life update: chips and lowkey camping

Hm I know I’m a lazy person and I haven’t posted in ages but hey I still have no ideas so here’s a lil life update to show you what I’ve been doing with my life instead of being productive. 

So. End of the summer holidays. My last week of freedom started out pretty busy. I finally tried the vegan pizza from pizza express and it was hElla good. I would eat it every day if I could. I also went canoeing in the sea for the first time which by the way is a lot more effort and kind of more scary than in a French river. My canoe must have spun in the wrong direction about 326 times and I probably nearly got run over by a sailing boat at least once. It was still fun though and I’m literally determined to get arm muscles (right now I’m a weakling with twig arms). I also discovered the universe’s best chips on a vEry long walk with my sister and they were so worth the exercise like WOWOW they were crispy. So regret only getting one bucket between us. 

After all that, it started raining and I stopped doing interesting stuff in favour of staying in bed for about three days watching game of thrones and stressing about the fact that I still hadn’t started my personal statement for my uni applications (I have since started it and it is the cringiest thing I’ve ever written lol). And I made myself pretty avocado toast and more cupcakes than my family could eat. Then some banana bread. And more cakes. 

School started this week, kill me now. No, kidding. It actually hasn’t been that bad so far. I even managed to wake up at quarter to 6 with not too much stress yay me!! I’m also loving colour coding my new school diary because I lead a sad life and I love stationery almost as much as I love bread. 

This weekend I went to a camping party with two of my best friends and we basically didn’t know anyone else there which was awkward but hEY there was music and we made friends. It was also extremely cold and I ended up waking up at 3 in the morning and going to sleep in the bathroom which was probably a stupid idea but at the time I thought I was a genius. At least I was warm ish though. Also it took me about four hours to get home because I forgot my bus has different times on a Saturday so I had to sit on the bus stop eating bread and looking a bit homeless which was kind of tragic. 

Anyway now I’m watching more Game of Thrones with my cat and it’s fab and I sort of want to make more cakes but we’ve run out of sugar sad times. 

I hope y’all are not dying too much from going back to school, we can get through this together I believe in us !!

xo Ella 

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life update: chips and lowkey camping

things to do when you start college 

I have a lot more travel posts coming up but I thought I’d break them up a bit because I know loads of people are already going back to school (I feel your pain dudes) and also because I want a bit of variety. By the way, by college I mean English college as in year 12 and 13 not American college as in uni so plz don’t get confused fam. But I guess this works for going into high school or whatever as well so read on people. 

Basically I thought this would be pretty useful maybe because I started college last year and I actually genuinely hated it for about three weeks but mAYBE I can help some pals out so it’s all good from the start ay. 

sO tip number 1: talk to EVERYONE literally from the second you get there on the first day, or even the second you get on the bus or whatever because I met my current friend group through people on the bus. This is really important, even if you’re moving up with 637 of your best friends because a) there’s always a possibility you’re going to meet an amazing new friend, and b) other people (aka me) may have moved up from a different school and know absolutely no one and they will honestly be so greatful for someone to reach out to them. 

tip number 2: USE YOUR FREES !!!! It’s tempting af to just sit around in your free periods eating food and complaining about how much work you have to do but take it from me if you actually do the work in your frees then you have lunch and after college and the weekends free because honestly you have more than enough time to get stuff done and you’ll have resources and books and stuff to make it easier 

tip number 3: be yourself. I know this sounds cringey as hell but it’s actually important because you can kind of get caught up in wanting to change your image and some people at my college are freaking obsessed with being indie and OMG ITS SO ANNOYING STOP YOURSELVES! Apart from these people there’s actually no hierarchy and much less judgment (probably because there’s so many people) and no one cares what you wear or whatever, and if they do it’s likely there’s enough people to just ditch those people and find better ones. 

