Friday, 20 March 2015

Work, Weekends and Women

Life so far…

So far this year has shot by; I really don’t know where the time has gone! It was only yesterday I was looking to embark on my third year and now that is drawing to close. However time flies when you are having fun, and that is what I have been having. Recently I have had a lads’ reunion with those who left the University last year, this weekend was mainly spent in an intoxicated state and neither by body nor my bank balance is thankful. Recently I have also been attending fund raisers within the University, worked tirelessly on both my degree and for the Enquiry Unit where I work as well as maintaining my ever developing and rigorous social life. Working part time with your studies really does help in so many aspects of life e.g. CV writing, experience, knowledge and an understanding of the working environment.  However it does add extra stress onto your degree as well and limit the amount of socialising one can possible have. For the immediate future I have varsity to partake in, I have to now find a full time job as well as finish the degree I am on. So for the moment I am an extremely busy individual.

The time of my life…

So this really is the end of the beginning for me, one chapter is drawing to a close and what a chapter it has been! I have changed jobs, met the most amazing people, played a huge part in the football society, took part on two University tours, done “take me out” at the student bar, have jumped in the pond, become accustomed to spending Wednesdays out playing football and then in the student bar, ate far too many takeaways and spent more money than one could count. And soon it’s time to say goodbye to a place that will always have a very special place in my heart and even more so, the people which I have gained long lasting relationships with. I won’t lie it will be hard, very hard for me to say goodbye, but all good things must one day come to an end. But not to worry before the end is nigh there will be some explosives, some more carnage and a huge goodbye to the place I call “home “

Future plans…

As stated above I have been trying to find work as much as possible for when I leave Uni, the main reason for this is so that I can get straight into the swing of things and look at moving out of my parents’ house and finding a place of my own, one that I will probably share with mates of mine. For the time being I am looking to move out by the summer, from then I can look forward to moving forward in life and getting to grips with becoming an adult.

Quote of the day

If you were a vegetable you’d be cutecumber, where if I were a fruit I’d be a fineapple”

Thursday, 15 January 2015


January is here which can only mean more studying, socialising and starting new friendships ;).  To start I have had a hectic last month, I have studied, worked many part-time hours, ate and drank copious amounts of unhealthy substances and even to many peoples surprise – I volunteered over the Christmas break and on Christmas day within a homeless shelter in Hackney.

Beer, Brighton and Babes
Like normal the festive period has been full of enjoyable and memorable (ish) experiences. I will start firstly with the Christmas meal that we had within our office. For anyone that doesn’t know I work within the Enquiry Unit at the university. This involves working on phones, using the live chat facility, working at open days and flirting! Anyway, the Christmas meal set the tone for the rest of the period that would be filled with food and alcohol. During the period I volunteered with the homeless, played a lot of table tennis, went to Brighton, went to London, visited winter wonderland and now after all this madness I am proud to back in the place I call home. SPARROWS!  Believe It or not I now work there! The place where hearts are broken, standards are lowered and dreams are made.

Onwards and upwards!
Now it is time for work, work and beer! I am about to go into 3 months of hibernation with the amount of work and studying that I still have to do.  I have always been one to leave it until the very last minute and scrape it. However I am doing my best to change this and set in motion a plan that will at least see me leave this university with a second class degree, with a first class experience.

Best yet!
A large part of the festive period was spent volunteering with the Homeless at a centre in Hackney with a charity called Crisis.  This is something that I have wanted to do for a number of years and it is something that I always thought would be worthwhile seeing as Christmas is so commercial and money focused. In light of that I wanted to do something that gave something back and wasn’t just money orientated.

Anyway I had the most amazing, humbling and worthwhile experience that I have ever had. It was a true eye opener into the lives of others and how often we take for granted the simple everyday pleasures that others may never have access to. The amount of love and compassion between all guests and volunteers was something truly special, and until I have a family of my own I cannot see myself spending my Christmas anywhere else.  Please visit this link and look into the great work that Crisis do:

I will leave you with this quote below that is heard in the student bar many times:

                           “ ohhhhh dam Josh just stole my girl again”