Today is the very last day of the summer of 2014. That’s insane. I can’t believe how fast it’s gone and how much has happened in my life in just three months. I have been to concerts, went to France, cooked a lot, chilled with friends and eaten an insanely amount of delicious frozen yogurt and spend hours and hours watching my favorite YouTubers.
In June my summer had a kick ass start in Sri Lanka where I went backpacking from April to June. When I came home on June 12th I had just about four days to chill and see my family before two of the biggest highlights this summer (and year to be honest): Seeing One Direction on their Where We Are Tour two nights in a row. (Drooling just by thought of it –hot hot hot)
July began with 10 days in Southern France and Paris with my family whom I’ve missed so much during my trip. When I came back I went to see Backstreet Boys live with my mom. Seeing all these 40+ women going crazy fangirling was like seeing me and my friends in 20 years time at a One Direction concert. Fangirl forever and always!
July was a month filled with ups and downs; despite all the bad that happened something really amazing did happen as well. I GOT ACCEPTED INTO UNIVERSITY! Not only did I but my best friends did as well. Felt so lucky.
Last but not least something very cool happened this summer. My blog. I created Simply Being Young in the middle of July because I felt like I had something to share with the world. It may not be the best, most inspirational, funniest or whatever you want a blog to be but it is mine. I am just an ordinary girl trying to find my way and so far this blog has worked out pretty well! I am very proud of what I have accomplished and I’m committed to keep this blog growing. Who knows where it will take me one day? So to every single reader no matter if you’ve been here since the beginning or this is the first post you’ve read –Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I have made this lasagna a million times and it has become one of my family’s favourites. Last year we decided to cut out pasta and potatoes from our food so I had to come up with an alternative so here is my version of a lasagna without pasta and no bechamel sauce (don’t worry it’s still delicious).
Adjust the recipe to whatever you like and what you have in your fridge. It will be good anyways, I’m sure!
You need (for 4 persons)
500-1000 gram of low fat minced beef 1 large squash/zucchini 1 large onion Garlic to your tasting 4-6 fresh tomatoes About 3 tablespoons of cottage cheese (if you like) Fresh basil 100-150 g of fresh mozzarella 1 can of tomatoes Some low fat cream to thicken the sauce (doesn’t have to be cream, you can also mix a bit of flour with a bit of water ratio 1:3) Salt, pepper, chili, paprika etc to your liking
Slice onions and garlic and saute for a few minutes until clear. If you want paprika in your sauce add it now, it helps it develop its taste. Mushrooms as well.
Add the minced meat and saute on high heat until everything is cooked.
Add your canned tomatoes and cook for about 15-20 minutes until it’s thickened. Season with salt, pepper and chili. Make the sauce a bit hotter, saltier etc than you normally would as it loses a bit of the taste in the oven.
Whilst the meat is cooking, prepare all of your vegetables. I like to use red pepper, leeks, tomatoes, carrots, spring onions etc. Just whatever you have in your fridge and like. It’s all healthy!
Important as you use the squash instead of pasta you have to make strips instead of cutting it into pieces like the other vegetables. I use a cheese thingy to make the strips. Always remove most of the seeds as they tend to make the lasagna watery.
Check if your sauce is thick enough. If not add cream. Season again. Add fresh basil.
It’s important your sauce isn’t watery as it will along with the water in your vegetables make the lasagne very watery and that’s not nice.
Now make the lasagna!
You begin with a thin layer of cottage cheese (just to make sure it doesn’t burn in the bottom). If you don’t have it it’s not a disaster.
This week has been C R A Z Y and filled with new experiences, people and loads of new information. So much I have to break it down in days for you guys or else it would go from a post to a novel.
Monday the 18th of August was the first day of the next 5 years of my life. It was the first day as a student at Roskilde University (or as some call it University College Sjælland, don’t ask me why they thought it would be better like that). The thing is as we are more than 1000 new students and more than 10.000 students in total which is insane! We are separated in our own houses which is kinda like a dorm but we don’t live there. We are about 150 students in one house who will take the same classes and write our projects together.
That’s why before the semester begins we have these two weeks of intro to get to know RUC and each other before it kicks off.
The first day we were told to dress up in orange (the colour of our house) and meet at the train station at 9 am. There we were greeted by our tutors who have prepared a lot of activities for us.
