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Liebster Award!

Thank you to Fred and George from Selcouth Humans, I really appreciate you guys nominating me, it’s very kind and it means a lot. If you haven’t- go and check out their blog, it’s brilliant!

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.

2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)

3. Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (Optional but highly recommended!)

4. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)

5. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here or simply put a link to this post on your blog.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:

6. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post or mine if you don’t have all the information so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it)!

My 10 facts:

  1. I’m 15, and my birthday is in August
  2. I (badly) play a bit of guitar and ukulele
  3. I have two guinea pigs ( called Copper and Rascal)
  4. I love dogs ( they’re so fluffy and wonderful eeeeee)
  5. I live in England
  6. I’m an Explorer Scout
  7. I have a younger brother who is 13
  8. I LOVE stationary way too much ( it’s probably unhealthy, oops) but there is something so satisfying  about different arrays of pens and colourful flash cards
  9. I watch too much YouTube, my favourite youtubers are probably dodie Clark, Dan & Phil
  10. My favourite colour is blue

Nominees:

I don’t follow as many blogs as I should ( I plan on looking at A LOT more over summer when I have time) so I’m not sure I have 5 to nominate with under 200 followers, but anyway, here are the nominees…

Freckled Face Madison’s blog is so lovely and always puts a smile on my face- I highly recommend.

Heather’s Hollow I love this blog so much! She was nominated by Fred and George but I thought I’d do it too, as it’s so good. Her posts are really interesting.

Hailey Watt Her blog is so creative, and she talks about very interesting and thought-provoking topics.

The Awkward Rice Grain I enjoy reading her blog, it includes creative writing, life lessons and more.

Thanks again for the nomination from Selcouth Humans, it’s lovely of you do nominate more. Also go and check out these blogs- they’re great!

-Jenn

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Newspaper bias 

Hello everyone! 

On Friday a tv show I like (it’s called ‘the last leg’, it’s great) mentioned how on tv they have laws about not being politically biased, whereas newspapers don’t.

This really annoys me- I see a lot of newspapers obviously supporting a political party, shaming another or sharing a single political view (ahem- brexit). I think that newspapers should have to give all political opinions in an non- biased manner. Many people only read one newspaper- so are only informed of one (or multiple, but biased) points of view. This can mean that people make politically misinformed choices.

I don’t see why newspapers don’t have laws about political opinion, I understand that freedom of speech is essential, but it’s important to make sure multiple, non-biased views are heard, which often isn’t the case in newspapers.

Anyway- just my thoughts. I hope all is well and good in your lives.

-Jenn

One exam down, 23 to go…

Hello! I hope all is well,

Today I did my first GCSE exam (biology 1). Luckily, it was a nicer paper than I expected, which is great, but I don’t want to get my hopes up for the rest of them just yet haha.

Though I’m still very nervous about the rest, I’ve got to the point in which I just want to get them over with-we’ve spent our whole school life focused on these exams- it’s hard to believe they’re actually here.

If you’re currently doing exams- then I wish you all the best. Remember in the exam to stay calm, stay focused, and stay funky (lol). I think the worst thing to do is panic (I’ve done it in many maths mocks) as you can lose concentration and make silly mistakes.

Anyway- I hope all is well, make sure you’re looking after yourself- and good luck! 

-Jenn

The end (of school) is almost here

So, it’s been a while since I last posted (sorry)…

I have about 6 (ish) weeks left (and 24 exams) until I finish high school (UK). It feels strange to think that I’ll be gone from a place that I’ve spent so much time at. 

Today we had an assembly about leaving, our teachers had sent in comments about our year- it was all very sweet. Also we were given our prom invites. It all bright home how quickly it’s all going.

Though I’m still going to be in education, I won’t be at my current school. It feels like the end of an era- and I know I’ll miss it as I’m a person that has always enjoyed school.

Anyway- I’ve still got to get through exams- there’s time to come

-Jenn

Revision tips & techniques!

So, we’re getting quite close ( like 3-4 weeks for me at least) to exams- so here are some revision tips that I use…

1. Stay organised- make sure that you’re prioritising work and keeping on top of things, it will help closer to exams to make sure that you’ve  done everything and are ready. I really like to- do lists, they allow you to set short-term goals, and for you to see your achievement as you complete them.

2. Know what works for you. Personally, I use different methods for different subjects. I love flash cards, and I have notepads too full of revision notes. I think that lots of people like mindmaps- but personally I only like using them for English revision.

