Officially finished!

University results have finally been released & I’ll be graduating in February 2014! It’s crazy to think I started in February 2011 with no intention to work & study full time but after 3 months in Europe, I needed to do full time hours & I refused to study part time. I said to myself that I’d do 1 semester like that & then cut down in work but then end of semester came along & I got a new job in property valuations & I never quite slowed down!

It still hasn’t quite hit me that I’m done. It may be the fact that I’ve still got to get my residential and commercial valuers license next year which requires some study, report writing and interview preparation but it won’t be anywhere near as intensive as 3rd year university.

I have looked back on the last 3 years and wondered how I managed to fit it all in. Would I do that again? Absolutely not. It was a constant battle, trying to decide if my work, study, sleep, exercise or friends were more important. Because most weeks were ‘work, study, sleep’ repeat, I couldn’t let my sleep suffer so most times, it was my grades that suffered but somethings gotta give right?

So many people ask me, “so what are you going to do now that university is finished?” and the truth is, nothing too crazy. There are a number of places I’d like to go on holiday in the next 12 months but because I’ve been working in the industry for the last 2 & a half years (and for the same firm), I don’t need to apply for graduate jobs so I’ve got it pretty good!

I’ve got a list of things I’d like to do more of such as air yoga, pilates, meditation & a whole lot of beach walks so I’m excited to get back into a routine in the new year.

But until then, I’ve got friends to see in New Zealand. 3 hours until take off!

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November memories;

 

If you follow me on Instagram, you would of seen that considering November was my last month of university, I still had a pretty fun one at that! There were beach & river walks with friends and by myself, a weekend down in Dunsborough with far too much wine & cheese, air yoga fun (hanging upside down is so much easier than handstands- who would of guessed?), birthday celebrations, raw food dates, The Bachelor finale (complete with wine, cheese & bruschetta), outdoor training sessions, work christmas party madness and of course, the final exam, post exam celebrations and a day to myself in Perth before flying off to Melbourne for 5 days.

November was a good month! I guess you could say I sure know how to make the most of my time.

Snippets;

With all the uni assignments and exams at the moment, I haven’t had the chance to stop & think about all the amazing things that have happened over the past 6 weeks. I’ve gotten my car back (finally!); went hiking with girlfriends where we barely stopped to rest because we had so much to talk about; there’s been birthday celebrations where I’ve dragged 3 of my closest girlfriends along for a 12 km ‘fun run’; there’s been another visit to Jamie’s Italian because I just cannot get enough of the raspberry brownie; there’s been a girls night at B’s with lots of red wine & yummy food; lots of river walks with friends; breakfast & lunch dates; personal training sessions for bikini body season; pizza night at work; lots of gym/swim/sauna sessions; ticking off long awaited cafe visits to Moore & Moore and Venn; helping people get healthy with the nutritional cleansing products I’m obsessed with and the rare outing with old friends where it felt like I took a step back into 2009.

& to think that I’ll be finished with all things university in 6 weeks time! SO SOON!

All on track;

It’s that day! My results for last semester are finally here and I went better than I thought; which is the best booster before flying out to see my best friend this weekend! Why do these results matter so much? They were the make or break point with my graduation date. So instead of graduating early next year, I’m all on track to finish 2013 and start 2014 in New Zealand with my best friends, with no pressure to go back to university for another intensive summer school period.

The next question is, can I possibly do my biggest semester to date with my best friend’s wedding in the mix? (in the busiest month too). I’m going to hang this quote in my room and look at it every day until it’s true:

Now where was I?

Today, I finally said goodbye to summer school after an intensive six week study period. At times, I wondered, “what the hell was I thinking?” but I managed to pull through & it feels pretty damn amazing knowing I’m two units closer to finishing my degree!

The reason I did two units over the summer instead of one (like normal people), was the possibility of me finishing my degree five months earlier than planned and that far outweighed these six measly weeks (I’ve always been a pro’s and con’s list-kinda-girl!)

And you know what? I managed just fine these past six weeks. Sure I had to put the blog aside (it takes me forever to write posts because I stop and think about a dozen times) but I still had a life outside of work & university.

There were lunch dates, pool parties, early morning weekend markets, breakfast dates, Australia Day celebrations, a lot of beach time, wine tasting on a weeknight, lunch dates, a road trip, a very life changing moment with big sis (more about that later), a birthday boat party AND twice-weekly personal training sessions (because if summer school wasn’t enough, I also set myself a goal on the 2nd of January to be my absolute fittest by 9th February….talk about piling up my plate!)

2013 is looking good so far! Here’s a few snaps from the past six weeks:

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I am OBSESSED with smoothies!

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I’ve also managed to go relatively chocolate free thanks to these bad boys (prune raw balls with a whole lotta healthy things thrown in)

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Checking out new breakfast spots recommended by friends- absolute favourite this one! [Ootong & Lincoln, South Fremantle]

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& of course, the boat party of all parties! There’s me with my hand in the air within the first 30 minutes. Things didn’t end well!

What’s in store for me this year? a few weeks break & then a whole lot more uni now that I’m in my final year (hopefully!)

Last few hours of summer (holidays);

Where the hell did the past 46.5 days go? I definitely stayed true to my word of making the most of the summer, I managed to do all I set out to do except wake board (it’s been either too hot or too windy when I’ve wanted to go) plus a bunch of other cool stuff like thisthis and this. After the intensive 4.5 weeks of summer school, I’ve still got another 3 weekends to fit in a whole lot of beach, catch ups, road trips, birthdays and hopefully some wake boarding!

I am a little worried about what I’ve signed myself up for though. 16 hours at uni,  8-10 hours of reading prep AND my full time job all in one week? Then there’s also the assignments too. Luckily work is pretty quiet in January and my hours are flexible. I have had bestie comment that I’m good at being busy (is that a good thing?) nevertheless, I’ve got my meditation and mindfulness techniques up my sleeve just in case though!

I may be a little absent until early February, we’ll see though.

New friends;

My university campus- click photo for source

I’m a bit of a loner at university, most semesters I only go on campus for one class before or after work so I’m always rushing in & out of classes. This semester, I’ve managed to get every Wednesday off work to attend two classes, 9-12pm and 2-5pm. That’s a lot of information cramming for my poor brain in one day but luckily, I get a two hour break in between to just do my own thing.

The weather has been good so far, most Wednesdays the sun is out so I sit on the grass with my laptop. Today, as I was walking to my usual grass patch, I spotted a guy from both of my Wednesday classes sitting nearby. He shows the same characteristics as me, he keeps to himself and you usually wouldn’t spot him but today he was wearing a bright green jersey so it was a little hard to not see him.

I guess I was feeling a little daring today so I asked if I could sit down and introduced myself. Turns out, he’s from Zimbabwe on a student visa, completing his last semester at university. As a international student, he can’t do Property Valuations as his major but he’s picked as many Property units as he can because that’s where his passion lays. Being a New Zealander living in Australia, I’m not entitled to any study help from the government (hence working full time) but it made me realise I’m lucky that I can study what it is my heart desires.

I think I may have to get out of my comfort zone more often; there’s so many stories out there waiting to be told. Stories that can make you stop and think about your life & make you appreciate all the good (& little) things. Lets make it our mission to stop and hear them.