Education, Life Experience

What I’ve Learnt This Week

The first week back after the holidays: it’s never going to be a breeze. But mine has been particularly trying and I’ve hardly even been here…

I had a job interview. I won’t say much, but it felt like it went well (I haven’t heard back yet) which did give me a confidence boost but as they always are, it was a stressful experience. It’s draining, thinking about yourself and questioning your decisions. Thinking about what they might ask and lmbwhat answers are appropriate. Contemplating whether to use big words or not and trying so hard not to say ‘like’ every three words. Not only that, but there was a mix up with the dates and therefore a drama when it comes to where I am right now. That all made me tired. And by this point it was Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday morning gave me a bit of exercise – I got a surprise hospital appointment which meant a brisk 2 mile walk to the other side of town at 8am. Of course, I then had to come all the way back (on my irregular sesamoid as well) to catch a train, a bus and then finally arrive at work. Woah. Energy levels are reaching zero boys and girls.

I like being busy, and I like being productive which I feel this week has been – there’s nothing worse than feeling you haven’t achieved anything and it’s almost Monday again. But I have and the good news is, my foot is finally going somewhere, it’s gonna get fixed (one day) and I know that I can handle pressure when it comes to job interviews in a place you’ve never even seen before. I can hack it, I know I can and that is what I’ve learnt this week. Aww.

Education, Misc.

Merry Christmaz

It’s the Christmas holidays….

It’s the first weekend of the Christmas holidays….

I have two uninterrupted weeks to chill out and enjoy Christmas….

AND I AM SO EXCITED. Omg it is so great to know that after seventeen weeks of working at school I can sit down and not get up at quarter to six every morning and not have to wait until half six to get home.

Plans? I’m visiting Sam’s until Monday, going to the doctors in York on Tuesday and then coming home for a blissful Christmas where I will eat more than my stomach can hold and sleep more than I probably should.

There may not be much activity on this blog for the next two weeks because most of my inspiration comes from working at school…anyway.

MERRY CHRISTMAZ

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Education, Life Experience, World

Holidays and Professional Development

This time next week I’ll be relishing in the fact that the holidays have begun and I can begin my Christmas time. This is when the non-education sectors throw in ‘omg you can’t even complain about hard work, think about the holidays that you get!’ Yeah. The holidays are great, wouldn’t change them for the world at all. But I will say this; every single teacher deserves it. Jesus Christ do they deserve it. If you’ve never worked in a school then I’m afraid there’s no way of you knowing how stressful working in education is. Cos it is.

The holidays are wonderful, there’s no two ways about it, I love the idea of having two weeks off at Christmas when some people have two days. However, one thing that I will say about the holidays that isn’t so great is that it means that you literally have no flexible time to take off work. Need the doctor? Tough. Kids’ sports day? Don’t think so. Want to see The Hobbit midnight showing? Doubt it. So naturally there are both pros and cons to working in education, like there are to any job in the whole world.

I’m really learning a lot from working this internship and it’s really opening my eyes to real life work both in education and not. I’m really enjoying myself and I think by the end of it I will have changed and developed a lot as a person and I look forward to meeting that version of me.

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Film, Misc.

Note to self: I like cake.

The title may have been taken from good old American Dad but I do like cake. Lots of it. And I’ve been eating lots of it but hey, it’s Christmas. It’s kind of the law to eat till you’re fat at Christmas. Don’t break the law please.

I bought the Lord of the Rings extended DVDs today, not quite sure why I’m not watching them yet although I am pretty sleepy right now. Especially after I’ve just put a face mask on and my cheeks now smell of yoghurt. Sweet.

I still don’t think I’ve quite grasped what blogs are actually for, probz not for talking about yoghurt smelling face masks. But that’s as exciting as things are getting right now. Also, you know how amazing my kindle is; well, I discovered the other day that you can type on it by dragging your finger across the keyboard. It’s pretty ace to tell you the truth. And if anyone dares tell me that iPads have been able to do that for years, I warn you now you will be sorry.

But happy new year anyway to everyone 🙂

Here’s a picture of my famalam at a recent get together. N’aww.

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Entertainment

12th July 2012

My sister’s packing to go to Austria with her school tomorrow. She goes for a week. I don’t know if I can take the boredom of being on my own for a week…we’ve spent most days together for the past few weeks because she’s finished GCSEs and I’ve finished first year of uni. Should I have got a job? Yes. Shush. I’m being a bum. Anyway, I’ve not been that busy this past week, the most exciting thing I’ve done was go see the Loserville Musical, with Gareth Gates in it which was AMAZING by the way 😉
I’m trying to tell you that I’m bored and that I’m writing a post merely for something to do. Entertaining? I think so 😉

Entertainment, Life Experience, University, World

Huzzah!

