Some news

There are so many things I wanted to blog about. So many things I wanted to share, so many drafts I wish I had posted.

Yet, my last article was on the beginning of November. Many, many things happened since then.

I turned 21…

I learnt how to cook (and became quite good at it, too!)…

 I met new friends… 

I went home for Christmas after three months in the UK….

I watched the Hunger Games 1 and 2…

I wrote my first essays….

I am safely starting the second term of my master…

The list goes on forever.

Ever since I came to the UK, I have considerably less time to blog. I guess this is the fate of any postgraduate student. Studies take 100% of my energy. I have never been so stressed in my life. Ever. I feel constantly overwhelmed by the amount of work I have to do. Everything is new to me though, so I have excuses. Essay writing, independent researching… I just can’t get used to it.

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Blogging? Well, be honest, it was the last of my priority. But I don’t want to give up completely because I actually enjoy it. So from now on, I will try to be more organized. I need to learn to balance my life (because, let’s be honest, I don’t have a life anymore. Just going to watch a movie with my friends makes me feel awfully guilty because I should be studying), and I need to do things I like. For my own sanity, I’m convinced it is important that I don’t give up completely on my hobbies.

Hence, from now on, I will try to post an article every month, on various subjects. I’m afraid there won’t be any book reviews in a while, for the simple reason that I have to read SO MUCH for my master that I don’t really feel like reading during my free time.

But you will definitely see food, movies, life in the UK or other general articles in the future, so stay tuned!

See you soon,

SP

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If only Hogwarts hadn’t forgotten my letter…

When I was 11, I patiently waited for my letter to arrive. I seriously did, just as many other children the same age as me. It was nearly 10 years ago… At the beginning, I created all sorts of scenarios to explain why I hadn’t yet received this letter. I remember some of them, like… “they forgot about me!”,  “Maybe I’m under a spell that errased my powers and they can’t locate me!” or “they want to protect me because a very bad wizard wants to kill me!“… silly stuff like this. Who didn’t? I was pretty sure I was a forgotten-muggle-born-witch and that at some point the Magic world had made a mistake and had yet to discover my existence.

It goes without saying that I was an unpopular, lonely, bookworm little girl with lots of imagination. 

I am 20 now. It seems rather certain that I am a muggle. Which is a shame. I would LOVE to be a witch. I am sure I would have been very good at school. But let’s imagine for a minute what would my life have been if I had received that letter.

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I took this picture at the Harry Potter studios earlier this year~~

I would have been a student there from 2003 to 2010. Sounds great to me. Those are not my favourite years. I still remember just how cruel children and teenagers can be. A little bit of magic would have helped.

If I am to believe my Pottermore results, I would have been a Ravenclaw. I was surprised. Honestly, when I read the book, I thought “ah, so I would have been an Hufflepuff, right?“. I really admire them, in some way. I admire their qualities. Anyway. Ravenclaw definitely suits me, I guess. Though I am not the hardworker Ravenclaws usually are, I think I understand why the little quizz put me in that House.

I would have been terrible at flying, so Quidditch was probably not for me (I am awful at any sport with a ball, so with or without a broomstick doesn’t make much difference). However, cheering my House team would have been a pleasure~!

The subject I would have loved the most is certainly History of Magic. I know, I know, it sounds terribly boring and all, and I read just like you how soporific Binns classes were. But it just fascinates me. The subject, I mean. I would have loved to learn all those things. In middle school and High School, History was my favourite subject. Seriously. I love it.

Potion would have been terrible. I know Snape was dead, in 2003, so maybe the teacher was somewhat kinder, but still, I know how I cook. I overlook quantities and just stop when it seems right. Potions need way too much precision for me.

Charms and Transfiguration both sounds very interesting, so I really wish I could be a witch for just one day and try those two. Please! I want a wand!

I would probably have had good results to my O.W.Ls, and continued some classes to N.E.W.T level. I am sure it is much easier for young wizards to find out what they want to do with their life. Magic is amazing. You can actually do anything, really…

If I had gone to Hogwarts, I would have graduated three years ago. So, by now, I would probably already have found a fascinating job, maybe at the Ministry? Something like that. Sounds great.

But, all of that will never happen. (Yeah, for those of you who doubted it, I am perfeclty sane, don’t worry!)

And, honestly… since I am French, Beauxbatons would have been my school, not Hogwarts, right?

So, what about you all? Did you dream to receive your letter? How would have been your life if you had gone to Hogwarts?

For those of you who wonder “why such a post?”, well, I am completing application forms for Master degrees lately, and I’m definitely dreaming of NOT having to do all of that right now. It just makes me panic.

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PS: please don’t re-use my photo of the letter without my consent, thanks!