Dear Diary: I’m Going To University 

So as some of you who have been reading my blog for a while may know, I recently finished my HND in Graphic Design at University Campus Barnsley. I have to say the last year was such a cock-up and even though I managed to pull through with some good work and decent marks it was only through a lot of hard work, stress and late nights!

I thought that this catastrophic year would ruin my chances of progressing onto a full degree, especially at a decent university but I’ve never been so happy to say I’m wrong!

Dear Diary- I'm Going To University

I applied for a Digital Media Production course at Sheffield Hallam a few weeks ago and was asked to send in my portfolio of work (cue panic and rush to make one as I didn’t actually have one…) but I never heard back after that. I kept trying to ring clearing but all they would tell me is that they’d received it and someone would look at it and get back to me.

So I decided to take matters into my own hands and go to the clearing open day yesterday and speak to a tutor about my application. Abby from ForAllThatWander was kind enough to come with me (sorry about dragging you around so much!) and we actually got to see a tutor straight away.

He’d not seen my application and didn’t know anything about it which was really worrying but he was really nice and said that he’d go look into it for me and try to get my an answer as soon as possible. He then asked me about what I’ve done in my HND, why I wanted to be on the course- a mini interview really while also telling me what we’d be covering and answering my questions. He was really impressed with my answers and I love the sound of the course, they even cover film making which is something I’ve never done before!

I then dragged Abby round one of the campus tours just so I have a vague idea where everything is…I’m going to get sooooo lost! It’s so different to UCB and I love it already. Oh and the library is huge! I felt like Belle when Beast shows her his library!

We were starving after all that walking (won’t need the gym I’ll get fit just walking to classes!) so we went to McDonald’s…yeah I know so healthy but we’re both a little short on money and that foods cheap.


While there I got an email that made me want to scream, cry and throw up- I’d got a condition offer!!!

I must have really impressed the tutor as it was only about an hour and a half since I spoke to him! I had to complete a form and send it off along with photocopies of my GCSEs, which I have, so I’m waiting now for my official welcome email and to find out what happens next but I can’t believe I got an offer!

I think I’m still slightly in shock as the whole thing doesn’t feel real yet. I’ve told my family and a few close friends but I’ve not announced it on my Facebook yet, I think I’ll wait till I’ve defiantly got on- just in case! I know I’m writing a post about it but the only people who know me in real life and read this are good friends and I don’t mind them knowing now.

The only thing I’ve really done this week is sit in waiting for my order. I paid for next day delivery but thanks to Royal Mail my package was mishandled and ended up going to the wrong sorting office. It ended up taking three days to turn up and I missed out on some gorgeous weather!

Boots were really nice about it though, they refunded me my postage and gave me 200 points as an apology which I thought was really kind. Plus they actually have decent hold music when you phone them up which makes a nice change, anyone who’s had to phone the Department of Work and Pensions knows what I’m talking about!

I decided to FINALLY invest in some Real Techniques brushes and the Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Pallet. I think I must have been the only person left who didn’t own at least one of these brushes! The starter pack is on offer in Boots at the moment; £10.99 instead of £21.99 so I snapped it up straight away as that’s a real bargain! I also got the Blush Brush as it was recommended to me by a friend as a great powder/blush combination brush.

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The contour kit I mainly picked up because I saw so many blog posts about how great it is and though while it was on offer I might as well give it a try. Now I’ll be the first to admit, I’m useless with makeup! I can do that basics and make myself look nice but winged liner, smokey eyes and contouring is beyond me. But I’m determined to master them and keep practicing is the best way!

I’m going to be doing a review on this mini haul next week so I wont go into too much detail now, but first impressions are that the brushes are amazing! I haven’t found a use for two of them yet but I’m sure a bit of playing around and experimenting with them will come up with something! (Update: You can read my review here!)

The contour pallet I’m not so sure on. The highlighter isn’t a highlighter at all for me. I don’t know if it’s because I’m so pale already but it hardly shows up on my skin (and I bought the lightest one too…). Still it’s great for setting under my eyes and it does brighten the area slightly which I like, it makes me look more awake which I’m never going to complain to. The contour shade is too orange for my liking, it isn’t as nice as my Hoola Bronzer but I’m going to carry on trying it, maybe try to mix the two together or something.

The full review will probably be up at the end of next week so I’ve had some time to give them a fair try, so keep your eyes out if you’re interested in reading it!

I’m now off to do battle with Student Finance so wish me luck, I’m going to need it!


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