Sunday, 15 September 2013

It’s September 15th and I've just finished packing up the last few bits ready to head back to uni on Tuesday. After some last minute surprise news that I’ll be fresher repping for ten days, which I’m incredibly excited about, I’m heading up three days earlier than originally planned. I didn't get homesick while I was living at uni last year - don't get me wrong, I missed my family, friends and boyfriend a lot, but I kept myself busy and immersed myself in everything new around me and had an incredible year. Now I've been home for over three months, it feels weird packing to go back because I'm used to my home routine. I'm a real family girl at heart, so I love my home comforts and hanging out with all my family, but I do feel like I'm ready to spread my wings, venture into second year and make some more memories.

A little background info - I was going to apply to be a fresher rep when the applications were floating around some months ago, but after pondering with the thought for a week or so, I decided to leave it. My house plans for second year fell through for various reasons, so I’m living in the same halls again. I didn't want to miss out on getting to know and going out with my new flatmates, so that's why I didn't apply to be a rep. Part of me is sad that I don’t get to move into a cute little house with all my friends, but the other part of me is excited about being a pretend fresher again. My uni accommodation is slap bang in the middle of town, a stone throw away from uni and well furnished, so I really can’t complain. I've bought some new bits and pieces to add to my uni room to make it look all pretty and cosy because I'm a sucker for all things cute and floral. I love my room to feel all warm and homely so adding my own personal touches is a must.

Firstly I’m going to update you on what I've been up to and what I can expect from this year. I've had such a fun summer working with my sister and I've had the pleasure of working with the loveliest bunch of people. Name me an office where elastic band flicking competitions are a daily occurrence... because mine is. And it’s quite painful! I work for two of the loveliest people you’ll ever meet who are so supportive and generous. They’re forever treating us to lunch, drinks at the pub and when we need time off or a favour, they’re more than willing to help us out. I work with a lovely team as well which is perfect, especially as we deal with so much crap from moany customers. I work at The Auto Group which is a car warranty company. I thought I’d hate it, but I've actually enjoyed learning new skills, being thrown in the deep end and being out of my comfort zone. I haven’t been on holiday or to a festival this summer which is a little annoying, but I've managed to save a lot of money for uni and I've been to Leeds a lot to see my boyfriend. I've also enjoyed lots of family time which has been lovely after living at uni for nine months.

Although I love being at home, I’m also itching to get back to uni. Unfortunately, freshers week is exclusive to first years at Nottingham Trent which is super gay, (don’t get me wrong there are events for second and third years, but not in the same venues as the fresher events). This wasn't great news for me as I’m living in halls again, so when I emailed a guy from the SU asking about whether I’d be allowed one due to my circumstances, I jumped at the chance when he offered me a solution – fresher repping. Lots of people say it’s an amazing experience and as good as, if not better than freshers itself. In a nutshell, you basically encourage all the new freshers to get involved, take them to the venues at night, play drinking games with them, socialise with them and most importantly, make sure they stay safe and don’t go too crazy after an overdose of freedom, independence and a lot of alcohol during their first week away from home. To say I'm excited would be an understatement. It all kicks off on Wednesday night with a hippie themed fresher rep party, followed by a day of training on Thursday and then finally freshers gets underway on Friday. 

I’m going to try and take lots of pictures over the ten days so I can do a few lifestyle posts for you guys, so hopefully you’ll enjoy those. I’m also hoping to do a room/flat tour in pictures when I’m back and settled in so if that’s something you’d be interested in reading, then please let me know. Alternatively, if there’s anything else uni related you’d like me to write about, I’m open to suggestions! I'm going to get myself a blogging book and a light box so I can really throw myself into blogging this year. I'm determined to blog on a regular basis and provide you guys with high quality content and images, so a blogging book will help to keep me organised and on track. 

Are you off to uni this September? Have you been a fresher rep before? What do you do to ensure you stay on top of blogging? Sorry if I've rambled a little, I feel like I've neglected my blog slightly, so I wanted to keep you all up to date. Well done if you survived the mammoth post - I'm impressed!