Here is my experience with move in day and the tips that will help yours run smoothly

Tips for College Move In Day

Today the day that I was both dreading and looking forward to arrived. College move in day. I am a rather shy individual myself so I was far more worried about the social side of things than actually the unpacking part. I was so worried that I only turned up an hour before the first meeting. Desptie this it actually went pretty well and I’m feeling happy about today! Read on below to hear my move in day experience and let me share my tips and tricks that I learnt.

Here is my experience with move in day and the tips that will help yours run smoothly
Move in day can be scary. Here’s how I handled it

Pre Move In Day Jitters

Everyone has them. Especially me! This morning I was looking at heaps of confidence pins and move in day stuff on Pinterest. The moving in was not what worried me, it was all the scary social stuff that comes from not knowing a single person in your hall! When these strike, its best to just take your mind off it. Go have breakfast for your family, do some exploring in town, read a book you like or a YouTube video you find funny. Just don’t dwell on your nerves. Trust me. It’ll go okay!

When to Arrive

Blogs often say to arrive as early as possible. I get that some of you might need all the time to unpack, but personally I didn’t! While I was originally planning to give myself two full hours to unpack rather than one, I found I got most things done in the first half hour.

Think about how much time you need before you come. Some people liked to unpack early then leave to get stuff and have lunch, which was probably a better option. Discuss with your move in buddies (in my case it was my parents) a way that will allow you to get everything done in a low-stress environment. Personally I did not want to be stuck in my room with only my parents for company for six hours! There is also plenty of time to finish unpacking later, so I wasn’t too worried

Transporting your gear

For those using a car to get to Uni, your experience will be very different to mine. I had no choice but to fly to uni, which meant packing everything into three suitcases. This made my move in very simple. All we had to do was pull the suitcases into my room, and voila. All done. It was very lucky I was on the ground floor though, otherwise it would not have been this simple!! Really pitied those who had to make tonnes of trips with boxes. Not fit enough for that!

Most of you will use boxes to get to Uni. But don’t be afraid to use suitcases either. Just try and ensure that your family can take them back when they leave, otherwise there isn’t much room!

Unpacking

This was relatively quick for me cause I didn’t bring much stuff with me. Always scout around the room before you start unpacking, so you know what you want to go where. This saves unpacking stuff, only to transfer it somewhere else a few minutes later. Try and make things tidy, fold clothes and arrange products, which makes the room instantly more comfortable. Don’t worry if you don’t get it all done right away, there will be time later!

Decorating

I will be continuing to add to my dorm room throughout the year to personalise it. At the moment I am really jealous of those who decorated their room at the beginning. Photos and cool quotes can really brighten a room and make it feel more like home.

Socialising

This was, by far, the part I worried about the most! How would I talk to people? What if they didn’t like me? What if everyone else formed groups except me?

I can assure you now, and I know you won’t believe me, but it does go okay! Not super amazing, met my best friend for life, but I am happy with how it went and there are lots of people I want to pursue closer friendships with.

Tips for Socialising

  1. Leave your dorm room open –now this one wasn’t particularly effective for me since there were only a few people on my floor. It did mean that when it got closer to meal times, I would see someone leaving and ask to join them. An open door is also a great way to know that someone wants to chat!
  2. Work out who you want to approach – As a shy introvert, I found myself most comfortable approaching the girl sitting by herself. In turn we attracted a fair number of other girls which was pretty fun! I also knew I wanted to get to know the people on my floor, so I approached a couple of them and they all seem pretty friendly. Lets hope I get a few friendships there!
  3. Talk to other people too! This was a learning curve for me, cause I decided to not approach a girl walking beside me because she seemed a bit intimidating. Five minutes later she joined my conversation with another guy and it turned out that we had the same major! So lesson learned! Approach everyone.
  4. Get out there-its all about going up and chatting with people. Ask the typical questions (Where are you from? What is your major?) and be super smiley and open. There was one girl I approached who seemed okay, but she kept her arms crossed the whole time! Not a great vibe.
  5. If it doesn’t work out, you have time- You aren’t going to find your BFF on the first day. So relax, and if you’ve made a few connections, then great!
Here is my experience with move in day and the tips that will help yours run smoothly
Move in day can be scary. Here’s how I handled it

So yeah my first day went pretty well and I’m excited for what the future will hold! I was really scared beforehand, but it all turned out well. What was your move in day like? Let me know in the comments down below!

