I sometimes find it difficult knowing when I should voice my opinions and when I should just keep my mouth shut. I don't mean in serious situations where it really matters what you do or say, I just mean in discussions. I'm a pretty opinionated person when it comes to certain things such as equality, fairness and sometimes political issues and whilst I don't always voice my opinion, I tend to do it when it involves one of those things.

It's difficult deciding whether or not to just keep quiet and let other people carry on with what they're doing but if it's something I feel strongly about it
seems silly to not say anything. If I expect something to change because I think it's unfair or offensive then how do I expect it to happen if I don't say that or give my opinion. That doesn't mean I think I'm right necessarily, it means I believe in what I'm saying and want to share that thought with other people to either create a discussion or possibly give people something new to consider. There have been plenty of occasions where I've had one opinion or done something and then after a discussion where the other person disagrees or has extra points to make, my opinion on the subject changes. I like hearing other people's opinions in order to develop my own, without it my opinions would never change.

Sometimes I give my opinion in a way that seems too direct or too matter of fact and I never mean it to, I'm just not the best at phrasing things off the top of my head, I prefer to be able to form and reform my point until it's clear but hopefully doesn't offend anybody. I think from time to time it can seem as though I think my opinion is right and that I'm forcing it on people so they agree with me and change their ways but that's not the case. I say things to make people think about their actions or thoughts and if they think I'm talking absolute crap they can ignore it and possibly change my thoughts on the matter too but sometimes it makes people think and reconsider their actions.

Everyone has different opinions and each opinion has people who agree and disagree with it, that's just the way it is but it doesn't mean you have to keep quiet in case somebody disagrees.

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Love, Steph x

Spring Lookbook 2016

I really wanted to get a few purchases for both a holiday I have coming up as well as the warmer weather in general. I am definitely a Spring and Summer girl when it comes to fashion and I love the feeling of having plenty of choice of outfits that I feel comfortable and sometimes more confident in, which tends to happen more in Spring (and sometimes Summer just not so much shorts and alike) than any other time. I also find myself feeling a bit lower when I have a more limited range of outfits to choose from which is one of the reasons I think I love buying new pieces. (I'm going to have to limit this from September!)

Rather than just showing you what I bought in a haul, I thought I'd show you them in a lookbook style post. This post will be very photo heavy and includes mostly new items but also a couple of older pieces that I've paired with the two outfits. I've included links to the things available online in case you're interested but as I'm sure most of you know, Primark don't have an online store and most of the items were from Primark.
What I'm Wearing:
Sunglasses Primark £1
Cold Shoulder Khaki Top Primark £8
Boots Deichmann
(I bought these a while ago and can't find them on the website but these are the closest ones I've found Ankle Boots £24.99). Personally, I love Deichmann for shoes as I have wide fit and they have plenty that are fairly wide without searching for the 'wide fit' style, they're also very affordable but are comfy and long lasting.

What I'm Wearing:
Coral Top Primark £6
Black and White Chiffon Pleat Maxi Skirt Primark £12
Black Sleeveless Crochet Waterfall Cardigan Primark £12
Black and Silver Sandals Deichmann
(I can't find the sandals on the website as I bought them about two years ago but these two are similar: Embellished T-Bar Sandals £17.99 and Wedge Sandals £17.99) 

L'Oreal Infallible Primer
Max Factor Face Finity 3 in 1
Maybelline Brow Satin Dark Blonde
Hoola Bronzer
Maybelline Colour Show Blusher
Benefit High Beam Highlighter
Maybelline Colour Tattoo On and On Bronze
Urban Decay Shadow Box: Baked Cowboy, Lost, Smog, Blackout
L'Oreal Superstar Eye Liner
L'Oreal Superstar False Lash Effect Mascara
Benefit They're Real Mascara 
Infallible Fixing Mist
Maybelline Colour Show Lip Pencil- Look One
Clinique Cresmy Nude Lipstick- Look One
MUA Peachy Keen Lipstick- Look Two
Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss 01 Apricot- Look Two

I hope you enjoyed this different kind of post, it was a little bit more out of my comfort zone but overall I enjoyed making it. If you want to see more like this or have any suggestions for improving the format of this sort of post, leave me a comment below.

