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I am a first year student at the university of Gloucestershire (formally known as Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education) and like most other first years I live in halls of residence on the college campus. I would just like to say how great it is, and how helpful it is to live so close to everything any proper uni student needs (e.g booze, booze and even more booze). My hall is right next to the bar and the campus bus stop, the only problem that I have found with it is that it is basically a lighthouse, by this I mean it is that it has a spiral staircase and when all 28 students are in it emits a hell of a lot of light. I live on the top floor and with 6 other students and we share the kitchen with a cooker the size of a small microwave oven, but on the plus side we each get an en-suite bathroom complete with toilet, sink and massive shower. Living in halls has made uni life so much more easy to adjust too and hopefully I will pass my degree with flying colours (whether living in halls has any relevance to me passing is debatable!) The rooms are massive and cost about £1000 a term, sercuity is always around and so is the clamper man, unfortunately (no students in halls are allowed a car - council rules!) Other than that I think that halls of residence are a must for all first year students!
I brought the new Destiny's Child album after hearing their song 'Independant Women' on the soundtrack of 'Charlies Angels'and their other song at te time 'Survivor'. I was very impresssed by the superb quality of this new album. Having already purchased their other two albums, 'The Writing's on the wall' and 'Destiny's Child' I thought this would be much of the same (not that I would mind, I liked the other two albums, my favorite song was 'Bugaboo' from 'The Writing's on the wall'). However I was overwhelmed by the originality in this album, and the catchiness of all the songs, especially 'Bootylicious' and 'Survivor', I was also very impressed in learning later on that they helped to write and produce all of the songs featured on the album. Well done girls. What will you do for an encore?
Christmas 2000, my father asked me what I would like for a present, and being a Daddy's girl, I asked for a car. I didn't want anything fancy, just something that had 4 wheels and wasn't a heap of rust. My father agreed, but as I didn't pass my driving test until March 2001, so he agreed to by me a brand new car, as the insurance was just as expensive as on an older car. After many trips to many car dealerships, I fell in love with a Fiat Punto, 3 door, 1.2 injection in demetia green. The dealership agreed to have my car delivered within 2 weeks. However, I did not get my car within the 2 weeks, in fact I didn't recieve my car until another 4 weeks had passed, and was given excuses like; 'it's in Sunderland. (It was ordered in Manchester)', when I enquired how long it would take to get from Sunderland, the car had moved it was now 'in Scotland'. By the time I got my car in May 2001, it had already clocked up 200 miles. I had a friend of mine look at it for me, (just to check.) It had hardly any oil in it (under minimum), one headlight without nuts and bolts (it was held in by the wires only!), window seals that leaked and a boot that didn't close without ripping the seal that surronds it, however I still love my car, but I will be having it serviced well before it is due, for safety reasons. I thought that I would just tell you about my experience, so that you do not make the same mistake. Fiat cars may be cheap, but at what costs?
New Woman magazine is a great buy, it has affordable fashion, interesting interviews, gripping articles and much more and it's affordable too. The only draw back to this magazine, as with so many others is the amount of advertisments placed throughout, however I do realise that the afore mentioned adverts produce money for the magazine, so therefore I shall not dwell on this. An excellent magazine that has dramatically changed my opinion on 'womans' magazines. I simply can't praise this magazine enough, I read it whilst commuting on the train, at home and for leisure purposes too, it has even helped me to shop more efficiently during my luch break. A wonderful magazine, which I have recommended to all of my female friends and work colleagues, and I have even spotted my boyfriend having a quick read when he didn't think I was around! It is exactly the type of magazine I have been looking for.