10 BEST THINGS ABOUT THE CITY I LIVE IN: SHEFFIELD

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Here are a few things that I have loved from living in Sheffield from the past three years, I wanted to do this post, as I will be leaving soon to live back home now that I’ve finished my studies and wanted to show a bit of appreciation for the city I love most, Sheffield.

1. It’s home to lots of great music

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From Pulp, Def Leppard to Arctic Monkeys, Sheffield has plenty of talent not to mention actors and athletes such as Sean Bean and Jess Ennis.

2. It’s the greenest city in the country

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Proud of their strong reputation, it’s estimated that in 2012-13 that waste recycle rose from 44,731 tonnes in 2008 to 50,433.

3. The Winter Gardens

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Sheffield’s own free to enter winter garden is one of the largest temperate glasshouses to be built within the UK during the last hundred years. Home to more than 2,000 plants from around the world.

4. Peddler Market

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Feast your eyes and belly monthly, Peddlers showcase a line up of the tastiest street food traders with treats such as freshly made cocktails, craft beers, live music and art.

5. Visit local galleries and art spaces

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Millennium Galleries is a hot spot destination for a spot of art, craft and design. Special exhibitions are lined up throughout the year. 

6. Tramlines

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An annual music festival that is proudly situated with national and local talent. Curated and organised by a panel of local venue owners, promoters and volunteers. MainStage to local venues sip a pint and watch fresh local talent.

7. The antiques quarter

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If you like to hunt for a gem or a bargain Sheffield Antiques Quarter is the best place to find authentic antiques with affordable traditional furniture to retro collectables such as vinyl and vintage clothing. 

8. Live venues

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One of my favourite things about this city is the local live venues that just play such a significant part to our youth and culture. Over the years Leadmill has accommodated the best live music there is from Oasis to Milburn, as well as new bands on the town.

9. Famous for it’s homegrown exports

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It’s clear to see that Sheffield is an successful independent place and shows this off with off within the Devonshire Quarter with authentic gems such as Rare & Racy, Mooch Vintage and Vulgar.

10. Food

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Nothing beats Northern ‘snap’, check out Wick at Both Ends or have a trip to the Lucky Fox and feast your eyes on a donut smoothie or two.

Check out some of the links here to find out more about the places I’ve written about:

http://leadmill.co.uk

https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/out–about/parks-woodlands–countryside/gardens/the-winter-garden.html

http://www.peddlermarket.co.uk

http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/millennium-gallery/home

http://www.tramlines.org.uk

http://sheffieldantiquesquarter.co.uk

http://www.rareandracy.co.uk/w/doku.php

http://www.vulgarsheffield.co.uk

http://thewickatbothends.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/luckyfoxsheff/


Let me know your favourite places around Sheffield in the comments too.

Sharney x

Fashion: Top 5: Affordable Highstreet Prom/Grad Ball Dresses

Fashion, Popular Culture & Entertainment

Recently having my own graduation ball, I found that searching for the perfect dress was hard work. So I decided to write about a few of my favourites showing what I thought were affordable and easy to purchase as a high-street buy. I wanted to gather a collection of what could be for the specific occasions that are similar such as prom/college/graduation etc.

Here is my top five:

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1. // Blush Hour Tulle Dress 

 Nasty Gal //

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Presented in the most mad blush, this dress can separate as a light pink bodice with a skirt as an attachment. The bodice features a sweetheart neckline and the skirt is made in floor length tulle. Perfect for prom.

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2. // Ariana Grande Cutout Body Maxi Dress

Lipsy //

// £68.00

This evening wear gown is my ultimate favourite, also the one I wore to my graduation. Cutout design with a rushing detail on the waist, team up with a pair of silver high heels and clutch bag for a classic red carpet look.

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3. // Limited Edition Long Dress

Zara //

// £49.99

Zara’s limited edition, plunges from the neckline with a glittered tint to glam up the simple style of a maxi dress. Cut out back with detailed strap-lines.

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4. // Pleated Flutter Sleeve Maxi Dress

ASOS //

// £75.00

This lined body is pleated chiffon on the sleeves with a plunge neckline, open back with strap detail, nude colour is so in for this season. Grab while you can.

