This is the first in my Monthly Recaps series and I think it'll be a good way of doing a little life update each month, as well as talking about products, TV shows, books etc that I've been enjoying. February was mostly about uni work so although it wasn't the most interesting of months, there were still a few things of note.

I got my new camera, the Sony A5100, and I absolutely love it. I had quite a hassle with it because I ordered one from eBay and after two and a half weeks I still hadn't received it. The seller was extremely unhelpful which prompted several angry messages from me then I finally cancelled the order. In the end, I bought it from Amazon at 11:55pm on a Tuesday and it arrived at 6pm on the Wednesday. Amazon know how it's done.

Glasgow Winter Gardens People's Palace

Unfortunately, I've not had many opportunities to use the camera just yet, but Adam and I did have a nice stroll around the Winter Gardens at the People's Palace so I took some photos there.

The Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson

The book I read this month was Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House. I hadn't heard of it before but it's actually very well-respected and Stephen King cited it as "one of the two best horrors of the 20th century". It was really interesting because no final explanation was given for any of the mysterious goings-on at Hill House - there were multiple possibilities and it's left to the reader to decide which they agree with. It was written in a style I've never really experienced before but which I really enjoyed, so I'd definitely recommend it to any horror lovers.

On Netflix this month, Adam and I watched Narcos which is about Pablo Escobar. It was really well made and a very interesting story so give it a go if you're looking for a good drama. I've obviously been watching Pretty Little Liars too, and although this season isn't amazing, I still enjoy watching it. Can they stop with "Spaleb" though? I am not on board with that.

The 1975 The Sound

In terms of music, February was all about The 1975. Their new album only came out on Friday but they released a good few songs before that so they're all I've been listening to. I've had The Sound on repeat and I'm still not sick of it. Look out for a full review of the album in the coming week.

What did you get up to this month?


Final Semester University School College Student

As I'm sure you've heard me mention by now, I'm currently in my last semester of uni and it really is a mixed bag of emotions. I thought I'd make a list of some of the thoughts I've been having so hopefully you can relate if you're in the same position, or if you're not in your last year yet this can help prepare you for the madness to come!


I've made no secret of the fact that I haven't enjoyed my course, and after four years I'm just over uni and eager to leave. All the stress of this final year is not fun either, and I just can't wait for the days where I no longer have to write essays about things I don't care about, sit exams or endure two-hour seminars with lecturers who would clearly rather be anywhere else.


Sometimes fear about the adult world sets in, coupled with nostalgia about the past three and a half years of uni and I don't want to leave after all. There are so many great things about being a student and perhaps once I've been in the working world for a few years I'll be desperate to get back to the university lifestyle. There are a lot of things I'll miss and that reminds me to savour student life while I still can.


I'm sure everyone has experienced the sheer panic when the negative thoughts take over your brain and you become convinced that you're terrible at everything and you'll fail all your exams miserably. You start forming back-up plans which range from sensible to downright ridiculous. I for one, will be opening Glasgow's first cat cafe if I fail. Whether that's sensible or ridiculous, I will leave up to you, but is it bad that I'm secretly hoping I get to put that plan into action?


Seriously, can we talk about this for a second? In order to graduate I must pay £35. Thirty five quid just for the privilege of working my ass of for four years and getting a certificate. On top of that it's £42 for gown hire (INSANE) then there's the graduation dress, transport to the hall, photography (which is equally extortionate), dinner etc. It's also £50 per ticket for the grad ball, but thankfully I'm not going to that. We're all leaving the beautiful world of student loans and interest-free overdrafts, the last thing we need is shelling out well over £100 for one day.


I genuinely can't imagine a life without student discount and the thought of paying £10 for a cinema ticket makes me feel a bit sick. In fact, just thinking that I will no longer be known as a student is very weird for me as I've never not been in education. However, I did hear about a clever little plan to combat the discount issue - just before you graduate, buy an NUS Extra card which can last three years. That way, you can continue getting money off for three years even though you're no longer a student. It's totally allowed and I'll definitely be doing it!


For the first time in years, I have to take a step back and think about what I'm going to do next. That's exciting and terrifying at the same time. I don't want to rush into a job that I'll end up miserable in, but I don't want to fall into that trap of staying in my retail job for far too long either. Having the whole world in front of you is awesome, but it can be so overwhelming with the amount of options available. It's not just about jobs, either - many people think about moving to a different country after graduating and that's another huge step. I still haven't made any concrete decisions and I'm trying not to freak out about that.

There may be a lot of ups and downs to the last year of university, but just think how good it will feel on graduation day to know that all your hard work has led you to a point in life where you're free to choose where to go next. If you're battling through your final semester then I wish you the best of luck and remember that all these crazy thoughts are normal. We can do it! And if not, just open a cat cafe.

How are you feeling about university? Or are you a Girlboss already?

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