December 2012

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And so, another Christmas has passed and we have New Year’s Eve ahead of us. Some fun facts: In Sweden we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve, not on Christmas Day like people do here in the UK (and probably in most parts of the world). Although I was not physically present at home during celebrations, Skype made it possible for me to kind of celebrate Christmas together with my family and friends. However, what’s most important is that I managed to get some work done whilst staying here in ghost town, Manchester.

Queuing outside Hollister at the Arndale Centre on Boxing Day

Queuing outside Hollister at the Arndale Centre on Boxing Day

My friend Elaine trying out my new Microsoft-tablet

My friend Elaine trying out my new Microsoft-tablet

Looking back at the year, I think the best highlight was my trip to China where I was teaching English. After having sent an email wishing my employer a happy Christmas, they replied and asked me to come back and be a part of the management for next year’s volunteering project. Depending on how it goes with my internship applications for firms here in the UK, I will have to leave that offer in the pending-pile. I have managed to get through to the assessment centre with one of the firms I have applied for, and I’m waiting to receive further information about time and place. I still have online tests to complete for two other firms. Those are left in my pending-pile too until I have finished my coursework.

Went down to London again for another training day with Microsoft

Went down to London again for another training day with Microsoft

I offered my old employer to work from a distance and be an ambassador in Manchester, and speak with students who would be interested in joining as volunteers in 2013. So, for anyone who is interested, please feel free to contact me for more information about the opportunity.

Our Windows 8-stall at the Students' Union together with my Unuversity of Manchester colleagues

Our Windows 8-stall at the Students’ Union together with my Unuversity of Manchester colleagues

As January exams are approaching, there is another project approaching too: finding accommodation for next year. Many estate agents and landlords are already advertising to let their properties for next year and for properties of 4 or more people, these tend to go quickly. The accommodation I am currently staying in is a decent place, but I think it is too far for walking distance (about 20 mins from MBS). Some would consider this close, but after having lived 2 mins from lecture theatres last year, it takes more than one semester to get used to the distance. Therefore, I am currently looking to move in with some course mates closer to the Business School. Distance becomes extremely important when living in a city like Manchester where the weather-Gods have abandoned us for a person like me who wears Converse of canvas-material. For any newcomers, I would like to refer you to my post “April 2012 – And it’s revision time again…” for some tips about the student accommodations in Manchester.

One of the many tricks used to get student tenants

One of the many tricks used to get student tenants

I hope that you have all enjoyed 2012 as much as I have, and that you are glad to still be alive, despite the apocalypse prophecies. See you next year.

Happy New 2013!

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The best thing about studying at Alliance MBS is not its international reputation - it's meeting those who build it!

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