I’m not usually one to use this blog to actually write about myself – I’m more one for sharing articles I write for other places. However, 2014 was one helluva year, and definitely worth sharing, so here’s a collection of photos – throw the narcissistic comment my way.
My year started off with exams, bleughhh – the part of University which I probably pay least attention to, my actual degree.
However,I took over as social media officer for Chamberlain JCR, and organised Refreshers – including a trip to Playzone, and a lot of post-exam partying, which was a lot of fun. I also celebrated a lot of #TBT moments as it was a 24th Jan marked my one year anniversary for leaving on an adventure to China.
The degree continued and a little thing called elections happened where I completely grew in love with Surge Radio and student media. The month started with an absolutely brill trip to see Ben Miller’s The Duck House at Vaudeville Theatre.
I also got a visit from my best gal from home, and we took over Southampton in style obviously.
I also visited home, learned to become a master baker, and had some serious bonding time with this little man.
Surge went on FM – and I had an interview and Live Lounge with the incredible Inno Genga off of Youtube.
You can listen back to the Podcast here
A little thing called Elections happened, which was insane but also a lot of fun – you can here Surge’s coverage here.
The start of the month was Elections night live!
And of course St David’s Day
March was also the month I was elected as Events Secretary for SUPA (Southampton University Politics Association).
As well, I practiced some insane pancake flipping skills
And of course, the Surge Awards!
Most of April was spent crying into my textbooks back home in Newbury over the Easter holidays in order to get that all important 2.1 for first year (lol).
It also included a superb trip to the Student Radio Conference at NSR, in Newcastle #suchfun.
Where we had a lot of drinks and dancing, as well as some very informative times
And I, of course, invaded NSR, where the start of my beautiful friendship with Dan began, and Dandie was born.
And I starred in a little video for Radio 1!
I also had a lovely reunion with the ladies I went to school with, including this wonderful home-made afternoon tea.
And one of many wonderful trips to Oxford to see my other half.
After exams I returned to Uni and had did one of the best shows ever – Chatterbox does Mean Girls
You can listen to the podcast here.
May has hectic! Exams, exams, exams – but not all bad.
I regained my inner 10 year old and went crazy in going to see McBusted
I was also elected Political Editor of Wessex Scene, and Head of News for Surge!
And I cuddled a cute puppy as part of SUSU’s stress less fest.
And at the end of exams I had an early celebration of my 20th birthday by dressing up as a Mermaid and going to Popworld
My first year of University finished in June! But it was still pretty hectic, but a lot of fun!
I did my first ever DANDIE – with my partner in crime Dan Linstead, and did my first solo surge show too.
And I did a crazy news show with my news wifey Dimple.
I also DJed at SUSU’s grad ball – where I also interviewed the lovely Simon Webbe
I celebrated my nephew’s second birthday
And went on to a Radio Academy masterclass at DMU in Leicester
And celebrating turning 20 by going to see the incredible Dirty Dancing and having afternoon tea (and cocktails, and cake, and pizza and coffee and rum)
I became political editor of the Student Times!
And landed a job as a local editor at Student Beans, which included some experience at Student Beans HQ!
I also moved out of Halls – and moved into my Uni house, with some fabulous people.
August was a house move, a holiday to Bude, and I moved into a new uni house! I also took my boyf to see Liverpool vs Brussia Dortmund, went to see the Lion King, and spent a lot of time baking and drinking.
September was crazy! I went to Prague, which was marvellous – returned to University for media training week, which was invaluably useful…and freshers which took my life. I helped move hundreds of Freshers into halls, and looked after them on nights out I organised for 6 whole weeks. While promoting Surge, Wessex Scene, and SUPA. I also landed a job a little place called The Independent, as a student brand ambassador for the i paper – and started working as a University editor for Student Beans – which lead to the launch of Student Beans Southampton! I also launched 2 new Surge shows – The News Team show, and Dandie. As well as joining the Breakfast show, and Two Hats, and recruiting people for lots of societies.
October was fun too – I attended the Wessex Scene relaunch party, went to see Wicked – Chamberlain swiped the floor at the JCR awards, and I gave out 1000s of i papers as part of a sampling day!
I also attended the SUSU Fresher’s Ball, and DJed, as well as writing a cheeky review for Wessex Scene and interviewing my childhood idol – Bradley Macintosh of S club fame!
November was awesome – it started off with a week of Work Experience at the Times.
And more journalism with the SPA training weekend
I also went to a little event called the SRAs – and won an award (best selfie, but still totally counts) and met a a guy trying to make it in Radio called Greg James.
I also ran an event called the #iSessions – where 5 southampton bands played at SUSU’s bridge to raise money Homeless Veteran’s – all the bands are featured here.
I also DJed at the University of Southampton Christmas light switch on – and went to the a few Creative Industry Careers season events!
I also had a wonderful weekend in Oxford celebrating Sam’s 21st.
The start of the end was marvellous, starting with the fabulous Christmas Ball for Social Science and Humanities students – which I helped to organise.
And swiftly onto the SPA South East conference, which too was fab.
Not long after I was back home hibernating/revising/eating excessive amounts of Christmas food, and occasionally going outside and seeing other humans. A big surprise came on Christmas day after being named in one of the HuffPost’s student journalism stories of the year.
I bought in the New Year in Oxford.
It has been a crazy, fun year with a lot of learning – let’s hope 2015 is a revoluntionary.