I’ve finished University!

I've finished universityI handed in my last ever university assignment yesterday! I can’t believe I am speaking the words: I’ve finished university! Those three years have been challenging to say the least but I know  hand on heart, Its one of the best experiences I’ll treasure throughout my life.

The journey of my Media Studies (Hons) degree at Teesside University has found myself in opportunities I would have never of dreamt of. This little blog of mine started as an assignment in first year and with the love of fashion and beauty, nearly three years later my blog has carried me through so many accomplishments such as two first assignments, my first blogger trip (here) and even winning an award.

I can’t thank my lectures enough for all the support they have given me over the three years.

I've finished university

In 2015, I won Communications / PR of the year at the Teesside Journalism awards all because of Polished Couture. Throughout my time at university, this blog has kept me going as my little safe haven. My slice of the internet where I can be myself and do what I love, my comfort bubble. Polished Couture has given me the chance to work with some amazing brands such as Psyche.

I’m so overwhelmed that my student life has come to an end already, it still hasn’t sunk in yet writing this.

With my love of blogging, in September I decided to do my dissertation on beauty bloggers and the power they have on the beauty industry. I’m proud to say after 6 months of hard work, I received my result two days ago.

‘Critical Investigation into the influence of Beauty Bloggers on the Beauty Industry’ has gained me a first!!

I just had to share the news with you all and thank all my participants in my surveys and interviews. My blog has inspired me with confidence and determination to make the most out of this degree and I hope wherever the land of work takes me.. I hope my blog can still be apart of me.

I've finished university

I just want to take a moment to thank Songbird Bakery for letting me be their PR manager for the last few months, its been a pleasure working with them and building my portfolio at university!

With all my work handed in now and just waiting for two results, in July I hope to graduate with a 1st class honors degree. Teesside University not only chosen me as a graduate success story but I have also been awarded the responsibly of doing the valedictory speech at this years ceremony (think Elle in Legally Blonde). I was so excited and honoured to be asked by all my lectures to do this and I’m not gonna lie – I’m so nervous. I keep thinking its 5 minutes of your life Beth, you can do this.

Even though graduation will be one of the most happiest days of my life, when I look up to the audience during my speech or receiving my degree, there will be a spare seat for someone special who cannot be there to celebrate with me.

My brother.

It’s a whirlwind of emotions for me right now, I’m in the pursuit of starting a career of my dreams but also I feel sad of all the fun times I’ve shared with my class mates and some I will probably never see again.

I’ve made a life long friend with Eleanor – she has got me through so many stressful times, powering me through any situation thats filled with giggles. Its going to feel wierd waking up on a morning to not worry over word count, deadlines or not walking through university anymore, I certainly won’t miss stressing in the library over assignments though.

I've finished university

My readers have all been so thoughtful with me for the last few months with deadlines and dissertation stress but today this is a reminisce post of my university life and I guess my first step into starting a new life and career for myself.

Fingers crossed for me!




  1. Tia sharp
    13 May 2016 / 12:03 pm

    Well done !!! hope you get yourself a fantastic job xx

  2. 13 May 2016 / 6:29 pm

    Well done Beth, you’ve done amazingly! Hope you have a lush graduation and you’ll give the best speech ever! xox

  3. Stacey Collins
    13 May 2016 / 6:43 pm

    Fantastic Bethany I am sure your brother will be looking down on you with pride , you have done so well good luck and I hope you find a dream job because you well and truly deserve it much love Stacey X

  4. 13 May 2016 / 7:09 pm

    Congratulations!! I’m so so happy for you and I know that whatever you do next will be absolutely amazing! Well done xox

  5. Amanda Tilly
    13 May 2016 / 7:39 pm

    Aww I alway read your blog This has touched me you have done so well Your lectures must be proud they have done a good job and your family. good luck And all the very best for your future Bethany x

  6. 15 May 2016 / 9:54 pm

    Massive congrats Beth!! I’m sure you’ll do an amazing speech and well done on graduating, happy for you xxx

  7. Becky
    24 May 2016 / 7:22 pm

    Wow, I got goose bumps whilst reading this! So proud of you, congrats. That’s amazing. I’ve just finished first year, it’s gone so quick already, I bet the end of third year comes so fast for me. The award you’ve won, the things that you have accomplished, that is so so inspiring!!!!!
    Becky Shannon xx – Life-by-Becky

    • 24 May 2016 / 9:15 pm

      Aww thank you so much for a lovely comment! It really will. Thats so nice of you to say 🙂 xx

  8. 24 May 2016 / 8:42 pm

    Congratulations! I just finished my final year of uni too and can’t believe it – it just went far too quick! You seemed to achieve so many amazing things during your time at uni, so congrats again 😀

    Lizzie x | http://www.lizziegines.co.uk

    • 24 May 2016 / 9:16 pm

      Thank you! I couldn’t agree more. Thanks a lot 😀 x

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  10. Claire Simms
    26 May 2016 / 6:24 am

    You are a inspiration, your blog is top notch you go girl and find your self a brilliant job Love Claire X

  11. 27 June 2016 / 11:07 pm

    Well done!
    (Sorry I missed this.)

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