New Beginnings: Why I Dropped Out of University
The biggest 'new beginning' I've made is to my university life. As you may know, I studied Fashion Management at RGU last year, but decided to defer my studies for a year for health reasons. After staying back in Edinburgh for a while with my parents and doing my fantastic internship at The Scottish Design Exchange, I realised I was finally feeling happy after the miserable time I had in Aberdeen, and that maybe the capital was the best place for me at the moment. So after much ado about nothing I got an unconditional offer to study Fashion Communications at Heriot Watt University, which I start in September! Also this Autumn I move into a brand new flat with three of my best friends, and although I won't be able to do as much with SDX as I'd like due to all the uni work, I'm really enjoying my new part-time job at Harvey Nichols in the menswear department, so job-wise, I'm pretty satisfied
In terms of my baby blog, this year I've really started to massively revamp and rebrand. Urbanity started out as a joint venture with my friend (and new flatmate!) Sarah Ewen, but we decided to split and Sarah plans to start her own blog later on. After that change of direction, i redesigned the site, making it more streamlined, minimalist, SEO and user friendly. I also began to focus my writing on three main topics-ethical fashion/beauty, local creative/business talent, and mental health, all from an Edinburgh perspective. I think this is the most important thing, for a blog to have a USP, but also be open to new experiences, spontaneous adventures, and networking/collaborating with other bloggers. I've also started to grow my social networks, and plan content, events, promotion and finances well in advance, which has helped me become a lot more organised. At only a year old and done on a very part time basis, Urbanity has a long way to go, and I have a lot more to learn about the big bad world of blogging, but I'm so proud of how far I have come.
Photos by Erin Kerr, London, 2013