The Truth About Uni | Workload

I am officially finished second year of my law degree and it feels amazing! The time has passed so quickly but so slowly at the same time. This post in our series is all about the workload we’ve had to endure over the past 9 months.  Continue reading “The Truth About Uni | Workload”

Truth About Uni | Relationships

As you may have gathered, the next post in our uni blog series is RELATIONSHIPS

I am really lucky in the fact that none of my old school friends moved away for uni/college. But, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been incredibly difficult to see them as often as I used to.
It’s just so hard to have everyone’s schedules match up at the same time!!

For obvious reasons, the most difficult time to see my friends is around exam or essay time. I literally don’t see anyone during these times. However, even if you’re not seeing your friends, it’s so important to keep in touch with them! This is where you maintain your Snapchat streaks, constantly tag each other in memes, and Whatsapp is your new best friend.
During stressful times like these, I’m lucky in that I do have some great uni friends. I am part of a law project at my uni so every week I see my friends from there, and during lectures me and my friends get to share the stress together (lucky us).

However, it hasn’t all been plain sailing…I have lost a couple of friends along the way. Although I don’t think this has got much to do with uni, just general life and people changing, I guess.

The best advice I can give you: have a group of friends that understand the stress and pressure you’re going through. That way, you’re all in the same boat and no one gets annoyed when you can’t make the meet-up.

Now, for anyone wondering why there’s no mention of a romantic relationship, there’s not one. And if I’m being completely honest I don’t know how I’d make time for one. Yeah it’s fun chatting to some people on Tinder etc. But when it comes to essay and exam time, like I said before…I see no one. And I think this would make it really difficult for me to have a relationship. However, if something were to happen then yeah I’d give it a go…my boyfriend would just need to understand that my uni work comes first!

So that’s all I’ve got to say about relationships at uni. Like I said, even when you’re busy try and just check in with your friends, see what everyone’s up to and try and arrange a time for you to meet up when everyone is over their stressful period.

Have you had any relationship issues while being at uni? Let me know in the comments below…

Check out the other lovely girls I’m doing this series with:
KatherineSaffronJasmineAnnaJen

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Thanks for reading
Sophie xx

The Truth About Uni | Finance

The third instalment of our blog series is all about FINANCE

As I go to the University of Aberdeen and I am from Scotland, I will give a little breakdown as to how paying for uni works here:

  • Scottish students (and other European students who come to Scotland to study, I’m not sure how it works for other British students) do not have to pay tuition fees – the government pays for our studies,  and we do not pay this money back. For this to happen, we must apply through an organisation called SAAS (http://www.saas.gov.uk/). This is done around April/May and this ensures that our tuition will be paid for. Our funding is not automatically “renewed”, so we therefore have to re-apply each year but that’s not a great inconvenience.
    I am so grateful that our government does this for us as it encourages more people to study at university.
  • We also have the option of taking out a student loan – a SAAS loan. We do pay this back. I have taken out a loan the past couple of years as I wasn’t sure how expensive student life would be and I was in the middle of purchasing a car, insurance, a new laptop etc. Depending on whether you live alone, your household income and other criteria, the amount you can receive will change. This money is only paid back once you are earning a certain amount a year (£17,775) and this money comes out of your salary before you receive it.  For more information click here – SAAS Guidance.

So that’s how tuition and loans work here in Scotland.

Some further finance tips:

  • Get a job – I work part-time and this has really helped me keep on top of everything.
  • Spend carefully – I’m more of a saver anyway but if you have a lot of things to pay for, it’s really beneficial to break down your income and expenses – and budget accordingly. Make sure to prepare for any unexpected expenses and do some research on the cost of books etc. (For example, most of my law books are around £40 and I need to buy around 4 books every semester).
  • Shop around – don’t buy something you need at the first price you see. See if other supermarkets are selling it cheaper or try and find a voucher code. If you’re looking for wi-fi, gas, electricity providers etc., use price comparison sites.

I hope this has given you some sort of background on how paying for uni works in Scotland. Any questions then feel free to leave a comment or send me an email! 🙂

Check out the other girls in this series for their experience and information:
AnnaJasmineSaffronToriJenBeckyKatherine

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Music I’m Loving ♥

I love discovering music that I’ve never heard before – new and old. This is why I don’t know what I’d do without Spotify – I’ve discovered so much music that I love from using this! And no this post is not sponsored by Spotify (but I’d be open to the opportunity *hint hint*).
So if you’re like me and like finding some new tunes to listen to, hopefully there’s something here for some of you 🙂

Dirty Laundry by Nickelback and All Time Low – nope, not a collab – both artists have a song called this and I’m loving them both! Went searching for one and came across the other…so an accidental find, but a fab find nonetheless.

