This is it! My dissertation is submitted, my final exam is over, and all that’s left now is the wait for my results. I’ve made some great friends over the years, and found a city I love to be in. The last four years have rushed by for me, but it’s already time to prepare for my next steps. As I think about what comes next, here’s what I’ve been getting up to recently.
Four years of work is not too shabby, so celebrating the achievement is, of course, common practice. My girlfriend and I went down to Bella Italia in the Barbican Leisure Park for a nice meal. They always do great food and their pizzas we tried were no different, check out the photo (which unfortunately doesn’t do justice to the taste). We’ve also been celebrating with the fact that Vue’s cinema tickets have been slashed to just £4.99! There are a few good movies out at the moment, and there is no better way to experience them than on the big screen with comfy seats and a Tango Ice Blast.
Back to the nest
My student accommodation will remain available to me for a number of months due to the length of the contract. I will therefore be staying in Plymouth for a little while at least, but in the meantime, I’m taking the opportunity to visit my parents for a week. Homesickness is still possible in final year, but my mother’s cooking will always cure it! This has been a chance to meet up with friends from home, relax without any deadlines looming, and catch up on some TV.
With graduation in September, it’s important to now plan what my next steps will be. This is a good time to build further work experience, so I’ve been looking at internships, and have been working part-time. It’s also a good time to update your CV for any new opportunities you come across, keep your LinkedIn profile up-to-date, and keep networking on there to meet new people in your professional life. I’m keeping an eye out for jobs around Plymouth as I love the city, so you may still see me around next year!
In summary, university has been great for me. I have grown as a person, learned so much, made great friends, and found a new city I love. Although it feels like an ending, I’m not going anywhere for the time being. Spending some time with my parents is great, but I’ll be back soon to work the remaining open days for this year, so I do still feel like part of the university. I’ll also keep writing blog posts for a while, so see you next month as usual.
Talk soon people,