Making the most of the remaining months

It’s now the first week back after what felt like quite a luxurious Christmas holiday and assessment period. I chose essay-based courses last term, which left me in the very fortunate position of having two exam-free weeks both to relax and also start on some reading for the term ahead.

It wasn’t all plain sailing though: having deadlines on consecutive days meant I had to organize my time really well and also start to plan and prepare my essays earlier than I once would have. As soon as I finished one essay, it was on to the next.

However, once those deadlines came and went I was able to have some time to reflect on how I am now entering into my final few at Bristol.

It’s hard to believe how time flies and with that in mind, I got started on my 2017 Bristol Bucket List! I thought of all the venues, restaurants, bars and museums I hadn’t been to, but had heard so much about.

Already by the end of reading week I had seen a play at the legendary Bristol Old Vic Theatre, been to a gig in the impressive Victorian building home to The Fleece in Redcliffe and had a delicious jerk chicken wrap from Biblos in Stokes Croft. All in all, it was a very enjoyable and productive week!

I have had enough time off to be fully prepared for what I’m sure is going to be a very demanding term. But, in the words of my French Renaissance professor: ‘It’s your last chance, so make the most of it!’

I plan to make the most not only of the poetry of Pierre de Ronsard, which she was referring to, but also the wonderful city of Bristol and everything it has to offer.

– Alba

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