Monday, 1 August 2011

The Chronicle

This one time at....
journalism summer school

- I'm back with another 'Chronicle' post. For those of you who haven't seen this kind of post before, it is basically a reoccurring feature of my blog that isn't necessarily 100% beauty or fashion related, whereby you can get to know me a little better through things I'm thinking about, wishing for and such. Sometimes it includes pictures of my week and pictures that inspire me and answers to questions I have been asked via twitter or on YouTube etc etc. :)

Hi Everyone! Sooo I'm sure you already know through twitter and the fact I posted yesterday ha ha that I have indeed returned from my trip to Journalism school!


It was absolutely amazing, I loved every single minute of it!
I met some fabulous friends and industry contacts and learnt sooo much about the journalism industry and how I might go about breaking into it.

I thought you guys would be interested in seeing what I got up to whilst I was there. I did do some vlogging but I only have a few minutes of footage as my camera started playing up. :( Perhaps i'll manage to collaborate all the salvaged pieces of footage for you at a later date for another 'blog vlog'. :)


I started out earlier this year as a complete novice to universities and the journalism BA course. I knew I wanted to be a journalist but I didn't know how to go about getting into it, what courses were best to become a journalist and I naively just thought well, it was kind of just going to happen.

TOTALLY the WRONG outlook to have. If i've learnt anything i've learnt that hard graft, commitment, integrity and drive is what will get you into the dog eat dog world of journalism, whether it be print, television or radio.


Since visiting Leeds Trinity University College, I now am much more in the know and feel much more confident about the biiig choices I will be making next year! :-)
It helped me soooo much and it was brilliant.

What was even more lovely was the fact that whilst I was there a girlie mailed me through my YouTube channel and we got chatting about getting into journalism and we both really helped each other out! If you have any questions or you are interested in studying journalism also, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get in touch with me, I would love to hear where you are thinking of studying at or what area of journalism interests you most.

Errrrm back to the point of this post......

About twelve of us attended the course and we spent our time living in the university halls and it was great getting a taste of independent living and the girls I shared a flat with were sooo lovely! *huggles to Kate, Ly, Chloe, Beth, Jackie and Naila*


In the day we took part in Tai Chi lessons, which for me, at first I was skeptical about, but grew to love the peacefulness of it- the movements really are beautiful. We also tried Street dancing which was a nightmare for me as I am sooo crap at picking up steps and finding rhythm in dance routines! This was all followed by DJ lessons! Haha, that was pretty cool!


We also produced our own newspaper with an active journalist called Danny, we all wrote our pieces and they looked so professional within the newspaper layout.
Ofcourse, my piece was regarding blogging! No surprise there :)

Here I am feeling rather important with my lanyard on ;)


Waistcoat: Zara
Top: Primark
Leggings: Primark

It was particularly exciting when our mentor, Carol, a journalism teacher at the university, very kindly put me in touch with her daughter who works for Illamasqua which was ace and very surreal for me as you guys know I LOVE makeup and beauty (hence this blog ha ha)

On the last night we had a party and I we had a sort of award show to celebrate our achievements.

This picture documents some VERY mad dancing.....


as does this.


Here's what I wore. I kept it very simple as I could only take a few things in my small suitcase.


Dress: International
Shoes: Jessica Simpson (bought from TK MAXX)
Skinny brown belt: Primark

Strangely enough I won an extremley odd award. - One i'll NEVER live down i'll tell you that. The story goes that one night we were doing a quiz and I was the team captain of "Shiiitiiiing" *If you watch celebrity juice, you'll understand how that is said ha ha*
And one of the bonus points was to rather sillyly do an impression of a T REXX. Unfortunately for me the only T REXX I knew sounded like Lady Gaga in Bad romance. So off I trotted infront of EVERYONE and did this crazy impression.

For it, I won this award. ;)


It really was a great experience and I urge anybody wishing to study journalism or just wants to meet new people and get a small taste of uni life to go on one of these summer schools!

Heres a few more pictures of the best three days ever. Enjoy!








Love, Holl xo



  1. Aw sounds like an amazing experience! You look lovely in the photos :) very glam x

  2. Gutted they don't do anything like that near where I live, I really want to be a journalist too, but I'm stuck making coffee's at the local paper for 'work experience'.... meh.

    I've narrowed my universities down to Northumbria and Cardiff.... hmm. It's confusing isn't it?

    Looks like you had fun, and as always, love the blog. xxxx


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