It’s that time of year again, when eating mince pies with every cup of tea and blasting Mariah Carey all day long is totally acceptable! I don’t know how, but December is once again upon us and it’s a matter of days until Santa is here (albeit, he has a slightly smaller, student budget this year).
I am an avid fan of all things festive; Christmas jumpers, advent calendars and of course pigs in blankets! However, this year is the first that I am away from my friends and family so its undoubtedly a little strange. Luckily, I managed to pop home in early December for a few days to see some friends to make sure I got into the festive swing of things. The workload is quite high in December, but this was a great motivator to try and get things done so that I could relax a little more once I was home.
Although ‘home’ is now Plymouth for me and my partner (who is also studying at Plymouth), Dorset is where I was born and raised, and where my family reside. Therefore, when I went back I got to see people who I haven’t seen in a few months it was great. Everything back home is exactly the same, which is bizarre considering how much happens in a short time at University! Although seeing the family dog, Megan was the best.
In the last few weeks at University, despite having assignments due, lecturers have put on fun and interactive sessions that have allowed us as a cohort to get together and have a bit of festive team building… In the form of festive cat walks and Santa’s body systems! Occupational Therapy is very much based upon working well as a team and showing our creative sides, so this was an ideal time to do so... Our team even won, which was very exciting and rather unexpected!
Because a student budget doesn’t leave much room for lavish gifts that I would clearly love to give all of my family and friends, I have spent a lot of time making gifts this year. There is a little local fabric shop on the beautiful Barbican that sells offcuts of fabric that I’ve made into stockings and filled with small treats for family. And actually, this has been a great way to take time out in between exam revision and assignments, when the nights are drawing in.
Not only has this been a very busy end of term, it has also been extremely exciting because my cohort have now been told where our 10 week placements are going to be starting in January. This is one of the best parts of the course, in my opinion, because it’s experience that I will remember forever, and it will really help me with my degree. So right now, times are very exciting.
In retrospect, so much has happened in 2016. The thought of 2017 is very exciting and if all of this has happened since September, I’m sure much more is to come next semester. But for now, I wish you all a very relaxing, festive break and a cracking new year!