November 2012

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Temperatures in Manchester are hitting 0 degrees and below, so the best activities at the moment are the ones indoors. This is when the 24hr library gets really popular, especially to me since I can’t get anything done at home where I get extremely comfy in my king-sized bed with a list of films I have on my laptop. So, I know that I have to get to the library in order to get some work done.

A lot of my time this month has been dedicated to work. Deadlines for internship applications are approaching and I try to switch between coursework and personal statements. I have finally made use of the Careers Service, and I was quite surprised by how much I could improve both my CV and my personal statements. I used to be extremely stubborn about this, but I guess experts know what they are talking about. So far I have only had time to submit two applications, and I am in the middle of completing the psychometric tests for one of them. It is such a project just to submit a single application, as it takes a lot to get a good motivational letter down and the research of each company takes up a lot of time as well.

I will have two exams in January, the rest of the assessments are assessed through coursework. This was something that I did intentionally when I selected my modules, as I prefer to write coursework rather than taking several exams to get rid of the workload continuously rather than packing them up together and have two months of insomnia and the fridge full of Red Bull.

I believe some of my readers are planning on joining university next year and I have one big advice to all of you: spend time with your friends and family while you can! Many of my friends here in Manchester are staying here for the entire Christmas break. The same applies to me. I have even been invited to spend Christmas with one of my friend’s families. I’d love to be home for Christmas, but I know that it will result in little work being done and I will probably feel less motivated to start studying when I come back to Manchester knowing that I have “wasted” those days. It may sound harsh but that was my experience last year when I went home for a week during the break and did not do the work that I had planned to do because of all the “distractions”.

Luckily my parents have figured out how to use Skype.

Team shirt for our team in one of the University football leagues

Team shirt for our team in one of the University football leagues

Almost made it all the way in the Sheffield Games football tournament. A Silver-medal isn't too bad though.

Almost made it all the way in the Sheffield Games football tournament. A Silver-medal isn’t too bad though.

Fed seven international students with homemade Swedish meatballs. They loved it!

Fed seven international students with homemade Swedish meatballs. They loved it!

One of the few nights out this month. Here at the Students' Union.

One of the few nights out this month. Here at the Students’ Union.

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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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