15th – 21st February
This week I don’t even have a real excuse to be late, other than I had a deadline on Monday I needed to prioritise – but ultimately this is just a case of bad planning. That’s probably because this week was far more relaxed than the three which preceded it, and apparently I took that a little too far. On the other hand, it was just what I needed to help me fully recover from the busy mid-term period and prepare for the deadline rush that is the last few weeks of term.
The week was mostly taken up with trying to sort out our second-year accommodation. At the start of this month in my bullet journal one of my tasks was ‘find somewhere to live for next year’ and I’m so excited to have been able to tick it off this week. We viewed three properties on Tuesday and two more on Wednesday – by Friday we’d signed a contract and paid our deposits on a neat six-bed in a popular, safe and quiet student area close to campus. Our new landlord informed us it was the fastest signing he’d ever done, and although it might sound as though we’ve rushed into things we studied everything very carefully, had lots of advice and are all confident that we’ve made a positive decision. I’m looking forward to writing a blogpost on the whole process very soon.
It was, however, a largely peaceful week. The latest edition of Nouse was released (I finally wrote something!) and I met for lunch with a friend at a lovely little cafe I’d never visited before. I gave myself a bit of time off to rest, and also made an effort to get back on track with working out (shoutout to Becca for getting me to head to the gym with her on Saturday evening). Academically I had a formative essay plan to produce which took up my entire Sunday, but I’m really excited to work on the essay itself in the next few weeks.
On Saturday we also welcomed our newest housemate, Beth, who has come to fill our spare room which has been empty since the start of this term, and it’s exciting to be able to move forward as a new household of eight. Us four girls held a little fajita night that evening, and as we huddled around Beth’s laptop on the kitchen table watching ‘Take Me Out’ I felt for the first time in a while that I was living the ‘typical’ student experience, and it was so much fun.
All this time to myself with so little else to do or think about has led to this week being an incredibly self-reflective one, and I’m incredibly grateful for that. I’ve thought a lot about how I could have acted differently in recent weeks, and ways in which my relationships both at home and here can be improved, and on the whole this has been a largely positive experience. I’ve made some mistakes recently that were only made known to me this week, and now I can start to move forward and make up for it all. What’s been wonderful is people’s responses to this: rather than holding grudges people have welcomed my apologies and promises to do better, pledging themselves to join and support me in these developments. Some things are still unclear, but the future looks positive, and sunny despite the Yorkshire rain.
This week I’ve been…
Reading: Maru by Bessie Head. I read this short novella over the weekend for our Global Lit lecture and seminar next week. I think I read it a little quickly and missed a few things, but it was an interesting story with some powerful moments, and I’m looking forward to exploring and understanding it further in class.
Listening to: My gym playlist, courtesy of Grant. I’ve worked hard at getting back into exercise this week and there are some tunes on there which never fail to motivate me – though if you contrasted the majority of them with my normal listening habits you’d struggle to correlate the two!
Grateful for: The skill of objectivity. This week has largely been about reconsidering my actions and other people’s from outside the situation. It’s not always an easy thing but it’s something I’ve worked very hard on in recent years, and reassessing my recent actions in light of learning all the facts has reminded me of this important life skill.
Things will actually remain fairly relaxed once my Monday deadline is over. I’ve a presentation on Wednesday morning which is also my housemate Tom’s birthday, so we’ll all go out that night to celebrate his 20th. I need to get lots of reading done and hopefully start planning my penultimate essay of term before the weekend, because G is coming up to visit again and I absolutely can’t wait for more adventures with him in York.
How’s your week been? What have you been reading, watching and listening to? What are your plans for the coming week?
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