17/31 There’s no buddy like a Brother!

17. What is your most proud moment

Watching my brother collect his degree. Ooo no wait… it was during his last year at University, when I watched him in his Drama group’s end of year performance. He had a couple of vocal leads and I welled up like a baby. I thought, in that very moment, that my heart was actually going to burst! It’s in these moments that I wish I was allowed to film it to be able to feel that pride over and over…

What’s your learning style?

#341: What’s your learning style? Do you prefer learning in a group and in an interactive setting? Or one-on-one? Do you retain information best through lectures, or visuals, or simply by reading books?

Woah – that’s a lot of questions in one prompt! But hey, I’m up for the challenge set before me (I.e. answer all of the questions without creating an incredibly boring post!).

So, my learning style is a combination of methods (as I’m sure is the case for many others). I am capable of learning within an interactive group setting as well as during more tailored one on one sessions. And I am also able to retain information through lectures, visually being shown how to do something and occasionally, through the odd book. However, the key to my learning is note taking. So long as I have a pen and paper, I behave like a sponge soaking up all of the information available. With said notes, I can read them as many times as I like so to cement the knowledge into my brain and when I am putting what I learnt into practice, I can reference them if need be.

The golden hour

#300: 6:00AM: the best hour of the day, or too close to your 3:00AM bedtime?

I wouldn’t quite say that 6am is the best hour of the day – it’s when I have to get up for work and, at least lately, I’m quite reluctant to get out of my cosy bed! I can’t remember the last time I went to bed even remotely close to 3am… must have been back in my uni days no doubt. I don’t think I could function going to bed at 3am and then back up three hours later – sounds like a major headache!

If I had to chose the best hour of the day, on a weekday it would hands-down have to be 7pm, when I’m home in the warm. Whereas, on the weekend, that’s a toughie as there are quite a few best hours…

* 65 more prompts to go until 2014 is officially over!!! How has it gone so fast?!

Ready for your close-up

#240: Cast the movie of your life.

Apologies for the lateness of this one… as you may have read on Wednesdays post, it was my brothers birthday yesterday and it was a seriously jam packed day, which involved a wedge of Choccywoccydoodah cake (of course!), an IMAX screening, dressing up as Astronauts/Red Arrow Pilots, eating too much and seeing a west end show. I will elaborate on our day very soon!

Hmm… Considering the majority of my life has been spent in education, it would be quite a boring film. So instead of a life movie, it would focus on my journey from Uni to the world of work. It would include my many adventures and opportunities experienced since entering the journalism world: – Heading to Iceland for the release of Ice Age 4 on DVD – Covering the European Premiere of Oz: The Great & Powerful – Being on the red carpet of the National Television Awards 2014, mingling with the stars – Interviewing a robotic Nigel from Rio 2, whilst the characters voice, Jemaine Clement, was in another room – Attending the World press conference of Thor: The Dark World – Attending a launch night of Nerf’s Zombie Strike range and making a short video to promote it.

Hopefully that wouldn’t be too boring!

Fifteen credits

#233: Another school semester will soon begin. If you’re in school, are you looking forward to starting classes? If you’re out of school, what do you miss about it — or are you glad those days are over?

A bit of both to be honest. I’m referring more to my Uni days as opposed to secondary school/sixth form days, and not just because there were fewer lessons thank you very much! At the time, I didn’t love Uni when the deadlines/exams were around, but I loved starting new lessons – entering a new lecture room, starting a new book/folder and taking an insane amount of thorough notes. There was something so gratifying about the whole process of newness… and of course learning. I think that’s probably the thing I miss most – learning something new every week. I’ve always loved learning and have realised that doing a job I know everything about can get quite boring. I’m a sponge that really does need to learn new things at least once a month, otherwise I feel like things have gotten stale or super mundane. I struggle to imagine that anyone wouldn’t want to learn new things and improve themselves – knowledge is power and all that. The mind boggles…

Pat on the back

#212: Tell someone you’re proud of, just how proud you are.

To the best brother,

I hope you already know how proud I am of you, even though I don’t say it as often as I should. You took independent living at Uni in your stride and, even when refusing proofreading assistance, you achieved a 2:1 all on your own merit! Not only that, you managed to walk straight out of Uni and straight into a job. Albeit, it’s not in an industry you want a future in (and you got it through a friend of a friend you lucky whatsit), but you have picked it up instantly and are now thriving – even suggesting new management systems to increase time efficiency and productivity. I always seem to forget just how smart you are! 

Towards the end of your Uni days, you made me cry… in a good way, of course. I literally was bursting with pride during your end of year Drama showcase, at just how much you have grown up – none of us had ever heard you sing properly, so to stand up in front of an audience and sing solo without music… my hat well and truly comes off to you! You then revealed that you had set up your own mini business whilst a member of the Drama group, too – taking professional portfolio shots and offering equally professional recording sessions, which you would then produce into a proper track. It was just amazing, you little entrepreneur!

I can imagine you’re probably cringing right now with all of this gushiness, so I’ll stop now. But just so you know, I couldn’t be prouder…

RSVP

#158: Plan the ultimate celebration for the person you’re closest to, and tell us about it. Where is it? Who’s there? What’s served? What happens?

My brother. To be quite honest, the location wouldn’t matter a smidge – it’s all about the people and the itinerary! I would have all the family there, all of his drama and uni friends, and of course if it were possible, the cast of The Big Bang Theory! Hmm… what wouldn’t be served?! This boy eats everything… the only thing I’m certain would be there is a Congratulations cake from Choccywoccydoodah! Since this ultimate celebration is for my brother recently graduating university, it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t have all of his favourite songs playing for all to hear. As a treat for the grandparents who have never heard him sing, my brother would end the evening with his beautiful version of Bruno Mars’ Just The Way You Are. Perfect!