This being my first blog, I’d better introduce myself before going off on a tangent – my name is Shannon and I’m just starting my first year of English Literature and Linguistics! I am actually a Manchester local, but staying in Owens Park halls seemed like the best option to meet lots of new people and get socialising right from the start.
So, I hope everyone’s had a lovely summer and is now feeling rejuvenated and ready for a new academic year! It was quite a busy summer for me, kicking off with working at the Parklife weekender – my first ever bar job! It was an experience to say the least; you’d probably think that working at a festival bar would be really hectic and busy all the time with long hours and lack of food/sleep… That was pretty much the general consensus from my “colleagues” (for lack of a better word) and I by the end of the weekend. All in all, though, it was a really good weekend and, given the opportunity, I would definitely do it again!
I also went on holiday for two weeks in lovely Lanzarote with my boyfriend and family. We stayed at Pueblo Marinero apartments which are actually part of an adult only complex – don’t get me wrong, I love kids, but it was absolute bliss to have a nice, relaxing holiday without all the screaming! Unlike my usual sun-and-a-book-by-the-pool holidays, we went out quite a lot on day trips this year.
My boyfriend and I went on the ‘Atlantic Adventure’ where we were taken to the gorgeous natural beaches on a catamaran and given the opportunity to jump in the sea, spend some time on the beach and go on a banana boat, along with a free lunch. The four of us also went on a day trip to Fuerteventura (ironically, my family and I did this trip the other way around when I was younger) which was utterly fab. We got to have a wander around the town and spend some time on the beach there, had a nice lunch in a local restaurant and then took a trip to the EPIC sand dunes.
It does feel nice to be back in England (and more specifically Manchester!) after such a good few weeks, and my first week’s been really exciting what with moving into Owens Park halls, meeting my new house mates, making my new room look nice and homely and going to a few of the parties and club nights, which are definitely good for meeting new people and having a good time. Over the past couple of days I’ve been to the Welcome Fair where I joined the Literature, German and Creative Writing societies (so far), and attended welcome lectures for my programme, giving me the opportunity to meet quite a few people on my courses and with the same interests as me.
That’s all for now, but watch this space to find out about how the first week of teaching goes, and of course to find out about all of the exciting society socials and other antics that are an inevitable part of University life!