Reflections on my final year

Bye Bye Manchester!

Last Tuesday marked the day of the last ever exam of my university degree. I finished quite a few days before everybody else, so I’ve enjoyed some much needed rest before the end of exams celebrations begin. My course has been 4 years long, including a 12-month industrial work placement. This final year has definitely been the most time challenging of my whole degree – having to balance a 4th year individual project alongside lectures has meant I’ve had a really busy year. However, on reflection I think the 2nd year of my degree was the most academically challenging, I’m not sure how it worked out like that! The transition from A-levels to the first year of university wasn’t too difficult. I remember lecturers telling us that the first year of university is used  to provide an introduction to the subjects as students come from varied backgrounds.  For example, with a Chemistry degree the first year of study places a lot of focus on teaching maths, as this is very important throughout the degree and having an A-level in the subject isn’t required.. There’s so much academic support at university if you need a little help at any point during your degree and staff are always happy to help.

I’ve really enjoyed my time here. Besides gaining a degree, I’ve experienced so many wonderful things that I might not have had I decided to not go to university. I’ve been able to study and live in China and I’ve taken part in really fun fundraising activities such as LOST and Jailbreak (managing to make it all the way to Belgium without spending a penny!). My university experience has been much more than lectures and seminars. I’ve made some great friends with people from all over the globe, which has helped me to change my perspective on my own life. I’ve also had the experience of living in Manchester. There are so many things to do here and the city is really welcoming. I’ve eaten some extremely yummy food in its many restaurants and have loved exploring all the very varied parts of the city during my time here. I really feel that that Manchester is a place that I can call home. This morning I arranged my graduation robe and hat, I can’t believe it was 4 years ago now since I was preparing to go off to university!

I’ve got some exciting plans for this summer before I start my new job on a graduate scheme for a company in Reading. I’ve just bought an Interailing ticket and I’m booked on a flight to Amsterdam next week. I will be travelling with my coursemates, which I’m really looking forward to. It’s a little sad thinking that we will all be going our separate ways after graduation but I am excited about the future.  I can’t wait to start my new job and will be able to use all the knowledge and life skills that I’ve learnt at university throughout my career.

Sadly, this is my last post for UMASS. I hope you have found my blogs useful and I hope you enjoy whatever you decide to do and have fun discovering all that life has to offer.