First Year Home Stretch

 

Tuesday morning I handed in the final piece of coursework for the first year of my degree.

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My pretty Lab Book – the last thing submitted for marking!

 

It feels weird not having any more work to complete! But now comes the home stretch of exams eek! After not performing as well as I wanted in the January exams, the thought of the next couple of weeks fills me with complete dread. And whilst I am feeling a bit better prepared than last semester, it can be a real struggle to fit time in to do proper studying around children (who are going through a non sleeping phase….joy) and other commitments. Thankfully those around me have been really understanding and supportive.

It has been a really hard time though, I’ve struggled with fibro flare ups and my mental health has taken a massive dive. But hopefully soon it will have all been worth it and I will be a third of the way through a degree despite all the obstacles that stand against me.

So I will leave it short and sweet today as I have a mammoth group study session booked and will see you again on the other side! xx

Why I chose Plymouth Uni

 

So, it’s early 2016 and I have smashed my access course! I am set to receive full distinctions throughout my subjects, meeting conditions for all five offers that I hold.

So how do I choose where to go? How do I decide where the next 3, 5, maybe more years of my life are going to be spent?

Of course, it’s obvious where my decision led, sitting here writing this post from beautiful Plymouth, but how did I come to this conclusion? What were the reasons I ultimately came to be where I am now?

I decided the best way to answer these questions would be by giving you MY top 5 reasons for choosing Plymouth University.

Reason 1 – The City

I used to view Plymouth as a concrete place, one I visited occasionally for shopping or the cinema.

I was very wrong!

The Hoe is a stunning area. Somewhere you can sit and watch the world go by. Panoramic views of an endless sea. Ships docking and sailing. Smeaton’s tower, a bright and colourful structure infusing the landscape.

Just around the corner is the Barbican, with its array of quirky shops and fantastic eateries. Various events are held here throughout the year, bringing life and entertainment to the area. Epic.

There are many other hidden gems and interesting things to see around the city, but I won’t spoil the surprise. Adventure in discovery is half the fun!

 

Reason 2 – Surrounding areas

As well as the sights and sounds of the immediate city, Dartmoor and Cornwall are both just a stone’s throw away. Both bringing vast beautiful countryside to explore, interesting villages to visit and plenty of quirky hidden gems. I particularly recommend a visit to Hidden Valley Discovery Park!

 

Reason 3 – Open Days

I visited Plymouth many times before I finally settled on the University. The open days were always so welcoming and very informative. Staff and students alike were so friendly, and I just loved the atmosphere from the offset.

If I can recommend anything before you make your decision, it’s visit and attend open days, more than one if you can, to truly get a feel for the place you are seeing.

 

Reason 4 – The Course

One of the main reasons for picking your university is the course, and this can play a large part in visiting open days, as you can get a feel for the staff and facilities you will encounter. In the end, Plymouth had the edge for me as the course was slightly different than others offered elsewhere.

 

Reason 5 – Family

Ultimately for me a lot of my decision involved family. I have ties to the navy and Cornwall, so Plymouth was an ideal base nearby. I felt the city offered the best fresh start for me and my two young children with the opportunities, not just for myself but for them as well. It is a decision I have not once regretted and honestly, I just love it here!

 

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A pirate’s life for me

One of my favourite weekends of the year has now come and gone.

Every year on the first bank holiday in May you will discover hoards of pirates descending upon the small fishing town of Brixham, in Devon. A huge festival of fun and frolics, the world famous Brixham Pirate Festival is something that really shouldn’t be missed!

For the last nine years I have been attending every festival, getting more involved and more piratey with each passing occasion and I love every minute. I have performed plays, entered competitions and for the last couple of years helped run a fundraising stall with the South Devon Players (the theatre company I am part of).

Drench a wench, fight a pirate and name a teddy were just a few of things we had running on our stall and there was so much else to see at the festival too.
Bands playing throughout the weekend, entertainment for the children, mead and gear to buy and all sorts of food and festivities to be had.

I truly urge you to come down and see us next year! In the mean time you can visit Brixham and experience our love of pirates on a smaller scale with Pirate Thursdays! running throughout the summer holidays x

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