πŸ‘” What I Learned From Placement πŸ‘”

πŸ‘” What I Learned From Placement πŸ‘”

I spent my third year of university life on a 12 month placement, working for Smurfit Kappa. Smurfit Kappa is a FTSE 100 company that specialise in paper-based packaging. In my role, I had to ensure implementation of the International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) 14001 Environmental Management 2015 Standard. I met many helpful and welcoming people during my time and racked up my mileage travelling up and down the country… but here are just some of the things I learned whilst on my placement year.

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🌳 Visiting Mount Edgcumbe 🌳

🌳 Visiting Mount Edgcumbe 🌳

My grandparents came to visit me the other weekend. Luckily we had beautiful weather all weekend. I decided to take them to Mount Edgcumbe on the Saturday as it’s somewhere that I’ve enjoy going to and there was the novelty of a ferry ride!

First I’ll talk logistics. To get there by public transport*:

*all information accurate at the time of writing.

TRAVEL TIME ONE WAY: 20 - 30 minutes (If planned well and traffic is in your favour!)
OVERALL TRAVEL COST: Β£6.20

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🏠 Beating the Homesickness Blues 🏠

🏠 Beating the Homesickness Blues 🏠

When I started university, I was mentally prepared for the change so I didn’t experience homesickness during Freshers. I am very grateful for that, but between my second and final year of study, I undertook a placement year. That’s when my overdue homesickness struck. It was a really tough year but has made me appreciate Plymouth that little bit more!

Here are some of the things that I did to try and beat my homesickness:

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πŸ‚ Lichen at Leaves on Dartmoor πŸ‚

πŸ‚ Lichen at Leaves on Dartmoor πŸ‚

What would a Geography course be without fieldtrips? As part of my Quaternary Ecology module, we went to Wistman’s Wood up on Dartmoor for the day.

Luckily, the morning wasn’t too early a start. We met at 8.50am outside Portland Square Building on campus and then caught our coach to a car park opposite the Two Bridges Hotel, just outside of Princetown. We’d left in brilliant sunshine and luckily the sun stayed on Dartmoor for most of the day, despite what some of the pictures show.

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