Freshers is almost over :(

I’ve already written this once, it didn’t save and I lost it. Well done Lau, you’re a brilliant human being.

So, here we go again..

Hello!

Wednesday was enrolment for me, which means that I just had to confirm who I was and make sure my student finance was all straight and if I needed any additional support and all that jazz. Was over a lot quicker than I thought it would be, anyway, we ended up just hanging around for a bit before going to The Good Ship in Kilburn to help set up for the freshers event for that evening, which was SpeedJam. SpeedJam was basically half a night of speed ‘friending’ where people just got to know each other and put names to faces and so on and then the second half of the night was the jamming session where different musicians from our year just jumped on stage and performed different songs which was so much fun. Not that I got up on stage, of course not, but it was nice to finally see what talents lie within our year and what’s to be expected. I left early because I was quite tired after a busy week of late nights and a lot of travelling around London for various reasons and I was excited to just get into bed with a cup of tea and a biscuit and watch Rizzoli and Isles (of which I managed to watch a full season in 24 hours, hardcore).

Thursday was a lazy day for me, or just an average day for a student really, spent the day in and out of sleep because I was that tired. It was amazing because who doesn’t love sleep right? (just re-inforcing how hardcore I’ve become)

Before I knew it, it was Friday and Freshers Fair day. Got to uni about 11 o’clock and it was already so busy, I signed up for the events team and to be a part of the Radio station, which Dad would be proud of me I’m sure, but I’m excited to be a part of these, if they choose to have me of course. We weren’t there long only because it was mainly different unions and groups for musicians mainly (of which I am not) so we made the hard decision of to Nandos? Or not to Nandos? The general consensus was, Nandos, so that’s where we ended up! After Nandos we ended up in what’s turned out to be our favourite bar in Kilburn, Brondes Age. We were in there for about an hour before heading our separate ways. We then all met at Dan and Sarah’s house for pre drinks before our Camden pub crawl. It was an amazing evening full of laughter and delirium, what more can you ask for eh?

Saturday I headed over to UCLH (University College Hospital London) for a JDM focus group. These are usually groups that are help about once every three months. It’s where a handful of JDM patients, whether still receiving treatment or are in remission, meet with our researchers to discuss what’s happening in research at the moment and what their new findings over the past couple of months have been, and we’re in the process of re-building the JDRG (Juvenile Dermatomyositis Research Group) website. If you visit it at the moment it’s very 90’s and very boring and plain to look at. Basically, it’s not very attractive and I wouldn’t give it the time of day if it popped up on my laptop screen. So we’ve decided to re-make it, we’ve added different sections and completely changed the way it looks and it’ll hopefully be going live soon. We’ve added a section where JDM patients, past and present, can send their JDM stories to the website leader to be published, so current patients can read them and spot the similarities and help them understand that they are not alone in this. Well this meeting wasn’t like that at all! We sat and ate pizza and snacks while talking about random rubbish, fluttering in and out of JDM as and when we pleased. It was so refreshing to not only talk about it with people who completely understand you but to be able to talk about anything but that, because we are more than our conditions (and the pizza was amazing!).

I had the flat to myself this weekend so in true Queen Jackie style, I cleaned! (I’m such a hardcore student I know, I will stop rubbing it in soon) I’m the total opposite of your average student I would say, when it comes to house keeping at least. My room is always tidy, clothes are always put away, dishes are always clean and so on. And I’m not even joking. I’ve deep cleaned and mopped our kitchen three times since being here and cleaned my bathroom. If that’s not hardcore student living I don’t know what is!

Sunday was another lazy day, I’ll stop flaunting my hardcore-ness in a minute (yes that is a word). Sorted a few emails out and did some reading ready for my first lecture on Monday and stayed in my pyjamas all day, yet again. Monday swiftly came along and so did my first lecture. DUN DUN DUUUNNNN! Principles of Music Business and Finance. They really threw us in the deep end there. I was so nervous and excited at the same time. Boy was I right to be nervous. This module is the most difficult and I was so overwhelmed and intimidated by it but I know as long as I work my hardest and put my all into it I’ll be fine. It’s just getting there (ahhhhh!).

