So I was supposed to post yesterday (first upload I’ve missed in a couple of months wow) but my WiFi extender stopped working and in all honestly I have been ridiculously busy since Uni started so I took the WiFi issues as a sign that I needed a break. That’s fair enough, right?
I know I’ve been posting really regularly, and my schedule hasn’t faltered thus far, however I feel like I haven’t blogged in ages… Because I haven’t. Before coming to Uni I scheduled over a month’s worth of posts in advance because I had no idea what Second Year would be like and how I’d adjust, and honestly I’m so glad I did. I thought I was busy last year, and this summer, but since the 9th of September there hasn’t been a single day where I haven’t been doing something (apologies for the double negative). Therefore, as I’m sat in my bed at midnight, trying to distract myself from the endless pile of Uni reading that doesn’t seem to get smaller, I figured I’d fill you in on how I’ve been doing lately…
So a lot’s changed since my first year of Uni. Last year I was living with random people in halls (people that I didn’t completely get along with – I mean, we weren’t hostile, but you know what I mean), I didn’t do half the work I should have done, I was pretty disconnected from the Uni (Student Union, societies, etc.) and I went through a stage of being really sad and rarely leaving my room. However, this year, I’m…
- Living in a really cute house with 4 of my friends
- On top of work (however, that doesn’t mean I’m not caught in an endless cycle of extra reading)
- Actually reading ahead of my course (see bracket above)
- the Deputy Editor of the mental health section of my Uni’s paper
- Exploring more than just the clubs in Bristol, and experiencing a lot more culture
Saying that I feel so much more at ease than I did last year is honestly an understatement. I’m surrounded by people I love that understand me, I’m being pro-active and productive and experiencing so much more than I did last year, and I’m getting to make a difference with mental health awareness with my new position at the paper! I don’t know whether it’s my job at the paper, or the fact that I’m making an effort to involve myself in the Uni more, but I feel so much more aware of what’s going on with my Uni, and maximising my use of resources.
I’m going out and doing things that anxious little Jas from last year wouldn’t have even tried to do, and I genuinely feel so much happier! I’m actually speaking in seminars! I know that seems like nothing, but you know what that’s a big deal for me, and the other day I got to go witness my Uni sign a mental health pledge as a member of the press! I felt so important and got a real taste of journalism (you can read the piece I did on it here). It’s been really interesting writing for somewhere other than my blog, and not only do I get to choose the stories we use for our section and lay-up our pages in the paper (I feel so fancy) but I also get to organise campaigns that will hopefully make a difference!
I feel like this year I’m really starting to find my feet, and learn what I’m passionate about and what I love doing. I’m trying to get a taste for as much as I can and do everything I physically can, and yes, I’m exhausted, but I’m also addicted to the feeling. Balancing everything is a bit daunting, and I may have to drop down to two blog posts a week if things get too much… but I sure am addicted to high-pressure situations, so for the meantime, I’m gonna keep going with 3. I’m also very excited for the content I have coming up on my blog! I’ve been doing a bit of bulk writing this evening, and I have a cute tag, some personal posts, a food diary and an extremely exciting post with an extremely exciting brand on Saturday (Seriously guys, I got so hyped when they reached out to me). So stay tuned!
Don’t get me wrong, I still have a ridiculous amount of work, and I feel overwhelmed a lot of the time, but I’m coping so much better, and that’s what’s most important. I’m really improving when it comes to knowing myself, and recognising triggers and things that might set me off and I couldn’t be prouder. I know there will be down days – there have been already, because things aren’t always sunshine and rainbows, that’s just life, but the up days are overpowering, and I’m loving every minute of it.
I was going to apologise for how rambley this was, but hey, you should know me and my rambles by now! How’s the last month been for you? I’d love to hear all about it!
Lots of love,
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