Thursday, 17 August 2017

Back Into Education

I've been meaning to get round to doing this post for some time now.
But like many things, I am capable of pushing it aside and creating distractions...

That sounds bad, maybe I'm not like this all the time.
Just this week I've spent most of my days until the evening out and about.
I feel like I should be doing so much in this time that I have sitting at home.
But I'm feeling a bit lost.

I wanted to write a short post about my return to education and the kind of journey I had to set out on in order to really discover what I wanted to do.
This time last year me and Tom were settling back into normal routine since coming back from travelling Europe.
Almost without realising it I began craving the idea that I should know by now what I wanted to do. (Fullstop)
I wanted to figure out my life and it took me a few weeks to realise I was thinking too big. Small steps were needed to be made.

Going back into education was something I had thought about for quite some time and without giving it much thought I had settled on doing Psychology. That was until I actually looked into it and realised that not only did you have to be good at the sciences but it was almost impossible for me to get in with the qualifications I had already.
I was left feeling empty and back to square one on what I should be doing with myself.
But I knew I wanted to be studying and learning, I just wasn't sure what.
With research and persistence I found the Pathway to a Degree program done by Cardiff University. 
They provided credit based courses that could build your knowledge in a certain field and help you with the process of applying for University.  
It seemed too good to be true, but nevertheless I began reading through the subjects they provided.
It was in that moment that I realised what truly captured my interest and really it surprised me!

I decided to follow the English Language, Literature and Philosophy pathway. 

Beginning in January through to June, I took my first three modules out of six.
They were two English Language modules and one English Literature. 

And I have to say, it is one of the best decisions I have made! 

The classes although pricey (£225 per module) are once a week in an evening for about 9 weeks (or once a week all day for 3 weeks). 
It's all assignment based - which are in the form of essays of varying length. (So ideal for me as I was so put off by exams).
And completing each module gives you 10 credits towards the 60 that will get you an interview to Cardiff University. 

I really can't stress enough how amazing it is that Cardiff University do something like this. 
I get access to the Uni libraries and tutors and learn at a degree level (with similar marking systems).
And thinking about it, I'm sure there must be similar schemes around the UK. 
I feel really lucky to be given this opportunity to build my skills and learn such interesting things all before I go to University. 

So far I'm undecided on what I want to take. 
It's going to be between English Language and Philosophy (or I'll do a joint). 
I'm waiting to begin my first Philosophy module in October and then I'm sure I will know if its for me. But I'm so excited!
It's such a great feeling when you figure out what you want to learn about. 

Maybe I don't know 100% what I want to do after University but I shouldn't let that cloud the experiences I have to look forward to. 
I find it's such an assumed question when I tell people what I want to study. "So what do you want to do with it?" Isn't that the whole point of University? To figure out what you can do with the subject you enjoy learning about. 

Only time can tell I guess.
I just wanted to share with you my experience of getting back into education after 3 years of finding myself. 
Everyone is different though and it would be interesting to get feedback on how you guys have figured out what you want to be doing, or maybe you're not there yet? 
To be honest, there's never any rush. So long as you are happy with the decisions you make.
And remember - its never too late! I was in classes with 60+ year olds ready to give University as shot for the first time!

I'll write again soon

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Friday, 11 August 2017

Dekmantel Festival 2017

WELCOME to my DEKMANTEL 2017 post.

I don't think it's possible for me not to be depressed that I'm home right now.
Especially when 'home' is grey boring cloud, cold wind and all the rest of it that I'd rather not go into.

I shouldn't be living here...

So lets rewind back to a week ago Wednesday. Our arrival at Amsterdam and the beginning of our 6 days of bliss. 
I will admit I didn't take a hella-lot of pictures during the festival. Only the last day I took the camera in as I didn't want to take any chances. But I do have enough to put together a post that will give you a good idea of how awesome Dekmantel was.

On the Wednesday and Thursday me and Tom spent our time out and about around Amsterdam, which I took a good amount of pictures of.

So sit back and enjoy scrolling through our sunny time in Amsterdam and at Dekmantel Festival...


Setting up camp and exploring the Dam

So since I only have photos from the final day of the festival (luckily the best day weather wise), I'm splitting up the pictures into the sections you'll find below.

Both the festival and the camping were set in the park Amsterdamse Bos - a massive forestry area.
This meant everyone camping had the delight of walking through the park to get to and from the festival. Some preferred to stick to the shortcuts of course (using branches to cross the river).

Food in the festival was an absolute treat - and super affordable. 
It was genuinely what we were most excited about at the start of the day. 
Considering the campsite only served pot noodles or toasties.

This is where the real party is at..

Surrounded by trees, a small stage where some of the best DJs show off their grooviest tracks.

Do you have to wonder why I fell in love with this stage? Um. It was a greenhouse?! 
Usually over flowing with people dancing in every spot there wasn't a leafy friend.

Live streamed sets from an array of DJs. 
Warning: Opportunity to get anywhere close to the DJ was zero to none.

AKA: The techno tent.
Ideal for avoiding the odd rain shower... or sunlight for that matter!

Another live streaming stage. 
A great little feature in the middle of the food quarter.

And that is all I have to share with you! 
Minus the load of videos I have on my phone but can't upload to here (always takes too long).
Click over to my instagram for more pictures and a few videos.

Dekmantel was such a good festival! I can't get over how well everything went (organisation etc)
The atmosphere was amazing, good vibes and friendly people.
Every video I watch makes me all emotional and wish I could flash back a week. 

But I guess I'll just have to wait until next year.

Thanks for checking this post out! 
I'll be writing again soon..


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