End of Term 1 and Strikes!
I’m sorry it’s been a while since my last blog- the start of term was a little all over the place this year! I feel like I’ve been jumping from one thing to another since Term 1 started, juggling extra-curriculars, academics, applications, and the existential dread that my time at Warwick is coming to an end! But now things are finally slowing down a bit, so I thought I’d give you a look into how things have been for me, and what the end of term is shaping up to be.
I think it would be impossible for me to write about the end of term without at least mentioning the UCU strike that has just started, and which will be going on until the 4of December. This is especially true because in the Law department, pretty much all of my lecturers and tutors are striking. I personally fully support the strike (you can read more about it here: https://www.warwicksu.com/news/article/warwicksu/UCU-Strikes-info-for-students/) but it does mean that my last two weeks of term are suddenly very empty, so I’m trying to figure out how to use all of that extra free time 🙂
This is actually the second time I’ve experienced strikes while at university, since they also took place during my first year, so at least I’m more familiar with how to deal them. I am quite sad that since term is more or less over now, three of my optional modules are also ending (Climate Change and Law, National Liberation, Imperialism and International Law, and Global Health Law). They were some of my favorite subjects I’ve taken at university, and I’d highly recommend them to any student thinking about studying here or in their first/second year!
The first thing I did once my last lectures ended was take an actual break from university work. This term has been super fun, but it’s also been extremely stressful, and I felt like I needed a day or two where I wouldn’t have to focus on anything academic. I went to the Christmas Market in Warwick (the town) with some friends and also had my first actual Sunday roast (after spending two and a half years in England!). I also did some Christmas shopping for my family at home, in the hope that maybe this year will be the year that I’m not rushing around to buy gifts the week before Christmas 🙂
Now, I’m hoping to be able to get a good start on two essays I have due in January before Term 1 officially ends (and possibly even finish them, provided I’m organized enough!). I’m actually looking forward to starting them, since they are both for my optional modules (which I’ve enjoyed so much), and we were given quite a lot of leeway when it came to picking our topics. Hopefully that enthusiasm doesn’t dissipate too quickly when I actually begin writing though!
This was a bit of a ramble-y blog, but hopefully it’s given you an idea of what this term has been like for me!
If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or send me a message! <3