3 Years of University | A Reflection and Lessons Learned

Monday, 29 May 2017

3 Years of University | A Reflection and Lessons Learned
Monday gone I walked out of my final (well hopefully final) exam, which marked the end of my time at university. The three years went by in a flash and I actually cannot believe that I won't be hopping on the train for another mad semester in September. 

A little recap for those who may not know.. I studied Digital Media in Maynooth University, a three year course which combined Media Studies and Computer Science and everything in between. Despite my giving out about it and there being so many ups and downs, I overall had an absolute ball throughout my three years there.

As it was such a different time in my life I decided that today, I'd reflect and recap what I have learned in my three years.

It is not going to be everything you wanted it to be
University is a situation where generally people go in thinking 'this is it, finally something that I'm interested in and something I actually want to do'. While that might be half true, the reality is you may be made to study topics that bore you to no end or that you really can't get the hang of. I actually don't think I know anyone who is 100% happy with everything they are made do. However, don't let that put you off if you're heading in in September.. It all ties together in the end and you'll get so much out of it, more than you actually think at the time and learning what you don't like is equally as valuable as learning what you like.

Friends make the experience
For me, the endless McDonald's drive through runs and the hazy memories of tequila shots in the clubs lining Maynooth Main Street are the memories I won't forget. Something amazing about university is that you will meet a huge variety of people which leads me onto my next point..

Everyone is so open minded.
I have found university a time lead to my confidence soaring, and why you may ask? The amazing people around me. When in university, everyone is that bit more mature than secondary school, petty fighting is pushed to the kerb and everyone has your best interest at heart. This has allowed me to really find myself and be more confident. I haven't found many people (outside of the blogging community and my very close friends) who have been so unbelievably supportive and lovely about my blog. Maybe that's because we are studying Digital Media, but nonetheless, they're a good bunch.

It's going to be tough, but worth it.
Trying to juggle a social life, a job and the workload can be outrageously difficult. My advice would be to start assignments or studying early because all of the deadlines and exams just come at once (and they hit like a tonne of bricks).

I learned to make every moment count
Go in, chat with your friends, make new friends, say yes to things that come your way.

It's ok not to know what your doing..
.. Nobody does

Everyone will go their separate ways..
..And that's the sad truth. As I have mentioned, you learn what you want and don't want to do, career and life wise so once it all ends you all go in different directions.

Make the most of it
It is the one time where you can do outrageous things with no responsibilities and more freedom so make the most of it! I'm not saying work yourself to the bone, but keep busy earning money so you can travel during the summers and go out during the week if you want to. If you don't want that, thats cool too but keep yourself busy and do things that make you happy because you have nothing to lose and far more time on your hands than you will in the future. Some of the stories I could tell you are absolutely outrageous but we could get away with it.

So there you go, a reflection of my time at university, if you're only going in, enjoy every minute of it and although it is not for everyone, you won't regret making the most of it!

Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas
I was at a wedding last weekend and lord it was difficult for me to find something to wear so here I am rounding up a few ideas for you if you're going to a wedding this summer.

Even though I have only been to two weddings in my life I absolutely love them. They are all so beautiful and happy, I actually shed a few tears the other night as the bride and groom had their first dance to 'Can't Help Falling in Love with You' by Haley Reinhart.. SO CUTE.

Firstly, the outfit that I wore unfortunately is mostly out of stock because I got all of the pieces last year. I wore these gorgeous ivory trousers from ASOS paired with an amazing embellished top from Missguided. The bag I brought actually is still in stock so I'll have that linked along a dupe of the trousers I was wearing!

Now lets get down to business and check out the amazing pieces that I came across which would be perfect for a wedding. I find ASOS to be the best place to go for occasion wear, they have a huge variety of dresses, jumpsuits and trousers all for a really good price. Plus, ASOS have 20% off occasion wear at the moment so hop on that if you're looking. I really like Missguided too, even though I feel like sometimes it gets a bad rep, I have found amazing pieces there at such a good price. So here we are, my top picks for wedding guests this summer!

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed making it. If you're going to a wedding this summer, have a ball.. I'm so jealous!

Instagram Battle: Personal v. Business Accounts

Friday, 12 May 2017

Instagram Battle: Personal v. Business Accounts


To clarify, I'm in no way an insta- expert, I'm just a small lil blogger who wanted to test algorithm to see if it could work in my favour. 

If you didn't know, anyone can switch their account to Instagram business. It gives you analytics and insights to every photo you post and allows you to put a clickable 'call' or 'email' button so you can be easily reached. Other than that? The difference isn't huge.

I got Instagram business before all of my fellow Irish blogging pals, it launched when I was in America last summer and therefore, I hopped on it as it was such a breakthrough for bloggers and businesses alike on Instagram. 

Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I heard mumblings that Instagram business accounts are not all they're cracked up to be. I heard they held back on showing your photos to too many users that follow you therefore resulting in less engagement as they want us to pay to promote out content. After hearing that, I decided to test it out for myself and see if I noted any differences.

Initially I noticed when I switched to personal, there was a serious decrease in engagement. I don't know wether to put that down to the algorithm screwing us all over recently or me changing to a personal account?

Secondly I noticed that my followers fluctuated more than ever, I have put this down to possibly bots (who follow and then unfollow for accounts) target personal profiles rather than business? But who knows, something that is quite up in the air too!

Obviously I can't view my insights on a personal account (a huge thing I'm actually missing), but I wonder how many people are actually seeing my photos, is it less or is it more?! I think the insights tool is a huge asset when using a business account and ultimately, makes the account seem far more desirable to me.

As I navigate back to a business account I'll keep updating this post and everything I'm leaning about the two, but in the mean time: what works for you?!

And a quick shameless plug, if you're not already following me on Instagram, it's linked down below  if you want to check it out haha.