Second year has been awful so far. No joke. It feels like I am studying ALL THE TIME, and still things keep piling up quicker than pizza boxes in a students’ flat. First year was definitely more relaxing. I had time to attend most socials, club nights, and still managed to go to all my lectures/seminars and get my work done. Fact is, I keep joining all these extracurricular things; societies, case competitions and sports. As I have mentioned a few times before, I try to build up a solid CV that puts all other applications in the shredders (optimistically). I want to be able to bore out an interviewer with all the things I have accomplished whilst in university, to avoid all the difficult questions he or she had planned to ask. I actually managed to get hold of a solid reference when I was working on the Open Day. I was chatting with one prospective student and his father, and after they had enthusiastically listened to my ambitions, his father (who was a Partner at one of the ‘Big Four’) said he would be happy to be my reference if I applied to the company he was working with. When you least expect it…
While we are on the subject, I haven’t really had time to send out that many applications for summer internships as I planned to. Deadlines are not until December/January, but as with any application, it is better to be out as early as possible as places are filling up. It is just so difficult to feel fully satisfied with cover letters/personal statements before submitting them. However, I am definitely dedicating at least half of my reading week for this purpose.
My plan is to stay here during reading week to get some work done. Most of the modules I selected for this semester include coursework and I am aiming to have most of these done by the end of reading week. I remember going back to Sweden last year during reading week and I didn’t get much work done. So much for travelling with heavy textbooks and lecture notes. So this time, I will make use of the silence from the absent homesick students and embrace the depressing atmosphere in the half empty libraries. I guess I will pack down my laptop, charger and pillow in a bag, head down to the new 24/7 Alan Gilbert Learning Commons and deal with the pizza boxes. One by one.
Note 1: Thanks to my brilliant idea (yes, I deserve all the cred!), it will become a lot easier for students to decide on what modules they would like to enrol to. I submitted the idea to the Students’ Union Assembly, and it was voted 18 YES vs 1 NO. This means students will be able to access the previous year’s PowerPoint slides of most and get a better view of the course contents.
Note 2: Manchester is indeed one of the friendliest places to study in. I kept on telling visitors on the Open Day about this and gave an example of when I left my iPod in the library, and someone handed it in to the library reception. My friend forgot his iPhone in a McDonalds restaurant the other week, and someone had handed it in to lost property.
Note 3: The new library building, Alan Gilbert Learning Commons, is one the best things that could happen this year. Modern technology, modern furnishing – modern everything! I prefer studying in modern environments and especially in buildings with good lighting. My only concern is that there is no signal in the building.