Cheers, Alura

Why I chose a Uni 17 hours from home

5 Things to Consider When Choosing A Uni

Growing up in my small city, it was always expected that we would attend nearby university or the local institute of technology. There were two major universities near my home town. One was two hours away, the other was eight. The vast majority of students from my home town went to one of those, or stayed at home to study or work. To the disappointment of my parents, I picked a uni seventeen hours from my home city. Here’s why I did it.

Why I didn't choose the university closest to home

1. I loved the city

Now don’t get me wrong, Wellington is not the only city I like in New Zealand. But it is one that has made an impression on me ever since I first visited with my family. I love the culture and identity of Wellington.

what to consider

When you pick a city to study in, it is imperative that you choose one that you like. You will be spending the next few years in this city, and it will provide many memories for you. You will be spending a lot of time in the bars, parks, cafes, shops and whatever else the city has to offer. It is important that the city has locations that you can enjoy spending time at. Of course you will not know of those places beforehand, but you must see the potential in a city to become your home.

2. It fitted my degree well

I am studying Political Science and Anthropology. Politics and Culture. What better place to learn these subjects first hand than the capital of New Zealand where I could see this in action everyday. Not only would this city give me real life experiences to compliment my degree, but it also increased my chances of getting a job after my study. Now as every student knows, that is important!

what to consider

While there may not be a particular city that better suits your degree, it is important to look at how well your university is ranked for your degree as well as for future job prospects. When tossing up between universities, this is an important factor you need to consider because while it might not make or break your career, it could certainly make it easier or harder for you to pursue your career.

3. I liked the identity of my Uni

Here’s one thing you’ll learn about me, I’m an introvert. On a Friday evening I am happy to stay at home reading a book than to go out partying. And when I do go out, cause I do like to occasionally, I like to be in a controlled environment where I feel safe and where nothing particularly crazy is happening. I don’t mind other people drinking, I don’t mind loud music or couples getting physical. But the moment there’s a crazy fight or hundreds of people show up or everyone is completely wasted, then I feel uncomfortable and want to get out of there. The university near my home town was infamous for being a party university, and that was not the sort of culture I wanted to get involved in. Victoria, while I’m sure has crazy parties as much as any city, did not have that reputation. And I liked what I had heard and seen about Victoria Uni, both from their advertising and when speaking to other people.

what to consider

When picking your university, you want to pick somewhere that is a good fit for you. Of course it is possible for any student to survive and even thrive at any university, but do take the reputation of your potential university into consideration when making your choice, especially if you really don’t like the one the university has. However it pays to speak to students who go there to understand how good/bad the Uni actually is because it could be much exaggerated.

4. It was a long way from home

This may sound crazy for a lot of you, but one of the reasons I chose Wellington was because it was a long way from home. I love my family, I love the friends I have at home, and I do love my home town. But I wanted to escape. I wanted to move away where I had to force myself to branch out in a city where I knew only a couple of people. This was also the chance for me to develop my identity, to move away from the person I had been in high school. This is not for one minute to say I did not like that person. I am proud of who I was then, but that is not the same person I want to be now. Plus there was a small part of me that didn’t want to stay too near my home town. I’d receive frequent requests to go home, which was not what I wanted in my university experience.

what to consider

Are you someone that craves home comforts and family time? Or do you prefer to flee the nest and travel? If you will want to return home often, you will have to pick a university near home. But if don’t mind going months without seeing your family, then feel free to look further afield. One note of caution. In the beginning I planned to move away and seldom return. But this was before I got a boyfriend. As a result I am committing to a long distance relationship where we will seldom see each other. Would I have chosen a university closer to home if I had become involved with him earlier? Not sure. It is thinking about anything that might make you regret your decision.

