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Natasha Steel

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Dissertation Assessed Screening!

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Today’s been a scary day – we had our assessed screening for our dissertation project. After nine months of hard work it’s now all over (apart from the written evaluation which I need to hand in next week) and I can’t quite decide how I feel about it. It should be a relief, since it has been a lot of work and stress but I don’t know, maybe I just need time to let it actually sink in. I can’t complain about our feedback, if anything it was all positive or at least constructive, which is really useful.

I vlogged my day so you can see how it all went in the video below. Hope you enjoy it!

University of Sunderland Student Ambassador Video

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

I’m going to be famous… haha, not really! But I am going to feature in the Student Ambassador video. I filmed my segments for it last week and I think it went pretty well. Through being a Lives Online blogger, I’ve got a bit of an advantage since I’m used to talking to the camera whereas some of the other ambassadors might have found it a bit strange.

I’m looking forward to seeing what it looks like when it’s finished! I’ve seen a sneaky preview, which I’m not allowed to share with you but when it’s all done – keep an eye on my blog and my facebook page to see it!


Giving a Blogging Workshop to Students!

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

On Monday a few students from a local college were visiting the university and I gave a workshop on blogging. It’s something I never expected to be doing and I don’t in any way think I’m an expert. I’m just really interested in blogging (as some of you may know, I have my own blog Hello Freckles) both writing and reading and I spend a lot of time watching bloggers on YouTube too.

I spoke to the students about blogging generally – what they think it is, why people do it and the most important part – why should they consider it. They had a lot of interesting thoughts and the staff were really encouraging too.

Through being a student ambassador I’ve prepared and delivered presentations and I’m pretty confident talking to people – especially when it’s about a topic I’m so passionate about like blogging, so I really enjoyed giving the session. The feedback they gave me suggests they did too, who knows… could I end up considering teaching/giving workshops or even lecturing in the future? Who knows!


Katy Perry!

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

On Saturday night I went to see Katy Perry and she put on an amazing show, so many costume changes, different themes to the set and she ended on the hit, Firework and, you guessed it – she had a little firework display behind her!


NE1’s Newcastle Fashion Week Catwalks

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

On Saturday I went along to the Company Presents NE1’s Newcastle Fashion Week high street catwalks. I’d never been to a catwalk fashion show before, so being moved to the front row was pretty cool! I was actually meant to have Julien Macdonald sat beside me, but he ended up the row behind – presumably so he didn’t have a restricted view past my fedora or get knocked by my elbow when I was taking photos.

It was great to see the SS14 trends from the high street on models rather than just seeing the items on rails in store. The only downside of the event was the length of the catwalk shows, I thought they’d be about 30 mins each allowing us time for lunch between the 12pm and the 2pm shows but they ended up lasting nearly 2 hours each! That aside, I still definitely want to go to more shows and more of Newcastle Fashion Week if I can! It is going to be a busy couple of weeks now with that dissertation deadline looming!

Getting closer to the end now…

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

1017416_276933169144239_627566564287333955_nJust one more essay to write, then my dissertation project to finish and I’ll have completed all three years at University! It’s scary how quick it’s gone!

My Zip Wire Challenge Experience

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

On Sunday, I took part in the Zip Wire Challenge, organised by Sunderland Live. I was picked to be their Challenge Blogger and complete the Zip Wire  off the Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland, as my challenge! I was very nervous leading up to the day, as I’m not the best with heights!

I actually enjoyed the zip wire and the scariest part was standing on the edge of the bridge then stepping off, as I could see the whole 105ft drop below me, eeep!

Watch my video below and see how I got on!

You can also see more details on Sunderland Live’s news pages, where I talk about my experience!

Applying to University: My Top Tips!

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014


Today I want to talk about university and try to offer some help to you if you’re considering applying. It is a big decision to make, don’t let me fool you, but it is completely your choice and only you will know if going to university to continue studying, is the right choice for you.

I’ve put together a video, talking about my experience, the application process and thrown in a couple embarrassing stories, so feel free to have a giggle with me and I hope it’s helpful in some way.

As always, feel free to ask any questions whether it’s via the comments on the video, or on my facebook page.

Good luck!


  • 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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