My Degree Results Are In!

Exciting news! I found out I’ll be graduating university with a high First Class degree in computer science. I’m so happy with myself I could scream!

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I’m so proud of myself!

Four very hard, very demanding and very tearful years of university have come to an end and at least I have something incredible to show for it. I may no longer want to pursue this industry but there’s no doubt that, if I ever wanted to find a place back into computing, I’d be welcome with this qualification.

Before the release of my results, I was actually pretty down about graduating. I don’t want to walk onto stage in front of hundreds of people – I feel sick just thinking about it. There’s so many outdated, old-fashioned rules that have to be followed during a graduation ceremony too, so it’s really not my cup of tea. But, now I have my results, it feels like it can be an actual celebration. A goodbye to two of the best and two of the worst years of my life. University has been an absolute rollercoaster of emotions!

During this time, me and Matthew built our little family together. We wouldn’t have our home if we didn’t decide to study at The University of Hull. We wouldn’t have our cats. Our life is wonderful and, despite the ups and downs we faced at university, coming home together was always happy.

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Have you had any good news lately?

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My Year in Review #1/3 | The Blog

My friends, it’s so good to be back. It’s been a while. Did you miss me? I properly missed you, all of you.

I’m not going to coo about how unbelievable it is that it’s been a whole year already because, frankly, this year feels like it lasted an absolute lifetime. As I’ve told you, repeatedly, this has been the worst, most soul-destroying year of my life and I can’t believe I’m still around to see the back of it – honestly, it was touch and go for a long time. But, I made it. I’m here and we can all kiss this disaster of a year goodbye in just one more day. Hopefully, that black hole of negativity that I’ve been waving around will disappear too.

I know, I know, the passing of one more day won’t actually make a massive difference in any literal way. It’s just another day, after all. For me, though, it’s more of a symbolic passing. Au revoir, you arse.

Anyway, despite the little amount of time I’ve spent around my lovely little blog this year, it still means so much to me. I’m hoping that 2017 will reignite the love I have for writing and socialising with the wonderful people I’ve met during my time as a blogger, because that’s something I miss for sure.

So, what did my blog accomplish throughout 2016?

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Blogging Stats:

Total number of posts published in 2016: 156 – considering it feels like I wasn’t around an awful lot, that’s not bad!

Total number of followers overall: 465 – I didn’t reach my goal of 500 WordPress followers, but I did reach over 650 followers on Twitter which was an unexpected delight.

Total number of unique views in 2016: 16,933

My Year in Review | The blog

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Best Posts:

Statistically, my most popular posts of 2016 were:

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Blogging Goals for 2017:

Post regularly: This year was a bit of a mess for my blog, and if I have any regular readers left I’ll be flabbergasted (how wonderful is that word?). I’d love to begin posting regularly again and, hopefully, planning my posts more efficiently will help with this!

Interact with my readers more: I failed so bad with interaction, especially during the second half of the year. I miss you all, and I can’t wait to see what you’ve all been writing about.

Read more blog posts from other bloggers, old and new: I haven’t read somebody else’s blog post in a very long time (apart from the odd one that catches my eye on Twitter). Sitting down and reading my friends’ posts used to be an important part of my blogging setup, so I can’t wait to get stuck back in.

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Do you have any personal goals for your blog in 2017?

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Saturday’s Super Six | English Landmarks I’d Love To Visit

Me and Matthew currently don’t drive, and it bugs us. We want to explore Britain completely, but it’s something we can’t do on trains and buses. Annoyingly, this isn’t going to change any time soon. Instead, all we can do at the moment is dream our wanderlust dreams.

Britain is beautiful. England is our home. Before we explore anywhere else, exploring the English beauty is something we’d love to do!

These are the first six English landmarks that I’d love to see with my own eyes.

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Mam Tor:

Mam Tor DerbyshireSource: Wikipedia

Mam Tor Sunset DerbyshireSource: James Grant

“Mother Hill” is a beautiful 500m+ hill in Derbyshire. I love the outdoors, I love walking and the idea of walking up this natural beauty is too much. Look at that view!

Brimham Rocks:

 Brimham Rocks YorkshireSource: Oliver Wright

Brimham Rocks YorkshireSource: Ian Street

I hadn’t actually heard of Brimham Rocks until my mum, dad and brother went there last year. They’re in North Yorkshire, super close to where I live, so I’m surprised I hadn’t found it sooner.

This is one of those mind-boggling natural formations that you can’t easily get your head around. They were naturally formed by water, wind and glaciers over a very long time. Brimham Rocks has some amazing photograph opportunities that I just don’t want to miss.

Stonehenge:

Stonehenge EnglandSource: Huffington Post

Stonehenge EnglandSource: History.com

Visiting Stonehenge is an absolute must. I think my desire to visit is even more intense since the 11th Doctor’s “The Pandorica Opens” – I’m forever wondering if I’d be allowed to stand on the rocks and speech/nerd it up. Also… prehistoric mystery… and all that, but mostly, Doctor Who.

