New year, same me.

Why hello 2019, I can’t believe you’re here already! I know it’s said every year, but 2018 really did fly by.

With 2018 being my favourite year yet, I thought I’d get the ball rolling in hope to have an even better 2019.

Table Mountain 2

I know what you’re thinking… We’re already halfway through January, right? Well, it’s better late than never! And no, there’s none of this ‘new year, new me’ malarky. 2019 is the year of self love and embracing ourselves, people! So, here are a few resolutions for the year ahead:

Drink more water – This was also one of my 2018 resolutions, which I think I completed quite well, if I do say so myself. I used to be terrible at drinking water and keeping myself hydrated, but in the past year I think I have conquered it quite well. So, here’s to another year!

Travel to places I’ve never been before – Travelling is one of my all time favourite things to do, especially with my lovely boyfriend. Not only does it give me something to look forward to during my Master’s degree, but I also just love getting stuck into different cultures and being able to explore more.

Work hard – With it being my final year of University EVER (cry) I want to work super hard in order to come out with a grade I’m proud of. Although the jump from being an undergrad to a postgrad has been a toughie, I want to make sure I fully embrace every opportunity.

2019 cocktails

Play hard – You’ve got to have the perfect balance, right? You go out and eat allllll the yummy food and drink alllll the yummy cocktails, girl.

Keep up with the gym – This is a classic one, I know, but 2018 was the year I finally got back on track with the gym. I had a new found confidence in myself, which I would like to carry through into the new year.

Happy (belated) New Year everyone! Feel free to leave your new year’s resolutions in the comments. Here’s to a wonderful 2019.

Ella
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WRITING AN UNDERGRADUATE DISSERTATION: TIPS

After recently graduating from Nottingham Trent University, I thought it may be useful to share my dissertation experience with you.

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Overall, I didn’t think it was too bad, which is quite surprising considering the horror stories you hear of people having breakdowns in the library. That’s not to say I didn’t have my stressful moments, though. After all, I am human! Thankfully, I managed to keep myself organised for once. So, I decided to put together a few tips and tricks that I picked up along the way:

  • Choose a topic you’re interested in (obvious, I know), but you’ll be spending months researching and writing this dissertation. If you’re interested in the topic, it will be a more enjoyable experience.
  • Make use of the resources at University – don’t be afraid to ask for help!
  • Don’t listen to other people – focus on your own work at your own pace. Everyone works differently.
  • Set targets each week. Work out how much time you have and divide your time accordingly. I focused on each section as if they were different essays.
  • Start early to avoid stress. Whether it be reading a few articles or writing brief notes. You’ll thank yourself in the long run.
  • Take each day as it comes, some days will be better than others! Don’t beat yourself up about it.
  • Allow yourself to have breaks, otherwise your work won’t the best that it could be. Go out for those drinks, girl!
  • Take advantage of your friends and family – get them to read through your work as much as possible. You’ll always need a fresh pair of eyes to look over it.
  • Always back up your work, you never know what’s going to happen.
  • Enjoy it as much as you can and immerse yourself in the subject.
  • Pat yourself on the back, it is such a huge achievement after all and you should be proud of yourself.

Hopefully this has helped some of you, even if it is just a tiny bit!
Feel free to comment your tips and tricks in the comments,

Ella
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