Before starting university, all of my older brothers and cousins told me that time would fly by, and that I should make the most of my three years at Leicester. At the time, you sort of believe them, but you don’t really understand fully, until in the blink of an eye you are nearly half way through your final year. Time has gone so fast, so I decided at the start of this academic year that I would definitely try to make the most of my final year in Leicester. Most of my friends live all over the country, which is great to meet new people when you come to university – but once we have graduated and got jobs, it will be much harder to see each other!
One of the ways I have been making the most of my final year is through going to concerts. Although Leicester has the O2 Academy in the university students union building (I went to see Bastille there last month), there aren’t many other/smaller live music venues. Luckily, Nottingham has a few, and is only 50-odd minutes away on a £10 train ticket! Recently I’ve been to see To Kill a King and a band called MS MR (most people I talk to haven’t heard of either…) at the Rescue Rooms. I also saw Imagine Dragons at Rock City in Nottingham yesterday, which was an incredible night! The tickets for all were between £11-£16 too, so it really doesn’t break the bank too much.
So although Leicester doesn’t have great music venues, it is close to cities that do – you can get to quite a few places in the Midlands pretty easily from Leicester which is good. I’ve had a good few weeks travelling around to see some great bands, which gives you a break and takes your mind off the stresses of work and dissertation deadlines for a while! Basically the moral of this story is that you should believe the people who tell you that university will fly by, because it really does, and you should make the most of your time here and the time with your university friends, because it won’t be this way forever!