Chesil Beach:

Chesil BeachSource: Alex Brown

After reading “On Chesil Beach” by Ian McEwan, I was curious. I wasn’t sure it was a real place, and I had no idea how beautiful it really was. Since then, I have always wanted to visit. It’s full of tiny little pebbles, and Thomas Hardy referred to the beach as “Dead Man’s Bay” because of all the shipwrecks – that’s reason enough for me.

The Jurassic Coast:

The Jurassic Coast England Durdle DoorSource: London to Durdle Door

The Jurassic Coast EnglandSource: Simon Emmett

180-million years of history along the coast of England, and a completely natural World Heritage site – there’s a huge chance of fossil sightings, as well as almost 100 miles of naturally formed structures.

It’s called Jurassic Coast, how ace is that?

Cheddar Gorge:

Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, England, UK

Source: CheddarGorge.co.uk

Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, England, UK

Source: CheddarGorge.co.uk

Cheddar Gorge in Somerset is a limestone gorge, complete with caves, a 9,000 year old skeleton and remains from over 13,000 years ago! It’s a complete historic, natural wonder and I’d absolutely love to have the chance to photograph it for myself.

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Notable mention: Giant’s Causeway is absolutely fascinating, but with it being an Irish landmark it doesn’t fit in this list!

Have you visited any of these?

-Morgan

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My Year in Review #2/3 | Blogging

After 5 months on WordPress, it’s safe to say I’m a happy blogger through and through. I’m constantly brainstorming post ideas with almost 100 ideas saved for future use. I’ve began saying “oh, definitely, because then I can feature/review/write about it on my blog” often. Simply put, my blog rekindled my love for writing, reading and has become a much loved hobby.

So, overall, what did my little baby blog accomplish between August and December?

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Blogging Stats:

Total number of posts: 138.

Total number of followers: 305. Thank you, every single one of you, for helping me reach my target of 300 followers before the end of the year. It’s just wonderful <3.

Total number of book reviews: 4. I aimed for one book review a month, which I’m currently on track to complete. After finishing The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey, I’m hoping to review the book on my blog which will make my final total reviews 5 by the end of the year! Yey.

Total number of beauty reviews: 7. I’ll never tire of beautiful Lush bath bomb reviews.

Frozen Lush Bath Bomb

These statistics are correct as of today, December 27th, as they are bound to change over the final week of 2015.

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Best Posts:

Statistically, my best posts of 2015 are:

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Blogging Goals For 2016:

Set a blogging schedule: I’m desperate for a blog routine, with a specific amount of time set aside for reading and commenting on other posts. I need structure!

Weekly features: My “Word Play” feature was very well received. With it only being a short feature, it allowed me to put more time and effort into creating the limited content! I think this was the main reason they attracted so much attention, and I’m thinking of a few more set length blog features throughout 2016.

500 followers: By the end of 2016, I’d absolutely love to reach 500 lovely followers. If I could reach a milestone of 300, in 5 months, then I’d love to dream what I could achieve in 12.

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Do you have any personal blog goals for 2016?

-Morgan

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Rise of the Guardians (2012) Review

Rise of the Guardians 2012 Movie Review

When Pitch Black (the Bogeyman) returns to take revenge on a world that no longer believes in him, the “mythical” Guardians must fight the evil spirit that threatens them all.

The existence of the immortal Guardians – Father Christmas, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman and Jack Frost – is solely based on the belief the children have for them. But, as long as one child still believes, hope is not lost.

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Rise of the Guardians primarily follows the story of Jack Frost, a newly recruited Guardian with no idea why he was chosen. Every other Guardian has their ‘centre’, their reason for being chosen. Father Christmas, for example, has a centre of wonder beneath his Russian, fierce, sword-wielding exterior (yes, he’s Russian, and it’s hilarious).

Unlike the other more well-known Guardians, Jack Frost isn’t believed in. The children are completely unaware of his existence, they can walk right through him and they believe he’s simply a story.

Finding his centre takes him and all of the other Guardians on a magical journey through beautiful, “mythical” worlds, such as the Easter Bunny’s Easter Island, the Tooth Fairy’s castle and Santa’s yeti-run wonderland full of mischievous, unintelligent little elves.

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Although generally thought of as a Christmas film (probably because of Father Christmas’ appearance), it in fact could be watched all year around. It’s a film about wonder and hope and belief of the unbelievable.

Instead of focusing on Christmas, the movie is jam-packed with action, laughs, worries, intense chase scenes, a near apocalypse and an array of brilliant, colourful characters.  Yet, despite the colour, Pitch Black (the Bogeyman) brings a darkness very reminiscent of Nightmare Before Christmas.

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I absolutely love this film. I actually cheered out loud several times, each time I watched it – you can’t help but root for the Guardians! It’s bound to leave you feeling young at heart.

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Have you seen Rise of the Guardians? Did you enjoy it?

-Morgan

Meet the Blogger

I had a little slot on the lovely Chanelle’s blog today, as part of her “Meet the Blogger” feature. If you’re in the mood to get to know me a bit more, have a read of the interview!

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Chanelle Hayley

MorganHello, lovelies!

