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To The Girls At Number 36

Grateful is an understatement to describe how thankful I am to you.

Not only did you open your house to me when I was stuck for somewhere to stay during exams, but your encouragement and support during revision was also much appreciated. From practising examinations to drilling each other on logbooks, and praying together before exams, revising with you guys was very helpful, because in both the written and practical assessments, remembering things we’d talked through made me able to answer questions.

I never once felt like an outsider- you made me feel very welcome. And as someone who doesn’t have many close female friends (forever ‘one of the lads’), it was so so lovely to be included in your close-knit circle.

Home now, and as I nervously await my results, I just want to say a massive thank you for your kindness. I know that whatever the outcome of the exams are, I would never have gotten through them without you.

Alice, Narki and Rochelle, you are wonderful people.

gals

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All Hail Queen Tai

Today Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in British history, but this week another queen’s reign started… mine.

Yupp, as of Monday I’m officially back at university and all moved into my house for the year, exciting times. This house is much better than the one I was in last year because not only is it much closer to campus, it’s also near my church, is bigger, more spacious, and just smells nicer, you know? I’m living with medics for the first time as well, so this should be fun! Lu and Jess are two of my dearest friends too, so having them as housemates this year will be great.

So why am I Queen of the House? Well, first of all I just need to point out that this was totally not my idea! I’m not that narcissistic, trust me, but when Jess suggested it, how could I say no? 😉 I was appointed queen because I volunteered to have the smallest room in the house. Everyone else has a double room, and Bangledeshi Bae even has an ensuite bathroom all to himself, and with no one wanting the small room, I decided to take it.

The room actually isn’t that bad, it’s quite cosy I think, but my housemates felt bad, and came up with the “Tai Conditions” for me having it, and they are as follows:

  1. Tai doesn’t have to do any chores.
  2. Tai can use the dining table in the kitchen to study whenever she wants.
  3. Tai gets bathroom priority in the mornings.
  4. The house will have “Tai Day” every two months on the 14th, and Tai gets to choose what the house does to celebrate. (Bonus points for anyone who can figure out why it’s the 14th)
  5. And finally, Tai is Queen of the House. (I’m not too sure what this entails but it’s still a cool title, right?

So yeah, this year should be… interesting.

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First Student House: Dos and Don’ts

I did it. I survived a year in my first student house.

Last weekend was spent moving into the house I’m living in next year, and I really can’t believe how quickly the time has gone. Moving out of halls was just over a year ago, and now I’m moving into my second student house? Cray.

It’s been a very educative experience, so here’s a Tai Guide To Your First Student House:

– Make sure your housemates are people you get on with, in order to avoid failing outs/arguments later on. Trust me, pick very carefully.

– Create a joint account early on, and sort out how bills (gas, electricity, water, internet etc)  are going to be paid.

– Agree on chores and allocate jobs to people I.e. bins, cleaning the kitchen and toilets, hoovering, checking mail, and so on.

– Have a house notice board to leave messages on, such as honding reminders (see below), and things to buy for the house. A house Whatsapp or Facebook chat works too.

– Two words: House Bonding. I was a big fan of ‘honding’ with my housemates, and organised film nights, house meals, cinema trips and days out. It was always a great chance to take a break from work and catch up with each other.

Ahh, it really has been a good year. Highlights have included being on the news, Burns Night, that time I had to go to Royal mail centre (lol), Radio 1 Big Weekend, going camping for the first time, modelling for KAOS, getting on the committee for next year, and so on.

So all I have left to say is goodbye, number 57. We’ve had good times, and the memories will always remain with me.
number 57