Sign of the Times by Harry Styles – I’m currently listening to this as I type and it’s going on the list. I’m not a die-hard 1D fan but I do like their music so I was intrigued as to what Harry would do. I like it because it doesn’t sound like a “boyband” song, it’s original – it’s his style and I like it! (If I could do the ok/perfect emoji right now, I would)

Bad Girls by MKTO – I heard this song on a Netflix advert and immediately searched the lyrics to find the song. It’s so catchy, I can’t help but bop about to it! I’ve never heard of this duo before so I’m going to snoop around some of their other material.

Believer by Imagine Dragons – when do Imagine Dragons not produce some great, catchy material?! I don’t know how to describe this song but it reminds me of something and I can’t put my finger on it. It’s like a spooky, rocky, catchy hybrid. That probably means nothing but if you haven’t heard it yet, give it a listen and see if you get what I mean.

Give In to Me by Michael Jackson – I went through an MJ obsession this past month and I couldn’t stop listening! I’d heard this song once or twice before but I forgot about it. Then I re-discovered it and love it! MJ’s music is always a winner and this isn’t the only one of his songs I love (for obvious reasons), but this is one of his lesser known ones so thought I’d put it in the list.

Purple Rain by Prince – I don’t really need to explain why I love this song so…..just one thing, guitar solo and the “oohs” are my favourite bit of the song!

Music from Nashville – So this isn’t a song but I’ve got a whole playlist on Spotify dedicated to songs from the TV Series, Nashville. I LOVE the songs so much, I’ve got a slight love for country music anyway but I think this is a good introduction to it!

So that’s some of the songs I’ve been loving this past little while. Let me know in the comments if you like any of the recommendations or you’ve got some for me.

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Thanks for reading,
Sophie xx

The Truth About Uni | Accommodation

This is the second post in our blog series – The Truth About Uni
To see the first post where I gave a bit of background to my uni, my course etc, click here – The Truth About Uni | Why I Chose Everything

So this post, as you may have gathered from the title, is about accommodation. Now, if you’re here for advice about halls, I’m gonna have to direct you to one of the other lovely ladies in this series (links will be below). This is because I live at home.
In this post, I’m just going to give some pros and cons about living at home while being a student.

I decided to stay at home because:
1) I only applied for universities in my city
2) I didn’t want to move out – to put it simply!

PROS OF STAYING AT HOME WHILE STUDYING

  • It’s A LOT cheaper – no expensive rent, no council tax, TV license, water bills etc etc.
  • If your friends are still at home then it’s easy to catch up with them.
  • You know your city, you know what’s what and where’s where (hopefully).
  • Living with your parents/family means extra support for you . It’s great to just come home and relieve some of my stress to my mum. I mean, she’s probably losing the will to live but it makes my will a bit stronger!
  • It’s easier to hold down a part-time job/get one because you won’t have to put in for so much holidays to go back to your home city.

CONS OF STAYING AT HOME WHILE STUDYING

  • You miss out on A LOT – halls parties, freshers events in the halls etc – obviously you can go if you want to but 1) you need someone’s hall to go to & 2) you have to be willing to get to the halls on your own and home on your own.
  • It’s slightly more difficult to make friends because a lot of people make friends in the halls so you have to work a little bit extra to find your ‘clique’.
  • You don’t really have to be that independent while staying at home so when I move out I’m going to have to learn how to adult a bit later than some people.

So that’s the pros and cons that I can think of when you stay at home.
I don’t regret staying at home. I didn’t and don’t feel ready to move out and I like having extra money that I wouldn’t have if I moved out. Also, none of my friends have moved away so we all still see each other quite regularly.

If you have any questions about living at home then leave a comment below or email me at – glamourreel@gmail.com

Here’s the links to the other girls in the series:
AnnaleidJasmineSaffronToriKatherineJenBecky

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Thanks for reading,
Sophie xx

Beauty and the Beast Review

Beauty and the Beast is my favourite Disney princess film so when I heard they were doing a live-action remake, I was a bit sceptical.
Belle is my favourite Disney princess so, not gonna lie, I was a bit sceptical of Emma Watson too.

However, I’ve got to say…   Continue reading “Beauty and the Beast Review”

The Truth About Uni|Why I Chose Everything

Welcome to my new blog series/collab!

So as you may have gathered, the series is called ‘The Truth About Uni’ and it is in collaboration with some other great girls (links will be at the end).
Each post in the series will be a different uni-related topic. With this collab we hope to give some of you a heads-up of what to expect, some tips and just share some of our experiences…hope you enjoy!

