Easter break… this is supposed to be the start of the revision for the May/June exams, but about 50% of the students seem to be enjoying life abroad or back home instead. Indeed, Facebook has become a photo album for all travelling students. The last two tagged photos of me are from the library. Yes, I am still here; from 10am to 12am, trying to finish off some coursework before I can dedicate my time fully for exam revision. My only light in the day is either my 1,5hr at the gym, or evening football games that I stream on the big screens in any of the group study rooms. The new 24/7 Learning Commons is definitely the place to be. Four big essays and three exams to go before I’ll sprint away to the (not so) sandy beaches back home in Sweden. I’m so close that I can smell the Findus horse-pies. Swedish a la carte.
I have both good and bad news. I’ll start with the bad news. The bad news is that I will not be digging a hole to China this year and reunite with the people that I volunteered with last year. Nor will there be any exciting travelling and I will (most likely) have to utilise my time and enjoy the two weeks of summer that we continuously have to accept in this part of the world. The good news, however, is that I will be working in London during the summer, as I have managed to secure an internship in a financial services firm. Indeed, after submitting a quite comprehensive application form, completing two online tests, a telephone interview, and a full day assessment centre in London, I was offered a job as an Underwriter at RSA Group. Quick shout-out to the Careers Service who helped me prepare for these assessments! The offer has, however, led me to the more challenging task: to find affordable short-term accommodation in Central London.
I am a bit distracted at this very moment, as my future flatmate and I have managed to secure the most wonderful apartment that Manchester City Centre has to offer for next year. Bit pricier compared with what I have paid in previous years, but I thought I would treat myself as it will be our final year. I am trying to liaise between our parts, the landlord and the landlord’s assistant, who we will be meeting this evening to complete the essential paper work. After one year in university halls, and after a year in private student halls, I am finally moving out to a private apartment. You are all invited to my house-warming in September. BYOB.