The end of term one at York can a busy time for Sociology students. The novelty of life at university is wearing off for first years, assessment deadlines are looming, second years are getting ready to submit their first essays that ‘count’ and for third years the pressure is really on! Although the nights are drawing in and an extra layer (or two) is needed to step out of the house, it’s nearly Christmas time and that means good things! Handmade snowflakes begin to appear in the windows of University accommodation halls, students are organising house Christmas dinners and everyone is dressing up for their winter formals.
Asa third year this will be my last Christmas in York and I definitely plan on making the most of it. York is a magical place to be around Christmas time, the entire city is dressed in lights. I could not recommend enough, taking a break from studying or essay writing to spend an afternoon in town soaking up the festivities! The Betty’s Tea Rooms window display is always a sight to behold, a walk around the quaint Christmas market for gift ideas usually ends up in sampling some of the delicious food on offer or simply sitting next to the steamy windows in Fossgate Social sipping a hot chocolate and watching the world go by, that’s what Christmas in York is all about.
I have always been very lucky in that all of my deadlines have been before Christmas, the last two years have given me a month or more of guilt free festive fun. This year however will be the first time I’ll have to juggle essay writing as well as a part time job so it’s incredibly important that I get as much done during term time to ensure I’m able to give myself a few days off over the break. Winter in York is my absolute favourite time of the year and one of the many reasons I’m glad I chose to study at the University of York!