A Little Introduction…

If you’ve found your way to my corner of the internet, hi! Make yourself comfy. Grab a drink and settle in – I think you’ll find something here worth staying for.

I’m Lauren, a 17 year old A level student from the UK. I’m in my final year of studying biology, chemistry and maths and have applied to go to university next year to study biomedical sciences. I’ve been reading and writing for as long as I can remember and now I want to share my thoughts and experiences to help others.

If I’m honest, this isn’t the first time I’ve sat here, furiously tapping away at a keyboard, composing the ‘perfect’ first blog post, only to lose motivation a few weeks in. So you might be thinking, what’s different this time?

Let me tell you!

I’m older now; I’ve lived more. 17 years isn’t long, but it’s long enough for me to have experienced many things – some things no teenager, let alone anyone, should have had to have gone through, but experiences that have made me who I am. Some experiences that arose from my own mistakes, ones that I’ve learned from. And some experiences that I can’t wait to share with you all, because I think they’ll make you smile as much as they do me.

I’m at a point in my life where the future could not be less certain and more full of possibility. So I’m starting a blog – a document of what is to come of sorts, and if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. That’s okay, because I’m young and still experiencing things. But if it does, then I can only hope you’ll stick along with me and enjoy the wild, unpredictable ride!

So, what am I actually going to blog about? This is the place for you if you love down to earth, honest content spanning the life of students, from monthly favourites to book reviews to study advice and everything in between. You’ll also realise I am a huge stationery nerd and would rather spend time at home with a good book than go out, that I think money spent on new pens is far more valuable than money spent on designer makeup, and that my writing style is a little quirky, but I think you’ll like it regardless. I will blog about the good, the bad and the ugly, because life isn’t perfect so I don’t feel the need to only reveal the pretty bits.

Having suffered badly myself, I am a big advocate for good mental health, in particular, reducing the stigma around it – one in four people will suffer with it at some point in their life, so I feel it is increasingly important that we start talking about it, open and honestly. I want to make more young people feel able and confident to speak out about how they feel and get they help they need because I understand only too well what can happen when you don’t feel able to. So I might share some things that hurt, but I’ll share things that will make you happy too, because life is equally as good as it is shitty and I want people to feel that way too.

So that’s me. I hope that, maybe, you might feel like sticking around for a while, to laugh and cry and regret and reminisce with me, and maybe learn a little bit for yourself too.

With juggling studying and other commitments, I would love to post once a week (but maybe more if I feel up to it and you want it!). I’m also welcome to any suggestions you might have – leave them in the comments!

See you all soon,

Lauren β™‘

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