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Round-Up Review of My Summer

Jessica Man United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
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Hey everyone, I hope you’re all keeping happy and healthy <3

With summer 2022 drawing to a close, I thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect on my summer thus far.

My summer has been non-stop to say the least! From the end of my exams on 16 June until now, I’ve been constantly on the move. As soon as my exams had finished, I went out to celebrate the end of my second year with some of my closest friends at uni; we went out for a celebratory meal, followed by drinks at a bar. After giving myself a few days to just chill and take in the fact I’d finally completed another year of university, it wasn’t long before I was jetting off on holiday with my friends to Amsterdam! We’d all booked this group holiday in advance and planned a whole schedule of events whilst we were there. We explored loads of the sights, restaurants and bars, as well as immersing ourselves in the Dutch culture and really seeing what they had to offer there. We went at a great time as well because the weather was so beautiful, and it was the perfect city holiday getaway! The fun didn’t last though, as we found out on the day before we were due to leave, that our flight had been cancelled… this was incredibly stressful for me as I needed to fly back home in time to start my summer internship the following day.

After a multitude of calls, research and discussions, I had no choice but to book a solo return back to the UK in order to start my placement on time. These few days were super stressful as I needed to rush back from the airport to Leamington to move out of my second year accommodation, then commute to my accommodation in Bristol where I’d be staying for the duration of my internship. Needless to say, the first day of my placement was tiring… waking up at 6am after moving into a new place and unpacking until the early hours was not ideal. Ten weeks later and I’m now in the final week of my internship and I’m loving it! It’s been a real learning curve and opened my eyes to the working world and the breadth of where my degree can take me. Granted, the 6am starts aren’t the most appealing parts to the job, and certainly not what I had planned for my summer looking back one year ago, but the reward of gaining experience and meeting new people compensates for it. Not only that, but spending my summer in a different city altogether has its pros and cons. It’s been super fun being around completely unknown surroundings and having to get familiar with a new area. I’ve been out a fair amount here with the rest of the interns – whether this be dining, drinking, clubbing etc… but it has meant that my spending has gone a bit wild at times! Despite all the fun and new experiences, I’ve missed home a great deal. I haven’t been properly home or spent quality time with my family since I last went back for the Easter break in April. So, following the end of my ten-week internship, I am looking forward to going back to London and seeing my friends and family.

Looking ahead to when my placement ends (AKA when my real summer holiday starts), I’m looking forward to lie-ins and chilled days at home with my family. More than anything, I’m super excited not to be waking up at 6am everyday and not having to endure the long one-hour commute to and from work anymore! I’ll be utilising the remainder of my summer break to spend going out with friends and family, and having proper catch-ups, before getting ready to head back to Warwick for my third and final year!

So that’s it folks, that’s the end of my blog series for the 2021-2022 academic year! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them, but more importantly, I hope they’ve helped you in some way 😊

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, or just fancy a general chit-chat!

Stay positive and healthy.

Jess x

Jessica Man United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Jessica Man | Chemistry 3 year Variants Contact Jessica

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