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Hello, friends!

As this academic year pulls to a close (college breaks up next Wednesday), I'm starting to have to come to terms with one simple, horrifying fact; I'm not a kid anymore. Or rather, I soon won't be. This time next year I'll be getting ready to move out and head to university (assuming that I somehow manage to get into one). I'm supposed to apply for three universities, these are my three so far, in order of preference; Winchester, Portsmouth, Chichester. At Winchester they do a three-year-course called 'Professional and Creative Writing' and every module on it appeals to me, from poetry to writing graphic novels to scifi writing. The other two universities do courses called 'English and Creative Writing', which is pretty similar but less inclusive of all the cool modules that the other possesses. Universities, generally speaking, let you in based on UCAS points. An A-level grade A* is worth 140 points, A is worth 120, B 100, C 80, D 60, and E 40. For Winchester I'd need 300-340 points, for Portsmouth 240-300, and for Chichester 280-300. I already have some points from an AS I did whilst still at high school. All the courses require English at at least a B grade. Also, because of my personal circumstances, it's almost guaranteed that the universities will give me knock-off offers. I'm kind of torn between which one I really want to go to though. Winchester has my dream course (and is about half an hour from home), Portsmouth has the best student accommodation and night life, but then I think that Chichester is the nicest city out of the three. I know this probably doesn't interest you guys, but by writing it out it's helping me get my head around it all.

I'm trying to work on how I manage my time, both on this site and in real life. What I'm thinking, is that I'll dedicate Mondays and Fridays to being on dA. In terms of comments, I promise that I'll reply to all comments posted on journals, on my profile page, all notes and as many as I can on my work without spending hours on end online. However, I promise that I will still read every comment. 

So, who's excited for summer? I am. I plan to spend it reading and writing. I'm currently reading a book by Stewart Ferris called How to be a Writer. Basically, it's a guidebook on how to write something worthy of publishing, which is my ultimate goal and, hopefully, what I hope to achieve (or at least attempt) over the summer break. Other things that I shall get up to include; going on holiday to Dorset the weekend after next, going to my dad's at some point to see my four siblings, making a first draft of my A-level English coursework (a satirical piece), doing research on the Cold War for my History coursework, and going up to my uncle's for a weekend of 'booze and barbecues'. Are guys going away anywhere nice?


Corporaterockwhore's Top Three Summer Songs:

  1. Wet Hot American Summer by Cobra Starship 

   2. Summertime by My Chemical Romance


3. The Rock Show by Blink-182

  • Mood: Sunny Mood
  • Listening to: Hard Out Here by Lilly Allen
  • Reading: One Summer America 1927 by Bill Bryson
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lovemondotrasho Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I died a little when I saw "Summertime".  It hurts so much ugh I can't.  

I'm being completely serious; I thought of Sam and Dean Winchester when I saw Winchester in your journal.  I'm in the same boat.  Applying for college is a nightmare.  It's so daunting, thinking about it.  Writing it all down helps me too.  Actually, I should do that after I get off the Internet.  

I hope the application process goes as smoothly as it possibly can for you! I'm sure you'll be able to get into your first choice, but it doesn't sound like you have a bad school on your list.  I'm glad to see you're choosing schools that have writing programs.  Not sure what it is, but it makes me feel happy knowing people are pursuing what they truly love.  

Time management is... quite a task.  I hope I learn how to manage it properly before the school year starts.  :\  

Best of luck on the publishing and everything else on your plate!  :hug: 
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CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I still miss them :(

Haha, same! Even though it's a place really near to me, it still makes me think of the Winchester bros - I think that's a contributing factor as to why I want to go there so much. Good luck applying for college! :)

Thanks! So far, it's going alright. I've registered with UCAS and then I've got a couple of months to come up with a decent personal statement. I think the hardest part will be  getting the grades I need.

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define-yourself Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Writer
While I am unfamiliar with the UK university system, I am sure you will get accepted into any one of your top three. I wish you the very best. :) One piece of advice for university in general: manage your time wisely; don't over exert yourself.  
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CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much - I sure hope so!

And thanks for the advice :)
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define-yourself Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student Writer
You're welcome. :) I'm just beginning graduate school, so I know how important time management and such can be. 
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CellieKitty Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student General Artist
You have fantastic taste in music :)
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CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :iconrockonplz:
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grifreaper09 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck getting into university, I hope you get into the one that will be the best for you. Time management is a bit tricky to do because of how limiting the classes can be. I'm stuck with a 5 hour block of classes just because they only have certain classes one time a day. So I pray that you don't end up in anything like that. I'm sure that you'll do well wherever you go, and who knows, you might meet a whole slew of interesting people while at university.
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CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :)

College is currently a bit tricky with time management. Some days I have one class at ten to nine in the morning, then I don't have another one until quarter past three - leaving me pretty much stranded at college with nothing to do. 
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grifreaper09 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Bring a book, or a laptop, or something to entertain yourself with. Thats what I do. Works wonders on time, and once you find a group to hang out with, you'll end up doing alot of fun stuff.
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