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5. // Premium Leaf Embellished Mini Dress Blue

Misguided //

// £95.00

Embellished detailing on this dress is something I’m crushing on at the minute. Nude mesh finish and mini dress for underneath works amazingly well together, also with a discreet zip to the side for a comfortable finish. Wear with nude heels to keep those eyes on the dress.

Hope this helps with ideas if you have a certain occasion cropping up soon! Let me know in the comments what your favourites are this season, or what your favourite is from my top picks.

Sharney x

Revision: Top Tips and Advice For Success

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It’s the time of year where it’s most stressful for students, tearing their hair out and trying to stick pins in their eyes from lack of deprived sleep, not to mention the copious amounts of energy drinks at their sides. As I have my last ever exam coming up next week, the pressure is on and I wanted to share with you my tips and others shared advice on how to revise and get the grade you want. Nothing is better than other people’s shared motivation for me personally, so I decided to include other’s tips of the trade to give a little bit of variety and an experiment to the people who haven’t found their niche yet.

So I hope this helps!

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1. Find out what distracts you

You should understand how procrastination effects your life and how these habits can be prevented. Change your perspective and be more optimistic, look beyond the assignments and dream of your personal goals to improve your engagement, this can help when it comes down to the exam and may seem less intimidating.

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2. Organise your time

Plan the week out in advance by adding some discipline, it may show you what is more important. By turning these tasks into your new ‘habit’ it may make the work seem much more comfortable and less of a chore. Break up your time of revision by placing sections into chunks, once you’ve completed one chunk take a 10-20 minute break then carry onto the next.

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3. Pinterest might make notes look pretty but just use these as motivational pick-me-ups

Don’t make these yourself, it’s just wasting some of your precious time towards that looming exam date, include all the vital things you need to know and make sure all the information can be clearly read through your notes. Don’t try and produce the next famous piece of art, be realistic and limit yourself to a certain amount of colours so that you don’t get carried away.

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4. Work in a productive environment
Learn what is best for you and how to work productively whether  that is by yourself or with a friend, don’t sit where there are places riddled with distractions, noisy neighbours, TV’s etc. The best place is to sit at a desk, or maybe in the sun, not your bed or your head will hit the pillow before you even know it.

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5. Stock up and prepare with drinks and snacks
This might help you get rid of all the silly little excuses to get up and leave your revision for a wander every 10 minutes or so. Keep yourself hydrated with water or squash and some little snacks to dib and dab every now and then, sugar snaps, carrot sticks and nuts are perfect to lure you into an intense revision session.

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6. Start revision early and make sure you put in the right amount of time
Nothing is worse than entering an exam and before you even turn over the page to answer the questions doubt creeps into your mind thinking ‘I wish I revised more’. Make sure you put the motivation and effort into practicing questions beforehand and making the notes and sticking to your revision schedule as it is worth it in the long run.

7. Don’t turn into a revision zombie
Lack of sleep, stress and anxiety can become an issue for most students. Make sure you take care of your health and wellbeing and relax each week and do what you love most. Go to the cinema, pub, gym etc and completely forget about revision for this period of time and have fun.

8. Record yourself reading notes or record important lessons
This can be handy to just flick the tape on and listen, take notes or just memorise by hearing if you aren’t a visual person when it comes to revising. 

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9.  Make a reward system for your progress

Celebrate successful tasks by asking friends and family to ask you questions or do a mock test and see how well you’ve done, arrange small punishments by going over your weaknesses again or reward yourself to a break or unhealthy but tasty treat if you’ve smashed the answers and think your ready to hit the exam in the face.

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10. Think positive and don’t panic

Being positive is the most healthy way to enter an exam and have right ‘can do’ attitude, remember that a negative attitude and letting your emotions go can cause more stress so try and be as calm as possible and remember that it’s not the end of the world. 

I hope this has learnt you a new thing or two or just regurgitated what you may already do to refresh your mind. Here are a few websites that may help you on your way to other revision tips or contacts for advice.

Let me know what your most successful thing is to do as a revision tactic in the comments box.

Sharney x

 

Its Not Punk: Magazine Edition

Fashion, New Music, Popular Culture & Entertainment, Print

So after all the sweat, blood and tears that have literally gone into this work, I can finally show you. Its Not Punk Magazine Edition is finally here: Link to the magazine hurray!

