Life Lately: Vol. 5

Honestly, at this point, I should just call these posts monthly chit chats because I somehow seem to post them once a month, haha.

Anyways, SO MUCH has happened in my life since my last life update, so I thought it was about time for a new one! 

STUDYING ABROAD

I’M FINALLY IN ENGLAND!!! I feel like I’ve been talking about my semester abroad for MONTHS (which has totally been the case, by the way), but unless you follow me on Instagram (which you totally should in case you’re not already), you probably don’t know much about what is going on in my semester abroad.

SCHOOL

I have been here for three weeks only, but my classes only started this week (some of them started last week, but not all of them). I’m not sure whether I told you or not, but I’m only taking four classes this semester. Two of them are level 4, which means they are meant for freshmen, and the other two are level 6, which means they are meant for seniors. My level 6 classes started last week, but my level 4 classes only started this week. So far, I’m really happy with my module choices. However, the class formula here is a bit different from what I’m used to at uni back home. You have lectures, seminars, and workshops, and most of them are only an hour-long, so that means that I’m not spending that much time in class. I only have classes Tuesdays-Thursdays, and I’m sitting in a classroom only 9 hours every week, which is a lot less than what I’m used to. Apparently, what you lose in contact hours with your professor, you have to compensate in time spent on homework and assignments. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

LIVING IN THE DORMS

As you might know, I’m living on campus. Back in Canada, I was a commuter who still lived at home with her parents, as I go to the university in my hometown. So actually being on campus, on my own, is a brand new experience for me. So far, I’m enjoying the experience. I have a great dorm room (that is a lot bigger than what I expected) with my own private bathroom (small, but at least it’s my own). I’m sharing a kitchen with 7 other people, which hasn’t been all that pleasant, but I can live with it. Honestly, my flatmates are super nice and quiet, but they’re quite messy. I hate being in the kitchen because it’s always so dirty! There are unwashed plates, pots, and pans everywhere. But apart from this and the occasional parties that the people in a flat near mine (I haven’t identified which one yet – I’m working on it) throw every so often, it’s been good. I’m getting used to being completely on my own and having to cook, do my own laundry, and clean my room and bathroom.

Traveling

The one thing that you’re probably aware of if you follow me on social media is that I’ve been traveling a lot since I’ve been abroad. So far, I’ve visited St Albans, London, Luton, Cambridge, and Oxford, and this weekend I’ll be in Dover and Canterbury. And to say that I’ve only been here for 3 weeks! I knew from the start that I would be traveling during my semester abroad. It was actually one of the reasons why I chose to study abroad in Europe! So far I’m only planning on exploring the UK (so mostly England, but also maybe Ireland, Scotland, and Wales), but I might sneak a trip to Paris and other Europeans cities during the holidays, depending on whether I return home for Christmas or not. (I’ll explain this in more details in another post!)

I already have a post written about my trip to Oxford, and I’m also planning on writing about London and possibly Cambridge, so be on the lookout for these!

Blogging

Because I’ve been so busy abroad lately, I haven’t had much time to dedicate to the blog (that seem to be the story of my life this year). I think that my semester abroad and all the traveling that I’m doing will result in me writing more travel and study abroad-related posts. I was totally expecting this, but I’m still hoping to post some personal posts (like this one) and college lifestyle content as well. It hasn’t been a top priority for me so far because I don’t feel like I’m truly back to school (blame this on being in another country), but I swear that I’ll try to post more about college! I have felt out of touch with blogging and college bloggers lately, but I’m trying my best to get back on track. If you have any questions about college, studying abroad or ANYTHING, feel free to reach out to me via email or on social media! I’ll be happy to answer you and I might even write a post about it. 😉

A few other things worth mentioning:

  • I’ve reached 1,000 followers on Twitter! This made my year, so I’m really happy that I’ve reached this milestone.
  • I’ve been growing my email list like crazy recently! I’m super proud of what I’ve accomplished so far, and I hope that it’ll keep growing!By the way, sign up here if you want to be part of the fun!

Reading

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One of my favorite parts of these life updates is letting you know what I’ve read recently. Sadly, since my last life update, I’ve only read two books. I did buy the UK edition of Caraval, which I’m super excited to start. But I blame my lack of reading on the fact that I’ve been abroad (and also Netflix UK, but we’ll get to that part later). Anyways, here’s what I read since my last life update:

Watching on Netflix

So, as I am in another country, I was naturally curious to see what they have access to on Netflix (what? I’m weird like that). And, let me tell you, Netflix UK is awesome! They have access to a lot of stuff that we don’t in Canada, so I had a lot of fun going through their popular series and movies and adding stuff to my list. Netflix Canada isn’t that bad, but the UK is very lucky.

