I start off the week with a 9am political philosophy lecture. This is one of my favourite modules, but it’s always a struggle to wake up on time! After this lecture ends, I usually head to the library to complete the readings for my seminars.
After spending a few hours in the library, I usually head to D Bar, one of the on-campus bars, to meet a friend for coffee. York is lucky to have lots of great student-run cafes on campus; but this perhaps isn’t so great for my bank balance!
This is a busy day for me, with a lecture and two seminars. I always leave this lecture with plenty of ‘food for thought’. I then head straight to my seminar on the politics of gender. I’m heavily involved with women’s groups on campus, so I love these seminars. They’re an invaluable chance to encounter others’ perspectives on issues which matter a lot to me. I head to D Bar (again!) with a couple of friends to grab some lunch, and then attend my human rights seminar.
On Tuesday evenings the Students’ Union Women and Non-Binary Network hold their weekly meetings. I’ve been involved with this group since the first week of university, when I attended their ‘Pizza and the Patriarchy’ event. There’s so many opportunities to try new things at university, and joining societies is a great way to do this!
This is a slightly quieter day, as my only scheduled teaching is a 9am seminar. I go to the library after this seminar to do some reading, and work on any essays which I have due. On Wednesday afternoons, I often go into town with friends to go shopping. York is the perfect student city, as it’s small enough to feel friendly, but has a plethora of shops, cafes and museums to explore. I head back to campus in the evening for Model United Nations training (this is a society where we simulate UN committees and attend conferences around the country – it’s great fun!).
Wednesday nights are infamously ‘Salvos nights’. These are sports nights in Club Salvation. Despite not doing any sports, I’m found at Salvos most Wednesdays for the good music, atmosphere and (lots of) VKs!
I have a lie-in after the night before, then I go to 11am and 2pm lectures. After this, I walk home and do any reading which I haven’t finished for that week. Later, I go for a run to get some fresh air. York has lots of lovely places to run – my personal favourite is the park around Tang Hall Beck. I’m lucky to have an on-campus job in one of the catering outlets, and after my shift I head home and watch TV with my housemates.
Having completed my reading for the week, I work on any essays I have due. I have a political philosophy seminar in the afternoon. I love these seminars as we always have heated discussions about current political events, which for a subject like Politics is invaluable to generate ideas to put in essays. On Friday evenings, I often head to one of York’s many pubs with my friends.
Like most students, I have a lie-in on Saturday, and tend to have quite a ‘lazy day’. I make a start on the readings for next week, as I tend to be much busier with societies and socialising during the week. I go into town with my housemates to browse the shops, and take advantage of the amazing eateries York has! My personal recommendations are Coffee Culture, which does amazing smoothies, and The Graduate. Coming from a larger city, I love The Graduate as it has a real ‘city’ feel and also has excellent vegetarian and vegan options.
On Sundays, I do my dreaded food shop (hopefully this is something you get quicker at throughout your degree?). In the afternoon, I continue my reading, and then do some baking with my housemates. This is a fab way to spend some chilled out time together. Later, my friends and I get a bus into town for Revolution club night to finish the week off in style!
I am never bored at York. There are always so many people I want to see, societies I want to engage with and places I want to go that it can be hard to fit it all in! I love studying Politics at York; the department are always willing to help you, and there’s plenty of politics-related opportunities to get involved in beyond your degree.
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