From a young age I have always had a complete obsession with stationery. If there is notebooks or cute pens around, you will find me in that aisle. As you know, I started my masters in February which meant I got to stock up on Stationary. Every now and again when I need some motivation or when my supplies run low, I pop in to either Mr. Price, TK MAXX or Penney’s to stock up on some necessities that also look great.
On the first day of my course we all got given a Filofax organiser and I must say this has become my life. Its just a simple black Filofax but all my due dates and plans are in here. I find the black is a bit boring so some nice stickers are a great way to jazz it up a bit.
Having a pretty journal to take notes in makes college easier. As part of my college course we are always taking notes during client meetings and classes so having something that looks good definitely makes it that bit easier. I am a big fan of Marble so absolutely love this journal from Boohoo.com
I love to be organised so having a pencil case in my handbag ensures I have my highlighter, post-its and pens on me at all times, especially at client meetings, classes and during the day.
I absolutely love to use different coloured pens to organise my filofax. I use on colour for assignments and another colour for the gym or client work.
These are just some of the top ways I organise myself for college on a daily basis. Let me know if you have any fun tips or tricks that you use to organise yourself for college.
Happy Saturday! It feels like an absolute lifetime since I have blogged. Since starting my masters my life has been an absolute whirlwind. The last few weeks has brought some surprises of its own. If you have been following my social media channels, you will have seen I was in the hospital. I had surgery on my pancreas (Not fun!)
I have only just got out of hospital, (yesterday) and am hope relaxing. My surgery was meant to be pretty simple and straight forward with the usual risks of complications. Unfortunately, I was that small percentage that suffered severe complications and ended up spending 10 days in hospital, 3 of these days spent in an ICU unit. Spending this amount of time in hospital literally opened my eyes to how fragile and delicate life is. An ever bigger wake up call was when I turned 24 years of age and spent my day in a hospital bed.
I literally only wanted to come back on and say hello and that the Irish Student is back in action. Expect some exciting travel and tips coming over the next few weeks. Now that I have settled in to college and will be home recuperating, you will be feed up of all the new posts.
Ever hit that slump and all your motivation to hit the gym and stay on track has vanished? You are not alone, we have all been there! Getting back on track is easier said than done but over the past few weeks I have found some ways to get that motivation back!
Buy some new gym gear to get that motivation back!
I recently invested in some near Gym Gear from Millie & Gym! These are super affordable and very comfortable. I love the bright colours definitely makes going to the gym fun!
Follow some Fitness YouTubers
This is one of my favourite things to do both when I am in the gym and not in the gym! I follow so many Fitness YouTubers such as Nikki Blackketter and Kara Corey just to name two. Following these people really help keep the motivation going as they show you their workouts, what they eat in a day and what they do when they fall off the band wagon! Its so refreshing to see that these Fitness people do also go through the same struggles we do also!
Do some Gym Classes
The Gym I go to offers a wide range of gym classes such as Body Pump, Body Attack, Body Balance, Spinning, Yoga, Pilates, HITT classes and many more. When I lose some motivation and find myself getting lazy I always try do some classes. During the 45 minute classes you will push yourself and won’t be able to slack off like you could if you were in the gym on your own.
Remind yourself of your goals!
This is something I never did until recently! It was recommended to me that you start each day by writing down your goals for the day and how you are going to achieve them! Make your bigger goals in to small goals that are achievable throughout the day! When you feel like have that extra cookie or not sticking to your gym plans all you have to do is take a look back at your main goal and how these smaller goals are going to contribute to you achieving that goal!
These are some of my tips that I am trying to implement in to my daily routine over the next few weeks! Summer is 12 weeks away so I am trying to stay on track with my nutrition and exercise! For me, summer also not only means holidays but it is also when all the big tennis tournaments start so I want to be in top shape for all the tournaments!
Have you any top tips for staying on track or getting your motivation back?
You may have noticed over the past few weeks the Irish Student has been very quiet, unfortunately I have been ill and in the hospital. Fear no more, The IRISH STUDENT IS BACK! While being sick is terrible and so boring it meant I had more time to catch up on Netflix as there is nothing else to do while you are in hospital except sleep and watch Netflix!
