Saturday, 23 March 2013

The start of a longgggg easter

The start of a long boring easter began today with a trip to John Lennon Airport to drop my girlfriend Amy off, she was going home to Ireland for easter.

I am absolutely devastated to see her go. Wish I could of gone with her for the whole holiday.

Two whole weeks without her are going to be longgggg and boring.
I should hopefully be taking a trip over to Ireland for her cousins 21st birthday after two weeks, which will be great and I actually can't wait!

Yellow Submarine outside John Lennon Airport

We got a taxi to the airport which seemed to be the fastest half hour of my life. Its funny how the time seems to pass slower when you are bored and want it to hurry up. Much like the next two following weeks which will crawl!

It had been snowing for the past two days and so we checked her flight wasn't delayed, which sadly, it wasn't so I walked her to the departures gate. This was it, the moment I had been dreading for days, I had to let her go back to the land of leprechauns and Guinness.

I hopped on a bus outside the airport that drove into Liverpool and went to McDonalds for a burger to cheer me up. I had never taken advantage of the student deal in McDonalds of a free cheeseburger or McFlurry with any meal so decided to take up the opportunity.

I sat down with my deluxe quarter pounder with bacon meal and free cheese burger and peeled my monopoly stickers from my chips, burger and drink... WOO! free apple pie and fruit bag.

My friend Matt who I live with, and lived with last year, called and met me in McDonalds, we went for a pint and chilled out in town most of the day.

I got home later on and was surprised by an easter egg in my cupboard! Amy had managed to sneak in before we left. Kit Kat Peanut Butter. My favourite chocolate bar ever. What a babe.

Tasty Kit Kat egg with peanut butter white chocolate and milk Kit Kat Chunkys!

Until I head over to Ireland I have to crack on with university work for my upcoming exams.

My Astrophysics module is a pain but hopefully shouldn't be too bad to learn with a little work into telescope optics and imaging.

The second maths module of the year is a killer with one of the most boring, monotone and quiet lecturers I've had in my life making it impossible to concentrate and learn from them..

My module on waves is another one needing work with having missed a few lectures which is terrible.. Its important I do well in waves as the head of first year physics is the lecturer for it. He decides if you fail an exam whether or not you get to resit and retry for the module.

Failing a module also means you could fail the year and may need to resit.
Due to being a year behind by doing a foundation year already I can not afford to resit. The extra money needed would also be a killer due to probably pushing debts up by £6000.. Not something I want looming over me.

So with that work load, its going to be a busy time. Two lab reports to do by tomorrow, one on the attenuation of gamma rays and the other based of the moments of inertia of different shaped objects.

I also have a check up at the dentist coming up Monday, helping my mum and step dad clear a house on Tuesday and my sisters birthday being Wednesday too.

Somehow need to fit going to the gym into the week too as I haven't been in a long time and need to sort myself out!

Hopefully this first week will go relatively quickly with keeping busy and travelling backwards and forwards between my mums, dads and my flat in Liverpool.

Just going to have to concentrate on going to Ireland to get me through the work and weeks!

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

University Life My Official First Year!

So after finishing my foundation year in Carmel college in St Helens with a pretty high average of 92% across  my exams, I finally reached my official first year at the University of Liverpool to study a degree in Physics.

I've already had my first eventful semester and as always, have met some incredible people, one of which includes my amazing flatmate and now also girlfriend Amy!

Monday night in the Raz one of Liverpools popular nights among students
First semester seemed to fly by and with juggling my bar job with Uni, even though it just being first year which most people seem to take with the laid back approach, I felt highly under pressure when it came to the January exam period.

With barely missing my grades to reach university and having to do the foundation year, it was like a relaxation and party year in which I had no worries about passing. I only needed to average 40% in the foundation exams to get to university and I pulled of 92%.. so it was almost as if I had a year free from the struggle of learning and being tested on new information!

I handed in my resignation for the bar I worked in effective the week after new years to buckle down and concentrate on exams. The week of new years being a very busy one with having to work new years eve then heading over to Ireland to visit Amy on the 2nd of January and coming back on the 4th of january to my final shift at Revolution on the 5th.

Chilling on a mini beach in Clough, Northern Ireland

A final shift at which I was cling filmed to a post... fed chilli vodka... and soaked in champagne.... Everyone had so much fun at that bar, so sad to leave, but university has to come before anything else!

The only picture I could find anywhere of my Suffering!

I had never felt so unprepared for exams in my entire life and these exams were going to be, and easily were, the hardest exams I have ever sat in my life. I felt pressured when I only had 3 exams, some people had 9 or even 10.. I would have gone absolutely insane..

The worst part of January exam time for me is the fact my birthday is smack bang in the middle of exams EVERY year, the 18th of January always seems to be placed right in the middle of a busy and horrible exam timetable.

It made turning 20 feel that little more worse, the fact I'm not a teenager any more and the fact I have reverted to calling myself twenteen to make myself feel better is horrible.

but results day has been and gone and it seems my worries of passing were for no reason, I passed each of my exams and have learnt from my first semester.

Working harder for semester 2 and all the knew modules has to be done since I no longer have a job and therefore money to distract me from studying!

Plus the fact that one of my modules is on Einstein's General relativity, it may need some work putting into it to make sure I know what's going on!

Cant believe how good this year has been already! Hopefully it continues like this