My Year 11 BTS Goals!

Hi everyone!

For me, this is a Monday evening and today I went back to school (although you’ll be reading this on Wednesday, and I’ll have been there for two days and will be fully into the swing of things by then!) and it wasn’t quite as bad as I thought it would be! Now, yes it was boring and the lessons were tiresome as ever – seriously, who gives someone all three sciences, maths and double english in one day? However, negativity is not the way to start a new year, and so that’s why I thought I would come over to the blog and write a little about some of my back to school goals for this year!  Maybe I’ll do a post checking up on them in a few months?  Also, incase anyone didn’t know, I’m in Year 11 which is a really important year as I have my GCSEs in just 9 months and I’m sure it’ll whizz by!


  • Do all homework the night it is set

Or near enough…

Of course, this will pretty much differ a lot when I have larger bits of coursework (cough cough food tech) to do, but I’m going to try doing all my homework the night I get it so it won’t pile up around me!

  • Pack my bag the night before

See, this always makes me feel so much more organised in the morning when I do it, so I’m determined to have my bag already packed every morning to make sure I don’t forget things I need like calculators and pencil cases; believe me, the amount of times I’ve forgotten these is mad!

  • Work on my maths

If you know me, you’ll know maths (and chemistry, but that’s an entire different and violently boring story) is my biggest hate in life and that I simply cannot do it at all!  I want to work on my maths this year so I can do my GCSE to some level of a decent standard and pass it?  Am I asking for too much, I hope not!  I’ll just have to practice, practice and practice but it all will (hopefully) work out in the end!

  • Keep my room clean

My room gets in such a state during the school term because I’m a very messy person and school doesn’t help me keep it organised.  I’m going to try making my bed every morning and keeping my floor tidy, and most importantly my desk tidy!  I hope this will help when I get my new windows fitted and my room will be more bright, as maybe then it will motivate me to keep it cleaner; who knows!

  • Get up at the same time every morning

I live dangerously close to school, which means I can literally get up ten minutes before I’m supposed to be there, throw on my clothes and chuck some makeup on my face and leave.  However, this means I’m basically still not awake while I’m sat in form.  I want to be up early enough to have time to get ready nicely on a morning (today was 6:45am, and I’d rather like that to last) but also where it wont make me too tired throughout the day.

  • Try to make notes of my lessons in full every week

I know this will help me so much around revision time and when GCSEs and mocks hit me, so I’m going to try my hardest to do this.  I only wish I’d done it since the start of year ten (if you’re starting year ten, I really recommend this to you as it wont take too much time if you make good class notes but it’ll make revision SO much easier!)

So, those are all of my goals for back to school, and I just hope I can achieve them!  What are your goals for this year? Got a similar post? Link me to it in the comments and I’ll be sure to check it out.  Also, make sure to tell me all about your first day back at school too! This will probably be one of my last back to school related posts, unless you have any huge wants for a post I havent written, in which case I’m more than happy to take suggestions!

Soph xx


Whats In My School Bag 2017

Back to school season is well and truly upon us, and I couldn’t be more displeased?  The summer has truly run away with me, and now I’m forced to go into year 11, a year I’m sure will be filled with stress and inevitable procrastination.  Anyway, as we all know from my previous post, a BTS Stationery Haul, I love buying new bits for back to school, and that doesn’t stop at my school bag.

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This is my bag, it’s from Jack Wills and was £54, which is quite a lot for a school bag however with my unidays student discount (you can sign up here, and it gives you some great discounts on loads of brands and saves you tonnes of money!) it came to around £49, which while it isn’t the hugest saving ever, it’s decent enough! I love the bag, it has loads of room and lots of compartments which I find super useful for organising my things.


In the front pocket, I have this little Jack Wills bag which holds some of my essentials for every day, and also some products I need around that time of the month.  It’s quite big, so I can hold lots in it, and I love that it fits perfectly into the front pocket of the bag, which is also really roomy.  I also have some tissues in there, and some headphones for walking home or just listening to music in lessons if we’re allowed.  I also have a really small pencil case, with a pen, pencil and highlighter incase I need a spare or I forget my main pencil case.


The first thing I have inside the bag is in the little pocket on the inside of the front.  This would also hold my phone when I go to school.  For now, it holds my timetable, some plasters (these are so useful, especially if you take food technology as I always accidentally end up cutting myself on something!), my favourite lip balm, a bobble, my keys and some tictacs.

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Now, into the main pocket of my bag.  The first thing I’ve got is my lunch box.  This is from tiger and it was only £2, and it’s so clever!  Basically, it’s collapsible, so when you’ve finished your lunch you can just compress it, and it’ll slot into your bag really easily.  I’m hoping that it’ll help me actually eat lunch at school and hopefully eat healthier!

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Next is my pencil case, it was £3 from tesco and I really like it because it’s so roomy.  I have in it some highlighters, pens, pencils, a really small glue, a ruler, a rubber, some page flags and some very ruined coloured pens.

I also have some books for my first day in there, and my copy of Romeo and Juliet.  In the back pouch which is actually a laptop compartment, I keep a document wallet in a navy colour which matches the bag and will be great for storing any loose sheets of paper.  I also have a calculator and a maths set, which I have to use a lot, much to my dissapointment.


So, thats everything in my bag.  It will of course fill up over the next few days with books and textbooks and other desperate requirements, however it’s roomy enough so I should be okay.  I really like this bag, and I’m sure it’ll see me through the whole year.  Whats your school bag essential?

Soph xx


Back To School Stationery Haul

A few pits I picked up for back to school!

Hey everyone!

As some of you may know, I am going into year 11 in September.  Yes, GCSE year. Only a ~bit~ nervous!  Before I go back to school every year, I like to pick up some bits of stationery to bring with me that year; sometimes its a lot, other times not so much.  This year, there isn't as much as I'd usually get, however I do have a few more bits to pick up. Since I had big end of year exams in year 10, I had bought all the folders and things that I need for my subjects in year 11, and also all my books and revision guides at the start of year 10.  So, this post basically just shows you some of the staples that I need for the year that I've bought now, and then I'll pick up a couple of extra bits I need next time I'm out shopping.  I also need to get a new school bag, and so I'll do a post all about that and what I'm keeping in it, along with everything else that will be in my pencil case!