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Love, Steph x

Spring Haul 2016

It's time (already!) for another haul on the blog. I'm sure these are one of the posts I do the most but I guess it's because I love reading as well as writing them. I also find shopping such a lovely thing. I think I'm genuinely addicted (although not worryingly so-yet!) as I get a massive rush from buying new things, whether it's homeware, beauty, clothing.. whatever and I get urges to go shopping. I once couldn't sleep because I was so excited to go shopping the next day- true story. Anyway, after all of that rambling, here are the pieces I picked up.
I'm not going to give any information about these two, I thought I'd just give you a sneak peak of the sorts of things that will be appearing in my 'Uni Haul' in a couple of months when I have bought more or less everything.
 As I mentioned in my Beauty Wishlist, I've been wanting to try the L'Oreal Infallible Primer as the one I have been using didn't seem to be doing that much to my makeup and I'd heard good things about this one. I have tested this out a couple of times and so far it does seem to be making a difference to how easily and smooth my makeup applies as well as how long it lasts. I also mentioned the L'Oreal Superstar Felt Liner in the wishlist as it's my favourite eyeliner: it's easy to control so that you can create a thin or thick line, it's a bold black shade and it lasts a long time. As I had lost my old one, I knew I had to get a replacement as soon as possible. The L'Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist was a product I didn't mention on my list but as I couldn't really afford the Urban Decay one at the time and as this had good reviews anyway, I thought I'd give this one a try. So far it does seem to have helped make my makeup last longer but I can't be certain that this is down to the fixing mist and not the primer or a combination of the two. I had been worried that this would make my face look more oily than I wanted it to but it doesn't seem to make any difference to the appearance when you apply it.
L'Oreal Infallible Primer £7.99
L'Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist £7.99
L'Oreal Superstar Eye Liner £6.99
I had to pick up another of my trusty Brow Satin pencils as I had completely run out and I really notice a difference when I use other brow products- none have the same effect. I've used a couple of other brow products but I find this one the easiest to use, it's a good shade, easy to control and shape my brows and it's the right consistency and texture for what I like.
Maybelline Brow Satin £5.99
These don't really have a story or commentary behind them, I simply needed some more thin, hair coloured bobbles and these are the ones I typically go for anyway. I picked up the cotton pads as they're larger than normal making them better for removing my makeup and applying toner or whatever else in my skincare routine and I needed some new ones anyway.
Bobbles £1
Cotton Pads 90p
The Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish has been raved about no end of times on various social media platforms and after a very long time of considering purchasing it, I took the plunge and bought it. I've been using it on my skin since I bought it and I can honestly see why people love it so much. It's brilliant at removing makeup, it smells really nice and it leaves my skin feeling lovely. It also seems to be helping clear my skin up but it's too early to comment on this properly yet.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter Kit £15.50
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser £14.00
Liz Earle Pure Muslin Cloths 2 Pack £4.50
I bought a pair of these last year and wore them relentlessly until the soles broke off. As my mum picked up a similar pair for my brother and they were two for £10 she kindly bought me some more too which I am very grateful for. They're really comfy and go with so much which makes them ideal for holidays and days in general in both Spring and Summer. I'm sure I'll be wearing these until they break again this year.
Slazenger Ladies Canvas Shoes £12.99

I did also pick up a few items of clothing but I've decided to show you these in a Spring Lookbook style post instead, so if you're interested in seeing that, come back tomorrow as it will be going up at 10am.

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Love, Steph x

The Sibling Tag

As I'll be heading off to university later this year, I wanted to do tags like the Mum & Dad Tag that I uploaded the other day and today's Sibling Tag so that I have something else to look back on when I'm away from home (obviously I can phone and whatever but as an extra thing). I also enjoy doing tags with other people so I thought the family ones would be nice to do. Once again I've presented this like a transcript as I think that's the easiest to follow. I must admit, I did have a chuckle to myself when editing this as some of Rob's comments were very amusing- it took ages for me to get him to sit down and do the tag with me so he was a bit reluctant to answer properly at first.

