Hello again, it’s been a while since I’ve published a lil ol’ blog post. Big changes are ahead and I thought i’d take the time just to explain why I’ve been absent and what is coming to Style_byaw in the future. I’ll try to keep this short but I am way too excitable right now, I cannot believe this is my life.
The Disappearing Act
The main reason behind my disappearing act was uni. As my final year exams rolled around I dedicated my whole life to studying, 8/9am-2/3am shifts became the everyday norm and there was not an ounce of fun to be had; in all honesty it was pretty damn grim. The thing is, I had a hell of a lot to lose. I had received a conditional offer to study Dentistry at the end of March (my absolute dream come true), my conditional being that I had to achieve at least a 2:1 from my current degree. After receiving my offer, we viewed the most perfect flat in my potential new city and within a week we decided to go ahead and reserve the property. With my dream career and the most beautiful flat both within reach, under no circumstances was I prepared to miss out.
But my god, I was tested to my absolute limits during study leave and my exams. Without going into too much detail (well maybe only the things I can laugh about now) it was one bad thing after another and I honestly felt at times that some higher power really did not want me to have this. It did make me realise that you really don’t know what is going on in peoples lives. A lot of things that happened during that time I had to kind of push to the back of my mind in order to keep my focus; which I think has a lot to do with why I’m so emotional now its all over. Catching up with my friends afterwards made me realise this more as some of them had also experienced a pretty rubbish time.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Now for some of my series of unfortunate events that I can now laugh about.
As I woke up the morning of my 4th exam, I couldn’t move my neck. No word of a lie, I could not move it. It was 6am and my exam was at 9:30am, my mum and dad tried everything to help me but the pain was not shifting and I was screaming and crying with the excruciating pain. I decided to try to head into uni to sit the exam, my mum literally had to dress me and my dad dropped me at the door. But I had to be taken out of the exam as I couldn’t write or focus with the pain, having to go straight to the doctors due to the fact I was essentially missing an exam. Basically, I studied so much I gave myself a physical injury. So, don’t study too much kids, it can be dangerous.
My neck eased up within a few days and I had just under 2 weeks until my next exam. My parents encouraged me to take a trip down to London for a few days with a friend the following week as a break following what I like to call, my “broken” (in the sense of not working properly) neck. After a lovely few days away ofc what happened, none other than missing our flight home. There had been an issue with the online check-in system which meant that I wasn’t checked in even though my friend 100% checked me in alongside herself. Anyway, they told us we were 3mins late for the airport check-in and I couldn’t get on the flight. Damn Easyjet (FYI. bloomin shocking service as per usual, we weren’t met by nice wee Leo they show on the telly anyway ~ apologies if you don’t get the Airline reference). So with an exam looming, another £120 down for a new flight and accommodation for the night and frantic texts to my boss; things weren’t exactly on the up.
Finally home from London I made it to the second part of my shift and finally things were back on track. I could get back to studying for my exam on the Tuesday. Oh no no no, you thought it would be that easy did you? Not a chance. Up and with my head down the pan at 2 hour intervals during the night, it became clear I had managed to get a very bad case of food poisoning. Wonderful. A fever and constant spewing meant absolutely not studying could be done. In every attempt to heal me in time for my exam, my mumwas patting me down with a cold cloth and I had onions stuffed in my socks (who knows if this even works). So yeah my room was hummin of onions for the whole week afterwards. Ideal.
Luckily for me I made a quick recovery and bounced back for my last exam. It funny to look back on this absolutely disastrous week now, all safely tucked away in my memories for life.
On The Up
After an agonising wait, last friday I finally found out that I am graduating from my degree in Physiology at the University of Glasgow with a first class honours. Like honestly what the hell, a first class honours!! ME!!! I found uni incredibly tough in my first couple of years as I’ve said on here before, so graduating with a first is just amazing and I definitely could not have done it without my amazing uni friends. Finally I was able to say I was officially going to dental school, something that I had started to believe might not happen in the past few years. I really cannot believe I’ve gone and done it and can for once say that I am bloomin’ proud of myself.
So today is the day I get the keys to my beautiful new home, I cant wait to start showing how I make it my own and I can promise a whole lot more interior content. I’ve made a separate Instagram specifically for home, you can find it at @stylebyaw_home if you are interested or want a nosey.
I feel so incredibly lucky right now and I am well aware that I am very fortunate to have parents who are able to support me through another degree but honestly, this has become their dream as much as mine. My dads face when he found out I had been offered a place at dental school rivals his reaction the day I passed my test. I even managed to capture my mum when I told her I had gotten a first class honours, the video is priceless and it just makes me so happy. My education is something I’ve had to do alone and although I am very lucky and have had the support of everyone in their own ways, this is something I have achieved single-handedly. I don’t come from a line of university graduates or professionals; I went to a normal but very good school and I have worked every day of my life, giving my all, to get to this point. The best work goes on behind closed doors.
So a new chapter begins. I have no idea whats going to happen but I am the most excited girl on the planet. I promise myself to make the most of every moment. But first, it’s time to enjoy one hell of a summer with friends and family!
Lots of Love Always,