All my grades are finally in and I’ve completed all the extra courses I signed up to this week to meaning my second year of university is officially over! This year has been my favourite of uni by far and I’ve accomplished so much that I never thought I would. Here’s a whistle stop look back at the best bits of my year.
I cast and musically directed my first pantomime! This was based on the story of Alice and Wonderland but explored what happened when Alice’s younger sister fell down the rabbit hole too to find Wonderland frozen solid. I wrote all the music for the orchestra, played piano in the pit and taught all the singing. Charys and I got costume and props together and the whole company put on an amazing performance that won Event of the Year!
Carol Concert Performance
I worked closely with student services and managed to help get Loco an amazing opportunity to perform at the University Carol Concert at Worcester Cathedral. I wrote the script and selected music for our performance of ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas.’ I held the rehearsals and got to work with this group of talented people. I also joined the staff-student choir and performed some songs with them. It was a lovely evening that I am very proud of.
Peace of Mind Campaign
As some of you may know, I work as a Student Wellbeing Champion at the University of Worcester which means I work to improve wellbeing for all students and create and run campaigns to promote this. The Peach of Mind campaign is one of my proudest achievements ever. I came up with the idea to run a campaign raising awareness of mental illness at Christmastime and got students to write messages, quotes and mantras on origami doves and bells that would later decorate a Christmas tree. This tree was then showcased at the festival of Christmas trees at Worcester Cathedral in order to reach the wider community. The idea of this campaign was adopted by the University and made the overall theme of the carol concert I just mentioned! I am so overwhelmed that my little idea spread so far and reached such as large platform.
Intervention Initiative and Transgender Education and Support Programme (TESP)
I completed two new training courses this year. The first was the intervention initiative which provided education on sexual assault at university and training on how to become an active bystander against sexual assault and domestic violence. The second was TESP which provided education on being transgender and how to become a trans ally to those who do not identify with binary gender terms. Both these programmes were extremely moving and gave me an abundance of knowledge I was previously lacking. So many people are ignorant to things like sexual assault and the transgender population and these course have motivated me to do more to support those experiencing either an educate those who are ignorant.
In January, I turned twenty and was given the best birthday week ever! I was thrown as surprise party which you can read all about here and got to spend some quality time with the best people I know! It was the best birthday I have ever had and I have no idea how my 21st next year will top it!
Campaign Dream Team
I campaigned as part of the winning SU president elect’s team and had a blast!
Gigged, Gigged and Gigged Again
The live music obsession continued and I was lucky enough to tick so many artists off my bucket list this year! I saw Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, James Blunt, John Legend, Emeli Sandé and Sam Smith. They were all absolutely amazing and I would love to see them all again.
I was successful in a few job interviews this year. I have been undertaking the role of a Digital Student Ambassador this semester and creating social media content for my university to publish. I have also continued working in my role as a Student Wellbeing Champion and as a blogger for the Worcester Student Life site. I hope to continue in al m roles next year and have also secured a position as a Welcome Desk Assistant in the Student’s Union.
My Blog Baby was Born
I finally plucked up the courage to start my own blog and look at it now! Minims & Mischief has been up and running for 5 months and I am enjoying every minute of writing and publishing content. Thank you all for staying with me and reading my blogs, it really does mean the world. I hope you love them as much as I do!
Socials and the Sesh
I went on some really fun socials and definitely upped my DIY costume game! I also acted like I was still a fresher at times and went out with the best sesh gremlins going. You have to let your hair down sometimes right?
With the amount I have taken on this year, I was prepared for my grades to slip significantly. However, all my hard work and endless library hours paid off and I am finishing second year with a high 2:1 that is very almost a first. I have no module grade lower than a B and I am thrilled. I’m determined to get a first and am motivated and ready to try and make this happy next year!
The Worcester Award
I achieved the silver level of the Worcester Award this year. This is an employability award that recognising extracurricular activities, employment activities and skills that help you stand out to employers after uni. I am aiming to complete my gold award next year!
Captain of the Ship
As you know my time as MD has come to a close. However, I was elected Loco’s next chair person and captain of the ship which is something I am looking forward to pursuing.
Society Committee Member of the Year
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen so many awards night photos that you’re probably sick of me! I’m still so humbled to have won Society Committee Member of the Year for my work as musical director and it will always remain one of my greatest achievements.
Grease is the Word
We did it! We put on a bloody fantastic production of Grease that I have been told will go down in Loco history as the best musical to date. I am so proud of everyone involved and couldn’t be happier how everything went! I wish we could do it all over again.
There we have it! Thank you for bearing with a this extra long blog looking back at a wonderful second year at University.
I wonder what next year will bring…