I’ve been officially finished university since the 18th of May and I had planned on getting straight back into posting blog posts when I finished but I’ve needed a little while to recover and gather my thoughts. Whenever I tried to think about blogging, my mind was blank when it came to post ideas. So over these past few uni free months I have came to some conclusions when it comes to blogging and my future plans.
I have been blogging since I was 16 and always wanted to turn it into my full time job. I haven’t been able to do that due to education always getting in the way of me putting 100% into it. But now I’m out of education I still don’t feel like I want to pursue that avenue right now if at all. I have seen people set up their blogs after I did and have progressed further than me in a shorter amount of time and it always got me down but its not a competition so I don’t know why I ever felt like that. As much as I love the thought of blogging full time and having it be my job, it’s not as easy as it looks, even to just do it as a hobby consistently. I applaud all you full time bloggers because its more than a full time job, it can take over your life. I don’t do it full time but I constantly think about it so I can’t imagine how stressful it can become sometimes if you do it full time. When I have a break from blogging the hardest part is getting back into it, so this first post is a step in the right direction. This is a sort of therapy for me, just writing my thoughts down and letting them out is therapeutic. I know I have wrote post after post like this explaining why I haven’t posted after a blogging break and I don’t think anyone particularly cares or reads these, but I like to just get it out so I can start a fresh.
At the end of May I went back down to York one final time with my mum and we cleaned out my accommodation. We didn’t have much to bring back with us as I had brought quite a lot of it home with me the week before so we only had a few bits and pieces to put in the boot and we then headed into the centre of York. We went to Betty’s Tea Rooms for lunch and just had a lush pamper treat day together. Were doing touristy stuff and taking lots of pictures before leaving that majestic city for the last time in a while.
In June my best friend and I went to see Ed Sheeran’s divide concert at St James’ Park. He is a major guilty pleasure but he was amazing. He played three shows in Newcastle and I could hear him from my house the night after we went so it was like a bonus concert!
My best friend and I also got to see Demi Lovato at Metro Radio Arena and she was just incredible. It was a bit nerve wracking beforehand as she had to postpone two concerts before Newcastle due to her damaging her vocal cords but luckily she recovered enough to be able to perform for us on the date we were expecting her. She was just absolutely unbelievable. I have been a fan since I was 14 so it was a dream come true to see her live and to be in the second row from the front, I’ll never forget it.
At the end of June I got my results for my degree and I found out I’d be graduating with a 2:1. Although of course because I am so hard on myself I was disappointed that I didn’t get a first but a 2:1 is an amazing result so I have finally come to terms with it! At the beginning of July I graduated. Graduation was amazing, it was such a special day spent with my family and lovely uni friends who I will treasure forever. We stayed in York for two nights, the night before and the night after graduation and made a mini holiday out of it. The weather was perfect, although maybe a bit too hot to be wearing our graduation caps and gowns.
Then last week I was invited to present my dissertation research at the BIAZA 20th Anniversary Research Conference at Paignton Zoo. This was such an honour as I was surrounded by some really inspirational researchers in the zoo world and this whole experience has finally helped me make up my mind about whether I want to continue my studies and do a masters degree. I have decided to do a masters after all and I have found a course that I am really excited about.
So that is pretty much all I have been up to and the highlights of the past few months off uni. Next I have my birthday and then I will hopefully be starting my masters in September! I intend on getting back to posting once a week and since I will be doing my masters in my home city I feel like it will be much easier to juggle blogging and studying this time round.