Settling back into university

Settling back into university

Sadly, I have barely had the time to touch my blog in the past month or so! I see you all checking to see if I’ve posted something new, and I’m really sorry that I haven’t. I have been super busy, and I thought I’d give you all a little run down of what I’ve been getting up to.

I am the editor-in-chief of Nottingham Trent’s student magazine Platform, and over the past few weeks, I have been running about getting it all set up again for the new year. This has involved me promoting the magazine at fresher fairs, hosting social events, and setting things up for the by-elections. When I took on this role I knew that I wanted Platform to be the best it could be. Last year it didn’t do much, and I felt it had so much potential. I didn’t realise quite how big a task it would be, but it has been a real learning experience and has taught me a lot about the magazine industry – which is exactly what I want to get into. Now our print edition is nearly done, our website is up and running, and we have a bunch of fresh faces ready to help us. It is really exciting to see it growing, and I’m so grateful for all the enthusiasm and support I’ve had. I’m really hoping it will be a great year for the magazine.

Alongside this, I’ve been doing bits and bobs for the music section of the magazine. I have been incredibly lucky to interview my favourite artist of all time Roddy Woomble. If you look at some of my posts, you’ll see he is always included in one of the playlists. I cannot describe how awesome it was to ask him all the burning questions I have ever had. It was definitely a big highlight of my career so far. I’m attending his gig in Nottingham next Wednesday for the Nottingham Post – which will be my first review for them! I have also done interviews with bands I had never heard before, which introduced me to some great local music. The Hockley Hustle  was a brilliant experience too – and armed with a shiny press pass I had an awesome time.

Alongside my voluntary job, I have an actual job as a barista for the Costa Coffee at the Student Union.  For those of you that aren’t aware, I am a very accident-prone person. So setting myself loose with hot drinks and expensive equipment probably isn’t my best move. But it is really interesting meeting a variety of students… And having the odd natter about why PG Tips is the best tea, amongst other random topics. Whilst it isn’t quite as strenuous as the job I had at home at the local pub, it can be a lot of work juggling panini machines, pastries and pouring coffee – especially if I’m alone and everyone decides they need an after-work pick-me-up! However, I am very blessed to have such a convenient job that lets me pick my hours and understands that I am a student.

So yes, apologies again that I haven’t been on so much. I’m planning a Primark haul for when I get paid (all, and I mean all, of my shoes are falling apart at the moment), plus I need to test out some looks for Halloween. And I’ve been in the habit of making a lot of salads and curries recently, so I’ll be sharing my best tips for making these on a student budget. I hope that you have all had a great October so far!

What have you been up to this month? I’d love to know, please drop me a comment!

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