Q&A: University

As some of you may know, I’m currently in my first year at the University of Bath studying Mathematics. I decided to do a Q and A post about my time so far and I asked you guys on Twitter if you had any questions. These are the things you wanted to know.

(Disclaimer: These are just my opinions and experiences and aren’t reflective of the university experience or the university of Bath/maths degrees)

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Me on an evening campus walk

My course is a LOT harder than I expected. At school and college, for me, maths was always something I got quickly and easily so to have to think about a concept for weeks before I finally got it was a shock (and still is a shock) to the system.

Bath University has definitely met my expectations and more. The lectures and social aspect are good and the accommodation is amazing. The university also has a brilliant well-being service who have been exceptional whenever I’ve needed them.

My first semester was difficult and didn’t meet my expectations at all. Before I came everyone hyped university up as the best time of your life and I came here and it wasn’t. I got ill straight away so started off behind and found it hard to make friends as due to being ill, I wasn’t myself. I also didn’t enjoy the clubbing aspect and missed home. I did however enjoy cooking for myself and the two societies I joined: Ballroom dancing and Harry Potter Society. As for the most difficult part, it was probably being behind on my studies from being ill and taking a long time to catch up. That was tough.

(Also, I just want to let you know semester 2 is so much better than my first semester and I’m really enjoying myself here now. I’ve made some super friends, am enjoying the course as I’m not behind and am now the social sec for Harry Potter society. I was just very unlucky getting quite ill very early on)

For ages I didn’t know what I wanted to do but recently I’ve decided I’d like to pursue a career in marketing, most likely the statistical side of it. I’d love to see what statistically works for a company when it comes to advertising to their audiences and who that audience exactly is.

20180219_203727And yes, I procrastinate (as you can tell by me only just writing this post 2 months after asking the question on Twitter).

I get things done by writing a big to do list. I find it satisfying ticking things off and knowing that I’ve done them. I find I procrastinate more if I try to strictly schedule my day so I find it better to go with the flow of the day and follow my mood as to what I’m going to do.

 

Thanks for all the questions. If you have any more questions, please do comment them below and I’ll answer as soon as possible. 🙂

 

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Review- Blackbird by ND GOMES

blackbirdIt was New Years Eve the night that dead blackbirds descended, hours before fourteen year old Alex McCarthy’s sister Olivia went missing from a party.
Committed to finding out what happened to her sister, within the previously safe walls of their subarctic Orkney village, Alex knows that dishevelled, sometimes intoxicated Detective Inspector Birkens is her best shot.
Yet as they uncover the secrets behind Olivia’s last night, Alex starts to find things she may be better off never knowing…

This book was a whirlwind of brilliance; I cried, I laughed, I cried some more. Okay, so there may be a theme to this!

This book was beautifully written with lots of beautiful imagery. Not once was it obvious who the culprit was and the red herrings threw me a lot. The twist was just WOW!! And the flashbacks to Olivia added a lot of suspense and even some dramatic irony.

Alex is an amazing character. I felt sorry for her and loved her braveness. I’m glad her parents come to love her again after the events in the book. I felt the breakdown in their relationship was probably the saddest thing in the book (other than the main bit).

I was annoyed at Alex’s friends who should have understood what she was going through was tough and should have been more empathetic. It makes her a lot breaver that she had to go through what she did effectively alone.

This book is just amazing and the metaphor of the blackbirds just sums up this book perfectly; a brilliant thriller to keep you on your toes whilst flying you straight into the mystery.

Note: I received this as an ARC at YALC and yes I know it’s been a while (cheers uni).  Also, all views are my own.

 

 

Ronaldo: The Reindeer Flying Academy -Review

ronaldoI was given an e-copy of this book in an exchange for an honest review

This book is a festive MG written by English author Maxine Sylvester. I don’t read a lot of MG and wish I did so I was grateful to be asked to review this book, especially as its the festive season and I love reindeers.

Ronaldo is such a cheeky lovable reindeer. I love that we find out his hopes and dreams and see him as a persevering reindeer. The book was well written with a lot of description and humour. This book would be perfect for those younger reluctant readers as it’s just the right length and is very funny. It’s also festive, so a massive win there!

The book is easy to read and described perfectly, it made me want some of Father Reindeer’s carrot pancakes. The illustrations are beautiful too and done, rather impressively, by the author herself.

This book would be a perfect gift for the little ones in your life or even yourself if you fancy a fantastically, festive MG read.

For more Ronaldo the Flying Reindeer check out Maxine’s website and to buy the book click here

Cell 7 review

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An adored celebrity has been killed. Sixteen-year-old Martha Honeydew was found holding a gun, standing over the body.

NOW JUSTICE MUST PREVAIL.

The general public will decide whether Martha is innocent or guilty by viewing daily episodes of the hugely popular TV show Death is Justice, the only TV show that gives the power of life and death decisions – all for the price of a premium rate phone call.

Martha has admitted to the crime. But is she guilty? Or is reality more complicated than the images we are shown on TV?

