The Weekend Blog

4th January 2015

Diary 2015

I thought I’d give myself a few days off from blogging, hence why there was no Weekend Blog last week.

I can’t believe it is 2015 already. It only feels like yesterday I was celebrating my 20th birthday, yet on Tuesday I will turn 21. Crazy stuff.

I hope you all had a great new year how ever you celebrated it. Tyrone and I are now back in Liverpool and so took a walk down to Pier Head and watched a fireworks display. It not an official event; people just turn up and watch the fireworks set off by one of the nearby restaurants. Afterwards we returned to the flat for a glass of champagne before turning in for the night.

While I felt a little homesick my first few days back in Liverpool, I now feel settled in. It’s been nice to have a few days of taking it slow before we have to head back to university. I can’t believe this will be my last semester (I don’t count after Easter because I just have exams then.). I’m fed up of coursework and fed up of geography in general, but at the same time I don’t feel ready to graduate and go into the big world of endless rejection.

This coming week I have tonnes of work to do. I’m still trying to contact businesses to ask if they would let me interview them for my dissertation, and as email hasn’t been very successful I am now going to have to call. For some reason I feel incredibly nervous about this. I just keep telling myself that if they say no I shouldn’t feel too disheartened. All I can do is ask.

I’m feeling so glad that we have tickets for Phoenix Nights Live and Top Gear Live in February so that I have something to look forward to during January and February. It’s going to be a tough couple of months, but I think I can do it.

Happy Weekend!

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  1. I think phone calls are a better way to go than emails, although they can certainly be more intimidating. Phone calls are not only more effortful and personal, but I have found that people also tend to be more hesitant to say no when they are actually speaking to someone (rather than reading an email). No matter what happens, I suggest that you write and mail them a letter of thanks.. It is both professional and courteous, and could cause them to have a second thought.

    Good luck!

  2. Cat

    That’s exciting that it’s about to be your last semester! Being out of school is a pretty big change, but I personally like the working world more. I have so much more free time now πŸ™‚

    I hope the businesses will let you interview them! Having to call them is pretty intimidating. Even now, I’m still not a fan of phone calls if I can do an email instead. Hopefully that will go well!

  3. I’m not as close to being done with my classes as you are, but I feel the same about heading out in the “real world.” I’m absolutely terrified about interviewing at so many places and constantly having other people chosen for positions over me. Or just not getting interviews. It’s terrifying, but I think everything will work out for the best for you!

    Phone calls are more intimidating (at least for me) but I think you will have more luck with those than with e-mail. I think people tend to either ignore or dismiss emails, but would respond better to something more personal. Best of luck to you!

  4. Jamie

    I’ll be entering my second semester on January 20th, and I can’t wait! I’m so sick of being stuck at home with only reading and studying to keep me occupied and away from people’s drama. However, I’m glad that you’re almost done with schooling. It’s a long journey, but very well worth it. I would think.

  5. Agent Q

    Happy Birthday! Here in the US, 21 is the legal drinking age, so it would’ve been a bigger deal if once one turns 21. Regardless, I do hope you get to make the best of your birthday. πŸ™‚

    And congrats on your final semester! I remember during mine, I had to bear a series of rejections. That was not a pretty one until I finally found a light in the tunnel. Things will get better.

    And yes on phone calls. Definitely use that. I suspect that because a lot of people use emails, such overwhelming information exchange over the net can make people dismiss them more easily unless these emails really stand out. Phone calls, due to their more urgent nature, will fare better. I wish you the best of luck this coming semester!

  6. Hope you had a great birthday! I hate telephoning anybody, even my family, but I would call the businesses. I completely regret not contacting more people in regards to my FRP, or taking a lack of response as a rejection.
    I was ready to leave university after Christmas of my 3rd year. Life after graduating is tough, but necessary. Three years of solid study is just the right amount to not kill your passion of the subject. I hope the rest of the year goes well for you.
    I’m going to see Top Gear Live too! Looking forward to it =]

  7. A

    First off, happy belated birthday.
    Secondly, good luck on your dissertation.