Most of you know that I was creating a fashion magazine for my dissertation (final) project at university and now that it’s been marked and finalised as a 2.1 I can show you the final product.

This is definitely something I’d like to carry on in my own time, however due to just being a ‘one man band’ it will be very time consuming so I’d only do it if my readers would be interested and willing to see it monthly. (Sorry for not writing blog posts for the past three months, you now know where I’ve been hiding).

Here is the final product below, just for show, if you would like to have a read then please click the link above or the photos for a better view.

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I can’t express into words of how much relief it is to have finished the project, but I’ve came to the realisation at the end of my studies, it is for sure something I want to do as a career.

All of the articles are written and edited by myself, as well as the graphic design. The images used within the magazine are from the internet and have been referenced within my project as a bibliography. The photoshoot that is carried in the De Ja Vu section is by myself also.

I couldn’t be more prouder of how it’s turned out, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I have and I would most appreciate if you left your thoughts in the comments box and let me know what you think! Thanks for the support guys.

Sharney x

I’m creating a Fashion Magazine

Fashion, Popular Culture & Entertainment

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For my final year at University I’m creating my very own fashion magazine named after my blog ItsNotPunk and I need YOUR help. If you could take a minute of your day to fill in this survey it would be a massive help https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PTJHVZM

Creating this will help me to see if I can survive within this competitive industry and as a passion it is a perfect opportunity to see if I can achieve my goals and create something new and unique for myself but to show future employers. 

The magazine is focused on targeting 18+ female readers basing parts of my house style on Elle Magazine. I’d like to create articles such as a street style page, beauty insider tips/advice, social network screenshots for an opinionated feature and a main fashion photoshoot along with interviews, book, music and film reviews and finally articles to do with celebrity style. However I would like to create a retro twist within the magazine to make it a unique product within the market to compete with the other successors and this is where I need your help from the survey.

If there is any other feedback you’d like to give or if you’ve had experience beforehand with this sort of work then it would be a great help. The amount of feedback I have had from my other blog posts have been so overwhelming and supportive so thank you for your help over the past year.

Sharney x

Get on yer’ dancing shoes

Fashion, Popular Culture & Entertainment

From ankle boots to T bar style flats, I have become ridiculously addicted to shoes recently, not to jump on the bandwagon a bit too late but I now finally get the hype. Better late than never? I decided to throw together a few pairs that I’m loving this month.

So here is my top five:

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// £79.99 Now £39.99

Mango //

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With a bargain like this who can resist? These decorative western styled maroon ankle boots would make first picks with a slouchy jumper along with mom jeans for that casual look.

Taylor Palm Black Leather //

// £45

Clarks //

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This tailored trend is becoming quite easy on the eye recently, a metallic buckle fastening added with a finished touch to the heel, these black leather flats are dainty yet sophisticated with a comfortable fit.

Black Faux Suede Over The Knee Boots //

// £75

River Island //

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If you want a sixties ‘twiggy inspired look’ faux suede is the way to go, over the knee boots are hot right now. Why not take a risk and pair it up with a vibrant swing mini dress.

Tammy Tan Suede Wooden Heel Ankle Boots // 

£79 //

// Urban Outfitters

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If knee highs aren’t your thing then maybe these tan suede wooden boots are. Play it down with these mod inspired ankle boots, prepare to look fab in the summer with a causal tee and shorts.

KINDRED Pointed Slipper //

// £49

Topshop //

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If you are aiming for a new refreshed look, these pointed real leather shoes will add sophistication to your outfit, team up with some funky cigarette trousers and be on your way.

So that’s the end of my window shopping haul, I hope you liked my top picks as much as I did choosing them out. Let me know in the comments what shoes your loving this month!

Sharney x

 

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365 New Days, 365 New chances

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Isn’t it crazy that we can look back over this year and see how much has changed already? I admit, I can’t remember the resolution I promised myself for this year… But I might give it another shot.

This year has been incredible for me, making the most of last year’s studies, amazing new friends, experienced different cities and festivals and also taking new steps into the adult world of employment.

