I have finally FINALLY reached the end of the academic year here at Imperial and it feels A M A Z I N G. I sat my cell biology and genetics exam exactly one week ago today and despite it being a fair bit harder than the ecology and evolution exam we sat the Thursday before, it went very well and I’m very pleased. In comparison with my January exams (which were a complete and utter train wreck) I really could not be happier with how they have gone 🙂
There’s been a lot going on this week as I’ve finished uni and had a ridiculous amount of time on my hands! Let me tell you, the week after finishing your summer exams is one of the weirdest you will experience. It’s like everyone just completely loses their sense of purpose when they don’t have to study anymore – all my friends were slightly dazed, wandering around, not really knowing what to do with themselves!
Upon finishing cell bio my whole year when pretty much directly from the exam room to the union for a much deserved post-exam drink! I hung out with my course mates for a while and then went shopping with a friend who I literally hadn’t seen in three weeks due to us locking ourselves away to study! We had such a great time, was fab to relax and indulge in some retail therapy, despite the ridiculous crowds on Oxford Street! As a side note, High Street Kensington is waaay more chilled for shopping, Oxford Street is obviously bigger but I would choose the High Street over it any day – fewer people, you don’t have to navigate the scarily enormous Primark and you don’t have to have a heart attack every time a clueless tourist tries to cross the Marble Arch ring road and nearly dies. I then came home and did a little bit of packing.
I spent most of the rest of the week packing, spending time with friends and spending as much time as possible in the beautiful London sunshine! One of my good friends from home came up to visit on Friday and we had a lovely lazy afternoon in Kensington Gardens. On Friday night I went to a birthday party and on Saturday we had a fantastic Christian Union BBQ in the chaplaincy garden. The CU president and I thought we would definitely manage carrying all the shopping to the chaplaincy on our own, and we did but it was probably the longest (and sweatiest) 20 minutes of our lives. W as definitely worth it to spend the afternoon eating great food and hanging out with some of my favourite people in the world. #culove4eva
The Summer Ball rounded off my first year experience and it was pretty good (although I don’t think it was really worth paying £35 for…) – after all with free dodgems and a ferris wheel what more do you need?! I got up early to finish packing on Sunday morning and then my parents arrived to bring me home. It’s absolutely lovely to be at home, spending time with my fam and friends and abusing having free laundry again (it’s the little things) but I miss my London buddies already. It’s crazy how close you can get to people in the space of just nine months! Already making plans to visit people around the country!
Thus concludes my first year at Imperial. It has been the most stressful, difficult and amazing year of my life so far. Despite the ups and downs and challenges I have faced this year, I wouldn’t have wanted anything different. Can’t wait to move in to my new house in September and get stuck in to second year!
Have great summers lovelies xxx