What I did in February+ Around the world Ball
February was honestly awesome. I feel like this month I have grown a lot both academically and professionally: from having many phone, face-to-face and group interviews I feel now very confident and certain of my skills and what I can bring to the table for any company. I know my strengths and weaknesses and what I am doing to continuously improve and change for the better version of myself. I fell in love again with reading books for pleasure and rewarding myself with reading them on my way to the library/ lectures and back home to use my time in a productive and enjoyable way. The highlight of February was for sure seeing Kendrick Lamar at the O2 arena in London for his DAMN tour. It was unreal- the atmosphere, the sound, the people, the lights, the story behind his one hour and a half performance and getting a chance to reminisce on both his older and newer songs and singing them at the top of my lungs. I will insert pictures as per usual, to make it more visually exciting.
I am so glad to say that I am now enjoying going to interviews. It is such a good way to learn to present yourself effectively, to show prospective employers why you would be a good fit for the role and the culture of the company. I truly encourage all of you to get out of your comfort zone and apply for jobs that are not even in the UK. I do apply for jobs in London since I am already away from my passport country, but I do suggest any graduate-to-be who is not sure what to do after graduation in terms of career, location, passion, to relocate, experience a new culture and all the aspects that come with it (food, people, traditions, norms). A great ted talk that I have recently watched and is very much related to this idea is this one:.
I also wanted to tell you about a recent event that I have attended and that is the Applied Linguistics Ball: Around the World. GloCAL society, with the help of the CAL department, has hosted a ball on March 3rd at 7:30pm with the theme “Around the World”. This took place in the Cryfield Sports Pavilion and began with a drinks reception before heading onto a 3-course meal. All of the applied linguistics students and the CAL department were invited to this event and I thought it was such a great initiative and way to end term 2 of my final year. The theme was formal, but we were expected to dress up in either our cultural clothes or in dress and suit. It was a great experience and I am glad I had the chance to click with my fellow-course mates with whom I wasn’t as close as I am now. Emotions of sadness slowly invade my soul as I know there are only a couple of months left before we all go into the “real world”. I want to thank through this channel the amazing CAL department and the GloCAL society for organising everything and giving us an amazing experience.