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Why bother with a post grad? Are they even worth it? Have your say! 26-10-2016
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    I've blogged before, but never in this format, on this website, so I'm not really sure how it works. I just hope I can get my head around it soon enough so I don't look like a complete moron and people get the idea I'm on the wrong course.

    First things first, my name's Shannon and I'm about to embark on the Journalism course at The University of St Mark and St John (Marjons) in Plymouth. Phew, that's a mouthful!
    As the name of this blog suggests, I am, first and foremost, a creative writer, currently working (albeit slowly) on a fictional novel. Some of my posts will undoubtedly be about that, though hopefully not many, because I have another blog for that kind of thing.

    Imma be real with you guys: I'm not the worlds most interesting person. At least, I don't think so. Sometimes I bore myself when telling a story and give up halfway through. Suffering with moderate anxiety doesn't help the whole shy, introverted thing I have going on - I rarely party and I drink even less, so chances are, no wild tales to spill online. I don't know what this blog will be like.

    But that's gotta be the fun of it, right? This blog's as much of a blank sheet as my uni reputation. Fingers crossed I don't screw either of them up!
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    I said goodbye to my two best friends last night.

    One of them is moving to Bournemouth to study Film, and the other to London Brunel for International Politics. Around 6 years of friendship (over 10 years for one of them) has not prepared me for this moment.

    Sure, you know it has to happen eventually. You know that people move away, drift apart, leave for various reasons. Hell, I've had it happen on frequent occasions; a friend from primary moved to Portsmouth, my best friends from year 11 moved to different schools and one of them stopped talking to me altogether, with no explanation given. Maybe that's why I'm so terrified of losing these two. Despite everything, they've still been the best friends anyone could ask for, and I know they're going to be fine; they're both so charismatic and friendly, they can't help being loved.

    We had a few drinks at my house, talked some s*** and they gave me my birthday presents (a whole week early) before the inevitable goodbye. I know we've got skype and facebook and there's clearly a whole bunch of indirect tweeting to be done, but it's not the same as living a literal 2, and 10 minute walk from them.

    The rest of my squad are coming over tonight for some fun, but they're all staying in Plymouth, so seeing them will be so much easier.

    Naturally, I'm thrilled at the prospect of making new friends, but I still can't bare to lose the ones I already have.
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    So I'm here.

    The University of St Mark and St John (Marjons) and I'm really... hungry. Who knew you wouldn't eat much on move in day. After I finish this, I'm hoping the anxiety related nausea calms down enough for me to have some eggs on toast (incidentally what I had for tea last night) before trying to work out a bug route to Asda or Tesco for later. They're both much of a much-ness when it comes to price, so I'm not bothered which.

    My flat mates are all lovely, currently still in bed as it's 7:45am, but they're all studying similar courses - namely Primary Education. I'm the only weird one doing a language related degree in my Journalism - and I haven't spoken to anyone on my course yet. I'll let you know how that goes.

    We were all so tired last night, we didn't go to the SUB, but I'm pretty sure we're going to the White T Shirt event tonight (though the nausea is back just at the thought of this). A couple of my flat mates don't drink either, and they're a bit hesitant about going out - I'm pretty sure I've got a few introverts around me, which suits me down to the ground!


    How are things going for you? Busy with freshers and uni life I'm sure!

    I'm looking forward to reading your next blog - let me know when you've added in more content and I'll promote across the site etc
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