Blog Post #28 – Reflections & Priorities

Architecture School, Education, Life in General

It’s been a while since I’ve put pen to paper and written something for this blog and it feels like an old friend greeting me as I start to do it again. During the summer lockdown of 2020, I found great joy in writing weekly and getting content out there. I think it did me a great deal of good, firstly alleviating some of the boredom I was experiencing and secondly it lead me to realise that putting yourself out there is not as bad as first expected and people seemed to like what I was writing, or at least I think so!


2021 is looking like a brighter year and I am looking forward to what it will bring, however, I will always be thankful for 2020 and despite the negatives, good really did come out of it for me. The end of 2020 saw me start my journey to become an architect and I now have my first semester under my belt. It was a truly inspiring experience and reinforced my love for architecture. The long nights and hard did not seem like a chore as I was creatively stimulated and genuinely interested throughout. It did however consume me slightly which led to me tailing off in my alternative creative outlets such as this blog and the podcast (Discussed It).


However, over the Christmas break, I was able to look back on that first semester and reflect. Time management and planning is crucial and I want to try and balance my life a little better and bring together all the things I love to do to allow for a far more holistic and sustainable university experience, one of those things being sleep!


This is just me looking back and looking forward, writing and podcast episodes will now sit at the forefront of my mind from now on and you can look forward to me rambling on in the written form fortnightly with a new blog post every other Monday. The other Monday’s a new episode of the Discussed It podcast will be released where Hayden Day and I discuss all there is and invite guests on for insightful and interesting conversations!


I hope everyone has a good start to 2021 so far and I hope it pans out the way you hope it to, we all deserve it!

It’s good to be back!

Blog Post #026 – My Experience Of Freshers’ Week

Architecture School, Education, Life in General

Freshers’ Week 2020 is like none that has ever come before. And, if only that was because it was going to be bigger and better than ever. Due to the COVID, 19 pandemic that has shaken the globe over the last 6 months university students experiences will be very different.

I am speaking as a student is going through this right now. Last week, I arrived in Nottingham to start my 3 years BArch in Architecture. With a car packed full of everything that I outlined in blog post #021 and much more that I missed off the list. Donning my medical mask I get to grips with my new halls of residence, get to meet my housemates and then head off to the shop to stock up on supplies, wearing my mask of course.

Mask wearing is just one of the changes that have been implemented at the university. I do feel that as this is my first year at university so I have nothing to compare the experience to which I think is personally a good thing. However, it has become harder to meet new people outside of your bubbles made up of flatmates or people in your course due to social distancing and the stipulation that you must sit in tables of 6.

Despite all the negativity surrounding the university experience, I enjoyed my freshers week. I got to know my flatmates quickly as well as meeting people from my course. We also managed to get out into the city centre to a few freshers’ events before the 10 pm curfew came in. The highlight of the week was probably going to the Bierkeller which was a fun venue despite the social distancing and tables of 6.

Another thing that I enjoyed over freshers’ week was getting my sports membership, throughout lockdown no leisure facilities were open so I missed going to the gym and getting in the pool. So, I am motivated to make a good habit and stick to a routine of physical exercise. I think this will be important to support my mental and physical health during my university course which is renowned for being time-consuming and stressful.

On the whole, I am enjoying the experience and I am looking forward to seeing what the course brings.

This has just been a reflection post that I feel is capturing a point in my life that I will look back on as an important moment. Now that I have started architecture school my posts will naturally take a shift towards that subject and I am looking forward to writing about my experiences.

To exciting futures.

Blog Post #023 – Building A Second Brain

Education, Life in General, Podcast

This week I am diving into a concept that I have been playing with for the last few weeks. It is this idea of Building A Second Brain, which is a slightly strange idea to grapple with.

I will attempt to do my best to explain the concept and the benefits of Building A Second Brain. The recent interest on this particular concept came about after our podcast episode with Sana Tabassum who is the creator of the to:scale brand. She chose this very concept as her ‘Thing’ Of The Week and pointed us in the direction of a YouTube video by Ali Abdaal. Ali conducted a live stream with Thiago Forte who is a productivity guru and coined this term, ‘Building A Second Brain.

I have included the link to this YouTube video below:

I have also included a link to the podcast episode with Sana as well:


Rather than me attempting and failing to explain the concept, I’ll let Thiago Forte offer you his description.

