“don’t let the ‘man’ get you down”

I hope you all recognise the quote I have put as the title for this blog. If you don’t, get online and watch ‘School of Rock’ immediately. You won’t regret it!


Dear friends (and anyone who reads this),

This post isn’t long nor about anything special or exciting. We’re back to that time of year again where it’s suddenly April and we don’t know where the time is going. It’s suddenly easy to reminisce as Facebook kindly reminds us of all the fun things we were doing a year or more ago everyday (thanks facebook…) or we’re looking forward to the moment of freedom we are ready to sell our souls for. So I’m just writing this post and we’ll see where this ends up… the title says it all really: Don’t let the man get you down guys. 

It’s been a rocky few weeks full of work, studying, trying to be social and also managing to exercise more than when blue moon comes around. There are those times where we get knocked off our feet when we felt we have the majority sorted out. I recently didn’t get a job I really hoped to. At the end of the day, I have no idea why I didn’t (well, I’ve asked for feedback) but the fact of the matter is: it’s not meant to be.

It’s easy to think you’ve failed when you don’t get what you’ve been hoping for, what you’ve set your sights on, and even more difficult to admit it to those around you. It could be a job, a relationship, or even a pack of your favourite cookies in Derby Road Sainsburys (they are always sold out when I go). However there is nothing to be ashamed of. I would say that I am – like everyone – my own worst enemy. I would happily walk straight into a supermarket (who am I kidding, I’d get the bus), buy all the things that give me temporary happiness and consolation i.e. galaxy chocolate, diet coke, pizza, maple and pecan plait pastries etc., and watch Bridget Jones or any feel good films for the rest of the evening.

We all know that the key word here is temporary. Although I look forward to one day having an evening like I’ve just described, it won’t help me in the long run if I’m doing it for the wrong reasons. I don’t really have any advice that we haven’t read or googled before but we are all capable of being happy. No matter what you do all day, when you’re lying in bed at the end of it, appreciate it. You’ve done good man! Yes, strive to do better tomorrow, but remember that all this stress around the exams and work we have to do is going to be over. And you doing something toward it everyday is going to make a difference.

I know it’s scary to think we have eight weeks left but that’s what it is and love every minute of it. Even during all the minutes you spend wishing you didn’t have to type another word for your dissertation, essay, speaking exam, presentation… any of it! Because there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and you know what?

It’s gonna be great.



^ the link above made me smile..! (for all students hehe)

Lots of love,


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