Life has been very busy recently. Once you enter the Imperial bubble it can be quite hard to break out – life becomes an endless cycle of walking to lectures, walking home, studying, sleeping, rinse, repeat. I think it’s very important to burst the bubble once in a while and do non-academic stuff. Yes I know that the library is open 24 hours a day but that is not a good enough reason to spend every waking hour there (not that I have ever done an all nighter but I imagine it’s not that great.) So what do I do when I am not studying worms under a microscope or writing essays in French about whether one can be ‘free’ and still obey the law?
Well this Friday night, Imperial’s Christian Medical Fellowship organised a ceilidh at a local church. For those not in the know, a ceilidh is a Scottish kind of barn dance, so there’s a live band and someone who teaches everyone the dance moves and then calls them out during the dance. It’s a lot of fun but also a lot of hard work and you should definitely expect to be trodden on at some point during the evening. If you’re really lucky (like me) you will also get kicked in the legs and crushed in the middle of a sort of ceilidh mosh pit.
We danced all night long and it was super great but I did have to dance with a couple of very tall boys which was awkward since I am not gifted in the height department…
Today I went to a pilates class at Ethos! I did yoga for a bit last year but one of my friends and I decided that we wanted to do somthing that felt more exercise this term, hence the foray in to pilates. I actually really enjoyed it, and if you want to try something new this year, I would definitely reccommend checking out the class schedule at Ethos. There’s all kinds of different stuff, from zumba to body attack (I have not been to body attack and I never plan to, it sounds very painful).
All in all it has been a pretty good weekend after a long and hectic week. It’s easy to forget everything else apart from your degree when you come to Imperial but I encourage you to keep pursuing your passions and to burst the bubble on a regular basis!