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I am fully aware that the last time I showed any signs of life on this blog was in January, when I made a post to apologise for my inactivity, and to wish you all a happy new year. Now, half a year’s gone by, and to my dismay I haven’t managed to make any posts in that time period. Instead of wasting your time with even more apologies, I guess I’d just like to say thank you to those who haven’t gone straight to the “unfollow” button. I love all my followers, and it really brings me joy to come online and see that there are people out there who still comment on my posts and follow my blog, despite my inconsistency. Speaking of followers and comments, I realise there are quite a few comments that I haven’t had the chance to reply to. THIS, I have to apologise for. To any of you who’ve made comments on my blog and did not receive a reply; I honestly wasn’t intentionally ignoring you. I’ve just been really inactive for the past five months, and I didn’t get to see your comments. Please don’t take it personally, I realise how rude I’ve been and I actually feel pretty bad about it D:

Anyway, with that all aside, here’s the real purpose behind this post: I’m no longer a freshy. Today is my last day as a freshman. It’s also the last day of what has got to be the most eventful academic year of my life. It feels like only yesterday when I received my letter of acceptance, and I entered the campus wide eyed for the very first time. Then, before I’ve realised, it turns out I’ve actually managed to endure an entire year of sleepless nights as a University student. Time sure flies fast.

Now that I’m on holiday, I’ve finally got some time to sit down (and write blog posts xD) and think about my experiences as a first year student. A lot has happened to me in a year, and I believe I’ve changed as a person. University has transformed me from an innocent child with pigtails into a tough caffeine addict. It has taught me how to set my priorities straight (sleep, when possible, is of utmost importance. Midnight snacks are a close second. loljk.). It has basically given me a glimpse of the “real world” – one that involves socialising with people with varying backgrounds, and enduring heart-wrenchingly honest criticisms from your professors.

In all seriousness though, University has taught me a lot. I’m a lot more mature than I was when I first entered, and after having completed my first year (after all those sleepless nights and the struggle for good grades) I feel like there isn’t anything I can’t do. For all those of you out there who are about to enter University, here’s my advice (most of it is actually pretty obvious). Stock up on coffee, stock up on snacks (trust me, when you’re working on an essay or studying at 3AM in the morning, you’ll NEED all that to keep you from going completely bonkers), MANAGE YOUR TIME WELL (procrastination is a big no-no – you don’t want to end up pulling more all nighters than you need to, because you spent all your time watching cat videos on youtube), and HAVE FUN. I really stress the last point. Although I make it sound like all my time was spent studying and unleashing my inner nerd, I also spent a lot of my spare time just enjoying myself with new friends, and doing new things. First year, in my opinion, is the time to fool around. It’s the time to make mistakes and do things you wouldn’t normally do. You’re only a freshman once, so I encourage everyone to use this year to your fullest. Be daring; don’t just “live a little”, live A LOT. If you’re spending almost all your time locked in your room and reading a textbook that weighs more than me, then you aren’t properly living the Uni life. Really put yourself out there. Make new friends, join clubs (excellent way to meet new people by the way), just DO STUFF.

This whole work hard play hard concept actually means quite a lot to me. Growing up, a lot of my elders always stressed that I should be only focusing on my studies, instead of “wasting time”, so I can graduate faster. I completely disagree. It’s a waste of life to spend it all focused on your grades and your studies. Naturally, you should be working hard, but not to the extent that you forget what fun is. (Just in case anyone needs it, the definition of fun, according to dictionary.com: Enjoyment, amusement, or lighthearted pleasure). Contrary to popular opinion, there isn’t really anything THAT great about graduating a year or two earlier than everyone else, because at the end of the day, you’re probably just going to end up getting a job and working even more (unless you somehow manage to create something innovative and life changing like Microsoft). In my opinion, I don’t see what’s the hurry. I think University is probably one of the best times of your life – it’s when you’re old enough to be independent and free to make your own choices, but also young and innocent enough to enjoy yourself without being stressed out by grown up career problems. I thing these years should be treasured, and every moment lived to it’s fullest, not rushed.

Looking back on the past year, I’m actually pretty proud of myself. Thinking about all the effort I put into my studies, and all the fun I had, I feel quite accomplished. University has really made me feel that as long as you work hard and put in effort, nothing is impossible. And, of course, if you don’t quite manage to reach your goals, at least you’ve still got those midnight snacks to cheer you up.

