The Final Countdown // University Update

The first year as a masters student is in progress! I’m just about ready to finish education and start working full time. I know it sounds crazy but I can’t wait to start paying off my overdraft and having less money worries as I do now (I know they probably won’t completely disappear). However, this year so far has been my favourite of all my time in university.  

As much as I love Aberystwyth and the life I had there, Carmarthen has such a different vibe and I’ve experienced university differently. The thing that really makes me happy about Carmarthen is that all of the students on campus are so bloody friendly. Whether you’re drunk or sober, you can make a friend wherever you go. I feel safer than ever and everyone is just in each other’s side which I love! 


This year I’ve experienced university in a different way since well, I’m not new to university at all and I’m also single for the first time in a while. I never really thought about how being single can change your outlook and life at uni but having now experienced it, I can definitely see a difference in myself as I’m now more outgoing and lively than I used to be! I love nights out and creating the best memories with my friends. 

I’ve also done a few things differently this time around, I started with joining the women’s rugby team and I love it! I never ever joined a sports team in Aberystwyth because I just never felt like they were as welcoming. The girls team in Carmarthen are totally different, so welcoming and really encourage new people and just promote such a diverse range of ladies who are so fun. 


Before coming I knew that I needed to work whilst completing this degree so I’ve got myself a job and I’m really enjoying the routine I have throughout the weeks. I’ve actually found it keeps me organised to know when I have lectures, work, rugby, training and then I can make time for uni work and my social life (I don’t really have one, I try though). 


I’ll admit, as much as I enjoy having a routine sometimes it can be really overwhelming to constantly be busy. I really only have a Sunday to chill out and do whatever I really want to do. I do find that difficult and I do wish I had the funding to be able to just focus on my masters but unfortunately, I simply cannot do that. 

I do struggle to keep a balance between healthy eating, exercising, work, uni work, a social life, a dating life (lol what is that?) and my Family. It’s ever easy to juggle things but right now I have struggled to keep at my diet and continue to lose weight. Im trying my best to maintain the weight that I am but I’m still finding it hard to continue with it. 


Otherwise, Carmarthen is treating me well and I’m really enjoying the first year of my masters degree. 

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With love, Beth x 

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8 Dissertation Survival Tips

At the beginning of my degree, I was told that my time in university would go faster than I had expected or wanted and I thought they were wrong. However, they were not wrong and the past 3 years flew by and my dissertation came and went but it was the most stressful experience ever. It’s not the most fun experience I have ever had but I definitely discovered a few things to make the time more bearable. So, here are ___ ways to survive your dissertation. 

#1: Take 1 or 2 days off a week from your dissertation. You’re allowed a break and it’ll help you to refresh and prepare yourself for more work and research. 

#2: Dieting isn’t going to happen whilst writing your dissertation and if you’re able to, I want to give you a medal because I couldn’t do it at all. I found having snacks near me helped me to stay more motivated and the more words I would write the more snacks I deserved. 

#3: Sleep is important and I will constantly say this regardless of the activity. You’re going to get stressed and it’ll be exhausting, with that you’ll need a decent night’s sleep and a casual nap. 

#4: Don’t ever forget to shower. 

#5: Changing locations from your usual place may help you to think differently when it comes to writing. Often I wrote mine in my bedroom but I loved going to the library as I found myself more motivated and I wrote differently. 

#6: Do something to help you relax, whether it’s to read a book, watch a film or hang out with your friends. You need to be doing different things other than writing your dissertation all the time. 

#7: Create a timetable. You’re going to have other assignments to write alongside your dissertation, I found it was the best way to organise myself. I liked to plan for a month and would give myself time to dedicate days to other assignments and other things which were not education-related. 

#8: Starting writing early!! I began my dissertation during the summer because I had a lot of free time and I was able to dedicate my time to my literature review and methodology. By the time you go back to university you’ll be well on track and you’ll be able to dedicate more time to making your changes and beginning your research. 

