Having spent the last 7 years in Plymouth, I've experienced a lot of summers here, but none as fun as when I've been a Plymouth University student. My most recent summers have usually be spent soaking up the sunshine, spending quality time with my family, and working to be able to afford life in general; especially as I love to travel abroad so much! Last year, I worked at FatFace in Drake's Circus and caught up with school friends who'd been away at uni all over the country. With the amount of local beaches and not-so hidden gems around, it was nothing short of a lovely, well-needed break.
If you're fresh to the city, it's undisputed that the hottest hang out spots throughout the summer are the Barbican, the Hoe, Wembury beach, and Bovisand beach. I'd personally recommend catching a show at The Barbican Theatre, who host their annual summer Shakespeare performance at Residence One. Whilst you're over at The Royal William Yard, you can also eat at some of Plymouth's best restaurants whilst basking in the beautiful summer views.
However, this year will be taking me to Málaga, Spain!
In March 2017, I heard the news that I'd been accepted as a Santander Scholar. After applying for a scholarship in January, I'm ecstatic to say that I'll be undergoing an intensive Spanish course at the University of Málaga. This will take place over 12 weeks, and the whole thing is being funded by Santander Universities. Admittedly, I did spend a significant amount of time filling an application with over 4,000 words on why I'd be worthy of the scholarship - but it was SO worth it.
Being a Plymouth University student has allowed me the invaluable opportunity of being sent to Spain for 3 months, all expenses paid, to further my skills and learn the second most spoken language in the world. This means that I'll be soaking up the sun, swimming in the sea and experiencing a brand new culture for an entire summer.
The scholarship application itself involves a lot of research into what you want to be funded for. Having been to Spain a good 7 times in the past year, I've always been keen to learn the language. I've never been to Málaga before, and being by the coast is incredibly important to me. So, I researched the university and their language programme, and it made perfect sense! Each day, I'll have classes 9-1, with afternoons, evenings and weekends free to take part in activities. The university offer a ton of free activities such as tapas and wine evenings, Spanish film nights and excursions to local cities. Having cultivated a passion for watersports throughout my time at Plymouth, I'm enthusiastic to carry this on in sunny Spain. Again, it's all thanks to Santander Universities that I'm able to take part in this cultural exchange.
I'll be back soon to tell you all about what life in Málaga is like, and what the scholarship has allowed me to experience. I can't wait!