A Little Catch Up...

Monday, 21 November 2011

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(View from Liverpool's Albert Dock)

I never really do update posts, but seeing as I haven't posted for about a week, I feel a little-catch up is needed! I have many a post lined up in the next week, and am hopefully going to catch up with everything!

Anyway, if you follow me on Twitter you'll know a little more as to my blogging absence in the last week, and that I'm actually back in London. I'd be pondering my interest in my university course for a while, and after several weeks deliberation realised it really wasn't for me, and that I'd much rather reapply next year doing something I'm completely passionate about, than suck it up and waste 3 years. I've been pretty disappointed by the amount of people who seem to 'look down' on the fact you've 'dropped out', when really, in my opinion, it's a pretty brave decision. However, I was absolutely astonished by the response on Twitter, and the amount of people that have made similar decisions, which was hugely reassuring, and hoped that by posting about this (although I do try to keep some things personal) it could help someone else in a similar position. I honestly have no regrets, and hope that by following something I really am driven by (even if the course is less academic) I can really flourish in something I love (cheesy, but true). I'm going to miss my flatmates, the people on my course, the amazing city and the girls at work (big shout out to Sian ;D) but I'm hoping it will all be worth it!

Anyway- enough of grown up chat! I've had a really busy last week, which has also held me back on the blogging front! This included meeting up with the gorgeous Rebecca for tea and cake and talking about our mutual love for Alex Turner, trains, making the perfect cup of tea and of course a little blogging! She is such a lovely girl with an amazing blog, so I do suggest you pay a cheeky visit! Additionally, the amount of cakes I've indulged in recently has inspired me to get back in the kitchen- so look out for some recipes in the next few days, I'm desperate to try making scones!

Last but not least, I was recently Street Style Spotting for Company Magazine in Liverpool- after taking over Alexandra. Anyway, the final gallery is now live and I would REALLY appreciate it if you could all vote for my street style spots HERE if you could- it literally takes a second (they're the pictures with my name). Thank you so much! I hope you all had a lovely and stress free week!

x

P.S You still all have 20% off of In Love With Fashion til the end of December using 'WHATOLIVIADID20', you can shop here!

27 comments:

  1. I'm so sad that some people have been horrible to you for dropping out. it's really none of their business - you need to do what makes you happiest and trust me there is no point doing a course you arent totally happy with because you just won't enjoy it (thats the position I'm in cos I wasn't brave like you). I admire you so much and I'm sure you will feel so much better once you reapply to a course you're more passionate about :)
    good luck with everything :)
    take care <3 Holz oxo

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  2. Sounds like you definitely made the right decision about your uni course! x

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  3. It's so tricky deciding what to do with your life, and if you're going to make the right decision.. And I hate the way people look down on people for things that they do. But at the end of the day, YOU need to be happy lady. And like you said you don't want to be doing something you're not passionate about. it's so sad people think like this, I get literally my nose turned up at because I never even went to uni, I just left the country for 4 years and bummed about a ski resort.. Try explaining THAT one! BUT who knows, maybe in this year, you may end up doing something you love and decide you can be happy in a job etc.
    As I say, things happen for a reason! And anyway, more time to bake!xx

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  4. Sounds like you made a good choice planning to reapply next year, I have so many friends who haven't used the degree that cost them so much time and money so it's really good to see someone who hasn't succumbed to the pressure to stay in something you don't love, well done!x

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  5. It's a really brave thing to do and you've made a very clever decision. I often wish that I hadn't spent the last 2/3 years doing something that isn't entirely perfect for me but I feel so trapped now and so much money has been spent that I can't bare to see it go down the drain so I know that I'll just stick it out and I often find myself just saying 'I can't wait to finish uni' which I don't think is right. You will definitely flourish in a course that you really enjoy so be excited about it!

    wishfulsinfulyou.blogspot.com

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  6. I dropped out of my first year of university about a month ago too and people are so so judgemental about it, it really makes me upset. It has really surprised me how people react but on my blog/twitter people have been so understanding and helpful so stuff the people who judge without even knowing the real reasons etc. xxx

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  7. I don't understand why anyone would look down on you. I chose not to go to university at all (there's way too much pressure to know exactly where you want to go in life at such a confusing age!) & I feel as though it's the best decision I could have made at that point in time. I know now that if I was ever to go and study something then I'd stick to it because I gave myself time to figure out what I want to do. I guess that you've done just that but gone a different way about it and there's absolutely nothing wrong with changing your direction if you're unhappy. You're still young and there's absolutely no doubt in my mind that you're a bright girl Olivia. I really admire your decision to leave for your own happiness/future! and I'm sure that this decision will pay off for you. If anything, those looking down on you should actually be proud of the fact that you've taken such a scary step. All the best with finding a new course/following your dreams! :)

    It does sound as though you've had a lovely week but I'm a bit worried that one day we're gonna get a post from a loved one telling us you've drowned in tea & cake! Be careful around those cakes Liv, they're dangerous!! xx

