Hello! And welcome…

To the UoM Faculty of Life Sciences student blog

Now that the students (new and returning) have had a few weeks to settle into university life, it’s time to start up the blog for 2015-2016! This is a place where you can follow the stories of some of our Life Science students, enabling you to live in the life of a UoM student in each year of study! Please do take the opportunity to read through the experiences shared by our students – as you’ll probably soon find that the vibrant and exciting city of Manchester, with lots of fun activities and opportunity’s for students, is the only place you’ll want to be for the next few years!

So let me introduce myself. My name is Alina, and I am the new Digital Media Intern for the Faculty of Life Sciences. My role involves using social media to show potential students how great it is to study a Life Science course at The University of Manchester – therefore part of my position is to coordinate this blog, so its’s likely that I’ll pop up every now and then!

After graduating with a Zoology degree this summer, the thought of having to move away from Manchester and back to boring, old and uninspiring Newbury left me feeling empty, broken, and quite frankly, uninspired. So when I was offered this internship, I was absolutely ecstatic! Not only am I able to kick start my career in the right direction, but I also get to stay at the university, where my love for the city was born – but this time, I’m on the other side (no more student discount, cry).

However this September when I returned to Manchester, I was in a very different position. As a recent graduate, it meant that most of my friends had also graduated, and therefore moved back to their home towns. So I was in a position where I’m moving into a new house (with strangers), starting a new job with new people and my friends are miles and miles away from me. The thought of heading into the unknown was daunting and scary, and although at the time I was a little nervous, now I am glad that I had to experience these feelings again because it really did help me to remember what it is like for students starting university for the first time. This has further encouraged me to do what I can to support you lovely new students and to help with any queries you may have as best as I can.

Outside of work you will often find me shopping, cooking/baking, at the gym (to work off the yummy food I make) and generally taking advantage of all the fun things there are to do in and around Manchester. The lively atmosphere and personality of Manchester shines through wherever you are, especially at this time of year with the arrival of new students and Christmas coming up! Hopefully this will show through the student blogs, so you can get more of a feel for the city and the university! Our first student blog post will be uploaded next week (Friday 6th November). So please follow this blog to hear all about how our First Year, Rachel, is getting on in her first few weeks of university life at The University of Manchester! But until then, have a look at our other FLS social media channels…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LifeSciencesManchester/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LifeSciencesUoM

Instagram: https://instagram.com/lifesciences_uom/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/manclifesciences

So Happy Halloween everyone! Here’s a photo of a pumpkin my flatmates and I carved together last night.

You can tell I’m getting old, go back a few years and this would be a photo of me in an overly busy nightclub wearing a ridiculous fancy dress costume

Have a spooky weekend and we’ll see you next week!

Alina 🙂

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