I’m Morgan @ “The Secret Diary of a Computer Science Student”,  a British lifestyle and creative blogger with a love for all things books, beauty and geek. On top of that, I’m a super keen photographer, a software developer, and a cat lady. Nice to meet you!

1. When did you begin blogging?

I started my blog in early August this year but I feel like I’ve been blogging for years! My blog is my safe place where I can share the huge variety of thoughts and ideas my brain produces – it’s chaos up in my mind, I have too many hobbies! I’ve learnt so much and met so many lovely bloggers already though. I can’t wait to see how my blog progresses throughout 2016, because I have so many plans for its’ future 🙂

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Brotherhood of the World and Liebster Awards!

Afternoon readers!

I’ve recently been nominated for the Brotherhood of the World award by forevershannon and the Liebster award by gallifreyanramblings! Thank you both of you! I’m still a newbie to all of this so this was a sweet surprise.

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I’m going to cover both awards in this blog post so I don’t clog up my feed, and I’m sadly not going to be nominating anybody specific for the rewards because I’m still new to WordPress and I don’t know many other bloggers. Thanks again to both of you!


Brotherhood of the World:

Brotherhood of the World

Here are the rules:

  • Thank and link back to the person who nominated you for the award.
  • List the rules and display the Brotherhood of the World Award logo to your post.
  • Answer the questions sent to you.
  • Nominate (around ten) bloggers.
  • Create your set of questions for your nominees.

So here are my answers!

1. Do you think there should be more hours in a day? Why or why not?
Definitely. I’ve pretty much turned into a night owl over the last few weeks. I have too many hobbies and interests and too little time in the day!

2. What is one thing you do every day that makes you happy?
It doesn’t matter what we have planned for the day (work or fun), when we wake up Matt always makes me a cup of tea in the morning and we get to just sit and be together whilst we finish it. It’s such a lovely way to start a day, especially if we have busy days ahead of us!

3. Three words to describe yourself?
Nerdy, busy, happy. 🙂

4. Which fictional character do you wish was real?
This is a tough one. I was thinking the Doctor, but if our world was in such trouble that we needed a Doctor I don’t think I’d want to live there!

5. Favourite season?
Autumn! Not too hot, not too cold but still chilly enough for cuddles, long boots and fluffy clothes. There’s bonfire night, my birthday and gorgeous autumn colours too. Love it.

6. What hardships have you faced throughout your life?
I’ve been very lucky my whole life. I had a lovely childhood, got into university and now have a wonderful home, fiancé and my fur babies! I would say my main hardship throughout everything is my stress levels – I’m so hot headed and I just never give myself a break. College and university workloads were manageable, but I didn’t allow that to happen and I always gave myself more work to do!

Thanks Shannon! 🙂


Liebster Award:

Thank you, nameless Whovian! This award aims to discover new blogs, that don’t have many followers and are relatively new.

Liebster AwardHere are the rules:

  • Thank and link back to the person who nominated you for the award.
  • List the rules and display the Liebster Award logo to your post.
  • Answer the questions sent to you.
  • Nominate (around ten) bloggers.
  • Create your set of questions for your nominees.

And here’s my answers!

Favourite genre of music?
I’m one of those annoying people that likes all music (apart from most of the rubbish in the charts), so I can’t answer this properly! My go-to artists though are Beautiful South, ELO, Guns ‘n Roses, Aerosmith, Elvis, Johnny Cash and Lana Del Ray.

Dream job?
I’m so lazy, so my dream job would be to do nothing for millions of pounds *evil laugh*. But, because that isn’t likely, I’d love to work from home in something that could combine my computer-nerd side and my creative writing/photography side. I don’t know if that job exists yet, so I’ll let you know.

What’s your perfect day?
I’d say getting up at a lovely reasonable time like 8:30am, have a little pamper, then grab my camera, Matt, and some food and go for a really long walk in the countryside, exploring all the nooks and crannies of beaches, old ruins etc. Then when we get home, stick in some more food and watch a TV series or movie we love with a bottle of wine or some beers. That sounds really good!

First fandom?
Before I knew what a fandom was, I was probably part of the Pokémon fandom when I was a small child. The first I went into consciously though was definitely Doctor Who!

Latest fandom?
Supernatural! Can’t wait for season 11! I wonder if we’d be able to re-watch all 10 seasons before October…

Which historical figure would you like to meet?
This is a cool question. Hard, though! Maybe Elvis Presley before he was too famous. Maybe Shakespeare, because imagine meeting him! I think I’d most like to go back to someone who was fighting for a cause though, and tell them or show them what they have helped create.

Which language would you like to be able to speak?
You can’t go wrong with Spanish – the second most widely spoken language. Chinese is the most widely spoken, but I can’t see me travelling that far from the UK.

Favourite fictional work? (novel, poem, film, TV story, etc.)
This could start an internal riot between all my interests and hobbies and loves! Impossible to answer.

An actor you fancy?
I’d say I only have eyes for my gorgeous Matt, but Jensen Ackles has a lovely face.

What countries have you been to?
Wales, France, Belgium, Germany, Portugal and Tunisia.

Thanks for those! They were fun 🙂


Thanks for reading, guys!

-Morgan