(I apologise for my handwriting)

3. PAST PAPERS!!! You will have heard it before, and you’re hearing it again. Past papers help you to find trends in exams, and see exactly what the examiner wants- so do as many as you can as they’ll help when you’re doing the real thing.


4. Take breaks. Give time to yourself as it’s important to maintain self- care, keeping mentally and physically healthy. If you do too much you’ll burn out, so be careful.

5. Try your best and good luck! Remeber what they say, ‘work hard, play hard’

I hope these somewhat help 🙂

-Jenn

I’m a fraud?

Sometimes I feel like a fraud…

Everyone has different perceptions of one another- how others see us and how we see ourselves. 

At school, quite a lot people consider myself a nice/ happy person. I think it’s flattering and kind of them that they do, but sometimes I feel fraudulent- as if I’ve created a fake version of myself that never has a bad thought or hasn’t done anything wrong. I think bad thoughts and I’ve done bad things; thus being called ‘nice’ seems like I’m lying to people. 

Similarly, I’ve been called ‘clever’- agreed it’s a bit on an ego- boost, but again I can feel like a fraud. I know people more intelligent than myself, I don’t always understand things or get amazing or get instant great grades. As I’ve said in a previous post- clever means a lot of different things and can come in different forms- but to be called ‘clever’ academically feels untrue to myself- though sometimes I think it’s just me putting pressure on myself-If I don’t do as well as I’ve hoped I’ll think that I’m fraudulently- lying about my knowledge.

I’ve recently been revising over the Easter holiday, however I’ve procrastinated a large amount too (procrastination is a talent of mine)- so when I say ‘I’ve spent the day revising’, I really haven’t. I’m procrastinating now with this post ( English lit drains me lol ). Therefore is this not making me a fraud for saying that I’ve revised?

To summarise- I often feel fraudulent as I don’t always seem how I actually am (I have no idea if that makes any sense). Despite also knowing that I’m not fraudulent- at the same time I think I am.  Sorry for a weird and rambley post. 

– Jenn

Obsessions

Sometimes I get obsessed by something, an idea, to show or band etc. It’s like a fleeting love for something.

At the moment, I’ve been endlessly watching Doctor Who clips online as I’m VERY excited for the next episode. I’ve always, always loved the show but over the past week I’ve been obsessing.

Just as I’ve obsessed about redecorating my room in the past, I had this amazing design in my head yet never did it.

It’s a bit of a strange thing, but I suppose I enjoy obsessing about random things from time to time.

Sorry for the random post (and not posting- I’ve been revisiting). If you’re reading this then I hope all is well.

-Jenn

Ignorance is bliss?

Recently I was thinking about how easy it is to ignore the struggles going on in the world. Seeing the news each day can be upsetting. Reality is upsetting. So pushing it back to your mind, and dismissing these problems seems like the way out of it. 

Nevertheless, it isn’t. As a white cis girl, living safely in a 1st world country- I have a large degree of privilege and though I’ve seen sexism, it’s not to the extreme extent as in other places. Being in a privileged position, it’s easy to push the world’s issues to the back of our minds, considering that we’re not usually affected by them. 

But this ignorance, it isn’t ‘bliss’. Not for the people that are starving in Somalia. Not for the people at risk of being deported from a country that they see as a home. Not for the people suffering from racism, Islamaphobia and more. Not for the people that are treated unjustly. Ignorance  is not bliss for the people that are struggling all over the globe.

Many people, and I’m guilty of this myself, try to ignore problems in the world. But by doing this, the issues won’t just disappear. We need people from places if privilege to speak out for those who can’t, to help and raise awareness of the problems and tackle them head on. Just by talking about them- addressing the problems helps to raise awareness so that more can be done to help. Without this- nobody would.

So no- ignorance isn’t bliss. It may be to some, but to many ignoring the situation makes it worse. We have to acknowledge what’s going on to be able to stop it. So talk about the problems in society and around the world. Make people know that we stand with them in solidarity. Because ignorance isn’t the solution. It isn’t the solution by far.

-Jenn

*feature image isn’t mine

The fear of time?

This sounds weird- but it scares me how quick the normal passing of time seems to go. I know that as you get older, the years seem shorter etc. But it genuinely just flies by.

Today all of the year 10s had their ‘practise interview day’- it feels like last week  I had mine, yet it was a year ago. Furthermore- September, the beginning  of year 11 was 7 months ago year it feels like yesterday. My exams are getting closer at a somewhat terrifying rate.

I don’t know- it’s strange how quickly events come and go- I’m sure when my exams come they’ll be over with in a blink of an eye anyway. I just worry. A lot

-Jenn

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