I’ve been back at University for a week and, final year is hard. Yes, in Madrid I worked long hours Monday-Thursday. But, I could switch off in the evenings, prepare my lessons in advance and spend the weekend as I pleased. Now, every minute counts: I’m reading two books a week, trudging through secondary texts, refreshing my memory on Spanish grammar (what is a verb?), and my dissertation is looming over me like a scary, cursor-blinking bailiff.
It took one, yes one, night out in Freshers week before I was certifiably exhausted and resigned myself to the sofa, watching Gogglebox and Drag Race re-runs and tucking into my discounted chocolate orange, concluding that I was too old and weary for Uni life.
I sound miserable, but it’s not all doom and gloom. I’m minutes from my one true love, LS6, the most delicious brunch café serving up everything from ice cream & banana pancakes to vegan breakfast burritos; I’m loving my modules so far and have slotted back into “learning” much quicker than I expected to; I purchased a gym membership and I’m finally back into a regular workout routine, and I also have two concerts to look forward to in the new year.
Reading, Watching and Listening to lately:
Amid the back-to-university mania, I haven’t read or watched as much as I did over my rather idle summer, but here are a few highlights:
- RuPaul and Michelle Visage’s ‘What’s the Tee?’ podcast, chatting about life lessons, friendship and everything in between. I don’t know why it’s taken me until now to listen to this but they’re the most hilarious duo. Their deep insights and unabashed shade are keeping me sane as the semester kicks off.
- Drag Race UK may just be the funniest bit of reality TV I’ve seen all year.
- Sam Fender’s debut album ‘Hypersonic Missiles’: excitement levels are high to see him perform live in April — call it my way of de-stressing 3 weeks before my dissertation deadline.
- ‘The Politician’ on Netflix: a comedy-drama comprising melodramatic plot twists, Benn Platt singing right off the bat and Jessica Lange playing a slightly unhinged control-freak of a grandmother.
- That book-buying ban I imposed upon myself? I may have slipped and fell into the eBay hole and purchased 19 Stephen King books. But hear me out: they came in a bundle which cost a mere £40. How could I resist?
I’ve been back at university for two weeks and I already feel like I’ve been here for months. That be said, there is no doubt this final year will pass in a flash like the other three have. Just don’t mention the words “grad job” and all will be okay.
What have you been reading, watching and listening to lately? Let me know in the comments!
Also read: September Reading Wrap-Up