Industrial Placement Update….

Hello fellow internet people and students.

As I’ve said in one f my previous posts (link opens in new tab/window) I am doing a year in industry which to recap is where I take a year out from being taught and spend it in a place where I want to eventually end up working. For me I am an IT technician at a school, which although it’s not what I want to do when I graduate it’s teaching me skills I may need in my future job. 

 

Right this is going to be quiet a serious post as it is todo with student finance England….Yes the company that gives out the loans to students. This is about the struggles I have faced with my year 3 application…. I seriously hope none of you guys have to face this and if you have I do feel sorry for you. Sorting out your SFE is a major part of university as without an approved loaned you wont be able to pay your accommodation/tuition fees. 

Way back when I first applied for SFE in 2012 I put down that my course was a 4 year sandwich course, this was all approved and I was stress free and getting my payments. Then they changed the way the website worked and you were automatically enrolled for loans. This messed up my application. A lot. 

So I am sitting there checking up for my application at the start of the year (2014 that is) when I noticed that it had been changed to a 3 year full time course…this isnt right I hear you say… 

So I leave it an hope it changes then I get my letter through for next years loan to the univeristy. So I call up SFE and ask them and they said “oh yes there’s a button on the website you can press to change it” I go to the website and at that time there wasn’t. So I leave it a while before calling back. I was then told that they will put a note on my file and get it changed. IT still wasn’t and I get another letter through about next year. So I called back to say it still hasn’t changed and the guy says I have to fill in a form, so that is filled in sent off. Then I get another letter with a change in the amount: the tuition fee is £1 (i think they had to put a value) and my maintenance loan was slightly lower. FINALLY something has been done and my application has been changed…….Yeah I was wrong. 

 

I go online to see if I can change the tuition loan fee when I discover that my application still hadn’t been changed. I again got another letter through for my third year fees -_- so back online I went and this time there was a button so I pressed the change in circumstances and hoped that would work….until 22nd August when I received the tuition fees for what they think is my final year. 

I rang up SFE and was told to go to another depart as the one dept systems was down. I got through and after about 15 mins of being on hold my application has been put in for manual amendment. 

This makes me think about how students finances are being managed. The IT people for one should have made sure that when they migrated the data over all the data was correct and that there were no errors. The company should have checked that students who on the old system said they were doing 4 year placement, were still put down for that on the new system. Another thing is that the case should have been solved on the first or second call not on the 6th. 

As pleasant as they seem on the phone I am annoyed at SFE for stressing me out. I would urge all students to keep an eye on what they are actually getting for them and to monitor their account online especially if you are doing a placement. 

 

 

REVIEW- SATIN SOFT SHAVER

271964-Satin-Soft-Lady-Shaver

WHAT?

This review is about the “Satin Soft” shaver for ladies. It’s basically a lady version of a men’s shaver. I picked mine up from B&M Bargains (http://www.bmstores.co.uk/products/satin-soft-lady-shaver-271964) it was £4.99- a bargain!!

It is meant to work on both dry and wet skin and can be used on both legs and underarms.

 

It is an alternative method of shaving, one which I had been looking at for a while especially after my last razor incident took off a small section of skin on my knee (tmi)….

 

The unboxing

When I unboxed it the first thing that happened was that the razor guard fell off -_-“. I was kind of scared that I spent £4.99 on something that would be rubbish…

You basically just get the shaver, no extra fancy things like a charger or batteries which did upset me however its justified by the low price of the product.

 

Dry skin first 

I was kind of afraid of using it at first in case it snagged or something but I have to say it worked pretty well. I went over areas about 2 times to make sure it got all the hair and when i looked at my legs I was pleased to find there was no hair and it did a better job than my shaver, it also took less time as well.

 

Wet skin 

You can use this on wet skin with the help of shaving foam (which I did) and although it looked like it did a good job I wasn’t as impressed as I was with the dry skin. To me it felt awkward trying to get this machine to work on wet foamy skin…

 

Conclusion 

I would definitely recommend this to people who want an electric shaver. It works as well as a fancy pants expensive shaver and does a pretty good job of getting the little bits of hair off your leg and under arms. At the price of £4.99 as well its pretty good. I am happy with my results and I haven’t experienced the little cuts or razor burn I would normally feel.

 

Bec’s Rating 4.5/5

(for the fact that the lid fell off and is kinda rubbish)

Wednesday -Year in industry progress

Prehand
So I spent from August 2013 to about march 2014 looking for a placement for my YINI which is “year in industry”. This placement basically means you do your first 2 yeara at university then take a year out for your placement before doing your final year. The degrees are normally sandwhich courses and you will be maked on a peice of assessment for it.

I am a IT Management student which means I understand the business processes but I also have the knowledge for the IT side, meaning I can get a job as a IT manager in a business. 

In April/May I had an interview , call back and acceptance of a job as a Student IT technician in a school.

My first two months
Most placements start in septemeber, however mine startrd in June. For the first couple of weeks I was following round thw guy who was th current student. I learnt the basics of everything from afding users to the school system to taking apart machines. Once I got moee confident I was pretty much left to do what I wanted. I also had to oversee a class at lunch for homework club.

Check back in September for more posts about my placement

My tips for keeping cool in the summer

Welcome to britian, the weather is sunny with a high change of heat…

The UK is cooking with the amaxing sunshine we’ve been having. However its easy to forget how to stay healthy in this heat.

