Some Thanks

So I hand in my dissertation tomorrow. It’s not quite the end of my masters but it definitely feels like it! So I hope you won’t mind this won’t be particularly about biology because I have to thank some people.

This degree has been emotionally, mentally and occassionally physically draining. I’ve put my heart and soul into it and it’s a wonderful feeling to be nearing the end of such a crazy year. I know it might sound cliche but I really really really would not have gotten through it without my wonderful group of people and I have to say thank you.

Firstly to my incredible parents. I wouldn’t have been able to do the course without your support and I cannot thank you enough for letting me have this opportunity. Your constant support throughout this year and my entire life is so important to me and I love you so much.

Secondly to my other half. He doesn’t get a mention here but he is my rock in life. I can’t believe how lucky I am to have him and really he’s just incredible. I love you and I always will.

Thirdly to my siblings. You forever make me laugh and smile and you remind me not to take myself too seriously. You guys are amazing!

To my inner sanctum, it has been a total pleasure getting to know you all this year. You are all so incredibly smart and I know that whatever you guys want to do in life you’ll succeed at. In 5 years time you can be sure we’ll be running the world. But seriously I thought this year could end up being a little lonely and it definitely hasn’t been with you guys around.

To Danielle, Amanda and Becca. My wonderful course friends, can you believe that from rooming together in Norfolk we have finally finished it. Thank you for being such great people to share ideas with and moan about how tough its been. I can’t wait to see where we all go from here.

And thank you to all the wonderful twitterati that have been a great source of enjoyment and support! Then finally thank you to anyone who has taken the time to read my blogs, it’s wonderful knowing that my words are reaching someone!

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Skip Class Not Concealer – My thoughts…

Ooo an extra blog post from me this week! Well there’s been something happening online particularly on instagram that I wanted to throw my two cents in.

Benefit Cosmetics is a brand that I love a lot, they were the first slightly more expensive brand that I bought from and their makeup is flawless. Then this happened…

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You might be thinking, oh it’s just an advertising campaign it’s not going to do any harm. I however did take some offence to this. This brand is literally telling women that their looks are more important than their education! That is so unbelievably not okay!

I believe this is particularly damaging for young women. I remember being in school where how you looked was extremely important and there were girls in my class that would miss the first 10 minutes of class because of touch ups in the bathroom. To have a brand reinforce this behaviour as not just a good thing but a necessary thing is awful.

If I had skipped class for the sake of putting some make up on my face I might not have done so well in my classes. I might have ended up not being able to get a good degree in a subject that I love and I might not have ended up doing a masters degree at one of the top university’s in the country (Bit braggy, but you see my point).

I feel like brands have a duty to encourage education not down play it. Education is so incredibly important because the stuff you learn at school does set you up for what can be an incredible future.

Thanks to many people complaining about this branding from the looks of things benefit has had to pull the advertising campaign!

Finally, just as a quick side note to any young girls who are reading all of this, just go and have look at the #womeninstem on instagram and just see all the truly stunning women who are spending their life working hard and never skipping class!

Thank you for reading this slightly different post! See you all on Sunday!

Becoming A Master: Time Flies

Week 9

I cannot believe how fast this term is flying by. This week has been crazy busy, it feels like its been busier than usual. I’ve had a meeting with my personal tutor, lectures galore, stats galore and a group meeting for my project! Now as you are reading this I’m in Germany! Madness and its likely to stay this way right up until Christmas as I have 4 assignments due between now and then.

Coping with a lot to do can be an interesting task. I know that for a lot of my friends in academia this is a busy time of year before we all power down for “a long winters nap”. So to remind myself and also to remind my very busy friends out there here is my three top tips of how to cope.

Number 1: To Do Lists Are Your Friends

I am a huge believer of the to do list. I try to have one for the week but I tend to write them daily too. Keeps you going and helps things from getting lost.

Number 2: Drink WATER!

And lots of it. Its easy to forget to do but your body needs it! I wrote a blog a long time ago about how important and amazing water is. So if you need a refresher its here.

Number 3: Schedule in Breaks!

You need to rest. You cannot keep going at a million miles an hour forever but if you’re like me and feel guilty when you do rest this is my trick. By scheduling in breaks you know that you’ve given yourself time to do the work you need to do.

Sorry this blog has been so short. It’s been a completely crazy week. Next week however I’m going to an evening to learn more about insects so I’ll be sure to report how that goes!

Take care!

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