I want to use this to talk about the experience as a whole, but I want to do this honestly. Moving to a different country is not all making new friends and traveling and eating new food, a lot of it is loneliness, doubts and fear. But is it all worth it? HELL YEAH!
The first year was the hardest, and looking back I see how I could have made it easier for myself, but we always know better once it's all worked out anyway. I loved my course, I loved university, I knew I had found the thing I wanted to do. But I didn't have many friends, which is something I really struggled with. Not having my family and friends around was made more difficult by the fact that I didn't have anyone I really wanted to talk to. In retrospect I should have opened up a bit more, gone to more events, joined more societies. And most importantly, asked for help. This is something I still struggle with, but I have gotten better at it. There is no shame in not understanding the healthcare system in a country you've only lived in for a few months, no one will look at you weird for asking how things work. I managed to work it out in the end though, I learned a lot for myself and how to live my life, and it was at the end of my first year that I met some of the people who are still a big part of my life.
|The University of Manchester iGEM Team 2015|
|Media City after a day volunteering at Manchester Science Festival|
After a summer full of science I returned to Manchester ready for my third year. After a few weeks of Boston-induced jet lag which almost lead me to forget to send off my application for Manchester Science Festival, I started researching the topic for my literature review which would lead to my lab project in second semester. The whole project gave me even more confidence that I was going down the right path, and I decided to stick with microbiology in the future. Bacteria are great after all.
I can say without a doubt that my third year at uni has been the best yet, I made some important decisions, and even more important memories. I can well and truly say that this has been the best year of my life and I wouldn't change a thing about it. This past year I well and truly fell in love with this amazing city, staying here over summer and spending the rest of the year exploring the city both on my own and with friends truly made me feel at home here.
This country is my home now, England you're stuck with me.