My first tip is all about exercise: If you do go to the gym then remember to take a drink with you. Keeping hydrate is important! ! If you start feeling dizzy or ill then stop straight away. Cant have you fainting now can we? !

Tip 2: Water!!
Like I said above hydration is important, drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and to cool you down. I find that my amount of qater I drink increases in tge summer as it helps prevent my headaches from the sun

Tip 3:lip balm and suncream
Lipbalm will help your lips from becoming too chapped, I tend to suffer from chapped lips 24/7 365days a year, but its always worst in the summer and winter. Plus a cute colour/flavour lip balm is always a girls necessary. Sunscreen will help protect you from the suns rays. Even I’ve started using factor10 just for that protection.

Tip3: clothes
Theres a way to look fashionable yet cool in the summer. Try wearing light colours to reflect the suns rays off as black and dark colours absorb the rays making you hotter. If you cant get away with shorts and a boobtube or tanktop then wear loose clothing. A hat is also a great accessory.

Tip4: moles on your skin

This is an important tip. If you have moles on your skin (their kinda like really dark beauty spots) make sure you cover them up pr put sunscreen on!!! The sun can affect then making then change shape or worst. So always make sure you keep an eye on them in the sun! !

And lastly tip 5: Sun at lunch time
The sun is at its highest between 11 am and 1 pm  during these times try to stay inside or in the shade and wait for It to get coolrr before doing any activities.

So thats my top summer tips. Hope your enjpying the weather and remember to stay safe!

Music Monday- fallout boy YBC finale

Warning: may contain spoilers

So on the 21st / 22nd of May fallout boy released the last 2 videos to the young blood chronicals : miss missing you and save rock and roll .

I was amazed, I sat there watching pete get chased by patrick. I was on the egde of my bed literally gasping because I could see how miss missing you was going to end. Then on to save rock and roll, and we all knew Elton john would be in it and he did take the form of an Angel. The band saves everyone from Courtney love’s armg of “silence” women. But I have to admit I was a bit confused, the video its self suggests to me and another one of my friends that there should be a epilogue of some sort but thats the last song on the album.

Either way it was definatly worth the wait, especially to see Patrick return to “normal” and play with he’s band again…. I want to know whats in the box thought.

videos will be posted later tonight so keep an eye out if you havent seen them yet

Thoughts in the comments below what was your favourite part of the YBC and why?

My hair routine

Right so because I only do my hair once a week I thought that today would be a good day to tell you guys how I do mg hair. I have my hair chemical straigthened hence why I only do it once a week,  to avoid any major heat damage on it.obviously this step by step guilde is foe weekly washes and I will not be telling you how to chemical straigthen hair, ask your hair dresser about that because it is dangerous

Step 1

You need to wash you hair so this is the easy step. I suggest using the new herbal essence (see my review on that) as it does make your hair feel a lot more smoother and softer

Step 2

Blow drying.  Again this step is easy if you have a way thats comfie for you. However I remember my first time blow drying my hair and I was like “how am I meant to do this” . I soon found that if you section your hair into two halves you can effectively dry all of your hair, you may also need to focus on the roots specially if you have a tendency to wash your hair the night before styling. 
When blow drying remember to use heat protection : I suggest tresemme salon sleek frizz control. Not only does it work as a heat protector (better than the one actuallg for heat protection, my personal opinion) but it also has argan oil which is reallg good for your hair and frizz control.

Step 3 straigthen

Style your hair how you would have it down and straight,  eg I havw a side parting so I would put that in after nlow drying. Now if you have a way of straigthening your hair that works then go for that but for people who it is their first go heres my tip. Section off a small layer at thr back of your head just above your neck. This is layer one, pile the rest of the hair on top of your head and use clips to keep that there.  Straighten layer one and then use a hair bobble or elastic to keep that straigthen bit together.  Take the pile down and repeat, when done with that add tk the previous layer. I find this method easy as it means k dont miss any hair.

You also want to use argan oil or the tresemme salon sleek stuff while doing this just for protection (I have my straigtheners on high heat).

So yeah thats my free steps to how ti get straight hair :)

Reason why I havent posted

Hey, 

My my what a week its been. Sorry for the no posts week but I had to grt back to normal.

As I’ve said in one of my pervious posts I spent 3 nights in london for the MCM comic con expo…if you were there I was the mixed race girl dressed as Haurhi Suzimyia on saturday walking around with a splicer….I had an amazing time and on wednesday I will pop some pictures up. So apart from some personal issues I had fun and got loads of stuff ^_^ I feel so lucky to have been able to be one of the few for a whole weekend ticket too!

Anyways since ive got back ive been focusing on just enjoying time with my parents and boyfriend and trying not to spend money…however o did get a new phone :D

Next week I start my year in industry so I will keep you guys updated on that and I have 2 blog posts lined up for Monday and Tuesday so hopefully back on schedule. 

Welcome to Wednesday

So we are half way through the week and its been a bit boring. Apart from being ordered to buy factor 10 sunscreeb, for my back due to the fact I have “beauty spots” there, it’s been a hot yet boring week so far.

I’ve take the opportunity of this boring week to start a book which I will try to stay committed to.

Therefore Thursday’s book day will be a quick blog about that but also about the book I just finished called EPIC ….

Concluding note
I am going to be away from Thursday afternoon till Sunday evening therefore dont expect any blog posts. I am heading down to London for the MCM expo !

Hope y’all having a good week :)