The Weekend Blog

5th October 2014


October is finally here. I’m not sure about you but September just seemed to last forever.

As many of you are aware, I’m not a fan of the winter months. I much prefer to be walking around in shorts and dresses, or something even better; bikinis! I guess jumpers and snuggles in bed with mugs of hot chocolate are cute, but I’d much rather be out and about getting a sun tan.

I just feel so much healthier in the sunshine. My acne improves and my hips seems to benefit from the heat too. I should live abroad.

At the beginning of the week I was feeling rather low and homesick as I thought about my final year and being unemployed when I graduate. But now, after doing some research and reading around, I’m feeling reassured.

There are so many graduate schemes with many different career paths that you can do with any degree. I’m learning that I shouldn’t be ashamed of having a geography degree. It’s a degree and that’s the main thing. I’m not sure where my future is heading but I’m excited for what might be around the corner.

Just as I was starting to feel better towards the middle of the week, I caught a cold/sore throat. I’d planned on going home to Shropshire for the weekend and I decided to stick with my plans regardless of how I was feeling. I don’t think my parents were too impressed when I brought home my germs, haha!

None the less, I’m having a nice weekend at home. Yesterday we visited Shrewsbury and I finally managed to purchase a bag for my camera. My parents and I had a leisurely lunch at Loch Fyne, which specialises in seafood. I decided to be brave and ordered king prawn and squid spaghetti. I’ve never been keen on the idea of eating squid because of the tentacles, but I tried it and enjoyed it.

I didn’t take my camera with me but I did upload a few photos taken on a potato (or my iPhone 4 as you might know it better) to my Instagram. I have no excuse for not having my camera to hand thanks to my new bag.

Oh, and do you like the flowers in the photo? I’ve always wanted to meet my mum at the train station with a bunch of flowers, and this weekend I finally did it.

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  1. Melissa

    I’m more of a summer girl as well, but I do love the big sweater weather, haha πŸ˜‰ Being unemployed when you graduate isn’t fun, but I bet you’ll find your way around, luckily the world has a lot more to offer to you πŸ˜‰

  2. Sayli

    Hey Holly,
    I hate summers! X( Summers are hot and unbearable in India. Wheareas winters are pleasant, still the temperature is about 20 degrees, which is maybe warm according to your standards πŸ˜€

    Those flowers are real cute <3

    You can definitely think of masters in geography and get into research if you're interested πŸ™‚

    Btw, could you send me the link to your link button? I've to advertize you as you're one of the first five commentors πŸ™‚

    • Holly

      Right now I’m going off the idea of postgraduate study. I think I need a break from education after 15 years of it!!

      Sure, what size would you like the button to be?

  3. I love this post, as someone who has just graduated I can fully understand how you feel about not being able to find a job after graduation – it’s tough but you’ll be able to find something! My tip would be leave a month or so to apply for basically everything haha!

    And you’re right, a degree is a degree – I studied events management and the job I managed to get after finishing uni has nothing to do with that haha! But having a degree shows commitment to something which is always good! πŸ™‚

    I’ve also nominated you for the “Top Ten Tag” … the questions etc are over on my blog.. let me know if you do it, I’d love to read yours.


    • Holly

      I like to think my CV is pretty good so I’m hoping that something will pop up that suits me.

      Thank you for the nomination. I will definitely do it and I’ll leave you a link when I do. πŸ™‚

  4. Cat

    I prefer walking around in flip flops and short sleeves, but after such a long summer here, I’m kind of welcoming the colder months, haha.

    I’m glad you’re feeling better about your degree. I think the thing to keep in mind is that a certain degree doesn’t mean you’re locked to certain jobs πŸ™‚ Several of my coworkers don’t have technical degrees, like computer science or engineering, even though they have jobs that would normally require it. I hope you’ll find something you like!

    That’s sweet of you to meet your mom with flowers πŸ˜€ I’m glad you had a nice weekend at home!

    • Holly

      It’s always reassuring to hear of others who have used their degrees to get a whole range of jobs. πŸ™‚

  5. jolene

    I’m the opposite – I live in Singapore where we don’t really have seasons because it’s hot all year round, and I hate it! I wish it were cooler, and I’m always planning my holidays around cooler seasons in other countries πŸ˜› That said, I haven’t experienced a really cold snowy winter before.

  6. Rachel

    The flowers are lovely πŸ™‚ – Also, a Geography is something to be proud of! Would you ever consider doing a Masters? Or do you want to get straight into a career (whatever that may be)?

    • Holly

      I did want to to a masters but right now I feel like I need a break from studying. I’ve been doing it none stop for 15 years so it will be nice to try something difference. I’ll soon get myself back into education if I hate working enough!

      • Rachel

        I took a year out before my MA so I can understand that completely! Good luck with your last year and the job hunt. My advise is to use the careers service at your uni & start looking early.

  7. I don’t like winter months, as well as summer months. It gets too hot in Texas. The humidity is ridiculous. But I do love the in between period of fall and spring.