I suppose this is a pretty predictable topic for my final post of 2018, but I just want to take a moment to reflect on the last twelve months. I am incredibly grateful for this year and it has, without a doubt been the best year of my life so far.
After the Christmas holidays last year I became a lot closer with a lot of the people I had met in first term and they have since become some of my best friends.
I began 2018 by seeing the new year in with an amazing group of people, some of whom were friends from home, but mostly friends I’ve made from my course/ people I know because of them! Then it was only a few days until my January exams were over and I was celebrating my 21st birthday with a Wild West themed fancy dress party! This was great fun and a fancy dress party is a great option for something different to do if you are looking for a way to celebrate whilst at uni!!
The second semester of my second year was mostly filled with socials, seeing friends and just generally being very busy with uni life! A big highlight for me was riding in the varsity team for UOLEPC, it was so much fun to take part in varsity and I definitely recommend being in a team if you have the chance. Another great part of being part of a sports club is being able to go to sports awards, which is an opportunity to get dressed up and have a fancy night out (which usually ends up in the O2 after) with all your club!
During the Easter holidays I went on a field trip to Mallorca for one of my modules and had an amazing time, I’ve written a two part post all about the trip if you want to read a bit more about it! I also did the local field trip at the end of second year, for the conservation biology module in my final year – there is also a post about this trip.
Before I knew it the whirlwind that was second year had come to an end, and I headed off on a couple of trips with my friends. First for a weekend walking in Carlisle and the Lake District, and then travelling around Italy for a couple of weeks (you can read about both of these trips in previous posts)! This is the best part of uni for me; making friends with shared interests that you can go and do amazing things with!
Throughout the summer I did a placement in a lab at uni, which was funded by the Genetics Society. As part of this funded I was able to go to Edinburgh for a conference and workshop where I presented my work (you probably guessed it, there is a post about this too).
The first term of my final year has also been a busy one, but for very different reasons to my previous terms. I have been working on my dissertation, which is lab based, all bioscience students doing lab based projects have to finish the lab work in the first term and my research is now complete. This means I’m now very busy analysing my data and writing up my project. I have also been trying to keep up with the teaching this term as we don’t have the exams until May, so it’s important I understand it now so it’s easier when I come back to it all in Easter for revision. As always there has also been lots to do with the University of Leicester Equestrian and Polo Club (I’m club captain this year), we have been working really hard on making some improvements to training and have had some really positive responses to this.
It’s been a busy year with lots of amazing experiences and some incredible people, and I am looking forward to all the exciting opportunities that 2019 will bring! I guess the moral of this rather long post is that university opens the door to some really amazing people and opportunities, so make sure you make the most of it and enjoy it; I’m sure you’ll have an unforgettable time!
Happy New Year!!