I’ve learnt this year to not be so hard myself, the pressure of entering the adult world has got to me a little bit I do have to confess, yet I remind myself that I am only 21 and I have plenty of time to achieve my goals and dreams. I’ve wanted to do this post because I feel like I do need a bit of guidance and a little reminder of what I need to succeed in doing to be the happiest person I can be for myself but also others.

So here is my list:

Buy less

Maintain a healthy diet

Less hours on Netflix, more hours writing

Be more inspired and organised

Read more

Have more confidence

Worry less

What’s your New Years Resolution this year? Let me know in the comments guys and Happy New Year!

Sharney x

Christmas Day Baking

Food, Popular Culture & Entertainment

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It’s that time of year again, mad rushes, dashes to the supermarket and wrapping presents like crazy ready for the big day, Christmas. Why does everyone panic?

I thought I’d share some quick and easy steps of how to bake some goodies to get you into that festive spirit.

Every year it’s a tradition that the family household and myself bake mince pies, lemon curds and jam tarts so I thought I’d share our delicious homemade recipes.

For mince pies you will need:

1 1/4 lb (560g) of mincemeat

12 0z (350g) of plain flour

3 0z (75g) of lard

3 oz (75g) of butter

pinch of salt

icing sugar

Pre heat the oven to 200oc

You will also need one (or two) baking trays, along with a rolling pin, pastry cutter and star shaped pastry cutter.

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To make the pastry you will need to sift the salt and flour into a reasonable sized mixing bowl. Then rub the fats into the mixture until it resembles tiny fine crumbs. After, add just enough cold water to the mix to perfect the dough leaving the bowl clean.

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When you think the pastry is complete, rest in a polythene bag in the fridge for 20-30 minutes, then roll half of the mixture out as thin as possible to cut into rounds. Do this for the other half of the pastry as well, this time using the star cutter.

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Now onto the baking tins, grease them lightly with lard and line with the round pastry base. After fill these with mincemeat, just a teaspoon full to the level of the edges of the pastry then cover with the star shapes sealing the edges.

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Once this is done, bake near the top of the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. When cool sprinkle with icing sugar.

For lemon curds and jam tarts you will need:

8 oz (250g) of plain flour

Pinch of salt

4 oz (100g) of butter/equal mix of lard

2-3 tbsp of cold water

Strawberry or any fruit jam

Lemon curd

Pre heat the oven to (200oc)

You will also need one (or two) baking trays, along with a rolling pin and pastry cutter.

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Placing the first three ingredients from the list above, rub the butter and flour into your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs (like the mince pies). Add water to the mixture until the dough is binded together and you have a clean bowl.

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Wrap the dough in polythene and chill for up to 30 minutes, the dough then can be unwrapped onto a lightly floured surface and rolled as thin as possible. Using the base cutter cut circles into the pastry and place onto the baking tray when greased by gently pressing the circles into each hole.

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Place no less than a heaped teaspoon of jam or lemon curd into the pastry. Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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Here are the completed recipes to find out more on them visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes

Hope you enjoy this post, please comment if you used these recipes for your Christmas day.

Sharney x

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Fashion: Top 5: Faux Fur v Suede

Fashion, Popular Culture & Entertainment

Deadlines have been looming, copious amounts of nights in with caffeine have happened, resulting in me neglecting my poor blog and you readers.

I’ve had a lot on my plate recently, being in my third and final year definitely sucks. So I decided whilst I have the time through my Christmas break I’d show you the most incredible jackets that have hit the highstreet just in time for that perfect gift, go on treat yourself.

Here are my top five Faux Fur v Suede winter warmers:

Leopard Faux Fur Coat //

// Was £89.99 Now £59.99

 If you want to push the limits this winter a leopard print faux fur fabric with inner lining teamed with dreamy black suede ankle boots might just be the trick. Long sleeved with two sided pockets is a deal breaker, and it’s in the sale what more can you ask for?

Reclaimed Vintage Oversized Real Suede Jacket with Belt Detail //

// £165

This gorgeous reclaimed vintage masterpiece is a definite one off, oversized fit with soft touch suede, functional pockets and an asymmetric zip and adjustable pin buckle belt, this jacket would complete the perfect casual day/night look.