I wish you all the best of luck for your upcoming dissertation and I want to remind you that you’ll be incredibly thankful for when it’s complete. 

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5 Tips to Stay Organised in University

University is hard to juggle with your social life, job (if you have one), sleeping pattern and more. Especially if you’re a first year. By third year you will have gotten your sleeping pattern in order and almost mastered organising, hopefully. 

However, in first year it’s a totally different ball game. You’re in a new place with new founding freedom and independence, so what better way to use this independence than staying up every night until 6am and sleeping your day away? Then you’re stressed because you’ve missed lecturers, you gain weight because you aren’t eating correctly and you always feel down because it’s exhausting. Well, I have a few tips to help you get through this. 

  1. Your friends will be there in the morning. Sleep, it’s important. Even if you get to sleep by 1am and are awake by 8am. That way you’ve had 7 hours sleep which is pretty decent. As long as you get things done that morning you may even manage an afternoon nap. Napping will cure anything. 
  2. Learn how to cook at least 2 maybe 3 meals. By doing this you’re saving money because you can cook in batch for the week. You can also help your weight and bank balance. This will also help when you’re in a rush and you can just reheat it in a microwave. By doing this I just feel like I’ve got my life together. 
  3. Buy a calendar. Yes you have one on your phone but buying a hard calendar and putting it in eyesight will remind you of the things you have to do. 
  4. Keep an organised desk. With an organised desk you can manage your way through those pesky assignments with a clear mind. When there is mess around me I find that I can’t concentrate. 
  5. Drink water and lots of it. Yes I know those vodka lemonades and VKs are fantastically priced. However, water will keep you hydrated and encourage clear thoughts. You’ll feel more refreshed and awake. 

I hope these tips work out for you! 

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With love, Beth x 

Things To Do Before I Turn 25

I’m only 4 years away from turning 25 which isn’t really that long. A lot can change and happen in 4 years but I still want to make them some of the best years of my life. I’m not crazy adventurous and I’m probably the least spontaneous person ever because I like to be so organised and plan things. This doesn’t mean that I can’t plan to do some incredible things before I reach 25 years old. So, I thought I would share them with you. 

  • I failed my driving test in 2015 and never had the money to resist (student life, eh?). My theory test then ran out and life got in the way and I’ve never returned to it. Driving is something I’ve always wanted to do and although I don’t have any rush to do this, I now am at that age when I know it’s something I want to do before I reach 25. 
  • Finish education. I’m soon to start my master’s degree and after that, I don’t really think I want to do a PhD. This is probably the most realistic aspiration right now and I’m okay with that.  Coming soon.. Bethan Davies MA. 
  • Visit more of the UK. I was born and raised in Wales and I’ve not even seen a small portion of the country at all. I want to see more of where I’m from and learn more about the history of this lovely country. 
  • I would like to experience what it’s like to live alone before I eventually settle down. By alone I mean completely alone with no flatmates. This might seem weird to some but to me, this is just something I feel that all adults should have the opportunity to experience as it can open up a whole world of independence and a way to gain general life skills. 
  • Buy something expensive. A car? A piece of jewellery? I don’t know. I do know though, I want to purchase something out of my own money that is expensive but has meaning and a purpose. I don’t want to spend thousands of pounds on a Chanel bag (or do I?!) but I’d like to have something that I can look at and know what it resembles. 

There we have some of the major things I want to do before I reach 25. Perhaps some are a little extreme or not doable but I’ll spend some time trying to make these happen. If I only pick two or three of the list I’ll be happy. 

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With love, Beth x 

Aberystwyth University Society Awards 

In January 2017 I launched a society in University called EduSoc (Education Society). EduSoc is a society that encourages all students who want to work with young children. Whether it’s teaching, nursing, author or parent. Within the also 4 months we have gained over 50 members and welcomed each of them into our little community with open arms. I have worked tirelessly to create a name for our wonderful little (big-ish..) society and on Wednesday, that was definitely shown. 

