Hello, it’s me. *Cue the rest of Adele’s iconic hit song ‘Hello’* I honestly don’t even know where to begin! This blog post is looooong overdue. I kind of kick myself for falling off my routine of posting once a week but, hey, life got busy. Real quick. It got to a point where the longer I put off writing this post, the harder it was to make ‘the comeback’. Today that changes. I will attempt to update you on everything that’s been happening since my last post in… May? Yikes. That’s almost five months!? Let’s begin.
Since the last blog post, I have taken all of my summer final year exams and… GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK!!! Even more than that, I graduated with a First Class law degree!?! I know it’s not necessarily humble to announce this but, you know what, I’m proud of what I accomplished. I genuinely did not think it would be possible for me, especially considering my struggles at the beginning of my university journey… but I did it! I set myself a goal at the beginning of the academic year to graduate with a First and I did it. Honestly, I still can’t believe it.
Which brings me on to my next point… I have learned a lot of lessons along the way at Warwick Law School. In terms of academia, I gained valuable skills on how to ace research essays and exams. I learned what it takes to push yourself and go from a 2.2 to a First-Class average grade. I think that if I figured out how to do it, so can you. This is why I will be dedicating posts to my Law School experience, giving you all the tips and tricks I accumulated over the past four years of university so that you can implement them in your own life and push yourself academically to achieve the goals you have set for yourself. Quite a few people have privately reached out to me to get advice, so I thought writing specific posts on this topic would benefit many. After all, sharing is caring, right?
As for now, I am tired of academia. Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely loved my undergraduate experience and wouldn’t change it for the world. However, this girl needs a break, haha! Pursuing a Masters degree is definitely in the cards for me and is something I am keeping in the back of my mind, however just not right now.
I have travelled to a handful of countries since we last spoke (digitally spoke, that is). I’ve been lucky enough to have visited Morocco, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia and France since finishing university. Going to Morocco and Malta was a graduation trip of sorts, as I went there with some university friends in June to celebrate being done with exams and university in general! Both countries were dreamy and you’d think I’m still there according to my Instagram feed, haha! Listen… the trip is not over until you run out of content, right? Boy, oh boy, did we get a lot of content during those trips.
Then I flew back to England and was constantly between Leamington Spa and London. It was great to be exam stress-free and enjoy summertime in the UK! A highlight was definitely attending London Pride with my best friends. Such a nice memory. I flew to Latvia at the beginning of July to attend the Latvian Presidential Inauguration. This was a super special event and one I think I will remember for the rest of my life. I was very honoured to have been able to attend and will definitely do a separate post all about it. It was brought to my attention that an article was published critiquing the guest list, with my name included! Does that mean that was my little 15 minutes of fame? 😂I’ll take it, haha.
Going back ‘home’ again to Latvia and Lithuania in August was quite a spontaneous decision but one that I am happy I made. It had been around 5 years since I last properly went there, with the exception of attending tragic events like funerals… It was super nice to be able to catch up with relatives and my friends from the very first school I ever attended. Being able to get in touch with my heritage and see more of Latvia and Lithuania was amazing. I definitely want to go back next year, just need to plan it all out.
As for Slovenia and France? I visited a close friend who recently got their own flat and a brand new job in Slovenia. It was the perfect time to visit as it was right before he started his job! Slovenia is stunning and I’m so glad I had such a great tour guide to show me around. Finally, I got back from Paris today in the afternoon after a little weekend getaway to also visit a good friend of mine from school! Don’t worry, I’ll be making little tour guides for all these various countries so that if you ever get the chance to visit them, you’ll have some tips from me! 🥰Luxembourg is so close to major cities so I thought now was as good a time as any to make this trip and have a relaxing weekend catching up with friends. Especially because…
I AM OFFICIALLY AN EMPLOYED WOMAN!!! Today is my first day of work and I am super excited (and a little bit nervous). I can’t even begin to tell you how long this journey has been. I’m extremely honest about this subject and I will be the first to admit that it was a struggle for me. The job hunt can be such a demoralising and frustrating journey, making you doubt your abilities. I can’t put a number on the number of times I’ve been rejected for jobs this year. To this day, I get e-mails informing me I have been unsuccessful in my applications for positions I don’t even remember applying to, haha! A friend recommended I make an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of all of my job applications but, honestly, I’m glad I didn’t. It would be depressing to see the rejections all lined up. But, and this is a BIG but, it all finally worked out for me! I won’t be revealing where I’ll be working at on here but it is with a big American dot-com company and I am so excited to start my first job with them! I scheduled this post to go live at 10 am CET, which means I will already have been at work for an hour. Eek!! I’m excited and nervous at the same time. I hope I’m liking it already, haha. As of 1st of October 2019, my ‘summer break’ is officially over. Enter: adulthood.
TO BE CONTINUED
Because of my very long break, there is so much more to catch you up on. I hope you don’t mind if I post about things that happened during that time as I think it should still make for a somewhat interesting read. I have made a list on my Notes app with all the topics I want to blog about. Truth be told, I’ve really missed writing on here. It enables me to get in touch with my creative side in a way that is more fulfilling to me than on, say, Instagram. On that note, I hope you’ve enjoyed a summary of big life events that have taken place during my absence. I look forward to the next post! It will be sooner than in 5 months time this time. I promise.
Photos taken by @artruds. My friend Roniette gifted me this photoshoot as a birthday present because “it was the one experience that she felt she could not do for me”, hahaha! How precious is that. 🥺
What was your summer 2019 like? Are you excited for autumn?