Feeling Homesick

Lately I’ve been missing home more than anything. I’ve finished university after three years and I’m going on to my masters degree next year. This summer I’m also moving in with my boyfriend and pretty much starting my independent life properly. This is the first summer I haven’t gone back home for the full summer (3 months!) and it feels a bit weird.

I miss my house and the fluffy rug in my room. I miss the massive beanbags my mum made herself (they’re the size of a small room honestly, absolutely MASSIVE). I miss my parents’ pink room and I miss our comfy living room with a fireplace in it. I miss my cat who’s the fluffiest, softest and cuddliest thing in the world. I miss my nephew Kennert who always knows how to put a smile on my face and I miss my nephew Karel who’s just the smallest cutest guy ever and who I have only met twice in my life due to living so far away. I miss my mum who’s the funniest smartest most caring person in the world and I miss my dad who’s the strongest kindest and most supportive person in my life. I miss my brother who makes stupid jokes but is someone I can always count on. I miss my friend Maris who’s always there for me throughout everything and I miss my friend Kaisa who I haven’t seen for months but who always makes me laugh until I cry. I miss all of these people and I miss my home town and the sea and the river being so close to my house. But here’s the thing… These people are still in my life. Although I’ve lived far away for 3 years I know they’re all still there. There for me just like I am still there for them. And I feel so lucky.

Appreciate the people in your life who love you just as much as you love them. These are the people that are going to be there for you through every step of your life, no matter how far you are. If you’re homesick and you miss them, then let them know. They’re only a phone call or a message away.

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

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– Helina x

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Feeling Homesick

It’s coming to an end…

This week was my last week of lectures at my university. Not just the last one before summer holidays but the last one for good. I will never be at a lecture as a BA (Hons) Marketing with Events Management student at University College Birmingham again and that is actually unbelievable.

When I first moved to England, I felt like I had years to take it all in and have tons of amazing experiences. I had no idea three years would go past so quickly. I honestly don’t know how I’ve gone through SO many exams and assignments already. It is actually mind blowing. At the time of deadlines it seems like life is pretty much falling apart but now looking back at it all, I am going to miss all of it. Although we all might hate going to university sometimes because some lectures or assignments stress you out, or you’re just feeling incredibly lazy in the mornings, once it all ends, you feel this weird kind of sadness. I’m not sad to graduate. I am actually really excited to graduate. But I am sad to leave this place behind. All the memories created throughout these three years are unforgettable. I have made friends for life that I will treasure forever. I have studied in a completely different language (my native language is Estonian) for three years and I cannot believe I’ve actually done it. I remember being so excited to move to the UK and to study in Birmingham. It honestly feels like that was a month ago. But somehow it is all going to be over now.

I am so thankful for my parents for believing in me and supporting me with following my dreams. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them and I am eternally grateful. I hope they’re proud of all of my accomplishments and who I have become as a person throughout these years because it is all thanks to them.

I am so thankful for the amazing friendships I’ve made through these years, I’m sure you guys know who you are, and I love you all so much. Some of you I met at the beginning of this journey, some in the middle and some in the end and I cannot thank you enough for being in my life now and forever. You’ve made these three years incredible.

I am so thankful for all of the opportunities gained through studying this degree. It helped me discover my passion in social media marketing and gave me a new direction. If I had to do it all again, I would, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

To all of the students graduating this year, just because something ends, doesn’t mean something better won’t begin. Take all these experiences with you and start a new chapter of your life.

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– Helina x

It’s coming to an end…

UCB Goes To International Confex 2017!

This Thursday, we (UCB Marketing with Events Management students) went to the International Confex of 2017 in Olympia London that is held every year. It is the UK’s leading event for event organisers across the world (hence the name ‘international’). This is all about the newest innovations within the events industry as nowadays everything needs a unique selling point otherwise it is extremely difficult and practically impossible to stand out from the crowd. It takes place for two days and we went on the last day. At this event, event industry professionals can buy various products or services for their events for amazing prices. Even though we are not quite events professionals yet, we were taken there in order to show the latest innovations in the industry. This also relates to our assignment for one of our modules Innovation in Events where we have to discuss the latest innovations and pick four of our favourites. I have definitely made my choice now (although the choices were endless at this event)!

1. These robots could walk and even dance (we saw an amazing dance to Gangnam Style). They look at you when you wave to them and sense your movements. I fell in love with the red robot and I feel like I need one in my life! Beware, they do cost a few thousand pounds though haha, not quite fit for my student budget!

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2. All the ground floor stalls from up above.

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3. The cutest Ice Cream car that can be hired to any event! Get your ice cream directly from this retro car, I found it SO cute!

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4. Mega Booth aka the place we spent far too much of our time at because we were obsessed with their photo booth and the amazing backgrounds!

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5. This is literally air / smoke that you can consume. You put your straw into this machine in the foggy air and voila – 0 calorie dessert that tastes like candy! This is by Lick Me I’m Delicious, which is just the coolest brand name ever! Even the cotton candy that they make is in so many different flavours and shoots out of the machine towards the sky! No doubt this would make your event one to remember.

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6. This is for all those adventure lovers! So many opportunities to have forest adventures around the UK (I believe they said they are in 30 cities/towns!).

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7. The coolest place you can eat at as this is a restaurant, bar AND a club! Get all those experiences in one!

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8. Beautiful balloons filled with anything you’d like AND they promote your brand logo on it! Would be so amazing for product / brand launches!

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9. I just liked the design of this bar… That’s about it haha!

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10. You could even get your brows done for free at the event AND they gave amazing deals for all the products they used! Got to love student bargains!

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11. This is a robot that walks, talks, dances, cries and just has a mind of its own. Oh, by the way, it’s the robot that Rihanna hangs out with. HOW COOL IS THAT?

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12. GuineaPig was one of my favourite parts. They’re basically balloons that just move to the rhythm of the music. It was so weird but so wonderful at the same time and I don’t even know why. So if your event involves music, I think you pretty much need these in your life.

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13. This stand provided the most awesome bubbles I’ve ever seen. The tiny bubbles would turn into smoke once they burst – WHAT? How’s that even possible? And they would even put you inside of the giant bubbles! Definitely entertainment worth thinking about!

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– Helina x

UCB Goes To International Confex 2017!