Little Bit Leave It? One thing most people don't know about me is that I suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder, as well as Postular Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.(POTS is a chronic heart ailment whereby my body cannot regulate my heartbeat or blood pressure. It's a rare disease and there is currently no cure.) Last year I spent most of my time in the hospital because of this, resulting in terrible grades. My favourite love island boys Chris and Kem have inspired me to forget all the little things that would stress me out (they're a little bit leave it!) and focus all of my energy into my studies so I can achieve my goal of landing a place at Uni! Healthy mind healthy body!
This blog will be full of helpful ways to avoid stress during possibly one of the most pivotal years of your life!
A little about me: I grew up in Chelsea, London, and moved to Toronto a few years ago. Fun fact: I live 3 houses down from Drake! I decided to take the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, as my school only offers AP (Advanced Placement) qualifications for STEM courses. I'm a history nut and love everything to do with humanities and social sciences, which is what I intend to pursue at Uni.
I play volleyball for Team Canada, which is awesome because we get to compete all over the world. Most recent destinations include Amsterdam, Taipei and Waikiki. (where I took my header photo!) I love to travel, and will probably end up posting a lot of travel pics on here. I'm fluent in English, French and Latin!
Oxford University: BA History and Politics
University of Edinburgh: MA History and Politics
LSE: BA International Relations and History
KCL: BA History and IR
KCL: BA War Studies and History
MCGILL University (Montreal, Canada)
Western University (London, Canada)
Queen's University (Kingston, Canada)
University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada)
Qualifications/Grades: (A-Level equivalents)
English: 90% (A*)
French: 92% (A*)
Law: 90% (A*)
History: 97% (A*)
American History: 94% (A*)
World Issues: 85% (A)
Sociology: 85% (A)
Politics: 90% (A*)
Feel free to drop any comments/questions as you'd like. I will be active or available anytime!
for my first post, here are a few things I'd probably be lost without.
THE Study Playlist:
One thing I've had to learn the hard way is that organization is KEY. This is a list of my favourite study blogs, full of printable organizers that have helped revolutionize my notes indefinitely.
Find the Perfect Uni Course:
Don't forget to follow me on Pinterest for daily study motivation xoxo https://www.pinterest.ca/livvyminor/study/
due to my health conditions, I've spent much of my life in a hospital bed. The plus side of this is that I get to read, a LOT. Here's a list of my favourite books, that I think every student should read! *Especially HistPol applicants like myself!
[This will be updated frequently]
- Alexander Hamilton - Ron Chernow
- The Pope and Mussolini - David Kertzer
- The Return of History - Jennifer Welsh
- Guns, Germs and Steel - Jared Diamond
- Civil Wars - David Armitage
- Britannia Overruled - David Reynolds
- Germany since 1945 - Pol O'Dochartaigh
- A History of Modern Britain - Andrew Marr
- The Prince and The Discourses on Livy - Machiavelli
- Witnesses of War – Nicholas Stargardt
- Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel
- Winston Churchill's "The History of the English Speaking Peoples"
- On Tyranny - Timothy Snyder
- The Strange Death of Europe - Douglas Murray
- Red Notice - Bill Browder
- Assembly - Michel Hardt
- Collapse - Jared Diamond
- An Introduction to Political Philosophy - Jonathan Wolff
- The Politics - Aristotle
- Political Philosophy a Beginner's Guide for students and politicians - Adam Swift
- On Liberty - John Stuart Mill
- Leviathan - Thomas Hobbes
- The Communist Manifesto - Marx and Engels
- The Social Contract - Rousseau
- Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power – Rachel Maddow
- The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism – Max Weber
- Banal Nationalism – Michael Billig