I picked this book up at YALC after hearing loads about it. The concept – as described in the blurb – was different and certainly captivated my interest. However, upon reading it, I’m unsure whether this book was for me. The idea seemed very out there.

I enjoyed the book however I had concerns with the switch in speaker, 1st person to 2nd then to 3rd. Unfortunately these transitions weren’t smooth enough for it to work which was a shame as it had the potential to. It confused me a lot as to who was speaking.

However, Martha, the main character, is a great, well-built character. She is a lovely young lady who we get to meet during the trials for her murder of a famous celebrity. The sympathy that is created for her due to the cruel system is very well developed and I love finding out about the truth and all her little secrets that led to her being brought into cell 1. The mysteries surrounding this crime are certainly gripping.

I’m unsure if I want to read the sequel as I don’t feel compelled to however I do wonder at the progression of Martha and the story after that intense ending. This book might have not been my cup of tea but maybe, just maybe, it might be one of yours.

Sampler Sunday- 19/11/2017

Apologies for missing Sampler Sunday last week, I got ill (again!). Anyway, onto this weeks’ Sampler Sunday.

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Broken Sky – Ooo! What on Earth is going on? What on Earth has happened? I love this unique dystopian world that we’re hinted at where horoscopes rule over peoples actions and lives. This sampler has so much mystery that I already feel hooked.  7/10 need

Rebel of the Sands – I didn’t realise what this was going to be about but was pleasantly surprised. The western feel mixed with rebellion works brilliantly and I’m willing Amani on so that she can live the life she wishes to have. I’ve heard so many good things about this book that I’ll definitely have to finish it one day. 8/10 need
Ink Wow! I absolutely love this. I’m already so hooked I’ve moved this to the top of my TBR pile. The obscureness of the markings and the mystery surrounding them is gripping. I can’t wait to find out more about Leora and her dad’s dark secret. 10/10 need

 

Sampler Sunday – 05/11/17

In today’s sampler Sunday, I’ve reviewed three completely different samplers: The Jungle, Long Way Down and The Last Namsara.

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Long Way Down – I love that it’s written in poetry and although it’s not the usual style/form of poetry I love and am used to, I still really like it. I’m not sure about the ‘plot’ as it doesn’t feel like my cup of tea. However, the poetry is a perfect expression for the narrator’s emotions.

5/10 need
The Jungle – This is different, interesting and eye-opening. I would read this to find out more about refugee’s which unfortunately is such a taboo topic of modern life. Although not my normal read I would love to pick this up. I feel like this book is one to read.

7/10 need
The Last Namsara – I bloody love this (the characters, the myths, the history- all of it) and already can’t wait to pick it up. The only downside is that I love dragons so their death semi-hurts (although I understand that these dragons are nasty ones).

9/10 need

Let me know if you’ve read any of these already (as a sample/proof/published copy) and comment below what you think, I’d love to know.

STAGS – Review

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It is the autumn term and Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into the sixth form at the exclusive St. Aidan the Great boarding school, known to its privileged pupils as S.T.A.G.S.

To her surprise Greer receives a mysterious invitation with three words embossed upon on it: huntin’ shootin’ fishin’ – an invitation to spend the half term weekend at the country manor of Henry de Warlencourt, the most popular and wealthy boy at S.T.A.G.S.

Greer joins the other chosen students at the ancient and sprawling Longcross Hall, and soon realises that they are at the mercy of their capricious host. Over the next three days, as the three bloodsports – hunting, shooting and fishing – become increasingly dark and twisted, Greer comes to the horrifying reality that those being hunted are not wild game, but the very misfits Henry has brought with him from school…

Greer starts at STAGS, a historic boarding school that is posh af! As she tries to settle in she finds herself invited by the Medievals (the most popular group on campus) to a weekend of blood sports. Little does she know that the animals aren’t the only ones who should watch their backs.

This book is awesome. It’s brilliantly written, with a brilliant plot and amazing characters.  I also love the division of the book into sections for each blood sport. Huntin Shotin Fishin is definitely the worst rule of three/triplet/rhetorical triad ever! I personally think that these blood sports are gross and unnecessarily violent.  The medivals are certainly immoral, evil and self-absorbed. And just plain creepy.

I love that the three ‘misfits’ become good friends. Their friendship really blossoms as they come to the realisation of the true intentions of the weekend. I love their closeness, especially that between a certain two of them. I also loved Greer’s obsession with films even if I didn’t get most of the references to them.

The traditions of the school are weird and out of date so I’m pleased at the changes that are made at the end. We as readers are certainly lead to believe that all is well and then bam! that twist. What a surprise! I certainly wasn’t expecting that.

The different setting of a posh, traditional boarding school certainly helps set the unsettling scene and bring the story to life. Bennett has done spectacularly well to create such suspense, surprise and a whole round brilliant book. If you haven’t read this amazing book yet, I totally recommend you grab a copy as soon a possible and rocket it to the top of your TBR.