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Final year fear!!!

Posted 6 Oct 2014 by Sarah

 

My excitement is turning into a fear. A fear of a new challenge, losing friends, struggling to find a graduate job, not being able to afford my expenses and lots more... I have always been looking forward to start my final year and now that it is only few days away I am not sure whether I am ready to carry on with my studies. I guess I can blame my year long placement for losing my concentration and interest in my studies.

I have recently completed my placement which I found really useful however I am struggling to get back into study mode after a long break. I have been in touch with my friends who graduated last year and most of them are still unemployed. Their hardship stories are giving me more stress as the job market is very competitive nowadays and I don't want to be in the same situation. Would the placement be enough for me to get a graduate job? Would I be able to get a first class degree? If yes, would it get me a job? There are so many questions going through my mind which I didn't think of before starting my final year.

I have always been thinking to finish Uni as soon as I can but getting through your final year isn't the end. The real challenge will start once I have successfully graduated. I am hoping to find a graduate scheme which will allow me to secure a job after I have graduated. At the moment I am enjoying myself and going out every day like there is no tomorrow!!!

Keep rocking...

 

 

Hola beautiful people!
After the whirlwind that is final year (where did the time go?!) I finally have some time to write about what's going on! Since finishing exams in May and receiving my results, I've been busy preparing for what's next. I got into my BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) school of choice (UWE Bristol!). Apart from actually being accepted, in order to be admitted onto the course I had to satisfy all the other requirements: I joined an Inn of Court (Lincoln's Inn to be exact), passed the BCAT (Bar Course Aptitude Test) and now I am applying for my Visa. I am so excited, yet very nervous. I also secured a mini pupillage for the summer at Baycourt Chambers back home in the Bahamas, and so far it has been amazing. I'm drafting legal documents, attending court, learning about different areas of law, and other gaining experiences that I'll be learning about once I commence the BPTC.

It feels nice to be able to relax, enjoy time with my family and let my inner fat girl loose with all this GOOD FOODDDDD!! If you're ever in The Bahamas (THE GREATEST GROUP OF ISLANDS EVER) I'd recommend going to Arawak Cay for some traditional, lick-the-plate-because-it-is-that-good Bahamian food, and stay over at Atlantis in Paradise Island. Every time I come home I go over Atlantis and "play tourist"; I go to the water park which is so much fun. There's of course opportunities to go snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, or you can lounge about and tan on gorgeous beaches such as Cabbage Beach. You can stay in Nassau to enjoy a lot of the nightlife, or hop over to the other islands, or Family Islands as we call them, if you like a little more peace and quiet.

If you're travelling via cruise ship, besides good ol' Bahamian food there's Senor Frogs which serves Mexican food and also has great party spot in the evenings, and next to it is Dali which serves Spanish Tapas. It would also be worth it to stop at the Straw Market to pick up souvenirs for yourself and those that couldn't make the trip.

But of course what really is summer break (this will be my last one!) without a VACATION! Now I live in Paradise, but I took a trip to Bermuda during their cup match holiday, which consists of a two-day cricket match between the East and West side of the island. During the second day of the game, it was so much fun seeing people cheering and blowing horns, but I did not expect to see a gentleman use a conch shell for a horn! Besides the cricket match there's soca and reggae parties, BBQs, non-mariners and other fun events going on and I had the time of my life! If you are ever in Bermuda, definitely try a fish sandwich from Art Mel's, it is so good and huge! Unless you're a football player, you probably won't finish it in one sitting. I would also recommend trying their traditional breakfast of codfish and potatoes (I'm drooling just thinking of it now).

If you have any more questions on things to do/eat in the Bahamas please don't hesitate to ask!
I can't wait to update you all on the BPTC once it starts for all you future Barristers out there! Ciao for now!

 

 

After a three week break I am thrilled to be going back to class this week! This has been the first time I have EVER looked forward to returning to the 'day job'. Normally I want my holidays to go on for as long as possible and dread that first day. Something in me has changed and I know what it is. Starting my Midwifery studies has been me finding my calling. Over my first year I have had the privilege of experiencing what it takes to be a midwife. During this time I have found a new identity in which I am proud to associate with. Being an academically average student, with a specific learning disability such as dyslexia, learning and studying has always been a chore to me.

 Going into my second year, I am thirsty for knowledge, I feel rested enough after three weeks off and ready to learn. I don't mean for this to sound so cheesy but it's coming out cheesy  ....Sorry for the cheese guys! The only reason I am disclosing this on a public blog (I'm red in the face by now) is because I feel passionate that each and every single person should aim to find their calling like I have found mine. No matter who you are, there is a career or life path suited to you. And it's okay to get it wrong a few times first! Take your time, make mistakes but don't ever settle for anything less.

 If there is any way in which you think that I might be able to help you do this, PLEASE ASK. I am happy to help.

Happy September Folks     

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