Now thats explained, I'll move onto what I actually bought! Everything in this post is from Tesco, as their back to school stuff is amazing value and super great quality.

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The first thing I picked up was my new pencil case, and this was £3.00!  It's so cute, and it's a canvas material, super roomy and not really very structured, which I really like as I can fit more into it, and it goes into my bag easier too.  I love the pattern on it, and it's lined with a really nice hot pink fabric, which will be really easy to wipe down so that it wont get too dirty! Also, another thing I like about this is that the zip is really sturdy rubber, you can't see it in this picture, but it's strong and should last me the whole year!

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I also got some pens and pencils, pretty obvious necessities really.  My favourite pens are these ballpoint ones from Papermate in the InkJoy range; they write so smoothly and they're amazing to hold.  They were £1.50 for five. I also got these Zebra retractable ballpoint pens and they were £2.00 for ten.  These are hands down my favourite pens, they write really nicely, don't smudge (so they work great with highlighters), and have really comfortable grips on them.  I also got some Staedtler pencils, and this pack is great as you get a whole variety of widths of pencil lead (I think that's what the B's and H's and numbers mean!) – they were £1.50.

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You can't see too well in this picture, but I also got five document wallets for £1.00, which is amazing value.  They came in light blue, like a normal blue shade, navy blue, black and hot pink.  I like to keep a couple of these in my bag at a time, one for loose sheets and letters and the other to keep in any books I use for english or any revision guides, because I like to have those separate from my other bits for whatever reason!  Plus, when I have one folder for loose sheets/homework sheets it makes it really easy to keep them separate, take them home and put them in the right folders or just know where my homework is for when I finally decide to do it!

I also got some rubbers (or erasers, as I know that for some people 'rubbers' has an entirely different meaning!!) in various different sizes and colours.  I like this, because it should last me all throughout the year; I use pen most often and so I don't find myself needing a rubber that often apart from if I'm drawing diagrams in Geography or something.  This pack was only £1.00, and it's great value.

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The final thing I picked up was this pack of glue sticks for £2.50, and I really like this pack as it has smaller glue sticks which are perfect for my pencil case.  School never has enough glue in some lessons and so I figured it would be easier if I just had a mini one in my pencil case.  I don't know how good they'll be, but I guess we'll see.

Thats all the main things I've picked up for year 11, things like highlighters and a ruler I already have in my house and you'll see that in another post!

Soph xx


My Stationary Favourites

I’m a self confessed stationary junkie, and so when I find cute stationary I will buy it.  I have my selected favourites, and I’m always using them.  I use cute stationary all the time; when I’m revising, doing homework and just making notes – I have enough to sink a ship and figured I would share with you guys some of my favourite bits.


I love ring-binder folders, and I use them for everything; they’re so useful for storing my revision notes in for GCSEs and considering I’m in year 10, I assume I’m going to start to build up quite the collection!  Wilko do such amazing, but cheap stationary and their folders are no exception.  This one is so pretty, and I am in love with the gold foil writing ‘Hello Lovely’ – plus, it was only £1.25! I’m going to use this for English at the moment, and I’m going to gather myself a collection of pretty folders for each subject, it just helps to make revising that little bit easier!


Revision cards are so useful, however sometimes I find them to be a little small or flimsy feeling, so I like to use these Silvine record cards, which are only £1.00 for 100!  They’re great for writing quotes on to learn, and then I like to stick them onto my wall so I can see them every day and they’ll ingrain in my memory.  I like that they’re a clean white ruled card, and they’re not super flimsy either.


I’m a total highlighter junkie, and Stabilo Boss make the best highlighters.  I love the skinny flash ones, because they’re so easy to fit inside pencil cases, and they’re easier to hold than the fatter chunky ones.  Only, they run out quicker and don’t have as many colour options.  The chunky ones come in huge packs of eight with really interesting colours, and I love them because they’re so vibrant.


On the topic of pens, I love fineliners.  Staedtler do some great ones, and I really like to use these fineliners.  They’re great for mindmaps, or writing notes in my planner.


Finally, possibly the most used out of all my favourites, my planner.  Because all my homework for school is online, I love to keep track of it all in a planner like this cute one from paperchase, and then highlight it when I’m done. It helps me to keep track of everything I’m doing day to day, and I can stay more organised.


So, I hope you all liked these favourites.  I’m planning on doing a whole huge post on revision and how I revise, although I know it’s not very apt considering GCSEs have started (how did they go, by the way, for those of you who’ve been doing them recently?) but better late than never right!  Anyway, I have my Year 10 exams soon, so I’m trying my hardest to start revision for those and get decent grades, which is unlikely but we can pray!

Soph xx

Whats In My School Bag

Hi Guys!

I know I didn’t post yesterday so there *may* be a second post later tonight, one not related to back to school though.  Anyway, before  I begin I’d like to add the fact that I’m wearing a polo neck/turtle neck jumper with long sleeves in this gorgeous navy blue shade and a very dark red lipstick is making me really happy!  Today it Wiltshire we had the biggest thunderstorm I’ve been in (in England, I got into rather a precarious one in France but that’s another story) ever, it was raining and lightning and thundering and I felt so madly cosy!  The rain was so heavy it has flooded the stream in out back garden, making it so full and very muddy – it’s like some sort of small tsunami the water is going so fast.

Anyway, today I’m here to show you whats in my school bag.  Now, a lot of this you will have seen in my School Supplies Haul, but then some of it you wont.  I also will have a much fuller bag than this come September 2nd, as all my books and (extremely unfairly heavy French textbooks) will be shoved into the back compartment, alongside my lunch and whatever other random crap finds itself a home in here.  So, relish its cleanliness and perfectness while it lasts.


