May 2017: Summer in Manchester!


Semester two is complete! No more lectures or coursework. What a relief!

Just kidding – the stress and worry are not gone yet. I still have one exam to take in June and then the dissertation period will begin, which will go until September 4th. I have quite a bit planned for this summer so organization and time management will be key.

Here is a little sneak peek into my very busy and eventful summer:

  • My parents are coming to visit from the U.S. in mid-May. I will spend a few days in Manchester with them and then we will take the train to Edinburgh for a couple of nights.
  • After I come back from Edinburgh, I will begin revising for my last exam. I will have a solid two weeks to study for my Global Supply Chain Management exam, which I am very pleased about. However, in between revising, I will go to Amsterdam for one night to visit some friends that are traveling from the states.
  • After my exam, a friend from the U.S. will be visiting. We will visit some of my favorite places in Manchester, which include the Northern Quarter (a neighborhood of Manchester) and the Whitworth building (located on The University of Manchester campus). If the weather is nice, I hope to go to the canals to sit in the sun and have an afternoon drink. We will also attend Parklife Festival, which takes place in Heaton Park. Several artists will be performing like Frank Ocean, Zara Larsson, Mura Masa, and the 1975. In addition, we will be traveling to Mallorca with 10 other classmates to celebrate the official end of the semester in the sun!
  • Once I come back from Mallorca, I will work on my dissertation. I have already begun working on this by analyzing journal articles and completing a proposal for one of my courses. I will work closely with a supervisor and he will act as a mentor during this period. Since we do not have any courses, it is essential that I stay organized. I plan to complete some of my research in the library or learning commons on campus, but I am also hoping to go to cafes when the weather is nice so I can enjoy the weather. Although I have all summer to complete the dissertation, it is not that much time so I think preparing a timetable of what needs to be completed each day/week/month will help with organization and time management.
  • There are several other activities that I hope to partake in this summer when I need a break from working on my dissertation. Some of these things include attending the postgraduate ball, going to the theatre, enjoying the variety of restaurants in Manchester, going for walks and exploring parts of the city that I haven’t been to yet, and spending time with classmates.

My time in Manchester isn’t over yet, but I already know how much I’m going to miss this city. Manchester feels like home. The people are so friendly and the city has so much to offer. Until September, I will try to take everything in and do the most I can while I’m still here.


Presentation day


Celebrating the end of semester two with classmates


Enjoying a show at Manchester Academy


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