Jakke Charlie Wine Coat // 

// Was £99 Now £70

A soft faux fur with a hidden button on the front, completed with two front pockets at the hips for a perfect finishing touch. Faux fur just seems to be the winner for me this year and the colour of a red berry wine sums up Christmas in a jacket. 

Short Coat //

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If a simple look is what you want why not try this camel suede short coat, 3/4 length sleeves lined with no buttons or side pockets. 70s vibes all round.

Milky Way Coat By Unreal Fur //

// £245

If you are still stuck in festival mode and want to rock the edgey look, this faux fur panel may be the one for you. Pair up with a fedora and black skinnies.

What have you been loving this month? And will you buying any of these top 5 jackets for christmas? Let me know in the comments box.

Sharney x

THE PROS AND CONS OF UNIVERSITY LIFE

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My time at University is soon to be coming to an end, my third and final year is one that I want to make the best of and cherish for the rest of my life as one of the most fun, stressful and hardworking challenges I’ve had to overcome and hopefully succeed with a decent grade in the bag. So I decided to write about my living experience within my time of study.

So let’s get the tough stuff out the way first shall we.

Cons:

Living in University Halls as a whole

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Living in halls has been a complete down side to my three years. First year was a massive whirlwind and I felt like I didn’t belong, in many respects my flat mates had completely different personalities to one another and second year I had two third year boys living with me that liked to be in their rooms at all times alone.

You might question ‘if you had such a bad experience first year then why didn’t you live with friends or commute from home’?

Well, all of my course friends were either close to their flat mates they started out with or already luckily lived with one another so it was hard for me to come up with a suggestion.

So for my final year I decided to ask a friend I’ve known for many years back home to live with me, someone who’s currently in her second year and also had a negative experience living in halls with random people her first year.

It does get better. Yet this experience doesn’t happen to everyone and most people are incredibly lucky to become BFF’S with their flat mates it doesn’t always work out like that. I had high expectations from mature friends that university life would be so easy and so fun straight from the word go, and for me that was misleading.

2. Halls can be crazy expensive

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You may find it expensive for what is on offer and there is a huge difference within high and low end accommodation based on terms of comfort. Privacy can be shattered with thin walls.

However it may be more expensive than private living but you have all the facilities included such as heating and water expenses along with accommodation maintenance staff on hand if anything needs to be repaired straight away.

3. Might not get the cleanest flat mates

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Pot luck can be a thing and it has been averagely okay for me this year to be honest (apart from having a slice of kebab clinging to the floor for days) but the last two years not so. Prepare for the filthiest things your eyes will ever see, no jokes it can be grim.

Do yourself a favor and be that nagging clean freak, nothing worse than not being able to sit and watch tv on a sofa with your mates and having to seclude yourself in a tiny room because someone has made it a hell hole. Stand your ground when needed.

Pros:

1. Freedom and easing into independent living

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Although there might be down sides to university life such as badly picked flat mates, yucky floors and dishes… it’s so great having your own independence and having the fun of cooking your own meals everyday, creating another bedroom for you to live in, having the freedom and going out whenever you want to.

Social life is great and with freshers at the beginning of each year it’s best to just go and break the ice with everyone and see what your community has to offer. Whether that be making friends with your neighbours, joining a society or even just pushing yourself out there with something you wouldn’t normally do. My aim is to join the gym this year.

2. Location for most Halls is great

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Halls can be so close into the heart of the city, highstreet shopping galore and a doorstep away from your local supermarket. No more daily struggles carrying those hefty bags.

Another positive is no dodgy nights out in taxis when all the pubs and clubs are super close you can just be a minute walk away.

This is one of my favorite things about living in halls, nothing is better than having a catch up with friends or family and be a corner away from your flat.

3. The chance to meet different types of people

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Freshers is important for this, you need to get yourself out there and meet as many different people as you can, for social skills and to just prove to yourself that you can have confidence.

Also through the course, I have met many incredible people during my time at University and I know that some will be friends for life and have been there since day one of starting and I’m so grateful to have met them, others have taught me lessons in life to just grab what I can and just go for it.

I’ve never been this happy in my final year to finally find that I’m having a great experience and it really is what you make it, nobody can change it for you, you have to do these things by yourself.

I hope you liked my post about the pros and cons of university life, feel free to comment and check out the images above.

Sharney x