Before you read this blog there are three things you should know about me:

1. I like tea AND coffee. 2. I love my vintage dresses. 3. My housemate is a mermaid.


Why hello there! My name is Alice E. Bennett, a 20-something wanna be professional working in the Heritage sector.

Formalities done, let’s get to it. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a self confessed grimgrad. What is a grimgrad I hear you ask? Well, a grimgrad is a term that can be applied to a former/ex-student (a graduate, or grad). Back in the student bubble as bad as it gets is a price increase in alcohol. The real world though is full of scary terms such as tax, insurance and hummus. The transition from graduate to fully fledged adult is a learning curve that is both steep and ruddy scary. It’s a period marked by cheap food, dodgy decisions and rock bottom moments (e.g. that time you watched a Saturday night Twilight rerun by choice). Overall it can be fairly grim. Grim + grad = grimgrad.

(Grimgrad is also a term which I came up with at university while weeping over my dissertation. My aim in life is to have a t-shirt mass produced with the term ‘grimgrad’ on. It’s at that point I know I’ll be living the dream. But lets not dwell on my plans to flood the worldwide fashion industry with cheap, slogan-based tat, at least not now.)

In summer 2014 I graduated from the University of Southampton with a BA degree in History and I am now working for a national charity based in Swindon, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe, Earth, Solar System, Milky Way, Universe. As any former student will testify, the jump from education to employment isn’t easy and I’m not going to lie, the choice to move and live here independently made the transition all the more challenging. This blog aims to give an insight into my life, mind and world living in the medium-sized, bad-ish town of Swindon.

My name is Alice E. Bennett and I’m just trying to make my way in this world.

Oh, did I also mention my housemate’s a mermaid?


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