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Natasha Steel

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Happy Halloween

Thursday, October 31st, 2013


Happy Halloween everyone!

I carved my first pumpkin this year (yes, at the age of 21 I’d never carved a pumpkin before!!) and I decided to go for a character from one of my favourite TV shows, Breaking Bad!

My Glass Blowing Experience at the National Glass Centre

Monday, October 28th, 2013

On Friday I joined Grant, Michelle and Kamile at the National Glass Centre to have my first taste of glassblowing! I found Grant inside and confessed I was quite nervous about the experience, I really didn’t want to drop it and break my bauble. I should probably mention about now that the four of us were creating a Christmas Bauble and it’s something anyone can do at The National Glass Centre. It’s a great way to make a unique gift for someone or you could even pay for someone to do it; think of it as a Christmas present you get before Christmas that you make and keep!

You can watch my whole glassblowing experience in the video below, shot entirely on the camera I wore on my head!

It was a lot harder than I expected! I’m not sure why but I had the impression that blowing glass would be relatively easy, although that being said, I can’t even blow up balloons successfully!

Lives Online Go To Revolution

Thursday, October 24th, 2013


 Last night all eight of us Lives Online bloggers met up at Revolution for a chance to catch up and have some lovely food. It was great to see everyone and chat more in a really relaxed atmosphere. We’re definitely going to have to do it again soon!

My Article in The Journal

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

This morning I received a message telling me my article would be in The Journal. I am one of 10 Juice Cuckoo Writers who were selected to write about Juice Festival, which is taking place from Friday 25th October to Sunday 3rd November and there are a range of activities and exhibitions taking place. Everything is based in the Newcastle/Gateshead area and the exhibition which my article is on (and one you should definitely go and see) is on display in the Baltic.

This is now the second time I’ve been in The Journal; the first being an introductory article telling readers a little about ourselves and what they could expect from the Juice writers in the following weeks.  Hopefully my review of the exhibition will feature in the paper at a later date, you know I’m bound to mention if it does!

University of Sunderland Open Day

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

IMG_0384[1]Yesterday I attended the university open day with two of my fellow bloggers;  Grant and Anna. It felt weird to be there not wearing my bright orange student ambassador hoody (like I was on Friday) but in a white Lives Online tee instead! As I’ve worked numerous open days in the past, I’m really familiar with the layout and how the day is structured so when we were asked to assist with registration and welcoming in the prospective students, straight away I knew how to greet them and to be really friendly and chatty.

It was so strange to actually be recognised as a Lives Online blogger and I think both Grant and I were very taken aback and unsure of how to respond any more than saying “…um thank you…” One girl who attended recognised me from my sixth form as I recently went back to take part in an alumni assembly alongside 6 other students. It was really sweet of her to recognise me and I kept an eye out for her during the day to make sure everything was going well for her. She told me she’d really enjoyed visiting the university and I would like to say I hope I see her on campus but I graduate in July (eek) and won’t be around for the new freshers. That’s actually the first time I’ve wrote that down and it feels rather unnerving… Let’s move on!


The open days are structured really well so you begin by  getting all the necessary information about the campus/uni and student life in one talk, followed by a student finance and scholarships talk (which I highly recommend attending, even if you know about student loans there’s such a range of scholarships on offer that are well worth applying for) leaving you plenty of time to speak with academics, visit the accommodation and attend subject specific talks/tours.

 Both open days this weekend have been really busy and it’s great to chat to visitors about the course they’re interested in and make sure they know they can ask you any questions. I especially like chatting to potential media students and I kept telling them to check out my blog for more media information. Hello if you’re one of those I spoke to!


 I look forward to maybe seeing you at the next open day – 9th November. For more information see the University website.


Roker Park Lights

Saturday, October 19th, 2013


If you’re from the North East, you may have heard that the lights in Roker Park are back again. They were a huge success last year (although I didn’t know about them then so I can’t compare this year to the previous) so Sunderland Live have brought them back, this time with a very clear theme. That’s all I’m going to say for now before I give too much away but you can watch my video below to see what you can expect.

My 21st Birthday, Dissertation Pitches and University Life

Sunday, October 13th, 2013


Just a quick video to let you know what I’ve been up to lately. It was my 21st birthday at the end of last month and I had such a lovely day with so many amazing presents. I’m really excited to go to Berlin in December and I’ll definitely be vlogging while I’m there, so keep an eye on my blog for that. I went out for a family meal on the night to a local Italian restaurant and I’d escaped being sang to in for the whole meal until the waiter brought around the dessert menus and asked what we’d like. I said I didn’t want a dessert, he spotted my badge and said “Well if the birthday girl doesn’t want a dessert then we’ll have another song!”. A few moments later he returned with the other waiters to sing Happy Birthday and put a giant sombrero on my head, which was really heavy and, as my boyfriend pointed out, not very Italian?!



Freshers Fayre

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

freshersfayre1If there’s one thing you do not want to miss during the first few weeks at university, it’s the Freshers Fayre! There’s always loads of freebies on offer, businesses and people to chat to and of course it’s where you sign up for the clubs and societies. The majority of the clubs and societies offer a free fortnight where you can go along to a couple of training sessions, meet people and see what you think before you pay the membership.  It’s a great way to try out something new you might have never considered before coming to university.

In my first year, I was seriously daunted by how busy it was and everyone seemed to love their sport so how did I know which to pick! I knew I wasn’t much good at Football and would be useless at Rugby (I mean look at me!) I did sign up for Equestrian though (when I eventually got over feeling shy about approaching them) and I really enjoyed it. Last year I was the secretary on the committee which was a great experience and hopefully, if I can fit in lessons around my timetable this year, I’ll keep riding.

One of my friends is part of Snowsports and he managed to persuade me to give it a go last year. I never imagined strapping what is effectively, a wooden board to my feet and sliding down a hill but now I love it! I’ve had my fair share of bruises but it hasn’t put me off and I’ve signed up again for this year too! Not only is it incredibly fun, everyone involved in snowsports is lovely and it means socials are good fun too.

What I’m saying is, don’t be put off or influenced by other people when you go around the Freshers Fayre, take your time and go and chat to the people behind the clubs and societies you’re interested in. They were all in your place once and they know how it feels. Most importantly, have fun!



  • Name: Tasha Steel
  • Age: 21
  • Studying: Media Production (Video and New Media) BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Sunderland
  • Ambitions: I want to have a creative role within the media industry. I'm keeping my options open right now and just trying to get as much experience as possible.

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