One of these days I will actually do a budget update, I am really going to try and make it this month & keep a track of everything I Spend
So the letter I received from student finance wasn’t anything to worry about after all. I managed to log on on Monday and found that my application had been completed and I have been given the full amount of £9690!!! That is more than I thought it would be and will mean I can do one-two less bank shifts a month!
The issue is that they can’t confirm my course as Southampton. I am going to wait till I hear from Portsmouth before I do anything. I will then either change my chosen uni with student finance or ask Southampton to confirmed the course with them.
I am starting to think that a Feb start date maybe a good thing. I could potentially pay off all debt in my name apart from my loan. If that is the case I will be able to through extra money on it and try and finish is during my training. That will be hard going as I also want to be able to save a little also.
On 16th March I went to my final interview for nursing training. I actually fell in love with the uni & course at Portsmouth.
They have just restarted their nursing degrees and the first intake was this past January. They have a new building with amazing facilities and placements local to me!!!! They give you your books and even a laptop that you keep. They take around 117 students per intake and have 2 intakes a year: Jan & Sept.
The day started with filling in forms then a short presentation which really made me want to go there (local placements). We then had our maths & lit tests both on a laptop 😉 which I found easy but prob made a stupid mistake or 2 but you only need 50% I think. After this was the tour, which I haven’t had at any other uni. Everything it high tech, modern and under 1 roof. They are 1 or only 2 uni’s to have a interactive ‘cadaver’, which is a complete scan or 2 real people who gave their bodies to science. I’ll miss not having actual organs though 😉
The interview was the last part. It was me and 2 interviewees. It seemed to go well, we laughed, they said ‘great’ loads of times & nodded, and I actually asked questions at the end. I felt relaxes but still nervous. I didn’t say much about the area but think I pulled it back with answers to other questions.
What do you know about Portsmouth?
Why Portsmouth uni?
What is a skill & a value?
What skills do you have?
What values do you have?
What difficulties could you face when you first start the course?
Others I forgotten
We should know soon. They made their decisions on 17th March, which were sent to UCAS, but they are saying it could be a few weeks before we hear from UCAS 🙁 . I went to check online today but the system is in maintenance, hope that doesn’t delay us hearing the results. I’d be happen with either a September or February start date and I know that if I’m not successful I still have Southampton to fall back on.
On the topic of finance I just found a letter dated 24th Feb saying that they don’t recognise the course that I have applied for and I need to get the Uni to confirm it. Of course the site is down for maintenance also so I’ll check what I applied for tomorrow and if I need to then contact the uni. I’ll have to change it to Portsmouth if I get an offer anyways.
I aim for an income of £2000 per month (not sure how I’ll manage once in uni though). In March I should make £2172.33 unless I take on more bank shifts. These will come in throughout the month so my £200 vacation savings will be transferred over at the end of the month to cover the budget till I receive all my bank shift wages.
Not sure what to do with the left over £73.53, either pay off more debt, as I’m paying min at present, or save for holiday.
I have paid off one credit card (Aqua) and balance transfered Capital One over to Barclaycard.
I left y water bottle at home so I only did my strength training and no cardio. Today called for the following:
I did variations on the standing calf raise & seated calf raise as the gym doesn’t have those machines. For standing calf raise I used the leg press machine and for seated calf raise I sat on a bench and used a fixed weighed barbell.
I can really feel my arms improving and I am impressed with my self with sicked with a gym routine for so long (livefit + stronglifts), usually I give up after a few days. I think that the gym is generally extremely quiet when I go really helps.