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Life After School Advice (Part Two): University & Study Abroad

Welcome to the second instalment of my four part, ‘Life After School Advice’ series. This is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while and have collaborated with some of my close friends in order to do it. My friends and I all took slightly different paths after we graduated from high school, so this series is a way to shed light on the different things you can do after school and what it might be like, from people who have experienced it. We are by no means experts, but we are going by our own experiences. My hope is that this series will help people who are just about to leave school and are still unsure about what they want to do. Or anyone else who is just in general, stuck in a bit of a rut. If you haven’t read part one about work and travel you can do so HERE. So now, without further ado, here’s part two. Part Two: University & Studying Abroad You all know me, Anya. I’m currently studying …

Exciting Announcement

No guys, unfortunately I can’t announce that I’m about to marry the beautiful human pictured above, BUT I still have some exciting news which I’m super pumped to be sharing with everyone. If you’ve read my TV Schedule post or follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I am pretty obsessed with the TV show Outlander. In order to not bombard you all with constant Outlander posts, I decided it would be best to channel that passion to somewhere more appropriate, so it is with great excitement that I can now announce that I am now a contributor to the awesomely fun website, Fangirlish. My role is to contribute towards the Outlander fandom by updating everyone on what’s going on with the books, the show and the stars! You can find almost any fandom on the website, so if you’re a huge fan of a particular TV show, film franchise, band or book series, you should definitely check it out! So far I’ve written two posts, one of them a recap of episode 1×11: The Devil’s …

Easter Walks & Coming Up Soon

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! In Auckland we were treated to mostly beautiful weather (Sunday excluded,) and yesterday I took advantage of that by going for a walk with Moana at Waiatarua Park. I also thought I’d take this chance to let you know what’s coming up in the next couple of months. I am currently on holiday for two weeks, but after that it’s back to a full-on term of university. I do however, have a few projects that I’ll be working on for the blog. You might have already seen my first City in a Snapshot post, which is the first in a series of posts that I’m hoping to do. I’m trying to make them as a bit of a city guide, some of them as itineraries and others like a ‘quick tip’, ‘must-see’ kind of post and I’m hoping people will find them helpful! I am also hoping, with the help of my friends, to create a quick four part series of posts about life after school. My friends …

My Travel Bucket-List: Revisited| How well did I do?

Oh dear, here we go! Before embarking on my big 7 month trip to Europe I set myself a few goals that I wanted to achieve. Now today, I’m going to review them and see how well I actually did. I’m not feeling too optimistic guys…  Be able to hold a basic conversation in French: Because I’m going to be staying in France for around 3 months with an Aunt who knows limited-no English, I’m hoping that this will force me to use what little French I know and develop it a whole heap more. -Unfortunately, I don’t think I can tick this one off. While my understanding of French has definitely improved, my spoken French is still abysmal. I can form sentences in my head that I think make sense, but I think it was a combination of nerves that prevented me from actually speaking them aloud. This is still something I really want to improve before I go back.  Try 9 new foods/dishes: I’m usually quite an adventurous eater, I’ll give almost everything …

Cardiff Castle: Castell Caerdydd

Sadly, it is a little under ten days until I have to bid farewell to my Cardiff University family and head back home to New Zealand. One thing that I have been terrible at doing whilst being here has been doing the touristy things around Cardiff and Wales. So, with the limited amount of time I have left here, my friend and I decided we should visit some of the popular sites, first up, Cardiff Castle! What was super cool was, since I’m currently a Cardiff resident (albeit only for another ten days,) I was given a discount PLUS a ‘key to the castle’, which pretty much means I was given a card which gives me free entry for the next three years, which was pretty sweet and will be a cool souvenir. Just like usual I took advantage of the free audio guides to find out about the places and things we were visiting. There is not much left of the original Roman Fort, but you can see a few old stones here and …

Currently: January 2015

Haven’t done one since August, so here we go; here’s me, currently: CURRENTLY: Reading: Daughter by Jane Shemilt Watching: Broadchurch and The Musketeers. Listening to: an assortment of awesome music Dreaming of: what I’m going to be doing once I graduate this year Planning: My trip back home (it’s so soon!) Making: some different dinner dishes Enjoying: My last few weeks in Cardiff with my flatmates Eating: healthier… let’s see how long it lasts Excited for: Exams to be over Goal setting: be prepared for my exam Learning: French by playing Quiz Up Lusting over: Chocolate truffles that one of my flatmates gave me for secret santa

London: New Year Treats

So whilst in London over the New Years period, I did a bad thing. I was already skint beyond belief, but somehow (and I honestly don’t know how,) I managed to buy a few treats for myself, while being cultural and also visiting museums. The sales were crazy, and had I been raking in a bit more money, I would have gone full-out crazy.My friend also introduced me to a store that I’d never gone to before, Brandy Melville, which I absolutely love. A few of the things there are “one size fits all,” which I don’t completely understand. But either way, there were a few really cool pieces there. So, here’s a few of the things I bought:   Cozy socks from GAP:  I wasn’t going into GAP to buy anything, and was just going in because my friend wanted to buy some jeans, however as soon as I saw these, I knew I had to have them, or I could give them as a present (seriously, you can buy me socks (as long …

Currently: August 2014

Haven’t done one of these in a while, so here ya go: CURRENTLY: Reading: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell  Watching: Teen Wolf and Doctor Who (it’s baaaack!) Listening to: Ed Sheeran, Troye Sivan + more Dreaming of: Hanging out with Harry Styles (literally- I had a dream about this, no joke) Planning: Freshers Week in Cardiff! Making: blog posts Enjoying: the wifi while I have it Eating: lots of yummy French food Excited for: the UK, Freshers and Uni Goal setting: saving up to try see my friend the next hols Learning: more French. Very very slowly though Lusting over: Nothing really… Just enjoying what I have (that’s a first)

Update: August 2014

This month has been a very chilled and relaxing month for me. I’ve been spending time on the farm that my aunty works on, pretty much doing nothing (and that’s a good thing). It’s been a lot of meeting new people, millions of cheek kisses and lots of delicious food. It’s crazy to think that in just over three weeks I’ll be waving goodbye to the farm life and going back to big cities for Uni in the UK. These past couple of weeks have been filled with lots of planning for Freshers week in Cardiff, (I am so excited,) finding my fellow flatmates and enrolling etc. It’s definitely making me more and more excited, and I’m already dreading having to leave, despite not even being there yet! I still have a lot to catch up on blogging-wise, it’s difficult without wifi on the farm (I have to drive 10 minutes away to even get 3G), but I’ll get there slowly and surely, especially once I get to Cardiff. Expect posts about Nice, Monaco, more …