth has some serious treats for all foodies, you can find both independent eateries and restaurant, cafe and bakery chains. As there are so many to choose from, I thought I would round up my favourite breakfast places. After all, it is the most important/best meal of the day.

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Results Day

Results Day

To those who have finished their GCSEโ€™s, A-Levels or any other exams that have been thrown at you, congratulations! To those still persevering with one or two left to go โ€“ keep working hard, youโ€™re almost there! Walking out of the exam hall after your last exam, knowing that a Summer of fun and freedom (and potentially never attending school again) awaits you is a great feeling. But, despite this, everyone can sympathise with the unavoidable nerves bubbling underneath that affect everyone in the lead up to results day. 

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A taste of 'English'

A taste of 'English'

Seeing as a lot of people think that a degree in English consists only of analysing Shakespeare and writing about the Romantic poets, I thought Iโ€™d share part of a piece that I wrote for this creative module. For anyone whoโ€™s considering undertaking an English degree, hereโ€™s proof that thereโ€™s a lot of fun to be had with it if creative writing is something youโ€™re in to!

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New Years Resolutions

New Years Resolutions

Oh my god, weโ€™re back again (yes I did just quote Backstreet Boys); new term, new stresses and, of course as the Instagram captions go, new you. Personally, I always find the first week of the second term is always the most difficult, purely because I have spent the past few weeks churning out coursework and whilst my mind is still in recovery mode, I now have new topics to think about.

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Applying to uni

Applying to uni

Weโ€™re coming round to that time of year that sends a good proportion of sixth form students in to a tizzy. Not only is the weather a complete downer, reaching highs of -4 degrees, but your parents and your teachers are starting to get on your case about the dreaded university application process. All university students know that perfecting personal statements is a bit of a drag, and narrowing down your choice of universities is mildly stress-inducing, but it shouldnโ€™t have to be! Planning the next chapter of your life is an exciting thing! 

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