Oh my goodness, how time flies!! It’s already the Easter holidays, and knowing that in just over two months I will have virtually finished first year is actually a terrifying fact. I don’t want to grow up yet! Although thoughts of second year are really exciting (I’VE GOT A HOUSE!!), but there is still much to do this semester including finishing off my set of labs and sitting the next lot of exams. I intended to get a lot of revision done this Easter, given how busy my academic and social life was last term… but I ended up going on a very spontaneous trip to Amsterdam with my friend Jaina, who I’d met through the Mountaineering society!! That and catching up with friends from home has made for some very efficient procrastination…
One of the highlights of last term was another trip with the rock climbers; this time to Wales for a spot of climbing and an Annual Dinner. We spent the weekend in a hostel, and had rather late nights and very chilled mornings where we got into groups and organised activities for ourselves. On the Saturday we hiked up a mountain; Sunday consisted of climbing slate in a quarry, and the middle evening was spent getting dressed up, before going to a fancy hotel for a three-course meal. The food was incredible, and although it was hard to eat so much in tight dresses and have a dance afterwards, we all managed! It was such a fun weekend and a fab opportunity to make new friends; even if my feet got shredded from the dancing (discarding my heels wasn’t a good option!) and I came back with a huge cold, despite the weather not reaching the hair-freezing level like my last trip away. My amazing flatmate soon helped me cure it when I got back though, as we went to a cute café in the Northern Quarter for some rainbow cake… yes, it exists!!
The next week, the group of girls I’d met in Wales arranged to meet at the SU to go rock climbing… but instead, we ended up going to a temple in town to an event run by the Indian Society, to celebrate the Holi festival! It was a very spontaneous idea but was huge fun; we ran around outside in the rain and threw multi-coloured powdered paint all over each other. I got some very strange looks walking back into my accommodation, and it’s safe to say the inside of my coat has never been the same since. We also decided to go a crazy event one night called ‘Bongo’s Bingo’ at the Albert Hall. It was bingo but with a twist – the twist being glow sticks, rave rounds, dance-offs, and prizes ranging from £500 to a Frozen paddling pool! (No-one understands how much I genuinely wanted the pool). We didn’t win anything but it was a good laugh, and just highlighted what weird and wonderful things there are to do in Manchester!
On a more academic note, my lab sessions were actually pretty cool last term. One was a Neuroanatomy Lab, where we got to look at models of the brain and the spinal cord, and discover how they function. There was also a lab were we were allowed to put drugs in our eyes to see if our pupils constricted or dilated; to some very weird effects! I’ve heard that Manchester is one of the few universities – if the only – that allows such human experimentation, which is just awesome.
Another really useful thing that The University of Manchester does for us is provide a brilliant careers service. They frequently inform us of opportunities for work experience, careers advice, and generally loads of stuff that you can do to improve your CV. So, one Sunday my friend Sophia and I did some work experience at a local National Trust site called Styal Estate; learning how to survey and classify a habitat to produce a Phase 1 habitat map. It was really interesting, especially as the rangers would actually use the maps to help with the conservation of the estate!
Aside from that, there’s been several birthdays (with some pretty cocktails!), Black Milk Cereal dates (where else?!), cute trips to the amazing Manchester Museum (on Campus!), climbing sessions, essays and a night out to Sankeys to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It’s safe to say I was really looking forward to Easter to have a rest! Now all that remains is to get through next term…
Until next time!!