Myself, James, Roisin and Megan attended the Aberystwyth University society awards and had a lovely night. We ate, drank and celebrated the achievements of EduSoc. Throughout the night there are awards available for societies such as biggest contributors (charity and non-charity), volunteer of the year and society of the year. 

EduSoc were nominated for the following awards and here is what we won:

Best New Society: 2nd place. 

Society of the year: no place.

I was also nominated for an award and won 3rd place for societies personality of the year. Along with that, I was honoured enough to receive my full colours from Aberystwyth University which is an incredible award and I am so humbled and grateful for both of my achievements. 

As I’m now graduating I am no longer president of this wonderful society. However, I know I’ve left it to good hands. Good luck to the 2017/2018 committee. I hope to see some of you up on that stage next year. 


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With love, Beth x 

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Having been created by TheBookArcher I come across this book tag that interested me and couldn’t help but want to fill in. I found it so interesting to read other people’s tags and because i’m a follower I’ve decided to do it too! I by no means wish to offend anybody with my responses to these questions and totally understand that everybody has their own thoughts and interests. Anyway, let’s get straight into it!

What is a popular book or series that you didn’t like? 

The Maze Runner Series.

A book or series that you love but everyone else seems to hate.

Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan.

A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn people of spoilers) or an OTP you didn’t like.

Maddie and Rob from You’re the One That I Want.

A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for. 

Horror.

A popular or beloved character you did not like. 

Eleanor from Eleanor and Park.

A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.

Lauren Oliver – Delirium as well as The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

A popular series that you have no interest in reading. 

Game of Thrones

That saying goes “the book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V Show adaption do you prefer more than the book?

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandara Clare.

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Welcome 2017

It’s 2017! Happy New Year everybody!

2016 literally flew by and it only feels like yesterday since I woke up on January 1st 2016 with the biggest hangover of my life. Entering 2017 was no different either, I spent the night with Matt, Mac, Callum, Jack, Foz, Arron, James and Lewis getting very drunk and thoroughly enjoying the last night of 2016. We spent the evening in Aberystwyth town with many others and had a excellent night full of dancing, singing and drinking. I’m not one for nights out but I really enjoyed spending quality time with some of my best friends and specially entering another new year with Matthew by my side. 

During the month of December I’ve been thinking about what I want to do to make 2017 a better year. So, for the first time ever I’ve made a few new year’s resolutions, let’s just hope I stick to them. I’ve decided to share them with you guys and throughout the year update you on how I’m getting on with them. It’ll be a total failure if I end up messing them up. I haven’t made too many as I don’t want to be too overwhelmed with trying to maintain them and I’ve made them quite realistic too so that I’ll be able to actually achieve them. So, here is a list of my new years resolutions for 2017, let me know what yours are in the comments. 

1-  I’d like to have a more positive outlook on life. 

Like most I have a habit of expressing my negativity when I find something or someone has annoyed me. I’d like to be a bit  more positive when it come to things that annoy me. Rather than seeing it as irritating I’d like to have a different outlook on it and think of how things could be worse therefore it’s not as annoying as I would have found it. 

2 – Exercise more. 

Since being a third year student I find that I’m so busy and I become so stressed very easily. It’s a known fact that exercise can help to reduce stress and help you to become happier and relaxed. Whether it be going to the gym or playing a sport, I would like to spend a few hours a week exercising. This will probably contribute towards my next resolution. 

3- Lose a small amount of weight. 

As happy as I am with my body, I’d like to lose around a stone in weight for my health. I personally don’t mind being curvy and embrace what I have. I was definitely more confident with my body when I was stone lighter and I’d like to get back to that place before the summer comes around. 

4- Be more sociable.

So many people believe that I’m an extrovert but in reality, I’m actually an introvert. I spend a lot of my time alone as I like my own company and I often find being around people for too long quite suffocating. However, I’ve realised that I should make more of an effort to spend time with my friends and go out more (I rarely drink and go on nights out, it’s just not my thing). 

Remember to let me know what your new years resolutions are and follow me on social media:

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With love, Beth x