“It’s about creating a body of knowledge, a treasure chest of wisdom so you’re learning isn’t just for the moment, it’s so that it lasts months and years – for goals so far in the future you can’t even imagine. It’s about building and enriching that knowledge that you are already consuming. If you’ve spent 5/10 hours reading a book, why not save the best bits.”


Thiago Forte goes on to highlight what he believes the benefits of BASB to be:

  1. Personal Learning – The learning aspect of BASB, it makes sense to codify some of the highlights and consolidate that knowledge.
  2. Content Creation – a space to create a range of content
  3. Personal Organisation – general organisation in all aspects of life and reducing stress

I think the general idea behind note-taking in this format is seeing the information that we come across is ‘a stream that you can dip in and out of and worry less about keeping up and preserving every piece of information that is available.’


The aforementioned ‘treasure chest’ can be created in so many different forms. It could written in notebooks and stored safely but I believe for a more effective system you should utilise one of the many computer programs that aim to compile notes and information in a easily accessible organised way.

My personal choice is Notion, Notion is an all-in-one workspace in which you can write, plan and get organised. It allows you to take notes, create tasks and mange projects. However, there are other software’s out there and it is a case of trial and error until you find the one for you. Other software’s include Evernote and Slack.

https://www.notion.so

https://evernote.com/#

https://slack.com/intl/en-gb


When you have your software of choice it is just case of building up this ever growing library of information. Rather than going through the motions when reading a book, take some notes alongside. Synthesise what it is that you are reading and it will allow you to take in more information and think more heavily about what it is you are consuming. I have found that this process is far more thought provoking and I am able to draw more concise conclusions from the subject matter.

Just think in years to come you will be able to go back through your library of information and draw on ideas and thoughts about that obscure book or documentary you watched thanks to a few notes that you made.

I hope that you give Building A Second Brain a go, I can’t see how you will regret the effort. It takes some time at the start but once it becomes a habit then it will become second nature.

Good luck!

Episode #011 – Sana Tabassum: to:scale Architecture Community Creator Interview

Advice, Architecture School, Education, Interview, Life in General, Podcast

Welcome to the show notes for Discussed It, a podcast where myself, Herbie Hudson and my co-host Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot. Read ahead for a written breakdown of each podcast episode, photos, links and bonus content that didn’t make the cut for the podcast. Happy reading and if you want to check out the podcast where myself and Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot, follow the links below. 

You can listen by clicking play above or by searching Discussed It Inception on your favourite podcast players such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer and many more. 


Welcome to the eleventh episode of the Discussed It podcast. This week we have a guest joining us on the podcast. Her name is Sana Tabassum. Sana is the founder of the to:scale brand that creates content in the form of blog posts, a magazine and through Instagram in the aim to bring like-minded people together to form a community. Sana is involved in numerous projects that involve individuals across multiple disciplines diversifying her skill acquisition and experience. 

We will also be finishing off the show with our ‘Thing’ of the Week, where Sana will be letting us know what ‘Thing’ he has found interesting and exciting and is happy to share with Hayden and I. Make sure you stick around for that!


Within this episode, we:

  • Talk to Sana Tabassum, the creator of the to:scale brand which is responsible for creating an online archi community through Instagram as well as her brand-new magazine. 
  • Discuss our ‘Thing Of The Week’
  • and much more…

Below I have outlined the general gist of the questions and topics that we put over to Sana to answer. However, throughout the episode, as usual we go slightly off-piste with the conversation. 

If you fancy finding out what Sana had to say in answer to these questions then head over to this podcast episode and give it a listen. You won’t regret it! We go off on quite a few tangents in this week’s discussion so to hear answers to those bonus questions that arose go and give the episode a listen. 


  1. Would you be able to tell us a bit more about yourself, where you’re from and what is that you do?  
  1. Let’s go back to the start of your architecture education, where did you go and how did you find this initial experience? 
  1. Did you know from the very start that architecture was the thing for you or did that come with time? 
  1. If you could do your first three years again what would you change? What could have been done to prepare yourself for studying architecture prior to entering university? 
  1. The to:scale brand is something that you are well known for. How did this come about? 
  1. What was your vision for this brand when starting off and how has it adapted and changed as time has gone on? 
  1. Architecture is renowned for the time required to be put in to be successful, how have you managed the workload as well as furthering your brand? 
  1. The to:scale brand encompasses a range of outlets such as an Instagram account, a blog and recently the launch of a magazine. Would you be able to tell us a bit about this particular project? 

