Time To Think

I think we often need time to think. We need to give ourselves the space to let our minds wander. For me, coming to the end of my university degree, I’ve time and space to decide what I want to do next and what I want my path ahead to look like. Sometimes, when we’re [...]

Changing Up Our Routine

Sometimes, we need to change our routines. It's important to have structure and consistency in what we do. It helps us cultivate habits and keep ourselves accountable. But sometimes, certain circumstances demand we change. We need to be flexible and able to adapt quickly. For someone who likes routine and structure, this is difficult for [...]

Podcast University

Sometimes, I think I’ve learnt more over the past few years by listening to podcasts and reading than in my university lectures and seminars. It’s quite sad, given the thousands of pounds (plus interest) I’ve racked up in debt from the last three years studying in higher education. But my criticism of the university system [...]

Overzoomed

I think something many people have experienced with the transition to remote learning/working from home is fatigue. The fatigue that comes with being sat in the same position and staring at a screen all day. This was a compulsory part of my university education for my final year, but I think I've made the mistake [...]

Good Preparation

A couple of weeks ago, I had the first of my final university exams. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time.  Three years of studying. An unexpected year and a half of online university. Now, the time has come to make it count. It comes down to these nine exams I have [...]

Afraid To Say It

One thing I’m sometimes ashamed to admit is that I study Catalan. As I’m coming to the end of my university degree, I’ve had a few conversations recently with people (often older folk!) who have been asking me about my plans for the future.  “What are you studying?”  “What are you going to do with [...]

A Hard Day’s Work?

For me, studying languages, everything can be "work" - listening to music, watching Netflix, reading, podcasts.  However, this can be a double-edged sword. It's good because I can be passively "working" throughout the day and don't have to be in my "office" as such. But at the same time, it blurs the lines between what [...]

“The Most Relaxed I’ve Seen You All Year”

Last weekend, I felt very anxious and didn’t feel up to the long hike I had planned to go on with my girlfriend. The weather was beautiful, so instead, we decided to have a relaxing lunch outside in the sunshine. After this, I had a sudden urge to clean the windows and started on the [...]

Keeping Busy II

Since the start of the second university semester, I’ve found myself reflecting on busyness again. A few weeks ago, I was finding my love again for languages by studying my own methods. But since seminars and lectures have started again, I’ve found my days filled up with these ‘obligations', deadlines and meetings. This is all [...]