I may be writing this a bit late in January, but I needed some time to sit and reflect on the past 365 days. Writing this I’m thinking more reflective posts may follow later on… but here goes for now!
Blogging has been hard to fit in regularly for a large amount of the year and I haven’t been able to hold myself to the targets I set back at the start of the year, but that’s okay and I won’t beat myself up about that. I’ve come to grips with how it takes up so much time and despite the phrase ‘give a busy person something to do and it will get done’ – it’s been harder than I originally thought it would be. Blogmas didn’t even come into the question this year, I hadn’t written properly on here for almost two months and with assignment after assignment, I didn’t want to cause any extra stress I didn’t need.
Second year of university has been manic academically and outside of my studies. I thought first year was tough (for me, anyway), but this year is a whole new ball game and the reading has stepped up a level or two, it’s hard to do it all with 5 modules overall. Despite this, I love to take the opportunities whilst I can as I never know if I’ll get them again and it’s a way I can de-stress. This year especially I’ve learnt to take a slight step back from things if need be – but I still could do this more. Though when assignments were just around the corner, everything can feel pretty overwhelming. However, I think we all can feel like this at times and that’s okay. My strategy can’t have gone too badly as I achieved a Upper Second Class in my first year studies and I am aiming to do the same in 2019, especially as the 2nd year counts for 25% of the whole degree.
Alongside my studies, I’ve been involved in a few societies. In my first year, this mainly was through Demon Media, DMU Labour Students and the Climbing Club. In second year, this also includes the Model United Nations Society, of which I am the Health and Safety Officer. I’ve been involved in a lot of campaigning sessions for Labour across the country and helped to organise charity gigs to fundraise for worthwhile charities in Leicester, including Action Homeless and Soft Touch Arts. Outside of all this, I’ve taken part in lots with UK Youth Voice, BIPA Youth and the #iwill campaign to name only just a few things.
In 2018 alone, I visited 8 countries; The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Hungary, Czech Republic, Brussels, the US and Cyprus. These were the result of a holiday, interrailing (courtesy of the #DiscoverEU scheme) and 2 #DMUGlobal trips; to the United Nations in New York and a MUN Conference. I will be forever grateful for these opportunities allowing me to travel to such wonderful places and explore different cultures. I hope to expand my horizons and push myself further out of my comfort zone in 2019. As a result of my visits to Germany, I also decided to begin learning German on Duolingo, though with everything else going on it’s been hard to keep at it.
In terms of work, this has kind of escalated more than I first imagined. Of course at the start of the year, I hoped I would find a job, though this didn’t come as quick as I’d hoped. Around April time last year, I applied for a Frontrunners internship at the university and I didn’t think much of it as I hadn’t heard anything for quite a while. Then in July, I was given an interview and I got the job! It’s 8 hours a week – which for a student I would say is manageable alongside everything else. I can choose what I’d like to focus on, which is useful as I can tailor it to the skills I would like to develop for the future. I’m so glad I’m doing it because I’ve wanted to do an internship for a while, and this is relevant to my course as well. Whenever it was the holidays, I was working in a restaurant to earn a bit of money on the side.
Having fantastic friends and family, as well as a lovely boyfriend, I’ve managed to get through these 12 months no matter what, so thank you all! 💖
Though a lot isn’t in this post, it’s a good summary of 2018 for me. It’s all left me with a little time and a small amount of energy left at the end, but I think I can say it’s been a productive year. Here’s to 2019!
Thank you for reading and although on the late side, Happy New Year!
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