tip number 4: don’t be afraid to ask for help. Not gonna lie I don’t always follow this one because I kind of hate talking to teachers and stuff but I should because a levels actually do matter, a lot more than GCSEs do and if you don’t understand something, it could completely mess you up and mean you miss the grades you need for uni. Okay, that’s definitely a worst case scenario but sTILL it’s a good idea to make sure you’re on top of things. So use help sessions, ask your classmates or your teachers, don’t just sit there and pray something never comes up because exam boards are evil and they like to torture us so it probably will. 

tip number 5: organise your work as you go along. I dEFINitely don’t follow this one and there’s a massiv pile of random pieces of paper in my room that I don’t even want to look at and I could so easily just have sorted it into files as I did the work but nooooo I had to make life hard for myself and now I want to cry every time I have to go through it to find something i need for revision. Sort out your folders kids. (Ooh and bonus tip: however much paper you think you’ll need, literally times that by four. You’re gonna be drowning in paper.)

Okay that’s all I can think of for now because it’s making me slightly depressed to think about going back to school but hey, don’t stress people. It’s gonna be fine in the end. 

xo Ella

things to do when you start college 

Warwick uni open day

K K I TAKE BACK ALL I HAVE EVER SAID WARWICK IS MY NEW FAVE UNI 

I went to the open day yesterday and tbh when I was on the way I wasn’t expecting that much and I wasn’t really thinking of going there at all but I just went because it’s one of the few places that acTUally offers the exact course I want to do but ITS FREAKING AMAZING !!

After getting very very lost trying to actually find the place and some slight issues with the park and ride we finally got to the campus, and I was pretty set in my mindset that campus unis were nOpe and I wanted a city uni but I have since changed my mind. The campus is like a mini city – it has tONS of restaurants, banks, actual night clubs and even a mini supermarket that sells avocado houmous (!!!). Also the fact that I could literally live on site is so great because just think how late I could sleep in ???? And the accommodation is pretty cheap ay. 

Also the subject. I went there to look at classics with study in Europe which is basically classics but then I also learn Italian from scratch on top and then I get to spend my fourth year in Italy woop!! (Don’t like Italy quIte as much as France but I still love it and tbh if I can skip out on the french literature I’m cool with it). But yeah anyway. All the lecturers were so positive and enthusiastic and they all seem to be really interested in their subject and I think that’s so great because hopefully they can make sure I’m always interested too and that I love the subject like they do which would obvs be nice. Also they were v helpful and one of them was lowkey quite attractive mehehehe. 

Special extra: there’s a vegan society which looks bomb because who doesn’t want to sit around and discuss nice food tbh??????

Anyway I now really want to go here and I’m preparing myself to join 647382 extra curricular activities to make my personal statement fabulous and yeppo. 

Bye dudeeessss

xo ella 

Warwick uni open day

bristol university open day

DON’T HAVE ANY PICTURES ITS A TRAGEDY!!!

But anyway I went to Bristol to look at the University and I’m in kind of a dilemma now. Because it’s so nice and I really want to go there. But I’m problematic with my subjects. 

Basically the city is amazing and there’s loads of greens spaces and cute cafes (nice vegan food literally would be two seconds away from my door) and the buildings in the centre are quite pretty and it looks like there’s quite a lot to do so I think it would be so much fun to live there ahhhh !!! Also all the halls of residences are grouped together so it’s like a little village and I think it would be easy to make friends like that and then we’d all be living close together and hhshshshs I really want to go. Also the arts department (which is where I would be is a street of little houses and each section has its own house and I think that’s so cute. 

I also really like the look of the subjects. I’m looking at French and Classical Studies and everyone I talked to about those subjects was really helpful and the courses look amazing too – for French I can do a unit on french fashion??? How great is that???? And I can spend a year in Paris???? My dilemma is that I kinda want to do French and Classics as a combined degree, which ordinarily would be fine but Bristol don’t freaking do it. Why. Don’t rly know what I’m going to do with my life but oH WELL !!!

xo Ella

bristol university open day