This here is my bag and I really love it!  It was from New Look for £19.99 and you can’t purchase it anymore because New Look don’t seem to have it on their website.  It might still be in some shops if you look quick, but it’s a real shame you can no longer get this as it is such a practical bag. There are similar ones though, so you could get one of them!

Anyway, the front quilted part has three zips, all of which function and open into large pockets.  The one right at the back of the quilted part is a really big pocket, which you can fit notebooks & pens into, the middle one is large enough to carry a small separate bag inside of, and the last one is just big enough for a scientific calculator!  The back pocket is really large and very spacious, I can easily hold all my back-aching books in it.  There are also water bottle pockets on either side, which are quite deep and could serve for holding your keys or even your phone.

The straps are really sturdy and I expect them to be able to withstand a lot of force when being packed to the brim! All the hardware is gold, but subtle gold, which I like.  I absolutely hate the gold which is all flashy flashy yellow gold.  No thanks.


Starting with the first small pocket, I have mathematical items.  My pink Casio scientific calculator, along with a weird triangle protractor thing that nobody ever uses nor knows how to use, and a protractor (which I’ve used but am still to master the art of protractor-ing).  I mean these are my least favourite things inside my bag, who likes calculators?


Next up is the second little pocket.  In here I have my beauty essential type things.  I have a MAC Mascara sample, a Peach Delight hand sanitizer (which will be getting replaced approximately every mont because whenever you bring out hand sanitizer everyone wants some, and I use it that often because I hate germs that it is sure to run out within a month), some hair bobbles for PE/Science/Food Tech, A Body Shop lip balm and a Body Shop hand cream mini in English Rose. I also have a compact mirror.  This all fits nicely into my Zoella Lace Collar detail coin purse.  I find these things are things I need to have on hand to use quite often, especially hand cream/sanitizer when I’m bored in lessons…


The back front pocket holds very simple things.  I have a notebook, which came in a pack of three from Paperchase for Christmas about three years ago.  Therefore I doubt it will be on the website for me to link it. However, it is such a pretty note book and I love it – slim compact note books are my weakness, I have about fifteen.  I use this for writing down French notes, such as words/phrases I may find useful and verb forms and things (don’t trust me when I talk about french, I know nothing about any of it, at all).  Then there is a simple pencil case from Paperchase also, which houses my colouring pencils (because I’m a three year old, and feel the need to colour in everything I see).  You’ll notice soon that colouring pens/pencils are a firm favourite of mine (I tell myself it’s because it makes me learn more and revison etc gets stuck in my head, but really it’s just so I can procrastinate and draw cartoon trees all over diagrams of the Carbon Cycle).


Now, the very back pocket, like the very back back main compartment, holds and will be holding, the majority of my stuff.  At the moment it looks a little bare but have vision, it shall soon be filled with scruffy looking, unattractive books and other deathly items!  The first thing is my Pukka Pad, with a little USB stick attached to the bottom, and my ruler also nestles itself within this notebook.  img_2736

The next thing is my pencil case.  It is actually a Jack Wills makeup bag, but because I repurpose things I got it for £6.50 in the sale (still a bit heavy for a makeup bag if you ask me, but it’s just so pretty and I’m a sucker for Jack Wills) and decided to cram it full of pens and pencils and colourful things.  There are four pens, one blue and the other three black.  Four skinny highlighters in pink, yellow, green and blue. A glue stick from Tesco because I am always the one at school who goes to get glue and ends up with one that looks like it’s been chewed up by a year seven, been through the hands of every destructive teengaer I know, is broken, has fifteen different peoples clumps of hair stuck to it and is dried up.  I figured my own glue stick would solve this issue.  I also have three mechanical pencils, and then my host of gorgeous Papermate colourful pens which literally are on every page of every school book because colour will save my education.  I have two regular penicls (from Jack Wills, might I add.  Matchy matchy, I know, you don’t have to congratulate me),  a ruler, rubber and pencil sharpner.


Lastly I have my pack of fineliners which also add the educational colour I need.


So, thats all in my School bag at the moment. Thank you for reading!

What does your school bag for this year look like??

Soph xx














The Big Guide on Moving Schools

This is a long one, be warned. You may or may not need this, but if you’re moving schools I thoroughly suggest you read it – it explains in detail all my moves and my tips and tricks. If not, then read it anyway (be nice ;D) and you can also laugh at my many misfortunes!

Hi guys!

With the new school year I expect some of you are moving up from Primary school to High school, or from First school to Middle school or Middle school to High school. Perhaps you’re just moving up a year in your school. Maybe some of you are even moving schools, alone, not with the rest of your class or year group, not even with friends.  But alone.  Maybe you’re moving across country to move schools.  Whatever you’re doing, I’ve done it.  I can promise you that I have done pretty much every type of school move you can imagine.  This means I know how terribly nerve wreaking it can be, how exciting but scary it is to head somewhere totally unfamiliar.   And today, I’m creating The Big Guide On Moving Schools (which also covers everything about moving schools that I’ve mentioned previously) just so that you know everything you can know, and you can be as totally prepared as possible and your transition can be as smooth and easy for you to adapt to.

I guess I’ll start on a small-scale and work my way up all the moves possible, everything I’ve experienced in hope that I’ll help you!

Moving Within Your School

This move is probably the easiest.  Not only are you staying in one place, but you’re moving up a year in school with everyone you’ve been able to get to know over the past years. The thought of it tends to be quite scary, because maybe you’re moving into a different section of the school that you don’t know much of.  Maybe you have a new teacher which you’ve heard all the nasty rumors about (in year 4, I had a teacher who was very tall – I was very small, and everyone in the school would send little whispers around about him ‘he is so big and scary!’ etc.  Turned out to be the nicest teacher I’ve ever had).  The best thing you can do for this type of move is to not think much about it. Enjoy the time before you head up a year in school and cherish the fact that you’ll at least know everyone.

I guess my tip for this would be make sure you’re prepared.  Depending on what year you’re moving into, you’ll need some different supplies or maybe your uniform requires you to change ties.  Whatever it requires, then you need to know about that and buy it in good timing – there is nothing worse than having a meltdown because you uniform isn’t available two days before you’re due to start school again.

