Homeward bound

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Happy New 2012!

I’m currently sitting at Landvetter Airport in Gothenburg, Sweden. My flight leaves in about three hours so I’ve got some time to kill. Well actually, I’ve got a textbook and some notes up as I found this moment perfect for revision. I’ve been home for a week, just visiting family and friends. I wasn’t very keen to spend New Year’s Eve in Manchester this year (Manchester City Council could not afford funding the annual, traditional fireworks in town this year. Shame). I’ve had a great week, although it could have been better if I didn’t have to walk around with the anxiety of exams approaching.

Textbooks, notes and journals. Revision is like a full-time job with overtime hours – without commission

Textbooks, notes and journals. Revision is like a full-time job with overtime hours – without commission

I have five exams to complete in two weeks, starting in ten days. ‘Luckily’ I chose to sacrifice this year’s Christmas for revision. I did not get any Christmas gifts this year; instead I got loads of work done. The libraries around campus were closed during Christmas. I did get some work done in my room, but I got most of it done together with my course mate in his flat. We got together several times to revise together, and it really helped having someone pushing me to not check the Facebook newsfeed every other minute. I think focusing early on, rather than leaving the work till the last minute does boost your motivation significantly; having an agenda of what and when to study, especially when you have multiple exams to take. There is really no time for confusion or slacking during the revision period (unless you are a genius with photographic memory!)

Besides carrying around books all day, I have applied for a few Spring internships in 2012. The firms I have applied for are consulting firms and investment banks. I have been asked to take reasoning tests (this is a part of the admission process) and have passed all of them so far! I hope to receive telephone interviews shortly. Most application deadlines are 31st January 2012 so I have four days to apply for some more places after my exams.

I am really looking forward to seeing all my friends in Manchester again after exams. The last week of lectures before the Christmas break was hectic in terms of socials: we had a Christmas Ball, ManSoc social and other nights celebrating the end of the first semester.

Together with my date Charlotte before the City Campus Christmas Ball

Together with my date Charlotte before the City Campus Christmas Ball

Got a dappy hat from my Chinese flatmate Xiofan, who was my Secret Santa

Got a dappy hat from my Chinese flatmate Xiofan, who was my Secret Santa

After almost four months in Manchester, it really feels like home and all the people around me feel like family. It is actually a bit sad to know that I have completed 1/6 of the time I have planned to spend here. I hope to be this positive when I only have 1/6 left of my time in Manchester. I probably won’t seem as happy in ten days when I am taking my first exam.

Cross your fingers and wish me good luck!

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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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