Being a student nurse of child health means that you are on placement until mid-July, this means you spend a lot longer in Plymouth than the ‘usual’ student.
Having now done this for two years, I have found it quite enjoyable as Plymouth on a hot sunny day is the best place to be in the UK. It can be quite wet and windy in the winter months but in the summer Plymouth and the Cornish beaches can be enjoyed to their maximum. Initially the best way to finish off the year with your friends who go home for summer early to work or go travelling is to attend the UPSU Summer Ball. This year was great and a fun way to have one last party with your friends who are going home soon.
I also found that being part of a sports team means you can engage in lots of sport in Plymouth of over the summer. I played in many 7’s tournaments over the summer months for UPRFC and for the Peninsula medics’ rugby team. Through this I was also able to take part in a touch rugby tournament every Wednesday by the Life Centre. I also found myself playing summer league hockey for the Mutley Knight Raiders a team set up by the universities hockey club for summer league fixtures. I found all of this a useful way to stay fit and relax from being on placement.
In Plymouth in the sunny weather there is lots to do and I spent many evenings in the Lido on the Hoe, it’s the great activity to do with your housemates who have stayed in Plymouth and course mates who are here until mid-July as well. There are many beaches in Devon and Cornwall that are on your doorstep to discover, for example Bovisand beach is a 15-20 minute journey away and is a sandy beach with a great view of Plymouth.
Being in Plymouth for longer than most students allows me to discover a different side to Plymouth and enjoy all that Plymouth has to offer.