Tuesday, December 31, 2013

An unconventional holiday

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I can't believe 2014 starts tomorrow (I say this every year, but marveling at how fast time flies never ends) 

I had a quiet Christmas here in Birmingham with a few friends. I am grateful to them for making it easier for me to be away from home. (although my mom has me calling her so often that I might as well be there) 

Today is New Year's eve, and some of my friends and I are going to London to watch the world famous fireworks and basically run around all night until our coach home at 6 am. Hoping to get some cool photos to share. 

2013 was a good year for me. I got my first real job, learned a lot, was accepted to all three graduate programmes I applied to, received my scholarship and made some lifetime friends. 2014 has very big shoes to fill, but I am hoping it steps up to the challenge. 

"I wish you 12 months of prosperity, 52 weeks of happiness, 365 days of success, 8,760 hours of health, 525,600 minutes of luck and 31,536,000 seconds of love." Happy New Year!!

Monday, December 16, 2013

A well deserved break

Well I've just survived what I can easily say was the most difficult finals week I've ever encountered. Dozens and dozens of hours were spent in the library and the main building. I had to push my limits every day. I had four finals and two timed essays to do, and today I can finally say that everything has been handed in, and now all that's left to do is wait for the results later in February. I think I did okay because to be honest, I actually did everything within my power.

Like I said last time, I don't think I will be traveling during break to save money for spring and summer travels, but a handful of my friends are staying here as well, so I think it will be okay for me. Kind of sad not to go home for Christmas, but unfortunately my parents don't live in Europe, so it isn't as easy or cheap for me to hop on a plane. The friends who are staying here have booked a table at a restaurant for us on Christmas eve, so that will be nice, and we've also discussed going to London for New Years which, although pricey, would be one unforgettable experience. Other than that my plans for break include dissertation research, an accounting project and job searching. I know these three weeks are going to fly by, and I will be busy once again. And strangely I am looking forward to it. I hope everyone has the best imaginable Christmas ever! Happy holidays! 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Exams are upon us

Well having a life was fun while it lasted, now it's time to work and prove how much I want this. Yesterday, I spent over 12 hours studying for Accounting with two friends. One week exactly until finals. Although it's a really stressful time, it's comforting to know that I am definitely not doing it alone. I am surrounded by those in the same boat who understand and are more than willing to collaborate and help each other get through it. And we'll be stronger once it's over. 

I've decided not to go anywhere during Christmas because I have to do one assignment and begin my dissertation. The topic I chose is 'The food industry and corporate social responsibility.' I am very glad I got my first choice because I am interested in it, and I could see myself actually enjoying the work that goes into it. Now just to narrow it down and make it more specific... My adviser seems awesome and also very knowledgeable on the topic, so I am looking forward to working with her.  

Yes, it's going to be a short post because this is going to be a really long week, and as usual, I am trying to hit the ground running. Wish me luck.