Monday, 24 June 2013

Anglia Ruskin: End of an Era

(Me, Stacey, Luke, "Buzz Killington", James & Bobby revising hard, 2010)

After the Summer Ball saturday night, it finally kicked in - I have finished university. Since then, I've been going through the emotions.

Happy - No more exams/ assignments/ stress
Lost - Out of education into scary reality
Sad - Won't see my amazing friends every week :\
(Josh, Jeanine & Kim, 2012)

For those of you who are friends with me on Facebook, know that I've said this many times but not a day goes by that I'm not thankful for everything you guys and girls have done for me. Through the good times and the bad times, you have been so supportive and have always managed to make me laugh and smile when I didn't feel like it. 
I actually looked forward to going to uni as I felt more happy around you all and you were an inspiration to me in many ways. 
There are many things that I will miss about my time at ARU. One in particular is the nights out. Cambridge nightlife is always vibrant and exciting to experience, starting back from Freshers week 2010 to the Xmas foam party to the end of uni night out last month. Spending nights out with such amazing people (especially when drunk!) always made my time at Uni worth it.
(Source: Me & Andrew at the silent headphone disco - Freshers week 2010)

Freshers fairs were always an exciting part of the university year as students would cut class, meet up with them friends and make a beeline for the Kelsey Kerridge sports centre to have free pizza and loads of freebies. Me and my best friend Luke always made the most of Freshers fair by signing up for everything just to get free alcohol, sweets and free pens! I have a celebrations tin full of pens and highlighters that I've picked up from Freshers fairs. The one downside is getting loads of e-mails from these companies that we weren't interested in.

(Source: Me, Bobby & Stacey at Xmas Foam Party 2010)
 A student cannot go full circle without joining a sport or a society during their university experience. I joined quite alot just to get freebies, but I did go to a couple of them to experience them and I did continue to go to them throughout the three years. Here is a list of sports/ societies I joined and went to in my three years at Anglia Ruskin:
  •  Badminton
  • ARU Rep Society
  • Harry Potter Society
  • ARU Game Jam
(Source: Me with Kim, Becci, Livia, Jeanine & Poppy - End of year 1 celebrations)

Over my three years at University, I have met some amazing people that have been an inspiration to me during my time at Anglia Ruskin. Some people I've met have been an experience (Some weird people go to Cambridge), there have been ones that have just been creepy to work with. But to make friends like these over the past three years...

... Have made it all worth it.

(Source: Me and Luke at the last Freshers Fair of our time at Uni, 2012)
May 18th 2013 marked the final day of university with a looming final exam which was honestly the worst module that I've ever encountered (and that's including that AWFUL accounting module first year), all rushing to cram more revision notes in time for the exam. After the horrendous three hours talking about climate change, we all rendezvous'd at The Bakers across from the university for a well-need pint or glass of wine for the ladies, expressing how annoyed we were at the exam and talking about the Summer Ball, reliving on good times & what the future holds in the summer.

(Source: Marketing Consultancy team)
1st June I went to my first ever & last Summer Ball at the university, everyone seemed frustrated that it was the university this year instead of some manor house they've had over the last couple of years, but in my opinion, they didnt disappoint. Everyone loved the Dodgems and the Bungee run as there were queues for ages for them (Tip: Never do the Bungee run drunk - it will just end in a mess!) Maybe I should never of had them 15 Eristoff Black & Cokes..
I digress back on topic. I got to see some of my mates at the ball - The "Elfreda girls" made a late appearance, Josh, james, Livia, James & Carly. Wsa really nice to spend time with them in the night. I made an appearance at the Roulette table which I effectively BROKE because I kept winning on random numbers and the dealer ran out of chips to give me, think I was at the table for about 45 minutes consistantly winning.
Overall, an amazing night - it was the perfect way to end my tenure at Anglia Ruskin.

(Source: Me and the ARU Student Union President Francesca, Summer Ball 2013)

What does the future hold for me? Well I'm spending the entire summer finding a new job and bidding on places so I can finally move out of the family home. I'm also setting up my own Events company with my friend Luke - TP Events (Aiming to go live by the end of the summer if all of the prep work is completed in time), I'm also organising my friend Stacey's hen do so I'm hoping it's going to give her the perfect send off into married life.
I got all of my third year results last week, and if my calculations are correct from what I've been told how to work out our final grade, I got.......... a 2.2 degree!!!!! (57%) - despite the fact I was in the 2.1 window at the end of semester 1 in January, this semester was the most difficult assignment/ exam wise after an exhausting time finishing our dissertations, I am very pleased with my grade :)
I get to look forward now to graduating in October with my amazing friends.

Keep in touch everyone! Love you all

Troy x