After the most hectic five weeks of my life I arrived back home for Christmas break with expectations of long days lazing on the sofa catching up on missed Downton Abbey and experiencing the luxuries that student life doesn’t afford me – Good quality loo roll and the likes. Unfortunately, now that I’m home I’ve realized that agreeing to work 37.5 hours per week over the month long break doesn’t leave much down-time. With three exams to look forward to in January and a 2500 word essay to write, I’m starting to wonder if I’m maybe taking on too much. However, at least now my three (yes, THREE) 9am starts per week next semester will seem like a doddle in comparison.
The last few weeks before Christmas, though stressful with three homework assignments and one exam per week, were probably my best weeks yet. I feel like my house/course friends and I are all becoming more comfortable with each other and contented silences are taking the place of awkward small talk. Most of my evenings are now spent with one or two close friends watching Never Mind the Buzzcocks or pointless YouTube videos – recently we especially like to get all emotional to videos of soldiers returning home and surprising their children.
I’ve also been writing for The Ripple (the students’ newspaper http://the-ripple.co.uk/) since arriving at university which certainly has its perks – On Wednesday 4th of December I was invited to attend the Press Night of Curve’s Chicago with one of my housemates and got VIP Press Treatment (Free champagne on arrival, free wine on the mezzanine in the press only area during the interval etc) and felt very important indeed. The show itself is fantastic (In fact, you can read my review here: http://the-ripple.co.uk/curve-gives-leicester-some-razzle-dazzle-with-chicago/) and the cast (who I was lucky enough to interview: http://the-ripple.co.uk/behind-the-scenes-at-curves-christmas-cracker-chicago-the-musical/) were so perfectly selected. It was such a lovely break from the stress of the surrounding days, even if it may not have been wise to have that
second third glass of wine the night before a 9am lecture.
It’s difficult to imagine another two weeks of working 9-5 and coming home to revision and essay planning – with the exceptions of Christmas and Boxing Day of course. That being said, after months of anticipation, I finally hear in February as to whether I have a place in America for my second year and so I feel like I really have something to reach for now – Long Beach, LA to be precise.
So I’ll get back to learning proof by contradiction and deciding whether Jane Eyre adheres to/challenges the values of the British Empire and wish you all a Happy Holidays. See you next year…