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How Much is a Degree Really Worth?

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Graduation

As the Christmas break draws to an end I try to emotionally prepare myself for living without good food and clean clothes, if deposited at the right place, again: life’s hard as a student. The thought of returning to University dump those nervous butterflies into my stomach as I realise I have rather a lot of work to do and rather little time to complete it in, again, life’s hard as a student!

Meeting up with friends who also study at Uni’s all over the country made me realises how much I compare my experiences with theirs, in a slightly competitive manner, competitions good anyway, right? I mean it’s not like I’ve reduced them to a shivering wreck on the floor because I keep screaming ‘I win, I win.’ It’s not like that, I don’t, well, screaming has very negative connotations these days, unfairly negative! Anyway, hearing about everyone’s experiences got me thinking, yep dangerous stuff, how much is a degree really worth?

Maybe it’s something you can’t put a price on, but Universities are pretty quick to give it a go. My tuition fees are at the delightful total of £3,375 and for the amount of doors that a degree opens in life then maybe that’s a fair price, who can really say. However, it’s a lot of money to spend when there is no guarantee of a job at the end, especially in our slightly worse for wear economic climate.

Now, I must note that I love my university and I have learnt so much, not just academic knowledge but real life experiences, that I believe at the end of my three years I will be a much more rounded individual. Obviously, everyone has a certain allegiance to their own university and wants the best from it and for it, but I must say I sometimes wonder what my fees are actually being spent on. Unfortunately, it may not be anything that is advantageous to my learning experience.

A little too harsh? I’ll explain why I feel slightly aggrieved about the whole issue of paying thousands of pounds to learn independently for a few years. My main problem comes from the fact that I have a seminar leader who is scarcely older than me, and studying for a PhD. I fully sympathise that in his own private opinion his PhD is his priority, it would be for me, but paying as much as I do for my degree status I can’t help feel a little short changed. I want to be taught be men and women who are experienced in their field with a real desire to enthuse others, not by those who are taking the opportunity to achieve their doctorate status.

Am I just being a grumpy teenager? Or are we students being led a merry dance by Universities who sneakily abuse our desire for knowledge by taking a little too much and giving back not quite enough?

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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas…

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And this, my dear friends is the last post in my Twelve Days of Christmas series, otherwise, I suppose it wouldn’t be a Twelve Days series, would it? So get prepared because hopefully this post will get you all festive for the big day…

So, I finally thought that I should get down to some serious Christmas shopping. After my last shift for Christmas I headed off into the treacherous, swarming town. It was a dangerous task and one I was uncertain I would succeed in. Town was busy and as you know I hate a busy town…

I cannot begin to explain how horrible the shops were, they were crawling with people. I thought ‘sod this’, but then I remembered I only have one more day to get this shopping done and that’s Christmas eve, and I already decided I wanted to do absolutely nothing all day Christmas eve. So with this in mind I trunched off into the heart of the shops and grabbed the first things I thought may be appropriate and took them to the tills and scarpered off home.

The feeling of knowing that I don’t have to face these Christmas shopping nightmares is a good feeling, indeed. Now, all I can do is relax and enjoy Christmas, not bad ey?

So all I can do now is wish you all a very merry Christmas and thank you for supporting my Twelve Days series. I leave you with the hope that this Christmas you all remember the real message, that God sent his only Son to earth as a loving gift to save us.

And that has been your final daily fix of Christmas.

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On the Eleventh Day of Christmas…

What on earth can I write about?…I’m running out of ideas…(cue panic face) poor effort, I know, well here we go.

English: A Thanksgiving turkey that had been s...

A splendid roast

I realised now I’m older how much I’m looking forward to the food at Christmas time, oh I do love a good old roast! Great food, company and, well more food I suppose is something I simply can’t wait for. The fridge is jam-packed with food that is only ever consumed at this special time of the year. Random exciting objects appear in the cupboards to my delight!

This year I am determined to consume my own body weight in food….challenge accepted.

