My Favourite Posts This Week!

Hello all! As I write this post, it’s a horrible, grey, rainy day outside, and I’ve seen lots of people on Twitter talking about having a bit of a down day. So this afternoon, I decided to do a little round up of some of my favourite student/career/motivation related posts from the past couple of weeks – a little shout out to some great bloggers, celebrating great posts and generally giving us all that warm fuzzy feeling we get when we embrace this lovely blogging community.

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Today is National Teacher Day, and the lovely Dee from Prompts By Dee put together this great “It’s National Teachers Day, So Behave” post! It’s an interview with four bloggers, who also happen to be teachers, and was a really lovely insight into why they decided to go down that career path!

Emma from A Little Freckle posted these great exam revision tips, a must see for any of you who are cramming for your final assessments at the moment!

I loved reading Charlotte’s review of How To Be A Knowledge Ninja (the brilliant book she won in my recent YouTube and Twitter giveaway!) over on Colours and Carousels. I was so delighted to hear she enjoyed it, and it’s definitely a book to check out if you’re looking to increase your productivity!

Moving out and looking for your first flat/apartment? Head on over to Indigo Platform and check out Abby’s Apartment Hunting Tips! There are some really important things to keep in mind on here.

We all know I’m a sucker for a bit of pretty stationery, so Emma’s recent stationery wishlist on Essays and Wine was right up my street – would you look at those cute patterned pens?!!

And finally, I really enjoyed Rebecca’s post on Autumn Leaves on 5 useful tools to help you stay motivated. It’s easy for us to sometimes lose focus, and find ourselves lacking motivation, and I love hearing how other people conquer this!

So that’s it for today! I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I did, and that you’re having a great week :) good luck if you have any exams coming up, I hope you’re managing to get through it without too much stress!

Thanks for reading!

Lynsey x

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Hosting A Twitter Chat!

Afternoon everyone! Hope you are well, and enjoying the spring like weather!

While this is a blog primarily aimed at students, I’m keen to make sure I connect with as wide a variety of readers as possible. I’ve been blogging for around three years now over on my original blog, and what I’ve learnt in that time is that when you really get into blogging, there is an amazing community out there, just waiting to be discovered! It’s one of the things that has made me so determined to keep my blog going, even during periods when I haven’t had much time to write.

Twitter chats are one of the best ways, I find, to get the ball rolling when it comes to connecting with other bloggers.  So much so, that I thought I would dedicate an entire post to it!

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Back in the early days of blogging, Twitter chats were few and far between. But, much like all aspects of the blogging world, they have grown exponentially, and now there is barely an hour of the week that there isn’t one chat or another for you to stumble into! From #lbloggers and #bbloggers on Wednesday and Sunday, to #bookbloggers and #fblbloggers on a Tuesday, #bdib and #JBTalks on a Monday, and #socialbloggers on a Saturday. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! There are chats on virtually any topic for you to get involved in, and it’s not only a brilliant way of introducing your blog to new potential readers, but it can turn blogging from a solitary activity into something much more interactive, and rewarding.

In the past, I’ve hosted Twitter chats for work, but I had never hosted as a blogger until recently! Over the past month, I’ve hosted two chats – a lifestyle blogger chat on Sunday 29th March, and a career bloggers chat on Wednesday 8th April. It surprised me how nervous I got just before the chats began! “What if no-one joins in this week?” and “What if they don’t like my questions?” swirled around in my head.  In reality, I had nothing to worry about – both chats went well, particularly the Sunday night #lbloggers chat, and everyone was so friendly and encouraging.  I gained some new followers, got chatting some lovely new bloggers, and had a real confidence boost when the hour was up and people were responding so positively to the chat.

The point of this post, really, is that lately I’ve seen a few people tweeting that they’d like to host, but they’re too nervous, or they wouldn’t know where to start. I say, throw caution to the wind and go for it! Take your time coming up with your questions, and participate in a few chats beforehand to get used to the pace, and then jump right in! Find out who to contact to schedule a slot – I messaged the @LBloggersChat account to organise my lifestyle bloggers chat, and Louise from @TheWhatNowBlog for my @CareerBloggers chat!

Having a blog can be really beneficial for many reasons (check out my 5 Reasons To Start A Blog post!), but it’s made even more rewarding when you find yourself becoming part of the community.

Let me know if you’re thinking of hosting a Twitter chat at some point soon – it’s so much fun and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Thanks for reading – have a great day!

Lynsey x

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Guest Bloggers Needed: “So you want to study…?”

