It’s been exhilarating. It’s been exhausting.
You know when you begin to set off on a long run and as you slowly gain pace you feel this thrill that you’ve peaked and you’re taking longer and longer strides…
Soon the ground begins to disappear beneath your feet, and it’s almost like you’re flying! An hour into your run your body slowly begins to tire, but you don’t notice, you’re still on the high.
It’s not until you get home, it hits you as your muscles begin to protest.
To be honest our minds can be pretty much the same way. It’s not uncommon not to recognise the amount of stress you are putting yourself under for periods of time.
Granted, this is part and parcel of university life but I now realise it is crucial step back and keep time you need to recover.
This week has been one of those weeks. Between keeping up with my lectures, laboratory work, hosting Diwali with my fellow committee members, and the start of the Global Health Challenge – I’m pretty dead beat.
However, this does mean I’ll have a lot to talk to you about (just as soon as I get around to organising my thoughts and photos!)
I’m a big believer in taking every opportunity that you can to grow, and to contribute to the people around you. One such example, is the Global Health Challenge which I signed up for at the start of the semester. I had no idea what it was about but it appeared in my university inbox and since this year it is all about new experiences I decided to apply!
The Global Health Challenge is initiated by the University to bring students from the different faculties together to tackle challenges in providing healthcare in the 21st-century. To be very honest we’ve only got as far as picking our respective projects and some quick brainstorming but I am beyond excited to see what we will come up with and how we can contribute.
I will be working on a project sponsored by NHS primary care to advocate for young people to improve health literacy and life chances regardless of socio economic status. It’s something I feel very strongly about and hopefully become up with the real-world solutions to tackle the issue.
There are numerous student projects out there (often advertised in the student newsletter) that are available to you and I would totally recommend taking up challenge. Not only is it a great way to build life skills but you meet some great new people and get a certificate for your CV along the way!
Well that’s all from me from now: I’m back to bed with a cup of tea (rejuvenation and all that). I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week! xx