Transitioning Between Schools

I didn’t really know what to call this, but what I mean is moving from Primary School to High School or First School to Middle School or Middle School to High School.  Those sorts of moves.  The moves where its a huge, massive change yet you’re going to have people you know by the side of you.  Even if it’s just one or two people, you still know them.  I’ve done this.  I moved from my Primary school in year five to a school which was a Middle School transitioning itself into a High School.  I went with my three best friends at the time, and some boys from our school who were also moving to this school.  We were reasonably young, moving from year five to year six (the last year of primary school ro second year of middle school) and because I was youngest in my year (August birthdays for you here guys!) I was about ten.  It was scary, but exciting.  I didn’t have too much to worry about and I also had my friends by my side.

I’d make sure to discuss this type of move with your parents really well, because it’s a big transition.  The move to a new school signifies new things to study and many changes.  Make sure you read into schools available to move to and make the right choice, it is really important to choose a school you want to go to, whether that means you’ll be following your friends and others you know or taking the leap by yourself.

If you are moving with friends, often when moving from school to school traditionally (eg at the start of a new year when a whole new year group is joining as they transition from an old school), your new school will give you a forum in which to fill out stating which person you want in your form the most. You can only choose one, most of the time, which is good and bad.  Good because you don’t have to create an order of which friend you like the most, but bad because not all your friends will end up in your form with you.  Now, there is a way which sometimes works for this – say there is four of you in your friendship group, we’ll call you A, B, C and D.  Friend A will write friend B on their forum, friend B will write friend C, friend C will write friend D and friend D will write down friend A.  This way you’re in some sort of friendship loop that can’t be gotten past without either splitting you all up and putting you into different classes or getting you all in the same class.  Notice I did say sometimes, and it may not always work (it worked for me I think but this was four years ago now I can hardly remember).  Also, when moving up to a new school there are so many new people coming into the school from different schools, just like you have.  Maybe you’ll want to not be in a form with your friends, it will give you opportunities to make new friends. I wish I had done that, and made new friends right from the start.

Obviously if you’re not moving with friends, or even people you know, you wont have these troubles.  Keep in mind that these forums are not always given out to you and you most likely wont have to fill them in if you don’t want to.  Not all schools will do this.  You will go for taster days, where you will meet people from all the other schools who are joining – smile and talk to them.  They will be as nervous as you, I promise.  It’s horrible starting new schools, but it’s easier done when there are lots of you, and more people to talk to.  Even something as simple as asking what school they came from previously can spark up a conversation and while it may be awkward at first, things will get a little more bearable soon!  Chat to people you’re sat next to in lessons – even if you’re awfully shy, people are waiting for you to make the first move, so just go for it and chances are someone will want to talk to you.  And if not, if someone is obscenely rude to you, don’t go and tell it to a teacher (unless it is constant and you’re being bullied, of course), because it isn’t Primary School anymore and teachers are a lot harsher, they don’t have time for whining children – believe me, I’ve been there done that worn that T-shirt.

Having done the whole moving school thing multiple times at multiple ages, the younger you are, the easier it is.  People, especially teenage girls, grow judgemental in high school – it’s a reasonably well-known fact.  Have you seen the movie Mean Girls (if not do go watch, five stars out of five amazing).  Younger people have a better time accepting you for who you are, and they generally don’t care about too much.

When transitioning schools like this, be friendly and confident, spread your wings and make friends outside people you already know (you’re going to have to if you’re moving up alone) and have fun in your first couple of weeks.  The workload isn’t going to be too frustratingly hard, and you’ll more than likely slot right in.  I know it sounds cheesy, but if people don’t like you for who you are, then don’t try to change just so you can fit in with them.  You may think it’s fun to be one of the ‘popular girls’ and that changing yourself to be one is a good idea, but it really isn’t – speaking from experience, you’re going to realise that mean girls are exactly that, mean.  They’re mean to others and to their friends their mean to everyone but themselves.  And there will always be the queen bee who is bossing everyone around, she isn’t the nicest person to be around.  Be you and someone, even if its only one person, will like you for it.

P.S – reading wiki how articles on any of this stuff is completely scary and useless.  It gives the biggest false representation and will make you so scared and smiling everywhere you go is not the answer, seriously, unless you want to give out the wrong impressions take my advice and don’t read heaps of wiki how articles on ‘How To Smile Nicely At A New School’ or ‘How To Join School Confidently’.  Lies, scary ones too.

New School Moves

This is the one where you’re leaving your school, lets say you’re in High School, to move to a totally new High School. It’s still near where you live, and you’re not moving houses or anything because of it, but you’re moving schools and it is happening.  You don’t have anyone at this new school who you know, or even if you do they’re distant nursery friends and there is no point in contacting them – if you do, be careful because you don’t know what they’ll be like and while it may be helpful to have them as an ally when you join a new school, it may not always work out in the long run.  The not working our part of that happened to me, and I wish I had gone into my school a fresh person that is not connected to anyone (I’m not going to explain this in too much detail as it is a long story, however if you want to know a bit more about it then ask me things in the comments and I’ll be sure to answer you, as detailed as you’d like!).  Nevertheless, I still had the joining a new school unknown experience, and I’m going to share everything with you here, what I did that helped me and more.

I moved to a new school in the January of 2015, Year 8, my old high school was not working out for me.  I made the choice to leave it, and it was to this day the best choice I ever made.  I didn’t like who I was there – I had fallen into a stigma of a nerd (I’ll admit to being a little nerdy, and I have nothing wrong with nerds – you do you and if you’re a nice person, I don’t care about your interests!), and being a nerdy type in said school was not something you wanted to be, at all.  Not only that, but the people I was hanging around with were not at all like me, I didn’t fit in with them – they were more reserved and I am quite a bold person, yet very few people realised because I spent most of my time in the library, or helping out with clubs and things with my so-called ‘friends’.  The inability to spread my wings was killing me, I’m a social person and having just one fixed set of friends isn’t my thing.  The school was a bad school anyway, certain people were giving me grief and the fact that I wasn’t doing there what I wanted to do wasn’t working for me.  I moved, and it was amazing.  If you want to make a change because something isn’t working for you, go for it.  Do not be nervous or scared, just take the leap.  You will end up happier.  Here, let Kevin from mean girls inspire you to move on with certain people.


