10 Items To Take Back to University After The Break

These last two weeks I have been able to relax at home over the mid-semester break. This has been fantastic. I have been able to see my friends again, my boyfriend and my family. Of course there have been many other perks too. These include my grandma’s amazing baking and access to stuff I don’t have in my dorm such as lemons. Unfortunately these things can’t last forever and tomorrow I am returning to university.

I packed pretty well the first time I went to university-you can check my packing list https://www.petitechai.com/2017/03/03/college-packing-list/. Despite this, there are a few things that I didn’t anticipate that I would need, and others that I left behind on purpose. So since I am returning to university, I am going through all of the remaining stuff in my bedroom, as well as the cupboards around home, and choosing what I am bringing back with me.

Take a look at these ten items that I am bringing back when I return to university after the break

Ten Items To Take Back To University

Unfortunately I am unable to bring a suitcase back with me. These take up too much room in the dorms, and it would be too difficult to bring on the bus. Plus I am far too unfit to be walking the twenty minutes from the bus stop to my dorm with a heavy suitcase, especially since its directly uphill. So I will be piling everything I am taking back with me into a large backpack. Read on for my list of ten items that I am bringing back to university with me.

  1. A large fluffy blanket

    I received an amazing throw from my grandma for Christmas. It is blue and fluffy and super warm!! Now that it is getting colder, I definitely want something for my dorm room to keep me warm. Blankets are amazing because you can use it on your bed, or wrap yourself up when it gets cold.

  2. Shampoo and Conditioner

    This is kind of a cheat because it is actually two items, but these things always go together anyway. I timed my shower product usage perfectly as I had barely any left when I got home. I’ve always believed in using good products in my hair, however this does make it slightly expensive so I am happy I can bring these back up with me.

  3. Ugg Boots/ Slippers

    When I am at home I live in these! However I didn’t think that I would use them when I got to university. How wrong was I! In the mornings, especially when I don’t need to get ready to go anywhere, I don’t like putting on shoes. It is so much extra effort. Plus I don’t like putting on socks unnecessarily when I am the one doing the washing. Having slippers to put on is going to be so much nicer than wearing jandals, which can be pretty cold in winter.

  4. Easter Eggs

    My mid-semester break coincided with the Easter holidays. This was nice because I got to be home for Easter. I have younger siblings so we always have an Easter bunny hunt. Aside from being pretty fun, this is a great way to stock up on chocolate for a chocoholic like me. I still have plenty left over so I am definitely bringing these back up with me. Can’t be letting one of my siblings have them now can we.

  5. Face Wash

    The first time I went up, I made the mistake of bringing with me a face wash that exfoliates your skin. While this is nice, and definitely good to use once or twice a week, you can’t use it everyday. As a consequence my skin got pretty oily because I didn’t have anything else to wash my face with. Since these things are pretty expensive, I decided to wait until I got home to grab my usual face wash, so I am hoping to keep my acne under control now. If anyone has any cheap, university dorm friendly acne remedies, please comment them down below. Much appreciated!

  6. Drivers Licence

    I was on the plane up to university back in February when I realised something major. I had forgotten my drivers licence! Luckily I had my passport to use as ID, however I would much rather have my drivers licence with me to carry round rather than my much larger, more valuable passport. I wasn’t able to get it before the mid-semester break so I am happy to have the chance to get it now. Lets hope I don’t leave it in my car again!

  7. Warm Sweaters

    I made the dumb decision to not bring my warm jerseys with me the first time I went up, believing it wouldn’t be that cold. Huge mistake! This time I am taking as many as I can. I absolutely love knitwear and jerseys though, and I plan to be purchasing a few more for the winter season, such as these cheap and comfy pieces from Sheln.com

  8. Basic Healthcare

    I am lucky that I haven’t got sick yet, however it can only be a matter of time. It is so much easier to bring all this stuff up with me, rather than to be purchasing it once I am already sick. Included in this list is tissues and Vicks, and I’ll bring a few more painkillers and sanitary items with me as well to restock my supplies.

  9. Birthday Gift

    While I was at home over the break, it was my friend’s birthday. As a birthday gift I am bringing her back some fancy body wash and an arty/design gift. Since she loves magic and fantasy as much as me, I decided to bring her back a unicorn card. It is for four year olds, but hopefully she won’t mind!

