4 Ways To Celebrate Your Non-Existent 2021 Graduation In Style

4 Ways To Celebrate Your Non-Existent 2021 Graduation In Style

As a graduating student of 2021, I can safely say that it feels like I haven’t really graduated. I’ve been doing assignments and having lessons over Blackboard Collaborate at home for months on end, and with no proper graduation to top off three years of hard work, it almost feels like the university experience isn’t actually over. I’m sure other graduates can relate to this, and I’m sure we all feel the same levels of frustration of not being able to experience a proper graduation ceremony. However, all is not lost.

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Your Guide To Borough Market (With A ‘What I Ate In A Day’!)

Your Guide To Borough Market (With A ‘What I Ate In A Day’!)

With Borough Market now opening seven days of the week for the first time in over two decades, now is the perfect time to plan your next trip over. Borough Market has a special place in my heart: it reminds me of trips with my dad into central London where I was a little smaller, and every stand seemed so big to me and full of so many different treats (my eyes were set on the cookies). As I grew older, the trips every year or so continued, but the market is no less interesting to me. Visiting Borough Market is almost like an activity for me – a chance to explore the stalls brimmed with foods from many different cultures, and hopefully for me to try something new along the way. It’s on my list of possibly one of my most unique London activities, and I love to take people who haven’t been or are from out of town, although I’m sure to the Southwark locals, passing through this market is an every day activity.

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Euro 2020: Where To Watch The Euros In London With Food And Drink

Euro 2020: Where To Watch The Euros In London With Food And Drink

Looking for a change of scenery for this year’s Euros? Why not rally up your friends and go support your nation together over drinks? Maybe your rivalling nations are playing, and you want to watch the magic unfold together. Or maybe getting together over some good food and having a bit of seasonal entertainment is more on your agenda. Whatever the motive, here are just a few options of places to watch the Euros over some food and drink. Enjoy!

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COVID-friendly days out in London (on a budget!)

COVID-friendly days out in London (on a budget!)

There’s just one more evening until most things will be reopened in England again! I don’t know about you, but it still doesn’t feel real to me that soon we will be back to normal. While a lot of us are so excited about the reopening of many venues again, I’m sure, at the back of our heads at least, we’ll still be COVID-conscious. If anything, I’m sure we’ll all be somewhat COVID-conscious for a while, whether that’s by hand sanitising at any given chance, or carrying a mask everywhere post-lockdown. So for this blog post, I’ve decided to curate some fun activities in London that allow for plenty of distance and regular cleaning, so you won’t be too nervous about going out into the world again. Upon request, I’ve tried to make most of these budget-friendly too. I hope you enjoy these, and I’d love to know any of your suggestions in the comments below!

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Mayor Of London Candidates – Who They Are And What They’re Promising

Mayor Of London Candidates – Who They Are And What They’re Promising

The other day, I received the Mayor of London and London Assembly booklet, outlining all the candidates and some of the candidates’ ‘mini- manifestos’, as well as general information about the election. I think it’s fair to say that I had zero clue about who to vote for – I feel politics has almost taken a backseat in light of the pandemic and Brexit. But nevertheless, there’s still a vote to be had on the 6th May on who is going to make London the best it can be.

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My Teacher Training Application Experience

My Teacher Training Application Experience

As some of you may already know, I’m in my final year of university. Alongside learning during a global pandemic, us students have also had to think about what comes after university: jobs are dwindling by the day, and we’re competing against those with years of experience who have lost their jobs. I can say for myself that when I first came into university, I had an idea of what I wanted to ‘become’ when I finish, but it is very safe to say that that idea has changed about five times since.

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“What’s next for you?” – Let’s Talk

“What’s next for you?” – Let’s Talk

As I approach my 21st birthday, I’ve been thinking a lot about the future: I’m in my last year of university, and in a global pandemic – a combination I never saw coming. There’s always this pressure from adults around you as you approach the big 2-1, and even more so in your final year, to know what you’re doing next – I think a lot of us can relate. I received this question back in February, but now feels like the right time to answer it.

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Why You Need To Embrace Your Body and Stop Wanting What Others Have

Why You Need To Embrace Your Body and Stop Wanting What Others Have

“I wish I looked like ____”

“I wish I had her stomach”

“I hate my legs”

“I wish-“

Let me stop you there. We’ve heard all this self-loathing before. We’ve all been there. If anything, it’s promoted all over social media to desire what other people have. I’m a big fan of social media and I’m also a big fan of appreciating other people’s features, but I’m going to draw the line at desiring. What’s wrong with what we already have?

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“I Want To Start A Blog But I Don’t Know Where To Begin. Any Tips?” – Let’s Talk

“I Want To Start A Blog But I Don’t Know Where To Begin. Any Tips?” – Let’s Talk

Starting a blog was a huge milestone in my life, but I just didn’t know it at the time. It’s something that I always wanted to do, having loved writing from such a young age, but I just didn’t know where to begin and I was beyond nervous of what everyone else would think. I remember constantly googling “how to start a blog” or “blog ideas” for years before I actually made the move.

