my week #124

It was my first week back at uni after the summer break and boy, was it a busy one. I'm still trying to find a balance between my job, study and a social life at the moment. It's going okay so far and I feel fine with how things are going but of course, it is only the first week. This year is long (in terms of academic weeks) and I need to pace myself to ensure that I don't burnout!

I spent bank holiday Monday baking biscuits. Biscuits aren't really my forte (I prefer baking cakes) so although they didn't turn out great, they weren't too bad either. Last weekend, I found a duck-shaped biscuit cutter in TK Maxx and with ducks being my favourite animal, I just had to run to the checkout with it.

How has your week been?

the organisation of my expedit bookshelf - help!

I've had this Expedit for over a year now and I'm never 100% happy with how it is organised. Although it is a bookshelf, the number of actual books is quite low (most of our books are on a bookshelf downstairs) so I have filled my Expedit with university notes, notebooks and other little bits and bobs. 

Starting from the bottom left and going anti-clockwise, at the bottom are boxes of university notes and toiletries (toiletries in the blue fabric boxes and notes in the pink ones). Then there are more folders with other notes, such as bank statements and other important documents that need to be kept for future reference. I also have a box of pen refills (in an old Valentino perfume set box) and some Chinese books, Lucozade (for those study periods where I feel too tired to work) and old diary inserts.

On the other side, there are loads of blank notebooks and then some medical handbooks. The Cath Kidston box on the right hand side holds my school certificates and various other certificates of achievement.

Moving up to the next two shelves, there are more notebooks and stationery. The teddy in the Skubb box is actually a microwavable heat pack - a gift from my sister a few years ago for my birthday.

And then moving left, there are more files and folders and A4 notebooks (writing this blog post has made me realise just how many notebooks I have). There is an empty shelf and I intend to use this as an in-tray for things that need sorting at the weekend when I have time.

At the top, behind the Rilakkuma cushion lies the Martha Stewart x Staples x Avery drawer. In it holds paperclips and other random bits of stationery and things that I couldn't find a place for - I will sort it eventually!

To the right of that shelf is a medicines and first aid box and another shoebox that holds washi tape, cards and receipts.

And finally, the other two shelves hold more notebooks, pens, make up and other random bits. Then there is a Kiiroitori cushion which is hiding a Rilakkuma 'bin' that holds plastic bags.

I'm not overly happy with how things are organised but I know where everything is and I know that if I were to re-organise it, I wouldn't know where to find anything.

Any suggestions? Things are all over the place at the moment!

starting university or college this autumn?

Starting university is an exciting, but also nerve-wracking, time for most people. I remember when I was 18 and armed with an unconditional place at university after results day - my first feeling was excitement but then as the beginning of October drew nearer and nearer, as did the nerves and uncertainty of what this new stage in my life would bring.

Having been a student for pretty much all of my adult life, I thought I'd re-visit some of the university-related posts I have done in the past.

There is a 'Preparing for University' series that I wrote last year and these comprise of three posts:

1) Preparing for University: Finances, Forms and Accommodation
2) Preparing for University: Diary, Textbooks and Stationery
3) Preparing for University: Timetabling

I have also written a few blog posts about university in general too:

Lectures and Lecture Notes
University and Money Saving
University and Money Saving Part II
University and Effective Revision
Revision Timetabling (#1)
Revision and Exams (#2)

And there is also a blog post about balancing your work and social life.

And what if you're interested in using a Filofax at university?

Finally, some more personal posts than advice ones (if you're interested!):

Preparing for Exams (term two)
How I've Kept My University Notebooks
Term Two Lecture Notes
My Desk During A Study Period
Revising My Lecture Notes
My Binder And University
All Ready For A New Course and University

Any questions or requests for university/college-related blog posts? Let me know :)