Now, this post was very short, but I want to encourage you all to take on my body weight food challenge…come on I know you want to!

And that ladies and gentlemen has been your daily fix of Christmas.

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On the Tenth Day of Christmas…

So this is my tenth post of my Twelve Days of Christmas series and I’m going to be honest I haven’t got anything really significant to write about, apologies. I’m feeling Christmassy and the Christmas tree is looking lovely, it’s lit up and decked out with decorations, but nothing in my day has made me want to write a Christmassy post.

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Christmas Time

Today I went back to my part time job which is just a holiday job in-between uni terms and I had forgotten how much I dislike working. Now, I don’t mind the people I work with, they’re actually really nice. But, it’s just so boring and causes so much stress for so little pay…but hey ho that’s life!

The worst news I found out today and something that has put a downer on my whole day was this…now brace yourselves because it’s heartbreaking news, indeed it is.

So here we go…I found out that I have to work Boxing Day! YEAH! That’s right, Boxing Day, it sucketh! I know people have much worse jobs and have to work Christmas day and all that jazz, but working in a part time job in retail, I just think what’s the point? Why can’t people go shopping on the 27th instead?

It’s Christmas time, so I shouldn’t moan but I would like my company to realise they have ruined, yes ruined my Christmas. Cheers!

And that has been your daily fix of Christmas.

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On the Ninth Day of Christmas…

Today is my ninth post and I thought I’d leave you a little poem to help you all feel that Christmas cheer.

Snow is falling

The Big day is dawning

Have you been good or have you been bad?

And what the hell do you get for your dad?

Mince pies in the oven

Mistletoe adds a bit of lovin’

Snow is falling

Everybody’s snoring

That has been your daily fix of Christmas.

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On the Eight Day of Christmas…

English: A bauble on a Christmas tree.

Tree Decorations

It has been eight days since I started my Twelve days of Christmas series and it’s worrying how quickly my life is flying by. Today the post is about Christmas trees, because they’re just lovely, aren’t they?

Now we all love a festive Christmas tree but the big question is, do we have a real one or a fake one? Fake Christmas trees are certainly practical and create a lot less mess but nothing beats a good old proper, living Christmas tree. The smell of the pine and  treacherous falling needles just have to be part of everyone’s Christmas scene, surely.

Each year my family get’s a real Christmas tree, and yes, it dutifully makes a good mess, but it’s lovely and feels much more festive than a perfectly shaped plastic one. The tree’s imperfections are something that makes it even more loveable. A wonky, little tree covered head to toe in decorations is what practically signifies Christmas in my households, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Well, actually on second thoughts, maybe a perfect, tall, dark fake tree would do it…

oh christmas tree, oh christmas treeAnd that people has been your daily fix of Christmas.

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On the Seventh Day of Christmas…

Here it is, the Seventh post in my Twelve Days of Christmas series and yes it’s about the Nativity. The Nativity is one of the most important features of Christianity and also it’s a great story.

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The Nativity

I’m writing this because today I went to a Nativity service which was brilliant. It was a really nice service which only added to my Christmas feeling. First, I should explain that the service consisted of the story of the nativity retold and acted out by the children of the church. There is just something amusing about seeing young children attempting with all their might to remember what they have to do next, but still having absolutely no clue about what’s going on. The service was well executed and knowing many of the parents I could see how proud they were of their ‘little ones’.

Children really love Christmas and I mean, really love Christmas. I know this because I was a child once and believe me I loved Christmas. It’s a great time of year but unfortunately so many children simply get spoilt rotten which ruins the real meaning of Christmas, which under Christianity states, Jesus came to earth in the form of a baby as a loving gift from God to save mankind. We give gifts at Christmas to replicate this act of love, or so the tradition probably started anyway. And so a gift is a sign of love which is given without any expectation of a return gift or favour, but out of the goodness of our hearts. We should remember this Christmas that it’s not what we expect to receive, but what we can freely give that matters. The saying ‘It’s the thought that counts’ really does ring true.

