Georgia's Life

Friday, 8 February 2019

I'M WORKING ON MYSELF



This time last year I was struggling with anxiety, although I hadn’t admitted that to myself, wondering if the feeling of constant panic would ever leave me. Time to Talk Day yesterday made me contemplate how much can change in one year and how far I have come. I don’t think I ever thought I would get to a stage in my life where I was truly content; a move 250 miles away to the North after living in the South for the whole of my life was at first quite unsettling, but it’s what I needed. I’ve found that morning meditation has been key to helping control any anxious thoughts and make me think rationally. Being surrounded by empathetic people who make you feel comfortable around them, who lift you up and support you, helps too. My friend told me recently healing is a long process and it’s ok to not be 100% where you want to be, yet. I’ve realised that although I feel the best I’ve ever felt, it’s still important to take the time to work on myself. This is a message to say that if you aren’t feeling great or aren’t in a good place right now, don’t ever feel like you’re being selfish to take time out to work on yourself, because for a long time, I really did.
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Friday, 25 January 2019

THREE THINGS I WISH I HAD KNOWN BEFORE STARTING UNIVERSITY



Thinking about the prospect of university whilst you’re going through the application process and when you finalise your chosen one on A Level Results Day is extremely daunting. Here are the three main things I wish I had known before starting my degree, for any one who is starting university in September.

It’s overwhelming 

You’re aloud to feel overwhelmed when you start university; it’s a huge change from A levels. I thought I was the only one that felt overwhelmed, but as always, after talking to other people I realised I certainly wasn’t. 

You aren’t thrown straight into the deep end 

I was anxious when I first started my English Literature degree that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the reading for multiple modules. However, soon after I started my degree I realised that there is communication between tutors; one week where I had to read a heavy text for one module, there would be a lighter text for another. 

You are supported

The concept of self-motivation at university and studying by yourself, especially for English degrees, which have less contact hours than other subjects, was extremely prevalent in talks and materials I was given whilst applying to university. However, when I started my course I was pleasantly surprised at how much support was available, whether that’s support for disabilities or illnesses or simply the plethora of resources available to allow you to develop as a student.  
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Sunday, 30 December 2018

I'M BACK + A QUICK LIFE UPDATE


Hello, I’m back! After taking a step back from blogging to adjust to some changes in my life, I’m finally back in the blogosphere. The main change in my life during my blogging break has been starting university. The first semester went so quickly but I loved every minute of it. Right now, I couldn't be happier. The lecturers are inspiring, the content is extremely interesting and I've enjoyed completing assignments on the great books and plays that I've studied in the first few months of my degree. The format of university life suits me so well: it still doesn't feel real when I think back to this time last year when I was dreaming of studying my favourite subject in my favourite city, uncertain of whether I would make it there or not. I also didn't imagine connecting with such lovely people so early on in my university career: Abby, Hannah, Miles, Cielo and Beckie, you've made my first semester better than I ever could have imagined. Look out for more university related posts in the near future, but for now, if you're reading this and are apprehensive about starting university in 2019, don't be: the first semester especially is a really exciting time.

You may wonder why my blog has been changed from 'TeenBookHoots' to 'Georgia's Life.' I've blogged since I was thirteen years old, so I decided at eighteen, it was time for a change to reflect my growth through adolescence into adulthood. Although I still want to create book related content, I want to write more student, lifestyle and travel posts. Watch out for new content from me in the coming months!

Love,

Georgia xx
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Thursday, 4 October 2018

DEGREE DIARIES #1




Welcome to Degree Diaries, a new series on my blog where I will be reflecting upon my feelings at different stages of my degree. I am studying BA English Literature at a UK University. 

I have just finished my first week at university. Studying at degree level is a change, but it is a welcome change for me. At A-Level, I was used to studying a Shakespeare play for months on end, but at university, I will be studying a Shakespeare play in a week. The expectation is that you read faster but deeper. I am well aware that hard work is ahead, but I am ready for it. The concept of having three years stretching out ahead of me that will shape my life and I can push myself as hard as I can excites me. The lecturers at my university are extremely passionate about their subject — it truly is infectious. Being part of an academic community is really special, as you're surrounded by others with similar ambitions and interests to you. This time last year, I only knew of two people who had similar interests to me; now, I am truly content when I am sat in a lecture theatre with nearly one hundred people that are just as passionate as I am about English Literature. I honestly couldn't be happier studying a subject that I love.
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