Do Something Out of the Ordinary this Reading Week! – OurWarwick

Do Something Out of the Ordinary this Reading Week!

Simran Thakral | Politics with International Studies (PAIS) Contact Simran

I cannot believe it is officially half way through second term- the time really does fly by at university! As I decided to choose 100% coursework for my third year assessments and will have six 3,000 word essays to do as a result, reading week was crucial for me in order to get a head start on all my work.

Note: Just for your information, as of the academic year 2016/17, third year PAIS students have the option of choosing 100% exams, 100% coursework, or 50% exams and 50% coursework for our assessment methods

At the same time, however, I did not want to spend my last ever reading week just cooped up in the library all day. I mean, it’s quite hard doing so when the Politics Society is jetting off to Dublin for a few days during reading week. Not endorsing turning your reading week into a holiday, but I guess that could be a well-deserved break if one works hard enough during term time/the remainder of this much appreciated reading week.

So, what did I do in the end? Well, I came across Warwick Economic Society’s 160 ft. Charity Bungee Jump event which was due to take place at the start of reading week. They partnered up with UNICEF in order to fundraise for the Syrian Winter Safe and Warm Appeal with each participant expected to fundraise a minimum of £40.00

I’ve always been a thrill seeker but never really got a chance to do any extreme sports so I figured this was a sign I should just go for it! And that’s the thing guys, the different societies at university provides so many amazing opportunities to do things you’d never think do otherwise.

Needless to say, it WAS amazing. It was the most terrifying yet exhilarating things I have ever done in my life. I’m not going to lie but I almost got cold feet when I reached the top of the crane. Jumping (of more so being pushed off) from the platform and freefalling midair for a couple of seconds really was a once in a lifetime kind of experience. It’s not something I would do again but I’m glad I did it!

My remaining week was then spent reading on ASEAN economic integration for my East Asian Transformation summative essay. But at least I did also do something out of the ordinary this reading week. Check out the video of me (along with a friend) doing the jump below!

Simran Thakral | Politics with International Studies (PAIS) Contact Simran

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