When we walked the about 15 minutes from the station to campus everything just started to get weird. Very weird. We saw an avatar and smerf chasing each other, two Asian students bathing in noodles, three twerking students, a guy wrapped in bacon and so much more. I was to say the least pretty freaked out. What the hell was this place!
As the day went by we met our tutors, had some lectures, heard some speeches and were separated into smaller so called ‘comfort/security groups’ and before I knew it it was 4 pm and I was on my way home again feeling exhausted and mentally drained. I had a great day but after my birthday weekend I was completely worn out.
I had to call it a night already at 9 pm but felt happy and excited about the things to come.
** All pictures except the last two ones belongs to RUSK at Roskilde University**
You only go to high school and college once.
Make the most of it.
Okay, so far we have covered the basics but we haven’t really talked about the fact that going to high school or college is hard. You work your little but off to get the results you need and sometimes it’s all a bit too much. I admit it I am not the perfect student at all. Sometimes I have to drag myself out of bed just to go to class or postpone a paper to the very last day before handing it in instead of pulling myself together and get it done in time. The results are always much better and I don’t feel like a spineless couch potato. It’s a win-win.
No one is in charge of my education but me
Ask for help, it’s not a failure if you don’t know how to solve a question or write an essay. Nobody’s perfect.
You are not alone
Work hard, play hard
You only go to high school and college once. Make the most of it.
Your parents and teachers don’t always know what is right for you or your future.
Trust your gut.
Be organized and get your shit done.
Hard work pays off
We tend to put so much pressure on ourselves to become the best students possible, to be the most popular girl or boy in school and do extra activities to put on our applications. But in reality there is no perfect student.
Getting a bad grade or failing an exam isn’t the end of the world.
Dreams and goals are important but not as important as your happiness right here right now. If you are pulling yourself down by trying to live up to all these crazy expectations not only from your parents and teachers but also from yourself, you are on a sure path of making your student years a living hell.
Make sure you study hard but remember it isn’t the end of the world if you get a bad grade or fails an exam. Life goes on and even though it seems like the most important thing in the world right now, trust me in 5 years time you won’t even be able to remember what course you failed.
Are you a nervous, shy person and/or sometimes find it hard to concentrate around others? Do you often know the answer but are too afraid to speak up? Then you are exactly like me and I turned out just fine. It only took these three changes in my life to make me a more confident and successful student. Try them out! What do you have to lose?
Do you often know the answer but are too afraid to speak up?
Sit in front of the class. This will give you a more “conversational” connection with the teacher and it makes it easier to speak up in class because everyone doesn’t turn their head to look at you.
Hide away any distraction possible. That means your phone, tablet or whatever you have that might distract you. Don’t go on social medias during class and sit around other students who are there for the same reason as you. To learn.
Be prepared for class! I cannot stress enough how important that is. If you know your stuff it won’t be as scary when the teacher asks you a question because you most likely actually know the answer! Your teacher will appreciate your participation and nobody will laugh at you for actually being smarter than them.
Well that is it guys for my How To Succeed as a Student series! Hope you liked it and got some useful tips out of it. If I just helped one person it was all worth it xx
This Saturday, August 16th, was my 21st birthday and I had a lovely time. I must admit I was struggling a bit about turning 21 and the thought of being more than halfway to 40 but you know what? It has been quite alright!
I was woken up Saturday morning at 8 by my parents singing Happy Birthday and the glorious sight of a traditional birthday breakfast table. After eating so much lovely food, opening my present (got money so I can buy whatever I need for uni) me and my mom went out to shop for Saturday evening and Sunday.
Saturday evening my closest friends came over, we ate tortillas which I cooked (yeah baby) and got in the right vibe going for hitting the club. I got some lovely presents and had a really nice time!
Sunday morning I woke up at 10.30 (even though I wasn’t home until 5 am) as I knew I had to help get everything ready. At 11.00 I had to give up and go back to bed for one more hour of sleep. I felt like I was hit by a truck. Hangover’s a bitch.
At 2 pm my family came over for some cake and hot chocolate (recipe for what we baked is here and here) and it was just nice to see everybody again. Some I hadn’t seen since April! Again got some nice presents and was a great way to end the weekend.
I spend the evening chillin’ on the couch and getting everything ready for today. MY FIRST DAY AT UNIVERSITY!
I hope everyone had a lovely weekend as well 🙂