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20, Falmouth / Manchester. Zoologist / The next David Attenborough. I took a gap year & blogged my way up the East Coast of Australia #Oz I'm now studying at the University of Exeter (Cornwall Campus) trying to make my way into Wildlife Documentaries & invading your television screens. I intend to blog about a few serious, professional topics (maybe) but mainly capturing life at University. M x

Where’s Emma? #plymouth #south #devon #summer #jennycliff

Where’s Emma? #plymouth #south #devon #summer #jennycliff

— 3 months ago with 2 notes
#jennycliff  #summer  #plymouth  #devon  #south 
A year ago today I met 6 beautiful Germans after meeting so many amazing people the night before! One of the best weekends of my life ❤🇩🇪 #berlin #rammstein #paullanders #rammfam

A year ago today I met 6 beautiful Germans after meeting so many amazing people the night before! One of the best weekends of my life ❤🇩🇪 #berlin #rammstein #paullanders #rammfam

— 3 months ago with 20 notes
#paullanders  #berlin  #rammfam  #rammstein 
Gorgeous day paddleboarding ☀🏄😎 #falmouth #cornwall #university #summer #beach #paddleboarding #maenporth

Gorgeous day paddleboarding ☀🏄😎 #falmouth #cornwall #university #summer #beach #paddleboarding #maenporth

— 3 months ago
#summer  #falmouth  #cornwall  #maenporth  #paddleboarding  #beach  #university 
Kayaking down Frenchman’s Creek 😊 #cornwall #falmouth #helford #uni #kayaking

Kayaking down Frenchman’s Creek 😊 #cornwall #falmouth #helford #uni #kayaking

— 3 months ago
#uni  #falmouth  #kayaking  #cornwall  #helford 
So lucky to see the Red Arrows from the beach! #gylly #redarrows #falmouth #cornwall #airshow #beach #summer

So lucky to see the Red Arrows from the beach! #gylly #redarrows #falmouth #cornwall #airshow #beach #summer

— 3 months ago
#gylly  #summer  #airshow  #falmouth  #cornwall  #beach  #redarrows 
First Year - Finished!

I had my final exams 6-9th May and now they’re over I’ve officially finished my first year of university. It’s gone so quickly I can hardly believe it.

September - June 2014

- Rescued by a lifeguard
- Discovered I wasn’t born to paddleboard
- Spent a few hours in a stream with Nick Baker (he complimented my kick sampling technique.. Oh aye)
- Told my flatmates I loved them on the first night
- Gave my Oz bodyboard a well needed outing
- Met Steve Backshall
- Developed a crush on Steve Backshall
- Multiple Plymouth visits
- Taught Southerners words such as ‘bare’ ‘fod’ ‘anging’ & ‘scranny’
- Refused to use any Southern slang
- Experienced Freshers’ Flu (.. Basically the plague)
- Became a committee member for the Wild Documentary Society
- Chopped down tress
- Yelled timber outside of a Kesha song
- Rediscovered my love of football
- Rediscovered my love for United (wrong season to start watching again, I know)
- Still maintained my clean sheet of not chundering due to alcohol
- Played Take That loudly to intimidate Southerners
- Made a deal with God to make the room stop spinning
- Met brilliant people
- Accepted that vodka shots are the devil’s work
- Experienced Berlin’s Christmas markets
- Started boxing with my boyfriend
- Been accidentally punched in the face by my boyfriend
- Spent way too many hours of my life on a train
- Ironed
- Got a job
- Met someone who, even though he leaves his dirty laundry on my floor, I now love.
- Learnt that if you hang clothes for a few weeks the creases just drop right out
- Became a cider drinker
- Started playing the lottery so that one day I might be able to pay off my student debt
- Been drunk in front of boats
- Signed a contract for a (pink) house (rented)
- Experienced a new level of work load & stress
- Spent 98% of my time sleeping
- Visited Bath
- Sat so many exams I’ve lost count
- Convinced myself I wasn’t hungover, I was dying
- Spent way too much time identifying grass
- Developed a hatred of grass
- Pasties. Lots of pasties.
- Beach BBQs
- Still can’t understand why I’m paying £9000 a year
- Went to 2 rugby matches
- Gained a Bath Rugby hoodie
- Promoted Breaking Bad to all my friends and family
- Decided I would play rugby but I like my face how it is
- Introduced my flatmates to Spoons’ cocktails
- Mopped up a friends sick
- Endlessly stressed about money
- Decided heels are just not worth the pain
- Hoovered up sick
- Dressed up as Lara Croft. Pulled it off.
- Lost over a stone.
- Befriended Netflix & Spotify
- Discovered ASDA home delivery
- Seen the bottom of way too many cocktail pitchers
- Kayaked
- Learnt that student kitchens are disgusting places where food goes to die a moldy death
- Lived alongside mold for so long it now seems acceptable
- Mastered (kinda) paddleboarding
- Watched a Red Arrows display
- Tried surfing
- Hit in the face by my own surfboard
- Black eye