Anyway, I did know one girl who I contacted before I moved schools.  It wasn’t the worst decision I’d made, but then again it wasn’t the best.  This person was more popular than I was in my old school, which wasn’t something I was used to.  I wouldn’t say I ever grew to a certiain popularity, and it was always very outsider-ish if I was ever doing anything with said person.  Generally, I’d say go in and start a fresh.  It’s going to be harder if you move schools later, but you can make it easier by not making mistakes (such as going out with some weird boy in your first couple of months at a new school and not living it down until you left – even if it was only eighteen hours of going out with him which really can’t be classed as going out with someone and you did nothing.  Prepare for songs and weird comments coming your way).  So yes, don’t make mistakes like I did.  One thing you’ll need is a thick skin, people might make remarks about you, mostly boys actually, and there will be a lot of rumors about people being attracted to you, even if you’re not the sort of person (cough cough moi) that people should be attracted to.  These rumors more than likely mean nothing and you just need to have a thick skin, look past them and pull a nice sarcastic smile when they come your way.  Try not to go in with a constant resting bitch face (Fun Fact: I did, and most of my closest friends from that school though I was a bitch before they became friends with me!).  Smile and say hi to people, and if introduced to someone, try talk to them, don’t just go mute and smile a good old sarcastic smile to them (that’s only for the afore-mentioned rumours!).  And if you’re not too happy with your past, you don’t have to reveal it to everyone – sure, you can be truthful but if people are bombarding you with intrusive questions, a few white lies don’t hurt!

Starting a new school is nerve wreaking as hell.  You’re going to be very nervous. Make sure the morning before you start, you actually have things planned out.  I’d recommend getting a parent to drive you there, at least for your first morning.  I took the bus home and there every day after and on the afternoon of my first day, but just so I wasn’t late by getting confused with bus routes, I got a lift from my Dad on the first day.  It’s also more encouraging to be wished well by a parent before you step out into the unknown!  Make sure you have the right uniform.  Some uniforms have different ties for different year groups, make sure you have the right one, others give you the option to not wear ties and wear a shirt with the schools logo instead.  Jumpers under blazers are optional sometimes, and sometimes polo shirts are worn in the summer.  Stalk your new schools website and twitter for uniform photos, and even go lurk around the school (without your parents, ideally, to minimise embarrassment) when it finishes to see what uniform choices are being worn.  You want to turn up looking good, and although you do want to showcase your unique personality and be you blah blah etc etc, you also don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb and for people to straight away know that you are the ‘new person’.

You’re probably going to be assigned a person, or a few people, with similar lessons to you, to show you around the school and take you to lessons.  If you’ve already been assigned one, great.  If not, all the girls and some of the boys in your form will start begging to look at your time-table and want to compare theirs, and take you places. Just accept their offers – new friends and you’re going to find your way about easier.  Seriously, they may seem unhelpful but don’t be ignorant, you will get lost it will happen, they’re a big help to you. Getting lost is not good – I didn’t get lost until my second week at this school, where I appeared twenty minutes late to my RS lesson because it was in a different room to usual (we shared teachers, it rotated every two weeks) and I went to drama, then my usual RS room and had to go ask what lesson someone I knew was in so I could go locate the room – embarrassing, I nearly just thought about hiding in the toilets until that period was over.

You’ll be fine after about four weeks, you’ll know all your teachers and hopefully a good few people and everything will soon feel normal and you’ll start to love it, or hate it (if you hate it there is no maximum times you can make a change in your school life, remember that!)

The School Move Which Also Entails A Move Away From Everything You Know And Love

Shortly abbreviated to: The Worst.

The worst move of all time, the most horrific, scariest and nerve wreaking thing I have ever done.  Moving six hours away from Yorkshire, where I’d spent all nearly fourteen years of my life, to Wiltshire, where I’d never been and didn’t know a soul, not even family.  Where I was moved to a new school which I’d only seen once and never heard of, where the accent was different so everyone would know I was new, where I had no friends and nobody to talk to in person other than my family for a while.  I make it sound horrible – I wouldn’t be wrong, the first week or two was.

So, if you keep up with my blog you’ll know I recently moved from Yorkshire to Wiltshire to accommodate my brothers special needs.  There are various posts around my blog detailing this heavily – just look in my categories and Moving Diaries should show up, which is where all of those posts will be.  This meant leaving the school I had moved to in January 2015, to move to an all new one. It meant leaving my best friend and all my other close friends, it was heartbreaking to do that.  Later on in this post (for gods sake, when will you stop! This has been going on long enough) I’ll give you some tips on how I dealt with leaving people I loved.  The move was stressful, it didn’t go very smoothly as on the first day of going to my new school all the furniture was being delivered to the house, I slept with sleeping bag and floor the night before, and three nights before that too – the back ache was chronic.

My attitude for this move was totally different to any other move I’ve done, and I’d recommend adopting said attitude.  If you know nobody, then who is really someone you don’t want to know.  I got assigned a lovely group of girls as ‘buddies’, whom I relished the presence of considering I couldn’t just walk up to someone I maybe knew because there was no chance of me knowing anyone down here.  Most of the girls were in my form, they introduced me to loads of people.  In my food class I met B (we’ll just call her that for the sake of her privacy) who then ivited me to eat lunch with her and her friends (who are all amazing and who I love and Jaz if you’re reading this I love you ;D haha Jaz has a blog so I know she’ll end up reading this one day).  I always eat lunch with them now and it was relatively easy to make friends, I know a good few people now and school feels normal.

