Why do we want to go to Hogwarts?

It’s just a school, right? A fictional school, but still a school. So why did so many of us want to get that magic letter and be whisked away from the parents who baked us cakes, gave us clothes and tucked us in to bed to attend Hogwarts? (Not that all parents do those things, but mine certainly did.)

Originally this post was supposed to talk about some books set in schools that I love, but I actually don’t usually love books set in schools, and I certainly don’t love them because they are set in schools, so that post wouldn’t have been very fun to write or read. Hence, I decided to talk about this instead, which is why I am currently typing this whilst waiting for my new textbooks to arrive in the post so I can do my homework and whilst wearing gloves so that my bones don’t freeze and break because my room is freezing and the heating hasn’t kicked in yet.

Anyway, so today is really more of me asking a question than providing an answer. Why did you want that Hogwarts letter?

For me, I think it was a combination of reasons. My mum always joked that I was basically a Hermione, so that was probably a pretty major factor. And who wouldn’t want cool magic?! But really, if I think about it critically and a little bit cynically, I read and loved Harry Potter during a time where I wasn’t having the best time at school, and perhaps more importantly, wasn’t completely happy with who I was. I didn’t every really have a desire to be “like everyone else” and that wouldn’t explain why I wanted to go to Hogwarts into my early teen years, but I did always want to be unique, special, different, as if that would somehow make a more worthy and likeable person. There’s not much more special than going to Hogwarts now is there?!


So why did you want to go to Hogwarts?

Let me know if you want more sort of discussion-type posts like this or maybe more posts about my personal journey through mental health problems and how I’ve become much more understanding and knowledgeable about the type of person I am. I think I might like to do some posts like that, but only if someone was going to be interested in reading them!

Thank you for reading, Keira x.

GCSEs & IB

Hello everyone!

Today was my first day of school, so I thought I would just talk to you a little about how my GCSEs went and what I’m doing now!

So, if you don’t know GCSEs are an exam we take here in the UK at 16 which determines what kind of education we can do from 16 to 19! There are lots of options, but the most popular are probably A-Levels, BTECs, apprenticeships and the IB!

GCSEs are marked out of 9, with 9 being the best (they used to be A*-E or something like that, but it changed recently to 9-1). Anyway, I got my results a couple of weeks ago and I was really happy. A bit in shock, but very happy!

So now I’m doing the IB Diploma Programme, which is an international qualification in which you study six subjects! Usually you do three at higher level and three at standard level, but I’m super indecisive so at the moment I’m doing English Literature, German, Psychology and History at higher level as well as Biology and standard level and the easiest Maths I can possibly do!

So yeah, life update! Let me know if you did GCSEs recently or started a new step in your education and I’ll be sure to update you when I have more news about school or other general life things!! Love, Keira x.

What kind of music do you study to?

Hi there! I don’t know about everyone else, but I go to college on Wednesday! (FYI: that’s UK college, so 16-19 not university 😉 )

With going back to school, whatever kind of school you’re doing, that means you’re going to be doing a lot of studying and if you’re anything like me you need to listen to something whilst you work!

Some people love listening to regular music, whereas others can’t listen to anything with lyrics in it!

Me? I’m a bit of a mix. Most of the time I can listen to whatever, but if I’m writing an English essay I cannot listen to German music and vice versa, because my brain will desperately try to switch between the two languages and that just doesn’t end well!

In any case, today I thought I would share with you seven different things I like to listen to when I’m studying!


#1: Ambient Sounds and Classical Music


This is a great option for people who need music to stop them getting distracted by the outside world, but also find themselves easily distracted by music itself. There are tons of classical music and ambient sound playlists on platforms like Spotify, so I definitely recommend browsing them and finding some you like!


#2: Modern Instrumental Music


Firstly, let me just say that Lindsey Stirling is an incredible artist and I love her so much! Modern instrumental music like this is a great option for people who can’t listen to lyrics when studying, but want something a bit more modern or engaging than classical music or ambient sounds. You might want to avoid watching the music videos on YouTube though, because Lindsey Stirling’s music videos are gorgeous and you will end up watching them for hours… trust me, I know!


#3: Upbeat, Catchy Songs


This is the kind of music I like to listen to when I’m studying for maths, because there’s so little writing involved and also because I struggle a bit with maths, so some fun music makes studying a little bit less stressful. These sorts of songs are great for giving you a three-minute dance break whilst still actually revising!


#4: Songs to Encourage You


Sometimes studying is hard, but songs telling you that it’s okay to struggle and it will be okay are just what you need to get through that one really hard maths question or finally start your English essay!


#5: Playlists Of Unfamiliar Songs


If you don’t know a song very well, you’re less likely to get up and dance to it! Or maybe you just want to find some new music to listen to. Either way, just pick a playlist randomly on Spotify (maybe not a Top 40 one) and listen away! I quite like this one because it has some softer music and I often like to listen to it when I’m reading!


#6: Your Favourite New Songs


On the complete opposite side from my previous option, why not make studying fun with some of your new favourite releases!


#7: Music in a Foreign Language!


So maybe you’re one of those people who can’t listen to English music (or whatever language you speak) because you get distracted or start writing the lyrics. Why not listen to some Spanish music, some Japanese music or a Chinese song like the one above?! Really, anything that you don’t know the language well enough to distract you!


So that’s it for this post! I hope you enjoyed.

What do you listen to when you’re studying? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading this post today! Happy listening, Keira x.

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