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After a three week break I am thrilled to be going back to class this week! This has been the first time I have EVER looked forward to returning to the 'day job'. Normally I want my holidays to go on for as long as possible and dread that first day. Something in me has changed and I know what it is. Starting my Midwifery studies has been me finding my calling. Over my first year I have had the privilege of experiencing what it takes to be a midwife. During this time I have found a new identity in which I am proud to associate with. Being an academically average student, with a specific learning disability such as dyslexia, learning and studying has always been a chore to me.

 Going into my second year, I am thirsty for knowledge, I feel rested enough after three weeks off and ready to learn. I don't mean for this to sound so cheesy but it's coming out cheesy  ....Sorry for the cheese guys! The only reason I am disclosing this on a public blog (I'm red in the face by now) is because I feel passionate that each and every single person should aim to find their calling like I have found mine. No matter who you are, there is a career or life path suited to you. And it's okay to get it wrong a few times first! Take your time, make mistakes but don't ever settle for anything less.

 If there is any way in which you think that I might be able to help you do this, PLEASE ASK. I am happy to help.

Happy September Folks     

 

What you are aiming forHello everyone,

I hope you've all had a great summer! I wanted my first blog post to be a recipe because well, food just makes me happy. Blueberry and passion fruit drizzle squares. Sounds tasty doesn't it? Well let me tell you, it tasted extraordinary! And you don't have to feel so guilty because you need about 3 types of fruit for this recipe. Does anyone know if zest of lemon counts?

Although nothing can replace my love for chocolate, I decided to venture out with fruit. Especially in the summer season and you have all sorts of berries and summer fruit to choose from!

What you will need:
(Makes 9 squares)

Ingredients you will need• 150g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
• 2 eggs
• 175g golden caster sugar
• 175g self raising flour, sifted
• 90ml milk
• finely grated zest of 1 lemon
• 225g fresh blueberries

For the syrup
• 4 ripe passion fruit
• 115g icing sugar, plus extra, sifted, for dusting

Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5. Grease and base line a 23-cm/9-inch square cake tin.

Whisking Whisk the butter, eggs and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Fold in the flour lightly and evenly. Stir in the milk, lemon zest and 175g of the blueberries. Spread the mixture into the cake tin and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until firm and golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave in the tin.

Meanwhile, make the syrup. Scoop the pulp from the passion fruit and rub through a sieve. Discard the pips. Place the icing sugar and passion fruit in a saucepan and heat gently, stirring, until the sugar dissolves.

Prick the warm cake with a fork, and spoon the syrup evenly over the surface. Leave the cake to cool completely in the tin then cut into 9 squares and decorate with the remaining blueberries.

And there you have it! It was my first time making these squares and everyone loved it. I'll definitely be making more soon, maybe even adapting a little with my own ideas. Give this recipe a go and tell me how it went!

Disclaimer: The recipe was taken from the cookbook ‘1 Ingredient 4 ways' by M&S. All pictures are my own.

 

Leaving home for the first time can be a very scary and daunting experience (Trust me, I cried like a baby when my Mum left me at Clayhill last year!). I just want to give you a couple of tips and tricks for adjusting to those first few weeks.

First of all, bring a special piece of home with you. Whether it's an old teddy bear, a photo album, or something really insane that nobody will ever understand you're going to rely on it a lot! Make sure it's something close to your heart, as that always makes things easier when you're bored enough to feel homesick. (Most of the time you'll be too busy to even remember you're not at home!)

Secondly, make sure you've got a parent or guardian on speed dial and teach them how to use skype before you leave! There's nothing more comforting than hearing their voice, especially when you feel like it's all gone wrong and you've made a huge mistake. (I felt that last year, but trust me, Kingston University is not a huge mistake and you should really be preparing yourself for the best time of your life!)

Thirdly, DON'T bring your entire bedroom. You can't. It won't fit. I did that last year and quickly ran out of space to the point where my flatmates called me a hoarder because it was just impossible to keep my room tidy! Bring what you need and a couple of things that are important to you and you'll be just fine!

One MUST is either a railcard or a coach card. A rail card is £30, or free if you take out a student account with Santander and a coach card is £10. You'll definitely appreciate the cut prices when you're running low on cash and want to spend a weekend at home with your family and friends!

Do attend as many freshers events as you can. You may forget half of the faces you come across during freshers week, but you'll also make friends that you'll never forget. Trust me on that one. At the same time if you're living in halls you also need to befriend your flatmates. They WILL be your family for the year! If anything goes wrong they will be the ones closest to you and the ones you rely on the most. Cook meals together, socialise together. Don't just be ghosts who live in the same flat!

Also, you definitely need to attend your classes... They're not 'the boring part', as some of you might be thinking. Yes, University offers a cracking social life, but you're also here to learn about a subject YOU HAVE CHOSEN. So it can't be that boring can it? I love my course and I always make sure I'm in early lectures regardless of what I've been doing the night before. I've even gone in without any sleep! Just remember, you're paying for the education and it does count!

All that said, please enjoy freshers week. Make friends for life. Keep in touch with your loved ones. Enjoy your course and Make the kind of memories you want to (and can) tell your Grandchildren about!

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