It’s really important to impress teachers and try hard in subjects when you go for such a big move.  They don’t know anything about you at all and getting on the right side of them will be a good idea.  I walked in when it was end of year exam time, but only for science, which isn’t my strongest subject and I didn’t do amazingly in it.  I did however do well on an English assesment and got 100% in a Geography exam, which are both very good things.  Let’s just not talk about how bad I’ve been doing in maths….!  Anyway, making a good impression on teachers is important.

I think to make things go smoothly, you need to adapt pretty quickly and have a well prepared first day.  Like I didn’t eat on my first day, because they don’t accept cash and I didn’t get my thumb print set up and I’d have to wait to get my thumb print set up.  You know, I could’ve brought snacks to avoid these sort of inconveniences. Also, I didn’t realise I’d need a pretty big school bag, so was left using a small handbag thing and went out buying a new bag that weekend – it would’ve been easier if I’d have known this.  Perparation is key!

My Tips

So, whilst I may have descibed things in a lot of depth here and my word count is nearing 4000, it’s never enough. Why not bombard you with tips on making friedns, leaving people behind, and surviving first days (wait isn’t this what you’ve done for the whole post so far?).  Also, I’ll include some amusing stories of my school moves, all for your reading pleasure!

Surviving your first day:

  • Make sure you look the part.  Follow your schools dress code, but don’t look like that year seven you once/are about to be.  Obviously, if nobody is wearing pleated knee length skirts (my first high school didn’t let us wear anything other than, and would make us kneel to the ground and measure how far the hem of the skirt was from it. Fun I know) and they’re all wearing skinny black pants (R.I.P freedom of uniform circa 2015, those comfortable jean things are missed gratley by many teenage girls) then wear them if you don’t want to stick out.  Of course, if you’re into knee length skirts, or pencil skirts, or shorter skirts or even regular trousers, wear them.  Just stick to the dress code but be aware you can sway it a little in your advantage, especially if the rest of the school is doing so.  Whatever you feel comfortable in, wear – just know the limits.
  • I’ll be doing a post on this, but go in with minimal makeup that looks clean and polished, yet don’t wear too little.  It depends on the school, but at one of my schools we were pretty much allowed to wear as much makeup as we wanted, and I had a lovely fake tanned orange stage that I’m sure somebody reading this will remember.  Spare me the memories. Anyway, don’t cake on the makeup but wear as much or as little as you want and are allowed.
  • Be confident.  If you’re not a confident person, just see this as a bit of a white lie (believe me, you’ll wind up telling a few in your first few weeks), but a white lie that you’re going to stick with.  If you’re confident, smiley and happy and you approach people, you’ll recieve nicer people approaching you.
  • You’re going to be seen as interesting, like you’ve been plonked on some table in the middle of a science lab and people are staring you out and examining you.  This is normal.  You’ll be asked tonnes of questions about your old school, where are you from, why does your accent sound like that.  Hell, most people will try to imitate your accent, if you’re from yorkshire especially.  People down south seem to find my mispronounciation of words with ‘T’ in them hilarious, and the way I shorten things like ‘in the’ to ‘int’.  It’s proved fascinating for many.
  • Have fun, and on your first day you’re allowed to ask questions.  Your allowed to be scared, confused, nervous, excited and most of all if you don’t feel any emotions towards anything at all, this is also allowed.
  • I always talked to myself in my head, mostly telling myself off for looking like what I thought was, pardon my french, but a bit of a dick. Digging your nails into the palm of your hand, or nipping your arm when you’re put on the spot is okay and pretty comforting.  Everything is very busy and new, and to be able to feel pain makes things feel a bit more real.

Making Friends:

  • Smiles are the key to everything – well, nearly everything.  As I mentioned, loads of people thought I was a bitch because I was defensive with sarcasm and resting bitch face and one of my schools.  Wasn’t the best coping mechanism.  Neither was blurting things out like ‘Oh I have no boobs’ on my first day in Wiltshire, and then putting it down to ‘Yorkshire Defensive Attitudes’ (yes that is now a thing).  Still, I smiled and people talk to you.  If you approach people with a smile they’re more likely to talk to you.  But dont just walk around the whole school smiling, that’ll just give you jaw ache and you’ll look a bit odd!
  • Be confident.  You’re allowed to approach people.  Don’t be lazy and think they can approach you but you can’t go over to them.  Some people may simply not be very talkative and not want to chat, but most will.  Just start things off with a question about the work you’re doing, or what options they’ve chosen.  Anything.  Or if you’re from Yorkshire, just speaking to someone from Wiltshire seems to make them go into some crazy frenzy about the way you say ‘y’aright’ instead of ‘how are you’ (it’s funny to watch people imitate my accent).
  • Seek out people who are like you and spark up conversation.  This may require joining some clubs (not something I’ve ever done, hello every other anti-social human here) but I do reccomend finding similar people to you.  Chances are you’ll make friends with them quciker.

Leaving People You Love Behind:

  • You will probably see them again.  I had to leave Sav, my best friend, but we recently spent a day or so together which was such fun and we had loads of laughs.  I miss her, a lot, and sometimes there are times when I just want to go see her (recent incident called for such a time, but she was driving back to Yorkshire so I could not) and can’t, but I talk to her all the time.  We have facetime. We have a snapchat streak nearing 250 days.  It is all good but still it is all sad.
  • If theres a real friendship there, they’ll stay in touch.  If not, then you’ll loose them.  This has happened many a time, with many different moves.  Most of these loss of contacts I am happy about, because if they don’t want to be there when it isn’t convenitent, I would rather they just left.  If it’s hard for you to deal with, look forward and remember there will be loads of people who are new and exciting where you are now.
  • Sometimes, friendships grow stronger over longer distances.  I feel this rings true for certain people as we can gossip with each other, safe in the notion that neither will tell anyone because we have nobody to tell who would be interested about the subjects, as usually she will be telling me something from Yorkshire and I will be telling her something from Wiltshire – who would be interested in irrelevant scandals!

And now for my last, very last thing I have to say: The Ultimate Story Of Getting Lost.  