I came home for the Easter break yesterday and now, after pigging out on practically everything that my parents’ fridge has to offer and taking full advantage of the sofa and therefore the remote control, I’m finally getting around to doing something worth a little more than soaking up the wonders of The Big Bang Theory and The Jeremy Kyle Show everyday. That said, I can’t say I’ve seen 09:25am for a long time and usually have to submit myself to ITV Player on a night, say about 2 o’ clock in the morning.

So I’ve been thinking (shocking, yes) and I’ve come to the conclusion that this holiday is solely for watching as many films as possible, catching up with my friends who I haven’t seen for months and spending much needed time with the fam-a-lam. This break certainly is going to be good, catching up with people, places and some much needed sleep that I seem to be fond of forgetting about when I’m at university.

It’s just that, naturally, and as expected, I’m going to miss my York companions perhaps a little too much. My two girls, the course and other people who I’ve met and love spending time with. What I won’t miss, I suppose, is the house at Limes Court, my uni accommodation. I left it with the others, sick of the state of the kitchen and the generic dullness of the whole house. Yes, I did say that the kitchen is a mess and I’ll tell you for why: we’re students and we’re not- … who am I kidding? The kitchen’s a tip because some people who I live with are actually disgusting and no matter how many times me and a couple of others actually clean it, the rest of them take it upon themselves to screw it all up again. Lovely people, ey!

But this is a happy and positive post and I refuse to allow myself to get bogged down with rants about the grotty student house in which I currently reside. Easter is going to be a fantastic time for me, and I intend to make good time for everyone who I love. You should also do this! I suppose this can be the ‘moral’ for my post, spend time with your loved ones while you can! Life is just too short to not make time for the people in your life.

Life Experience, World

The Infamous Holiday Blues

And so, dear friends, yesterday I returned home from my fifth and final trip this year. Jersey, as I’m sure many of you are aware, is one

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of the Channel Islands; the biggest to be specific, but that’s irrelevant. We’ve been going to Jersey ever since I can remember; my parents have been going since before I was born and it’s been the main family holiday destination. So, it’s kinda obvious that this tiny island holds a special place in my heart. Cheesy, I know, but relatively accurate. And that’s exactly what makes it harder and harder to leave each year. I would say that Jersey for me is more of a personal getaway than just somewhere to relax because I know it so well, almost as well as Leeds, I suppose, which is great because I find it really hard to tell where I am and things like that. Another thing that I love about going there is the actual place that we stay: Au Caprice Guest House because we know the owners really well and we all get on fantastically. I dare say that if we hadn’t discovered this hotel 10 or so years ago, we wouldn’t still be visiting the island because of the changes that are taking place, but I digress.

I mean, it’s natural that everyone gets a little down and depressed when reality smacks them in the face when they come home from a holiday, but it’s just so hard to tear myself away from the island. Particularly after such an action-packed year of trips, A Levels and generic teenage stress, so it’s been good to relax and enjoy myself for a couple of weeks without worrying about anything. What I really miss about Jersey is the atmosphere; it’s just so peaceful and quiet. One of my favourite places on the island is the Five Mile Beach at St Ouen’s because you can literally walk onto the sand by yourself and not cross paths with another person for hours.

However, now, unfortunately, I guess it’s back to the hustle bustle of everyday life. Oh I wish. You see, I’m sure you have figured that I shoot off to university on the 18th of September in York and I hate to admit that my whole life is going to change. I suppose that’s another reason why I found it even harder to leave Jersey this year; because I know I’m going to have to grow up in less than a fortnight. Well, in terms of living by myself anyway. I wonder if I’ll go back to that little island next year, or has that been my last ever family holiday? We’ll see, we’ll just have to wait…and see.

Check out my page about Jersey for more information!

Life Experience

So much to say, so little time…

Well ladies and gentleman, yesterday night I returned home from my second country, Germany. I wonder if you recall my previous post about me flying over there by myself and to be perfectly frank, I was absolutely bricking it. It only really hit me on the way to the airport and I suddenly thought ‘Oh my God, this is actually happening’. Which was a massive slap in the face to realise that I’d be getting on a plane by myself. A PLANE.

But anyway, all fear and nerves aside, I made it on the plane and then to Germany, all on my lonesome. Still bricking it at this point. But, as I’m sure you’re delighted to hear, everything went perfectly smoothly from the Thursday night to Wednesday night just gone. I have had one of the best weeks ever, I loved it so much and, you know what? My German skills have gone through the roof – it’s a pity that I couldn’t have taken my exam now just after going to Germany. But no matter.