5. I did it for me

I had been tossing up between the nearby uni and Wellington for some time. In the end I asked myself why I wanted to go to a closer university. The honest answer was that it would please my family. This was not good enough for me. Of course I love my family, but this is my life and I was not going to settle for my second choice to please my family. Furthermore, I am looking at a career which will involve lots of travel. If I wasn’t willing to do it while I was studying then when?

what to consider

Where do you really want to go? Where is the best place for you? Make it happen!

Why I didn't choose the uni closest to home

 

Good luck with your studies guys.

Cheers, Alura xx

 

Starting a blog was always a bit daunting. Heres how I decided to start a blog

Why I Finally Started A Blog: My Totally Relatable Story

 

As much as I enjoyed reading blogs, the idea of starting my own blog was always a bit daunting. Here is the totally relatable story of why I finally started a blog, and the list of attributes that I decided would help me succeed.

 

Starting a blog appeared daunting. Here is why I decided to start my own
The reasons why I chose to start my blog and the checklist that motivated me to do it.

 

The Upbringing

As the oldest of four children, I have always been the test child. The first in the family to do anything, with very little assistance and help from older people who have recently succeeded in whatever I was attempting to do. I was the one who had to struggle through it alone, often with my parents who were equally as anxious and often more clueless as to what I was attempting.

After surviving these changes, I would then have to sit and watch my younger siblings easily navigate the world with my parents who were now much more skilled. Not particularly fair.

 

The Love

It is during these times of stress and uncertainty that I first began to look at blogs as a way to understand whatever world I was about to step into, and never has my search been more frantic, as my last year of high school as I tried to plan for my future life in university.

And let me tell you, blogs have been a lifesaver. Any question I wanted to know, I could just search for information on the subject. These were very useful!

 

The Call to Action

The only issue was, they were, more often than not, written by American students.

Now don’t get me wrong, these students still gave me a wealth of knowledge. But as a girl coming from a small town in New Zealand, a lot of what they said either wasn’t applicable, or impossible to implement myself.

Examples include Amazon Prime for Students, countless scholarships only available in the USA, and multiple discounts, products and stores that I had never even heard of, much less be able to utilise.

I have yet to find, much less enjoy, a successful New Zealand girls blog (let me know in the comments below if you have found one and I’ll make sure to read it)

Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed my time on these blogs, and loved sitting down with a chai latte and reading through the latest posts, usually via Pinterest. These blogs boasted stories of successful college girls showing the lives they lived and the goals they have achieved. Going into my first year of university I was determined to get out there and started doing what I wanted to do with my life. And one of those dreams was to start a blog.

 

My Plan

I sat down and wrote a list of attributes I thought would help me succeed in my quest to begin a blog.

  • A Regular Time Commitment-I am well known for being excellent with my time management
  • Organisation Skills-not quite so renowned, but I just bought a fancy customised planner so I’m hopeful.
  • English Proficiency-Well I did get an excellence endorsement in English at school.
  • A love for reading and writing-I have been an avid book lover/ wannabe author since I was five.
  • Content Ideas-This might be a bit harder to achieve but I’m notoriously creative
  • Design skills-five years of digital media at high school should do the trick.
  • Some idea about what I was doing-Yeah nah not much of that. But hey, that’s what trusty blogs were for.
  • A small amount of money to invest-This one was difficult. I am completely broke!!Did I have these things? Meh sorta. But where there is a will, there is sometimes a way. And at the end of the day you will only know if you try.

Did I have these attributes? Well not all of them…..but I was eager to learn and determined to try.

 

The Challenge

Now that I had this idea, I had to try and follow through. Somehow. Not gonna lie, it is a pretty daunting task when you’re starting out! Especially as I was about to begin my first year at university so I would be super busy anyway!