Today was spent with the girls just mooching around before going to choir this evening. We sang Marvin Gaye, it was amazing! My next lecture is Thursday and that’s the one I’m really excited for, Principles of Artist Development, so I’ll let you know how that goes next week!

I don’t know how I’ve had the energy to re-write my first draft after losing it but hey! It’s done now.

I hope you’ve all had a fabulous week/day and I’ll speak to you soon.

Lols xx

Still pretending.

I’ve done over a full week in London by now and so far so good! I’m still pretending to be an adult, I think I’m doing pretty well (seriously I’m getting quite good at it).

So last time I left you it was Tuesday and I was extremely excited for, as I called her, my ‘surrogate sister’ to come and visit. We had the BEST time. Layla has never really done London before, only journeys to go to a specific place so I thought it would be nice to show her some of the sights. I went and picked her up from Victoria coach station on Wednesday evening and made our way over to the underground to get her very own Oyster card (which she was very excited about). We spent the night just chilling really, showed her the flat and we drank tea and ate biscuits because we’re crazy 19/20 year olds.

Thursday morning we spent watching Gavin and Stacey in bed and when we finally got washed and made ourselves look human we headed out for the day. As it was still absolutely boiling hot we spent 3 hours just sitting in Hyde Park eating ice cream and catching up, and most importantly, people watching. By about 4 o’clock we decided to go for a wander and see some sights. We headed down towards the Marble Arch and were ambushed by people on bikes and watched some people throw wellies around in the park (i know, weird!). We walked and walked and finally got to Buckingham Palace so say hello to my bestie, Queenie. The woman wasn’t home, rude. After watching the guards walk around weirdly for about twenty minutes, which Layla found absolutely hilarious, we turned to face the monument in front of the Palace to see a man proposing to his girlfriend! It was t
he cutest thing ever!

I feel like I’m not very good at writing/articulating/this whole blogging malarkey so I apologise!

IMG_0497.jpgAfter walking around for about an hour and a half/two hours, because I can’t read google maps apparently, we’d seen Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Downing Street and the London Eye,
we finally made it
to Pizza Express which was a relief considering how hungry we were.

Standard picture of me and my food.

We entered then what I like to call a ‘food coma’ so we decided to head home. On our way home we entered a slight delirium because we were so tired and found it hilarious that a man was just walking down the street casually eating a six-pack of cheese string.

We were so so tired by the time we got home so had a really chilled night in the kitchen with Lil and her boyfriend Radu and shared a bottle of prosecco and just had a really lovely night!

Then Friday came around and Layla had to go home (on what would turn out to be a 7 hour coach journey instead of 3 and a half!). It was horrible to have to see her go home because it felt like I’d never had to leave her in the first place but we had the best time and it made me so excited to have more guests in the coming weeks. One of my closest friends, Lauren (no I’m not talking about myself) is coming to stay with me for the weekend which I am so excited about!

On Saturday I spent the day just mooching around the flat, did a bit of cleaning and then got ready and went to finally meet up with some people from my uni for the first time and finally make some friends (at last, yayyy). We had an amazing night and ended up dancing until the early hours. Sunday night kicked off our freshers with our first event, it was a comedy and social night. Comedy wasn’t the best but what can you do eh? Some people just aren’t as funny as you find yourself you know? I’ve found two welshies which is the best thing, one of which actually speaks Welsh. Bonus!

Yesterday was induction and we got to meet a few of our course mates and chatted to our course leaders. We spent the rest of the day just travelling around London and seeing some sights before heading the 02 Academy in Islington to a freshers gig to get a feel for what’s to come in the next three years and it was amazing! I could feel the excitement to work my hardest over the next couple just completely washed over me like a wave and made me realise how ready I am, finally.

Today is Tuesday and I’ve spent the day in my pj’s because I’m a hardcore student.

