Graduand to Graduate

July 17th, 2008

I have just returned from Nottingham having had my Graduation today (it was for all Nursing students graduating this year). It was a lovely event and it was fun catching up with my friends and meeting their families. I was so so nervous before going onto stage. I kept thinking my hood was going to fall off as it was very loose despite it being attached to one of the buttons on my blouse. Our colours were cream and blue which looked rather nice.

My favourite part of the day was the reception, where my friends and I kept throwing our hats in the air for the photographs (I was one of the few people that managed to catch their own hat). After the official proceedings ended, we went to the foyer of the Medical School and our Head of School gave a lovely speech and gave out our Nursing badges. I am now a nurse, wow! It feels good although I’ll miss the friends I made and I’m sure I’ll miss Nottingham. Also, I’m not sure how I feel about not being able to utilise a student discount!

A Master of sorts

June 20th, 2008

Just thought I’d post to express my happiness at getting a 2.1 in my Master of Nursing Science degree. I feel chuffed, especially as it’s such a unique course, I get an Msc after my name AND it’s an Honours Degree. Getting a 2.1 has always been my aim so I’m a little relieved too.

Even though I’ve officially finished my course, I’ve still got another 3 weeks of placement remaining (free labour for the NHS eh?!) so will still be in Nottingham until that time. It will be sad to leave but I feel ready to start the next chapter in my life and I’m looking forward to moving home for a few months before travelling with Chris.

 

The month of birthdays

May 27th, 2008

Does anyone else find that they know LOADS of people who celebrate their birthday in May? I know A LOT. Including the lovely Chris (whom I enjoying sipping Champagne with on Sunday) and my big bro Toby is 27 today - Happy Birthday!

So what can I report? Well, I handed in my last piece of coursework a few weeks back which was a good feeling and I finally got round to doing a few tasks that I’d been putting off. Go me. Placement is going well, am having a rather more relaxed week which makes a nice change. I’m having lots of fun on my weekends off but now it’s time to eat supper.

Ta ta for now

Wow, is it May already?

May 6th, 2008

Err, yes, so we won’t talk about the fact I havn’t written anything on my site since 2007! Hello anyone reading this! My excuse this time (yes, I always have one) is that until quite recently (well until March anyway) I’d been writing my dissertation - all 16,000 words of it, so my hermit-like existance has prevented any procrastination. AND the year has rather flown by!

I’ve only a few months to go until I qualify as a nurse - I’m quite excited but a little nervous about taking on new responsibilities. What I’m more excited about is going travelling with Chris later this year; we’re planning on going to lots of exciting places and have muchos fun. I’m currently on my management placement at QMC which is good experience. I’m also rehearsing for a show with Gilbert and Sullivan, so that’s lots of fun, especially seeing as I’m playing a man in the show…….

What a difference a month makes

September 30th, 2007

Yes yes, I’ve been rubbish with my updates, I know!

I’ve been back at university now for 2 weeks and already wanting to repeat the fantastic summer just gone. Post Edinburgh, the rest of August was a very happy month. My good friend Ellie got married in Cheltenham (was a lovely day) and I spent a fun week in Wiltshire with the lovely Spath family. September was equally good, with The Police concert at the NIA in Birmingham definately living up to expectations. I now rate it as the best gig I’ve ever been to. Fiction Plane were an impressive support act, with Joe Summer (Sting’s son) on vocals, Pete Wilhoit on drums and Seton Daunt on guitar. Check out http://www.myspace.com/fictionplane to hear some of their songs. The weekend following The Police concert was spent in Rome with my family for my cousin’s wedding. It was such a nice day that even the Italian Paparazzi decided to get in on the action. Just before going to Nottingham, Chris and I had a great time in Elveden forest Center Parcs with our friends Tom and Katherine. I hadn’t been to Center Parcs for 7 years so it was great to revisit as an adult. We had a packed week full of activities such as go-karting, fencing and archery.

It’s nice seeing all my friends back at Nottingham, although as a 4th year, quite a few people have graduated and left. I’m living in Lenton this year with a close nursing friend (Nicola) and 3 boys, and it’s been good fun so far as the boys actually wash up and do lots of helpful jobs around the house - such as getting rid of hairy spiders and changing lightbulbs :). Having to work very hard already but I suppose one has to expect that from being in the last year of a Masters course.

Update

August 14th, 2007

Howdy!

Can’t believe I’ve been on holiday for 6 weeks already - gone by so fast. I’ve just had a brilliant week in Edinburgh exploring the Fringe festival with some uni friends. I saw 18 shows in just over 5 days - quite impressive methinks, and all of them were enjoyable. I mostly saw comedy productions, although watched the odd theatre production (notably “Sheakspeare for Breakfast” …”QUESTION??!!” and Guilds devised and peformed by the Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group). What I was most impressed by this year were the number and quality of female comedians. My favourite two female comedians were Josie Long, whose ‘Trying is Good’ show left me wanting to make the world a better place and thinking how much I’d like to be friends with her, and Joanna Neary’s ‘Little Moments’, who’s one hour sketch show was delightful.

However, after a wonderful week, I have returned to England with a horrible cold which is making me slightly grumpy and leaving me no choice but to slob when I really should be doing some dissertation work.

My good friend Ellie is getting married this weekend though so that is something to look forward to and then I have a whole week to spend with the lovely Chris in Wiltshire.

Flickr

July 19th, 2007

I now have a flickr account, there are a couple of photos up already, taken with the previously mentioned Canon EOS 350D. The link can be found on my blog roll if anyone fancies having a look - comments welcome! I had fun experimenting with some of the settings. Still, much room for improvement. Hopefully I’ll be putting photos up on a regular basis.

The rambles of a twenty-two year old

July 15th, 2007

Sorry I havn’t updated for a while, this is been mainly due to me not having any sort of twiddling thumbs time til I finished 3rd year a couple of weeks back.

Exciting news to tell is:

I’m now 22……..I know, you wouldn’t think it safe but there you go….! I had a lovely day (and a brilliant weekend following that). I don’t feel much older and I reckon that cos I still look young I can get away with enjoying being silly for another couple of years yet!

Other news is:

I now own a really really cool camera, a Canon 350D (the model down from Chris’s), given to me (in exchange for money) by my Uncle John. It’s big and it’s got lots of buttons but I’m slowly figuring out how to use it, but am looking forward to improving my skills and setting up a photo account soon.

Do do do do, da da da da

May 29th, 2007

Every little thing they do is magic!

Am just soooo excited about this:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6700027.stm

Only over 3 months to wait til I get to see ‘em live in Birmingham NIC……wooooohooooo!

That’s me

April 8th, 2007

Happy Easter!

On Friday I finished my elective placement at the Marie Curie Hospice in Glasgow. It was a wonderful experience. I learnt a lot, on 2 counts. As well as the nursing knowledge and experience gained, I’ve learnt about life, attitudes, people, and the way I view things has probably altered too. I’m really going to miss Glasgow when I leave on Wednesday though am now looking forward to getting back to the Midlands and spending time with friends and family.

As a tribute to my new friends and peers in Scotland, here are the Glaswegian phrases I’ve picked up:

“Is that me?…. Aye that’s you”. Translates as am I ready/finished.

“Aye” or “Uh-huh” Um, Yes.

“Y’alright hen?” How are you?

“a wee” a little - applied to EVERYTHING

“Emo” - translates as something being Punk/Goth like

“Och aye” and “Ach” I know. Sort of. You can basically put it anywhere in the sentence

“Back of…”whatever time they want to meet you. Means just after.