I was not able to find my English class.  For whatever reason I had wound up in the maths department, then IT and then I was in technology.  Everything was not going well.  I went to reception thinking they could help me, then I realised I didn’t even know the name of my English teacher to find out her whereabouts.  Plus, the receptionist was on the phone and I was too nervous to wait around and too polite to interrupt her.  So, on I roamed through the halls when I heard my name ‘Sophie?’.  It was being shouted through the school.  My class had sent someone to come look for me.  I felt like a lost dog, it was horrendous.  I was greeted with an ‘Oh, there you are!’ and an awkward, small talk filled walk back to English.

So, I really hope all of that has helped even one of you who was a little nervy about back to school in one way or another.  If there is anything I haven’t covered, or anything you want to ask me about my experiences, please do leave a comment and we’ll have a chat – I love speaking with all of you!

Question:  Have you ever moved schools?  If so, what is the most embarassing story you have to share with me?

Soph xx

School Supplies Haul 2016

Hi guys!

Before I start I want to apologise for not blogging.  The whole blogging each day this summer was working well, I missed a couple of days here and there but overall I seemed to be getting more posts out to you guys more often.  Now, I slacked totally but I’ve been super hectic, I saw my best friend who came down from Yorkshire to visit me for a couple of days, I’ve been out with some new friends and have generally just been enjoying my summer.  Now, it’s my last full week of summer holidays and I feel as though it has gone too fast, I’m not ready to start year 10 and begin the sad process which are my GCSEs, and don’t even remind me about all the food tech coursework I’ve been putting off all summer (screams and dies internally).

Anyway, now that long and sad explination and apology is out of the way, we can move on to what this post is really all about! A school supplies haul.  Granted there isn’t too much and it isn’t that exciting, but I hope it could help you all get some inspiration for what you need!  Also, I’ll be posting every day a new back to school style post for this week, and then after that I’l be posting a couple of times every week which I will explain to you in some other post down the line.

First up, I’m not going to include my bag or any other things such as pencil cases, as they will be in a seperate post to this and if I showed you them now it would basically become a two-in-one post, which isn’t something I want to do!


First up I have this Pukka Pad from Wilko, which was about £2.50-£3.00 I think.  As you can see there are already some subjects written in the tabs as this is where I will be keeping most of my revison type notes for each subject.  Does anyone know if you can purchase extra paper to fill pukka pads, as I just would like to add that little more paper in the sections.  Anyway, this is in a yellow and pink dotted print (not two colours I would usually go for but there was this variation and then some other weird colours, but I don’t mind it too much) and I will get a lot of use out of it probably (in the hopes that I might actually do revision….).


Next is this Steadtler rubber (or eraser, sorry to everyone from America who just laughed at me because I mentioned something that isn’t an eraser!) which was £1.oo for a pack of two, and I gave my brother the second one.  I figured I’d just buy like a 20p rubber/eraser from somewhere but then I saw these and thought they’d last longer and do a better job at rubbing things out.  So yes, a rubber.


I then got some highligjters for £1.50.  These are the thin ones by Stabilo, and I usually use the square blocky chunky ones but figured these would take up a lot less room in my pencil case and still give me a good four colours to go off when choosing to highlight things.


I then got these pens from wilko for 75p.  I figured they were cheap, and when they had all ran out I’d just replace them since they’re so cheap.  But from writing with some already, I can safely say these are the best pens I have ever written with, they are so smooth and gel like but they do smudge a little so I do have to be careful when writing with them.


You may wonder what this is and why it has been taken from such a weird angle, but this was a 50p block of post it notes from Morrisons, which are all in varying colours as the weird photograph angle shows.  I always find post it notes quite useful to revise from when they’re stuck in random places around my room and I can keep reading them when I walk past.


This sharpner is from Maped, it came in a pack of three in green and blue which my brother has, and the pink one which I have.  I think they were about 50p which is pretty good.  These are from Wilko.


This six pack of mechanical pencils was £1.00 from Morrisons.  They have amazing colours and they look so cute (coloured pencil grips and rubbers on top/erasers) and they’re actually surprisingly good quality.


Here we have a simple 50p ruler from Wilko.  It’s 30cm and while it doesn’t fit in my penicl case I can just keep it in my school bag and if I need to draw an extra long line I’ll use my extra long ruler.  Simple.


Next up are my favourite ever pens, no joke.  These are £1.00 from Morssions and while they run out at the speed which I write (insanley fast, by the way) they write so nicely I will just replace them.  Honestly, buy some, use some, and be happy.  Plus they come in blue and black so whatever your school requires, you have!


Lastly, I figured I’d get some Blu Tac, this was about £1.00 I think.  I mean this will probably be useful to stick things on walls and take some in my pencil case to model into little shapes in class (I do not do this for I am a good student this is not something I have ever done.  Listen in class).

So, thanks for reading guys!  What is your favourite or most essential school supply you buy every year?

Soph xx

Summer Bucket List 2016

Hey guys!

Today I’m bringing you a summer bucket list post, which is basically everything I want to do this summer.  Since I broke up from school today, I thought this was very apt considering it was my first day of summer (well, technically) and I can refer to this over summer and change the text colour to show what I’ve done.  Hopefully this will be really good to link in the end of some of my posts (if I complete one of the ‘tasks’) and you can see what I’ve been doing all summer long!  If any of you guys want to make a summer bucket list, I think it’s an amazing idea because it’s going to be really fun to do and you can track your progress alongside mine.

