What Next?

Whether it’s high school, a bachelors, or a masters degree, the dreaded question facing every final year student is What Next. What will you do next year; in your life, in your studies, and beyond? In the game of life, what will be your next move? For a rare few this question is met with absolute certainty of where they want to go and who they want to be. But for most there is a fear of not knowing, of the uncertainty that lies ahead. Even if you know what you want to do, will it be possible? Or will you be prevented by finances, by abilities, or by the gatekeepers that stand in the way. To make matters worse, not only are we asked these questions by our families and friends but also by people we barely know. It seems that as soon as anyone you’re talking to finds out that it’s the final year of your studies, they ask… Continue reading “What Next?”

Why would you want to do that?

What is it about the English that has made us such keen explorers? Was it the ocean surrounding us that inspired us to explore beyond it? Is it in our blood? From Captain James Cook (best known for his sea voyages and being the first European explorer to discover the Eastern coastline of Australia), to Henry Hudson (whom the Hudson river is named after), and Sir Ranulph Fiennes (who, amongst other achievements, was the first person ever to reach the summit of Mt Everest and cross both polar ice caps), history would suggest that we just can’t resist new horizons.

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Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!

When you’re on an academic calendar it can be hard to see a new year as a fresh start. You’ve already had the start of a new year in September, and January is more about passing exams and fighting the cold weather than hitting the gym or eating more healthily. And in all honesty, I think most people have given up on the idea of ‘new years resolutions’ because let’s face it- you still bite your fingernails don’t you. Continue reading “Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!”

Fourth Place

So you came in fourth place, you probably put in the same amount of effort as a medallist and maybe if the wind was blowing a slightly different direction it would’ve been you on that podium, but today it just wasn’t meant to be. Then somehow, you figure fourth place isn’t so bad.

In fact, I would argue that it is really the very best place to be.

In September 2015 I moved to study in the ‘gezellig’ Dutch city that is Utrecht; the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, from Sheffield; the fourth largest city in England. These two lovely cities have a lot in common Continue reading “Fourth Place”