It’s been a busy few months for me, which is why I’ve not been posting on here much! I’m nearing the end of my university journey and about to graduate, so you can imagine how crazy busy I am with final year projects and deadlines. The end is nigh and I can very soon call myself a Bachelor of Arts, with a degree in Journalism. It feels so strange, like it’s not quite real, but come Graduation in July, it will be very real.
Before I tell you about what the future holds, let’s take a look at what I’ve been up to over the past few months. In December I set myself 22 goals to reach before my 22nd birthday, and I’ve already completed 11 and a half. That means I’m over half way there.
Some of those goals included finishing a lipstick (my beloved MAC Velvet Teddy), taking time to self care and buying a power outfit.
Other goals I achieved were a little more exciting. In January, I had my first ever spa day – well, spa weekend actually! My parents had bought it as a birthday gift and so Jake and I headed to Shrewsbury for a pamper. We had massages, lazed on sun loungers and soaked in the hottub at one hotel, including a gorgeous two-course meal. Then the following day headed to another hotel for Afternoon Tea!
New York. New York. It still feels surreal! What a beautiful, beautiful city. In February, Jake and I jetted off to NYC for four days of sightseeing, fashion week photography and food. I did everything I wanted to do, from the Rockefeller at sunset, to Central Park at dawn. I photographed New York Fashion Week models on 5th, Madison Avenue and Grand Central Station and ate my bodyweight in cheese. Take. Me. Back.
I have always wanted to be a zookeeper for a day. I booked Jake and I an Animal Encounter at Hoo Farm (courtesy of my brother and his girlfriend) for a day with the carnivores. We met a Russian Rat Snake, a spectacle owl that starred in the Harry Potter movies, a serval and fed the arctic foxes. It was such a cute day and amazing to get so up-close with the animals.
I had put ‘get back into dancing’ on my list, seeing as I’d taken an 18 month hiatus. At the beginning of April, my parents and Jake watched me perform in my first dance show in three years. I started taking heels classes back in January and I have really enjoyed using it as a way to keep fit, escape reality for an hour and meet new people. My body feels better for it, and my legs look better for it.
Finally I have recently been pitching articles to publications and had a review of Ricky Gervais’ After Life published in British Comedy Guide! I adored the series which inspired me to change my final year project just eight weeks before the deadline. Ricky Gervais tweeted the article himself, which was super exciting. I have really enjoyed writing other TV ad film reviews since.
So, that’s where I’ve been! Between exciting little adventures I’ve been hidden away in my room tapping away at the laptop with either uni work, my blog, or the freelance work I’ve been doing. Now, for where I’m going.
In March, I came across a job advertisement for a company I have always admired. It would be the perfect graduate job – local, journalism, and interesting. Everyone who knows me knows that I am a huge advocate for my homecity, and this job would allow me to help promote it.
On the 28 March, I handed in a university project, went to a life drawing class, was almost mugged on Tesco car park and found out I’d got the blooming job! Yes, it was a mental day – one I definitely won’t forget. Similarly, I won’t be forgetting the fact my pinafore zip broke on the morning of my interview and I had to hold it together with a badge.
The following day, I received a call inviting me to Canary Wharf to meet with senior journalists. We discussed the future of journalism and how the younger generation consume it. It was my first time in London, and navigating the tube. But it has already showed me the exciting opportunities the job will bring.
In just under two weeks, I’ll be starting my first graduate job as a journalist at Stoke-on-Trent Live. I will be a Community Reporter, writing about all things health. From the NHS and medical stories, to fitness and mental health articles.
I’ll still be here, posting my fave fashion finds and beauty buys. But in the real world I’m going to be a real-life professional adult. Scary, huh?
Photos in pink suit taken by Luke Medlock.