I created a short video with pictures from our childhood which you can view below. The quality of the first half of the photos isn't great as I don't have digital copies of them which means I've had to make do with what I've got. I hope you enjoy seeing some of them, I know I'll be happy to have this to watch and rewatch.
1. Who is the oldest?
Steph: Me
Rob: Well God I suppose! (I then reminded him that it was the SIBLING tag) oh... you.
2. Do you have any nicknames for each other?
Steph: Robby, Robadob, Trebor
Rob: No, yes... Rhubarb and Custard, Stephalopalop, Stu
3. Describe each other in one word.
Rob: Stephanie
Steph: Difficult based on that response
4. What do you like and dislike about each other?
Rob: What do I like, erm... I don't know... I'll start with dislike, how you speak to me sometimes and how you react when you very kindly give me lifts places. I like when you're in a good mood and you want to do things with me like now.
Steph: When you ask for lifts all the time and put me out. When you don't listen to me. When you act selfish about things like you have the most important things to do.
5. Funniest memory?
Rob: Of us two?
Steph: That's kind of the idea
Rob: When you fell back, stood on some lego, fell onto the office chair, the office chair fell over and you fell onto the bed.
Steph: You're going to hate me for saying this but it's either the time when you hid around the corner at grandmas and then when our auntie opened the door she started counting as a joke and you ran round the corner but tripped on the step and slid down the wall- it left a nasty scar but it looked hilarious or it's when we went sledging in Slovenia and I got up off of the sledge at the bottom of the hill but after I turned around and you were starting to stand up, the other girl came down on a sledge and went straight under your legs sending you both into the bench at the bottom of the mountain. Looks like both of our funniest memories include the other person injuring themselves... oops!
6. Favourite inside joke?
Rob: That's quite specific. I'd say: Sevene.
Steph: I can't think of another one!
7. Most memorable argument?
Rob: The massive one we had coming back from the gym not that long ago.
Steph: The Lake District- I'm not sure what year that was- when I said you were just a plant in the school play so you threw all of my clothes out of the window and tried to rip Buffy (a cuddly toy)
8. What do you and your sibling do for fun?
Rob: Go on the trampoline, play cards... I annoy you for fun.
Steph: Yeah but that's only fun for you! Board games in general is another thing we do.
9. Most cherished memory?
Rob: When we were in France for the first time and we used to go to the sweet shop and get those temporary tattoos that came with one of the sweets.
Steph: Probably the little things like when we would create scenarios or games such as RT stuff when we spent hours creating 'art' and then trying to sell it to family members.
10. What do you and your sibling have in common?
Rob: We have mum and dad in common
11. Are you close?
Rob: Yes we are close
12. One thing you can do that your sibling can't?
Rob: Get on a stage in front of people. Act. You can cook, although it's not that I can't cook- bake.
Steph: That's true and you did food tech so you should be better at it than me in theory but you never cook! Makeup, quite an obvious one, ice skate or roller skate and drive.
13. Are you competitive with each other?
Rob: Not really. I'd say we are supportive.
Steph: In games yes, especially me but in general probably not.
14. Who is the most creative?
Rob: I don't know, it's quite a hard one to answer.
Steph: We are probably fairly similar but for different things. You're more creative regarding fictional things like in your acting whereas I'm more creative regarding other things like blogging, articles, scrapbooks and stuff.
15. What is the one dish you want mum to make you when you feel down?
Rob: Ribs or fish pie
Steph: Vegetarian lasagne

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Love, Steph x

The Liebster Award 2

I was nominated to do this by the beautiful Severina whose blog is so cute and positive so I recommend checking it out if you haven't already. (I also love the abundance of pink on the blog!) I did this once before, over a year ago, which I can barely remember now but I do remember enjoying doing it and thinking it was a really nice and positive way to spread the love among bloggers. If you want to have a read of the last time I did this, you can find it here.

The Rules
  • Thank and link to the person who nominated you
  • Show the award on your blog or in your post
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you
  • Write 11 random facts about yourself
  • Nominate 5-11 other blogs and link them
  • Create 11 new questions for your nominees to answer
  • Once your blog is published, let your nominees know that they have been nominated and link them to your post for more details

Why did you start blogging?
I wanted to have a platform to share my thoughts and opinions as well as a place to develop my writing skills.

What's your favourite animal?
Probably owls.

If you could have one superpower what would it be?
The ability to control time so that I could pause time and replay good moments. I wouldn't want to skip anything though.

Favourite memory of 2015?
There were some amazing things that happened in 2015 and picking just one is a difficult task however I think it would be getting an unconditional offer from my first choice university as it made me feel like my hard work had paid off. Alternatively it would be mine and my mum's joint 18th/50th party as it was an incredibly fun night spent with some of my favourite people. (If you do want to read more about my favourite 2015 moments, you can check out my post here)

Favourite song?
I'm not sure if this is all time or at the moment but as all time is a very difficult question to answer, currently would be No by Meghan Trainor and Best Fake Smile by James Bay.

