Musings of a Second Year – 01.

Last year I took the leap to go to university – this followed losing my grandfather who I looked after for quite some time. I was sad to lose him, of course, but the only thing that gave me motivation was him telling me to go and do all of the things he couldn’t do. University was one of those.

I’m now starting my second year of uni and, in starting my second year, I looked back on the first year and considered all of the experiences I had to pick out what I enjoyed the most.

Honestly, over the plethora of people I’ve had the chance to meet, over the experience of being completely independent for the first time – without having others depend on me either – the thing I most enjoyed was watching myself grow and change over the year.

Since coming to university I’ve watched how I’ve transformed from a timid girl, anxious about almost everything, to someone confident and determined that I’m now doing things I never would have done before.

I’m throwing myself into my journalistic work, in and out of university, thriving in Radio – which at the start of the year terrified me – and I have an entirely more positive view on everything. Something I might not have had without university.

All in all I’m glad I took my granddad’s words to heart, I’ve had the chance to discover who I really am and have never been more certain about what I want to do. I owe him so much for that.

Come fly with me.

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My absence lately has been due to my inability to post. For a number of reasons, most of them culminating over the fact I had forgotten my log in info for the longest time. However, there is another reason and that is for the last couple of months I have been so busy that it seemingly slipped my mind to update on things. Since Neon Trees I have shot my first festival via Slam Dunk, moved back home for the summer and away from University, seen One Direction play in a sweaty hot Wembley Stadium and also taken a second trip out to the United States. Let me update you on the latter.

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It started with a whisper.

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This past Monday, the eve of my 21st Birthday, Neon Trees played Manchester’s Academy 3. I was offered the opportunity to go along and shoot the event for Second Fleet Magazine and, of course, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity. I have been a fan of Neon Trees for a couple of years now and though I managed to catch them on their previous UK tour last year, this was the first chance I’d gotten to shoot them live.

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Tour Recap

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16th April 2014, I embarked on my journey to Southampton to begin the Of Mice & Men, Issues and Beartooth UK tour. I was mainly doing each date for Issues who, since June last year, have gotten me back into music in a way I never thought could happen again. I had dropped music photography due to a family illness and up until last year, the only time I’d picked up my camera was for a show without a barrier or any particular rules regarding shooting. It was a huge thing for me after a big loss, of someone who really encouraged me to do what I loved, to get back into music again and I’m glad that a band as wonderful as Issues were the selling point to get me to pick up my camera again.

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