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Bright Spots Amidst The Anxious Darkness

Bright Spots Amidst The Anxious Darkness

I thought, since my last post was a bit of a downer, I’d write one concentrating on some of the bright points of this week. Because there were bright points! To be honest, I felt awful on Wednesday, but it’s been a slow and steady improvement since then. I’m still stressed and anxious and overworked, but I haven’t had any more panic attacks. So, here are some pieces of good news. 1. My friend Cait’s book is coming out in…

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You Can’t Edit A Blank Page

You Can’t Edit A Blank Page

One of the lies I was told about Cambridge before I started was that although the terms were extremely intense, they were short, and therefore I would have plenty of time to recover in the holidays before I had to do it all again. It’s true that the terms aren’t long, compared to many universities and definitely compared to school. We have eight weeks of teaching at a time, and then substantial breaks. But there is no time to recover,…

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The Student Experience (Doesn’t Involve Much Work)

The Student Experience (Doesn’t Involve Much Work)

I wouldn’t exactly say I’m coping with deadlines and balancing my life and so on at the moment. After Monday’s protest, I found myself on Tuesday morning writing a 2,000-word essay in the course of an hour, handing it in, and then going back to bed for a while so that I could have more energy to work on my dissertation before the deadline on Wednesday, when I needed to hand in a full first draft. What I handed in…

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Optimism Is Looking On The Knight Side

Optimism Is Looking On The Knight Side

I made a sort of unofficial promise to myself, as I contemplated the start of the new year and the chance to give my blog some fresh life and maybe even some improved stats: I was going to try and be positive about things.  Take my last post, for example. It could have been a negative post about how my mental and physical health got in the way of all the arts and crafts I used to enjoy, but instead…

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Fumes and Floor (The Dry Rot Saga Continues)

Fumes and Floor (The Dry Rot Saga Continues)

The Dry Rot Saga I promised you an update on the dry rot, so here it is: I currently have a floor, which is actually fixed down, and the carpet tiles are back over it. RESULT. I also have a skirting board! Which is a more recent development. The skirting board hasn’t been painted yet, so it’s kind of an ugly shade of brown. Some of the plaster around the skirting board is a bit battered from the repairs, so…

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You Win Some, You Lose Some

You Win Some, You Lose Some

This year, I told myself, I’m going to be productive. I can’t control my health, but I can get ahead with my work, and then when I inevitably have a health crisis in the middle of the term, it isn’t so bad. Two essays due for early next/this week? Not a problem. I can do that. And on Friday and Saturday, I did. I was woken at eight by a fire alarm, so I got straight on with the day:…

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Successful Adulting

Successful Adulting

Sometimes, I make terrible life choices. Sometimes I’m sitting in my room, well aware of the ticking clock dragging me inexorably towards the deadline for this essay, which has been weighing on me for several days, and I think, “You know what I need? Business cards.” And then I go to Vistaprint, design a load of business cards (without even bothering to check if I’ve recently had any vouchers through — probably a mistake), and order them. Because sometimes, you…

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To Be Irritated, Or Not To Be Irritated… That Is The Question

To Be Irritated, Or Not To Be Irritated… That Is The Question

I like Hamlet. In fact, I’d almost go as far as to say I’m a Hamlet fangirl, though a few years ago I was claiming not to like Shakespeare. When one of my English Literature teachers informed us we would be studying it this term, I was over the moon. They informed us we would have to buy our own copies if we wanted to write in it; I did so and immediately started annotating it gleefully in orange gel…

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How To Be Productive

How To Be Productive

It’s the beginning of a new school year which, if you’re anything like me, is kind of a time to make ‘New Year’s Resolutions’. I mean, everyone breaks theirs by the end of January, normally – starting in September means you automatically got further than they did. Plus, it’s a more practical time to make a fresh start if you’re going to a new school or college or simply reinventing yourself with different teachers or students. As I’m now in…

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