Andrew: Studying, employment and my love of books

Hello again!

As I type now I have just come back from the library (honest) where I have finally started studying for this semester. After much debate whether or not it’s morally right to start on a weekend or wait till ‘fresh start Monday’; I found myself taking the first trepid steps towards the library and putting in a few hours’ work. Nothing too strenuous mind, just testing the water so to speak. It feels great to start early and get on top of things before I get snowed under with assignments and exams. Anyway half the library’s engineering books have now congregated in my room making space on my bookshelf a premium!

On 17 February I went along to the Engineering and Built Environment employment fair organised by the Uni, in which companies were on hand to answer any questions posed by students, as well as to offer internships and graduate entry schemes. As a second year, graduating hopefully in 2015, I approached the room clutching copies of my CV not knowing quite what to expect. On entering and speaking to the companies I was struck by just how many different avenues my degree can take me down and how many doors it can open. I was primarily on the lookout for any kind of summer internship or work experience, to further bolster my CV. Even if companies were only taking on graduates, they generously gave their time explaining what they look for in their new employees and recommended what steps should be taken to make you stand out from the rest. This was all great experience and I would recommend attending fairs such as these if organised for your course. To top it all off, a nice spread was laid on by the catering staff (lovely).

I talked in my last blog about my passion for film, so I thought this week I would talk about another passion of mine – reading. Before coming to uni I can honestly say I found time for reading rather hard to come by. But since starting, I’ve embarked on all kinds of weird and wonderful adventures through books with some cult classics such as Jack Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’ and George Orwell’s ‘1984’. My typically student-y collection plays host to other authors such as Hemmingway and Bukowski and is growing all the time thanks to the university bookstore’s online shop. Further advice (yes, there is no end to my advice-giving): if you haven’t already done so, register for the John Smith’s Book Plus card in which you can purchase books, stationary and even high-end digital equipment with money given to you by the Uni on the card.

Till next time!


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