Exam Results and Internships
Making it count 17th March 2016
Long time no blog. So a lot has been happening and it has been difficult to find time for myself. Blogging has been shunned aside for a while but now I am back and will update you on what has been going on.
As you may know, second year (or penultimate year) is the time to start thinking about and applying for internships. I applied mostly over Christmas time for many financial/actuarial internships. These applications can either take one hour or one day to complete. I applied for a lot, not going to lie. We are talking double figures. If you do know much about internships, especially actuarial, they are incredibly competitive and obtaining one is tricky business. I have had many rejections so far, one telephone interview, one video interview and two in-office interviews that also involved assessment centres. I also have an interview coming up this Friday. In all honesty, the chances of getting an internship are very slim. But nevertheless, these interviews and assessment experiences should prove invaluable next year when I am applying for graduate roles.
So January exam results were released and that was a difficult day! But the important thing is to not dwell on it and try your best to learn from your mistakes. As my lovely friend Feroza said in her blog, you just have to try your best! That is ALL you can do, so don’t beat yourself up about things. It is kind of frustrating. I feel as if I try just as hard, if not harder, than a lot of others and I still do 10x worse! I just have to remember that I cannot give up and I will get there in the end. Grades aren’t everything, believe it or not and you shouldn’t let them define you.
On a brighter note, I am now a part of the Victoria’s Secret Pink Street Team for UoM. So I will be helping organise events, promoting the brand and hosting competitions. The girls and I began this semester with a trip to Junk Yard Golf in the Northern Quarter, and it is amazing! I also finally quit my job at Nando’s. It has served me well and helped me grow so much after three years. But, I felt as if it was time to move on and focus on enjoying more of university life and doing well in exams.
So that is what has been going on! I am now about to begin a three week Easter break full of revision and a little trip to Ireland!