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Campus Society: Blogger Welcome Pack

Today I will be talking about a wonderful site called Campus Society.

Campus Society is a networking website specifically for students where you can connect effortlessly with other students and collaborate for teams, societies, and groups.

The way in which Campus Society works is that it has a series of channels where each channel focuses on a different thing, a bit like groups on Facebook. You can have all sorts of channels ranging from Harry Potter to blogging: basically a wide range of topics and interests. You can even create your own channels.

Campus Society have a dedicated blogging network, with bloggers who set up their own channels. Campus Society gives us bloggers a perfect opportunity to grow and develop our blog.

Campus Society has given me more confidence when it comes to blogging thanks to the feedback I’ve received through posts I have shared on my dedicated blogging channel there.

I want to thank the Campus Society team for making me feel so welcome and everything they continue to do. Without further ado, I received a blogger welcome pack to welcome me to the blogging team. Here is what I received:



With the Campus Society blogger welcome pack came perfectly useful things. The campus society canvas bag? Why, of course that comes in handy for carrying those library books about that I always end up carrying.

Secondly, an artist always has use for pencils. If not at that moment, they will still come in useful. Thirdly, I am always in dire need of those small wallets for storing cards in. It is as if Campus Society knew that my favourite Harry Potter wallet had just fell apart so I was in need of a new one.

My favourite thing from my pack was of course the “Blogs Start Here” notebook. I am one of those people who always comes up with my best ideas or good ideas when I am busy or otherwise pre-occupied. I would be in a lecture and suddenly I would have a thought for my blog. The size also comes in handy for carrying about easily.

Finally, I love the simplicity of the tshirt which stands for “Best on Campus.” Overall I would recommend you to join Campus Society if you are a student as it is a great resource for connecting with other students around the world as well as getting help with coursework/helping others.

Perhaps I will see you about? My Campus Society channel can be found here: Campus Society Channel

Find me on social media here: Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Instagram ~ Google Plus

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Imposters in Paradise by Maxine Barry Q & A

Where are you happiest?

At home – or in a library. (And walking on a summer’s day across a meadow by a river.)

Who would you like to star in the film of your life?

(OK – you’ll have to wait a few minutes now, before I stop laughing. What actress in the world would want to play me?) OK, fantasy choice – probably Diana Rigg (I loved her as Emma Peel in the old Avenger’s series!!!) In reality – probably that wonderful actress who plays ‘Vera’ so well in the Anne Cleeves BBC series.

Describe your best ever holiday.

I never went on holiday until I was well into my twenties – coming from a large, working class family we could never afford to go on one as kids (and no, I’m really not touting for sympathy or wallowing in self-pity.) Besides, none of us minded that – living in a country village, with the river Cherwell and Oxford canal to explore, it felt like we were constantly on holiday anyway. But I do remember my first time abroad – when I spent a week in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland in the springtime. Stunning mountain scenery, two large lakes, cows with huge musical bells around their necks that rang out every time they moved, and fields full of wild amethyst-coloured orchids. Lovely.

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? (easy, tiger!)

You really shouldn’t ask questions like that! It’s boggling my mind a bit. Actually, I’m very worried at the moment about this pressing need to build new houses on greenbelt and expand pretty rural villages out of all recognition. So I’d probably sneak into a council planning office and find out what they’re really saying and plotting, out of the spotlight of public scrutiny!

If I joined you on your perfect day, what would we be doing?

Nothing very exciting I’m afraid. (I’ve never felt the urge to bungee-jump or go white-water rafting!) It would be a lovely day outside though and we’d walk my dog, cook something nice for lunch, read something good, maybe go out in the evening with a couple of friends or family to a riverside pub and feed the swans. (I’d like to say, at this point, we’d then come home to find a David Tennant or Rufus Sewell lookalike waiting for us with a warm mug of drinking chocolate and even warmer smile, but that really would be hoping for too much!)

What do you think is the best thing about social media?