Notes: 

What encouraged you to create one? 

What are your future plans with the magazine? 

  1. Where do you see the to:scale brand going in the future, do you have any long term goals? 
  1. Following on from this discussion about your brand, how have you found working with other content creators to create the MAD Collective. Would you be able to explain what the MAD Collective is all about and how people can get involved? 
  1. Another topic that I would like to touch upon is that of organisation. How key do you think staying organised is in architecture school?
  1.  I know that you are a big advocate of the program Notion, would you be able to explain what Notion is and how you utilise it? 
  1.  I understand that you’re starting a new job soon, how do you feel about this and where does this job fit in with your journey to become an architect? 
  1. We’ve had a series of architectural guests on the podcast recently with Hamza and Thomas and we asked them the question: If you could sum up architecture school in three words, what would they be?
  1. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? 
  1.  How would you like to be remembered? 

‘Thing’ Of The Week

As I am sure you know by now within this section of the podcast each of us will choose their favourite thing that we have seen over the week. This could be absolutely anything ranging from a product, food, architect etc. that has stuck in our minds. Most probably our ‘thing’ of the week will be utterly useless to yourself, but you never know. Of course, when we have a guest on the show we love to invite them to join us in this recurring segment. Read ahead to see what the three of us come up with and see whether you would be interested in any of them. 

To kick off the proceedings I will reveal Sana’s ‘Thing Of The Week’. Sana went for two different points. The first was this idea of ‘Building A Second Brain’ which is a concept coined by Thiago Forte who is a productivity guru and essentially is an archive of digital notes which is kept within a program such as Notion or Evernote. 

I really like this idea and I have started to implement its thinking in my own life. I have included a link to a video with Thiago Forte that explains the concept quite nicely. 

Sana’s second ‘thing’ was a project that she has been working on over the last few weeks called the ‘University Real Review Table’ in which they collected responses from graduated students with an honest reflection of their experiences with the work, student support, graduate resources etc. 

I have included the link to this below: 

shorturl.at/hptE1

My ‘Thing Of The Week’ was an episode of The Ground Up Show that is hosted by Matt D’Avella where he conducted an interview with James Clear the author of Atomic Habits talking about the importance of developing habits sustainably which I found really interesting. I have included a link to the podcast episode and the book, Atomic Habits. 

https://mattdavella.com/083

And to finish off this week’s ‘Thing’ Of The Week segment we have Hayden. His ‘Thing’ was the reflection of his trip to Winchester over the last week to see family as it’s his birthday week so Happy Birthday to Hayden. 


And, that wraps our episode featuring our third guest. Hayden and I thoroughly enjoyed having Sana on the show and I am sure we will have her back on the podcast. 

I hope that the show notes have provided a further layer of communication between the two of us and you, our listeners, by providing additional information, but I’m sure it won’t beat listening to us chat away first hand. We hope that you enjoyed listening and will consider subscribing and making the Discussed It podcast a part of your weekly routine. 

Happy listening, everyone! 

Episode #010 – Thomas Rowntree: Architectural Content Creator Interview

Architecture School, Education, Interview, Life in General, Podcast

Welcome to the show notes for Discussed It, a podcast where myself, Herbie Hudson and my co-host Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot. Read ahead for a written breakdown of each podcast episode, photos, links and bonus content that didn’t make the cut for the podcast. Happy reading and if you want to check out the podcast where myself and Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot, follow the links below. 

You can listen by clicking play above or by searching Discussed It Inception on your favourite podcast players such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer and many more. 


Welcome to the tenth episode of the Discussed It podcast. This week we have a guest joining us on the podcast. His name is Thomas Rowntree, and he is an aspiring architect that has just completed his first three years at university, graduating with a 1st Class Honours. He has been nominated for the RIBA Bronze Medal and AJ Student Prize awards for his final year thesis. Thomas also runs a Youtube channel in which he documented his progress through architecture school and life in general which is now part of his brand he is building for himself. 

We will also be finishing off the show with our ‘Thing’ of the Week, where Thomas will be letting us know what ‘Thing’ he has found interesting and exciting and is happy to share with Hayden and I. Make sure you stick around for that!


