We have finally reached our summer break. 3.5 months of work, travelling or any other leisure. For the last week I have sent off plenty of friends to train stations, airports, parking lots outside student accommodations (you name it). No tears but emotional indeed. Everyone keeps saying the same thing: “I can’t believe the first year is already over!”. Facebook has been bombed by emotional posts with greetings to all the people involved in someone’s successful first year, and some have even taken their time to thank to Manchester for being such an amazing city.
So what are my plans for the summer? I will head home to see my parents and friends for two weeks; try to relax as much as possible but also try to earn a bit of money while I can. I have contacted an old employer and they always let me come back for work when I’m home for breaks. It’s a warehouse nearby where I live. It might not be the most glamorous job or the most relevant work experience that will put my job application on top of the piles, but the job tasks involves skills improvement such as teamwork, self-motivation, leadership etc. Yes, even employers in the financial sectors would find these skills relevant in a job interview. As a first year student I do not feel too stressed about getting those prestigious internships.
I think the highlight of my summer will be in July/August when I will travel to Changsha in China and work with primary school children as an English teacher. I shall finally make my parents proud and become fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin. I have two weeks of intense practicing with Rosetta stone and textbooks in front of me and my goal is to be able to put both languages under my fluent languages-column on my CV by the end of December 2012 when most deadlines for internship applications are due.
As this will be my last blog post of this year I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all Manchester Freshers of 2012/2013 for choosing a great university. I am sure that you will have as much fun or even more fun than I have had during these 9 months. If you spot me around the campus area, feel free to say hi! It would be so awesome to meet my fans/readers/haters… I just love meeting new people!
Have a great summer!