Speaking of which, lords and ladies! As many of you know, earlier today on 18.08.11 it was results day for all A Level students! And, you’ll be please to know, that I have finally risen above the shocking behaviour previously demonstrated within my German grade of a D and I’m now on a beautiful C for the A2 level. I will admit to you now; however, I’m sure you’re aware: that a B or even an A would have topped off this year, but I’m not all that bothered because I have achieved what I wanted – I managed to scrape myself from the floor of the D up into another grade and, perhaps more importantly, this morning I received my confirmation letter from York St John University saying that I have a place on my Film and TV Production course 😀 Erstaunlich!

So it would seem that I’ve settled in to German life quite nicely, and I’m hoping to go back some time next year; I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t breathe that Deutsch air every now and then. How sad. It’s a shame that some people, particularly some English people, I’m afraid to say, don’t care for Germany, because it seems that there’s a certain stereotype that is held over the German people. Well. I’ll have my chance to change the world at some point. As Morgan Freeman would say, “One act of random kindness at a time” (Evan Almighty, 2007).

But enough of my prattling for now, all you need to know is that I love my grades today! For those of you who don’t know: Media Studies – B, English Language – A, History – A and German – C. So, I suppose we’ll just see what happens with university in September…I just have to enrol now, fun fun fun!! 🙂

Well done to everyone who got their results today and all the best for your futures,

Brittany 🙂

Life Experience, World

Exciting Times

So tomorrow I go to Germany! Again! For the fourth time this year, for the fourth time in my life. Unbelievably, at the beginning of year 13 at Brigshaw, I was annoyed that I’d never actually been to Germany despite my love for the language and, yes, I’m saying this, dedication to the subject. However, there is a downside: I’m going by myself. Now, I hate flying, even with people, but by myself?! Can I really do this? Suuurreee…it’s easy enough. And don’t get me wrong, once I get there it’ll be great, it’s just the travelling to and from that I’ll hate. Although I guess it’s the same with anything; I dread bus rides to and from places that I’m going, I think it’s just the whole concept of transport that I’m not all that keen on.

But, regardless, I’m going to get over it and get myself over there whether I like it or not. This is to see my friend from the Comenius Project that I’ve mentioned so many times before. See, now the sole of my foot is itching, which means that I must be going somewhere new. So I’ve been to Cologne before, but she must be taking me some place that I’ve not been to this week, which excites me now!

Anyway, I’d better get going so that I can get some sleep,

Ta-rah,

Brittany 🙂

Life Experience

Limbo

What is this ridiculous period of time that I’m going through?! I mean come on, it’s the summer, surely I should be enjoying it?! But instead, I find myself sitting in, watching it rain, rather than shine, kinda wishing the next month away. And I’m thinking to myself: I should be cramming these next few weeks with seeing friends, spending time with family and just generally having fun because there is just not that much time left until university (yay!). But it’s so boring, there’s like nothing to do because people are busy getting ready for uni, I’m going to Germany on Thursday for 6 days, y’know, there’s just no time left to do anything. So for the moment I’m stuck in this disgraceful limbo where I can’t really do anything big because I’m going away in, what? Five days? Oh my God, five days…scared much?

I’m sure there are many other people who agree with me, especially at this age because exams have finished, and therefore there’s no homework to be done. People have acquired part time jobs, so there’s not much free time to be had with friends and university is in September, meaning that I’ve been sitting around the house doing crap all (other than the couple of times that I’ve been in Germany obviously) and I’m sick to the back teeth of it.

I think, also, being stuck in the house means that I rely on the internet more than I should and I talk to friends online on an evening. And as many people know, I’d much rather talk to someone face-to-face than on the internet, but needs must, I suppose. Anyhow, when I talk to people too often online, I usually get the wrong end of the stick and become fed up with them saying the same thing over and over and over and over again. Oh. See what I did there? Muaha.

So at the moment I’m watching this German film on TV, I doubt that any other member of the United Kingdom is also, unless they’re called Mark. Bearing that in mind, I doubt that too because it’s really quite late. So I should be in bed. It’s actually becoming apparent to me now that I should be in bed because my fingers are literally moving across this keyboard like crazy and I’m just really rubbish off to you. So, apologies for the complete and utter irrelevance of this last paragraph.

I hope your summers are going very well, I know mine will kick off sooner or later.

Ta-rah,

Brittany 🙂