The second semester was very different in the way it started! Right from the first week, our lessons were very demanding. There was no way we could take it easy as this was probably the business end of the academic year! One of our courses, for instance, was to conclude in 7 weeks because of its unique structure and therefore the workload was massive. This was quite tiring at times, but ensured a lot of learning and kept procrastination at bay; there wasn’t time for any! One particular difference in this semester’s course-works was that we were allowed to select our own groups for the projects; something we had requested last semester, and our voices had been heard. Moving on, as the month of February went on, most of us were very excited (read ‘nervous’) about two official emails that were to come out anytime: the first semester results and the allocation of the dissertation topics. The latter came out much sooner than we expected and I am pretty sure that most of the students got their first or second preference. I have to appreciate the management in this regard; it really is not easy to ensure that everyone gets their desired topics!
As the student representative of my class, I sought to get the feedback of my classmates regarding their new courses and lecturers a couple of weeks into the semester. Similar to last semester, I was able to communicate these to those concerned and started working to ensure an improved student experience. Once again, I would like to point out how appreciative I am of the fact that student opinions are really taken seriously and enacted upon.
Just the mere position of the city makes other famous landmarks and locations so accessible. I visited Liverpool in the second week of February and was literally amazed by all the historical sites and stories it has to offer. Right from the docks that were key to having resources and slaves shipped to the UK when it was a colonial power to the famous museums and all the city has to display about The Beetles, it was truly an amazing experience. In addition to this, my university accommodation once again arranged a free trip, this time to Stratford, which is William Shakespeare’s birthplace. It was a beautiful town that me and my friends were able to cover on foot and relive all that we had heard about arguably the greatest play-writer ever.
Coming back to Manchester, I finally got time to properly visit the Manchester Museum, which is part of the University. This has to be one of the best museums I have been to, with so many diverse sections that I lost count; and each of which left we in awe. This included sections on the Japanese, African, and Egyptian civilizations, as well as sections on land animals, marine life, extinct and endangered creatures, and the living animals’ section. As if this wasn’t enough, there were sections for plant, history and physics enthusiasts; namely the sections of botany, colonial times and the solar system. This museum literally has something to offer to every individual regardless of their age or background! Anyone who comes to visit Manchester, and surely the students who study in the university, should definitely spend a few hours here!