Reflections on an incredible year in Manchester

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I can’t believe how quickly this year has passed! It’s mid-July already and I’m feeling the pressure of the dissertation because of the impending due date. I spent most of June preparing for exams and working on the literature review and now I’m in the process of completing the research part. At the start, I wasn’t sure if I would finish on time but so far it has been manageable. While the dissertation requires a lot of work and dedication (roughly 35-40 hours per week so far), there is plenty of time to enjoy the city now that classes are over.

Besides the dissertation this summer  I’ve had time to travel a bit, try way too many new restaurants in the city (currently there are 1,730 restaurants on TripAdvisor!), listen to some live music, see a show filming at BBC and of course, one of my favourites, go for hikes with friends!

Snowdonia National Park - halfway to the peal of Snowdonia

Snowdonia National Park – halfway to the peal of Snowdonia

One of the favourite highlights from this year was the Postgrad Summer Ball on June 13th. The months of preparation and work leading up to the event were entirely worth it! It was an incredible night and I loved seeing my classmates and friends dressed up and having fun after they had worked so hard throughout the year.

Friends and IMB classmates

Friends and IMB classmates

Volunteering with the Horizon Society was another unforgettable experience this year as it gave me something to focus on outside of classes and provided an opportunity for me to meet and work with incredibly interesting and intelligent people from all over the world. During the semester I found it stressful at times, to attend weekly meetings and find time for the society when I had hours of group meetings other obligations every day. However, looking back, I realize that it was one of the most memorable and beneficial experiences of the year.

The members of Horizon Society

The members of Horizon Society

This past year was challenging for numerous reasons but it was also one of the best years of my life. I’ve met hundreds of talented individuals from all over the world and we’re shared more memories than I can begin to describe. Without the amazing people at MBS this year would not have been the same. I’m very grateful for this incredible opportunity to be here in Manchester!

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