So this week I’ve been quiet because I have just moved back to Leicester, and the process of getting unpacked and settled has taken longer than anticipated. It feels good to be back in Leicester after over a year away from the city I consider my home away from home and aside from a few issues and quirks with my new house I’m settled comfortably. [Although a trip to Ikea in Nottingham with one of my friends today is desperately needed because my desk chair is very uncomfortable!] It feels very strange to have moved back to Leicester for my final year of University, and I don’t understand where all the time has gone since I was first dropped off in Gilbert Murray Stamford for my first year!
However, moving back to Leicester for my final year of University isn’t the most exciting thing that’s happened to me this week. After months of teasing and almost four years without releasing new music (with the exception of a Christmas song) my favourite band has announced they are releasing a new album. Green Day announced their new album ‘Revolution Radio’ would be released October 7th and fans were treated to ‘Bang Bang’, a song from the new album. Based on the sound of ‘Bang Bang’ the new album is going to be a little heavier in south and serious in lyrical content than Uno, Dos and Tre (the trilogy of albums they released in 2012 and early 2013) and the band has hinted toward heavily political themes as we speed towards the 2016 United States Presidential Election. An album similar in content to American Idiot but more similar in sound to their earlier offerings? I couldn’t be more excited! I’m also hoping that it means they go on tour again, as it’s been far too long since I’ve seen them perform live and they always put on a great show.
More exciting than even the prospect of seeing Green Day live again in the not too distance future, It is also less than two weeks until I fly out to New York City for the inaugural Merit360 summit. Our working groups on each of the Sustainable Development Goals are putting together final projects to present at the United Nations, and as Global Head of Partnerships under the Global Marketing team I am currently working with five colleges to finish an action plan for marketing the sustainable development goals to a million people before September 2018. Our Global President of Marketing will then present our plan on the floor of the United Nations, and the prospect of work I’ve contributed to being announced at the UN is so very exciting!
Finally, now we’re speeding toward results day, I hope everyone who has an offer to study at the University of Leicester gets the grades they need and is excited to say #HelloLeicester in September! If anyone has any questions about anything related to Leicester as a University or city, feel free to comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.