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Friday, 20 May 2016

Let's Catch Up // Thoughts on Finishing First Year, Getting My First Car & Meeting Jess Lively

(This photo has nothing to do with the post but I just love rainbows and this one out my window the other week made me happy, so sue me ;))

I feel as though it's been the longest time since I've sat down and written a 'what's going on in my life' kinda post and that's mainly because the last couple of months have been so busy that I haven't had all that much of an opportunity to step back for a minute and think about what's been happening! To rectify that, I thought today I'd share a list-style (because when do I not incorporate a list wherever possible?) round-up of all the happenings of late. I love reading these posts myself so I hope you do too. Onto the list...

1 // Finishing first year - On Tuesday I had my last exam for the year which officially means my first year of uni is done! This just isn't right on any level. I genuinely feel as though freshers week was around a month ago and suddenly I'm one-third of the way through my degree?! I was also talking to my friend Ellie about this the other day and, honestly, we both have finished our exams kind of feeling that this year has been a bit of a 'non-year' if that makes any sense. Uni is just so different to A Levels. I know you're probably thinking well, of course it is that's the whole point. But it's odd considering that you're paying so much money that you don't get as much help and it just feels like assignment after assignment without much direction. I mean, I love my course and find it so interesting but it's been a very strange academic year. A fun year for sure, but a bit of an odd one nonetheless.

2 // Work placement at Hodder & Stoughton - I mentioned this briefly but, over my Easter holidays I did a two week work placement in the publicity department of Hodder & Stoughton Publishing House. It was such a lovely two weeks and I left the placement feeling so motivated to get more experience in publishing and confident that it's the industry I want to go into once I've finished my degree. I've always loved books so publishing has been in the back of my mind as something I might enjoy for years but I think it's so important to get experience in something before you can say it's definitely for you. And I feel like I can say that now! The people I worked with at Hodder were all so nice and welcoming and even when I was given slightly more tedious tasks it didn't feel like a huge effort, I just loved working around books and learning about the marketing of them. I've been feeling so inspired lately since doing this placement. They also sent me home with two tote bags worth of books they've published/proofs of books coming out over the summer which was incredible. I know for sure that my reading's sorted for the next year (at least!)...

3 // I GOT A CAR - Probably Definitely the most exciting purchase I have *ever* made but I got a car!!! I passed my driving test nearly two years ago but, since my Mum doesn't drive and Dad lives in France, I haven't been able to drive since as we thought getting a car just for me right before I go to university wouldn't be worth it. And it definitely wouldn't have been for first year because I don't have parking near my halls. But in my house for next year I do have parking and I knew that having a car would make my life so much easier considering Mum doesn't drive so we went for it and I am now the proud owner of a Toyota Yaris. It's tiny and I love it and I cannot believe that I can actually drive myself places. I probably sound so stupid right now but I'm sure any driver will know the feeling of getting your first car, just over the moon with this!

4 // I saw Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick Theatre - On Wednesday I went to see Kenneth Branagh's new production of Romeo and Juliet starring Lily James and Richard Madden with Ellie and oh my was it a good one. Romeo and Juliet is the Shakespeare play that has really dominated my schooling and so is the one I know best (although I can never decide which is my favourite Shakespeare - it's a toss up between R&J and A Midsummer Night's Dream). From being in a school play of it when I was eleven, to watching the Baz Luhrmann film at school when I was thirteen, to studying and writing essays on it for my English GCSE when I was fifteen, I feel as though I know this play pretty well. James and Madden were incredible and I loved the whole production of it, aside from some club music to set the scene of the Capulet party which I thought was a little out of place. But that is far from a reason not to go and see it if you have the opportunity and love the play like I do!

5 // Meeting Jess Lively - I wrote about how much I love Jess Lively's podcast just the other week and so, when I saw that she was having a London drinks meet-up the day after I got back from Exeter, despite it being straight after Romeo and Juliet, I knew I had to take the opportunity to go considering that she lives in America and so is rarely going to be in London. And I'm so glad I did. I'm never sure whether to go to these kind of events, especially when it means attending alone. But it was the loveliest evening and all the ladies who attended were equally wonderful, I had such great conversations with the women I met and talking to Jess was amazing. It's so nice to be able to meet people you admire and thank them for what they do - and for them to be in real life just how you imagined them to be - such a sweet lady and I'd love to meet her again sometime. It just goes to show, nine times out of ten, it's worth doing the things that are a little out of your comfort zone.

Right, I'd say you're all about caught up! I'm luckng enough to be going to Verona in Italy on Monday with my Mum just for three nights and I *can't* wait - the excitement to eat all the gelato and pasta is very very real. I hope you're all well and that you have a wonderful weekend, whatever you're going to get up to!

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