So its been around 4 months since I wrote my last blog post and I know that its a really long time. I was fully concentrating on my A-level exams and making sure I did as much revision as possible before my exams. The period between Easter break and my exams was one of the most stressful periods of my life…but now its ooovvveeeerrrrr! If I’m being honest about how my exams went then I’d say they went OK. I had two exams on the first day of exam period which didn’t make me feel any better but I believed that I did the best I could do in all my exams. My media studies exam was good, the questions were very much like the ones we did in the past so it wasn’t too bad. Psychology as well wasn’t too mad but on my final psychology exam there were 3 16 marker questions when I thought there was only going to be two (thank you OCR!) but, luckily I still had enough time to answer all 16 markers. My biology exam was ummm….. interesting, I knew it was going to be hard due to the fact that there was soo much content to learn.
After my exams, I was soo happy that it was summer. This summer has been one of the best summers ever. Its funny because I felt guilty for not revising even though my exams are over hahaha. I spent most of my time listening to music, watching new films, seeing friends etc. I’m currently living with my mum and brother in Manchester which has been great. My mum went to Nigeria for 2 weeks and came back with awesome Nigerian snacks e.g. Gala (a sausage roll), suya (spiced meat) etc. All the fun I was having was building up to the dreaded results day. Usually on UCAS you can see if you’ve confirmed your place at a university by midnight however this year you could only see if you got a confirmed place at 8:00am (ish). I wanted to check UCAS before I looked at my result and when I did check I got an offer from my top choice of university! However, they wanted me to do a foundation year first before I did the course I wanted to. A foundation year is a year in university that prepares you for the course you want to study usually because your grades aren’t high enough. This was my first clue that my grades weren’t as good as I hoped for. I went into school and looked at my results and saw that I got a B – Media studies, B – Psychology and D – Biology. Turns out I was one mark from an A in media!! Oh well, whats done is done. I decided to reject the foundation course place at university and I got a place at the University of Aberdeen! I think that I’m going to take a deferral year (a gap year) so I can work and do other projects that I want to do in my life.
Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of old films like The Blue Lagoon (1980) and Endless Love (1981) and I’ve enjoyed both films even though they may not be a cinemtaic masterpiece. These films star Brooke Shields who was undoubtedly one of the most beautiful women in the world. It was interesting to read about all the controversy around her film roles like in Pretty Baby where she had to be nude at just the age on 10!
I hope you guys have had a wonderful weekend and I’ll try to post every week,
Like last weeks post, this week has been so hectic with school and all that comes with it. I didn’t get to write a blog post on Friday because I had so much work to do and I’d probably be repeating everything I’ve said on my previous blog posts. This week has been quite stressful however, in the beginning of last week I discovered one of my now favourite playlists on Spotify called ‘All Night Dance Part’. I’ve been particularly listening to dance music this week beacuse it somehow lifts my spirits, makes me forget about all the school work I have to do and brightens my mood. In a way, it reminds me of summer when I didn’t have to worry about mid-topic assessments and making pre-notes for lessons. I highly recommend that you listen to this playlist, some of my favourite songs are Girls Like, BOSS, I Loved You, Slave To The Vibe, Ain’t Giving Up, House Work, Rinse & Repeat, Just Say, Freak Like Me, Changes etc. So check it out!
I might start posting my favourite playlists every week on my blog with different song genres and my own playlists as well, so please tell me if you think I should!
This weeks songs are:
1) Yael Naim- New Soul
Yael Naim is a French-Israeli singer who released New Soul in February 2008 in the UK and this is the third track on her self-entitled album. I first heard this track when I was watching the movie, The House Bunny ( I find a lot of new music by watching films). This song perfectly explains the situation the main character is in because it’s about a person who describes themselves as a new soul and they have to find their way around the real world, as hard as it may be. Check out this beautiful song below:
Yael Naim – New Soul
2) Imani Williams – Don’t Need No Money ft. Sigala & Blonde
Don’t Need No Money is a single by house music singer, Imani, and features house music producers Sigala and Blonde. Imani is only 16 years old and she went to the Brit school, which is a performing arts school that has produced many famous musicians e.g. Adele, Jessie J and Amy Winehouse. This is her first proper single, so please check out this cool song below:
Imani Williams – Don’t Need No Money ft. Sigala & Blonde
3) Bananrama – Cruel Summer
I really love 80s music and Cruel Summer is one of my favourite songs from the 80s. This song also appeared in the film, The Karate Kid, which ultimately made it reach no.9 on the US Billboard Hot 100, a year after the original release date. Sara Dallin said this new wave/synthpop track “played on the darker side (of summer songs): it looked at the oppressive heat, the misery of wanting to be with someone as the summer ticked by. We’ve all been there!” Check out this song below:
Bananarama – Cruel Summer
Tell me what you think about this weeks song choices and name songs you’d like me to feature on next weeks Music Monday!
