What to do this summer

So I am sure you are all bored to death of hearing about Cosmopolitan, so here I am finally with something else to talk about! Summer TIME!!!

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On Holiday with my friends

How to make the most of the summer!

As you get into university there are only a few more long summer time holidays, unless you become a teacher, so you want to make these moments count. I thought I would give you some great ways to truely make these summers count!

  1. Frankie says relax!

After the stress of a million assignments, talk of dissertations, and everything else that comes along with university life. The sumer is a much needed time to just take a break, it’s the first thing I do in the summer!

  1. Catch up.

What happened to all those friends you had at college that went of to universities around the country? And the family members you haven’t seen in months? Well the summer is the best time to get everyone together and remember the good ol’ days. As well as making new memories.  I am sure you have seen them since you have been at uni but probably not all together for a long time.

  1. Volunteer

Ok, I sound like a mega geek but using your summer holiday to volunteer or get a short internship in your chosen field can not only help your uni work, but might help you realize your hate the job you thought you would love! Best to find out now.

  1. Go away!

If you haven’t blown all of your student finance, or you got a bit of money for your work in the summer why not go away with a group of your friends. Weather it’s a festival or a trip abroad, it will be a great time to let you hair down and have fun with your mates.

  1. Do what you want!

The best bit about the summer is that without any university work you wont have to feel guilty for not doing any of it. So if you want to go away on holiday or stay up til 4 in the morning playing on FIFA every night. Just do whatever the hell you want. After all don’t forget you don’t have many of these super long holidays left.

I hope you have a great holiday.

Summer time Uni Confessions:

-I am hoping to go to a festival in spain this summer!

-My summers are normally pretty boring- Not this year.

-Fingers crossed the good weather keeps going.

-I have 2 jobs this summer- Ekk, mega busy.

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Cosmopolitan Career Blog Masterclass

Well I am back again talking about Cosmo, I promise this is the last time!

The Cosmo cannel: Louise (Editor) Pat (Cosmo online) Emily (Fashion Foigras blogger) Kat (RocknRoll Bride Blogger) Andreas (Greenlight Digital) Vicki (social media for next) Dominic (Gleam Digital)

Me and my university friend and fellow blogger Jess (Her fashion blog) both hopped on a train and headed to the big lights of London town, again. Regular readers of my blog will remember me talking about going to a Cosmo event last month. This time it was looking at all wonderful things blogging, how to gain more readers, monetizing and creating a business from blogging.

The last blogger event was filled with some very overdressed media hungry people, so I thought this one would be filled with some mega overdressed fashion and beauty bloggers. I decided to wear my faux leather a-line skirt (can’t remember where from!) and my pink armless shirt with lace detailing (Next) which I tied at my waist. It turns out there were not loads of over dressed people this time!

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The two bloggers on the panel were Emily from Fashion foiegras and Kat from Rock and Roll Bride. They were both great and really made me think about my long term goals for this blog and how I can get to making them a reality.

Kat talked about making sure you are consistent throughout all of your social media platforms, using the same bio and profile picture so people can recognise you without seeing your name.

Can you believe that Emily used to post 10 blog posts a day while still holding down a 12 hour PR managers job. How did she survive??? I have decided though that I will be posting on a regular basis now. This will not be a daily post because, to be honest, that’s far too much! I am going to try to post 3 times a week, starting from next week obviously. 😀

On the way home from London, Jess and I started talking about ideas to collaborate together. So, I hope you look out for that.

Uni Confessions:

-I have 2 PR jobs over the summer (Busy bee, me)

-This is my last cosmo blog post for a while!

-I am still struggling to eat gluten free!

Cosmopolitan’s career guide!

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog posts about the career masterclass that Compilation held, I had an amazing day in London and thought that the advice they gave was really useful. Some of you lovely readers have asked me to give some more information about what they said. So today  I am going to fill you in on what they said. I hope you enjoy!

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The event was a few weeks ago now and I didn’t write very detailed notes so I am not telling you word for word what they said but you will get the idea. I would also like to point out that the talk looked at working within the media industry.

  1. What do you want to be?

When you were picking what to study at university you had to decide what you wanted to be when you are older. If you took Journalism then you are probably thinking about becoming a journalist, and even if you didn’t know what to do you have already narrowed it down; you can’t become a medical doctor by studying English.

Now you are at university you need to start thinking more specifically about what exactly you want to do. Let’s assume for now that you want to work within journalism, well what type of journalists do you want to be? In my group of friends we have one person who wants to do local news journalism, one who wants to become a fashion journalist and me who wants to go into Public Relations.

Through your university work and assignments you should be testing out different aspects of the area you are studying, this goes for most courses not just journalism. If you still can’t decide what aspect of the industry you want to get into then you need to get out of there and find out where your passion lies.