Happy Friday everyone – hope you’re all well.  Can we really be a week into March already??!
Today I wanted to talk to you about a series I’ve been planning for this blog.  As much as I had an incredible time at university, and picked up lots of tips and tricks along the way, when it comes to advice on college/university course content my experience is more limited – one person can only study so many subjects!  During my undergrad, I studied Film and Television Studies, Theatre Studies and Comparative Literature, and then went on to do my Masters in International Marketing . So while I can give advice on student life in general, I’m going to need some assistance when it comes to discussing particular courses – and that’s where you come in!!

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“So you want to study…?”
I’ve decided to call the series “So you want to study…?”, with the relevant course name added to the title of each post. If you study English Lit, then, your post title will be “So you want to study English Literature?” (pretty self-explanatory!). Whether you’re studying at the moment or have already graduated, I want to hear from you! I’m looking for guest posts on as many different courses as possible – so whether you’re studying Medicine, Mechanical Engineering, Makeup or Marketing, drop me an email or leave a comment on this post!
These posts will deal with expectations vs reality, work load, pros and cons, the application process, and what made you want to study the subject you chose! It’ll be a great way to cover a wide variety of subjects, and will hopefully provide some really useful content for anyone contemplating applying for university or college, or even someone who is thinking about changing their course! Eventually I’m hoping to take the series over onto YouTube too, and do some uni experience collaboration videos, so keep your eyes peeled for that in the future!!
You don’t have to be a blogger to take part – but if you are, all your links will be included in the posts, so it’s a good little networking opportunity too! This is going to be an ongoing project, so if you’re busy with course work/assessments right now, don’t worry! Just leave me a comment or tweet me to let me know you’re interested and we can pencil you in for a post for later in the year!
You can follow me on Facebook or Twitter (@studentswitch) for more updates on this project, or email me at thestudentswitchboard@gmail.com!
Thanks so much for reading guys, and have a fantastic weekend!
Lynsey x
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5 Reasons To Start A Blog | Student Life

Hello everyone, and happy Friday! Can you believe it’s the end of another week already?!
For my first proper post on this blog, I thought I’d talk about blogging itself! Blogging and YouTube came into my life while I was a student – even though I adored my course, I loved being able to escape from essays and textbooks into the world of beauty and lifestyle blogging. I started watching Fleur de Force, and Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter, and soon made the decision to start my own blog and channel.  I never looked back.
Juggling a blog while you are a student can be tricky time-wise, but it’s so worth it – as well as being a fun hobby, it can be an unbelievably positive addition to your CV! So if you already run a blog and are feeling a little overwhelmed, or are thinking of starting one now, here are 5 benefits of having a blog and/or a YouTube channel.

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1. It Shows Commitment

Running a blog or channel requires real commitment.  Friends outside of the blogging bubble might think you sit down for half an hour every now and then, type a few paragraphs and hit publish, but an incredible amount of work goes into maintaining a blog or making videos. From taking photos when the lighting is just right, to finding time to film, edit and upload a video, making a real go of a blog requires effort.  In my experience, employers have been really impressed to see that level of commitment to something.

2. It Helps Showcase Your Talents

Whether you write about beauty, baking or books, blogging is a really great way to show off your talents.  Whatever area your skills lie in, creating a blog means you have a dedicated space to share your knowledge, and, if you post regularly enough, become a bit of an internet expert in your field. What’s more, having the confidence in your abilities to put yourself out there on a blog or YouTube channel gives you a ready made portfolio of work to show to potential employers.

3. It Forces You To Learn New Skills

From photo or video editing, to basic HTML, blogging is a brilliant way to learn some new skills to add to your CV.  I can now confidently list video editing on my CV, something I could never have imagined just a couple of years ago! Not only does blogging up your social media game, from making sure you are getting your links out there across social platforms to using scheduling tools like Hootsuite, but it can help you discover a talent you never knew you had! You might discover you are a genius with Photoshop, which could open up a whole new career path for you!

4. It Builds A Network of Contacts

From the fellow bloggers you chat to every Sunday night during the #lbloggers of #bbloggers Twitter chats, to the PR manager you have been emailing back and forth about a collaborative post, blogging is an amazing networking opportunity.  Without even thinking about, you can find yourself with a whole address book’s-worth of contacts, which can be an extremely useful thing when looking for a new job!

5. It’s A Space Just For You

Although it’s more public, much like journaling, blogging or talking to a camera can be really therapeutic. When you’re studying (or working!), sometimes you need somewhere to escape to, and the blogging community can provide just that! If you need a break from thinking about your next assignment or exam, popping on to Twitter for a chat with some fellow bloggers, or writing your next post can be a lovely way to relax and clear your head.  It boosts your creativity, creates opportunities to develop friendships and can be an amazing way of building your confidence.
So if you’re thinking about starting a blog, but haven’t quite found the confidence to go for it yet, I hope this post inspires you to give it a shot!
Or, if you already have one, what ways has blogging started to make positive changes in your life?
Have a fantastic weekend! Lynsey x
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