My Graduation Review

I can’t believe that my graduation was almost 3 months ago! It feels like yesterday, yet so much has changed since I gradated but that is a story (or a few) for another blog post. Today I am finally going to share with you my graduation day.

 

Unfortunately 2 weeks before my graduation my dad was in a car crash while racing a broke most of his ribs, this meant that he was only able to attend the main graduation ceremony due to his poor health and lack of energy, so the beginning of the day, was spent with my mum, Stepdad and my boyfriend. I arrived early in the morning so I could spend as much time as possible in my graduation gown, I had spent a lot of money on that gown and 3 years at university! Once was in my gown- there was a woman who dressed everyone so we wore it correctly and had my professional photographs taken, I walked around the grounds of the university with my mum stepdad and boyfriend and took some wonderful pictures.

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We managed to grab some lunch in a bar which was open during the middle of the day and then went to meet my dad and step mum by the theatre where the graduation took place. When we got into the theatre I had to separate from my family and went into the studio where the students sat, facing their parents once the curtain was raised.

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Everyone stood up as the curtain was raised and screamed, shouted and clapped, looking around at the hundreds of faces that stared back lovingly at their children and friends was such an amazing feeling. In that moment the feeling of relief that I was finally there dressed in my gown washed over me along with pride and pure happiness to be there amongst my friends as we all received our degrees. Once they called my name I walked proudly, and slightly nervously across the stage, doffed my hat to the line of esteemed professors and collected my degree.

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Once the ceremony was over I met my family outside for yet more photographs before meeting my grandparents for dinner in my favourite restaurant. Overall the day was amazing and a day that I will honestly never forget. I have never felt the love from my family more than I did on that day.

 

Recipe: Spicy Tomato and Chilli Chutney

This is a chutney recipe that I make every year for my dad at Christmas time. He has been asking me for the recipe for a while, so I thought it was the perfect time to share! You will need a large saucepan.

 

Ingredients

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

2 teaspoons Brown Mustard Seeds

1.2 kg of large tomatoes, chopped

2 Brown Onions, chopped

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8-10 Chillies Chopped (with seeds)

500ml Malt Vinegar

330g Sugar

1 teaspoon Mixed Spices

 

Method

  1. Heat the oil in the largest saucepan you have and add the mustard seeds until they start to pop- be careful they jump high. Add all the ingredients to your saucepan and bring it to the boil the reduce heat to a medium simmer uncovered. Make sure you go and stir occasionally. Leave the sauce to cook for about 4 hours, this time can vary. Until it looks like a chutney and will taste amazing!
  2. Put your chutney into a  glass jar- old jam jars are great for this, but you can buy them in shops. Make sure you wash your jar in almost boiling water, or place into your dishwasher, to avoid any contamination as your chutney can be in the jar for a long time. Spoon your chutney into the jar and seal immediately. Place a label on the jar and it is perfect for a gift along with homemade crackers.

Next week I will give you the recipe for my homemade crackers.

Ooh Mr Grey! Fifty Shades of Grey

The Fifty Shades of Grey book swept the globe with millions of women delighting in the tantalisingly sexy world of Grey Incorporation. With more and more spin off books- including my favourite ’50 Sheds of Grey’ however the biggest spin off from the trilogy is the long awaited film!

After speculations about who will play the raunchy Christian Grey and the timid Anastasia Steele, and a petition for Alexis Bledel to play the leading female part, the movie trailer has been released. Giving us a view of their first meeting with flashes of the sexy stuff that -let’s be honest- everyone is dying to see!

The brief clips of the film seems to be everything I expected, the sexual tension between the two main characters is clear throughout their initial meeting and the pure seduction of the ‘red room’ is hinted at- without any feeling that I was watching a dodgy Porn film.

The film will be out in cinemas on February 14th. So I think next Valentines day will be filled with lots of naughty toys for many couples all around the world.

So are you excited to see the film?

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Competition!! Win £600 Watchbot!

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I am sure you all know that as a student we are target for all sorts of crime; thanks to little security and lots of expensive equipment. I have been testing out a new gadget, the Watchbot. Which like a CCTV camera allows you to record, however the Watchbot also allows to remotely access the video feed to make your house is secure even when you are away- perfect for the long summer months where your procession are left alone.

The Watchbot is a perfect devise that allows you to feel comfortable and confident in your own home, knowing that you are safe.

The Watchbot company are kindly offering to give one of you a Watchbot!

Simply follow the link and enter to competiton!

Good Luck

(review To Follow!)

Competition!

Hey!

I am sure you all know that as a student we are target for all sorts of crime; thanks to little security and lots of expensive equipment. I have been testing out a new gadget, the Watchbot. Which like a CCTV camera allows you to record, however the Watchbot also allows to remotely access the video feed to make your house is secure even when you are away- perfect for the long summer months where your procession are left alone.

The Watchbot is a perfect devise that allows you to feel comfortable and confident in your own home, knowing that you are safe.

The Watchbot company are kindly offering to give one of you a Watchbot!

Simply follow the link and enter to competiton!

Good Luck

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What to wear to graduation!

Since I started thinking about going to university I have thought about my graduation. When I was looking at applying for universities, I joked about making sure I went to one that had a good graduation ceremony. In my first year of university I thought about what I should wear on the final day of my student life and in my second year I watched the graduation ceremony of the year before me. So when it finally came to time when I would wear my cap and gown, I knew the outfit I wore had to be special.

