“Johanna, I just got an email – It says that most results for the exams are online now” my friend Franceska said during our Financial Decision Making seminar (not that we usually check our emails or Facebook during seminars or lectures). And gone was the last bit of concentration that was still left on a Friday afternoon at 4pm.
I had the same idea as probably hundreds of other students at MBS: access the grades on the student system. Of course it didn’t work so I anxiously sat in front of the computer at the John Rylands Library for a quiet a while. When I was finally able to access all of my grades I was really relieved. I had failed no modules and my overall grade for semester one was a first. I even got 93 % in Financial Reporting and was so happy that I couldn’t stop smiling.
On the second weekend of February I went to the London International Model United Nations (LIMUN) at Imperial College with a delegation from the University. We took the train down to London which only took 2 hours and after getting lost several times we finally made it to the registration and to our hostel.
I represented Finland in the World Health Organisation and we discussed the problems of urban health imposed on health. To some this might not sound like an interesting and fun weekend but I really enjoyed the time in London. I didn’t really have much time to prepare for the topic but I managed to raise a few issues and “bond” with some of the other Nordic nations.
On Friday we went to the social organised by LIMUN which was under the motto “Camden Carnival”. We saw jugglers and belly dancers, had popcorn and cotton candy and took quite a few pictures in the photo booth. Needless to say getting up at 7.30am the next day wasn’t that easy but we all got to our sessions right on time and had an exciting day discussing about our chosen topic and the delegate of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea continuously reminded us not to support the imperialistic views of the West.
The secretaries of LIMUN had organised another exclusive event for participants at the Commonwealth Club in central London and we had a blast. A girl from our delegation had her birthday on that day and we pretended like we didn’t know and sneaked a birthday caked plus candles past the security staff and all got together to sing “Happy Birthday” to her.
After a five-hour bus ride on Sunday we arrived safe but extremely tired back in Manchester – the weekend was amazing.
Four weeks of the semester are over and we soon have to hand in our Quantitative Methods assignment, take a midterm test in Management Accounting and so on. Life never gets boring as a student!