Monday, 19 December 2016

Meeting Internet Friends

The internet has its downfalls but being able to connected with people with similar music tastes or views from across the globe, all from the comfort of your bed has to be the best thing. My very first internet friend was my current best friend Roni, who I started speaking to via twitter back in 2012 and it just happened that we were at the same high school but had never crossed paths.

When meeting internet friends, it is best to get to know them inside out first. Perhaps exchange numbers once you are comfortable with each other and text frequently, if you both have apple devices Facetime? or even Skype? Getting to know internet friends really well is the foundation to building a strong friendship before planning the big meet up. Make sure you meet in a public area and that your parents, guardians, boyfriend, girlfriend or whom ever you live with are aware of your whereabouts and send regular updates when you are travelling to and from the meeting place. Both for safety reasons and in case the person is a catfish

This summer, I did just that. After almost a year of speaking to Dalal Tahira from Monochrome Daisies, we finally arranged to meet up. I live in Luton whilst Dalal lives in London, which are 20-30 minutes apart via train and tube so it was not too far to travel. We decided to meet in central London, visited some touristy areas, grabbed some pizza and just enjoyed each other's company from beyond the computer screen.

Have you made internet friends? If so, how long have you been speaking and have you or are you planning to meet in real life?



Monday, 5 December 2016

Surviving A levels

Hello, it has been a while since I last posted on here but after a very (very) prolonged hiatus, I am glad to announce that I am mentally ready to start blogging again. I would explain the reasons for my absence but there is simply nothing to say, except since I last posted when I received my banging GCSE results, life has been going at 100 mph. I now have a provisional license, have booked my theory test and my first driving lesson and in 24 days I will be turning 17, how bizarre. Only 6 months ago, I was confined to wearing uniform and calling teachers Sir and Miss. 

I am now in Year 12 studying Geography, Economics, Applied Science, English Literature and Core Maths. The jump from GCSE to A Levels is REAL, the meme's you see plastered around the internet are accurate representations of how you will be feeling after a few months. Regardless of how much preparation and extra work you put in, you are doomed to always feeling behind, tired and emotional. I feel as though I have had enough experience now to share some wisdom with current Year 11's who are at the stage of deciding their future career paths. I would hundred percent recommend sixth form, if you are planning on continuing into further education, I am aware that not everyone who goes to sixth form has to or wants to go to university but most of your teachers will assume that you have come to sixth form with university being your end goal.

When deciding which subjects to pick, if you plan on going to university and know what you would like to do then pick subjects which will give you a jump start, for example, if you would like to do a sport related degree then physical education would be a good shout but for someone wanting to be an Accountant, Maths and other research and numerical based subjects would be best suited. If you are like me and are still undecided as to which career path you would like to take then it is best to pick a range of facilitating subjects which can lead you onto pretty much any degree. The facilitating subjects include: English Literature, History, Modern Languages, Classical Languages, Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Geography. Try to pick subjects that you think you will enjoy and are prepared to study for over 2 years. Remember, there is no such thing as an "easy" A level so do not be fooled by what you hear and read online. 

Take it from me, make sure to use your study periods for studying. Ok, so once in a while, you may want to pop down to your local Nandos or Costa and treat yourself but this is not necessary every study period. I had not quite grasped this concept at the beginning of the academic year and spent £40 on food within the first 3 days. Please do not make the same mistakes. You have been warned, take packed lunch, leave your debit card at home and thank me later. 

Before I sign off, just a quick notice that  I will be posting fortnightly on a Monday at 6PM GMT! 


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