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New Year 2017: New Chapter

The New Year is always a time for personal reflection and renewal. Your aim for every year should be to make it better than the previous one and reach for the stars for your goals. Christmas and New Year were ace as I got to spend time with family and friends up North. Plenty of happy memories were made. Hope you all got a deserved break.

In 2017 I’m hungry to make the most of another superb year. I have many goals I want to reach, these are some of them:

• Grow my blog

On this blog, I will be upping my game and posting more regularly as I failed to be consistent in 2016 so look forward to more content. I need to improve the quality of the posts as I have made too many sloppy grammar mistakes in them. So hopefully this year I can finally get into a proper rhythm and make content I enjoy.

• Exercise properly
During my time so far in Glasgow I haven’t done enough exercise which has resulted in me being tired and effected my work. So this year I will do some sort of exercise weekly.

• Confidence

This one feels like the biggest resolution to me; last year at the end of August it feel like a refresher and starting a new chapter of my life. Since moving to Glasgow my confidence has grown, however I need to accept that I still have to work on it.

• Be more proactive with finding stories.

I need to go and search for new stories more. As to be honest, I haven’t been looking for stories enough.  I have a week of work experience at the Daily Record in February which I want to make the most of.

  • Work on the craft of Shorthand

      I will work on shorthand as it’s been the thing that is standing in my way.

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Home Sweet Home

Today I arrived home to Macduff for the Christmas holidays which I’m  over the moon with, as I will be reunited with my family and pals. I thoroughly enjoy living in Glasgow and college. However, you can’t beat going back to where you were brought up as children.

When I was heading towards Queens Street station, people were spreading the Christmas joy by handing out free bottles of Iron Bru or what some call “a bottle of ginger”. I got offered a huge box of them however I couldn’t take it as I had too much stuff to carry and rain was coming down heavy. My Uncle Duane kindly picked me up from the Aberdeen train station and drove me home.

I’m home. Home sweet home! There is so many things to look forward like singing in the praise band at the Christingle service and carol singing at night on Christmas Eve. Also, meeting up with friends and family. Oh yeah, you can’t forget to celebrate Christmas day.

I will make the most of the time to have a deserved break from college and catch up with people. Thank you, everyone, for following my blog. It would be great if you would share it with others who you think may be interested in it.

Everyone have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Look forward to more posts in 2017 and even YouTube videos as well.

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Just a 6AM walk!

On Friday morning I woke up early and I thought to myself why not go for a walk to kick off my day. This was at 6am, you may be thinking Sean, why didn’t you go back to sleep. I didn’t because I was fired up for the day. So I went for the walk which gave me more energy and resulted in me having the most productivity day in a while.

I feel I need to make more use of my days as I waste too much time dwelling for things or ideas for my blogs when I should be executing which can be difficult. I need to make them real. Tangible. Look over them. Get to work and let the idea evolve. The conclusion is that execution is everything and ideas are poor without any action being taken.

Over the day, I managed to complete quite a lot of tasks. I create a YouTube video showing the beautiful lights of Glasgow early in the morning. I also planned what’s happening next year with my Scottish Highland Football League blog which is very exciting.

As well as sending some more copies of the student newspaper (The Clyde Insider) to people. Finally I practised some teeline shorthand which is a skill that I’m finding still quite difficult.  I am going to start going for a 6am walk more regularly as it would motivate me more for the day.

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I’m so competitive!!!

This week I visited the Scottish Sun office in Glasgow. My third experience of being in a newsroom. I had previously been at the Turriff Advertiser for a work placement in summer 2014 and at the Press and Journal for my first ever job interview which I sadly didn’t get.

My college class and I found it very interesting. We got to speak to the Editor, Alan Muir and his editorial team. They gave us some gold nuggets about how to get into the industry and highlighted how it’s exciting times in journalism with the digital revolution.

 We got a tour of the newsroom and were shown how quickly breaking news gets written up on their website which was staggering to watch. The environment in the office was relaxing which was surprising as it was the day of the American Presidency Election.

The major rivalry between the Scottish Sun and the Daily Record was clearly on show. This has been on the go since the Sun grabbed the exclusive of footballer Mo Johnson becoming the first catholic player to join Rangers from bitter competitor Celtic in July 1989.

I have always been overly competitive at everything from board games to sports. So when I’m on a football pitch and against one of my friends they turn into my enemy. I do anything within my power to win. Sometimes it’s not pretty, but I always go into it to win it. I relish competing with others for a story. Sometimes it’s my downfall as it can ruin family gatherings or cause arguments with friends.

However, I feel that being competitive and having that inner hunger is healthy at times. If I didn’t have the hunger to write articles, get exclusives before others and especially creating this blog. As well as competing with other blogs and journalists to get the killer quote. I wouldn’t be nowhere near where I am. Being competitive is part of who I am. If I ever lose the hunger for a story or my competitiveness, I will stop pursuing this career. Sorry for the lack of posting, I promise I will write an article every week.

 

Link to article on Student Record: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/science-technology/student-record-meet-travelling-american-9072623

 

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I’m a 18 year old now! Boom time flies.