This week has been so hectic, not just in school work but outside school as well. One of my oldest friends parents planned a surprise party for her birthday, so we tried hard all week to pretend that we weren’t going to be doing anything for her birthday and I’m not going to lie, I nearly spilled the beans when we were walking to school! My friends and I got to hide behind her gazebo and when she walked inside we shouted happy birthday and let out lots of party poppers. I was glad that she had no idea that we had planned a surprise party for her 18th and she thoroughly enjoyed burning her sociology folder, the subject she hated and dropped at the end of year 12, LOL.
My first whole week of year 13 has been busy and hectic due to the workload not only from teachers but from completing our UCAS application which includes our personal statement. I gave my first draft of my personal statement to my form tutor on Tuesday and she’s commented on what I need to improve on, which is quite a lot, so I’m planning on completing my second draft tomorrow. I know I can’t complete a personal statement in a week but I really can’t wait for this UCAS process to be over. I have a considerable amount of homework and wider reader I have to look forward to this weekend. I’ve gotten used to people asking me about my situation with my family in Manchester and me staying with my uncle, which makes me feel a little bit uncomfortable when I’m asked because it reminds me of how much I miss them.
This post is quite short but I really hope that you have a had a productive and enjoyable week. Please comment below what you’ve been up to!
My first week of year 13 (more like 2 days) went OK. I actually missed the first day of year 13, which was Tuesday, because I was still in Manchester and I wouldn’t be back until Wednesday. We got the day off on Wednesday so we could complete our personal statements and our UCAS applications which I still haven’t finished. The first draft of my personal statement is now due in on Monday because my awesome form tutor gave us the weekend to complete it. I am currently applying to do psychology at university and I’ve been using The Next Chemist’s post about tips on writing your personal statement to help me with mine, so check it out if you’re currently doing your personal statement! Continue reading “My first week of year 13”
Summer has come and gone this year quicker than any other year in my opinion. Maybe it’s because I’ve been the most anxious to start year 13 than any other year and this is my last year in secondary school before I go off to university. I’ve spent most of the summer going up and down the country as you may already know by reading my previous blog posts but all in all this has got to be one of my favourite summer holidays. A lot has gone on in the past few months, changes that I might not be happy with but I have complete faith in God. One thing I’ve been thinking of starting is vlogs, maybe daily/weekly vlogging! You can check out my channel here but I deleted my old videos because they were uploaded a couple of years ago and have nothing to do with the content that I want to start uploading. I’ve recently been trying to pick out a cheap camera suitable for vlogging and I have my eyes on a SONY compact camera that I will hopefully get next week. Please comment if you think that I should start vlogging and if you’re already a vlogger,please comment on what camera you think will be suitable.
I’ve still got a few supplies that I need to buy for this upcoming academic year e.g. a new school bag, a new suit (we have to be formally dressed in my sixth form), new folders etc. and honestly I do enjoy back to school shopping. I am not, however, physically and mentally ready to start school and I usually feel this way a week before summer ends. I’ve still got my personal statement to write for my UCAS application and I’m still wondering what I’m going to put in it. I have watched videos and I’ve read examples of great personal statements but one thing that I’ve noticed that they always say is “Keep it positive”. The first draft of my personal statement is due in next Thursday, so I have just under a week to complete it however, I’m glad that I have completed my summer homework for media studies and psychology. One the things that I’m excited for in year 13 is the amount of free periods we will have because not only are we dropping a subject, we are also not doing P.E. this year. If you don’t already know, free periods are meant to be used for completing homework or studying or reading outside a subject.
I hope that you have had a wonderful summer and good luck to those who are going back to school or have already started school!
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This weeks songs are:
1) The Smiths – This Night Has Opened My Eyes
I think that this is one of the most underrated songs by the Smiths which appears on their compilation album, Hatful of Hollow (1984). I really love this song mostly because of the guitar riff and the bass beacuse they’re soo good and, like most songs by The Smiths, it’s a little bit depressing. In this song, Morrissey criticises Christianity and believes that people are misleading themselves by following Jesus. Even though I have opposing views on the meaning of this song, check out this great song below:
The Smiths – This Night Has Opened My Eyes
2) TLC – Kick Your Game
Kick Your Game was released by the R&B/Hip-Hop group, TLC and this is the third track on their second debut album, CrazySexyCool (1994). TLC are the best-selling American girl group and their one of my favourite girl groups of all time. I really like this song and my favourite part is when Left Eye is alternating between being the man and being herself while rapping. Lisa “Left Eye” describes how she first met her then boyfriend, Andre Rison. This whole song states the fact that even though she knows he wants to take her home, if he can’t catch her attention then she’s not going home with him. Check out this cool song below:
TLC – Kick Your Game
3) Lemar – If There’s Any Justice
Lemar is an English R&B and If There’s Any Justice is the first single from his second album, Time To Grow (2004). This song peaked at no.3 on the UKs singles chart between 2004-2005. The lyrics of this song is so sweet to me because it is about a girl that he has fallen in love with but she already has a man. He states that if he had met her first, they would have been together instead of her and that other guy. Check out this song below:
Lemar – If There’s Any Justice
I hope you especially enjoy this weeks music choices and please comment on what you think about these songs!
