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Laura Blackett – Livesonline

BSc (Hons) Psychology

A visit to my hometown: Hartlepool!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Where is this term going please? Work is well and truly underway for the group presentation we are due to present in 2 weeks time, eek!  As a group we met today and had a slightly unusual style of meeting..visiting my hometown of Hartlepool!

None of the girls had been to Hartlepool before and they were excited to be a tourist for the day! We drove straight from our lecture to Hartlepool, which is around 20 miles away. First stop was Seaton Carew! It is the seaside area of Hartlepool so it was a must that we got Fish and Chips! I told everyone to order a ‘half lot’ which is the term us ‘Hartlepudlians’ use to order a half portion of Fish and Chips, and it didn’t disappoint. After devouring those, and dodging some scary looking seagulls in the process we went to the Arcades over the road and relived our childhood! Some enjoyed it a little too much it could be said (check out the video!) After exhausting ourselves on the dance machine we headed to ‘Fizzy Izzy’s’, which is an American type diner serving delicious ice cream sundaes!

Before leaving Hartlepool we also paid my Nana & Granda a quick visit! All 6 of us crammed into their living room and we had tea and freshly baked cupcakes made by the best baker around (my nana). Ever so British!

I have literally laughed today from start to finish and loved showing the girls the sights of my hometown! It made me realise how lucky I am to actually have a beach on my doorstep.. and also how much fun group work can be!


The Student Ambassador Scheme

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Here is the official student ambassador video as mentioned above

That’s all from me! x

My 23rd Birthday; cake, cake and cake!

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Its been 10 whole days since my last blog post, and I apologise if people were starting to think I had dropped off the face of the earth.. but no I am still alive and kicking, apart from having aged another year!

I have been so overcome with presents, cake, celebrations and more cake that the days have all ended up in a blur and brings me to here! On 13th October I celebrated my 23rd birthday; I can’t say I was looking forward to it because it seemed so boring. 21 was a milestone birthday, 22 I could sing along to Taylor Swifts song, 23..Nothing.

It all worked out amazing in the end though and I have had the best time!

Birthday girl!

Birthday girl!

On the morning of my birthday I woke up in true princess style at Rockliffe Hall in Darlington, which is a 5 star (had to get that in there), spa & hotel. I spent the morning being waited on, having the most gorgeous breakfast, answering to madam, something I could most definitely get used to, and relaxing in the spa. I was then given actual permission to have free reign of my boyfriend’s bank card to go shopping and ended up with clothes and a free lunch at Frankie and Benny’s too. On the night I had champagne and cake with my family and enjoyed a Parmo, the best takeaway delicacy ever!

The next day at uni I was sitting minding my own business in class when my friends all walked in singing Happy Birthday complete with more cake, balloons and presents. They know me so well and I loved all of my presents! I went to visit my Nana and Granda on the night and guess what..MORE CAKE! My nana bakes me a cake every birthday and this year she had made me a Harry Potter inspired cake with sweeties inside, it tasted unreal. On Wednesday we all headed over to The Forge were my friends Neil & Ben had organised a party for me at their flat! When we got there they had decorated the place, got me more presents, and an OLAF cake made by Taylor. We all had a such a good night and it was the cherry on top of an amazing week of birthday celebrations.

I feel so loved, and thank you so much to everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday I am ever so grateful!

Cake Compilation!

Cake Compilation!

Group Work Tips

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

I am well and truly back in the swing of uni now, to the point I feel like I’ve forgotten my summer and that I’ve never been away! I am writing this from Murray Library at nearly 11pm where I expect to remain until the early hours, bouncing from vending machine to computer because I am preparing some research for my first assessment of second year (SCARY!). The assessment is from the module ‘Working with Adults’ and requires a 20 minute group presentation accounting for 40% of the module. Having done group work in first year for some of my other modules I feel like I have learnt some valuable tips I want to pass on for anyone else who, like me, isn’t the biggest fan of group work!

1. Preparation, Preparation, Preparation: It’s important to get started on group work as early as possible. A group of people all with their own lives and responsibilities can prove difficult to get together at convenient times and places to suit everyone. I would definitely recommend planning meetings well in advance.

2. Communicate: If you don’t understand what your role is within the group, speak up. If you don’t feel comfortable with a task you are given, speak up. If you can’t make a scheduled meeting, speak up. If you need help with PowerPoint, speak up. To summarise, the message is talk to your group so they know what is going on.

3. Diversity: Within a group you will always get a person who leads the group, the person who does everything last minute, the person who needs reminding of meetings and tasks they were given, the person who will overly stress about little details and the person who turns up to meetings and wants to talk about anything over then the task in hand! I realised last year (the hard way) that everyone is different and if you relax and think like this and don’t get too caught up on other people’s learning approaches you will enjoy your group work so much more.

I am actually really enjoying my group work so far and that is something I never thought I would say. For our first meeting last week we all met in Wetherspoons and put our Fresher’s vouchers to good use. I bagged a full english breakfast and a coffee for less than £4 and managed to make some really good progress with our group work. All in all a productive meeting!




My Introduction Video

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Hi everyone, I have had such a jam packed week balancing uni lectures, seeing friends and getting work done I literally can’t believe it is Thursday already. Where has the week gone? I am super excited because tomorrow after uni I am heading off to Centre Parks for a long weekend. I don’t think I will get any phone signal there as it is literally in the middle of a huge forest so I just thought I would put together a quick video as I realise so far I have hidden behind my computer screen avoiding the camera!

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend, follow me on here to keep up with what I get up to:

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Adios for now x

  • Name: Laura Blackett
  • Age: 22
  • Studying: Social Work BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Hartlepool, UK
  • Ambitions: Become a fully qualified social worker, learn another language, have my own house by the time I'm 25, complete my bucket list by the time I leave University and also go travelling!

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