It’s official… I’ve finished Uni!! I submitted my dissertation nearly two weeks ago, and that is me completely done! The past couple of months have been anything but easy, but they have also been the most memorable. In this post I am going to share some of those memories with you!
In April I presented in my first conference! ULAB is the Undergraduates Linguistics Association of Britain and holds an international conference every year, which I was able to present at in Edinburgh! If you’ve been a regular reader of mine, you’ll know that I get really anxious about presenting, and this time was no different. I was quite ill the week before and on the day of the presentation I was still editing my PowerPoint on the train!
Not only that, but when I was checking the sound in the room I was presenting in (quite a small room), I was told that the rooms had changed and I was presenting in the MASSIVE lecture theatre! I was terrified. But, I am proud to say that I did it! I didn’t look at my audience once and I spoke at about 100 mph but I don’t care because I did it and that’s all that matters.
This trip to Edinburgh wasn’t just hard because of the presentation though – that was on the first day so I could relax after that! But when you’re travelling with a chronic illness, you’re always going to struggle. I ended up getting taxis almost everywhere because walking was just completely taking it out of me, and I needed to preserve as much energy as possible! Having said that, I did manage to walk all the way up the Royal Mile, up to Edinburgh Castle! This was another massive achievement for me because last year when I went with Angus, I couldn’t manage it!
Singing Benefit Concert
As you will know, I am part of the Singing Society, and have been since day 1. This year we organised our first benefit concert! This was so exciting for us as it has been something we have been working towards all year and it was amazing to finally perform in our own show!
I’ve become so close to this society, we really have become a little family and I am definitely going to miss them all so much! This photo was taken at one of our last sessions together.
YSJ Societies Dinner
As I have just said, the Singing Society has become so close, and so it was amazing that a group of us could go to the Societies Dinner together! I didn’t end up going last year because I was ill but this year definitely made up for it!
The Societies Dinner was also one of the few occasions where I actually felt quite confident. I absolutely loved my outfit, and I felt really good throughout the whole night! It helped that Singing got Bronze Accreditation, we won the Most Improved Society of the Year AND our President, Lauren, won Society Personality of the Year! It’s definitely going to be a night to remember.
Singing End of Year Meal
Ok, I promise this is going to be the last one about Singing! For our End of Year Meal, the girls on the committee (sorry Theo) dressed up as the Spice Girls! This was so much fun, even if we did get lots of comments about it!
Lauren and I also received our Full Colours for being part of the Society all three years while at University! I’m so proud that I have achieved this, especially as I have done it alongside a chronic illness and everything else! Not only have we both been in the Society for three years, but we have both been on the committee for two years!
SoLL End of Year Ball
Last, but definitely not least, was the School of Languages and Linguistics End of Year Ball (wow, that’s a mouthful!). Holly and I have been organising this since September and has caused us a lot of stress. I was ready multiple times to just cancel the whole thing, but I’m so glad I didn’t. It really was an amazing night and I had a great time. It was amazing to end the year celebrating and I wouldn’t have it another way.
Well, that’s it! I’ve made some incredible memories with people who I hope will be in my life for a long time. It’s been a busy couple of months, and it’s been difficult. Stress really took it’s toll on me, symptoms have flared, I’ve cried, a lot! But somehow, I managed to get through. I’m on the other side, I’m still smiling and I am so ready to start my life outside University now. I have a lot of things changing for me but I’m excited to see where life takes me!
What have you been up to over the past couple of months?
Until next time,