Ho ho ho!
It is 1st December and it is now only 24 days until Christmas Eve. The Christmas spirit has indeed reached Manchester and pretty much all kitchen windows in the city campus are decorated with paper snowflakes and Christmas tree cut outs. Such a nice feeling isn’t it? Well, not really. This year I will probably hate Christmas. Fact is, after the reading week we had in October, I went back home to Sweden to visit my family and friends and I did anything BUT READING. Therefore I promised myself I would spend most of the Christmas holiday in Manchester to revise for the exams. Luckily, most international students on campus tend to stay in Manchester too so I am sure I won’t get bored around here. Although, I did book a week’s holiday to go home over New Year’s Eve and the first week of January. Yes, I do miss my parents and especially my mum’s cooking.
There are only two weeks left of the first semester and the stress about the five exams I am taking in mid-January next year has started to kick in. We have just received results from some of our assessments for this semester; coursework and group presentations. I am extremely happy with the outcome and I really hope I can keep stimulating my motivation prior to the exams that are due next month. I have got together with a few people from my course and we have decided to spend time together in the library to revise for the exams. Finding a ‘study buddy’ is extremely important to me as I need someone to motivate me, to discuss content with and someone who can help me to get around if I sit there with a big question mark on my forehead. The main library offers a wide range of group study areas so we will be spending a lot of our time there in December/January.
As mentioned in my previous blog post I was aiming to find a part-time job to make some extra cash. The interview with Manchester United FC did not go as expected. They wanted me to work on Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve, and I told them I couldn’t as I will have a friend from London coming over for a few days on Christmas Eve and I won’t be in the country on NYE. Not a good impression to be inflexible with working hours on a job interview, so I didn’t get it. It would be a interesting to work for a prestigious club like Manchester United FC, but I’d rather spend more time working on my applications for spring internships instead of trying to expand my CV (I think it’s full enough).
Next week will be packed with social events so I will try to finish the last two coursework we have left before then. Have to rush to my Work Psychology lecture now. Later!