Would you rather travel to the past or the future and why?
The past so that I could relive moments and see people I miss. I'd rather keep the future a surprise as I may try to rush things if I want it to happen sooner or if I'm disappointed by what I see I think I'd try to change things or I'd end up feeling like the future wasn't worth working hard to achieve. I believe the future is better kept a secret.

Favourite place you've been on holiday?
Another very difficult question as I have been fortunate enough to visit some really lovely places on holiday. I'd have to narrow it down to Florida, Finland and France (a lot of F's!)

Favourite blog post?
My favourite post out of my own blog posts is the '20 Things That Make Me Happy' post as it's such a nice reminder of the positive things in my life whenever I'm feeling a bit low and it's just a lovely, happy post overall.

Your favourite bloggers?
Again, I love so many bloggers both well known and smaller but if I had to narrow it down I'd say:

What's your biggest dream?
To work high up on a magazine, publish a book or something else along those lines

Favourite subject to study?
I enjoy the creative writing side of English a lot but my favourite would be between French and Sociology as I find them really interesting and although they are difficult, I enjoy the lessons (sometimes) and like the feeling of improving in a second language (even if I have a lot further to go).

11 Random Facts About Me
  1. I am a two-steps-at-a-time kind of person
  2. I love lists
  3. I prefer paperbacks to hardbacks or e-books
  4. I get obsessed over things easily (especially music and TV shows)
  5. My bedroom walls are light pink (sorbet)
  6. If you can make me laugh, there is a 95% chance I will like you
  7. I'm generally quite good at giving advice but then I fail to listen to myself sometimes (just to clarify, this is based on feedback rather than my own ego)
  8. I don't like doing my makeup in front of people- even topping up lipgloss... I don't know why it just makes me uncomfortable
  9. I hate getting into a warm bed- cold bed all the way
  10. I'm not afraid of dying as such but I am afraid of not living
  11. I love party planning
11 Questions For My Nominees
  1. Which year of your life has been your favourite so far?
  2. If you could speak any other language than your own, which would you like to speak fluently?
  3. If you could only watch one film for the rest of your life, which would you pick?
  4. If someone shazam'd you, which song would you be?
  5. If you a character in a book, how do you think the author would describe you? (you could right this as a paragraph in a book)
  6. If you were immortal and knew that you would live forever, what would you do that you're afraid of doing now?
  7. If you could go anywhere real or fictional, where would you go?
  8. If you could live multiple lives, what would you do differently in your next life and what would your character be like next time?
  9. If you could be on any TV show, which would you want to be on?
  10. What is your favourite kind of blog post to read?
  11. What do you do to make yourself feel better on a bad day?
I nominate:
Megan (I know you've done it before as you nominated me last time but seeing as it was so long ago and the questions are different, I thought I'd nominate you anyway)

If you've done it before and would rather not do it again, that's fine but if you do take part, let me know as I'm looking forward to reading your responses and hope you enjoy answering them.

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Love, Steph x

Mum & Dad Tag

In honour of mothers day last weekend, I  decided to do the Mum & Dad Tag with my parents. They answered them separately so they couldn't copy each other's answers and I then added the bits in brackets to give you a little bit of context on a few of the questions. I also uploaded an 'Open Letter To My Mum' post last week which you can check out here if you would like to.

1. What was I like as a child?
Mum: A lovely and caring child that was happy. Initially you were jealous of Robert when he was born but you became a really loving sister.
Dad: A ray of sunshine, very well behaved, strong minded, strong willed and very caring.

2. What do you think of me blogging?
Mum: I think that it is very good and you write some really interesting work in a lovely manner.
Dad: I think it's a good idea and it's the modern way... although I don't really understand it.

3. What's something funny I did when I was younger?
Mum: Took contraception leaflets into school when asked to collect leaflets which resulted in me having to talk to the head master who was concerned about the event. (This story is brought up way more than I'd like)
Dad: Drank a bottle of perfume. (Mum and I think my brother did this rather than me but it's a long term debate in the household)

4. Have you learnt anything about makeup/beauty from me?
Mum: No but I wish  I had as your make up always looks great.

Dad: That sky blue earrings suit you.

5. What's a weird habit of mine?
Mum: Feet!!!!!! (washing my feet before bed)
Dad: You putting the kettle cap down whenever I boil the kettle (when the cap is up, the water spills over!!!)