Once you pay the money there is no going back. So I signed up for a WordPress blog, paid my super cheap fee and instantly began googling blogging tips.

Will I make tonnes of money? Nah.

Get famous? Let’s hope not!

I am just keen to have fun with this blog and see where it takes me.

 

The reasons why I chose to start my blog and the checklist that motivated me to do it.

 

The Success Story

This blog is still just a work in progress. However I can promise you that the fun is just beginning. Wish me luck guys! Lets see what we can achieve together.

Cheers, Alura xx

I answered these twenty questions.

Get to Know Someone With 20 Questions + A look at how I answered them

A common activity when you first meet someone is a game of twenty questions. Since you are reading my little blog, I have come to the conclusion that you want to get to know me better. So I decided to make up a list of questions and answer them here so that you can better understand me. Some of these questions are pretty simple, while others are a little more personal but I hope that through them you can understand me a little better. So here goes

I answered these twenty questions.
They say twenty questions is one of the best ways to get to know someone fast.
  1. What are three things you are passionate about?

    One thing you will quickly learn about me is that I am an extremely passionate person. In particular I have a passion for literature, fitness and human rights.

  2. What makes you happy?

    This may sound really weird but I am a workaholic. There is nothing I like better than to be busy, working hard and being productive and finishing the day tired but happy. I love to learn and to succeed and unfortunately both of those require hard work. As much as I love my downtime, after too long I start to get bored and disappointed in myself for not being productive.

  3. What do you feel is the biggest life lesson you have learnt so far? 

    Sometimes no matter how much you want it, you aren’t going to be successful.

  4. What is one thing you want to teach your children?

    To strive for success. Not to work because you have to, but because you want to.

  5. Are you a dog or cat person?

    Totally a cat person! I love my cat!!

  6. What makes you angry?

    Ignorance. Nothing makes me angrier than people making important decisions, or discriminating against another individual or group, or broadcasting their own opinions when they have not taken the time to properly research the subject. You are negatively impacting the lives of others and yourself through sheer ignorance!

  7. What would be your perfect day?

    To wake up naturally and go for a workout before spending the day lying in the sun reading a book.

  8. What is the first impressions people get about you?

    I am a shy introvert, so I often come across as rather quiet and people have even told me that they thought I didn’t like them! I do take awhile to get to know people but I do relax once I get to know you.

  9. What is your favourite childhood memory? 

    Attending a sports tournament with my team when I was thirteen. It was a really relaxed, fun atmosphere and we got to travel to a new place and stay together as a team. We ended up winning that tournament too which was a bonus!

  10. What do you do when you are stressed?

    I usually try to calm myself by repeating multiplication tables-nerdy I know haha. I generally retreat inside myself as well.

  11. How do you feel about your family?

    I love my family, and even though I come from a big family I appreciate its size and we are all close to each other.

  12. What is your most embarrassing moment?

    I get embarrassed pretty easily, but I don’t think anything major has happened to me that I can recall. Just things such as accidentally putting on a shirt inside out or confidentially calling out an answer in class to a question and getting it wrong.

  13. What is your dream?

    To make something of this blog and of myself. To work to bring equality to the world. And to be happy.

  14. If you could magically receive one quality, what would it be?

    I would like to be able to turn invisible.

  15. Name three of your favourite foods.

    Raspberries, chocolate and pavlova

  16. What are you grateful for in life?

    My upbringing. I come from a small town in what I believe to be one of the best countries in the world. I am grateful for that.

  17. What is one lesson you learnt from failure?

    Sometimes you have to walk away.

  18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

    I want to be taller.

  19. What is your favourite book?

    Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. It is amazing!! I totally recommend it for those who like historical fantasy novels.

  20. What are your goals for this blog?

    To enjoy writing and reading and connecting with people worldwide. Lets help make that goal a reality!

    Want to understand a friend or SO, use these questions!
    Use these questions to really get to know someone

 

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