Although semester one exams are over, there is not much time to relax and unwind as semester two has begun and I am already wrapping up my second week!
This semester I am taking one core class and three elective units. The elective units I have chosen to take align with my future career goals, which I am very excited about. I must complete two group projects and four individual assignments, and take one exam this semester. This is a bit different than semester one as I have more coursework to complete so I will need to plan and manage my time well.
I recently selected and ranked seven dissertation topics that I am interested in pursuing. I should find out in about a week which topic I am assigned. I will be completing research on the dissertation topic during the last semester so I am eager to find out which topic I will be working on. Additionally, each student is assigned an advisor based on the area of interest of the dissertation topic. The advisor will act as a form of guidance for the student so I am excited to know who I will be working with.
There is a lot going on socially this semester as well!
This Saturday kicks off the first of four concerts I will be attending this month. Some of the artists I will be seeing include Drake, Izzy Bizu, The Chainsmokers, The Weeknd, and Bryson Tiller. The Parklife 2017 lineup was just announced as well. Parklife is a two-day music festival that is held at Heaton Park in Manchester each year. It is a weekend full of music from roughly 100 artists!
My classmates and I are also trying to plan a couple weekend trips throughout the semester. Some of our potential destinations include Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, and Paris. Manchester is in a great location because it is cheap to travel by air or train and if you have a large enough group then you can also find low priced accommodation options.
I will also continue my exploration around the city throughout this semester.
My favorite nights out so far have been in the Northern Quarter. There is a great bar in NQ called Hold Fast. They play great music and have games like Jenga that you can play while enjoying a few drinks. I also like going to Spinningfields – I recently went to a delicious Thai street food restaurant there called Thaikhun.
I love how cultural the city of Manchester is. There are so many hidden gems and great places to eat and drink! You never know what you might stumble upon!