I was browsing through their shows and saw that they had The Big Bang Theory, so that’s what I’m currently watching. It’s one of my BFFs favorite shows, and let me tell you that it does not disappoint. I love comedy series, and this one is just perfect! I had heard a lot of great things about it and had seen a few episodes here and there, which I did enjoy, so I finally caved in and started watching it. Would you believe me if I said that I’m already on season 7? *hides* I know, it’s kind of insane. But you have to think that episodes are only 22-minutes long and that I didn’t have any classes until this week, so I had a lot of free time on my hand. I did travel during the weekends, but my weeks were mostly empty, aside from a few activities here and there. And since it’s super cold outside and my university is in the middle of nowhere (quite literally), I had to find a way to keep myself entertained, and what better way than Netflix to keep me busy? I’m pretty sure that I’m going to finish all 10 seasons before the end of the month, so I guess I’ll have to start something new soon. 😉

…Which leads me to my second point. I saw that they had Teen Wolf and decided it was time for a rewatch. Back in the days (like a few years ago when I was still in Cegep), I was a HUGE Teen Wolf fan. I remember spending my Monday nights one summer watching new episodes every week (my family joined me a few times, as it was a ritual). I was obsessed with the show. I watched the two first seasons in 8 days and was religiously watching new episodes as they aired afterward. I rewatched the first two seasons a couple times with a girl I had met online (both in our respective houses). We were tweeting as we were rewatching the episodes. I’ve always loved that show… until season 5 happened. I don’t know why, but I wasn’t that much into it afterward. They had killed off some of my favorite characters (or they had just left the show), and the story didn’t make much sense to me anymore. But I know that they recently aired the grand finale of the show a few weeks ago, and I don’t know, I just got curious. So I guess now I’m rewatching the show. I’m midway through season one, and so far it’s just as amazing as I remembered! Netflix UK only has the first 5 seasons so far, so I’m hoping they’ll add the final one (season 6) at some point before I leave…

So I guess this is what has been going on in my life lately. Hopefully, I’ll be able to work on the blog more often, get back on track with my reading challenge, travel as much as I can, and continue being a professional Netflix binger! 😉 What has been going on in your life lately?

 

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  • Molly O’Connor

    I have loved following your abroad adventures! That’s great you get to experience living on campus. Can’t wait to see and read more about abroad!!

    http://www.mollyonthemoveblog.com

    • Living on campus is definitely new to me, but I think I’m starting to get used to it! It’s different than being home, but I love the independence it gives me!

  • It sounds like you’re having an amazing time abroad! I love personal posts like these so I can’t wait to read many more about your adventures!

    • I really am! 🙂 And I love these posts too! I was super excited when I saw that you posted your monthly chit chat, haha.

  • I absolutely love reading your life lately posts, and it’s so interesting to hear about how different everything is in England. I’m especially blown away by the amount of time spent in class over there. Did you find class scheduling to be more flexible than it is at your home university?

    Charlotte | http://www.forevercharlottenicole.com

    • I’m glad you’re enjoying them, Charlotte! I was blown away by how little you have to be in class. I’m used to much more contact time than that, and I’m still adjusting to this new way of doing things. But while I don’t have to spend that much time in class, scheduling wasn’t necessarily very flexible either. You basically don’t have much of a choice. Once you’ve chosen your classes, there’s little you can do about your schedule (unless you have clashes or a very good reason to want to change your timetable). But it doesn’t bother me much as it’s pretty much the same back home for me.

  • Frédérique Lemieux

    Living abroad is such a great experience, I’m glad you’re enjoying it! If you’d like to meet another Quebecer abroad, let me know… I’m from Quebec and have been in England for almost two years now. 🙂

    • Oh, that’s awesome! Where in England are you? 🙂

      • Frédérique Lemieux

        I live in LIncoln (East MIdlands) but the boyfriend and I travel around quite a bit! Where are you based? 🙂

        • I’m in Hatfield (Hertfordshire)!

  • I used to be obsessed with Teen Wolf, too, and my obsession sort of faded out…I’ve been meaning to finish the series (or re-watch it…I only vaguely remember the plot, I mostly just remember how CUTE Stiles was!). I can’t wait to see more of your posts about your experience in England!

    • The only reason I’m bothering to finish the series (and rewatching it because I don’t remember much of the plot either) is because of Dylan O’Brien (aka Stiles), so I totally get your point, haha. I used to be OBSESSED with him when I first started watching the show! I had forgotten how great an actor he is.

  • Ariana

    Season 5 of Teen Wolf was like a little too scary for me, I HATED the dread doctors, they creeped me out so so bad! But I stuck with it through the end of the series! I’m still sad it’s over because I love it so much! Season 3 was definitely the peak season and I loved season 4 too because of the new characters!

    • I used to love it so much too! I honestly don’t remember much why I didn’t finish it… but now I’m regretting it, hence why I’m rewatching it! Season 3 is definitely my favorite (and the best, imo). I’m almost done with season 1 right now and I can’t wait to get to the second season!