By Tilly Rose
National Writing Day is an annual celebration of the power of writing creatively, inspiring people of all ages and abilities to try writing for fun and self-expression!
This year more than ever, many of us have been searching for new ways to express ourselves, in a time when social interaction has been limited!
I LOVE to write and want to share some of the ways writing has helped me, when applying to uni, studying at Oxford and post-graduation:
Applying to uni - write notes! When reading around your subject, there is no way you can possibly remember everything, so be sure to keep a little notepad on hand to jot down key quotes, ideas, pages to return to and your thoughts.
The act of writing is a great memory tool - I find that if I write something out by hand, even if I throw it away afterwards, I can visualise where I wrote it on the page. This proved really useful for exams and interviews!
Tutorials - tutes at Oxford are intense and highly pressured but you are literally liaising with world experts. I wrote short, key words down during tutes, then afterwards would go back to my room straight after and these would jog my memory and I could write down in full everything I had learnt. These notes were so useful during revision.
Writing is a great way to de-stress - keeping a journal, jotting down your emotions can be a really good way to get things off your chest!
Lists - I LOVE a good list. My planners are covered in them. I write ‘To-do’ lists for every day and it’s a brilliant sense of satisfaction when you tick them off.
Bullet Journaling - I’ve recently been doing some work with Canon UK on bullet journaling. I’d never tried it before but if you are looking for a mindful activity, making some pretty journal pages can be a lovely way to unwind!
Creative Writing - I’m currently writing my first novel and although it is intense, escaping to another fictional world is a truly enriching experience!
Write for ‘That Oxford Girl’ - you don’t have to see yourself as a ‘writer’ but it can be so rewarding to share your experiences of applying to and studying at Oxford Uni and to support the next generation of applicants!