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  8. You've so done the right thing. It's so important to go with how you feel about these things & shame on anyone for looking down on you xoxo
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  9. What you've done is majorly brave! I'd understand a little if you were saying you were dropping out to doss about at home, but you're not! There really is no point wasting 3 years on a course you're not into, I'm sure you'll thrive doing something you love! xx

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  10. Choosing the right course is so so important, I know so many people who have stuck it out and ended up hating uni because of it. Better to take some time and find something which is perfect for you, don't listen to the people looking down on the choice you made! And Paul Hollywood's scone recipe is amazing if you're looking for one :)
    x

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  11. dropping out is a brave decision! if your not happy then you shouldn't be paying 3grand to do it! proud of you <3

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  12. Its sad to hear that things weren't working out for you at uni but good on you for being brave and following your heart rather than doing something for the sake of it. I really wouldn't worry about doing a course thats deemed as 'less academic'. To be honest I think thats the best kind of course to do! Think about how many people study things like English, Philosophy, Sociology etc. Even though they might be doing an academic course, its not really training them to be able to do a job once they graduate. Thats why arts degrees are actually quite sensible in my opinion. I did a graphic design degree and everyone on my course left with the ability to go out there with a good portfolio and get a design job. Same goes for pretty much most fashion based courses. So good luck on your year in London. I'm sure everything will work out brilliantly for you! xx

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  13. Some people are so narrowminded. Surely you should be applauded for taking control of your life? I think you have done a very brave thing. You should always look out for your own happiness! Heres to the future :)
    Sophie
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  14. You and your scone obsession! It was so, so lovely to meet up last week, I hope we get to see each other again soon (: And as I said, I think it's amazingly brave to have realised that university isn't for you and to take action on it. Just saw your tweet about an interview - good luck! xxx

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  15. I applaud you for your decision. I'm shocked by some of the reactions you've had but in fairness, it was reactions like these that stopped me from dropping out of a uni course that my heart really wasn't in. I did a joint degree and the Major was such a big mistake. No matter how hard I tried, I could only ever achieve average grades and I didn't like my classmates or the tutors. I knew my parents and grandparents would've been so disappointed with me and I couldn't bear it. So I kept going, kept not enjoying my course and then ended up with the grade I didn't want at the end of it. Well done for speaking up, I wish I'd done the same x x

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  16. I deffered and slightly altered my University application (way back in 2008/9!) and got a similar reaction from people. They seemed to think that by 'defer' I meant 'give up and not attend University at all', when that couldn't have been farther from the truth!
    I'm so glad I did it though. And, at the risk of sounding cliche, you really have got to make the decision thats best for you and that suits what you're really passionate about - just like you said.

    Rosie x

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  17. hey hun so proud of you being brave enough to leave your course when it wasnt right for you! hope you are back and blogging properly soon! :) xo

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  18. What a brave decision, better that your time isn't wasted but the fees go up next year :(
    I love the photo.

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  19. As I already tweeted on twitter I think it is so brave of you to stop uni for doing something you like and reapply next year. Because I didn't do it last year and now I am stuck in studies I don't like for another 2 years.. So you did everything right and congrats to your new job you tweeted about. :) XO

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  20. i think it's nice that you dropped off.. i mean if it wasn't for you, it just wasn't. don't care about what people think or say, it's your life, right?

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  21. Will definitely vote for you! You know I think you've done the right thing and wish you all the best for the next year, if you need me you know where to find me lovely :) x

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  22. Agreeing with all the various commenters that it's a very brave decision :)

    The only time I'd disagree was as a friend of mine did last year - got within 2 months of her final exams in 3rd year and then said the course wasn't for her. She'd have graduated within a quarter of a year!!!

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  24. I totally get what you mean when you feel people have been looking down on you for leaving university - i left after a stint of 6 weeks in september-october, and totally agree that it was a massively brave decision! and possibly the hardest i've ever made, but likewise i thought i'd rather be in a situation with options, and open doors, rather than stuck doing a course for 3 years that i wasn't fully focussed on!
    congratulations for being able to make the decision, i currently know someone who's sticking it through and i am doubtful that it'll work!
    but each to their own hey?

    i looooooooooove your blog by the way, you're a stunning girl with gorgeous style! take this as an opportunity to really do what you want, that's what i'm attempting - although, no-one will employ me as of yet. :(
    xxxxxxxx

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  25. Voted for you lovely, of course!

    I know I already tweeted you about this but I really do hope that you find your path in life and are happy - and I think you're right about being brave!

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  26. Hey Olivia [: I've recently discovered your blog and I've just read this post. I just wanted to say that I did exactly the same as you just after I started Liverpool Uni in September 2010, and it did feel like a lot of people looked down on me for 'dropping out' but after I left in the November I did so many amazing things during the rest of that year, and I'm back in Liverpool now on a new course, living in a new flat and I'm a million times happier than I was last year [: I know now that leaving my old course was one of the best decisions I've ever made [: Good luck with everything! Lucy x

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    1. Awh thank you so much for your comment! It's so hard to appreciate how hard a decision it is unless you've done it, so it's nice to have someone who can relate. I'm so glad you've found a course you're happier doing, it really pays off :) good luck with everything too lovely! xx

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