Within this episode, we:

  • Talk to Thomas Rowntree, who is an aspiring architect having just graduated with a First Class Honors. He also runs a highly successful Youtube channel releasing videos showing the full story behind studying architecture.
  • Discuss our ‘Thing Of The Week’
  • and much more…

Below I have outlined the general gist of the questions and topics that we put over to Thomas to answer. However, throughout the episode, as usual we go slightly off-piste with the conversation. 

If you fancy finding out what Thomas had to say in answer to these questions then head over to this podcast episode and give it a listen. You won’t regret it! We go off on quite a few tangents in this week’s discussion so to hear answers to those bonus questions that arose go and give the episode a listen. 


  1. Would you be able to tell us a bit more about yourself, where you’re from and what is that you do?  
  1. What were your first experiences with architecture and when did you realise it was something that interested you?
  1. When did that interest evolve into passion?
  1. How did you find the transition to university and how did you find architecture as a whole reflecting back on the past three years? 
  1. Is there a specific field of architecture you would like to specify in or is it more likely that you would want to keep a broad scope? Why?
  1. Do you have any advice for those starting their first year in September? Perhaps things that you would change if you did it all over again? 
  1. Firstly, I want to say congratulations on your nominations for the RIBA Bronze medal and AJ Student Prize. Would you be able to expand on your thesis project The Sequel that led to these nominations? 
  1. YouTube was a part of your life before architecture, how has the channel developed throughout the years? 
  1. How have you managed the stresses of releasing videos as well as getting your university work done? Was it a challenge to find that balance? 
  1. Myself and Hayden are thinking of entering competitions during architecture school, what’s your take on such competitions?  I know you completed a LIVE studio project that saw you redesign an existing nursery tree house, how did you find this experience?
  1. You are using a number of outlets to get your name out there, what is your motivation behind these efforts? 
  1. What are your thoughts on networking as an architecture student? 
  1. If you could sum up architecture school in three words, what would they be?
  1. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? 
  1.  How would you like to be remembered? 

‘Thing’ Of The Week

As I am sure you know by now within this section of the podcast each of us will choose their favourite thing that we have seen over the week. This could be absolutely anything ranging from a product, food, architect etc. that has stuck in our minds. Most probably our ‘thing’ of the week will be utterly useless to yourself, but you never know. Of course, when we have a guest on the show we love to invite them to join us in this recurring segment. Read ahead to see what the three of us come up with and see whether you would be interested in any of them. 

To kick off the proceedings I will reveal Thomas’s ‘Thing Of The Week’. His ‘Thing’ sparked an interesting conversation surrounding football and how the money that it entails has become incredible.

Thomas referred to the amount of money that footballer Alexis Sanchez has earnt over the last few years and was making the point that he finds it so hard to comprehend how it is possible to earn that much money.

My ‘Thing Of The Week’ was the interest that has sparked in the last week or so in the world of stocks and shares and looking at this is a possible investment opportunity due to the poor interest rates at the present moment. I am not suggesting that I am an expert by any stretch but it is not the worst thing to have a read up of the possibilities. I have included a useful website below that outlines the basics. 

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/savings/cheap-online-sharedealing

And to finish off this week’s ‘Thing’ Of The Week segment we have Hayden. His ‘Thing’ was the reflection of a week working in his role as a pool lifeguard and how after this period of hot hot weather he has been kept busy.


And, that wraps our episode featuring our third guest. Hayden and I thoroughly enjoyed having Thomas on the show and I am sure we will have him back on the podcast. 

I hope that the show notes have provided a further layer of communication between the two of us and you, our listeners, by providing additional information, but I’m sure it won’t beat listening to us chat away first hand. We hope that you enjoyed listening and will consider subscribing and making the Discussed It podcast a part of your weekly routine. 

Happy listening, everyone! 

Blog Post #020 – Breaking News: On The Way To University

Architecture School, Education, Life in General

This weeks post is simply a life update which I am incredibly excited about and is the next step in my creative creative and academic journey.

I will be attending the University of Nottingham to study Architecture in September of this year after receiving confirmation of the offer in the last couple of days. I have now made the step from a ‘pending architectural student’ to an actual architectural student which is what I have always wanted since I found out about this career path. But now my dreams are reality and it’s pretty scary but I feel like I’ll be ready to rise to challenge and I’m looking forward to it.

I will be heading to the Midlands with my friend and podcast co-host Hayden Day who will also be studying architecture. We’re looking forward to the sleepless nights and countless coffees.