I’m 18 now! I loved every minute I spent up in Macduff celebrating my birthday with my amazing family and friends during my week on holiday from college. Someone said to me: “You look very happy in your Facebook profile picture.” That’s an understatement by a country mile. I couldn’t stop smiling.

Being home was sweet! I saw people who I was used to seeing every week before moving to Glasgow which was brilliant. I miss everyone but I will see you all at Christmas as I return home once again. Many things have changed up north with Macduff Parish Church getting a new minister and my classmates are at university studying in Aberdeen and Edinburgh as well as some at college locally. Others are still at Banff Academy.

Recently I got my interview with YouTuber Jodi and Steven Vlogs about their visit to Glasgow published in the Student Record which is an amazing achievement for me and I appreciate everyone who read it. My writing has improved a great deal since I started in 2013.

On my birthday while sipping a nice cold bottle of Beck’s at night I look at the collection of pictures from past and present given to me in a frame as a gift from my sister Lauren. This triggers me to remember many magical moments in my life so far from visiting America for the first time to water gun fights across the road from my home when I was little. I have had loads of family holidays across Scotland and the world which is staggering since I’m only 18.

I am excited for what is going to happen in the next 18 years in my life and ready to face all the challenges blocking my path.

I have received positive feedback about this blog with many enjoying it. So weekly I will write a blog post and continue to document my life as a student journalist.

 

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Life experiences transform you

Life experiences transform you dramatically into a different human being. It certainly has transformed me.

When I was younger I used to have not much confidence as result of bullying and had a lot of people who put on show pretending to be my friends who stabbed me in the back.

Now I would say I’m more confident, calm and the happiest I’ve ever been. You know the saying “It’s all about quality, not quantity.”This is the principle I believe when it comes to friends.

My friends are brilliant and I trust them. They are from all walks of life such as college, academy, churches and football.

Recently I was speaking to a good friend about this topic and each other’s problems that we have managed to overcome to be where are.

This conversation was interesting and emotional. As looking back a bit at the past has made me think that I never wish anyone to experience that even my biggest enemy.

I just thought this was an idea for a blog post.

What I have been up to

I was down watching Blackburn Rovers against Ipswich Town on Saturday with a pal which ended goalless. The match was alright however it was a great day out and we had a laugh.

Also, I am heading up the road to see my family and friends which I’m extremely excited to do.

Everyone enjoy the October holidays and thanks for reading my posts.

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Life in Glasgow is brill

I have lived in Glasgow for a month! Student life is super.There have been many exciting things I have done. I did think I would struggle with the change of lifestyle from being at home in the little town Macduff to living by myself in Glasgow. But I have adapted to it very well.

I have attended the Queen’s Park Baptist church where I have made very welcomed I believe my faith has grown alot. Through the church, I have gone on an alpha course which is on a Thursday night where we discuss topics in-depth such as forgiven and explore more into our faith in God.

At college I’m the joint Sports editor for the student website and published my first piece which was a Scottish Premiership Review. As well as that we went to the Scottish Parliament and spoke to Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh. During my time in Edinburgh,I went to stay with my uncle Duane which I thoroughly enjoyed.

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I also have experienced a heated Lanarkshire derby between Motherwell and Hamilton Accies where Mark McGhee’s side won 4-1 with Louis Moult netting all the goals.

Moult returned from injury to bag a 13 minute hat trick as the hosts started magically. Ali Crawford got one back with a low curling shot, but Moult stepped up to grab the fourth from the penalty spot.

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I attended my first Scotland game which was amazing with the atmosphere,however this was overshadowed by a dreadful performance and only a point against Lithuania. Thank goodness James McArthur saved us from being a laughing-stock.

My time so far in Glasgow has been busy and exciting.

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HE’S MY INSPIRATION, MY UNCLE TOMMY!

Dear Uncle Tommy

Hey, Uncle Tommy, It’s Sean. You know,the first thing that rushed into my brain and heart to write about was to write this letter to the person who inspired me to start football reporting.

Tommy I never got the opportunity to meet you in person which something I wished happened when you were still here on earth. But I thoroughly enjoyed sending you reports from the Kilmarnock matches I attended when I was younger and getting your feedback. It gave me practise and the belief to start writing regularly for the Highland League Hub and set up my blog called the Scottish Fitba Base.

You always said, “One day Sean you will write for the big boys in the newspaper industry.” I have, so far I have written for the Scottish Sun, Daily Record, Sunday Mail and Sunday Post along with some local papers. Tommy as I look at the amount of matches I have reported on since 2013 from Scottish Cup to League One. I amazed at how much my writing has improved and my confidence has grown significantly.

Now I’m  at Glasgow Clyde college studying HND Practical Journalism. Then I want to push on to become a full-time journalist at a local newspaper in 10 years time.

In my early years at the academy, I hated English with the passion and some of my teachers said to me, “you have destroyed the English language.” Now I want to put these doubters to bed. As I’m sitting here writing this letter, it’s interesting to see how much you have impacted me in my writing.

Every time, people ask me how I got into football reporting I always talk about you and us writing letters back to each other. You live on!

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your advice and motivation to grab every opportunity to get my foot in the door for journalism. And I want you to know how huge of an impact you’ve made on me.
So I thought it was a great time to say “Thanks Uncle Tommy.

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