6. If you had to rename me, what would you change it to?
Mum: I couldn't, you were always Stephanie, even before you were on the way.
Dad: I wouldn't change it to anything.

7. When we go out, what do I eat?
Mum: Haloumi or spicy beans and of course MELON when that's an option.
Dad: Pasta.

8. What is one thing you wish I would do?
Mum: Not argue with Robert (my brother).
Dad: Reply to my texts.

9. What's something I do that annoys you?
Mum: When you get frustrated with the way I walk in public. (I get annoyed by slow walking or stopping to answer a text or something which means people behind crash or have to change their path)
Dad: Not a lot.

10. What's something I obsess over?
Mum: Washing your feet.
Dad: Everything... most things.

11. Where would you like to see me in 10 years?
Mum: Nearby!!!! More importantly happy in what you are doing.
Dad: In a happy place, doing the job that you want to do, with your good health.

12. When were you most proud of me?
Mum: I am always really proud.
Dad: When you were born and it's been the same since.

13. What's the worst thing I've ever done?
Mum: Tried to stamp on Robert's head as a toddler.
Dad: On occasions being nasty to your brother.

14. What's your favourite moment of us together?
Mum: Shopping for your prom dress.
Dad: I used to love walking you to [infant] school in that little red dress.

15. How was I in school?
Mum: Brilliant.
Dad: Showed consistent high standard.

16. What would you change if you could raise me again?
Mum: I would not shout as much and would try and retain information better. (I don't think she shouted that much at all)
Dad: Nothing (he on the other hand shouted more as he's not the most patient of people but still not to much)

17. Describe my perfect guy
Mum: Caring, equal, tall, strong but quiet ways, respectful and fair.
Dad: Completely opposite to me.

It was interesting to see what my parents answered for each of these questions as I wouldn't have expected them all. If you decide to do this with your parents, leave a comment below and I'll check it out.

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Love, Steph x

International Women's Day

In honour of International Women's Day, I wanted to dedicate today's post to celebrating women and sharing what feminism means to me.

I'm a feminist because I believe women and men should be considered equal in strength and ability.

I'm a feminist because I believe women should have as much of a right to education as men.

I'm a feminist because I believe women should be paid equally to men for doing the same job.

I'm a feminist because I believe women should be able to act or dress the way they want without being afraid of judgement or harassment.

I'm a feminist because I believe women should be portrayed as people rather than sex objects both in the media and reality.

I'm a feminist because I believe a woman should wear what they feel comfortable in not what society depicts as 'covered up enough'.

I'm a feminist because I believe women should be free to decide what happens to their bodies.

I'm a feminist because I believe there are too many pressures to look a certain way- beauty should be celebrated rather than any flaws (based on personal opinion) pointed out.

I'm a feminist because I believe women should have an equal say to men.

I'm a feminist because I believe a woman should be listened to and not have her opinion disregarded simply because of her gender.

I'm a feminist because I believe women should have as much free choice as men.

I'm a feminist because I believe women should have the same or equal opportunities to men.

I'm a feminist because I believe a woman's job should be seen as as important to a man's.

I'm a feminist because I believe women are as important as men.

I'm a feminist because I believe men and women are equal.

I'm a feminist because I believe that gender shouldn't decide someone's value.

#OneDayIWill live in a world where all of these beliefs are shared and applied to all aspects of life.

There are so many other reasons I am a feminist but these are some of the most important ones to me. If you support gender equality then you support the views and aims of a feminist whether you consider yourself one or not. Too many people see feminism as the power of women over men rather than the two considered equals. Just because the word contains 'fem' doesn't mean a man can't identify as a feminist. I hope this has helped you see why gender equality is so important and possibly consider a few things you haven't yet thought about.

There are so many incredible, inspiring women who have achieved some wonderful things, whether that's globally, nationally, locally or personally, all are important achievements that should be celebrated every day and especially today. To celebrate International Women's Day share your #OneDayIWill.

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Love, Steph x

An Open Letter To My Mum

Dear Mum,

Thank you so much for everything you do to help others, whether that's me, dad, grandma... whoever. You put so much time and effort into other people, often putting their needs before your own. You may not always feel appreciated but I want you to know that I always appreciate everything you do even if I sometimes forget to show it.

Not only are you my amazing, beautiful mother but you are also my best friend. I always know you are there for me and hope you know that I'm there for you too.