Through out the day the wonderful Cherry Healy kept giving great advice about how to gain experience and work out what you want to do within the media industry. Her advice was to pretty much get out their and try the waters. If you think you want to work on set, produce or anything like that then get on a set. You can then see what is needed within the role. You can do this by contacting production compnaies and offering your voluntary work for a day or how ever long you feel suitable for.

  1. Build your CV

Ok, so you know what you want to get into doing when you have finished university and entered the big wide world. You can now use your time at uni to build a CV so that your future employer can never say no to you.  If your course is anything like mine you will be really busy during the term time however  my summer is something like 5 months long. So what a perfect tome to gain experience.

A number of large firms, in most professions, have summer internships which you can apply for. Some of these will even be paid. However you can also work for smaller companies who will pay your expenses and volunteer for local charities (writing a newsletter, creating a Pr campaign, filming youtube videos etc)

  1. Be unique, be you!

I guarantee that if you have spoken to anyone about writing a CV, then they will have said something about making it stand out from the crowd. The truth is there are hundreds of people applying for one position at the moment and you need to be the CV they look at. I always feel like I should channel a little Elle Woods from Legally blonde with her pink CV.

Jazz Kaur, Benefit PR mastermind, said that her first job she applied to was for L’Oreal, she ended her application with   “You should hire me because I’m Worth it.”Using their Iconic catchphrase obviously worked because she got the job.

Well, this has become a super long post so I am going to end there. I hope this helped you.

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Uni Confessions: 

~ I am getting ready for the Cosmo Blogging Masterclass. Anyone going?

~I am working in PR for a charity this summer. 

 ~What are you looking forward to this summer? I am hoping to go to Benicassim, a festival in spain.  

Gluten, what have you done to me?

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Over the past few days I have been battling with my body, after an wheat indulgent weekend partly at university and at home, I woke up on Monday morning with a heavily pregnant looking stomach.

I am not the best person at judging my own body, I always feel like I look really big at the moment. However with my summer dress on, thanks to the good weather, while I was shopping a very kind sales man asked me “When are you due?” After that a few friends and family members agreed that I did in fact look pregnant.

I have had problems with my stomach for year; at school I was ill quiet often due in horrendous stomach pains. Earlier this year I was tested for Coeliac disease due to a bloated stomach and pains. Although I was told I had not got the disease (although the test is not very accurate) my doctor told me that I was likely to have a gluten intolerance. My pain went away and I have to say I kind of ignored what the doctor said, until this week.

After eating a lot of gluten over the weekend, at least a lot for me, and then having a swollen stomach I think that I should go gluten free for a while. Along with this I am also booking in to see a woman who tests for allergies and helps create a diet suited to your life style and illness.

This is a new journey for me, one which I hope to keep you up to date with.

Over the last few days I have tried a number of gluten-free substitute foods; Pasta, bread and pancakes. As well as realising how many thing have gluten in them!

A uni Confession

  • I have finished my second year at university! That’s so scary.
  • I have gained a voluntary job in PR.
  • The next blog post will be a requested post about the career masterclass.

Getting into uni: virtual interview

Well, we are getting to the stage of the year when students have applied to universities and are starting to get ready for interviews. So I thought I would write a blog post for the future University students, all about interviews for university. This will be a series of blog posts, so I hope it will cover the type of interview you have.

Virtual Interview.

I am starting with a virtual interview as this is one of the ones I had to do to apply to my backup university. When I was looking around to find out what to do I found there were hardly any information on it, so I felt this was important.

What the Heck is it?

This is the normal response to hearing about a Virtual interview however it is actually very simple. Your chosen university will send you a list of questions, the idea is that you record the answers to these questions and send the video back to the university admissions office.

What courses use this?

In my case this was used for a media related degree and I think that this is the most common use for this type of interview. However I think that it could also be used in Drama and Dance related degrees. The idea is that you will show your skills and confidence in front of the camera as well, in the case of media, your skills at editing together the footage.

My Key Tips

  • Start thinking of your answers as soon as you receive the questions.
  • Record in front of a blank background. A patterned background will distract from what you are saying.
  • It is still an interview- Look presentable.
  • Send it in recorded delivery and make sure there is more than enough time to get there.
  • Get a friend/ family member to help record it.
  • Make sure you edit them as professionally as possible, including the questions so they know what your answering.
  • Show off your personality.

I am not sure if this is something I should continue, but I hope it helped some people. Back to normal posts later this week.

P.s. My friend Jess said that I only update my blog late at night, so I tried to be a little earlier!

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Food: Hangover one-pot breakfast

ImageBloody hell! It’s February already, where is this year going? I haven’t managed to upload on here as much as I want to,  but my boyfriends friends are round this weekend so I am planning on writing a load of blog posts.