And on that note, that concludes this long-awaited post. How was your past year spent?

Adios!

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Greetings, inhabitants of the blogging world.

As you can see, today is indeed an excellent day, for it is the day when I finally put aside all my University work (along with other productive and important things I really should be doing right now) so I can return to the procrastinating side of the internet and bring my blog back to life. Or at least, attempt to heal it from it’s pitiful and dying state.

Yes, I have finally returned from my deep slumber, yes, I know it’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything interesting, and yes, I really should be apologising for my lack of commitment, but alas, I’ve run out of excuses. Instead, I shall take this moment to thank my few remaining followers for sticking with me despite my unexplained absences. I will try to stop letting you guys down. I will try.

Anyway, before I bore you all to death, let me move to my main point. Today, what I really wanted to talk about is not why I haven’t been on for so long (I’m a University student now; need I say more? No, I didn’t think so). I wanted to talk about the alarmingly large number of pet accounts on Facebook.

Now, before I begin, let me just say this (before all of you pet lovers come at me with false accusations and unnecessary attacks): I have nothing against animals or pets. I love pets. I have three cats (well, technically I only have one, but my cat is an extremely seductive female and thus I now have to care for the two stray males who hang around my house waiting for food and attempting to flirt with my prized creature), a dog, and I recently acquired a new puppy. Yet, no matter how much I love animals, I will never be able to understand why some people feel the need to put their pets all over the internet.

By “put their pets all over the internet”, I don’t mean sharing photos of their adorable little animals, because that is still sort of understandable. What I mean is when these obsessed owners start creating YouTube channels and Facebook profiles for their pets, and fill these profiles with nonsense. All right, I admit some animal YouTube channels are pretty entertaining (or maybe I’m just biased towards cat videos), but then there are the ones that are basically full of low quality footage, recorded by bored owners who have nothing to do but follow their pets around the house all day. Now, the YouTube videos are bad enough. But no, these pets had to go dominate Facebook as well. I have met people who give their dogs Facebook profiles, and help their dogs update statuses, because “oh, our darling doggie Fido is part of the family :)”. It drives me insane! These owners create all these profiles, to help build the illusion that their pets are like humans, and that they share this “special connection”. Well, I don’t care how big a part the family pet plays in the family. The truth is, your pet cannot type. It is completely unfeasible to know exactly what your pet is feeling, no matter how close the two of you are, so what gives you the right to pretend to be your dog on Facebook, and write statuses as if you know exactly what is going on in that creatures mind? For all you know, your dog could be plotting world domination… Or ready to take a dump on your sneakers.

The alarming amount of animal profiles that exist on Facebook is just beyond me. Some people even make blogspot, Tumblr and WordPress accounts for their beloved pets. I find it all… Confusing. I mean, isn’t it hard enough to blog for yourself? It takes me forever  (though I bet you already knew that. oops.) to put together a blog post that I find worthy of your attention, and add to that my Tumblr and Facebook accounts and all my free time is used up. So where on earth do these owners find time to blog for themselves and their pets? Do they not have jobs? Or school? It must take an eternity to blog for yourself, your dog, your cat, and your parrots. In my opinion, it’s crazy, and a complete waste of time (although… Most of the things I do are a complete waste of time, so I don’t have much right to judge).

It isn’t just the owners who’re wasting time. I wonder how other Facebook users can bear to be friends with animals on Facebook. It’s bad enough having to tolerate boring, pointless statuses on my newsfeed by humans. Now, imagine having your newsfeed full of boring, pointless statuses by animals! Aww, you just jumped on your owner’s sofa hoping for some love? That’s cute, but IRRELEVANT. What, you just ate your favourite brand of dog food? Interesting, what’s it got to do with me? Honestly, I really DON’T CARE what these animals are up to. But for some reason, these pets are gaining popularity all over the internet, and the number of profiles created for animals is increasing at a terrifying rate. Soon, Facebook will have more animals than humans, and before we know it, these pets will be chatting each other up and having online relationships and discussing topics like “Cat politics” and “How To Overthrow The Humans”. Best beware fellow blogger friends, for if we don’t act now, soon our time will be over, and our darling kittens will dominate the online world.

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