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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Where Have I Been?

It's pretty obvious that I haven't been 100% responsive when it comes to my blog. I'll be honest when I say life has been a bit of a hurdle over the past 2 months. University being the biggest hurdle. I have come to the conclusion that university is HARD. I have loved university but I have also hated and at the moment I'm closer to hating it than loving it. The assignments have been challenging (one being a 4000 word essay on population dynamics and conservation = a lot of maths and a lot of screaming at Rstudio!) and so my blog has been neglected which I'm so upset about. I thought I was on a role with posting twice a week regulary as well as efficiently communicating with other wonderful bloggers in the community. However, I plan on getting back on track seeing as I now have 18 weeks off but firstly, I would like to tell you where I have been over the last 2 weeks.

If you follow me on my instagrams (@tabitha_beckett // @pocoloco_tabitha) then you would probably have noticed the few holiday-esque photographs. I have been in Marsa Alam, Egypt taking part in a marine animal behaviour/marine conservation experiential learning trip - what a mouthful! Where I have been aiding in the conservation records on the coast of the Red Sea as well as collecting my dissertation data. I have never been to Egypt before and for a first trip it has been stunning. The weather has been gorgeous and the marine wildlife has not been a disappointment. I have loved snorkelling everyday and watching the orange-spine unicorn fish swim around and below me. It really has been an experience.
I won't lie when I say that these past two weeks have been difficult because they have. At the start of the week I was in tears saying that I didn't want to be in education anymore and this trip isn't what I need right now (which is still true) but I took this opportunity and made the most out of it as I could. I'm glad I did this as now I can say that I have seen some gorgeous wildlife which I hope my photos give you a little idea of how wonderful it really was. To surgeon fishes to HUGE sea turtles, it was beautiful. I'm also glad that I managed to collect all my data for my dissertation and now I have a clear understanding of what I'm doing which I'm so relieved about as now I don't need to panic when I start third year.

Even though the stress that this trip to Egypt brough (learning multiple fish ID's, learning coral ID's and working on my dissertaion) the sun and relaxing side to it was definitely needed. It allowed me to reflect on my time at university (second year) and think about what I actually want in my life. I feel like I have finally started on working towards my journey in working in the animal industry by volunteering and working at Colchester Zoo and if I'm lucky it could open a pathway for me to becoming a keeper - fingers crossed. To think I could reach one of my goals to become a keeper in the next 3 years is mind blowing, I never thought I would actually make it and I actually might! I will definitely keep you in the loop when it comes to this journey as it's such an exciting one!
I think I will leave today's post here. I really hope that I up my game when it comes to my blog posts and involvement in the blogging community. I have a few posts lined up and I plan to get most of my blog posts written and scheduled a couple of weeks prior as I hate not having a post planned for the week!

Until next time,

Tabitha xx
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12 comments

  1. First of all - well done on you on gaining experience at Colchester Zoo! Sounds like a great opportunity and the perfect start on the path to working with animals. University is tough but you can do it! And your blog, and the blogging community are always here when you're ready to come back; don't hold yourself to too much pressure! Looking forward to seeing your other posts :-)
    Kate x
    http://www.findingkate.co

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Kate! This really does mean a lot! xx

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  2. What a hectic time for you! I didn’t go to university so I have no understanding of the pressures of it but you definitely shouldn’t feel guilty for neglecting your blog, education comes first! Your trip sounds incredibly and I’m glad you managed to have a good time.

    I absolutely love Colchester Zoo, I’ve been literally hundreds of times so for you to potentially volunteer there is amazing, I’d have to come and visit you!

    Jenny
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    1. Thank you for such a lovely comment Jenny! You will have to let me know when you next visit, we could maybe meet!! x

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  3. Wow it all sounds so busy, but so amazing that you got to go to Egypt! What a cool way to prepare for your dissertation!!x
    constantlylibby.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It was pretty cool, the wildlife life was just stunning! x

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  4. Colchester Zoo sounds amazing! You're so prepared with your dissertation. I wish I had 18 weeks off now!!

    Steph x
    www.wanderlustpulse.com

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    1. I still don't feel prepared but at least I have time to organise it! x

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  5. Aw University is hard huni, so I fully appreciate balancing a blog and a dissertation is a challenge! Egypt looks gorgeous - that sea is so so blue! x x x

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    1. Yeah, I'm so glad I now only have work to worry about now so hopefully I can put more effort into my blog! The sea was so blue, I was so shocked when I saw it! xx

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  6. It sounds like you've been so busy! But what an amazing experience you've had - it's so great that you've been able to do this and have been able to prepare for your dissertation! It must have been fab seeing all of the marine life. Enjoy the rest of your holidays, you have such a nice long time off! I'm jealous!

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    1. The marine life was gorgeous, and the sea was so blue! I was definitely taken a back by it. Thank you so much for the lovely comment! xx

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