I’m a near-Luddite when it comes to modern technology and have only just started to learn to Twitter. Sorry, tweet. So, what I know about social media could be written in one word.  Nothing!

And the worst…?!

Again – I don’t feel qualified to comment.

What is the most important item you require for a quiet night in?

A good book.

Is it best to always tell the truth or is it sometimes better to tell a little white lie?

Ah. Interesting. Depends on the reason for the white lie, I suppose. If the truth is painful – and isn’t really required to do anyone any good – I don’t see the point of it for its own sake. On the other hand, I can well see why telling lies isn’t a particularly good idea either. It has to be bad for the soul, right?

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Underestimating Volunteering

Volunteering is often underestimated in any line of work. Who would want to work but not get paid for it? Right? WRONG!

Although you may not get paid for the work you do, you may find an escape away from reality and something you love to dedicate your time to. Who knows? After a while of volunteering, you may even get offered a paid job eventually.

Just because it isn’t paid, doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth the time and effort if you put it in. What happens when you apply for a job and you have equal qualifications and experience to someone else? How do they decide who they want to give the job to? They look for a person who has something extra to add to the table.

A big example of this is volunteering, volunteering not only looks great on a CV but it also 1) gets you valuable experience and 2) Can become something you love and 3) Lead to you standing out to potential employees and maybe having the edge over someone else to be given the job in question.

I have had various enjoyable volunteering experiences. One thing I would say though is: when you decide you want to get into volunteering, apply for roles in which you have a genuine interest in, don’t simply apply because you want a volunteering role as you won’t enjoy it. If you take up a volunteering role and don’t enjoy it: quit it!

I suppose that is another plus to volunteering. When it comes to volunteering you can easily quit if you find you don’t enjoy it or that it doesn’t benefit you. Whereas if you apply for a job, you often have a contract with that employer so therefore if you don’t enjoy it you can’t just quit out of it as easily as you can with volunteering.

An issue that can be associated with volunteering is the distance in which you have to travel to get there. I learnt recently that whenever applying for a job or volunteer role it is crucial to research how to get there! Don’t just go by the city its in and say that will be fine as it might not! For example, I had an interview this week for a volunteer role with a big Scottish charity, Enable Scotland. Before applying, I didn’t look up how to get there, just assumed it would be easy since I knew it was in my city. WRONG!

I booked in the interview and then, that was when I looked up how to actually get there. To my shock I found I had to not only get a train but then get a bus followed by a 25 minute walk. If you are thinking of applying for a job or volunteer role and want to know how to get there, Google Maps directions is your best friend! –,-4.3433119,13z

No matter what route I clicked on, they all involved me having to do a 25 minute walk! I also hate public transport – especially buses! With buses, you never know where to get off. I am that awkward person that feels embarrassed to ask the driver to let me know when he approaches my stop! Besides – I have had very bad experiences with rude & very unhelpful bus drivers. But that’s a story for another day!

The only reason I knew where to get off the bus, was because of a really noisy woman on my bus. She was talking to a guy and was telling him what street she lived at the back of which happened to be the street I had to get off at! So I literally got off the bus when she did then opened google maps.

Another problem that occurs when you don’t look up how to get to your interview beforehand is not planning enough travel time. This led me to having to run full speed without enough time to even go to the toilet. I ended up running at full force from University to the train station with about 5 minutes to spare to not only get my ticket but then board the train. Also, if it wasn’t for google maps directions I would of got lost. I ended up with my face glued to google maps on my phone, following a small arrow telling me what direction to walk in. I got to my interview, bright red face, sweating with about 1 minute to spare. Nope, not the best idea I had!

Volunteering can possibly lead to a job that you wouldn’t of stood a chance at without the experience gained through volunteering. For my graded unit earlier this year at college, I organized a Scotland wide Journalism competition with involvement from all colleges & Universities with a Journalism course in Scotland.