  10. Shoes

    I do a lot of walking at university. My daily average is 12,000 steps, with my record so far at 33,000. The consequence of this was that my shoes got wrecked. They were pretty old anyway, but I have worn the backs out of them now, so much so that there is a whole in the back! I will be purchasing two pairs of shoes to bring back with me after the break.

    Take a look at these ten items that I am bringing back when I return to uni after the break

So hopefully I’ll be able to fit all of this in my backpack to be coming back with me. If not I might just have to wear tonnes of clothes on the plane! I also have to fit my textbooks and laptop in there as well, and they are most certainly not light!

Wish me luck guys!

Alura xx

My first day of University!

How I Handled My First Day of College

I’m currently writing this at the end of my third week, and I must say that, on the whole, it has been a pretty good experience so far! My first day went really well which surprised me because, in the month leading up to it, I really psyched myself out. I was so worried that I wouldn’t make any friends, that the work would be too hard, that I wouldn’t be able to adjust to the new environment. Safe to say that none of my worries have happened! What a relief! I know lots of you out there will be in the same boat as I was, scared to go to university, wondering what it’ll be like. So here is an hour by hour look at my first day of college.

My first day of University!
So I am officially a university student!!

Timetable For My First Day

8.28am Wake up and shower. I don’t really spend too long getting ready in the morning, just shower, throw some clothes on and brush my hair. Unfortunately, I am too lazy to spend any more time than that. As long as I look decent I don’t mind. I envy those of you who can put the time and effort into looking good in the morning!

9 am Breakfast time! I had some muesli with tinned peaches and a hot chocolate. Breakfast has always been my favourite meal of the day so I always make sure to give myself plenty of time to enjoy it.

9.30am Left for the university. It takes ten minutes to get to class, and the walk was completely uphill, so I was pretty tired when I arrived!!

9.40am Arrived at the university. I expected to start chatting to people and make a few friends before my lecture started. This didn’t happen. Instead, I just stood there awkwardly. Not a great start!

10 am I was expecting an easy lecture….nope! Political science first and the lecturer went straight into it.  I found I really had to focus to keep up, and didn’t get all the notes down. The lecturer made it clear that he was taking note of those who was contributing, so I tried to get involved in the debate. I came out of that lecture feeling very overwhelmed, but I did really enjoy it!!

11 am Study Time! I went to the library to catch up on the notes I didn’t get and to clarify things I didn’t understand, so I felt caught up by the time I finished. Really enjoyed working in the library, especially since I didn’t really have time to go back to the hall between my lectures.

12 pm My second lecture was anthropology. Again I didn’t talk to anyone before we went into the lecture theater, which was disappointing. However, I ended up chatting for a bit to the guy I was sitting beside, who was quite nice. Anthropology seems quite chilled so I am looking forward to it. Left that class feeling better!

1 pm Back to the hall for lunch. It was such a relief to return to the hall amongst people I knew. I hadn’t seen any of my friends while at university so we all caught up on how our day had been so far.

2.10 pm My final lecture of the day was International Relations. I finally had a breakthrough in terms of my search for friends, in which I got to know the girl beside me pretty well.

3 pm Back to the library to do some study and make sure I understood all of the content well. I love the comfort of the library and although it is a bit busy in the afternoons, it is a great place to get some study done.

4 pm After finishing off my study at the library, I headed over to the gym. I only had time for a short workout, but it was so good to push myself.

5 pm Back to the hall for tea. As usual, the line was long, which gave us plenty of time to catch up.

6 pm No one had any study yet so we decided to watch a movie and just chill.

10 pm Headed back to my room and got ready for bed. Since I am in a long distance relationship, I always spend a few hours before bed texting my boyfriend. This gives us plenty of time to talk properly since we are both too busy during the day. Anyone else in a long distance relationship? Comment down below, I would love some tips on how to manage our relationship!

12 am Sleep time

It is crazy how quickly you adjust to a rhythm. I have loved my experiences so far. Looking back now, I find it so strange that I was so worried about going to university. I have an amazing group of friends, I love the stuff I am learning and I love my new city. Bring on the rest of the year!

My first day of University!
So I am officially a university student!!