Bring it on!

Blog Post #019 – Photography Explained #2

Art, Education, Photography

Welcome back to Photography Explained with the second instalment in the series. In these posts, I hope to make some sense of some of the photography that I have taken and offer information on the decision making processes behind them. 

In this particular edition, I will be discussing a collection of photographs named Accidental Art. These images are the remnants of an art class discarded into a sink. These often go unnoticed and regarded as waste but the mix of colour and pattern when you’re least expecting is what interested me. This led to an extensive process of seeking out these obscure pieces of beauty. Whenever I was lucky to find these discarded remnants I made sure to take a photograph and over time built up a portfolio of similar images but always different in terms of colours and patterns present. 


Below is a selection of the photographs for this particular collection:  


After researching into the world-famous Leonardo da Vinci further reinforced my thinking behind this particular exercise. A theory coined by da Vinci suggests that art can be found at any moment. The advice was directed towards those that were experiencing a creative block. This passage is taken from Leonardo da Vinci’s words: ‘If you look upon an old wall covered with dirt, or the odd appearance of some streaked stones, you may discover several things like landscapes, battles, clouds, uncommon attitudes, humorous faces, draperies, etc. Out of this confused mass of objects, the mind will be furnished with an abundance of designs and subjects perfectly new.’ The overarching reasoning is that an artist should try and find meaning in chaos.

This was exactly what I was attempting to do when carrying out a simple exercise but with a greater meaning behind it. The quote devised by Yotam Ottolenghi, ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ sums this experience up rather nicely and I implore you to do just this, find beauty where it is least expected, in my case a classroom sink. 

Till next week, all the best. 

Blog post #018 – The Power Of Journaling

Advice, Education, Life in General, Podcast

In today’s blog post I decided to share a teaching that I have taken from the book that I am reading at the moment. That book is the Art Of Resilience by Ross Edgley. I have spoken about Ross and his books on the podcast before and I am a follower of his work ever since his Great British Swim. 

The teaching that I am going to discuss today is one that Ross calls ‘The Power Of Journaling’. He says that the act of journaling is a shared habit that all stoics had in common. Ross suggests people like Socrates and Arelius from Ancient Greece are part of this group of so-called ‘stoics’. Ross states that they all took the time to document their daily thoughts, feelings and theories ‘with constant and continual reflection and self-improvement’. 

Ross presents these questions to ask yourself whilst journalling:

  • What bad habit did I curb today?
  • How am I better?
  • Were my actions just?
  • How can I improve?

The act of journaling is more than keeping a diary. It’s a daily practice in philosophy as you reflect on the days that have passed and prepare for those ahead. And this is something that I am trying to bring into my own life and trying to experiment whether this practice is something that I can sustain and proves useful. Perhaps you can give it a go, it is always worth a try. 

Happy journaling. 

Episode #008 – Andrew Gallimore: Exploring The Potential Of DMT

Education, Interview, Life in General, Podcast

Welcome to the show notes for Discussed It, a podcast where myself, Herbie Hudson and my co-host Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot. Read ahead for a written breakdown of each podcast episode, photos, links and bonus content that didn’t make the cut for the podcast. Happy reading and if you want to check out the podcast where myself and Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot, follow the links below. 

You can listen by clicking play above or by searching Discussed It on your favourite podcast players such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer and many more. 


Welcome to the show notes for the eighth episode of the Discussed It podcast. We are very excited to invite today’s guest onto our podcast, Andrew Gallimore. His name is Andrew Gallimore, he is a neurobiologist, chemist, and pharmacologist who is interested in looking at the relationships between psychedelic drugs, the brain, consciousness and the structure of reality. He is the author of the book: Alien Information Theory, where he collates his findings and thoughts. I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation as we touch on a range of topics throughout our time together. 

We will also be finishing off the show with our ‘Thing’ of the Week, where Andrew will be letting us know what ‘Thing’ he has found interesting and exciting and is happy to share with Hayden and I. Make sure you stick around for that!


Within this episode, we:

  • Talk to Andrew Gallimore, a neurologist, chemist and pharmacologist who looks at the relationships between psychedelic drugs, the brain, consciousness and the structure of reality. 
  • Discuss our ‘Thing Of The Week’
  • and much more…

Below I have outlined the general gist of the questions and topics that we put over to Andrew to answer. However, throughout the episode, we go slightly off-piste with the conversation but we cover a range of topics that relate both directly to Rafael’s research and ideologies. 