It was difficult work and at times I wanted to give up, but it was an enjoyable experience. It also gave me the chance to work with big companies such as the BBC, Scottish Sun & Daily Record whom I wouldn’t of had the chance to work with without this experience.

Volunteering can give you opportunities to further your career and work with people or companies you would have never dreamed possible. Volunteering also gives you the chance to shock yourself and go above and beyond to achieve something you wouldn’t of otherwise felt you could achieve.

Through volunteering I have made lifelong friends whom have changed my life for the better. While I was in high school, I volunteered for a school holiday program run by my local council. I got to work with children between Primary 1 and 3.

Through this involvement, I made a friend whom is now one of my best friends who is someone I can trust and makes my life better. Through this experience, I have also made many happy memories such as when kids would tell me they loved me or that I was their friend.

When I was coming to the end of high school, I originally was wanting to go into the childcare line of work, more specifically to train to become a nursery teacher. This volunteering experience gave me experience to make me stand out from the crowd and I came close to getting a placement on a childcare course thanks to this opportunity.

Unfortunately I got the place recalled at last minute because of a reference given by a teacher whom didn’t understand me. If it wasn’t for this volunteering experience, I wouldn’t of even got offered a conditional place in the first place!

Volunteering can also help you discover yourself, find who you truly are and help shape your career. For example, throughout high school, I had a community radio station based right outside my school, Pulse 98.4. This was a perfect chance to get involved with something that I had never experienced before.

In my mid high school years I got involved with the radio station, mainly involved with a program called “Schools out” which, you’ve guessed it, featured presenters whom were all still studying at school.

This was a great opportunity for me. At the time I was a quiet, kind of shy person. My involvement here, helped me to gain confidence in myself and who I was as a person. I then developed a love of radio. If it wasn’t for Pulse, I wouldn’t of discovered my love for radio, therefore I wouldn’t of considered Media as a possible career path.

When applying for college after leaving school, I picked Childcare as my main option, Media & Communications as my backup and Administration as an extra backup. I enjoyed Administration but didn’t exactly wish to pursue it as a career. Despite my teachers telling me I should pick Administration because it could get me a job, I wanted something with a little more excitement.

When Childcare fell through, I turned to Media & Communications as a backup. Three years after making that decision, I’ve left college with a HND Media & Communications and am now pursuing it further at University. I have discovered a love & passion for something I couldn’t of known I would learn to love this much.

I have met some truly amazing people whom I intend to keep in touch with for life. I have had amazing opportunities such as the Journalism competition, chances to pitch TV shows to the BBC and an abseil I did for small charity, CMV Action where I got to push myself and do something I’ve wanted to do for years in aid of charity.

If it wasn’t for the NC Media & Communications course followed by the HND Media & Communications course at college and the constant support & encouragement I received from my guidance lecturer and other lecturers while at college, I would not of had such opportunities or be pursuing a career I am in love with.

Through volunteering, you can make a HUGE difference to the lives of other people. A big example of this is the charity called CMV Action ( The whole team who created the charity and run the charity are ALL volunteers affected by the CMV virus. They all dedicate their time to making the charity a success and raising as much money as possible for this fantastic cause.

Another example is companies that might not have enough staff & money to pay staff to run effectively. Another charity, Project Ability ( take on a lot of volunteers to help the smooth running of the charity. They have regular workshops for people with disabilities/mental illness where they have a handful of staff. Therefore they take on volunteers to assist the paid staff to ensure the individuals have all the necessary support crucial to their involvement with the workshops.

It just goes to show that volunteering can help set you up for your intended career, make you stand out from the crowd and make a huge different to the lives of others! I have supplied some links that you may find useful if interested in getting involved with more volunteer work:


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Radio Presenting

Radio presenting is often seen as a difficult career to get into. Within the media industry it is increasingly difficult to find a paid job within radio and you seriously need to consider another career to pay the bills while trying to pursue your dreams. I myself have been doing two radio shows a week since June at a local radio station. The money is tight and the team small. We don’t get any sort of payment and also have to make our own way to the radio station on a regular basis, we are also only allowed to use the pre-recording studio if we are working on a piece of material specifically for the radio station. We are required to pay a “membership” fee every three months or once a year.

