Odd, I know; rather than Spring cleaning this year it seems like I need to do a Spring,Summer and Autumn clean all at once, especially with how quick this year is going! Having been away for a year, you’d think I wouldn’t accumulate too much stuff, but alas my room constantly resembles a jumble sale of a musical centipede (given the twenty-something pairs of shoes and array of musical instruments with their accompanying sheet music library).
The prospect of moving back to Leicester is also looming in a friendly, yet threatening ‘you-won’t-fit-all-of-that-in-the-car’ way. Not to mention the echoes of ‘you-certainly-won’t-fit-all-of-that-into-your-new-“cozy”-student-room’ with a resounding chorus of ‘JUST-THROW-IT-AWAY’. Moving back from America was painful enough, as even some of my favourite possessions just didn’t make the cut for the 23kg weight allowance. Round 2: The Home Edition now begins as I whittle down my extensive pile of useless things in the hopes of being able to squeeze the remaining items into my less-than-spacious Citroen C3. Trust me, after a full set of bedding, clothes, pots and pans, and quite possibly the kitchen sink have been shoved in any-which-way, a 5 door car with a decent sized boot can feel like squeezing a herd of baby elephants into a matchbox. It’s possible they’re also hidden somewhere in this pile.
I’m planning to move back to Leicester within the first two weeks of September; partly because I’m a keen bean, but also because I need some work. I also feel the extra two weeks before lectures start will give me enough time to settle in to the new house, make it homely, and get my teeth into some dissertation preparation.
To anyone coming back to their final year at Leicester: start planning! I struggle to get motivated by large projects, so a 10,000 word essay is enough to stop me in my tracks and get me peddling backwards, but I feel so much better having emailed my dissertation supervisor. Thanks to the year abroad I have a solid 3,000 foundation, but I now have goals for the summer to work towards too. And I bought myself a planner to keep it all organised!