My Course

The course that I’m studying is Law and I’m currently in my second year.
No one I know is a lawyer so I pretty much applied to the unknown. I started thinking about what I wanted to do when I was 14…you know when you have to make a my-world-of-work account and take that quiz?! (Is that still a thing?)  And a lot of the careers that were being suggested I just didn’t fancy. I think it was maybe my guidance teacher that suggested looking into law, so that’s what I did…5 years later and that’s what I’m doing.
My degree is 4 years long and then if I want to be a practising solicitor, I have to do the Diploma of Legal Practice which entails some teaching and a 2 year traineeship in a law firm (note: this is for Scotland).
I still haven’t really settled on a clear cut answer as to why I decided on law.
One thing I like is the wide range of areas of law you can go into. For example, you’ve got commercial, criminal, family, succession…and a lot more! It just depends what grabs your attention and what you could spend time on. Because trust me, you will spend A LOT of time reading up on cases and legislation.
Another reason I like studying it is because it’s very clear-cut and structured. There’s no experiments or formulas, you look at the law and you apply it.
If you have any more questions about studying law feel free to leave me a comment or send me and email (link is down below)

My University

I’m studying at the University of Aberdeen. I chose this uni for a couple of reasons:
1) Aberdeen is my home and I didn’t feel ready to move away. All my friends were staying at home and I didn’t feel ready to leave my parents.
2) Aberdeen Uni is actually pretty high up on the teaching scale for law so I’m quite lucky that I had a reputable uni in my city.

I like my university – the buildings are historic but classic. I’ll try and take some photos of some of the classic buildings for a later post, but just have a quick google search – some of them really are beautiful!
But besides looks, I’ve come across some great lecturers! One that I currently have doesn’t just explain the law, he tells you how to use it…how to be a good lawyer. And I like gaining knowledge from those who have had the experience. You can tell that some of them really care about delivering some fresh, respectable lawyers, and that’s important to me.

Once again, if you have any questions about anything I’ve talked about, feel free to leave a comment or send an email to – glamourreel@gmail.com


The lovely ladies that I’m doing this series with are –
JasmineBeckyKatherineToriSaffronAnnaleid and Jen
So go check out their blogs and see what courses they are currently undertaking at uni.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading a bit about my uni life and you’re looking forward to the next post in the series!
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Fifty Shades Darker Review

 

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I recently went to see the latest instalment of the 50 Shades franchise and thought that this should be my latest film review.

Plot

So as we saw from the first film, Anastasia had decided that she couldn’t live Christian’s way of life. 50 Shades Darker begins with Christian trying to “win” Ana back once he realises that he cannot live without her. However, this is not the only thing that the couple have to overcome; a few faces from Christian’s past try to interfere with the life that Ana and Christian are trying to build. 50 Shades Darker follow the couple through this time along with some fun adventures.

Review

I’d heard good things before seeing this film and had watched clips and interviews, so to say I was excited to see 50 Shades is quite an understatement. I wasn’t so sure of the first film (I won’t review that one at the same time but it may come in the future). But I will say that I think 50 Shades Darker is a lot better!

I like it more because there’s more romance, more witty comedy, and Christian Grey is more of a human (I know that sounds a bit ridiculous but if you’ve seen the first one you’ll understand what I mean).

After seeing this instalment and after watching some interviews, I’ve discovered a new love for Dakota Johnson. I wasn’t 100% sure of her when I first saw 50 Shades of Grey but after seeing 50 Shades Darker, numerous interviews and 50 Shades of Grey again (yes, in that order) I’ve decided that she’s one of my favourite actresses! I like the emphasis she puts on portraying Ana as an independent woman who knows what she wants, and I like her delivery of the witty lines.
It was nice to see that Christian had a bit more of a personality in Darker. I’ve also watched interviews with Jamie Dornan and I think he’s got a great personality, but this never got to be portrayed through Mr Grey in the first film. I think Jamie does well to portray Christian as a more pleasant character in 50 Shades Darker – Christian is more relaxed and has one or two witty lines of his own. It was great to see this progression of the character.

If you’ve seen the first film, you’ll know that a lot of the sex scenes are focused in the red room and about what goes on in there – I didn’t really like this aspect of the first film. This is one of the other reasons I enjoyed Darker more, the sex scenes are less S&M based, shall we say. They’re a bit more like the kind of scenes you like seeing in a romantic chick flick – i.e. less rules and whips, plus Ana has a lot more independence which is nice to see!

Some aspects of the film are pretty far-fetched and unrealistic – woah, newsflash – but, who cares? I really enjoyed it, I know quite a few people didn’t but everyone has different film preferences, and one of my preferences happens to be light-hearted but intense romance, with some occasional comedy and thrills.

Trailer

Thank you for reading my latest review. If you did enjoy then please be sure to like and follow for more. Also, let me know your thoughts on 50 Shades Darker in the comments

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