 

TM Lewin started off as a men’s suit company however recently has developed a womans business line. Their tailored suits, and dresses look like the perfect business outfit, however dressed with some nice jewellery can be perfect for a walk across the gradation stage.

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Although their clothes can be very expensive, suits costing almost £300. The quality of them means that you can be wearing the around the office years after your graduation.

 

So have you thought about your graduation outfit?

Lauren x

p.s. This post was sponsored by TM LEWIN.

So, What’s next?

I am getting to that stage in an undergrads life when they begin to question everything. Will I manage to get my dream job 3 months after graduation- with enough time for a holiday? Will I end up being stuck as a tea girl in the industry I love? Or will the evil journalists be write, is my degree not enough to get me a job? 

 

I am 3 months away from my final hand in, 5 months from donning my cap and gown and parading across the stage to get my diploma. This is something that I have worked at getting for well over the three years I have been at university. My family, friends and loved ones have all become as invested in my university life as I have.

 

But what will I do next? Christmas was filled with this dreaded questions, my family, boyfriends family and everyone else are dying to know what the next stage of life will bring me, but the truth is I am as much in the dark as I am.

 

Since December I have been applying for jobs. In fact I became so absorbed in the process of applying I ended up applying for a job in America, without realizing. But even though I have sent off what feels like millions of applications I have not received any job offers.

 

So last week I decided to go to a talk the university where having about doing Masters courses. My lectures talk about the type of material that would be covered in the masters and how you can fund a masters course.

 

So I have decided that I am going to apply for a masters course, at my university, as well as applying for more jobs. So my plan for the future is basically I have no idea, and I am going to cover every base!

Changing Names?

What’s in a name? Well for blogging everything. A blogs name is a way that an audience perceives and remembers a blog.

Three years ago I started a blog called ‘Confessions of a uni student’ After a few months of blogging, I decided that I didn’t enjoy the format of the blog and that I would start all over again. When I changed my blog I also decided to change the name to a more shortened version ‘Uni Confessions’. I loved it , the shorter name was easier for  people to remember and easier for me to say.

Until, one day a new craze started on Facebook Uni Confessions- loads of pages started popping up with the same name, but unlike my blog these sites shared the sordid and explicit secrets of university student. I stuck with the name, and I tried to make it seem different, but I feel like every time I tell any one the name of my blog they look at me like I must be writing about dirty things and not the advice and fun things that actually get updated on this blog.

This has made me decide that I want to change my blogs name! I know longer want to live in the shadow of the Uni Confessions name, I will carry on the blog, as it is now, under a new name. What do you think?

 

Can someone please help me.

Lauren

My Audio book secret.

I have always been a lover of books, I have never been bothered about weather I am reading or writing, if I have a book in my hand I am happy.

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Over the past few months I have had trouble sleeping, I feel really tired during the day, until it’s time for me to actually sleep, then I am wide awake! I spoke to my housemate about this and she said that when she can’t sleep she listens to audio books. As I said I am always happy when I have a book in my hand, so I had never really considered audiobooks before.

 

So I decided to listen to audiobooks on my laptop while I tried to sleep, I just use youtube audiobooks and turn the brightness on my laptop down until my screen is black. I also turn my laptop down so that it is on the second volume level 2, which I found is loud enough for me to hear everything easily but while not being too loud to keep me awake.

 

Over the past few weeks I have been listening to the Hunger games audio book. I prefer audio books that are divided up into chapters, and then put into a playlist. This means that I can listen to the books as I am falling asleep without having to click on a new video every ten or twenty minutes. Having them in chapters means it is easier to pick up from the time that I fell asleep the night before.

 

I have to admit I love listening to audio books, and I no listen while I am cleaning or just pottering around the house. I can read a book while I am doing other things. Perfect!!

100 days of happiness.

Last week I started 100 days of happiness on my facebook page, I have decided that I will do a weekly update on my pictures, along with more of an explanation.

 

Monday 10th February. 

This picture is my valentines gift from my boyfriend, an American style Chinese takeaway box filled with sweets along with a set of heart chopsticks. Although I got this the weekend before, I didn’t use it until today, the sweets were yummy!

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Tuesday 11th February. 

My house is so cold all the time that I don’t cook very often at uni. However I decided to make more of an effort to eat proper meals so I made Peas and Onions along with Chips and Chicken Kiev. Ok so it wasn’t healthy!!

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Wednesday 12th February. 

I had a lazy day today, and spent the day cuddled up with my stuffed toy, Cinnamon a husky, I got it for Christmas from my boyfriend because I really want a husky dog, but can’t get one until I graduate (and probably not even then!)

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Thursday 13th February. 

I know, I am so late. Today I got some of my late christmas presents from family I didn’t manage to see over christmas.

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Friday 14th February. 

I finally sorted out my work out routine, writing down everything I will do. I have become so much more into fitness over the last week. I really want to get mega fit!

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Saturday 15th February. 

I watched Jenna Marbles on youtube, she never ceases to make me laugh. I love her and Grace Helbig. They are both so funny!

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I will be carrying this one for 100 days, you can follow it on my Facebook page (here) Don’t forget to like!