I enjoy all of the days and moments we spend together shopping, working out, going to concerts, watching TV and so on. All of the little things mean a lot, even more so knowing they may not be as frequent from September, which of course I'm excited about the next step, but will definitely miss these moments a lot. I promise to keep you up to date and talk to you frequently as well as make the time to come back home, meet you for the day or whatever else I can do to continue these moments as much as possible.

Even though a lot will be changing soon, one thing that will remain consistent is your huge, important part of my life. I admire all you've achieved as well as the person that you are and hope that I can achieve a fraction of your success and brilliance as a person.

I could go on but I wanted to keep it fairly short and sweet, so thank you and Happy Mothers Day Mum!

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Love, Steph x

Deciding On A University

For many hoping to attend University in September, it is currently both an exciting and a stressful time in terms of making decisions and applying for finance, scholarships, accommodation etc... With that in mind, I thought I'd cater today's post to those yet to decide on their firm (first) and insurance (second) choice and anyone starting to think about what they want to do at university and where they might like to go in 2017.

1. Distance: For some people, a university far away from their current home town is the most appealing option, others want a place close enough to stay at home during their university years and others want something in between; far enough for a complete change but close enough to return home when they want. It's all about finding the right situation for you.

2. Accommodation: If you decide that staying away for university is the best option for you, accommodation may be an important factor to consider. This can be based on price and budget and/or what the accommodation has to offer. Do you want a shared bathroom? Ensuite? Self catered? Catered? Studio Flat? Private housing? Within walking distance of the university? Does it have a car park? What size bed does it have? How many people share the kitchen? I could go on with things to consider but primarily it's down to you and what you would like from accommodation. If you don't care too much then it's possibly not very high on your 'things to consider when deciding which university to go to' list (what a mouthful!) but if accommodation is important to you, it's useful to look at this when you visit the university and decide whether or not it meets your requirements or wishes.

3. Campus or City?: What sort of university do you want... somewhere in a busy city centre, somewhere on a quieter campus slightly away from the inner city or somewhere in between. It's important you feel comfortable, happy and safe where you're going to being staying for three or four years and the type of university plays an important role in deciding this.

4. Local Amenities: What amenities does the university have on offer and what is there on offer nearby? Are you looking for somewhere with or near a gym? Supermarket? Cafe? Shopping Centre? Whatever it is, you can have a look online and/or visit the place for yourself to see if it meets your criteria.

5. Jobs At University: For a lot of people, university is going to put a lot more money pressures on them than previously and in order to cover the costs, as well as loans and anything their family are able to help them with, jobs are a useful and sometimes essential way of paying for everything at university. Therefore it is important to consider what support the university has in place for helping students find part time jobs, either at the university or in the area.

6. Job Prospects: Whilst enjoying the university years is important, ultimately the aim is to get the job you want at the end so it's vital to consider the percentage of students in professional work after leaving university and in particular, the percentage of students in the career type you are aiming for. For some universities and some courses, companies approach staff which is often a sign of a good course and high job prospects therefore, you may want to research the possibility of this happening if appropriate to your course.

7. Student Union: The likelihood is that the Student Union will play an important role in the social side of your university life so it's important that you are aware about and happy with what it has to offer.

8. Transport Links: Being able to use public transport can be important, particularly for people who are living at home, wanting to visit home or are working a distance away from the university and the accommodation etc. so if any of these things or alike will relate to your university life then how effective and costly the transport links are is a key factor to look at. Linking to this, if you can drive, you may want to consider whether or not you want/need to take your car and the ease and cost of keeping it nearby. The price and timetable of taxis and buses can also be an important factor as these may be essential for nightlife.

9 & 10. Does the university feel right and do you WANT to study the course at the university?: I'm combining these two factors as they link nicely and they are arguably two of the most important factors. Of course job prospects and the other factors are important things to consider but you have to study there for three or four years, so it's important you feel happy wherever you are going to be staying and that you feel like you genuinely want to go. It's an expensive part of your life so just make sure you are going to get the most out of those years by picking a place that will improve your happiness rather than spoil it. Other people around you can give you as much advice as they like but at the end of the day it's your decision to make, if the place feels right for you and makes you excited to go then it's a sure sign you are making a good decision for you.

I hope this helped a couple of people. There are a number of other things to consider and plenty of things I could have mentioned in this post but these are then ten most important things I have found when deciding which university and course to do. If you really aren't sure, the best thing to do is to research, visit plenty of open days and talk to people with experience and eventually you will make your decision.

Good luck whatever stage you are at!

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