I Made a Decision (And Other Unlikely Things)

June 5, 2016 miscellaneous 14

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What’s New?

I’ve finally decided on a university for my postgrad! And a postgrad for that matter. My number one choice from the beginning was Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh, although I waffled for a bit when I also got accepted to the Film Studies program at St Andrews (ugh, wait, will I have to switch my spelling to UK again because all this back and forth is making my head hurt). I also really liked the campus at the University of Nottingham and got a very late and very unexpected offer for International Film Business from the University of Exeter (and then saw that I CLEARLY didn’t look at how much the fees are there before I applied, what the hell). So which university did I decide to go to? That’s right, none of the above.



Like everyone who knows me should have expected, I changed my mind at least ten times and then decided on the university that was previously my last choice: Newcastle University! If you recall, I visited my roommate there last fall when she was doing her semester abroad at Newcastle University, so I think that was probably the main reason it was on my mind when I started applying, but I don’t think I actually planned to go there when I got the offer.

I wanted to do my postgrad in Media Studies at first, but at some point I got it into my head that I wanted to do Film Studies instead – then I changed my mind again and realized the only place that would fit my new (or old?) wishes was Newcastle, so I will be starting my MA in Cross Cultural Communication and Media Studies there in September. I really like that I can do something intercultural and communications related while still taking Media Studies modules, and the subjects sound interesting. Conveniently, it’s also the cheapest of all the places I could have gone too (seriously, Edinburgh, you need to get your ish together), so that works out nicely. I mean I still have no idea how to afford it, but I’M SURE IT WILL ALL WORK OUT SHE SAID IN PANICKED CAPSLOCK. Anyways, if you want to stalk me, you now have all the information you need. You’re welcome.



Apart from the BIG NEWS, I’m just working on my BA thesis, by which I mean I’m almost done watching all four seasons of The Mindy Project. Posts are sparse, because whenever I feel like sitting down to write one, I think I could use the two hours it would probably take to write it to work on my thesis instead. I mean not that I do, but it’s the thought that counts, right? (It’s really not.) (Like, really, REALLY not.)

The Shiny

les miserables cover

I bought Les Mis, and then I also downloaded the French version to my Kindle because it was free only to be STABBED IN THE BACK by my own device when I saw it also automatically, without even asking, downloaded a French dictionary at the same time. Thanks so much for the vote of confidence, Kindle. I mean, don’t get me wrong, my seven years of half-assed high school French are not even close to good enough for me to be able to read Les Mis in the original, BUT STILL.

Gena/Finn cover

I bought this spontaneously one evening and then stayed up until like 3 am to finish it (yeah, the next day at work was super fun). I didn’t hate it, but I also didn’t love it. I know a lot of people said it was fluffy in the beginning, but I didn’t really think it was? There was a lot of fandom drama and, while it was a more or less accurate representation, I grew bored with that years ago, so I didn’t really appreciate it. And then the ending was just kind of weird? I liked Gena though, mostly, so it wasn’t a complete miss. And, as you may know if you’ve been reading this blog for a bit, I LOVE epistolary books, so that was a definite plus too.



I considered buying this book when it was all over the bookish community, but I wasn’t sure I’d like it. Then I discovered Lin-Manuel Miranda, the guy who wrote Hamilton, reads the audiobook and immediately went to audible to download it, because apparently that’s just the place I’m at. I haven’t started it yet, because I’m still listening to The Mark of Athena, but I have to admit I’m kind of bored with that one, so I might listen to this first.

Tune of the Week



What do you mean that I found this band because Daveed Diggs from Hamilton is in it? Please, I’m not THAT obsessed, that would be ridiculous. (Seriously though, that guy can rap.)

So… what’d I miss?


As always, I’m linking up with the Sunday Post hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

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14 Responses to “I Made a Decision (And Other Unlikely Things)”

  1. Greg

    Congrats on your uni pick, that must feel good to have that out of the way. Big choices. :) I just read Gena/ Finn too and had a similar reaction- the end was weird for me. I’m still sort of sorting it out… :)
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  2. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    DUDE! This is awesome! Way to make a decision! I am not decisive either, so I feel you! I am so impressed! I know you will do amazing, all while being a master procrastinator :D

    Okay so when you said you found this by the Hamilton guy, I knew it HAD to be that guy, he is so amazing! Also, is it bad that I want to try an audiobook now for the sole reason of Lin-Manuel Miranda being the audio-person? That is bad, isn’t it? We have problems, my friend.

    And I don’t think you missed much. The BEA Dead Zone is really just starting to end, so you probably picked a good time to sit around and binge watch shows. Also, Gena/Finn was half amazing for me and then the last part was like… wait what now?
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      Thanks, Shannon! Well, I definitely know the master procrastinator part is true. :D And IKR? Daveed Diggs is SO good. Um… well, I actually went and downloaded it, so definitely no judgement from me haha. That’s good to hear! Yeah, I know… the ending was a bit weird tbh. I just thought the whole explosion thing was really unnecessary? IDEK, man.
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  3. Cynthia @ Bingeing On Books

    Congrats on making a decision about university! That is awesome news!! It sounds like you had a lot of amazing offers, so I am impressed at your decision making skills. I just purchased Aristotle and Dante as well. I have heard amazing things. I hope it lives up to the hype.
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  4. Inge

    I have to admit I’m terribly heart-broken by the fact that you’re not going to Edinburgh, but Newcastle sounds exciting too! The course sounds really interesting and yeah, okay, the money is definitely a plus too.

    I can’t wait to hear more about this adventure!
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  5. Valerie

    Congrats on deciding! And I CANNOT wait to hear about your new adventures in post grad! I’ve always wanted to go to school in Europe, like study abroad, but I never got the chance too. Maybe I will visit during my grad studies (I can dream).

    Also, I agree with you completely with Gena/Finn. The second half bothered me a lot, and completely changed my opinion of the book :/
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      Thanks, Val! I will definitely write about it. :D TBH “new adventures in postgrad” sounds way more exciting than “Vlora complains about group work and having to write SO MANY TERM PAPERS” which is probably a more accurate description haha. I always wanted to go to North America, but I never got the chance to – we should have some sort of an exchange thing. :D Yeah, Gena/Finn was a bit of a weird one!
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  6. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Ahhh decisions! But yay that you decided and good luck with it all. :D :D I’M SURE YOU’LL BE GREAT. AND HERE’S SOME CAKE IN ENCOURAGEMENT AND CONGRATULATIONS. *smushes it in your hair kindly* Also omg now I want to listen to the audio book of Ari & Dante. Not that I actually know who Lin Manuel is (I’M SORRY) but I really like audiobooks and it never occurred to me that that book would actually be fantastic on audio and now I have a need.
    ALSO GO YOU AND FRENCH AND LES MIS. YOU GOT THIS. SHOW THAT DICTIONARY WHO’S BOSS.
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  7. Jackie

    Congratulatiooooooooooons! I can’t wait to hear about your adventures at Newcastle University. I of course Googled it and the campus is so pretty. Also, Cross Cultural Communication/Media studies sounds fascinating. I wish they would have had awesome degrees like that at my university…
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