Summer bucket list op 2

  1. Posting often: In the post I put up tonight (here) I explained how I want to post more often for summer.  I have a notebook full f ideas and I just hope to post a lot more!
  2. Visit Bath: There’s a city near me that you’ve probably heard of, it’s called Bath.  Anyway, I’ve been a few times before but I want to go again this summer and spend a lot of time there, take pretty pictures and do some shopping!  Its such a gorgeous place – if any of you are ever in Wiltshire area you have to visit, it’s so pretty. I’ll be sure to do a post when I go!
  3. Seaside: Now, I know that this summer we’re going to loads of places and I think we’re going to Cornwall, Devon and Bourenmouth for the day.  Not only will I be going to three beaches, I’m going to Devon & Cornwall which are so gorgeous.  I’ve been to a beach before, obviously, but I cant wait to go this summer, especially with the weather being so nice!
  4. Get a tan: Like I said previously, the weather down here is amazing at the moment.  Seriously, I was just in the (paddling, but large) pool in the rubber ring sun bathing.  I never tan, I just burn (sometimes), however usually I just multiply in freckles and remain pale!  I really want a tan this summer, and I’m part the way there because my arms are looking browner than usual!
  5. See a gorgeous sunset: The other day I was outside an I saw a really pretty sunset, but I don’t just want to see a pretty sunset.  I want to see a really gorgeous sunset, all pink and orange skies and the sun setting, I mean I guess thats what a sunset is…  Anyway, I saw a nice sunset in Ibiza recently, it’s also the main photo on my blog, but I want to see more!  cropped-img_2007.jpg
  6. Eat healthily: I saw a post on Mia’s blog (post here, go check out her blog!) about how she’s been eating healthily for two weeks and it inspired me to try eating better for the entire of my holidays, and hopefully I’ll work up a habit.  The thing is that she still ate the things she liked, but in moderation, which I *think* I can do.  I also really want to eat more fruit, drink more smoothies and do workouts.
  7. Ride a bike: I feel like when I say this, I’m implying I can’t ride a bike.  I can, calm yourselves.  However, I dont have a bike (becuuase I very rarely use one) but I want to start going on bike rides with Alex.  I’ll borrow my Dad’s because seriously who wants to spend money on a bike, but theres some really pretty bike rides around my area so I want to bike ride around them – plus I can hatch all my pokemon eggs at the same time (oh for gods sake are you really on that craze. Duh, what did you expect).
  8. Films: I have so many films to watch/see this summer.  I want to see Ice Age 5 (I am a religious follower since age five), Finding Dory (again, who hasn’t been sat on the edge of their seats since they were three waiting for this), and Netflix has added loads of new films I want to watch recently – TFIOS being one, even though I’ve seen it already!  I need to revisit my old faves too (Notting Hill, Pretty Woman, Dirty Dancing, Cocktail).
  9. Bake: I really want to bake loads of lovely things this summer (which totally contradicts with point 6) because I would like to start experimenting with decorating cupcakes, new recipied etc.  This is also going to be beneficial for my Food GCSE.
  10. Books: I have books to read guys, like so many.  I’m currently reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – amazing.  I want to have read enough so that at the end of the summer I can do a round up of books I want to show you guys!

So, that was my Summer Bucket List.  I really hope you enjoyed it.  I think it’s important to keep it short, so it’s realisitc.  If you fill it with 100+ tumblr fueled ideas, chances are you wont complete it, and then you’ll feel sorry about your life and how sad it is.  Anyway,I digress.


Soph xx

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Hey guys, 

I broke up for summer today! I now have six weeks of total bliss to do whatever I want, and I’ve got major blogging things planned.  

I’m going to try and post every day.  Now I say this loosely, because I might miss one or two days here and there, which is very likely.  I’d like to start posting loads more on here, and summer is always fun because I have a lot of things to post! Even if one of the days is just me sharing pictures from where I’m going that day (I’m heading out to a good few places this summer which should be fun!) I’d really like to post daily.  

Obviously my birthday is coming up soon, the 8th August to be precise.  I’m going to do a massive birthday haul when I’ve bought everything with my birthday money etc, so that should be fun.  

If you’re interested in a back to school series I also want to do that, so leave comments & suggestions as to what posts you might want in that series bar the usual what’s in my bag, supplies haul etc.  

I’m not very fond of the name I’m A Zalfie Fanatic anymore, so that will be changing soon.  Make sure to follow me on Twitter (@Zalfiefanatic) to participate in polls about my new blog name!

Anyway, that’s all.

Soph x 

I’m Back! (and something exciting)

I’m back and I have so much to say right now, I’ve missed blogging so much and I bring very exciting news.  Like, so exciting I’ll blow your socks of news because….I’m not being anonymous anymore.  That’s right, I’m literally about to tell you my name and shove it out for the world to see!

My name is Sophie.  But you can call me Soph, or Sophie, I guess I don’t mind either way.  Most people call me Soph though.

That’s weird, really weird…

Anyway, now that’s out of the way, I was going to ask you all if you though I should chnage the name of my blog?   I think Zalfie Fanatic doesn’t reflect me as a person.  I used it as a shell to hide under but really now my name is out, I want things to be a bit more Sophie!  I still love Zalfie and watch them obviously but I need to get a new name and spruce up my blog a bit. Any suggestions are very welcome!

So, now all the important and exciting stuff is out of the way, I’ll move onto updates (seriously, more updates? Your updates are boring now…)

I moved, as you’re well aware.  And I also moved schools.  Before anyone asks, as soon as my room is done and I like it, I’ll do a room tour.  Anyway, my new house is great as is my new school, and I’ve met some really nice girls who I really like.  I miss my old friends a lot, but they’re still easily accessible (Sav and Mole, as you read this please do not think i consider you a supermarket item, for that is what sprang to mind as I compared you to something ‘easily accessible’.  I love you both v muchly♥) and we keep in touch loads.  Its weird to be in a new place I know nothing about, but it’s nearly been two weeks now and it’s easy enough to settle in and feel like its home, if you ever wanted a post on how to do that (I don’t know why you would, I must be really desperate)  I could always make one.

So, yeah, I guess that wasn’t the longest of posts, but I just wanted to say I’m back (that would be because we got internet installed yesterday) and I decided in Ibiza that I didn’t care who found this blog now, whether you know me or don’t know me, I should be happy about it (which I am) and shouldn’t care about being anonymous.  That’s why my name is now out, Sophie.

My new school gives me loads of homework, lots more than I anticipated (and more than I care to have, obviously) but I’ll try keep up to blogging alongside my homework.  Most of my homework gets done late, like 1.30am this morning late.  Anyway, that doesn’t really matter.