What a time it’s been since my last post.

Coping with this infernal illness that has sort of made me forget what it’s like to be well and given me unbelievable FOMO (fear of missing out), then struggling to find the energy to cook (again), and trying to cope with personal crisis – it’s been an ugly few weeks. #lifesucks

Let’s begin with the positive and the funny side of things! We’ll start with a recipe, kindly given to me by my mother. It’s healthy, vegetarian and oh so delicious!

Lentil Stew

Ingredients:

  • Dried red lentils (half a packet (around 250g) makes around 3 servings)
  • Onion
  • Garlic (crushed/finely chopped)
  • Celery (1 or 2)
  • Carrots (1 or 2)
  • Mushrooms (I didn’t have any in!)
  • Tomato puree
  • Tin of tomatoes
  • Stock cube (vegetable or chicken)
  • Mozzarella (optional)
  1. Fry onion and garlic in a little oil until the onions are translucent.
  2. Add the diced carrots, chopped celery and mushrooms and cook til soft.
  3. Once soft, stir in the lentils and a crushed stock cube.
  4. Add tinned tomatoes and a nice big blob of tomato puree. Then use the tin to add water to the mix. Tip – add more for a thinner, soup-like consistency, less for a thicker, more stewy consistency.
  5. Stir well and cook over low heat til thickened and lentils are soft.
  6. Serve, or for an extra treat, pour into a oven-proof bake dish and cover with sliced mozzarella. Oven-bake until the mozzarella is melty and stretchy!
  7. Enjoy!!!

Now for a funny little story: the morning after I arrived back in my accommodation after spending a weekend at home in Leeds, I took a shower and guess what?  My bathroom decided to flood!

So much so, that when I got out of the shower, I stepped onto my bathmat which was entirely submerged in a large puddle that had protruded out of the bathroom and onto the carpet in my room. I spent the next few days tiptoeing out of my room across the damp carpet! #justmyluck

A couple of weeks ago, Hull fair arrived and boy oh boy it was a blast (both in terms of fun and to my bank account)! On the one hand, I would suggest only going once and saving your money, but on the other hand, going twice meant I enjoyed double the number of rides and a second helping of fair food, but depleted my funds by an embarrassing amount! #woops

In times like these it is important to have a back up plan. Get a summer job before going back to uni so you have emergency savings to reimburse yourself after times like these, if you have a scholarship from the university use this in such a way, skip on the nights out for the next few weeks if it will help you make back the money you spent at the event you went to. Or you know, get a job at uni if you can. It’s harder than it looks and I’m still on the hunt! Don’t give up.

Another exciting thing that happened to me – or rather that I did to myself – was that I got an eyebrow piercing! It’s important to treat yourself to something once in a while. Just be careful it’s not too often – we are only students and the maintenance loan won’t stretch too far!

Ok. Done with the niceties. I’m afraid there have been dampeners on my fun these last few weeks.

It seems that within my year, people are very anxious to plan where they are going to live next year already. I was thinking about it but had no real intention to sign anything til December at the earliest as it is still so early, and despite the landlords’ endless claims that “The good ones will all be gone!” it is a true fact that there is more student housing in Hull than there are students. So if you want my advice, stop panicking. At the end of the day you don’t know people properly yet. It’s been 6 weeks! Who knows what will happen between you and your friends between now and Christmas, let alone between now and next year!

Think about why the landlords are telling you this now. What are their intentions? How do they benefit if someone falls out with the group and then drops out of the house you were all going to live in next year? (Hint: they will make money as soon as you sign on the dotted line!) It’s all down to marketing.

If you’re certain this won’t happen, great! Just be careful. I’m in no way trying to scare you! I’m just trying to act as the voice of reason and calm all the anxious first years down. Realistically, you all have until your first week back next year to find a house – on the University of Hull Facebook page I saw advertisements students made looking for, let’s say, an extra person or two to join 3 of them in their 5 bedroom houses this year… this was a week before freshers!

You have plenty of time. I cannot stress that enough! Really have a good look around and find the place that is perfect for you – and don’t worry if you have different taste to your friend group. You don’t need to say yes yet! Even if you end up on your own, you aren’t desperate yet.

As for my personal crisis – I won’t say much. Adding stress onto the stress I was already dealing with has meant lack of motivation, later and later lie-ins and a lot of crying on my own. But I’m not letting this get the better of me. A big F-you to this situation I’m facing. Strength comes from struggle and each time I struggle I know I get stronger. (Alright I’ll stop with the cheese now!)

Just one last thing – if you are struggling, there are things that are in place to help you. Speak to a friend or parent, use the Wellbeing services within the uni, don’t be afraid to feel sad. It will get better. It will take time but in the end it’s just a momentary blip and you’ll be so much happier 2 weeks, 2 months, 2 years from now.

Right. Well, I hope you enjoyed this read. Sorry it was a little depressing at times! #expectationvsreality

Until next time, thanks for reading!