China, Fairly Definite

In about 3 weeks I’m off to China to do an internship for one month.

I was going to do this last summer but the timing of my exams complicated things and I decided to postpone it till this year. I was never fully sure if it was actually going to happen, but now I find myself having successfully acquired a visa, plane tickets, and a bunch of other things (except, so far, somewhere to stay, whoops) so it looks like this is pretty definite!

I can’t wait! Cultures, languages etc… are what I love.

But anxiety-wise, this could be a bit of a ride.

I don’t really  know what to expect and I hope I’m not doing/going to do anything naive, having never done anything like this before and being woefully untravelled. I’m doing tonnes of research at the moment and trying to pick up a few bits of Chinese.

Yeah, so I’ll try and post stuff on here when I’m there.

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End of first year, CBT… General Positivity (really scraping the barrel for a title here, can you tell?)

So it feels like ages since I last posted. In a nutshell what has happened since then is I finished CBT for social anxiety, I had end of year exams which stressed me out a lot considering they don’t even count towards my degree, my internship got postponed until next summer, I finished first year (and sort of fell for someone in the last few weeks, round of applause for me…) and I came home for the summer.

In a nutshell. But you know I never just write “In a Nutshell”!

On the SA front: I finished CBT after 10 sessions, and it seems to me like I can barely remember the stuff I learnt but somehow anxiety improved a lot anyway. I’ve practically written a book from the notebook/diary thingy I had to keep documenting all the situations that happened which caused me anxiety. The psychologist guy read it every week, and towards the end he said there was a Continue reading “End of first year, CBT… General Positivity (really scraping the barrel for a title here, can you tell?)”

China Maybe!

As usual being at home for the holidays has consisted of too little work and too many cups of tea.

Seriously though, Easter has been great and now I hardly want to go back to uni. I’ve caught up with my friends back here; four of us hired a boat yesterday and then visited the ruins of a local castle. I also watched Harry Potter for the first time (behind the times, I know!) with a friend at her new place.

And here’s a picture of sunny Yorkshire which I took on a walk out the other week 🙂

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Getting some much needed work experience for the summer had been worrying me a bit recently, as it was my plan to look for some in these few weeks of holiday. After rather dramatically refurbishing my CV, all that remained was to find local publishing firms and make phone enquiries. Phone. Enquiries… I stumbled through a couple of phone calls with no succes Continue reading “China Maybe!”