Now to wait for Friday 13th; Results Day!

M.
— 3 months ago with 1 note
#university  #falmouth  #cornwall  #student  #beach  #paddleboarding  #surfing  #steve backshall  #nick baker  #red arrows  #student living  #manchester united  #football  #bath rugby  #manchester  #take that  #results  #life  #spotify  #netflix  #blog  #M 
17th March

I joined the Wild Documentary society when I started university & I’ve recently become a team member. Today the society hosted a talk from Steve Backshall (BBC, Deadly 60 presenter). Steve spoke about the recent trip he’d been on and how he got to where he is now. I want his job. So much.

Watching footage of him kayaking alongside orcas and humpback whales was amazing. To travel the world searching for such awesome animals is definitely my idea of time well spent.

Basically I want to invade your television screen with my face getting super excited cause I’ve just spotted a rare species. I really want to swim with sharks (I’ll only tell my mum after the event) and raise awareness of conservation efforts. I’ll be the first presenter who screams “It’s behind you. Run. RUN FOR YOUR LIFE” at a baby cheater being stalked by a hyena. Queeny will love me and give me a knighthood. Sir Emma Dwan (sounds cooler than Dame). Me and Sir Davey-boy Attenborough will regularly meet for afternoon tea. Life plan sorted…

Steve also did a careers talk with a smaller group of us and it highlighted how hard it will be to get into the industry. For one one research position with the BBC they received over 5000 applications. It’s going to be incredibly difficult just to even get a shot at it.

The biggest challenge at the moment is simply getting experience. Competition is incredibly high and it costs a lot of money to volunteer with projects. I am determined though and I’ve been getting involved with everything possible at Uni. Maybe the next step is to get a camera and start filming. Steve Backshall borrowed his neighbours camcorder and filmed his own expedition, he sold the film to National Geographic and they employed him. Although he said he definitely wouldn’t recommend that route. I haven’t a clue how I’ll get there but I’m going to give it a very good shot!

M.

— 6 months ago with 1 note
#wildlife  #documentary  #wildlife film making  #steve backshall  #bbc  #david attenborough  #university  #deadly 60 
100 Happy Days

12th March 2014


Falmouth, Cornwall. UK. (not Australia *sob*)

The other night I had a really weird dream that made me think a lot. My family were gathered at my Gran’s house and there was a phone in the snug that could connect to the dead. My family obviously chose to speak to my Grandad, and when it was my turn that was obviously what I meant to do. But then the dream skipped and I was stood with a dead character from Breaking Bad who began to sob hysterically and apologise to me for putting me through it all. I told them there was no need because I really enjoyed the series. Dreams, hey? When I woke up I apologised to my Nana and Grandad for not ringing them.

I’ve been ill lately and my parents sent down a package of vitamins (and Dad.. They taste disgusting. Sam wants to film me when I eat the next one cause he said it’s like something out of a bush tucker trial) and because my Mum is such a babe she sent down a St.Paddy’s themed box too.