Despite this, there are positive aspects to radio presenting. Radio presenting is something I have always been interested in, ever since that first day I took part in a school orientated programme. This programme used to be a programme with a regular weekly show for students still studying at school. When the radio station was based in its old location it used to involve, several students coming along each week to do a one hour radio show in the hope to gain some valuable experience within the industry. Ever since this day I have been interested in pursuing a career within the radio sector.

For a long while, I was interested in getting my own show at the radio station but for whatever reason not of my own accord, this never came to the surface. That all changed when a new presenter came to the radio station. He was placed in the management team and shortly after, he spoke to me about starting a radio show with someone I didn’t know who was looking for a co-host. This is where I came to meet the person I am now doing a radio show with.

Another problem discovered within the radio sector is that the wages from a regular job within radio isn’t actually a substantial amount to live on. This therefore means that within radio, often you have to find another job on top which will pay the bills. For example, a past presenter who I used to work with, he left our radio station as he got another job. A few months down the line I saw him in PC World working for Google. He told me that radio was a difficult career to find a job in and as a result he had to go and source another job since he was still waiting to get something from this new job.

Despite this, radio is a passion of mine and my radio show is still going ahead, despite a temporary break. Like everything within the media industry, there are the positives/negatives that you have to deal with, but it is worth it in the end.

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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl – Book Review

A standout book I have read this year which has enticed me in from the beginning is: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl. The book is based on the YouTube Channel: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Network.

I feel that it is a great example of one type of media adapting into a book. If you never knew about the YouTube channel to begin with then you probably wouldn’t notice the different.

I originally won the book in a competition but just got around to reading the book recently. Everything begins with Sunshine turning 16 then moving to a new house where she instantly starts to feel a sudden creepiness that lingers everywhere she goes.

The book explores into the long process it takes before Sunshine realises who she is and that she is a luiseach – in charge of helping spirits to move on after death.

Sunshine begins to document the paranormal on video and tries to prove to her mother that ghosts are real. She then meets Anna, the ghost who is haunting her house and learns about the tragic fate that Anna met. Sunshine is being tested by her mentor in which she has to overcome before she meets her mentor. If she does not overcome the challenge then she could loose all those whom she cares about and then possibly even forget about their existence in the first place.

The adaptation from YouTube to novel was actual fantastic. Right from the start of the book you get easily drawn in and begin to associate with the characters. Although the book is written for a young audience, Paige tells the story in a way that can appeal to even people older than the intended readership.

I like the way in which you can easily relate to Sunshine through the fact that she is the typical unpopular girl at school with only one good friend. Then when she moves miles away from home, she becomes friends with yet again one person who truly understands her. The darkness that engulfs Sunshine could give connotations of those who are depressed in the fact that the darkness takes ahold of her and refuses to let go which follows her about from day-to-day.

Sunshine interacts with the ghost, Anna and begins to play games with her. The more Sunshine plays with Anna, the more she learns about the ghosts brutal murder. Sunshine begins to sympathise with the ghost when she discovers that the girl was killed by her father who was possessed by a demon.

I would describe this book as the Supernatural of a younger generation. I feel that the book has similar aspects to the TV show: Supernatural but makes the plot unique by aiming at a younger audience and mixing the paranormal with a sense of humour. Sunshine’s personality and the relationship between her and her mother really stands out and makes the reader support Sunshine in her challenge and want her to succeed.

The novel becomes a fight for survival. A fight for Sunshine to save her mother. A fight that could end in death that Sunshine would have never expected from such a move. What a convenient time for Sunshine to move to Ridgemount you say? Little does Sunshine know, this was put in place by her mentor. A mentor she has yet to meet. mentor who is putting her loved one’s lives at risk all for the greater good, all as a test. A test in which Sunshine must pass or risk loosing her loved ones for good!