Cheers Alura xx

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A must read list of items that I actually brought to college

My College Packing List

In the months leading up to university, I read a lot of college packing lists on other blogs. I was so excited to begin purchasing all these “must have” items. The truth is though, you are a broke college student. You don’t have the money to invest in this sort of stuff, especially when you don’t actually need it. On the other hand, there are some things that life would be very difficult if you happened to leave them behind. So read on below to see what I packed for college.

A must read list of items that I actually brought to college
Here is a list of everything I brought to university

NB: I flew to college which means that I had to purchase a lot of stuff once I got to my university, hence why some items have (buy up there) beside them. Depending on whether you have these things or not, and how you are getting to university you can choose whether you pay attention to these things. Also my dorm provides communal mini fridges, TVs and microwaves among other things which is why they aren’t listed.

Must Bring to University

Living

  • Bed Linen (should buy up there but going to bring with me)
  • 2 Towels
  • Mugs
  • Teaspoons
  • Tea towels
  • Laundry powder  (buy up there)
  • Headphones
  • Laundry bag-would recommend basket
  • First Aid Kit-just threw together some plasters and painkillers
  • Torch-should get for emergencies but haven’t got round to it.
  • Coat hangers – I brought twelve but I needed at least another 5

Documents

  • Passport photos
  • Passport or driving licence
  • National Insurance number
  • CV and references
  • Bank account details
  • calendar
  • Other university documents
  • Exam certificates

Studying

  • Diary/planner – turns out my uni has free ones. Still like mine though.
  • A pad of lined paper – for making notes/doing drafts etc (buy up there)
  • A4 folders (buy up there)
  • Pens, pencils, paper, files, highlighters (buy up there)
  • Scissors (buy up there)
  • Sticky tape (buy up there)
  • Stapler, hole punch (buy up there)
  • Sticky labels (buy up there)
  • Post-it notes (buy up there)
  • Paper clips (buy up there)
  • White Tac – so it doesn’t mark the walls (buy up there)

Sports gear

  • Jump rope
  • Stretch matt
  • Cords
  • Small knee cord
  • Raincoat
  • Umbrella
  • Sports shoes

Bathroom

  • Basket for shower supplies (buy up there)
  • Box of tissues (buy up there)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap –  (bottle) soap is probably better. If you’re sharing bathrooms then it’s easier to transport
  • Showergel (buy up there)
  • Shampoo/Conditioner (buy up there)
  • Nail clippers
  • Deodorant-choose roll on cause aerosol cans aren’t always allowed.
  • Hairbrush
  • Comb
  • Razor
  • Lip balm

Electrical

  • Computer and/or laptop
  • USB “pen drive” – Generally just use Google Drive but good for backups
  • Mobile and charger
  • Camera
  • Headphones 
  • Multi plug adaptor/extension lead – Used this so I can charge my phone beside my bed!

Clothing

  • Dressing gown
  • Slippers (handy for mornings)
  • T-shirts
  • Jumpers/hoodies (bring more up before winter)
  • Sweat pants
  • Underwear (as many as possible)
  • Socks (as many as possible)
  • Shoes
  • Jandals- for showers and for beach
  • Swimwear-bikini and sports togs
  • Ball gowns/eveningwear – for the Freshers’ Ball. Bring up later in year
  • Dresses
  • Heels
  • Cap
  • Sunglasses

Room Deco

  • Posters
  • Photos of family and friends-print heaps!
  • Wall hanging
  • A fluffy blanket
  • Fairy lights
  • Pins for corkboard

Miscellaneous

  • Chocolate-I have a huge sweet tooth
  • Snacks-for when the dining hall isn’t open
  • Extra storage – better to get to room to see if you need any
  • Travel bag- to put things in when going home for the weekend
  • Earplugs
  • Safety pins

Female specific items

  • Hair Ties/clips
  • Make up (eye shadow, mascara, lip stick/gloss, eyeliner, foundation, etc)
  • Jewellery Boxes
  • Jewellery-this was mainly necklaces and earrings for me
  • Moisturiser
  • Nail polish-I went a bit crazy with this and brought my ten favourites but I love painting my nails
  • Hair dryer/straightners
  • Tampons/pads
A must read list of items that I actually brought to college
Here is a list of everything I brought to university

Is there anything that you think I have missed out? What sort of things would you not have thought to bring which are included?

    

 

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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