There was an envelope titled “Memories from Nana.. x” and as soon as a saw it I choked up before I had even opened it. My Nana passed away in my last year of Primary school and honestly not a day goes by when I don’t think about her.

When I was a kid I was pretty awkward and was ill on holiday quite a few times. We went to Ireland and I ended up in hospital because I had a fit. I don’t remember much but I know I had a bandage on my hand because I named it Fred. I was quite attached to Fred (pun intended). My Gran and Grandad got me a Teletubbie balloon too. Basically I just remember the perks, sure my family will tell you a different story.

My Nana sent me a present & this card

Dear Emma (to be read with an Irish accent!)

I’m sorry you’ve been poorly,
I’m sorry you’ve been sick,
So I’ve sent this little gift to you,
- and hope you’re over ‘it’

Next time you visit Ireland,
I’ll try to make a magic spell,
So that the sun shines every day,
- and you stay fit and well.

With lots of love
From: Lenny Leprechaun xxxxx

Maybe it was from Lenny, but it looks very similar to my Nana’s handwriting, so I’m counting it.

The first two lines really got me. My Nana battled with cancer for so many years. I could’ve said the same thing to her.

The dream made me think about what I’d say to my grandparents if I could have one more phone call. I know with Nana it’d be one very long gossip. High school, prom, boyfriends, dresses, high heels, those scary German men I like, Australia, university, Grandad, Mum, Carol, Charlie. So much missed but so much to share. And that’s what made me happy. I have SO much to share with her and she’d be so proud of that. You may disagree with me, I don’t care about that, but I believe I’ll get to share that gossip. One day.

The card brought back a lot of happy memories of my Nana. She was amazing. Must be where my Mum gets it from.

I intend to start blogging again. This made me realise how much I’m taking for granted, the days at Uni are passing by so quick and I can’t just let them escape. I know my family will appreciate it and even though it won’t be my Australian adventures I’m sure I’ll find a good few Cornish ones to share. I can’t promise 100 days of it (finding time between sleeping and eating can be hard!.. And I do have exams soon) maybe just a picture not a full blog, but I’ll give it a shot.

M.

— 6 months ago
#family  #blog  #oz  #australia  #cornwall  #university  #student  #life  #st patrick  #ireland  #100 Happy Days  #falmouth  #breaking bad  #dreams  #M 
St Paddy’s themed box from my Mum with added David Beckham. She knows me well 😍 #uni #falmouth #cornwall #stpatrick #davidbeckham #100happydays #mostfoodhasalreadybeenconsumed

St Paddy’s themed box from my Mum with added David Beckham. She knows me well 😍 #uni #falmouth #cornwall #stpatrick #davidbeckham #100happydays #mostfoodhasalreadybeenconsumed

— 6 months ago
#stpatrick  #falmouth  #cornwall  #100happydays  #mostfoodhasalreadybeenconsumed  #uni  #davidbeckham 
Haha, love it. #Rammstein #TillLindemann

Haha, love it. #Rammstein #TillLindemann

— 7 months ago with 12 notes
#tilllindemann  #rammstein 
First Quidditch lesson! #hogwarts #potter #quidditch #slytherin #university

First Quidditch lesson! #hogwarts #potter #quidditch #slytherin #university

— 11 months ago with 2 notes
#quidditch  #university  #hogwarts  #potter  #slytherin 
Wuhlheide tickets have arrived, such great memories! #wuhlheide #rammstein #berlin

Wuhlheide tickets have arrived, such great memories! #wuhlheide #rammstein #berlin

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#wuhlheide  #berlin  #rammstein 
New shirt 😁 #IronMaiden #O2 #London #MaidenEngland

New shirt 😁 #IronMaiden #O2 #London #MaidenEngland

— 1 year ago
#london  #ironmaiden  #o2  #maidenengland