Dear all!

I just had to get these thoughts of my mind as it does affect some of my very best friends back home in Sweden. As some of you are aware of, UHR (Swedish University Authority) has changed the grade scale for Swedish IB Students and their admissions to Swedish universities. Getting 20 points in the Swedish system now requires 45 (!!!!) IB points. That is absolutely ridiculous and wrong. This basically means that Swedish IB Students will more or less be forced to apply to universities abroad. Not that we mind but Sweden is losing out on some great talents.

Why is this so absurd? UHR does not really understand how difficult and demanding the IB Diploma Programme actually is on the students taking the programme. They underestimate the IB Diploma Programme to 200% which is completely wrong; in other countries they "die" to get IB students as IB students are seen to be more prepared for university. Why are we more prepared? We have a completely different system and external assessment which rules out bias amongst teachers. Just like at university; everything comes down to what you write on your essays/final reports/Internal Assessments and Exams.

I can write down many more arguments to why IB is better than the Swedish curriculum. IB is a lot like university. Most of my friends that have been studying/are studying at university have said that FIRST YEAR OF UNIVERSITY IS EASIER THAN IB12. How is that a drawback?? University is (to some extent) hard, IB is hard, Swedish system is a piece of cake compared to IB... Never underestimate IB and the students taking the programme. We are encouraged open-minded, risk takers and so on.

Anyways, I cannot really care about Swedish universities as I am not attending one, but it does have an impact on most of my friends who are still in high school and plan on apply to Swedish universities. It is now easier for them to get in to, let us say Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard. It is easier for them to get accepted into top universities in the world than attending university at home. What the actual fuff??

I am so sorry for you guys that are being affected by this... Despite these awful news, I still hope you achieve your dreams and are accepted to the university you really want to study at; whether it is in Sweden or the UK or US or somewhere else.

Love!

Bella

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Hey there!

Yes, I know, I have not blogged for a VERY long time. Sorry about that, but please let me fill you in why. Following are a number of reasons to why you have not seen "Isabelle Carlgren shared a link" on Facebook. I have swapped sport so I am no longer playing handball. I am now in the badminton club trying to learn that. I have had my family coming over to visit me and we did a wee bit of a tour in Scotland. Drove up to Inverness and down along Loch Ness to Clansman and Drumnadrochit where we later turned back towards Inverness, Elgin and later on Dyce and Aberdeen. If there is one place I love exploring and visiting over and over again; it is the home of the Loch Ness monster.

What else have I been doing? What else do you do at university? Oh you study... Nap, grocery shop. God knows how much money I have spent at ASDA and Morrison's'. But let me tell you one thing; shopping at ASDA and Morrison's (if you live in the UK) is going to save you MONEY! Especially as a student on a low budget, you really get value for money.

Also, some of you know my BIG secret, which I am not going to reveal yet until I know what is happening next. But it is good news for me as an events student and I am making progress in finding out which type of event I want to do when I graduate from University. How about a wee "Question & Answer" Session soon? Do you have any questions about studying abroad in the UK? Living in Aberdeen/Scotland? Send those through and I will answer them.

Until next time, I am just going to drop a couple of photos from my favourite place in Scotland (away from Aberdeen): Loch Ness so you can explore the beauty of it yourselves.

Cheers <3

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Hello again!

Here are the two recipes I have been asked to share on my blog. Number 1 is "Pulled Pork on Pita" and the second one is "Fried Rice with Chicken"

Pulled Pork on Pita:

Ingredients:
1kg of pork loin (fläsk karré i bit)
1 BBQ for Pulled Pork Mix
125 ml Tomato Ketchup
2-3 tbs white wine vinegar
1-2 pita bread

How to cook:

1. Day before cooking: Start with prepping the pulled pork by blending together the white wine vinegar, tomato ketchup and BBQ mix. When blended, smear over pork loin and marinate over the night in the fridge.
2. On day of cooking: Take out pork loin from the fridge and put it in a "roasting bag". Set oven for 150 degrees.
3. Put roasting bag with pork on an oven tray and put in the oven for 7 (!!!!!!!) hours. Just leave it there and come back later.
4. About 15-20 remaining: start heating up pita bread and when pulled pork is cooked, leave to rest for a few minutes. In the mean time, you can fry mushrooms if you like that. After these minutes of resting, put the tender pork meat on the pita bread and serve with mushrooms and sauce (if you wish).

