I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve last shared a life update on the blog (almost two months!), and since I love reading those and quite a lot has been going on since my last post in this series, I thought yet another life update was quite appropriate. So here’s what’s been going on in my life since my last post:
As you know by now, I’ve been a marketing intern for over 6 months now (!!!). I’ve been having a blast with the best team I could have hoped for. Despite a bit of office drama, I’ve been having a blast! While I was mostly working in sponsorships and social media for the first couple of months, I’ve started taking on other projects since our last update, which is so much fun. I’ve learned so much about myself in the past couple of months, it’s kind of crazy to think about it. I’ve started realizing that I love event planning and that I might like to pursue this as a career. But nothing is set in stone yet. I’m loving most aspects of my internship, but event planning is something that seems to appeal to me more. But all of this greatness is coming to an end soon. My internship will end in a couple of weeks (August 4th to be exact). It’s crazy how time flies! I still feel like I have so much to learn. While I’ll be sad when it’s over, I’m really excited for the next adventure that is awaiting me!
…which brings me to my next point. As you now know, I’ll be studying abroad in the UK this fall at the University of Hertfordshire. I’m SO excited for this next step in my life! It’s a dream come true. So since I’ve found out I’ve been accepted, I’ve been knee-deep in preparation. (Read more about that here.) I’ve secured accommodation, booked my flight, almost finalized my course choice, figured out my visa and insurance situation… and yet I still have so much left to do! I think I got the biggest chunks out of the way, so now I can focus on smallest, but not less important parts, such as money and cell phone. If you have any tips regarding studying abroad, please make sure to share them my way!
One of the things I was most worried about when it comes to studying abroad is money. I’m paying for everything myself (except my tuition – my parents got that covered, thank God), and I was afraid that this semester abroad was going to decimate my entire savings account (I haven’t picked the cheapest of destinations…). But, thanks to my luck, I did not only receive one but two scholarships! One was completely out of the blue – I did not apply for it and received a great $2,000 from Bell Media in journalism. The second one I applied for, and yet I was SO happy when I heard that my application had been chosen! The government of Quebec will fund my semester abroad with an amazing amount of $4,000! With those two scholarships, I cover my airfare, visa, accommodation, and a few other expenses! It’s such a relief and also a blessing.
In my last post, I was mentioning that I had to move out before of my current room before July 15 because my landlord had sold his house. Well, that deadline got moved to June 30. I freaked out a bit at that announcement, because that meant that I had to figure out the living situation for the remaining 5 weeks of my internship ASAP. Thankfully, I found another room in the area for about the same price. The house is gorgeous, the room is clean and spacious (and I have my own SmartTV!), and the area is calm and quiet. Sure, I don’t have my own bathroom anymore (I have to share it with 3 other people *cries*) and my commute is a bit longer than what I had to do before, but at least I have a roof over my head.
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I was gifted quite a bit of money because of my involvement in our Network Summit at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac last May and decided to splurge and treat myself a little. Of course, I decided to go with books. So it’s fair to say that I’ve been reading quite a lot lately and that I’ve slowly started to catch up on my Goodreads reading challenge. I went to Indigo twice and got 7 new *PHYSICAL* books to read! I rarely ever buy books, so I was really excited. Here’s a quick overview of what I’ve read in the past two months:
- I’ve reread the entire To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series (my all-time fave) and finally read Always and Forever, Lara Jean. The ending was so perfect I cried.
- I also bought When Dimple Met Rishi, which I was super excited about, but it turned out to be quite disappointing.
- I decided to read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, and y’all, this book was AMAZING! However, I highly recommend NOT to watch the movie trailer before you read the book, otherwise you’ll get spoiled the ending.
- I finally decided to finish the Just One Day series (another all-time fave) and read the short story Just One Night. It was so perfect! Y’all, I urge you to read this series. Drop everything and do it now! I talk more about why you should read it here, if you’re interested.
- I bought a book only for its cover and ended up loving it: Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies is the perfect summer beach read. It’s like The Devil Wears Prada featuring teenagers. You know you’ll love it!
- I then managed to read 3 short stories to prepare myself to the sequel of The Wrath and the Dawn: The Moth and the Flame, The Mirror and the Maze, and The Crown and the Arrow. The Moth & the Flame was my favorite; the other two were too short.
- I *finally* read Lord of Shadows and OMG IT WAS AMAZING. A bit long at times, but Cassandra Clare did it again.
- I also reread The Hating Game by Sally Thorne just because I felt like it. If you like New Adult romance, you’ll love this one.
Next on my radar are The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, and The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee.
While I’ve been in an intense creative rut in the past couple of weeks, I feel like I’ve finally started to get my creative juices flowing again. I already have a few posts scheduled, so let’s just hope that this state of mind remains for a while! I can already tell you that I’m going to be writing a few posts about internships (including my own) in August, after mine ends. There will also be a couple more study abroad preparation posts. This fall will be aimed at travel and study abroad posts, but I’ll still bring in a couple college and lifestyle posts! If there’s anything specific you’d like to see on the blog, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
As of right now, I’m trying to put up new content once a week. Eventually, I’d like to get back to my twice a week schedule, but as long as I’m on this internship, I just don’t think that’ll be possible. I think once a week is a reasonable schedule considering my situation. I can’t wait to get back into blogging more seriously!
What has been going on in your life lately?