This weeks songs are:
1) Akon – Troublemaker
Troublemaker features Sweet Rush and this is the fourth single in his debut album, Freedom (2008). In this song, Akon is “Posted up” in the club and he’s chilling with the ladies, even though he says he’ll treat his girl like a queen, they know that he is nothing but trouble. I first heard this song when I was in primary school, maybe I was in year 5/6 but it was the only song that I had on iTunes for a while! I used to listen to this song on repeat after school on the computer, so whenever I hear this song it takes me back to my childhood where my passion for music began. I don’t think that this is a groundbreaking song with outstanding lyrics, but check out this song below:
Akon – Troublemaker
2) Mary J. Blige – Real Love
Real Love was released in 1992 by R&B singer, Mary J. Blige. This is the second single from her debut studio album, What’s The 411? (1992). Real Love peaked at no.7 on the US Billboards Hot 100 in 1992 but reached no. 1 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks in 1992. Toby Lightman did a cover of this song in 2004 and it appeared on her debut studio album, Little Things (2004). I really like the beat in this song and how personal this song is to Mary because she said to her producer: ‘I just want a real love in my life for once.’ Check out this great song below:
Mary J. Blige – Real Love
3) Tweet – Boogie 2nite
Boogie 2nite is a dance-pop song by Tweet, released in December 2002. This song appeared on her debut album, Southern Hummingbird (2002). I originally heard this song through the cover by the British dance group, Booty Luv which peaked at no. 1 on the UKs dance chart in 2006. Booty Luv’s version of this song is more suited for a party/club setting in my opinion, but I like both versions. Tweet’s original version of this song in my opinion focuses more on the vocals and I love the harmonisation of her vocals in this song, It’s soothing. Check out this nice song below:
Tweet – Boogie 2nite
Please tell me what you think about this weeks song choices and suggest any songs you’d like me to add to Music Monday next week!
This weeks songs are:
1) John Newman- Gold Dust
John Newman is an English singer and songwriter who is most known for his song, Love Me Again, which reached no. 1 in the UKs singles chart in 2013. Gold Dust is the ninth single from his debut studio album, Tribute (2013) which reached no. 1 on the UKs albums chart in 2013. The song starts off with the singer telling his partner that it’s better for them to break up and he lets out all the thoughts he’s had on their 2 year relationship. Their relationship is ‘Gold Dust’ because even though their relationship has turned to dust, they’re ending each others unhappiness. Check out this great song below:
John Newman – Gold Dust
2) Kate Boy – Northern Lights
Kate Boy is a Swedish synth-pop duo. Northern Lights was released in 2012 and the song is literally about northern lights that show up in the northern hemisphere due to electrical charged particles which produces a variety of colours, predominantly green and pink. The music video of this song contains stunning visuals of different designs and the group themselves. Check out this cool song below:
Kate Boy – Northern Lights
3) Axwell – Nothing But Love ft.Errol Reid
Axwell is one of the three members of Swedish House Mafia, a progressive/electro house group, and this song appeared on their album Until One (2010). The music video is really interesting because it reflects the meaning of the lyrics which is all about Jesus. This interview of Axwell basically sums up the song and music video: “The vocal, it sounds like it’s a Jesus kind of a thing. With the whole ‘Whatever you do, turn the other cheek’ and ‘I got nothing but love for you, whatever you do.’ So I was like, ‘I really like this idea,’ and it’s going to be kind of hard to pull off with it not being weird or upsetting. I think the idea is that it’s a bit like how we would be if there was a modern Jesus among us.” Check out this song below:
Axwell – Nothing But Love ft. Errol Reid
This weeks songs are:
1) Twenty One Pilots – Fake You Out
Twenty One Pilots are an alternative hip hop band from Ohio, America. Fake You Out was the first song that I heard from this great band and I instantly fell in love with it. The band was formed in 2009 and consists of drummer, Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph. I love the deep meaning in this song and how teenagers of this generation can relate to the lyrics. The singer believes that he can’t live up to the expectations of society and even the people who think they’re closest to him, can’t help him out. Alternatively, this song could be about God and how he can’t see what God sees in him. Check out this great song below:
Twenty One Pilots – Fake You Out
2) Clean Bandit – Extraordinary ft. Sharna Bass
Clean Bandit are an Electronic group from Cambridge, England who are commonly known for their song Rather Be featuring Jess Glynne. Sharna Bass provides the vocals for this song and this is the fifth single in their debut studio album, New Eyes (2014). I really like Sharna’s vocals in this song mostly beacuse she uses her original North-West London accent rather than putting on an American accent like some singers. The music video was filmed in Cuba and this song reached no.5 on the UK’s singles chart in 2014. Check out this good song below:
Clean Bandit – Extraordinary ft. Sharna Bass
3) Robbie Williams – Bodies
Bodies was realised in October 2009 by the British recording artist, Robbie Williams. This song also appears on his eighth studio album, Reality Killed the Video Star (2014) and it reached no.2 in the UK’s singles chart in 2009. This song describes the journey through Williams’ career and his change in his views on religion. He starts the song off by saying “God gave me the sunshine” which shows that he believes in God however by the end of the song his view changes. Check out this song below:
Robbie Williams – Bodies