Fried Rice with Chicken:

Ingredients:
2-4 portions of cold cooked rice (preferably Jasmin rice, but Basmati worked for me)
2 tbs oil
Half a red pepper
Frozen Garden Peas
300g chicken breast fillet
2 tbs fish sauce
2 easily whipped eggs
*Add more vegetables of your own choice

How to cook:

1. Shred the chicken and cook it in the oil, salt and pepper. Put on the side
2. Shred the veggies nicely
3. Heat up a wok or frying pan with oil. Put the vegetables in the pan, salt and pepper. Let them cook for 2-3 minutes to get some colour.
4. Blend down the rice and chicken and sprinkle the fish sauce over and blend. Let stand for 3-4 minutes and blend at some point.
5. Make a pit in the rice, pour some oil and put down the eggs. Let solidify for 1 minute and then mix all together so that the egg is mixed up with the rice.

To be served in a bowl or squared/rectangle formed plate.

For Swedish recipe, see the following website: http://www.kokaihop.se/recept/stekt-ris-med-kyckling

Hope you enjoy my new recipes and please share with me if you try it.

Love. /Bella <3

Pictures:

1. Fried Rice with Chicken
2. Pulled Pork on Pita

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​Hello lovely readers!

Before we start nagging about how bad I am at blogging, let us just jump to conclusion that I have a very busy life here in Aberdeen; studies, handball practice, cooking dinner for a whole company (jokes aside) and working. Does not seem to be so much but it takes up a lot of time for me. 

So, like it says in the title of this post, there will be a second post following this one for anyone who is hungry or want some nice recipes from Aberdeen and from my kitchen. So, while you wait for the next post, I will go and have some fun writing it. 

See you soon again

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Yes, let us start off with some drama... Yesterday was just painful, I was feeling so sick the whole day and I still have not been to figure out why but today I am feeling a lot better. Could it possibly have to do with the job interview I had on Monday and that I was nervous to find out if I got the job or not..? So with regards to that, I am officially starting my first job in Aberdeen on Saturday when Aberdeen FC plays their home game at Pittodrie Stadium. I am super excited to start working. I cannot be happier than I am as it is a job that I really wanted. Thank you so much for this opportunity.
I am not going to make this post much longer but will post something else later today. I need to go and fix my laundry, it is probably done any minute.
Love, Bella ❤❤
Pictures
1. New work place: Pittodrie Stadium
2. Just because I am going to a university which has the most beautiful campus, I'll spoil you with another picture ❤❤

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Hello!

I know it has been a little while since I last blogged. But do not worry, I am absolutely fine. Weekend included being absolutely lazy except at 3pm on Sunday afternoon when there was handball. I really do enjoy going to my handball sessions, even though my calves don't always work with me. Although, I will find my way around that somehow. And as it takes me about half an hour from my bus stop at home to school, I thought I would do some reading as well. I find that really helpful and quiet (maybe I am absolutely crazy right now) to study on the bus to practice.

This week we have finally started with our lectures AND tutorials which is nice and I really do enjoy all the modules (subjects) I have this semester. What differs between a lecture and a tutorial? A lecture is a longer class where you sit and listen to the lecturer while taking notes on what he/she is saying whereas in the tutorial, you do the actual work; case studies. There we go; CASE STUDIES! My best friend from my IB Business Management course. Jokes aside, but as I wrote in my previous post, I definitely recommend anyone who wants to do business courses at uni and have the possibility to study IB Business Management to do so. It will help enormously and you will find it being to your advantage.

Another, not so funny thing, that occurred today was that I was planning on finally being able to watch some lovely ice hockey on my computer. But apparently, Swedish broadcaster SVT & SVT-Play had decided to not be in my favour today and you could only see the broadcasting in Sweden. Thank you so much for that, I was actually planning on watching the game, but since the team lost, I did not really miss that much. But still; I WANTED TO WATCH ICE HOCKEY!!! Ice hockey is life...

So right now, I am about to grab a sandwich and just read some of my books for uni.

Good night!

