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Tasha Steel | University of Sunderland

Media Production (Video and New Media)

Saying Goodbye

My final video will be up later tonight, but for now, I just want to write this – it’ll be my final post (or one of them, depending on if I decide to share more with you before finally signing off) It’s gonna be pretty wordy though, you might need a cuppa!

I’ve had a great year. It’s been tough in places and challenging to say the least but looking back on it, there really were some amazing moments.

My boyfriend surprising me with a trip to Berlin for my 21st birthday is definitely one of the highlights (if not the absolute best part of the year) and he did so well to keep it a surprise. I know I would’ve struggled and probably wanted to tell him the moment I booked it. Guess that’s how he knows I’ve not booked us a trip anywhere, ha!

Traditional Christmas market

Traditional Christmas market

Spending the week before Christmas in Berlin was amazing and I’d highly recommend it to you. The city is amazing, it’s so clean (like literally, there is no litter…anywhere) the people are friendly and it’s just a beautiful place. Looking over my vlogs has really made me realise just how much I want to go back. I don’t think that’ll happen this year, maybe next year we can go back and visit other cities in Germany too. Andrew, hope you’re making notes! 😉



This is probably now in the wrong order, but I need to mention November and our trip to Manchester. Although I’ve just said above that I would never be able to keep a big surprise from Andrew, I did manage to keep his birthday present a secret pretty well. I’d booked us tickets to see Yellowcard in Manchester on their Ocean Avenue Acoustic tour and it was definitely one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to. We had front row seats (yes, I’m that good) and loved the support band, Like Torches – pop punk band from Stockholm Sweden. Sometimes the support bands are a bit ‘meh’ but these guys absolutely blew me away, so much so we spoke to them after the gig and we’ve been to see them again since! The whole reason we were there though, was Yellowcard. They’ve been one of my favourite bands for years and Andrew’s a big fan too so he was well impressed with the front row seats. When they took to the stage to play their set, they asked everyone to move forward. Seconds later I was sat just a metre away from them, I could see Ryan’s Star Wars travel cup with his green tea in and Sean kept smiling at us all. It was an amazing night and I’m eagerly awaiting their new album in October!

Back to chronological order now ey…


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From January until May things were pretty hectic with our dissertation project. At the time it seemed like we’d never get it finished as there was always another problem cropping up. We did it though and now I look back and aside from the stressful days and long nights, we actually had loads of fun filming and I kinda wish I’d made the most of it while we could. We did incredibly well though, getting a first overall for our film and we won 2 Sparky awards. I think when you’re too close to something, you get hung up on the tiny things that no one else sees and for our dissertation, Trace, this was definitely the case. In the end though we did all pull together and we should all be proud of ourselves! It’ll be interesting to see what we’re all doing in five years time (although at the same time, I don’t want to think about being 26!!!!)


Focusing on my personal blog, Hello Freckles, for a moment, it’s been a really successful year. I was featured in Very Magazine (free with OK Magazine) for a fashion blogger challenge which was amazing. I’ve had my name in print before, but to be featured for my blog and actually have photos of me in a magazine, was something else completely. It was so nice to see how supportive people were and I’d love to do it again in the future. I also started a YouTube channel for my blog a few months ago and I’m looking forward to getting back into that very soon. I took part in a Zip Wire Challenge which was so unlike me – I’m not keen on heights but I wanted to prove to myself I could do it and it really did boost my confidence. Another really exciting thing is, I’m incredibly close to 800 followers which is crazy. To some people it might not seem like a very big number, but I can’t even imagine being in a room with 800 people wanting to hear what I have to say!

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The big thing this year was graduation and that whole days feels like such a blur. To graduate with a First Class Honours was incredible and I’m really proud that I didn’t fall over or cry (I really thought one or both would happen, I’m a right sop) and it’s a day I know I’ll look back on for years to come.

The week after graduation, Andrew and I went to Paris for a few days. I already want to go back, but this time visit the city in the winter and see how it differs from the summer. We were there in 30 degree heat, which is funny as we were either going to Paris or Barcelona but Andrew though Barcelona would be too hot (though Paris actually was warmer for the time we were there) We saw Bastille Day fireworks which were absolutely amazing and something I’m so glad I saw. We had no idea when we booked Paris that we would be there on their national day, but it was great to see how they celebrate such a special day.

The week after Paris I started working full time and I really enjoy my what I do. I’ve actually got a few things to say about that, but you’ll find out in my video, since I don’t want to ruin the surprise now!

I suppose that’s a very quick round up of some of my highlights over the past year as a Lives Online blogger. I’m sure there’s so many more things I’ve done, but we’d be here until midnight if I was to mention everything. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my posts and watching my videos.

See you soon!

Here’s a few other highlights too in the photos above!

  • 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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