Pinch me, I’m blogging for The Telegraph

Apologies to those of you who have had to listen to me ramble and squeal about this for the last two months, but for those of you who missed it… I recently started writing for The Telegraph Student Life Blogs! They’re articles that fit perfectly with the theme of my blog so I thought it would be nice to share them with you too.

Below, the images are links to each article, so get clicking. Feedback and comments are greatly appreciated. Thank you to everyone to has read or shared my articles already. You’re, wait for it… “Simply the best!”

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Coffee Shop Cosiness

Photo by Alaric King

Photo by Alaric King

I felt inspired to write today, for the first time in ages and it got me thinking. Uni life, especially third year, and especially two weeks before the end of term can be beyond stressful. I don’t think I’ve slept properly in weeks, my head is all over the place and I feel like I’m ambling aimlessly through one day to the next. I feel on edge all the time and I hate it. So that’s why everyone needs to find that one place where you feel comfortable and relaxed. It’s important to get away from the stress and just give yourself a break. And no, I don’t mean the silent area of the library. I mean somewhere so detached from uni that you can escape the campus bubble and remember what it felt like to live without deadlines. Here’s what happened when I found mine:

Today, I found my own little slice of heaven. And it was glorious.

Having bravely ventured into the center of Canterbury on the first Saturday of December, I felt overwhelmed, suffocated and incredibly claustrophobic. I needed to get out of there. So I walked, and I kept walking until I found my new home.

A quaint, hidden away, cosy coffee shop. It was peaceful and secluded and cut off from the Christmas crazed shoppers outside. With a coffee and my writing journal, I sat back and just wrote.

For the first time in months, I didn’t feel stressed. I actually felt happy.

It’s one small room laid out like someone’s living room (with a till and a coffee machine in the middle), with snug sofas and dining tables where we all huddled round and wondered if we were sat next to the next great author. Who knows. But it felt like an exclusive little club of people, all content that they had found this small haven in among Canterbury’s mishmash of shops and cobbled streets.

I love this small, homely city, but now I really truly love it. Now I have found somewhere that I can relax and look forward to visiting.

Today, I sat among writers and workers, busily scribbling thoughts and ideas into their journals. It made me smile and there seemed to be some kind of unspoken pleasantness and understanding between us all. A brief warm smile or a small nod of the head as if to say, “I understand. This is my heaven too.” As bizarre and cliched as it sounds, I felt like I’d finally found people like me, who shared the same thoughts and understood why I was there but without needing to question me. They left me to it and let me write away to my heart’s content.

Now there’s no way I’m giving you the name or location of this haven because it’s all mine and I feel I can be selfish about it and not share it. But I suggest you go and find your slice of heaven, hold on to it and never let it go.

Now back to reality, and that dreaded library. Deadlines await!

So I Made a Magazine…

For a recent module on my degree, one of the final assessments was to create your own magazine. Probably the best module I’ve ever taken, and definitely the only time I’ll ever say I enjoyed an assessment.

Using my Photoshop and In Design skills and in true predictable style, I opted to create a student based publication called ‘Studentypical’. Typical. Student. Stereotypical. Get it? Yeah, I know, it sounded a lot better in my head.

I’m actually pretty damn proud of it and I spent a gazillion hours writing and making it (you may recognise a few of the articles), so without further ado, here’s the finished product.

Any feedback or comments on it would be greatly appreciated.

Unfortunately WordPress doesn’t let you embed cool stuff like this, so instead, click on the link below and head to the mystical site of Issuu.com. (If possible, look at it on a computer rather than your phone, otherwise it doesn’t show up properly)

http://issuu.com/emilyadams0/docs/studentypical?e=11686207/7969158