McKenzie takes the typical idea of a paranormal/horror YA book but adds a twist to make it unique. This factor is what makes the adaptation a brilliant success. She takes the typical “girl being haunted/haunted house” plot and spins it up to make it fresh and exciting story that is totally different from the classics.

As soon as Sunshine arrives in the new town she feels something “off” about the house and whole neighborhood. Ever since her sixteenth birthday she has started to develop into the luiseach which she is due to become.

To improve the novel it would be good if McKenzie was able to go into more depth when the spooky events begin to happen. When her whole world turns upside down, it would be good if there was more detail. I would have also liked it if there was more detail about how Sunshine and her best friend before she moved to Ridgemount drifted apart and ended up not talking. Since in the book, they just stop mentioning her after a certain point. I will most likely check out the YouTube channel after reading the book.

I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy paranormal humour in a YA read.


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I am maybe late jumping on the bandwaggon but I have seen plenty of YouTuber’s doing the TMI Tag. Now even though I am a blogger, I feel what better chance to let you get to know me better since I am just starting out?

Well here goes…

1: What are you wearing?

My Pajamas – seriously the most comfortable thing to wear! Whenever I am home and don’t need to go back out I always chuck on my Pajamas no matter what time of day it is. I occasionally get some weird looks from my gran when she turns up unexpectedly as she’s old-fashioned and thinks you should dress first thing in the morning and stay dressed all day.

2: Ever been in love?

Do fictional characters count? I have never been in love with anyone in real life. I’ve had small crushes but not been in love. I got asked out in Primary school and felt awful saying no as I didn’t fancy the guy but thought of him as a good friend but obviously, saying no was the right thing and I don’t regret my decision. Even with the peer pressure at the time of other people trying to get me to say yes.

3: Ever had a terrible breakup?

Yet again, no. I’ve never actually been in a relationship in the first place!

4: How tall are you?

5 ft 8 inches

5: How much do you weigh?

No idea, I don’t give tabs on my weight. Over what I would like to weigh though, I plan on joining the gym.

6: Any tattoos?

No, but I have an idea on what I would like if I was to get a tattoo. I would love to get a tattoo of Cheryl’s perfume bottle with maybe writing above or below.

7: Any piercings?

Nope. When I was a kid I had my ears pierced but they had to close up due to an infection so ever since I have a tiny bump on each ear lobe!

8: OTP?

Dramione (Draco & Hermione), Captain Swan (Hook and Emma Swan)

9: Favorite Show?

Supernatural hands down. My favourite character in that show is Castiel. I am currently on Season 10 Episode 1 and I am hooked. I don’t know what I will do with my life once I am caught up!

10: Favorite bands?

Girls Aloud, Paramore, Lady Antebellum, The Cab, All Time Low – for singers I’m also a big fan of Kylie Minogue.

11: Something you miss?

Having no responsibility in life/having plenty of free time. When you’re a kid you want to be an adult but when you actually grow up it ends up the other way around!

12: Favorite song?

All Time Low: Dancing with a wolf, The cab: lock me up, Lady Antebellum – Things people say

13: How old are you?

20 going on 10 – LOL

14: Zodiac sign?

Libra – Same birthday as Nicola out Girls Aloud – one of my idols!

15: Quality you look for in a partner?

Ability to make me laugh/cheer me up, honesty, loyalty

16: Favorite Quote?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

17: Favorite actor?

Tom Felton, Actresses would be: Emma Waston, Jennifer Aniston, Melissa McCarthy and Cameron Diaz.

18: Favorite color?

Pink/Purple but when I was a kid, I was a major tomboy, hated these colours and loved blue and red.

19: Loud music or soft?

Loud music, I always end up giving myself a headache as my music is too loud more often than not.

20: Where do you go when you’re sad?

Lock myself in my bedroom away from everyone. I don’t have a lock on my door, so when I’m annoyed at my dad, I tend to put my bed against the door to stop him from getting in.

