I can’t believe that September and starting university again has already come around. I hope everyone had a great summer! I’ve just started my third year at Plymouth, and a few weeks ago I moved into a shared house with 6 other girls. It can sometimes be a bit tricky to adjust to being back in Plymouth at first, especially when you wake up in a completely new house with different people! It was so nice having a week or two to just adjust and settle into the house, so I thought I’d go through a few things we got up to!
1. Decorating the house
We’re quite an arty-household, with 2 Fine Art students, a 3D designer and an art teacher. We saw a tutorial on Pinterest on how to make pom-pom garlands and after the initial confusion of how she actually managed it, we gave it a go and it turned out really well! All you really need is lots of different coloured wool - we popped to Hobby craft and only spent £4 in the end because it was 3 for 2 and there was 10% student discount! This was enough wool to make a large garland and have some left over too. We used 2 chairs at either end of the room, wrapped all the wool around the two chairs, tying at either end. You then tie every 10cm or so (depending on how big you want the pom poms) tightly with short pieces of wool. You then cut halfway between each point, cutting each piece of wool apart from one string which holds the garland together. It was a fun afternoons work and the outcome was really successful!
2. Decorating your room
I love having my own space at university and if I make my room feel really homely it makes me feel a lot more settled and comfortable. So much so that I normally miss it when I actually go home! I was quite lucky with a fairly large room this year, so I decked It all out with fairy lights, photos, and lots of other bits and bobs! You don’t have to spend lots of money either, I recommend Primark, TK Maxx and car boot sales for bargains!
With the Great British Bake Off starting again, we made a pact to bake at least once a week every week. But having no uni last week meant that we dedicated a whole day to it! We went to Aldi for the ingredients so it was really affordable and we made cheese scones, carrot cake and cookies! We spent way too long arranging the cakes just for the perfect Instagram!
4. Cooking together
The last two Sundays we have made a roast dinner for 7. It has only cost about £2/3 per head and its really fun to all get involved and have a huge meal at the end of it! A perk of moving into a house is that cooking together is a lot easier in a house. You have a bigger kitchen and it’s a lot more cost effective to make stuff together rather than all doing your own thing all the time.
So, after a week of watching lots of films and finding things to do, we’re back to university today and into the swing of third year. To everyone coming back to uni, I hope you are all settled back and looking forward to the year ahead. To all the new fresher’s that have started in Plymouth, I hope you are having a really good time so far and are starting to feel settled here! Thank you for reading.