Speak to you soon,

Lols xx

 

 

My first week

So I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for a long time, and friends and family have always encouraged me to, but, I’ve never thought I’ve had anything particularly interesting to talk about. BUT! This week I moved to London, the big smoke, to start my first year in university and thought that a little blog would be fun to document my adventures and to let friends and family know what I’m getting up to!

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So this is a little corner of my room. I’m really pleased with how it’s come out and I do feel at home here. I’m living with my best friend, Lily, which is a massive positive and I’m sure we’re going to have an amazing time together over the next couple of months until I come home next.

Before I left Cardiff I was so lucky to have such amazing people around me on a daily basis and have had amazing support from them and my family over what has been a hard four years to say the least, but I’ll get into that another time! Leaving them was so hard and before leaving I worried so much that I would move on or they would carry on living their lives as normal and forget me in a sense. They’re all so supportive of me starting a new chapter and I’m sure the previous statement isn’t true but it’s a huge worry that I had and continue to have. Anyway, like I said I’ve been surrounded by such amazing people that it honestly felt like my birthday with the amount of cards and presents I received before leaving, so much so that my two bestest friends Shelley and Kyle actually bought me a cake! (And a photo frame of the two of them that you can see there on my bedside table!).

So on Sunday I made sure I had everything I needed from Cardiff and started my journey to the big city. My train was at 1:15pm and I got to the flat about quarter past five. I was so excited to see Lil and to unpack everything that I just emptied everything onto my bed and all over my floor (which I later regret because it took five ever to put away!). I had a lovely first night in, myself and Lily ordered an Indian and where later joined by her boyfriend, Radu. We ended up playing what became a very competitive game of Monopoly and then retired to bed after a long day of travelling.

Monday was a home day for me, I popped out to sign up at the local GP and to Aldi to do my first weekly shop to get the essentials like meat, milk, chips, veg and so on and it only came to £14!! I was thrilled (the true life of a uni student or just sad, you choose). Of course, because I haven’t quite mastered the art of grocery packing and distributing the weight over a few bags rather than two, my bag broke on the walk home! London 1, Lauren 0. Finally got home and unpacked and felt a great sense of achievement, like an “I can do this you know!” sort of feeling, I’m actually doing quite well at pretending to be an adult.

Tuesday was BOILING! 32 degrees, and myself and Holly, a lovely lady who will be on my course this year, decided to make the most of it and wander around London. Terrible idea, it was way to hot, way too humid and no breeze. So we eventually gave up and went our separate ways and came home. Once I showered the stickiness off I decided to continue my antics of pretending how to adult and cook my first proper meal. Corned beef hash and beans. I know, I know, wild. Since I’m now semi pro at pretending to adult I ended my night in true adult style, in bed, with a cup of tea and some biscuits, watching last weeks XFactor. Again, I know, wild!

To make my room homely, before leaving Cardiff I printed a load of photos to hang from the fairy lights you can see above my bed. Turns out, they were too heavy and the tape wasn’t strong enough to hold them up, so I had to jump ship and think of a new way of displaying them. As you can see above my bed there’s a wooden hang up thing with a quote in it, bought for me by my darling Mother, otherwise known as Queen Jackie. Now I’m a stickler for motivational quotes, some say they’re cheesy, but the cheesier the better in my opinion. I was gifted a different hang up by one of my Aunties (or one of my Mums friends who I call Auntie, you know how it goes), that says ‘Live simply, dream big, give lots, be great, laugh lots’ which is something my friends and family all do and help me do in day to day life. So I hung that up on one of my walls and have stuck the photos around it which I think looks pretty cool. (See below)

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I’m having my first visitor tonight, which I’m very excited about. My surrogate sister as I like to call her, Layla is making her first (of many trips I’m sure) to stay with me for a couple of days. I’m so excited!

I am going to try and write weekly to keep you all updated, but don’t hold me to that haha! I hope anyone who has taken the time to read this has enjoyed and I’ll write again soon I’m sure. Freshers is next week so I’m sure you’re all itching to hear how that goes.

Speak to you soon,

Lols xx