If you fancy finding out what Andrew’s insightful and interesting comments in reply to these questions then head over to this podcast episode and give it a listen. You won’t regret it! We go off on quite a few tangents in this week’s discussion so to hear answers to those bonus questions that arose go and give the episode a listen. 


  1. Would you be able to tell us a bit more about yourself, where you’re from and what is that you do?  
  2. What were your first experiences with psychedelic drugs? School/university? Where did your interest start? 
  3. Differences between drugs/ different experiences?
  4. Can you tell us a bit about your book and your motivation to put pen to paper?
  5. The simulation theory is an ideology utilised in several films, do you like any of these interpretations and if so what is your favourite? 
  6. What has drawn you to live in Japan? 
  7. How would you like to be remembered? 

In this week’s interview, we strayed from asking precise questions but launched our discussion surrounding the topics below. I was truly fascinated by what Andrew had to say and it opens your mind up to what may be possible. 

  1. Topic: Aliens 
  2. Topic: Alternate Universes – Idea Of Infinity
  3. Topic: CPU/Matrix Simulation 

‘Thing’ Of The Week

As I am sure you know by now within this section of the podcast each of us will choose their favourite thing that we have seen over the week. This could be absolutely anything ranging from a product, food, architect etc. that has stuck in our minds. Most probably our ‘thing’ of the week will be utterly useless to yourself, but you never know. Of course, when we have a guest on the show we love to invite them to join us in this recurring segment. Read ahead to see what the three of us come up with and see whether you would be interested in any of them. 

To kick off the proceedings I will reveal Andrew’s ‘Thing Of The Week’. His ‘Thing’ was the release of a CIA classified file that describes techniques used by the US military to manipulate the frequency of the brainwaves by playing certain beats through headphones. This idea behind the experiments is to manipulate the mind to communicate with different aspects of reality which is very similar to what Andrew is looking at doing with psychedelic drugs. This could suggest that there is some weight behind the possibility of this becoming a reality. 

My ‘Thing Of The Week’ was the idea of “Minimalism”. I watched the Netflix documentary – Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things. This, as well as some prior interest in the ideology, has pushed me to question what I have and what I need and to learn that perhaps less is more. I’m trying to shift my mentality to buying premium quality products that will last but only if I need them and they individually bring me joy. 

https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80114460

And to finish off this week’s ‘Thing’ Of The Week segment we have Hayden. Hayden’s ‘Thing’ was a podcast called “Architecture Den” which is a weekly architecture news show with features and reviews. The co-hosts Bill and Ben discuss a host of topics related to architecture. Some of the topics they break down are Architecture School, Money and Technology to name a few. Hayden highly recommends giving this podcast a listen if you are interested in architecture. 


And, that wraps our episode featuring our third guest. Hayden and I thoroughly enjoyed having Andrew on the show and I am sure we will have him back on the podcast. 

I highly recommend checking out Andrew’s website which is a treasure trove of information and you can find his book, courses and much more there.

http://www.buildingalienworlds.com/

I hope that the show notes have provided a further layer of communication between the two of us and you, our listeners, by providing additional information, but I’m sure it won’t beat listening to us chat away first hand. We hope that you enjoyed listening and will consider subscribing and making the Discussed It podcast a part of your weekly routine. 

Happy listening, everyone! 

Blog Post #016 – Results Day

Advice, Architecture School, Education, Life in General

My results day is upon us! Today, on the 6th of July, I will receive a series of numbers that have governed all that I have done over the last two years and will dictate the path that I take from now.

And the strangest thing about it all is the way that my sixth form experience ended without any examinations and all the celebrations that come along with finishing school forever. My grades will come down to a calculated grade that takes in consideration my coursework and my predicted grades which means it is difficult to try and judge how well you have done, unlike the immediate response you get once you leave an exam hall. However, I feel as though I have come to the point where I accept what has happened and am grateful that I worked as hard as I did in my coursework portions rather than depending on the written exam section. 

My heart goes out to everyone who is in the same situation and I hope we all get what we hope to. I have been reminded by people close to me that these numbers will not define what I can do in life and that is the same for anyone. 

I’ll finish off this post with this quote which I will keep in mind whilst I open up my results. 

“Everything happens for a reason. Don’t question it, trust it.” 

Good luck everyone!