I am not an incredibly impulsive person, or at least I never used to be. When I was in high school, I would plan out my essays in advance, I would schedule dinner plans at least a week away so it wouldn’t be difficult to adjust, and I would always double-check with friends to make sure we had everything squared away for a party.
I finished listening to the new Billie Eilish LP a few days ago: "WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?", and I've got to say, it's probably an early ballot in contention for album of the year. The lo-fi, intimately mixed vocals heavenly bled into stripped back, lushious, instrumentation, bringing elements like percussion and bass, which one would usually take for granted, to the forefront, almost redefining why certain sounds are implemented. It's mind-altering, it's lyrically thoughtful, it's fantastic, I like it a lot.
Almost three years ago I started talking to a camera. It felt uncomfortable and a bit weird, sitting in a spare room with the curtains closed, using a floor lamp for lighting. Explaining the merits of a few well-known jazz records to an audience that didn’t exist. Just me and my camera.
I won’t lie to you…this term has definitely beaten the absolute living hell out of me. For many people, university is the best years of their lives but for me, it has been a constant rollercoaster of ups and downs (more downs then I would like to admit, really). It took me a long time to admit I was struggling at university, not necessarily with the work but just…attending, I guess. Many a night, I have laid in bed and pondered upon how I could make living the university life easier for myself as a student. So, here are a few points from my uni survival guide.