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5 Habits I Want To Take Into 2021 – Blogmas Day 11

5 Habits I Want To Take Into 2021 – Blogmas Day 11

It’s nearing the end of the year (and only 4 sleeps till Christmas!) and I think it’s fair to say that a lot has changed: we live our lives differently than we used to, for good or for bad, and assuming this English tier system will remain a couple months into the new year, it will stay that way.

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It’s Time To Romanticise Your Life – Blogmas Day 8

It’s Time To Romanticise Your Life – Blogmas Day 8

“In the movies, we have leading ladies and we have the best friend. You, I can tell, are a leading lady, but for some reason, you’re behaving like the best friend.”

“You’re so right. You’re supposed to be the leading lady of your own life, for God’s sake.”

The Holiday (2006)

If you’re active on social media, I’m sure we’ve all seen or heard that one audio clip that starts “you’ve got to start romanticising your life…” (if you haven’t, where have you been?). Although repetitive, the clip never fails to inspire me mentally to go and do all the things I want to do – the question is though, what stops me physically?

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Acts Of Kindness You Can Do This Christmas – Blogmas Day 7

Acts Of Kindness You Can Do This Christmas – Blogmas Day 7

It’s the time for giving, so why not create a blog post with random acts of kindness you can do this Christmas? I believe that you should always give what you can, no matter what time of year it is, but this is always the time that people tend to give more. Especially with the year we’ve all just had, people may need these acts of kindness now more than ever.

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How To Have A Great Friendsmas In All Tiers – Blogmas Day 6

How To Have A Great Friendsmas In All Tiers – Blogmas Day 6

Friendsmas, for those who don’t know, is a celebration of Christmas with your friends. It can involve pretty much anything: swapping presents, indulging in all the food, going out, staying in, watching films – anything!

But this year, Friendsmas is going to be a bit different. For those not living in England, we’ve been split into three tiers, with the majority in tier 2 or 3. This basically means we have restrictions on meeting and going out. This post will hopefully give all of you the inspo to show that Friendsmas isn’t dead and there’s still loads of things you can do!

Movie Night

Movie night can still go on! Why not try having a Netflix party? Pick your favourite Christmas (or any) film, get into your pjs, pop a zoom chat or any chat on the side, and enjoy the movie at the same time, all from the comfort of your home. Bring ALL the snacks you want and enjoy a virtual movie night experience.

Friendsmas Dinner

For those in tier 2, dinner is a great option! Book an outdoor table for your group of 6 or less (find a place with heaters!!) and enjoy a nice dinner out. Dress up and enjoy!

Have your own Christmas Day!

For those living with their friends (uni students etc), why not have an early Christmas Day before you all go back to your families? Complete it all with Christmas crackers, Christmas dinner and maybe even a couple games.

Secret Santa through the mail

Gather your group and do a Secret Santa! Once you have your person, set a date, (set a budget if you want to), and organise a group zoom call so you can open it all at the same time. Just make sure to send your gifts before its too late!

The Powerpoint Game

I saw this everywhere during the first lockdown, and it may make a fun friendsmas night idea, if this is your kind of thing. What you do is you each create a short presentation about literally anything (I’ve seen drunken night outs rated with pictures, who came first: the chicken or the egg, why [blank] should stop dating etc) and set up a night to present it to each other. Again, this is a great zoom idea for a bit of a giggle.

Outdoor Activities

Tier 2 – make the most of your outdoor activities! I’ve seen that some ice skating rinks are open, Christmas markets, or even just taking a walk around your town/city or your nearest city for something a bit different. Sometimes, being a tourist in your own city may lead you to experience things you never thought existed!

Friendsmas doesn’t have to be cancelled just because it may not be the same as other years! And for those who have never done a friendsmas, why not give it a go? Let me know if you try any of these ideas or what you’re doing this year x

Everything You Need To Know About Sandbanks

Sandbanks first came onto my radar when I watched a TV show talk to Harry Redknapp about his home in the area. It appeared to be a pretty exclusive area: small in size, but lined with grand houses amongst a sandy beachfront (a sandy beach in England, I know!) It wasn’t until recently that I […]

4 Ways To Celebrate Your Non-Existent 2021 Graduation In Style

As a graduating student of 2021, I can safely say that it feels like I haven’t really graduated. I’ve been doing assignments and having lessons over Blackboard Collaborate at home for months on end, and with no proper graduation to top off three years of hard work, it almost feels like the university experience isn’t […]

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Why I Made A Vision Board For 2021 – Blogmas Day 5

Why I Made A Vision Board For 2021 – Blogmas Day 5

I saw a while back on Naomi Genes’ Instagram stories that she made a vision board. Admittedly, I’ve never been one to really idolise the idea of manifestation and writing down goals – if they’re in your head already, why write them down? Sure, it’s a fun arts and crafts project but nothing more than that. Then, I saw Sophia Tuxford and Cinzia Baylis-Zullo do it, and watching them do it actually made me think “well, what’s the harm in trying?”

So, off I went to make a vision board.

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