I thought I would write another recipe blog post, so this is a hangover breakfast special. I found a recipe for this on pintrest and I have adapted it for my own flavors. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients

Potatoes- about 2 per person for a filling meal.

Onion- 1

Egg- 1 per person

Peas- as much as you want.

Bacon- a couple rashers

Directions

  1. The first thing you need to do is chop your potatoes, small bite sized are the best with the skin still on, makes them crispy. Once they are chopped you need to put them in a bowl of cold water, this is meant to make them more crispy.
  2. While your potatoes are soaking, start on your bacon. You need to go to chop them into small-ish pieces, make sure you remove the fat, as it is super unhealthy anyway. Fry them off until they are crispy.
  3. You should add your onion and peas to the bacon until they are cooked. Then place them in a bowl.
  4. You can now cook your potatoes, add them into the frying pan on a medium to low setting with plenty of oil. You want to cook them slowly and oily for them to crisp up.
  5. Once the potatoes are cooked add the bacon and veg back into the pan and mix together, make a little well in the middle of the pan and crack an egg. Once the egg is cooked you are ready to plate up. Your egg will turn into a little bit of an omelet with some of the veg and potatoes in it.

The Stodgy potatoes will soak up alcohol nicely, the veg kick in the vitamins and well we all know that bacon is god’s gift to hangovers.

Hope your hangover enjoys this meal.

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Tv show: is it offensive?

James Corden and Jack Whithall enjoying a glass of wine

It is only a show!

The original plan for this blog post was that I would do a review of the first term this year as part of my on-going review posts. However when searching through the online newspapers today I was shocked by one story and felt I had to write about it. [The review will be up next week!]

I am slightly ashamed as a journalism student to start off this post by saying; I was looking through the Daily Mail website [Sorry lecturers] and was shocked to see an article written about how Jack Whitehall is being recommended to step down from presenting a prize at the National Television Awards after a number of complaints about his actions on the TV show ‘Big fat quiz of the year’ which was shown on channel 4.

For those of you who are not familiar with the show, it is a quiz show featuring a number of comedians and familiar on screen faces, they are asked a number of questions about stories from throughout the year.  I find that it is an amusing end to the year and enjoy being reminded of a number of the highlights throughout the year. This years panelists included: Jack Whitehall, James Corden, Russell Howard, Jonathan Ross, Richard Ayoade, Gabby Logan, and  was hosted by Jimmy Carr.

Although it is a quiz show the men took a much more light hearted approach to the show, often choosing to write down a comedic answer rather than the correct one. Gabby Logan seemed to take the show rather seriously and answered pretty much all questions correctly. I have to be honest here that although the technical object of the show is to get to questions write, I feel this show is more of a comedic show than a quiz so without Richard Ayoade as part of her team she would come across somewhat dull.

Roughly half way through the show which lasted over an hour and a half. James and Jack received an ordered pizza and pulled out a bottle of wine with two glasses from under their desk, which they happily tucked into. Most of the complaints which have been received by both OFCOM and Channel 4, said that they felt the show contained some material that was too controversial to be shown at 9 O’Clock during the Christmas period, as a number of children were still awake to see it.

There are a number of rules set out for broadcasting show on television, one rule, which as far as I know is very well known, is that the 9 O’Clock watershed. After 9 O’Clock you can  air a show which contains adult material and possible sexual explicit content. The idea is that by 9 O’Clock children are likely to be asleep so will not view the material. To me this means if you don’t want your children to see this type of material, you should not allow them to watch tv after 9. Even if its the holidays, why not grab a board game if your worried about your child.

I think we can all agree that over the past couple of years a number of the talent involved in this quiz have been known to make comments that have been thought to be offensive. Jimmy Carr often comes out with rather risqué jokes and Jonathan Ross were recently fired from the BBC after his offensive phone call with Russell Brand. [if you don’t know look it up] Knowing that these characters were involved in this show, I would imagine easily offended people would think that it is possibly not what they would enjoy.

Although a lot of people are blaming the comedians for the tone of the show and created sexualized jokes. One of the questions of the show was what was the unfortunate hashtag used in Susan Boyal ‘s Album release. The answer was Susanalbumparty, it was obviously meant to be Susan Album Party but looks like Su’s anal bum party. surely any one faced with this answer would have to make a joke.

I honestly feel that people need to stop being so sensitive! Their comedians, let them make jokes. They are the sort of jokes I would hear down the pub, it’s not like this is anything new.

What do you think? Did they go too far? Are we living in an overly sensitive world?

Daily Nuggets

– I am watching a Criminal Minds marathon

– I have been so busy this week, going to London and spending new year with my boyfriend.

– I have so much work to do before going back to uni.

– IT’S FRIDAY!