Post Y2 Exam Summer – Work and Fun, Placements and Holidays!
June 14th marked the end of my exams. Finally, I was done and had all the time in the world. All the time that it always seemed I needed when I was working towards finishing. But the weird thing is that now that I’m done, I still don’t really feel like I have time. It’s already July and I’m currently on holiday with my family, and yet, I still always feel like I’m running out of time. I’m still feeling like I should be doing things, constantly under pressure to be working on something. It is almost impossible to manage the seemingly endless list of things that need to get done. From writing this blog, sorting out moving out and starting applications for placements, I don’t know where to start!
Summertime has always been a weird limbo for me. Being from a multicultural and multinational family, I’ve never spent a summer in one place, so having a local summer job has never been on the agenda. That leaves me with a whole lot of time and a whole lot of uncertainty as to how I’m spending my summer. Bouncing between family holidays and short bursts of productivity, working my remote jobs where I can and trying to fill in all of my time with some form of something productive is my way of keeping busy.
This summer is no different. As soon as I finished my last exam, I had two weeks to pack up my rooms and house, see everyone and then bam, off on holiday to support my little sister with her tennis tournaments. That doesn’t mean that I am on holiday though, because I have more work this summer than ever!
This summer, my biggest work is going to be working on my placement applications for my MBio year in Industry. I’m hoping to get a really good research-based placement that I will be able to then further apply to a further career in medicine. Doing the MBio allows me to gain some really good research experience, discover what it’s like to apply my 3-year course knowledge in real life, and make some connections in the real world in a field that I hope to work in.
For anyone applying to, or thinking of, or already in the MBio in industry course, in the summer after year 2, there are a few things you’ll need to do. Firstly, writing a cover letter, either to the university describing why you want to go into a year in industry or into a specific company. You also need to prep a good CV, but I’ll do a whole other post with CV and cover letter advice in a bit 🙂
Aside from that, there are a whole lot of logistics to work out involving moving out of my house, storage, and all from a distance which isn’t easy.
Regardless, this summer is quite full so I’ll be keeping you all posted with the logistics of everything!
Have a great summer!