That has been your daily fix of Christmas, bonne nuit.

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On the Sixth Day of Christmas…

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Christmas Cards

On the Sixth Day of Christmas my true love brought to me a Christmas card. Really? Oh don’t bother then.

Christmas cards, do you get all excited about sending them and post off thousands of cards to people you hardly ever speak to, or do you get all excited about receiving cards and never quite get round to sending any? I am in the second category. I never manage to actually send any of the damn things off. It has been known for me to write heaps of Christmas cards and forget to send any of them: fail. So now I’ve realised it’s cheaper and more environmentally friendly if I don’t even attempt to.

Don’t get me wrong I see the point in sending a card, to send a friend your best wishes at this festive time. But, is there any point? Cards are surely awful for the environment! I mean send them in the post, pop them up for a week or two and then in the bin, what a waste, of, well, card I suppose.

However, I must admit it is a lovely feeling collecting your post and realising, oh hello, what’s this? A handwritten card? Oo who could it be from? Ooh aren’t I loved? And with one card your day is transformed…ok maybe not transformed but, it puts a smile on your face for a minute, at least.

So, although I can’t be bothered to send any cards this year because I’m lazy, I do actively encourage you to send me loads!

And with that you have your daily fix of Christmas.

 

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On the Fifth Day of Christmas…

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Five Gold Rings

Number Five, that’s like golden rings or something isn’t it? Well I’m going to be straight with you, I’m not giving you any golden rings this year anyway, apologies.

So today is my official last day of uni for the term and I’m heading home for the Christmas holiday tomorrow. Woo! With my last seminar done I feel a little lost as to what to do, only to remember the pile of work I’m meant to be tackling this holiday. This realisation slightly ruins the feeling of being free to relax over the holiday. But nothing can dampen my spirits because it’s nearly Christmas and I’m in that Christmas mood, oh yes!

As everyone was starting to leave or preparing to leave I started to get really excited about the whole ‘coming home for Christmas’ thing and couldn’t get that Christmas song, ironically named,…’Coming home for Christmas’ out of my head. The experiences I’ve had in my first term of uni have been great and have shaped me as a human being. I will head home tomorrow hopefully a more cultured person, and if that fails almost certainly slightly unhealthier and lazier.

Going home for the special celebration will not only be nice because I get to see everyone again, but I get to spend time with the people I’m closest to in my life, something Christmas really promotes. Being away at uni means I can’t wait to get back and see my own house’s decorations. The transformation of my house into a festive den is an incredibly exciting thought!

Christmas is a time for being close to the people we love and that has really hit home to me because I’ve been away for a fair amount of time. I can’t wait to get home to my own little space and be with the people I always celebrate Christmas with. Life is a joy, we really should make the most of it!

Well, with that I can safely say that you have just had your daily fix of Christmas.

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On the Fourth Day of Christmas…

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Christmas Decorations

So today is the four post of my Twelve Days of Christmas and today it’s all about the old decorations. Now I love decorations, they really add to the whole festive theme, but and this is the big question: how much is too much?

We all like to put the decorations up and flounce around in tinsel for a good 5minutes. But then it comes to the point when we thing, hang on has this got tacky? Oh no, what will the neighbours think? I can’t have tacky decorations!

Is there ever a limit? Well, personally I think there definitely is a limit, and that limit should not be breached! When there are so many lights and decorations that your house looks like something out of a cartoon that is the time to reassess an take some down. It’s simple, if you can’t see at least half your house clearly then you’re bordering on tacky. Call me a kill-joy if you must.

So my advice is to get those decorations up, but in moderation, we don’t want a freak show going on now do we? Nobody wants to admit that it is because of their house that the electricity for the road is being cut off! So this Christmas let’s keep it orderly but festive! Woo, it’s another day closer to Christmas!

It’s a short one but without doubt you’ve just had your daily fix of Christmas.

 

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