February 2017: Time flies when you are having fun!

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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!

An afternoon spent enjoying high tea

An afternoon spent enjoying high tea

Dinner at Thaikhun

Dinner at Thaikhun

Chinese New Year decorations in the city centre

Chinese New Year decorations in the city centre

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