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First class news ;)

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Because I’m all overexcited and HAPPY, I wanted to announce on my blog (because I’ve already tweeted, Facebooked, called and text everyone I know!) thaaat:

Today I found out I passed my degree in Communication and Media with a 2:1 – yay!

I’m so pleased with this achievement but I’m even more pleased with the FIRST I got for my dissertation.

All the time, stress, tears and sleepless nights were worth it, then! =D

Anyway… it’s time to celebrate!!

Dissertations, presentations, interactive narratives, birthdays & Christmases!

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… Okay just one Christmas, but still… Phew!

Final year is BUSY! It’s all been a bit crazy recently with ever-growing to do lists, but take away the stress and it’s all pretty interesting and exciting!

I’m currently blogging in between working on a creative piece for our New Media Narrative unit and meeting with group members to sort the finishing touches to our assessed presentation and report for the PR unit!

Then it’s just tackling some dissertation before the end of term and MY 21st BIRTHDAY! Yay 🙂

Anyway, short and sweet because I do have lots to do!

Depending on how proud I am with the finished product, expect a link to my interactive narrative piece soon! Over Christmas I also hope to be adding some bits  & bobs to the ‘Portfolio’ page on here, too!

Back to the grind… back to the blog

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I realise I have been a very poor communications and social media -loving person recently for completely neglecting this blog for such a long time.

In case I have been missed, I was blogging over at Whizzkid’s Words as a part of my work placement. It’s a kind of daily diary during my time there, with links to articles I’d written and various other bits I was involved with.

Anyway, I’ve now well and truly begun the last step of this stage of my life – the dreaded Final Year. And it’s hit. Hard.

Sooo, of course I need something to procrastinate with… Hiiii! That’s why I’m here! (Just… half… kidding!)

But really, I’m actually finding the units I’ve chosen to take really interesting, so definitely expect me to share some gems here! I’m also researching a lot about social media and it’s use for public relations – this is the main subject area of The Dreaded ‘D’ Word (dissertation for all you stress-free types) I will shortly be beginning to write.

I think that blogging about some of my interesting findings (and I promise they’ll be interesting… to someone…) may help me with my own thought process and taking it all in – it feels a lot less like ‘work’!

Right.. back to reading for me! (:

Hello summer ‘break’

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What a week!

Sun, camping, drinking, live music, dancing… As well as long queues, disgustingly disgusting toilets and general dirtiness – All part of my amazing first festival experience, Beach Break Live!

As well as enjoying music I already knew well, I found some new loves both on the main stage (such as dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip) and smaller, lesser known bands (I loved Free Peace). I love the buzz I get from watching and listening to pretty much any live music, whether I’m in the center of the crowd singing and dancing or sitting on the grass in the sun watching with a cider!

Next year I would love to go bigger but Beach Break was a great experience – and not so overpriced being a predominantly student festival!

Anyway, it’s Father’s Day tomorrow, and seeing as I’ve managed to drain my bank accounts dry (and that’s the student overdraft, not even real money!), my dad’s taking me for dinner… I feel awful but I’ve always said I’ll treat my family loads when the years of being a skint student pays off & I finally have some decent income!

Monday I start a six-week work placement at Cre8ive Wisdom. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into, being able to put in what I’ve learnt from my first two years of BA (Hons) Communication and Media into practise in the real world!

During this time I need to make a start in researching for next year’s dissertation (big eek!), for which I’m hoping I can gather some useful information/case studies from the placement.

As well as all this, my boyfriend and I are in the process of flat hunting ready to move out of the student shared house before the end of July. Finding time (and money!) for this is proving difficult and stressful, but it is exciting looking for our first own ‘home’ together!

Soo, it’s all busy busy busy but fun and exciting at the same time!   : )

Shall keep y’all posted throughout my placement, etc.

Bournemouth Uni knows how to have a ball!

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All assignments handed in, exams done and dusted. My second year of Communication and Media is over.

It doesn’t feel that long ago I was out meeting new people during ‘Freshers Fortnight’. And it only feels like last month I was saying goodbye to my first year by running from tent to tent in a field, hiding from torrential rain, dressed as a green crayon.

Bournemouth Uni’s Summer Ball is very different to the traditional ball. Favouring fancy dress and the mini festival vibe – I think it wins hands down compared to frocks and tuxedos.

Housemate and friend Sophie and I decided to go together as the Queens from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. After HOURS of shopping, sewing and facepainting, the results weren’t half bad (even if I say so myself).

The work!

The Queens found a Mad Hatter!

Another Mad Hatter & an Alice!

A very good night, the best way to finish the year ready for summer and work placement…

Can’t wait to do it again next year!

Welcome to Stressville!

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It’s that time of year again.

Students buried in books and notes. Reading, writing, re-reading, re-writing… It feels like nothing is ever going to stick in your head – and if any bits and pieces do get wedged in there it’s bound to explode soon, anyway.

Time management is key, and unfortunately for me that all seems to go out the window when the big, bad stress monster appears (pictured below).

Anyway, I think this post is some kind of cry for de-stress or revision tips, motivation or just a plain kick up the backside. More likely, though, it’s just a bit of procrastination – something a little nicer to look at than the unorganised pile of notes and books surrounding me…

As everyone keeps telling me, though, I’ll get there… I always do!

Feature article: Discover to rediscover

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For the Professional Writing unit of BA (Hons) Communication and Media, I was asked to write a magazine feature about Bournemouth. I then created a double page spread for it using Photoshop and Adobe InDesign.

Magazine Layout - Discover to rediscover

Magazine Layout, completed using Adobe InDesign

Being fairly new to Bournemouth, I haven’t really taken much time out to explore the area. Obviously I’ve been to the wonderful sandy beach (a massive upgrade to the stony seafront of my hometown, Bognor Regis) and experienced the array of pubs, clubs and restaurants, but it’s probably about time I acquainted myself with more than just the face of the town. Rather than only visiting the usual, in-your-face tourist attractions, I want to become a Bournemouth resident and see the places that far too many forget about, and newcomers or holiday-goers may not even know about.

I’m a fairly typical student, one such trait being that I am overly lazy. If I don’t have to leave the house during the day, then I’ll pretty much always be found dossing around the house in my finest monkey-covered fleece pyjamas. Being lazy is fine, now and again. But I recently found myself actually longing for some fresh air and exercise.

I dragged myself and the boyfriend out of bed on one of our rare days off together, to see what else Bournemouth could offer. It wasn’t particularly the best day to be out and about; in fact it got pretty awful as the day went on. April showers decided to show up slightly early, and in the form of constant heavy downpours. Being someone who tends to shy away from wet weather, I don’t really own much in the form of waterproof attire, but I wasn’t going to let the weather get in the way of my exploring! I had a browse on Google Maps for some greenery amongst the gloomy grey of buildings, roads and car parks, and off we went.

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