Here are some of my faves on Netflix at the moment! These are in no particular order 🙂
Orange is the new black
These are some of my current faves! If you have any recommendations please share them! 🙂
As you know I have recently started a pretty intense masters so getting a bit of down time is very rare. Taking some time out to de-stress and relax is something I am trying to focus on a lot more. There a few things I try to do all the time like eating a healthy balanced diet and going to the gym but I also try to do!
Here are some of my top things I try to do to unwind and de-stress! If you are in work or college these are some things you can try implement in to your weekly routine!
Switch off from your college/work email and listen to come music
I love to switch my phone on to aeroplane mode and blast some music! I find it so relaxing and an easy way to just switch off. If you are in to dancing dance along. I definitely cannot sing or dance but that doesn’t stop me!
2. Have a bubble bath
Who doesn’t love having a bubble bath? I am a huge fan! A few candles, some bath bombs and you will be left feeling super relaxed! One of my favourite places to pick up some beautiful bath scents is Lush! You can smell it a mile away. If your body is feeling sore from the gym throw in some Epsom salts and you will feel instant relief.
3. Go for a walk
After a long day of work/college it really is hard to be motivated and go for a walk but once you get out in the fresh air you will instantly feel better. I try to take the dog to our local park or go down to the seafront. Walking by the sea is one of my favourite things to do, I find it so peaceful. At the weekends when I have more time I will do a bigger walk and of coffee stops are necessary after a weekend walk!
Over the last few weeks I have really enjoyed putting Netflix on and putting something on that is easy to watch! Some of my favourite things to watch on Netflix are Riverdale and Gossip Girl! So easy to watch! A cup of tea and some netflix after a long day is heaven! I often will throw on a face mask while watching Netflix.
These are just some things I have found really helpful over the last few weeks. The start of my masters was extremely stressful and the small things really do make a difference. Let me know if you have any other suggestions of how to de-stress or unwind!
Are you finishing college this year and deciding which masters to apply for? Or not sure what you want to do when you are finished? It really is such a nerve wrecking decision and don’t worry I have been there. When I was in final year I was 90% sure of the masters I wanted to do; but I also wanted to be 100% sure. I decided to apply for a post-graduate course and gain some experience in the marketing field to help me get from 90% to 100%.
Find the course you are interested in!
Take as much time as necessary to make sure the course is right for you! Book a campus tour or schedule a meeting with the course director, there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing that. This is your education that you are making an investment in so make sure the course is right for you.
Look up the requirements for admission
Are there any particular requirements for the course you are applying too? For my digital marketing course you need 3+ years experience (I didn’t have this so had to write a personal statement and letter to the course director!) If you don’t understand any of the requirements call and ask!
Take note of application deadlines
This is really important, make sure you are aware of the application deadlines! You don’t want to miss it and have to wait another year.
Know the process
For my masters the application process was extremely daunting. It started with a personal statement and you could provide any additional information you felt necessary; For this I attached references from my work place and also from lecturer’s from my undergraduate degree. The more you provide the better, in my opinion.
Following on from the application process you would be called for the group interview stage; if you were successful you would complete an online personality test, numerical test and a literacy test. If you got through all of those obstacles you would then be called for a one on one interview. The whole process was extremely nerve wrecking and daunting but I somehow survived.
Each course will have various processes to get in so make sure you find out what you will need to do after the initial application.
MONEY! The thing us Irish people don’t like to discuss to often. I strongly feel education is an investment that will stand to you so while the masters I am doing is extremely expensive; I see it as an investment. Before you accept your place, take some time to look at your financial situation. Calculate the cost of the course itself and then you will need to see if you can work during the course/masters or if you need to save to take a year out of employment. The course itself may be 10,000 but you may require an additional 10,000 to survive the year. AIB do some great student loans with low interest rates so there is various options out there to get you through college.
Tomorrow, I start my Masters in Smurfit. I still don’t know if I am excited or nervous but it is the start of a new adventure for the Irish Student. Last year I did a post-graduate course in Digital Marketing and then during that I started the application process for my Masters. Any questions about applying for different courses ask away! It is quite a daunting process so don’t be afraid to ask for help.