Apologies for the delay in blogging. I started a new job this week and the hours have been very tough on me, physically but more mentally!
Everyday I get up at 5, get to the workout for an hour, shower and get ready at Tim’s and then drive straight to work. (In case you were wondering I am a Trainee Car Sales Executive for Lifestyle SEAT! The dealership in Brighton hasn’t actually opened yet so I’m training at Lifestyle Ford in Horsham. Pop in if you’re local! But this isn’t what I’m blogging about here!)
As I started the biggest production of my life (so far), the third year dissertation, I suddenly got a bit worried. This wasn’t because of the amount of work I needed to do, I’m super organised so I knew I could handle it. It was the thought of what I would do when this was all over. Over and over again I had read graduate ‘horror stories’ of how everyone falls into this inevitable pit of unemployment desperately trying to scramble out.
I decided to start planning my life after graduation and what I would do with my life after university. This is when I found Camp Leaders: the chance to work all summer in a camp in America. Although the application process was more strenuous than applying for University there is no doubt that this was the best thing that I have ever done.
I’m actually a little embarrassed to admit that I enjoyed this piece of work. Nevertheless, I am relieved to see it finally bound and submitted after so much hard work! Congratulations to everyone else submitting their dissertations!
(If you can’t see the title clearly it says: Has the Press Complaints Commission failed to fulfil its designed remit- quite a timely piece, in fact so up to date, it will be out of date by the time it is marked!)
In March this year, my housemate’s cousin, Liam Stacey, 21, from Swansea was sentenced to 56 days in prison for composing racially motivated tweets about Fabrice Muamba.
In April, three men were arrested by North Wales police for allegedly naming a rape victim using social media. The arrests follow comments allegedly made after Wales and Sheffield United striker Ched Evans was jailed for raping a 19-year-old woman near Rhyl.
She addressed the importance of the NUJ having the chance to speak at the current Leveson Inquiry– they were initially not considered as core participants. (I particularly found her comments on regulation interesting as my dissertation is focusing on the PCC.)
This time last year, my friend Nick Ota took his life.
What makes the situation more painful is that no one knew about his suicidal thoughts, not even his university flatmates (whom he had been with the evening before) until he didn’t emerge from his room the next day.
It’s devastating to witness the destruction that suicide leaves behind.