Love /Bella

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Or at least that is what I would like to do. I am sure going to get there and represent my school/uni. I had so much fun this evening with the RGU Aberdeen Handball Club. I was one amongst many beginners and there were some experienced. But all together it was really good and a really nice group of people. I am already looking forward to Sunday's training.
About tomorrow: going out (food) shopping again, realized I lack some ingredients for some of my dishes I am going to cook tomorrow. Probably going to do the laundry as well, not the funniest thing to do but you got to do what you got to do, right?
So from Aberdeen; sweet dreams everyone. I am off to bed now!
❤❤

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So yesterday it was Taco Party (kind of) at my flat with my flatmate and classmate. We had a version of Tacos called Taco-cake (no, its not a cake with whipped cream and such). It is tacos, tortillas and grated cheese in layers on top of each other. So here is another recipe for the one who wants to eat Tacos in an unusual way.
For 4 people:
500g minced meat
1 taco mix (we used Old El Paso, OEP)
4-6 soft tortillas
How to cook:
1. Cook the meat thoroughly
2. Mix the OEP spice mix with water and blend well.
3. Put the cooked meat in the OEP Mix and stir well and leave to cook together for 5min as we want the meat to absorb the flavours from the mix.
4. Put 2 sift tortillas together on an oven tray, put meat on and grated cheese on top of the meat. Make sure you have meat over the entire tortilla. Repeat 2-3 times depending on amount of meat you have.
5. In the oven for around 15-20min at 200°C to give the tortilla a crispy edge.

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Good (late) evening my dear followers!

Myfriend wrote to me the other day with a couple of things that she wanted to seeon my blog (this is your moment to shine my dear friend). One of the thingsthat appeared on her list was "Uni life", so I decided to collect mytop 5 tips/advices when starting university or even in the process ofapplying.

1.I have always had an interest in traveling, so if you are interested in anyuniversity outside your city of residence, try to get the opportunity to go and visit the university. It is anamazing opportunity to see the campus and get to know more about the school andcourse you are interested in. It is also a chance to meet with current studentson the university and hear about their experiences.

2.Some of you have probably heard this one before, but when applying touniversity there could be some specific entry requirements for your course(Sciences, Language, Grades in general). Make sure you know these entryrequirements and ask for clarification, from the university, if it is unclear which course(s) andlevel(s) the university wants.

3. Linked to the advice above, you are required to have somesubjects for certain undergraduate programmes at university, but I would alsolike to advice anyone applying to study business professions (Accounting/Finance/Business/Hospitality/Tourism/Eventsetc.) to study Business Management (if you are doing the IB Diploma). Normallythis is not a must but it will help you enormously when doing modules such asMarketing, Introduction to Management Accounting and Management.

4. Linkedto the first advice, it is important to pick a university which you think canoffer you the skills and development you need for your future career. If youwere to choose between two universities; one offering only learning experience,the other offering learning experience PLUS work place experience, it may bebeneficial to choose the university where you are offered work placeopportunities as part of your degree. In one way, you can find out what youthink is the most exciting job and on the other hand, it is also a good way toget contacts within the industry.

5. As some of you may have seen on my blog already, I do alot of cooking in bulk, which is the easiest way to save money. Sure it istempting to have Subway, McDonalds or anything equivalent, but in fact, cookingin bulk will save you loads of money and you can still pretend you are the nextMasterChef, in your household. In combination with this, buy in bulk aswell/plan dinner for 3-5 days. In this way; you do not need to go shoppingeveryday (money saving) and you can still get a delicious home cooked meal forless than the £4 it costs to get a Subway meal or McDonalds meal.

With this, I am saying good night and hope you will find this information useful. Stay tuned for more blog posts about university and also, I will soon get started with the vlog.

Love /Bella

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Good morning/day!
Right now I am sitting on the bus on my way to school to have an introduction about my "Service Sector Management"-module. I was initially supposed to write this post yesterday but was busy trying to get my new printer running.
So there you go, one of the things I did yesterday was to buy a printer that is in my room in case I need to print something. I was also away on a Student Lock down meaning that a shopping centre was closed down from the public and the stores were open only for students that night. The stores offered some nice discount and you had the chance of getting a gift card worth £100. Unfortunately, I only got £5 on mine but it is better than nothing. So with the gift card, I saved £5 on a new backpack I will use for school.
Speaking about traffic here in Aberdeen, I left an hour early (those of you who know me know that I do not want to be late) and yet the bus is packed like bus 16 back home in Sweden. Oh well, just have to go with the flow and not think about it too much...
To follow later today: Uni-life vs High school-life: what are the biggest differences? And some additional features. Keep your eyes open
Love /Bella ❤

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