A Typical Wednesday at the University of Birmingham
As a humanities student in my final year I typically have few contact hours and as a result, only one 9 am seminar. This falls on a Wednesday, which happens to be my busiest day of the week. This is what a typical Wednesday looks like for a final year student at the University of Birmingham.
I always try to wake up in time to look half decent for the day and get my morning coffee in. Granted, this is isn’t always guaranteed so this particular Wednesday I gulped down as much hot coffee as I could and headed out the door for my 9 am seminar in the Arts Building. It's a short walk, 10-15 minutes and mostly downhill so by the time I get to the seminar room full of bleary-eyed students (who may or may not have had a late one at Steusdays), I feel suitably awake.
After my history seminar on the American Civil War, I have 45 minutes to do some reading in the Mason Lounge, a study space in the Arts building equipped with a café and comfortable sofas and plenty of meeting spaces. I grab a reasonably priced Americano and begin making notes on the shedload of reading I have for the next week. A fire drill and 30 minutes of notetaking later, I head over to the student hub to start on work at my job in the Careers Network until 1 pm. As a final year student, it is increasingly important to engage in extra-curricular activities as well as part-time jobs so that you can graduate with a good cv and excellent workplace skills. After a couple hours in the office, I head over to a training session on Social Media Marketing. The university is great at putting on workshops, training sessions and events that help to further your skills and find your areas of postgrad interest. I have an hour after my first training session until my next one on Professional Etiquette at 3 pm, so I meet with a friend and we get our first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the year from the on-campus Starbucks. As well as having their own cafes, bars, and restaurants, the University of Birmingham also has chain coffee shops such as Starbucks and Costa which provide a warm environment to enjoy time with your friends or host a change of scenery to do some work alongside your favourite seasonal drink.
At 3 pm I go to my second training session which finishes earlier than planned so I enjoy the walk across the autumnal campus to the Guild of Students (our student union building). Here they have a bar called Joe’s where I have my next meeting. As a section editor for the student newspaper at UoB, we arrange weekly meetings with the writers to discuss future articles for both print and online. Having our meetings in the bar means we can enjoy a sociable atmosphere with a drink or two whilst being as productive as a drink or two allows.
Once my day on campus has ended, I walk back into Selly Oak to go home. Selly Oak is the main hub of student living at the University of Birmingham, 95% of homes in this area are inhabited by students so the campus buzz extends beyond university grounds.
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