Monday, 21 August 2017

What I Learned After 3 Years at University

After completing a three-year undergraduate course in psychology and soon to step into another chapter,  I thought I would reflect back on what I learned from going to university. Reflect on the most important values and lessons learned and share them with you !

Do your research beforehand. 
This is so important and something I spent almost a year doing. Right after beginning my final year of college I was still unsure what I wanted to do after I finished, but I was quite certain that I wanted to go to university, just not sure what to pursue. A few months of reminiscing and doing a bit of research I realised that psychology was something that actually suited me well and something I knew I would enjoy doing a course in. Leading me to my next obstacle - whether or not I would study in Oslo or abroad. This is when a few people in my class decided to arrange a trip to London and visit a couple of universities they had in mind.  After visiting three different universities, I was more reassured and certain of which one I was most likely to choose based on my criteria. So, when I was back in Norway  I started the process of applying through UCAS as soon as I could.  Gathering all the information I had such as a personal letter, a reference, personal details, and any additional information they needed for my application to be approved. After that, I needed to do was wait and when I finally got an unconditional offer I was over the moon and ready to start planning my three years abroad!    I was lucky enough that London is only two hours away from Oslo and flights are cheap, making it possible for me to travel and visit the universities I had on my wishlist. So if you are in the same position, whether or not you are an international student - please do so as it will give you a whole different perspective on what to expect when you actually start your first year. But most important of course is what undergraduate or postgraduate is most suitable for you - forget what other people think you should do, just make sure you will enjoy getting up every other day and be motivated to show up for every lecture - which brings me to my next point.

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Back In Business

Even though we are beyond and almost through 2017 with there only being four months left of this year (this can't be right, can it?), I believe it's never too late to make plans for what you want to achieve and/or do. So, after spending two months back in Norway working day in and day out, I realised that although the year had gone quicker than I had realised I still had a few things I wanted to do before 2018 came knocking on the door.

1 Read More Books
I love reading and I love books. I remember when I was younger and my mother and I went shopping, she would always just leave me in a bookstore and I would finish reading a children's book by the time she was done with her shopping. To today date, my love for books and reading has not changed one bit - what has changed is my priorities. Although I do have time to pick up a book, I tend to make time for everything else, like scrolling through Instagram which gives me nothing at all rather than enjoy reading, which is a shame. But this year I have decided that I want to read more and make time to do so because I know that once I have picked up a book I get lost in it and it's one of the best feelings! 

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Monday, 29 May 2017

A Dream Come True

A week ago, Richard (my partner in crime) and I packed our weekend bags and took a trip to Paris, to celebrate three years at university coming to an end. But my main reason for wanting to travel to Paris was to spend a day at Disneyland, something I have wanted to do for a few years now. But as we arrived on Thursday afternoon, we were met with pouring rain and not much of sunlight in sight making us wonder about the likelihood of us actually going to Disneyland. But as Saturday rolled one, the sun was shining f together with a cool breeze, which is the perfect weather if you were to walk around for hours. Something that you have to keep in mind, as the worst thing that can happen is you walking for hours either in pouring rain or a really hot day, hours after hours. 

Getting there from central Paris (in this case Bastille) was pretty easy and the tickets cost around 11€ each and could be purchased in any train or metro station. From Bastille, we got the metro to Gare De Nord and from there we got the train to Marne-la-Vallee, which was the last station on the line. We arrived just before 10 o'clock (opening hour), as we thought it would be a good idea to have an early start and leave at around 6 pm and grab some dinner in Paris instead.  It is was quite overwhelming at the entrance as there was a lot of people queuing, but it only took about 10 minutes getting through security and then we were in! After security, we went to the ticket booth to buy tickets as we decided not to buy them in advance (something I strongly recommend) due to the uncertain weather. So buying them on the same day cost us 79€ for one day-one park, which was 20€ more than you would pay online. Personally, I thought that was a fair price especially knowing that once you got in you did not need to pay anything in addition to the rides, which is quite common for other themes parks I have been to. Our decision to only visit one park instead of two was based on my partner's sister recommendation, who said that we would need at least two full days if we were to do two parks - so we decided to the main one - Disneyland Park (instead of Walt Disney Studios).
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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

To Vote or Not to Vote?

Although I am not a UK citizen and do not have the right to vote, I still remember the day I turned 18, got my Norwegian passport and was allowed to vote in the upcoming election in Norway. I must admit that I didn't take it seriously and wasn't really bothered about the different parties and what they stood for. This was my mindset until I spoke to my dad and asked him what party he was to vote for and why he thought voting was important, his answer being - if you look at the world we live in, look at the countries where people get killed daily for expressing their opinions and worries, making their voices heard where the right to vote is non-existing, I think it's only stupid for us not to use the vote we have and take for granted. This got me thinking, and from that moment on I read through all parties and they stood for. For when the day came and my vote was to be given, I knew without a doubt who I wanted to vote for, and that is what I did.  

I think one of the reasons I didn't take my first election seriously in very the beginning, was because I knew that no matter who I voted for, the impact wouldn't be devastating or make a huge difference. Whether I voted for party A or party B, my safety, my voice, and my opinion would still be heard. Not that the democracy we have in Norway is all so perfect, but at least we do have a democracy that enables us to take part in the debates that we feel matters to us. Being beyond lucky that our country is one of the few in the word where democracy does not mean anything other than its primary definition. Not having to look far to see that in some countries, where the word 'democracy' is disguised as a wolf in sheep's clothing. Leaving its citizens with the feeling of insecurity and fear for what the future will bring. This is why one should not take their right to vote lightly and question whether or not one should vote. As I personally believe that if you are unsure of who vote for, then it is s because you haven't done your research and do not have the right to complain in the aftermath. This is a pattern I saw when doing research for my dissertation, where those who voted leave were unsure about the actual consequences, later regretting their choice, it being too late.  Making it clear that even though one chooses to use their vote, some do (unfortunately) take it lightly, not fully comprehending their duty as a citizen of a country they profess to love. My point is -   do not make voting into 'one of those things I just have to do' because you don't have to, but if
YOU don't along with a million others then don't be surprised by what may follow.

Please keep this in mind for the upcoming election on the 8th of June. Use your right to vote, and do not take it for granted! Because I believe we all want what is best for our country, our children, and ourselves.  Not every political body is perfect, but where you are given the right to vote, cherish it and use it! (https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote) 
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