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Class trip to the Lake District

Getting into university is very exciting and the thought of travelling to a new city/country and meeting new people is thrilling, but it can also be very daunting and many questions have certainly been on my mind prior to starting my Masters degree. Having to figure out where to live, which accommodation to choose and how I'm going to make new friends are all very valid worries people face. Luckily, I was happy to find out that the AMBS has organised a day trip for me and my classmates to attend.

It was approximately one week before classes had officially started when we were told about a day trip we can take as a class to the Lake District. This day trip was free for all students and fully organised by the AMBS, hence everything was taken care of and we did not have to plan anything. All we had to do was show up.

We all met in front of the school and waited for the coach to pick us up whilst chatting to one another and slowly getting to know each other. This was the first time I saw my classmates for the first time and so it was really exciting and I'm glad we got the chance to meet in a more fun, informal setting before the semester started. We got onto a bus that took us to our final destination.

On this trip, we were divided into smaller groups as we engaged in various activities. I remember we went out on the lake and kayaked for about an hour, exploring the beauty of the Windermere lake (an opportunity my fellow Swiftie friends definitely cannot miss). We played memory games and learned each other's names and nationalities. We also had to work as a team in order to solve different tasks and riddles and come to a common solution which is a great skill to have for one's future job search. The best part, however, for everyone who loves a bit of adrenaline, came at the end when we had the chance to climb up a tree in couples and walk on a rope at the height with only one person there supporting you (quite literally with their own body weight). Finally, we summarised our day, said our goodbyes and got back on the road to Manchester.

Overall, I think it was a very valuable experience for everyone who attended because it was really nice to meet people and get to know them on a bit more personal level. This has definitely helped us move forward because we were less nervous about going to class and not knowing anybody. It made us all feel more comfortable with each other and I would definitely recommend everyone to attend this trip when you have the chance next year!

Eleni Chliapa and her friend in a kayak in the Lake District