The library I work in is very very small. To the point where we just have books in (ordered) piles around the room. It makes little-to-no-sense to anyone, barring myself and my boss. And in reality because I’m the one that does all the shelving I know which books are in which pile. However, while away on holiday my boss had to do all those jobs himself (shelving, classifying, cataloguing) and he discovered that I’d done something utterly awful:
Today I was sent this:
Source: I Need a Degree for That?!
Nice to know that librarians figure in the grand scheme of things somewhere….
This week I was exposed to this and the rage I felt has prompted me to write this piece on the sheer laziness of the university grading system. As a matter of interest, I was the recipient of a 2:2 and even though I have come a long way from the 21 year old I was, the stigma of that grade hangs over me in social situations – accompanied by slightly incredulous glances and not a little bit of contempt. There is something very very wrong in a society that allows one grouped number to determine the outcome of your life (we aren’t so far away from the dystopian society I fear). Continue reading
Just wanted to wish you a lovely bookish day As we know I LOVE books and can’t imagine my life without them. So pick a spot and your favourite book and bunker down for a day of reading and escaping to new worlds; either ones you know or ones that are totally fantastical!
Have an amazing day!!
No words are needed here I think. I potentially have the mentality of a hoarder. But I maintain that one day when I’m dust these pieces will be sat in a vintage shop somewhere ready to delight someone else. Wearing these admittedly odd pieces is the one piece of individuality that I get to carry into work with me. Whether it’s a wolf or polarbear round my neck. (Today it’s a peacock) Small things right?
It’s Sunday and you may be sat at home chilling out. And then *bam* you check Facebook/Twitter (whatever your social media poison of choice is) and you’re feed is filled with people doing Interesting Things. Like eating cow off a table made of poo, or people skydiving in the Arctic. Ok I’m exaggerating but you know what I mean. I’m guilty of feeling like this, having the FEAR OF MISSING OUT aka FOMO because like most 20-somethings I feel this incredible desire to be out Doing Things. All.The.Time. And sometimes, guess what, I don’t have the money to do a weekend in Barcelona. As much as I want to catch the train to that deserted beach in North Wales, I have other things that require my time.
But I found this and I think it’s exactly what we all need. Instead of feeling inadequate, take joy in the fact that you spent Saturday night curled up with a good book and listening to your parents bicker in the way that only long-married couples can (like me). Or curled up with a SO doing essentially the same thing. Because guess what, the #FOMO can be turned into #JOMO the Joy of Missing Out. Next time you see someone instagramming their buddy trip down to Cornwall take a deep breath and go back to your book. Because between you and me, I reckon if you wanted to be there. You could probably make it happen.
This week I’ve been lucky enough to host an amazing flowchart to help with your summer reading. I’ve read about half of the books on this chart and they are *that good* I’m not sure how or when it happened but part of summer for me is sitting in the sun with a really good book and having a cool drink nearby (I’d recommend Elderflower cordial). So follow through the arrow – you may be pleasantly surprised by what you find. Continue reading
A week or so ago I read this article and I was very very pissed off. Probably quite irrationally and most definitely more than the situation warranted. And I know this is one that is commented on a lot but it really touched a nerve with me.
Because here’s the thing, is being ‘single’ so awful that we need to be reminded that ‘it can be awesome’?! I don’t know if I’m being odd or if I just don’t understand. But why is being ‘single’ an issue? Continue reading
It’s been a year since I started working at Microsoft and it’s been really really hard for me to swallow the pill that actually working in the private sector has been more fulfilling than any internship I ever did for a public sector organisation. I know. What have I become?
I’ve nearly completed one term as a Distance Learner. So I thought I’d put together a small list about what you should be/have/do in order to make it through. Obviously this could change after a year of doing this.
1. Give up your social life.
I’m not joking a Masters is hard enough but doing it via Distance Learning is even harder. Give up an semblance of anything other than working and studying and possibly going to the gym.
2. Sleep is an option not a necessity
Really think about how much sleep you need. I’ve managed to function on 7.5 hours a night now on 14 hour days. Fitting in studying AND working full-time isn’t a 70/30 split it’s more like 50/50.
3. Your tutors will not appreciate that you have a full-time job.
They say they do/will but they won’t. The timing of assignments and ‘chats’ on Sunday nights will prove that.
4. The People on your course are Not Your Friend.
You will exchange comments with them via the aforementioned chats and various forums. Don’t be fooled. These people are not ever going to talk to you about anything other than the course. No new friends here folks!
5. People won’t get it.
‘Oh so you’re a Distance Learner, with the OU?’ Not really no. It’s not ‘one module per time period’ It’s essentially what it says on the tin you are working and studying full time at the same time.
Other gems – you won’t be able to see your boyfriend/girlfriend, your parents will beg you to leave you desk every now and again, your idea of a good time will be not being anywhere near your computer. Skin will go downhill, bags under the eyes. People who have fun and go out during the week will make you cry – but not for too long because you could be using that time to study or sleep.