Tuesday, 10 September 2013

An Old Bird Starts Uni + Stationary Haul

So next Monday I revert back to my 17 year old self
(which was longer ago than I care to remember)
After 8 years of full time employment I'm going to uni AHHHHH

I'm pretty sure it's going to take a while for my bank account to become used to being empty
and for my liver to get used to the student way of life 
but as much as I'm pretty terrified about starting my degree I am really excited! 

As of September 16th I will officially be a student nurse!
Part of me thinks I'm crazy going back to being a skint student after all this time 
but I really think I'm far more ready for uni now than I was when I left school
I have some life experience under my belt and have had time to think about what I really want to do.

I worked in pharmacy for a long time after leaving school 
Although I really enjoyed it I felt it was time for a change
I got a job as a Clinical Support Worker in an Operating Theatre in a hospital
Basically this means assisting in an operating theatre while surgery takes place
This job is not for the faint hearted as it can get pretty gruesome 
but I got to live out my Greys Anatomy fantasy for a while!
During my time in the hospital I decided that rather than being a nursing assistant 
I really wanted to be a nurse myself! So I applied for university
I really didn't think I would get in as after years of mucking about in school my exam results were never great
However because I am now a 'Mature Student'
(Yuck I feel like I should have a blue rinse)
Not only do they look at your exam results but they also take into account your work experience 
I couldn't believe it when I got in! 

So I have now officially finished work 
and am using this week to sort out supplies for uni!
which means stationary shopping!!

Now I'm a bit clueless as to what I'm actually going to need for uni
but there is something about stationary that makes me happy 
so I figure the more the better!
My first stop was Wilkinsons
(I think it's also called Wilko in some places)
where they have some really nice stationary ranges in 
and they are very reasonably priced

I picked some items from two of the ranges
the first was Nostalgia 

I got this really cute magnetic To Do List Notebook (60p)
which I'm sure will come in handy as I'm really not the most organised person in the world 

I also got this Lever Arch File (£1)
Have you noticed the recurring bird theme? lol 

The last item I got from this collection was this Expanding File (£2.50)
The little bird on the top left is almost exactly the same as my tattoo <3 

I also picked up a few pieces from the Wilde Collection 

Is this a bit morbid when studying nursing?
Oh well I like skulls 
Ringbinder (75p)
Document Wallet (80p) 

Next stop on my stationary quest was Rymans 
where these Pukka Pads were on a 3 for 2 offer 
The large ones were £4.99 and the small one was £3.99

Last but not least is the beautiful academic diary from Paperchase 
which was £8 but had 20% off! 
Again with the birdies but it was to pretty to pass up!

So am I brave, stupid or a bit of both to be going to uni?
Is anyone else starting uni this year?



  1. congratulations on starting your nursing! I went back to uni after a long break away and ive been a quailified nurse just over a year now...good luck and enjoy all the experiences x


    1. Aw thanks so much! you'll wish you never told me that I will be pestering you for advice now :P xxx

  2. It's never too late for uni, my boyfriend decided to start a computer science and game development course this year as well. Good luck, you'll have a blast (: Love the cute bird stationary, totally appropriate for you! :') xx


  3. Have a great time!! I loved stationery shopping when i was at uni it was so fun, wilkinsons is great for stuff like that, B&M is too! xx

  4. Awh I love it all! I am going back to uni - again - to do my last year. As I didnt sit my exams cos of my uncle I need to do lectures & exams :( and Im classed as a mature student now too! Pair of auld bastards haha what one are you going to? xox

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  5. Absolutely love stationary shopping - there is something really satisfying about it haha :)

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  6. great post!
    I start uni next week too and i'm so nervous despite probably being one of the older ones haha!


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  8. The pattern on the stationary is so cute, love the birds theme! :) xx