Study Playlist #1

Afternoon everyone! Hope your Monday has been going well so far!
During my Masters, I spent a lot of time seeking out the perfect study soundtrack, and I thought that I’d share some of the hidden gems I discovered along the way with you this afternoon!
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Some people study best in complete silence – I am not one of them.  Others find it comforting to have the television on for background noise, but that can become distracting if an episode of [insert-the-name-of-your-favourite-show-here] comes on! Music, then, is usually a happy medium! Different styles of music will work for different people, but for me, upbeat music with no words worked best.  I love piano music, but sometimes that just wasn’t energetic enough, and anything with words (hello Taylor Swift) just tempted me to sing along in my head.
So here, for your listening pleasure, are three of the albums that got me through my crazy assessment period last April…
1. Tycho – Dive

I’m listening to this as I type this post and I genuinely feel so relaxed and focused.  I love this album.  Wikipedia describes Tycho as an “American ambient music artist and producer”, and the tracks on this album are all soothing but upbeat enough that there’s zero chance it’s going to lull you to sleep over that jargon-filled journal article you’ve been trying to get through all day.
2. God Is An Astronaut – Origins

I found God Is An Astronaut through Tycho – this album appeared in the recommendations in the YouTube sidebar! They are known as a post-rock group, so their sound (particularly on this album) is a bit heavier than Tycho, but I found that it really motivated me.  Again, there are no words, so there’s no danger of finding yourself having a sing-along – check out track 11, “Red Moon Lagoon”, it’s my favourite!
3. Prince Avalanche – Full Soundtrack by Explosions in the Sky & David Wingo

I’m not sure I can put into words how much I adore this album.  I have to be honest – I haven’t watched the whole film (I watched half of it on Netflix late one night, but I will watch the whole thing at some point!), but the soundtrack is just incredible.  I’m a fan of Explosions in the Sky at the best of times, but this? Beautiful, soothing music, and the perfect backdrop to your next essay.  You’re welcome.
That concludes my first Study Playlist post, but I’m definitely planning more of these in the future. I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope these lovely albums help you concentrate on the next task you have to tackle!
What songs have been on repeat on your study playlist lately?
Lynsey x
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Introducing The Student Switchboard!

Hello everyone, and welcome to The Student Switchboard!

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For those of you who don’t know me already from my original blog Allsorts and Anecdotes, and YouTube channel, my name is Lynsey! I’m a twenty something year old social media and YouTube addict from Scotland, who loves to talk, tweet, drink tea and wear a lot of winged eyeliner.

Last month I decided to embark on a new little online project called The Student Switchboard.  I’ll just put it out there right away – I LOVED being a student. And not just in a “the student lifestyle suits me” kind of a way; I genuinely love learning, and studying is something I got so much out of.  I left high school and went off to Glasgow University to start what was the amazing next chapter of my life!  I graduated with an MA Honours Degree in Film and Television Studies in 2011, having had four of the best years of my life to date.  I made some incredible friends, wrote about some amazing films and shows, read some amazing books and gained confidence in leaps and bounds.  I was a shy teenager, and University made the biggest difference to my self-belief and brought me out of my shell.

Then I graduated and things all got a bit more complicated.  I managed to graduate in the midst of the recession, at the toughest time to be in the market for a job, and getting an interview never mind an actual job was proving to be near impossible.  It was made harder by the fact I wasn’t entirely sure what it was that I wanted to do – all I knew was that I really loved social media.  So I did the only thing there was to do – I got myself some work experience, working unpaid internships and doing freelance bits and pieces (that’s where my love of blogging and YouTube really came in handy!).  Then, at the beginning of March 2013, I took the plunge and jetted off to Australia for two months, travelling via Hong Kong, and exploring Sydney, Melbourne and Port Douglas.  It was one of the scariest, best things I’ve ever done. I vlogged the trip, which you can see on my original YouTube channel here!

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Chilling with my kangaroo friend in Port Douglas, Queensland!

When I arrived home, I was once again looking for a job, and it was an exhausting process.  I managed to land a part time job with a magazine, but what I really craved was the routine I had had when I was at University.  I wanted to work in social media, but every interview I went to ended the same way – “Your CV is really interesting, and you’ve got great experience – but you don’t have a marketing qualification.”

So, in August 2013, I applied to Glasgow Caledonian University to study my Masters Degree in International Marketing, and I never looked back.  Last year was one of the busiest, and most intense years of my life, and I learnt so much, so quickly.  I loved being back at University, wrote a dissertation I was extremely passionate about, and I graduated last November with Distinction. It was an amazing day.

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Obligatory pose on graduation day!

Fast forward to last month – January 2015.  I was thinking about how much I loved being a student, and all the tips and tricks I learnt along the way, and it occurred to me that I hadn’t ever seen a dedicated YouTube channel, solely set up to chat about all things college, university, and student life.  Being a student comes with a lot of practical and emotional ups and downs – from the costs of buying books, to finding productive ways of studying, to settling in after the transition from high school.  Having been through it all twice, and having the passion for YouTube I already have, I decided I was going to start a YouTube channel to do just that – to discuss any possible topic that could apply to student life.  And I’m really, really excited about it!!

So, a month later, here we are! The Student Switchboard is live, with two videos for you to check out, and all social platforms ready and raring to go! I’ll link them all at the end of this post for you to check out.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and please leave me a comment letting me know what you’re studying, or if you can think of any topics that might be useful for me to cover – I’m all ears! And if you’re interested, you can follow this blog at the link below, or subscribe to my channel so you never miss a video!

Hope you all have an amazing day!

Lynsey x

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