21: How long does it take you to shower?

Not very long normally, since I normally tend to have a bath then afterwards wash my hair in the shower, I know, does wonders for my carbon footprint, doesn’t it?

22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

AGES! It takes so long. My dad is always shouting me for over an hour before I am ready to leave and I don’t even use makeup. I’d hate to see how long it took me if I used makeup!

23: Ever been in a physical fight?

Yes. In high school a girl started punching me in the middle of the school canteen. The same girl had been annoying me for months and I hit her back. I think my teacher only let me off with it since it was the first proper time I had ever stood up for myself and refused to take others shit. These days I don’t take shit for no one.

24: Turn on?

A good sense of humour. The guy showing off his girl in public/infront of friends.

25: Turn off?

Insults, food caught between teeth.

26: The reason I started blogging?

I have many thoughts on my mind constantly and I thought a blog would be a great place to share them. I am also a media student who is trying to develop my skills further in order to do well within the industry.

27: Fears?

Spiders, deep swimming pools, bugs, being alone for the rest of my life.

28: Last thing that made you cry?

When I had an argument with my dad.

29: Last time you said you loved someone?

Today – my dad.

30: Meaning behind your blog Name?

I initially decided I wanted to start a lifestyle blog which has developed into other areas as well. I began to think of original names which would fit in among lifestyle blogs. I am a bit crazy in the positive way, so then came life, lies and all time craziness.

31: Last book you read?

The haunting of sunshine girl by Paige Mckenzie – it was an amazing book! Stay tuned to this blog for my review of this book!

32: The book you’re currently reading?

The sin eater’s daughter – only a few pages into this book though.

33: Last show you watched?

Supernatural – today – finished Season 9 today, excited to watch Season 10!

34: Last person you talked to?

My dad.

35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?

Bridget – my best friend

36: Favorite food?


37: Place you want to visit?

Florida, I really want to go to the Harry Potter theme park there and also the real Disney World. I also want to visit Australia really badly.

38: Last place you were?

The shop

39: Do you have a crush?

Does Misha Collins count?

40: Last time you kissed someone?

Never kissed someone on the lips.

41: Last time you were insulted?

about 3-4 weeks ago by one of my friends but we’ve now sorted things out. She was stressed because of shit going on in her life.
42: Favourite flavour of sweet?

I prefer chocolate – Double Decker, Jaffa Cake, anything that doesn’t have peanuts really!

43: What instruments do you play?

Zilch, None

44: favourite piece of jewellery?

Don’t really wear jewellery much but my Dumbledore’s Army necklace.

45: Last sport you played?

Probably cycling when I was back in school, don’t really play much sports.

46: Last song you sang?

Stitches by Shawn Mendes – very badly out of tune so I would never attempt to record it or anything!

47: favourite chat up line?

Don’t have any

48: Have you ever used it?

Don’t have any

49: Last time you hung out with anyone?

Can’t remember, been so busy lately with an event I am organising!

50: Who should answer these questions next?

Anyone who hasn’t already.

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Alicia Rades – Inspired By Frost



Book 3 in The Crystal Frost Series

by Alicia Rades

Inspired by Frost

Crystal Frost has grown accustomed to the supernatural, but months of passive paranormal activity have left her believing her mother’s wedding will be a breeze. That changes when a ghost named Melissa shows up in Crystal’s dressing room while she’s picking out her maid of honor dress. Crystal takes on this new psychic mission without question, immediately determined to save Sage, the girl Melissa warned her about. But how do you save a girl from a deadly fate when you don’t know how she’s going to die?

Releases June 14th, 2016

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About The Author

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Alicia Rades is an award-winning young adult paranormal author with a love for supernatural stories set in the modern world. When she’s not plotting out fiction novels, she’s running her own professional writing business, plowing her way through her never-ending reading list, or preparing for the backpacking trips she takes every summer. In college, Alicia majored in communications with an emphasis on professional writing. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two cats.

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