Harriet is twenty-one years old and has just completed her degree in BA (Hons) Digital Film Production. She will be graduating with a 2:1. Harriet got involved with Student Life because she enjoys writing and wants to continue this skill.
Firstly, I believe that making the most of your spare time is the key to the importance of a work/life balance that everyone should have. It is important to remember to enjoy your spare time and make it worthwhile. The main things that I enjoy are going to the cinema and seeing live music concerts. As a digital film production graduate, I regularly go to the cinema every one or two weeks to see new releases. During my time at University, my coursemates and I would go to the cinema often and it was a great way of socialising, since we would discuss the film afterwards.
Another one of my main interests is music. Spotify is a brilliant application for finding new artists, playlists, bands etc. As I often use public transport, I can download music to listen to without wi-fi. I find myself using Spotify on a daily basis and it is very reasonably priced. I have discovered a wide range of new artists, most recently Lewis Capaldi, Foals and The White Stripes. From film soundtracks, to throwback tunes, there is truly something for every music lover on Spotify.
Over the past few months, there have been some remarkable albums. I think my favourite albums from this year so far include: High as Hope by Florence + the Machine, Staying at Tamara’s by George Ezra and Sweetener by Ariana Grande. It’s great that there are so many talented artists within the music industry at the moment.
Regarding live music concerts, I have seen several popular singers and bands, many of which were at affordable prices. Acts such as Ellie Goulding, Fun., Taylor Swift, The Feeling, Of Monsters and Men, Ed Sheeran and many others. I have attended concerts at London O2 Arena, Wembley Arena and The UEA Waterfront and UEA LCR.
Overall, these are some of the best ways for making your spare time entertaining. I think that music and film have the power to connect people which is quite amazing. However, remember to surround yourself with like-minded people who share your passions and who you can be yourself around.